48 Hour Book Challenge: Starting Line

The 48 Hour Book Challenge runs this weekend, from June 4-6. Basically, you pick a 48-hour time frame within that weekend and read as much as possible.

Since my birthday’s on Monday, this weekend is full of festivities with friends and family, as well as some baseball thrown in. So what I’m going to do is this – I’m going to read as much as humanly possible throughout the entire weekend, in between all of the other stuff going on. My official 48-hour “window” is going to be from Friday at 9am until Sunday at 9am.

Within that timeframe, I’ve got work, umpiring three softball games in another city, birthday celebrations (for both myself and my little brother) with my family, and a pub birthday with my friends. Plus commuting. But believe it or not, that’s actually the easiest part of my weekend to get any decent amount of reading hours in.

Oh, well. It’ll still be fun!

Get ready…

This post is scheduled to go live at 8am on Friday. I wrote it a few days ago, while I was starting to get myself prepared for the weekend, and in particular for this reading challenge. I almost decided not to participate since my schedule for this weekend is already really psychotic, but I really wanted to! So I’m going to do it. It’s just going to need a little preparation, is all. Hence the scheduled post.

Get set…

I’ve got myself a pile of books all lined up that I want to try to read this weekend. Even if I don’t finish them, they’re basically the “coming soon” tbr pile for me anyways, so I’ll get to them at some point over the summer. I’ve also got myself loads of diet pop and foodstuffs, arrangements for transportation to and from the different cities I’m supposed to be in at various times on Saturday, a few nice comfy places to sit and read, and, well, apparently a reckless abandon to read instead of resting in the few hours I have to myself this weekend. But hell, it’s my 25th birthday on Monday, so I think I should try to be reckless while I still can!


I’m on my way to work as this post goes live, and will be starting to read at 9am during my prep time. I have to teach starting at 10:15, so I want to make sure to get at least an hour in before I have students, provided that I don’t end up with on-call coverage or something. I’ll be linking up this here on the main Starting Line post at MotherReader before I start, so if you’re here visiting right now from the challenge … welcome! I hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I anticipate enjoying mine, and I hope to see you around the blogosphere over the next couple days!

10 thoughts on “48 Hour Book Challenge: Starting Line”

  1. Happy early birthday 🙂 My plan is similar to yours, I will just read when I can throughout the weekend, as much as I can, in and around other events.

  2. Happy early birthday and good luck with the challenge! At least you know that you’ll have a super fun filled weekend with all of your festivities and bunches of reading in between!

  3. This may be the first time I’ve done 48HBC that I’ve had absolutely nothing to do. I always schedule it the weekend around my birthday – Tuesday this year – and not by what’s going on. I’ve had work, a Girl Scout event, parties, and other things – but it’s always fun to fit in reading. Have fun!

    Btw, love the Human Test thing with the sliders. Cool.

  4. Happy birthday 🙂
    I think this is great even if you can’t read most of the time. I’m already looking forward to the next one 🙂

  5. What devotion to reading with your schedule as it is! I am not able to participate this weekend as I am babysitting a 1 year old grandson while his parents are out of town so I am devoting myself to cheerleading….Happy Birthday to you and have fun reading as well! And the sliders and angles “thing” is new to me, loved it!

  6. Good luck! I agree with you about the commuting, by the way–used to get so much reading done on the bus when I was a student. 🙂 And happy early birthday!

  7. Wow, that sounds like quite a schedule! I’m starting to feel quite spoiled by being able to devote myself almost exclusively to the 48-Hour Book Challenge… I had dinner plans both nights but they fell through. Was it bad of me to be happy for more reading time? 😛

    I like your “human test” too. Haven’t seen anything like that before.

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