I haven't read very much today although I hope to read some more in bed in a little bit. It's quite a difference from last Sunday when I spent most of the day reading. Because of the time difference, here in Japan the 24 Hour Read-a-thon started at 9PM on Saturday and ended at 9PM on Sunday. After that, pretty much all I wanted to do was sleep! And going to work on Monday was a bit hard but it was fun to be able to take part this time. Thanks again to Dewey and all her helpers!
You can read my final update for the read-a-thon here, but to re-cap, I finished 4 books, Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock, The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy, Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (that I had been reading earlier in the month), The Sandman: Endless Nights, and I got about a third into Dingo by Charles de Lint. Dingo was a quick read and I finished it up early in the week. Since then I've been reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I've been meaning to read it for a few years and I felt I was in the right mood to give it a try. It seems to be one of those books that people either love or hate! So far I'm loving the atmosphere of it but I've only begun to hear the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, so we'll see how I feel about it as I get more into it. This week I posted reviews of Griffin & Sabine, and The Secret Lives of People in Love (click on titles), and I'll hopefully have the rest up this coming week.
You may remember that during the read-a-thon, I was reading for a cause. I had pledged to donate 10 cents a page to Breast Cancer Research. I ended up with a page total of 605 pages, so at 10 cents a page that is $60.50. But that's not all! I must say once again a very big thank you to my wonderful sponsors, Stephanie, Jodie and Jill. Thanks to their generosity, we raised approx. US$330!! I say approximately because, and I'm really quite thrilled that it worked out this way, the donations are going to organisations in 3 different countries. US$75.50 went to 2 organisations in the US. GBP £121 to Cancer Research UK, and to balance out for the fact that the Canadian dollar is quite weak recently I donated CAD$80 (approx. US$62) to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I'd loved to have read more but I think it was still a successful first read-a-thon for me. Thanks also to everyone who cheered me on!
I haven't received many books recently but a couple of books did arrive in the last week and a bit. Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood, that I won during Buy a Friend a Book Week (Thanks Juxtabook!) and Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy, that I won during Book Blogger Appreciation Week (Thanks Amy!). I've ordered a few new books this week but I'll tell you about those when they arrive. For now it's time to get back to the Yorkshire moors. Happy reading!