Monday, June 6, 2011

48 HBC - Final Lap!

I finished For YOUR Eyes Only.  I loved the two very believable main characters, Lucy and Andy.  It's a title I'll add to my collection of books that inspire students to keep writer's notebooks and write poetry!
I made it a little past halfway in Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
I also listened to 1.5 hours of an audio book (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) in the car, while preparing meals, and while picking up around the house.

Here are the results of my first 48 HBC:
Time Spent Reading and Blogging :  15.5 hours
(Reading - 13.5 hours   Blogging:  2 hours)
Books Completed:  For YOUR Eyes Only, Inside Out & Back Again
Books in Progress:  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (halfway through)
Total Pages Read: 688 Pages

Not so memorable, but considering I decided to join Sat. at 7:00 a.m. and quickly created a blog before leaving for a doctor's appointment that morning, I'm pleased!
This event pushed me out of my comfort zone to create something that I would otherwise have spent weeks worrying over!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

48 HBC - Pages to Go Before I Sleep!

I'm just back from the airport and logged a half hour listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  I've never listened to any Harry Potter on tape before, but my husband and daughter bought this several years ago for a road trip they took.  It's fun to revisit the book.  I wish I had time to reread all the books before the new movie comes out!
I managed to add a picture to yesterday's post.  A major accomplishment since all of this is new for me!

Today I'm starting For YOUR Eyes Only! (FYEO) by Joanne Rocklin.  I picked it up during April's poetry focus, but never got it read.  I'm interested in the possibilities it provides for linking writer's notebooks and poetry!

48 HBC - Paddling Around, but definitely in over my head!

Still reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
Finished Inside Out and Back Again  - I picked up this novel-in-verse from the library this week after reading about it on another blog.  Ha leaves Saigon on a boat with her mother and three brothers as Vietnam falls.  The family ends up in Alabama. This book (based on the author's own experiences) brought to mind the students I've taught who have arrived in the US as immigrants and encountered language and cultural challenges.
I wish I had remembered that audio books count, since I spent a lot of time in the car today.  I set out a Harry Potter for tomorrow since I'll be driving my husband to the airport.
Thanks to those of you who posted encouragement to this newbie!

Hours logged reading - 4 hrs.
Pages read - 334
Books completed - 1
Networking - 1 hr.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Taking the Plunge!

Hello!  I'm a sixth grade teacher who adores books!  I'm starting this blog because I want to participate in the 48 Hour Book Challenge.  Since we are still in school and this is my birthday weekend, it will be a challenge to find 12 hours to read!  But I'm set and ready to read!  I'm currently reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand for my adult book club and it's 7:30 a.m.
Here's the link to the 48 hour book challenge -