Saturday, July 3, 2010

My New Toy

I got a new toy. Well, actually, it is a reading accessory. I was reading blogs and saw a bookmark that could keep track of the time spent reading mentioned. That intrigued me.

I recently participated in a couple of read-a-thons when knowing how much time I actually spent reading would have been useful. I wandered over to Amazon and searched. This is what I found: The Mark-My-Time digital bookmark.

This bookmark will either count up time or count down time. It is actually advertised as a way for kids (and parents) to keep track of time spent reading because research has shown that 20 minutes a day of reading time for kids has measurable benefits in school performance.

I will certainly be using the count up function much more frequently since I have no problem reading at least 20 minutes a day. I used it today for the first time when I read The Time Weaver by Shana Abe. I learned that I read the book in 4 hours and 4 minutes of actual reading time. I first set the mode to count up. Then I just pressed the red button each time I began reading and pressed it again each time I stopped. I also found that I started and stopped reading a lot. I would go off for a drink of water or check out an inning of a baseball game or go check on the laundry.

The Mark-My-Time bookmark comes in a variety of cool colors and is quite inexpensive. I paid $8.45. I chose hot pink for mine because sometimes I want to be a girly-girl.  I recommend it for both reluctant readers and avid readers who want to know how much time they are really spending reading.


  1. I haven't heard of any such reading time counting bookmark, but it sounds interesting, I will go and check it out at Amazon, thanks! :-)

    ps. and I like the hot pink too ;-)

  2. Pink is for me too!;)

    I wonder if I can get this is stores! I prefer not to buy much stuff online but that may have to change after I see all these goodies!!=)

    Thx for sharing!

  3. I can't believe you already got it! I have to check out that 2-day thing! Have a great 4th!

  4. I've never really thought about keeping track of how long it takes me to read a book... Great idea!! Hmmm wish the Kindle has some kind of function to keep track...

  5. Whoa, cool! I've gotta get one! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love this new toy...I just might be adding this to my cart the next time I head over to Amazon, thanks for the heads up!


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