Friday, June 19, 2015

48 Hour Readathon, Day 1

MotherReader is hosting the 10th Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge. I'll have a post I update throughout day one, and I'll have a post I update throughout day two. My start time is Friday, 9AM.

7:30 Woke Up, Bible Reading: John 5-16
8:15 Breakfast
8:35-9:00 Walk #1, Listened to Hawk Nelson's Made; Elevator is one of my favorite walking songs. 
9:05-10:10 Read first book: Liz Garton Scanlon's The Great Good Summer starring Ivy Green and Paul Dobbs. 216 pages, 1 hour, 5 minutes.
10:30-12:05 Read second book: Lisa Graff's Lost in the Sun starring Trent Zimmerman and Fallon Little. 289 pages, 1 hour 35 minutes.
12:05-12:30 Lunch, Watching The Prestige
12:30-12:55, Walk #2, Listened to Matt Redman
1:10-2:10 Read third book: Nikki Loftin's Wish Girl starring Peter Stone and Annie Blythe. 238 pages, 1 hour.
2:15-3:15 Read fourth book: Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins. 148 pages, 1 hour.
3:15-4:00 Read fifth book: Peter Lourie's Polar Bear Scientists. 80 pages, 45 minutes.
4:00-4:30 Bible Reading: John 17-21
4:30-4:50, Supper, Still Watching The Prestige
5:00-6:00 Began reading The Prestige.
6:00-6:30 Walk #3, Listened to Building 429. Love their song, Press On.
6:30-7:30 Still Reading The Prestige.
7:30-10:00 Watched part one of Return of the King, Extended Edition
10:00-11:30 Finished sixth book: Christopher Priest's The Prestige starring Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier. 360 pages, 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Day One Totals:

6 Books
1331 Pages
8 hours, 30 minutes

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susan259 10:41 PM  

Looks like you are having a great first day of the #48hbc! Keep on reading!

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
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I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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