Thursday, June 06, 2013

48 HBC Instructions

Just about ready to start? More detailed instructions are below, but basically:
1.    Sign up on the Mr. Linky on Ms. Yingling Reads tomorrow when you start.
2.    Post you starting line blog entry.
3.    Read, blog and social network about reading (1 hour for every 5 hours of actual reading counts toward reading time) for 48 HOURS!
4.    After 48 hours, fill in Mr. Linky at this blog’s Sunday post, fill out spreadsheet, and post your finishing line entry on your blog.


 IF YOU WANT PRIZES, keep good records. This is all self-reporting (on spread sheet), and I want people to get books that they like. Winners will get first pick, but you can only win in ONE category. You can (if you're in the US) win in the following categories:
Most Hours—Top FIVE get first choice of prizes
Most Pages Read—Top FIVE (not in first category) get second choice
THREE winners drawn at random from the more than 24 hours of reading category, and THREE from the more than 12 hours of reading category.

The wonderful Carol Rasco of Reading is Fundamental has once again graciously offered our winners RIF's Celebrations collections to be donated to a school or non-profit of the recipients choice. One of these will go to the winner of Most Hours, one to winner of Most Pages Read, and one will go to a random winner who has logged at least 12 hours of reading.

  1. The weekend is June 7–9, 2013. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. So, go from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday... or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But once begun, the 48 hours do need to be in a row. That said, during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine.
  2. The books should be middle-grade, young adult, or adult books. If you are generally a picture book blogger, consider this a good time to get caught up on all those wonderful books you’ve been hearing about. Graphic novels can be included in the reading. One audiobook can also be included in your time and book total — helpful if you have somewhere to drive to or need to prepare dinner, etc.
  3. It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. If you want to skip sleep and showers to do this — and some people do — go for it. If you want to be a bit more laid back, fine. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. Twelve hours is the benchmark for winning prizes.
  4. The length of the reviews or notes written in your blog are not an issue. You can write a sentence, a paragraph, or a full-length review. Up to you. The time spent reviewing counts in your total time.
  5. You can include some amount of time reading other participant’s blogs, commenting on participating blogs and Facebook pages, and Twittering about your progress (remember the #48hbc tag!). For every five hours, you can add one hour of networking. This time counts in your total time.
  6. On your blog, state when you are starting the challenge with a specific entry on that day and leave the link to that post at the Starting Line post at Ms. Yingling Reads on June 7th. And please link to the contest on your post.
  7. When you finish, Sign in to Mr. Linky with the URL of your Finish Line post; fill out the Google spreadsheet if you want to win prizes by Monday, June 10th.

Prize Packages

From the absolutely awesome Kelly Celia at
Walden Pond Press, we have five great prizes:
Set of Hero’s Guide – one paperback of Saving the Kingdom and one hardcover of Storming the Castle
One Sets of The Fourth Stall – paperback of The Fourth Stall and The Fourth Stall Part II, hardcover of The Fourth Stall Part III
One set of The Archer Legacy series – paperbacks of The Billionaire’s Curse, The Emerald Casket, and The Mask of Destiny
Copy of Platypus Police Squad by Jarrett Krosoczka
Copy of The Girl from Felony Bay

From Barbara Fisch at
Blue Slip Media 
ARC for SIRENS by Janet Fox
Finished copy of LIVES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge
Finished copy of SASS AND SERENDIPITY by Jennifer Ziegler
ARC for BEYOND LUCKY by Sarah Aronson

From Albert Whitman Publishing, we have Jennifer Angus' In Search of Goliath Hercules.

From author
Jennifer Rush, we have a signed copy of Bot Wars.

From author Sarah Jamila Stevenson, a copy of Underneath, which comes out 8 June!

From Penguin and Klutz Books, two packages:
·         Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin)
·         Seconds Away by Harlan Coben (Penguin)
·         The Klutz Book of Knots
·         The Encyclopedia of Immaturity (Klutz)
·         Klutz Coin Blaster Arcade
A set of Tales from Lovecraft Middle School
A Mini cookbook library, including Breakfast for Dinner, Pure Vanilla, Cooking With Flowers, and The Cookiepedia.

From Random House:
PAPERBOY by Vince Vawter
RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff
LARA’S GIFT by Annemarie O’Brien


  1. What an amazing reading challenge. Too bad my kids are still in school!

  2. Oh yes, thank you for the Most pages read (not in the first category) category! I can't read for 48 hours, but I can read fast........

  3. It's going to be fun! I plan to make be dent in reading pile. Thanks for organizing and hosting!

  4. I don't have an personal blog, but am an active participant on

    Would a link to my GoodReads profile and opening and closing updates/reviews posted there count towards the requirements for an opening and closing blog?

  5. I plan on starting later tonight or tomorrow morning, and putting up my starting line post. However, this is my first year participating, and I wanted clarity about one aspect of the rules: How do you feel about work in progress? That is, are we allowed to finish books that we started before the Challenge, provided that we make clear in number of books read how many were only parts of books? How about reviews of books we read before the Challenge, or reviews edited and posted that were drafted before the Challenge?


  6. Anonymous2:46 PM EDT

    Gah! I was so busy this week I totally forgot about this, well, not so much forgot as I thought I had another week before it started! get butt in gear.


  7. Anonymous9:15 AM EDT

    Yes! Finally someone writes about save.

    my web page; free music downloads