Time spent reading: 17 hours
Time spent blogging/Twittering/blog reading: 4.5 hours
Total challenge time: 21.5 hours
Books read: 9
Pages read: 2022
The books: Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Chalice, The Fruit Bowl Project, Savvy, Edward’s Eyes, The Hunger Games, Janes in Love, Masterpiece
I’m going to wait until the challenge closes completely and winners are declared to figure out my total donation for Brooklyn Public Library, so please comment if you want to show the public library some love! (And thanks so much to everyone who’s stopped by so far… it’s great to virtually meet you.)
Thoughts: It rocked. I slightly exceeded my time goal (20 hours) while falling short on my book goal (10), but the experience of blogging steadily, keeping up a Twitter stream as a motivational tool, and, best of all, joining a really fun active community of readers. It was great to find new school and YA librarian blogs for company and to generally swell the progress of my GoogleReader subscriptions.
Mental notes for next year: I need to be better about mixing longer books that I’m simply dying to read with short books that I can plow through just to up my page count. I can get through a short book of any quality fast content in the knowledge that it will be over soon, but a longer book I’m not that into will really slow me down. I read fast, but not as fast as I thought I did. I’m simply in awe of the quantity of reading some participants were capable of this weekend, so I’ll set slightly higher goals, but not get too cocky. Reading in the evening without caffeine or someone to prod me awake is a bad idea. I probably could have finished two more books in the time I lost to naps that snuck up on me.
My best piece of advice for the future: NEVER LAY DOWN during the challenge unless you’re planning to go to bed. Seriously, don’t even put your head down. Not even just for a second, with your phone alarm set just in case. You’re not fooling anyone, Nappy McNapperburg. Also, eating some vegetables at some point during the weekend couldn’t hurt. Man cannot read on sugary and salty snacks alone.