Saturday, April 18, 2009

Read-a-thon: Update Three

It's now a little after 12 PM on Sunday afternoon in Japan, in Hour 16 of the Read-a-thon, and here's what I've accomplished since my last update 7 hours ago.

Time Spent Reading: 55 Minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 5 Hours 20 Minutes
Pages Read: 165
Total Pages Read: 476
Books Completed: 2 (The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen)

Time Spent Blogging: 65 Minutes
Total Time Spent Blogging: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
Time Spent Sleeping: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Mini-challenges Entered: 3
Participants Visited: 3 (I got too tired to do anymore before I went to bed but hope to do some cheerleading this afternoon).

Food/Drink Consumed: Cereal, Grape and Aloe Yogurt, Orinamon C (a Japanese vitamin energy drink), toast.

Other Activities: Sleep!
Mood: A bit tired but ready to read some more. I really needed to sleep a bit so hopefully I'll be able to stay up now to the end. Next up Emma, vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori.

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
I just finished Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen, a graphic novel with really beautiful art.

2. How many books have you read so far? 2

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I'm looking forward to all the books in my stack so whatever I end up reading.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Not especially. H and I often go out on the weekend to take pictures or something so this weekend we didn't make any plans but otherwise, no.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just the late start and the lingering smell of gas in the apartment were quite distracting for the first half. And of course, you could say I was interrupted by sleep, even though it was intended!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
At just how fast it flies by!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No, I think the organizers and cheerleaders have done a fabulous job! Thank you!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I'd try to get more sleep the night before, and would try to have dinner finished earlier so I could start on time. ;)

9. Are you getting tired yet?
I was really lagging around 6 AM, and am still a bit tired but thanks to having a short sleep, I'm on my way to a second wind.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Nothing original, but changing location. Sleeping for a bit if needed. And taking out my contacts was nice for my tired eyes.


  1. Glad you are getting your second wind! It won't be long now!

  2. Since you are on just about the opposite schedule of me, I'm impressed at your stamina for the R-a-T! You've accomplished a lot. Enjoy your reading :-)

  3. Glad to see you back! I'm really wishing it was noon here--then I could be in bed, finished with the 'thon.

  4. I love the pictures that you've been uploading for the read-a-thon updates! <3

  5. Sounds like your doing well! It's great that you have gotten a second wind. Way to go!

  6. Sounds like you're doing a great job! I really don't think I'd make it the entire time, but must try the next challenge! Good luck to the end. :)

  7. Kailana - My eyes are a little tired but I'm sure I'll be up to the end.

    Kim L - Thanks! The sleep in the middle helped a lot! :)

    Trish - I wish I had a day to recover from the readathon. My Monday is actually really busy. Oh well, the things we do for our addiction to books! :P

    mee - Glad you've been enjoying them. I've been having fun and figure pictures are always good, instead of just number updates.

    Teddy Rose - Thanks for stopping by. I'm hoping to squeeze in one more short book.

    mjmbecky - Thanks! It's hard to do a full 24 hours but it's still fun to try and do as much as we can. :)


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