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MotherReader Challenge Update IV: Final Summary

The continuing schedule:
4:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Sleep
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Networking time
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Breakfast
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Networking time
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Blog
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Read MagicKeepers: The Eternal Hourglass
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Blog
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Try audiobook; complete failure
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Break for DC KidLit Book Club
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Blog
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Read The Summer I Turned Pretty

I know I’m jumping the gun on my summary, but I want to get the Finish Line post up and then go back and complete my last book for the challenge.

So I’ll have eight books read, and a total of thirty hours spent reading, blogging, and networking. I’m happy with my total hours which reached my personal goal. I was less happy with my number of books and wondered why I was reading so slowly. But I forgot that I took full advantage of the networking time — which seemed appropriate as the host — so it’s more like twenty-five hours. Then take out the blogging time, and it’s more like eight books in twenty hours, and that’s more like it for my reading pace.

I am so glad I added in the social media option this year. Personally, I liked the breaks to see what others were doing — even though I was only able to visit a fraction of the participants. I loved skimming the Twitter feed, which made me feel more connected to the community as I did the reading. We’ll be keeping that. Overall, I had a great time reading some great books alongside great bloggers. Who could ask for more?

Oh, I’ve decided to do my reviews of three of the books during the week because I have more to say than I can capture on little sleep. So this week you’ll be hearing about Secret Keeper, by Mitali Perkins, Cold Hands, Warm Heart, by Jill Wolfson, and The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han.


Liyana said...

Yay! That's great. 8 books in 20 hours. :D

Cheryl Vanatti said...

I loved Secret Keeper & will be anxious to see your thoughts on it. Thanks for hosting this. It was my first time & I am on vacation so my time is low, but I found some interesting sites to bookmark :-)

Stephanie said...

Looks great! Many thanks for hosting this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for doing all the work and putting this together! I'm amazed that people read for so many hours. And I'm really wanting to read "The Summer I Turned Pretty!"

Little Willow said...

Secret Keeper is very good. I really liked The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Unknown said...

Congrats, MR! Should I send the check for sponsoring you to you or directly to the Bridget Zinn fund?

Melissa Wiley said...

Kudos to you, Pam. I loved following the Twitter feed too. Thanks for hosting once again.

When you've had a chance to catch up on sleep & reviews, I wonder if you could tell us more about your kid lit book club? I know I've heard you mention it in the past, but I'd love more details.