Why I Won’t Be Doing the 48 Hour Book Challenge

Last year, all of us NerdGirls did MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge.  I am not sure if my fellow girls are going to do it this year, but I will not be (officially) participating.  I just wanted to do a quick post explaining why I won’t be doing it.

The first reason is that every weekend for me is like a 48 hour book challenge.  When the weekend rolls around, I hole up in my apartment and read for literally at least 20 hours.  It is wonderful!  I have already read 341 books since January (sadly, that is not an exaggeration).  So the “challenge” aspect of it wouldn’t really be anything new for me.  The only way it would be different would be if I was one of those people who didn’t shower, sleep, or eat during the 48 hours, which I refuse to do.

The second reason is that my internet only works some of the time, and I never know when it will poop out on me (who knows? it might even die on me in the very middle of this post, which has happened many times in the past).  This would make the book challenge incredibly stressful.  I can just see myself settling down on Friday after work, curling up on the couch with my first book and some strawberry milk, picking up my computer to post my starting time and being faced with no internet.  That would be truly frustrating.  Internet is required in order for the challenge to work, and I don’t want to camp out and do all of my reading at the library.  (Some of you might ask why I don’t get my internet fixed if it is so unreliable…..well, I am not exactly paying for it…….it is a random wireless signal I pick up and since I make less money than the average high school dropout, that is about as good as I can afford.)

So, I will gladly be reading right along with all of my friends in bloggerworld, I just won’t be an official participant.  I might post something at the end of the weekend with my rough hours and the books I read, but that is only if I am lucky and get a signal when I need it.

So, to everyone participating this weekend, I wish you luck!!!!  I look forward to hearing all about what you read over the weekend.

Jen

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4 Responses to “Why I Won’t Be Doing the 48 Hour Book Challenge”


  1. 1 ngtlindsay June 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    No worries – I’m not participating either. I’ve actually not been reading as much as usual! Though I expect that to change with all the great books coming out this summer! Also, when when when when when! is the next Skullduggery Pleasant coming out???? Does anyone know? I just read The Faceless Ones last weekend and I am dying to read what comes next!!!!

  2. 2 Abby June 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Well, we will miss you, but that’s completely understandable. 🙂 And you are a reading superstar! I have had some problems lately with being able to concentrate long enough to do a lot of reading, so I am really in need of this challenge. Especially after BEA, my TBR piles are TAKING OVER THE APARTMENT!

  3. 3 ngtjennifer June 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I also have books piled all over my floor, so you are not alone. With BEA and free books at the library this week, it is like a carpet of books in my apartment.

  4. 4 Amber June 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    seee your excuses for not doing the challenge are good ones…I’m not doing it because my Vicar of Dibley DVDs just came in…


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