Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Redux

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!


  1. Great job raising money for such a good cause!

  2. Great job with your reading and your fundraising!!! Three cheers!

  3. I need to tear myself away from the computer and settle in with a book. I've been making the blog rounds this morning.

    It sounds like the read-a-thon was a big success for you reading wise. So many books! And then to have so much money going towards a great cause!

    I'll be curious to know what you think of Wuthering Heights when you are finished with it. I liked it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte's sister.

    Have a wonderful week, Nat!

  4. I love the Read-a-Thon. I'm glad you were able to finish so many books!

  5. I think it's great that you managed to raise money for breast cancer research! I'm glad you're enjoying Wuthering Heights. Unfortunately I didn't have much luck with it, but I'm thinking of maybe trying again one of these days.

  6. Congratulations on the money raised - that is wonderful!

    Is Dancing Girls a new Atwood? I need to check on that! And, I can't wait to hear about your new books.

  7. I would have loved to have participated in the Read-A-Thon.

    I hope to do so in April!

    I've never heard of Dancing Girls. Atwood is an author I really, really want to read. I have one book by her - Alias Grace I think, or maybe it's The Blind Assasin.

    I've heard so many good things about her. Have you read anything else by Atwood?


  8. Dewey and Andi - Thank you! :)

    Wendy - I actually wasn't crazy about Jane Eyre. Since people seem to prefer one or the other, I'm hopeful that I'll love Wuthering Heights. :P

    debnance - Me too! It was a lot of fun!

    Nymeth - A lot of people seem to have trouble with, or don't like, Wuthering Heights. But that just makes me all the more curious to see what I'll think of it! :P

    Iliana - Thanks! Dancing Girls is actually an older Atwood, her first collection of short stories I believe, published in the 70s.

    Shana - I've read just a few books by Atwood and she can be pretty hit or miss with me. I really liked Alias Grace, but really didn't like The Blind Assassin. The Handmaid's Tale is definitely worth reading, Oryx and Crake wasn't too bad, but I didn't like Surfacing.
    If you've never read her, I'd probably suggest The Handmaid's Tale or Alias Grace.

    Amy - Thanks again!

  9. I'll be looking forward to your review of The Sandman: Endless Nights. I really want to read those books...actually, I just want to read something by Neil Gaiman since I haven't had the chance yet.

  10. Juxtabook - Thanks again!

    Popin - I hope to get that review up tomorrow. It was my first exposure to the Sandman world but I enjoyed it.


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