Sunday, April 19, 2009

Read-a-thon: Final Update

It's almost over! It's now 8:30 PM on Sunday evening in Japan, in Hour 24 of the Read-a-thon, and here's what I've accomplished since my last update about 4 hours ago.

Time Spent Reading: 50 Minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 8 Hours 50 Minutes
Pages Read: 140
Total Pages Read: 948
Total Books Completed: 5
(The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen, Emma, vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori, The Character of Rain by Amélie Nothomb, Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki)
Time Spent Blogging: 90 Minutes
Food/Drink Consumed: Chocolate covered almonds, orange juice.

Other Activities: Fed the boys their dinner.
Mood: Hungry! We ordered a pizza for dinner and are just waiting for it to arrive.

If anyone is in need of something fun after a hard day of reading, click on this link to watch Matt Dancing Badly. No matter how many times I watch it it still makes me smile! :)

End of the Event Meme
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Around Hour 10-11 as this is early morning in Japan.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
All the books I read were good at keeping my attention. Essentially any story that appeals to you and that you can get lost in for a little while and graphic novels and manga as the pictures help to keep you reading even if you're tired.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope. It was all so well organized!! You all did such a great job putting this together.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Everything was really great!

5. How many books did you read?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
Emma, vol. 8
by Kaoru Mori
The Character of Rain by Amélie Nothomb
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

8. Which did you enjoy least?
I really enjoyed all of them!

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not applicable since I wasn't a cheerleader but I think the cheerleaders do a fantastic job, especially since there were so many participants this time. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to cheer me on!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I really like reading, but I find it difficult to read and visit other participants and join mini-challenges and twitter all at the same time, and I feel a bit pulled between wanting to read and wanting to join in the community aspect of it more. Maybe I should just do a half-marathon next time, and cheer for part of the time. Those of you who can do both are amazing!!

Thank you to the truly fabulous co-hosts Nymeth, Hannah and Trish for all your hard work in getting this set up. And of course thank you, Dewey!


  1. You have sure done great :D
    Enjoy that pizza

  2. You did fantastic by staying up the whole time!! Bravo!

  3. Wow, over 900 pages is awesome!

  4. You did great! Congrats! I found it hard to balance the reading and the commenting, too. It was doubly hard because I was sharing my computer with Serena, so we'd decide if we want to participate in a mini-challenge and comment on a few blogs and switch places. It kept us going, though.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. It's morning, and I'm living the thon vicariously through everyone else's posts. So jealous, so glad you had fun!

  6. Thanks everyone for all your supportive comments! And sweet dreams! :)

    Staci - Well, I did sleep for a few hours in the middle, but I was there in the end. I'm off to bed again now. A busy day tomorrow.

    3M - I'm really pleased with my page total. Of course the graphic novels and manga really helped it along, but maybe next time I'll break 1000. :)

    Anna - I think it was really fun that you got to do the read-a-thon with Serena and your daughter. You all did great! And maybe I'll be better about commenting on other participants' blogs next time.

    raych - It was a lot of fun and went by really fast. Maybe you'll be able to join in next time?

  7. I'm amazed of how some people can read and cheerlead at the same time too! Congrats on finishing the marathon and reading that many books!

    ps: I like that Matt videos a lot too <3.

  8. Five seems to be the magic number! Well, except for those who read 17. Which is unbelievable. Congrats on a job well done!

  9. Congrats on a successful read-a-thon!

    I'm always amazed that you're actually blogging from Japan. An acquaintance of mine currently is there for an exchange semester! Did you learn Japanese before you got to Japan?

  10. Way to go! You're the second person to mention Skim, it's on my list for next time. Well I'll read it next time if I can hold out until then to read it.

  11. I said I was going to devote an hour to cheering this time but didn't get around to it. Out of every 2 hours, though, I spent about 15-20 minutes commenting, so I guess that adds up? The time goes by so fast!!

    Glad you enjoyed Graveyard Book! I might have to get that one for the next one (read Stardust and Coraline in previous 'thons).

  12. Congratulations on finishing! You did great!

  13. Beth F - It was fun, and thanks for cheering!

    mee - Thanks. Congrats to you too. Those Matt videos always make me smile. :)

    Natasha - Five is a good number. :)

    Kathrin - Thanks. I learned a little bit of Japanese in university before I came over for the first time, but it's a hard language. At least that's the excuse I tell myself for still not being able to speak it very well. :P

    thatsthebook - I really liked Skim. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. Graphic novels really are great during the read-a-thon.

    Trish - You did a fantastic job commenting and visiting the other participants!! It really does go by so quickly though, doesn't it? The Graveyard Book would be perfect for an October read-a-thon, very seasonal. :)

    Thanks claire!

  14. Oh, I heard how complicated Japanese grammar is - and then all the kana plus the kanji! I certainly understand that you can't speak it all perfect.
    I think it would have been even scarier to go there without knowing any Japanese at all though, or not?

  15. Kathrin - It did help knowing a little bit before I came. In the big cities and tourist spots there are signs in English but it would be pretty hard to suddenly find yourself in a rural area without knowing any Japanese.
    As for the grammar, it's pretty much the complete opposite of English! ;)


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