Monday, June 8, 2009

48HBC Wrap-Up

Annnnd I'm spent.

Total time spent reading/blogging: 20.5 hours
Total # of books finished: 5
Total $ of pages read: 1528

I've made it to 20.5 hours and I'm calling it quits. I didn't separate out time spent reading, blogging, and social networking, but this is what the weekend looked like for me:


7:00am - Time officially starts

4:45pm - I get home from Cincinnati and begin reading. (2.5 hours)

7:15-8:00p - Take a break for dinner.

8:00p-9:45p - Reading/blogging (1.75 hours)

9:45-10:15p - Break

10:15-11:00p - Reading (.75 hours)

11:00p - Fall asleep.


7:30a - Wake up

7:50a-1:50 - Reading/blogging (6 hours)

1:50-2:45 - Break

2:45-6:15 - Reading/blogging (3.5 hours)

6:15-6:50 - Break for dinner

6:50p-12:30a - Reading/blogging (5.5 hours)

So, counting the time it's taking me to make this post, I've made it to 20.5 hours.

In that time, I've finished 5 books and read parts of 2 additional books.

Books read:

by Philip Reeve

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant

I also read 66 pages of The Comet's Curse and 111 pages of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, which I am really enjoying. I'd love to keep going, but I don't think I can keep my eyes open for much longer.

My total number of pages read is 1528.

I hit both my goals this year, which were to read for at least 20 hours and finish at least 5 books. I was also able to visit a lot of blogs and leave encouraging comments (so important!) and I really appreciated the encouragement to Tweet and socialize.

I think for next year, I might set a mini-challenge for myself to visit and comment on a certain number of or percentage of participating blogs. The sense of community this year was great and I know that comments and tweets from everyone kept me going! Plus, visiting blogs and talking to people about the Challenge made a nice break when I just couldn't read for a minute longer.

This year might have been easier with a couch... I alternated between my one comfy chair and the floor and (towards the end) my bed. My new couch should be delivered June 19, so hopefully I'll have it for next year... ;) (Jeez, am I already thinking about next year? What is wrong with me?)

And, since I fear I'm now rambling incoherently, I'll stop this wrap-up post and go to bed. MANY thanks to MotherReader for hosting this challenge - it's an event I look forward to! (And now I'm looking forward to getting my copy of The Sims 3 this week and not even thinking about reading unless I want to... ;)

Great job, everyone. And if you're still finishing up, READ READ READ! You can do it! Keep up the good work!