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Tenth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

48 Hour Book ChallengeHard to believe, but we're up to the Tenth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge, and with year ten, we're going back to basics. While I have loved past experiences of reading for RIF and in solidarity with WeNeedDiverseBooks, this time it's a simple weekend, bookish, get-together. While some will skip sleeping for the readathon, only twelve hours are needed to be an official participant of the 48HBC. So, you can do this. The rules below are to help both you (how does this work again?) and me (please link to your blog or I can't find you!). It's all on the honor system and it's all for fun.

  1. The weekend is June 19th-21st, 2015. Read and review for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Sunday window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the ninetieth and end no later than midnight Sunday the twenty-first. So, go from 7:00 a.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. on Sunday... or maybe 11:00 p.m. Friday to 11:00 p.m. Sunday works better for you. But once begun, 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 don't read or chose to sleep, and that’s totally fine.
  2. Three winners will be chosen at random from each of three levels of reading commitment - 12 to 23 hours, 24 to 35 hours, and 36 to 48 hours. Since each level will progressively have less participants, the more you read the better your chances. Top readers will win individual prizes. International winners may be given gift cards instead of books due to mailing costs, unless a U.S. address is provided.
  3. The books can be graphic novels, middle-grade, young adult, or adult books. One audiobook can also be included in your time and book total — helpful if you have somewhere to drive to or need to prepare dinner, etc.
  4. You are welcome to include some networking time reading and commenting on other participant’s blogs, sharing on Facebook, and Tweeting about your progress (remember the #48hbc tag!).
  5. When you begin, sign in at the "Starting Line" post at MotherReader on June 19th. When you finish, check in at the "Finish Line" post at MotherReader on June 21st.
  6. At the end, 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. To be counted, it needs to be posted no later than noon EST on Monday, June 22th.

I’m always looking 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 illustrators, 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.

Sign up now in the comments and block the dates on your calendar. Questions can also go in the comments, and I will respond in the comments and add a FAQ soon. Let's have some reading fun!

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36 comments:

Elle G said...

I'm in! I'll be reading! Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

Abby said...

Of course Abby the Librarian is in! I've started thinking about what'll be on my TBR pile for the weekend!

Kelly Jensen said...

I'm in!

Gail Gauthier said...

I hope to take part in at least a portion of the weekend. I have a reading plan.

Maureen E said...

Yay, a weekend that works for me! I'll be reading at By Singing Light.

Marcy said...

I'm in! I may even make it up to 12 hours this year. (Started two years ago, and the baby is now TWO. And a half. So yeah.)

Roberta said...

So glad to hear you are doing this again (and that you are making it simple). The dates are perfect for me this year. I'm at Wrapped in Foil http://blog.wrappedinfoil.com/

Martha Dodge said...

I'm in! Looking forward to it.

Sondy said...

Shucks, you picked a weekend when I'm working Saturday, which is smack in the middle, however you slice it. But I will plan on trying to start Friday morning... And it's nice to see my little sister Marcy is already on board! (Marcy, Mother Reader works for my same library system. You need to come out here and meet her.)

I'm thinking I should maybe do a trial run this coming weekend, when I'm not working Saturday.... You know, because I need practice dropping everything and reading.

Kimberly said...

I'm tentatively in!

susan259 said...

Dusting off the blog to participate again this year. There is something so indulgent about reading like this! Also trying to coerce a bunch of friends to join me...

susan259 said...

Although for some reason, it is linking me to another blog...blog is http://readspace.net

Katya said...

Yay! Can't wait.

Iron Guy Carl said...

The Iron Guy never shrinks from a challenge! Count me in!

Rincey said...

Hi, I have a YouTube channel where I talk about books and wanted to post about it on there. Is that OK or does it need to be a blog post?

Xander@ ForeverBookish said...

I'll be reading over at Forever Bookish! SO excited!

MotherReader said...

Rincey, sure, YouTube channel will be fine! It's a new dawn, a new day...

Sarah said...

Not a great weekend for me this year, but I'm still in! I'll read as much as I can!

Ryan Leeds said...

I'm down at SpecFic Junkie.

Miss Liberty said...

I'm in!

Charlotte said...

I'm in and ready to read like the wind~

Abby Morrow said...

Looking forward to it! I'm in for 12 hours and will blog at www.thelupinelibrarian.me

Thanks for putting this together :)

detweilermom said...

I am going to read as much as life allows. http://detweilermom.blogspot.com

hood_and_hat said...

I'm in! I might or might not blog at http://hoodandhat.blogspot.com

Beth said...

This sounds like the perfect excuse to put off house/yard work and do what I really want to...READ! I need to whittle down the occupants of my TBR shelves! Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I'm planning on participating this weekend.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

I'll try to make it work! My goal is just 12 hours, though--there is a LOT going on this weekend. Thanks for doing this!

Melissa Fox said...

Not sure how much I'll be able to read, but I'm going to give it a shot!

Anonymous said...

BYIn! - MB

Terri Gaussoin said...

I'll be joining in!

Cathy said...

Have my books ready! Can't wait. Thanks for hosting again this year.

Cathy

Brandy said...

Can't wait to start tomorrow!

Mary said...

Hi! I'm in. I think I will be posting my updates on Facebook (because it is actually active and has viewers, unlike my dormant blogs), but I might do a start and finish blog post if it is easier to follow for this competition.

Katie Fitzgerald said...

I've decided to jump in!

Inga Langfeldt said...

Joining in right now. On a whim.

Lisa P said...

I'm jumping in too... a little late! Same as Mary - I'll post my updates on Facebook!