Saturday, April 18, 2009

Let the reading begin!

A little bit of a late start for me and proof that the best of intentions isn't always enough. H decided to try making homemade gnocchi tonight, which was delicious, but took longer than expected, so we've just finished tidying up. And we've also just had the fire people here as the neighbour below us smelled gas and called them. After that we could smell it in our apartment too but they measured the fumes and they're apparently not combustible. That's something I suppose, and as long as the fumes don't give me a headache!

So it's after 9PM in Japan now. Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon has officially started, and I'm eager to get started. I went to bed far too late last night as I was busy doing stuff to get ready for it, but I did try to sleep in as much as I could. I did a few chores around the house today though, some laundry, vacuumed, so I wouldn't be distracted or feel guilty about those things during the read-a-thon, and I did fit in a short nap, before this evening's drama. I'm still a bit tired but I'm excited.

The Introduction Meme
Where are you reading from today? Just outside Tokyo, Japan.
3 facts about me …
I'm a night owl and a tea fiend.
My reading buddies, our two cats, are hanging out in the living room with me right now.
I love collecting pretty bookmarks but often end up using free ones or old postcards and whatnot.
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? I have 14 to choose from but I hope to finish 5 or 6.
Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
I'd like to read more pages and complete more books than I did for the last one in October. Last time I read 605 pages and finished 4 books.
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
It's only my second time but I guess the main one would be to take breaks when you need them, and just have fun!

Well, my snacks aren't too far away, my stack of books is nearby, so let the reading begin! Good luck everyone!


  1. Happy reading and I hope hour one went better for you than it did me!

  2. Great list of books there! Enjoy your reading today!

  3. Good luck with your goals. Despite the rough patch at the start, I'm sure you'll do well. The Girl and I are having a blast. As you can tell, I'm taking a bit of a break. I'm trying to pace myself. Have fun!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. I wish I were a night owl, but I'm a morning...dove? LOL.

    I agree--have fun! That's the best part.

  5. Greetings from Korea...hope you meet your goals...what does your snack stack look like?

  6. Serena - I didn't really start reading until almost the second hour but other than that it's been ok. Good luck with your reading.

    Maree and Robin - Thanks for the support!

    Anna - I've been taking some breaks too, but the time always seems to just fly by. Hope you're both having a great time!

    Trish - LOL. Sometimes I wish I were more of a morning person. Sometimes my weird late schedule means I end up not sleeping enough. Oh well, must try harder.

    Bybee - How's the reading going over there in Korea? I haven't really got into the Japanese snacks yet but I'll try to post pics when I do. How about yours?

  7. It seems like a lot of people are half-a-thonning or late-a-thonning this time around, so I don't feel quite so bad about study-thonning.

    Also, I keep trying to work up the nerve to make gnocci from scratch. Some foods are scary.

  8. raych - Reading is reading regardless I say. :)
    Some foods really are intimidating to make from scratch. The gnocchi was actually easier to make than I thought it would be though. It just took a bit longer since it was our first time. Was delicious though and we'll probably try to make it again sometime.


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