Yes, friends, it’s that time.
24 in 48. What’s that mean?
Taken from their website: Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.
As I said when I participated in July, this one just feels much more manageable to me. While I would love to participate in the 24 hour readathons… I’m old and I need to sleep. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I stayed awake for a full 24 hours (ah, to be in my late teens and early 20s again… ew, no thanks) but I just can’t do that now. 24 hours of reading in 48 hours, though? I have a better shot at that.
This round is January 27-28. You can check out their website (linked above) for all the deets, explanations, and sign ups.
As for my TBR…
Let’s be real here. I’m terrible at TBRs. That’s why I don’t do them anymore. I just can’t correctly guess what I’ll be in the mood for weeks in advance.
But here’s what I might get to.
AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White.
I am currently reading this one so I might have it finished before #24in48 starts, but if I don’t, I will definitely be finishing this one.
From Goodreads: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
DOLL BONES by Holly Black.
This is another one I have already started. Once I finish AND I DARKEN, this will be my next read.
From Goodreads: Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .
THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton.
This is definitely an overdue reread! I found a copy of this last year for $.10 and it catapulted by need to reread my favorite childhood books.
From Goodreads: Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.
SHUG by Jenny Han.
I had no idea Jenny Han had any middle grade books until I found this one at a library sale. This sounds adorable (and awkward) and I’m here for it!
From Goodreads: Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there’s nothing worse than being twelve. She’s too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there’s not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren’t acting so dear anymore — especially Mark, the boy she’s known her whole life through. Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there’s just no figuring out today?
And that’s my very tentative TBR!
Are you participating? If so what, are you planning to read? And if not, tell me your weekend reading plans!