just an obsurvashun

June 5, 2011

The end of the 48 hours

Filed under: Uncategorized — smacky @ 6:42 pm

After 26.7 total hours spent reading and blogging and reading other people’s blogs over the past couple days, I’ve been sleeping the sleep of the dead for several hours. Despite setting an alarm to give me another 90 minutes to read, I woke up with about 7 minutes left in my 48 hours. Instead of spending it reading, I’m just posting my final info. I finished the following books:

    Thirteen Reasons Why andGlass (Crank, #2)

Then I got through 248 pages of

and when I had to shower, drive, cook, or clean, I audiobooked through a bit of

The Glass Castle which I had started prior to the challenge and haven’t finished yet.

I liked most of the books, as my prior posts indicate. I’m not sure about The Glass Castle, yet, but I don’t think I like it–not because of the writing but because of the parents. And the cats. It all just makes me sad. The writing is hard to judge from the audio book because it’s read by the author and the way she reads it, she tells of these horrible experiences from the perspective of a child who doesn’t seem to think they’re as horrible as I do. So I like it and I don’t like it for that same reason. It’s uncomfortable but it’s her life. Many people have had similarly awful childhoods. Some have grown up and been successful and some haven’t. It’s very difficult to hear this story and not judge people, but I feel I have no right to judge. I thought I didn’t like the book at first, but I really think it’s the parents I don’t like. Take that as you will because, despite their faults and mental illness, they did raise some successful, self-sufficient children.

I chose a lot of depressing books for this weekend. I have my reasons for it and aparently I survived. I am exhausted and I have a paper to write this afternoon. Guess I shoulda done my homework before this started…

Thanks to MotherReader for the great idea. Thanks to FunMama for telling me about it. Perhaps I’ll see you all here again next year?



  1. Well, with all those dark books you are certainly ready to jump into the Wall Street Journal article discussion! (I’ve been catching up on it today.)

    Great job on the reading! Hope to see you next year!

    Comment by MotherReader — June 5, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  2. Oddly, I think The Glass Castle showed up on the high school summer reading lists. Way to keep the students interested in reading.

    Comment by Ms. Yingling — June 5, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  3. The glass castle helped me to understand my husband’s family who are from West VA. It was very necessary for me to “read up” on them while he was deployed and I had to spend a lot of time alone with them. Ugh. But he’s back now and all is well in crazyville.

    Comment by anna — June 15, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

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