48 Hour Challenge Starting Line post and first update

48 hours
So, despite the fact that I still have no internet*, I decided to try to do the 48 Hour Reading Challenge (hosted at Mother Reader). Also despite the fact that I’m working 8 hours on Saturday. This is possibly ridiculous, but that’s okay. I have wanted to participate in some of the reading challenges that go on, but my work schedule makes this difficult. And given the focus on diverse books in this reading challenge, it was also something I felt strongly about wanting to support.

Here’s my (extremely ambitious) list:
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Cold Steel by Kate Elliott
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury
Flygirl by Sherri Smith
Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff
A Bride’s Story 2 by Kaoru Mori
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

I am happy to note that most of these were already on my checked-out-to-read stacks! I started at 8 this morning (Friday) and have read for an hour and a half so far.

At this point, I have finished The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, which was absolutely charming, and a wonderful example of how diverse books can both be wonderfully specific and true (in this case to Indian culture) and touch on wider concerns, like friendship and family.

And now I’ve started Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister Mine, which recently won the Andre Norton award. I am loving Makeda and the cadences of her narration.

* By the end of next week this should be fixed. Yay!

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

22 replies on “48 Hour Challenge Starting Line post and first update”

I really enjoyed the first volume of A Bride’s Story! Hoping I’ll like this one too.

Sister Mine is in my pile too–I hope it’s good. And Grand Plan is awfully fun (and I should add the sequel to my pile too!)

I hope the settling in is going well, excpet for the no internet bit….I hope you get it soon, because the internet is comforting….

Grand Plan is lovely–I’m looking forward to the sequel quite a bit.

Thanks! It is going well, although I am (of course) in need of more bookshelves.

Several really good ones. Loved A Moment Comes, Fly Girl… you should have a good time reading. Grand Plan and the sequel are also fun. Interesting how my list has skewed toward Indian culture this year! Enjoy!

I noticed that myself. Very interesting–I’m glad more books about that cutlure are being published.

Thanks! I’ve only just started Flygirl but I’m hoping to finish it this evening.

[…] Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami: This book and its sequel are some of the most delightful I’ve read all year. I loved Dini and her transition from America to India, and how it feels to leave your best friend behind. I loved Dolly and the slightly-larger-than life plot that seemed really perfect for the Bollywood echoes. Most of all, this is a book that I really enjoyed reading and I’m hoping for more of Dini’s adventures. […]

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