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!


  1. Congratulations! I didn't participate in this, but did the shorter Mystery Read-A-Thon for today. I didn't hit my page or book goal (came very close on books, not bad on pages) but I had a great time anyway.

    Also, I loved your comment about the typo on Twitter. I just messed up the word verification to post this comment. So tired...

  2. Great job, I hope to see you participating again next year! :D

  3. Go Abby!!!! That was an impressive run on Sunday! I don't think I could have done that. You are awesome!

  4. Yeah for the 20+ club! Who's going to write the club cheer? Kidding.

    I'm glad you liked the networking time. It was a huge part of the challenge for me too and a great addition. Made it feel more connected.

    Thanks for playing!

  5. I'm already thinking toward next year, too, so you're not the only one.

    Yay for the 20+ club!! (You made it, and didn't have to stay up super-late, either. :)

  6. I started with Calpurnia Tate. It was an inspirational kick-off. I am amazed at how slow a reader I really am. anyway, Congrats.

  7. Congratulations on meeting your goals! It looks like you read some terrific books. I can't wait to read your reviews, especially of Marcelo in the Real World.

  8. Yay, good job Abby! Looks like you got to read some great books. I had a lot of fun this year too.

  9. I know I appreciated your comments, Abby. Definitely, the comments helped keep me going. I like your idea of a specific personal goal to comment more next year - I may have to try that. I think because of participating in previous years, even though I knew that the commenting time counted this year, some part of it still felt a little like cheating, and I didn't do as much as I could have. But yes, a couch is essential! I read on my old couch, though, because our new one is a bit TOO comfy, and I was afraid I'd fall asleep.

  10. congratulations on a great job! I think you are right about the comments. I really like going around to see how everyone did and I really appreciate all the comments on my posts. That is part of the fun for me.

  11. A commenting mini-challenge is a great idea!