105 Ways to Give a Book

Countdown to the Fifth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

48 Hour Book ChallengeWe are now days away from the Fifth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge, and ready to rock n’ read. The most important thing to note is that participants need to sign in at the starting line post here at MotherReader on Friday, June 4th. I’m repeating the rules today to allow for last questions, comments, or suggestions. It also gives us another chance to talk it up on our blogs and Twitter feeds, perhaps bringing more folks into our friendly fold.
  1. The weekend is June 4–6, 2010. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the fourth and end no later than 7:00 a.m. Monday the seventh. So, go from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday... or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But the 48 hours do need to be in a row. That said, during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine. (In the middle of the three different challenge weekends I’ve had to go to work, attend a ballet recital, and drive for a Girl Scout event.)
  2. The books should be about fifth-grade level and up. Adult books are fine, especially if adult book bloggers want to play. If you are generally a picture book blogger, consider this a good time to get caught up on all those wonderful books you’ve been hearing about. Graphic novels can be included in the reading. One audiobook can also be included in your time and book total.
  3. The top three winners will be based only on time commitment, not number of books. So if you are heading into the 30+ hours club or 40+ hours club, track your time carefully. International winners may be given gift cards instead books due to mailing costs, unless a U.S. address is provided.
  4. It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. If you want to skip sleep and showers to do this — and some people do — go for it. If you want to be a bit more laid back, fine. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. Twelve hours is the benchmark for winning prizes.
  5. The length of the reviews or notes written in your blog are not an issue. You can write a sentence, a paragraph, or a full-length review. Up to you. The time spent reviewing counts in your total time.
  6. New last year: You can include some amount of time reading other participant’s blogs, commenting on participating blogs and Facebook pages, and Twittering about your progress (remember the #48hbc tag!). For every five hours, you can add one hour of networking. This time counts in your total time.
  7. On your blog, state when you are starting the challenge with a specific entry on that day and leave the link to that post at the Starting Line post at MotherReader on June 4th (via the trusty Mr. Linky).
  8. When you finish, write a final summary that clearly indicates hours — including partial hours — you spent reading/reviewing/networking, the number of books read, and any other comments you want to make on the experience. It needs to be posted no later than noon EST on Monday, June 7th. Also, check in at the Finish Line post on MotherReader that will be posted Sunday and please link to that post from your final summary post.
Last year we began to connect the 48HBC to charitable causes, and folks were able to connect their personal readathon to a Greater Good of their choice. While you may continue to select your own charity, I’m going to suggest supporting book and literacy projects through Donors Choose, a great resource that connects teachers in need of supplies to donors with funds to give. For myself, I plan to donate $1 per hour read to this DC school and welcome others — perhaps those not able to do the challenge this year — to sponsor me. Other participants can contribute to this cause and even this school as well, or to something else that moves you. Your readathon can be based on sponsors, comments, books read, or something else entirely. You can also choose not to participate in this aspect of the 48 Hour Book Challenge, though you may find a way to support others’ efforts by leaving comments (if that’s what is being tallied).

I continue to look for donations for winners’ prize packages and other “door prizes” to be awarded to participants selected at random. Past prizes have included original sketches from Mo Willems and Matthew Holm, signed and sketched books from Adam Rex, loads of signed books, t-shirts from Threadless, artistic blank journals, jewelry, gift cards, notecards, and more. Good stuff. If you’d like to contribute to the prizes this year, shoot me an email at MotherReader AT gmail DOT com.

Questions can also go in the comments, and I will respond in the comments and, if needed, with clarification in the final rules. Good luck, have fun, and happy reading!


Mystee said...

I am so looking forward to this, my 4 kids want to join in too, though at their ages I know they can't go 48 hours. But I think it's great that they're going to try :)


Abby said...

Yay! Can't wait! :D

Iron Guy Carl said...

Could I count time reading to my 9-year-old daughter as part of the readathon? Don't worry, she's reads way above her level. I just finished reading the original Hound of the Baskervilles to her. Also, can't we listen to an audiobook as part of this time? And do we really have to register with Mr. Linky before we can use it?

Andi said...

So much fun! I don't know that I'll be able to participate (I have a 6-week old little boy), but I so very much want to.

Buffy said...

Yippee! I need to start compiling my stack!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am going to try and get 20 hours in :) Should be fun!

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this. It sounds great, but I don't think I had enough time to prepare. Maybe next year though! Good luck!

MillyMarie said...

I think I'm going to unofficially participate since it snuck up on me if that's okay? I'll probably start late tonight or Saturday morning. YaY. Good luck to everyone.

Buffy said...


going strong!