Summer Reading: 48 Hour Book Challenge 2013

Monday Morning, 7:00 a.m.:  I only made it to about 11:50 p.m. last night and then I just couldn’t stay awake after that.  Which was too bad for not squeezing out a few more hours and also because the last book I started, Crooked Numbers by Tim O’Mara.  This is book 2 in a series for which I have not read book 1, but I was drawn in from the very first page.  I even overlooked a premise that in the past (former police officer becomes school teacher) that I have found artificial (in another book).  This title could have teen appeal, as the murder victim is a high school student and already we have had scenes with his classmates and with teenage gang members.  So that makes 18 hours, 15 minutes, 1223 pages read.

Sunday Evening, 10:40 p.m.:  So much going on today that I have been catching reading in bits and pieces.  I finished Dangerous Girls which was excellent, reminded me of several recently popular adult thrillers.  Then I found out that Abigail Haas is Abby McDonald’s alias which made me only like the book more, as she is one of my favorite authors writing these days.  I also snuck in a few minutes of reading on my phone–yay for the Kindle app.  I re-read (for the umpteenth time a few chapters of Mary Poppins.  While doing various choirs–cooking, cleaning the shower (ugh) and ironing, I continued to listen to Never Look Away which has gotten very interesting because the author has already revealed who done it and I am not even half way through the book.  Which means the twists that are to come will be something else completely.  Now back to the question of what to read next…17 hours, 25 minutes, 1161 pages read.

Sunday Morning, 9:10 a.m. Went to bed right after my last update.  Up just before 6:30 a.m. and right back into The Wrong Girl.  I really enjoyed the whole unraveling of the ending and would love to say more about what made this book so good but I think that would give too much away.  Then I spent some time trying to figure out what to read next.  I read a few pages of Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn but it was too serious or something.  I looked at all the titles on my Kindle app but couldn’t decide.  Opened a bunch of e-galleys on my tablet and settled on Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and so far I am finding myself intrigued.  Preppy teenagers on spring break in Aruba–no parents, no rules.  It is all fun, drinking, dancing and drugs till one of them ends up murdered.  The narrative focuses on Anna, new girl, who is accused of the murder.  It jumps back and forth in time to before and after.  Almost time to head to church, wondering about sneaking in some reading on my phone…11 hours, 45 minutes, 834 pages read.

Sunday Morning, 12:00 a.m.:  2 cups of coffee, some frozen french fries and well into The Wrong Girl by Ryan, I am getting sleepy but the book is just getting to the good part.  I don’t know what it is about adoptions but they make for great story material.  In this story, it begins with an adopted daughter meeting her supposed birth mother and deciding that somehow a mistake was made.  The adoption agency sent the wrong girl.  The story alternates between the point of view of a cop and that of a newspaper reporter.  It took me a little time to get used to their voices and the switching back and forth but now I am really liking this because it allows the reader to see more of what surrounds the events in the story.  Going to go check out twitter and post maybe comment on some blogs and see if I am more awake or not.  9 hours, 55 minutes, 677 pages read.

Saturday Evening, 8:05 p.m.: Spent too much time this morning trying to troubleshoot my blog, time I should have been reading.  I did manage to listen to my mP3 player while doing errands and chores, and so got about 2 hours of Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay.  I am so impressed with his ability to dial right into the heart of family, of middle America and then ratchet up the suspense.  I also read the second half of Dare You To by Katie McGarry, and I enjoyed it almost as much as her first book although it didn’t seem to click quite as well.  Now I need to decide what’s next.  On the bad news/good news front, one of the reasons I didn’t read more was because I took a nap for an hour and a half…but perhaps I will stay up longer…6 hours 25 minutes, 405 pages read

Saturday Morning, 8:05 a.m.: Finished reading The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress–a big, thick, juicy steampunk/girl power/mystery story that other than for a few modern uses of words/language I really enjoyed. Then I spent almost an hour wrestling with my bog, laptop and the internet. BOO. So this will be a bare-bones post but hope I can “pretty it up” later. 1 hour, 131 pages read 

Saturday Morning, 7:05 a.m.: The 48 Hour Book Challenge is one of my favorite events of the year! I can’t believe that it has been a whole year since the last one. I will have another challenging time fitting in my reading, as again 48hbc is coinciding with attending graduation for work along with all my other regular weekend activities (returning books to the library, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, ironing, going to church and so forth.)

My goals again this year are to have fun, read a variety of books, and try to network more. I have been in both a reading and blogging slump for months, maybe this is just the thing to get me going. I do have lots of books all over as well as a ton of e-galleys on my tablet.  (Staying awake? Now that remains to be seen.)

If you want to participate, it isn’t too late to get in on the action. More information here. The twitter hash tag for the challenge is #48hbc, if anyone else wants to follow along. Many thanks to Ms. Yingling Reads for taking over hosting this year.



  1. The main reason I love the 48 HBC is that I refuse to do any of my normal weekend work and make Junior Members of Staff fight it out! Oh, and of course the reading! Hope that you enjoy the challenge– maybe you can surreptitiously read at graduation?

  2. Dropping by to see what you are reading. I have read one steampunk book. It was horrible. [I later discovered that it got a bunch of 1-star ratings from steampunk lovers.] Perhaps I should dip my toes back into the water with The Friday Society…

    Good luck and happy reading!

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish

  3. Did you ever finish “Crooked Numbers?” (I’d like to know what you thought.) Also, I am not aware of any other books with an ex-cop/schoolteacher as the protagonist. I’d like to check it out and would appreciate the title and author’s name. Happy Reading!

    • Tim–I did finish Crooked Numbers, and I did really enjoy the main character very much. I thought the mystery and solution were both extremely sad and realistic at the same time. Interestingly enough, there are some parallels between this and Never Tell by Alafair Burke (rich kids at an elite school, drug trials). I liked the book so much that I have Sacrifice Fly checked out from the library (but I have not read it yet.) The other story I read as a manuscript for a publisher but I don’t think it has been published, so I can’t really point you to the title…

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