Here are my totals:
28 1/2 hours reading time
average 116 pages per hour
I guess I could have done more if I had slept less, but after a while I really got reading fatigue - I even made proclamations like "I will never read a book again!" (Not true, I already started The 19th Wife).
I also noticed when I was reading "Songs for the Missing" (my second book) that I had chosen the wrong books to read if I wanted to win. Some of the books I chose are not the type of books you can speed read, but I wanted to mix it up between adult and YA and also finish up some of my library books. Next time: A big stack of Babysitter's Club Books! (J/K)
Here's what I read (in the order I enjoyed them):
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marissa Pessl
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Deliverance by James Dickey
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston
Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan
(Reviews all gathered in the next two posts)
Daniel just sent me this quote:
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)
I think he doesn't want me to participate next year.