Saturday, October 24, 2009

Read-a-thon: Update (2) - On Your Mark, Get Set, ... Go!

It's now past 9 PM on Saturday evening here in Japan and the 24 Hour Read-a-thon has officially begun.  Since my last update at 7 PM, I read for another 65 minutes and only have about 80 pages left to go in The Hunger Games.  So I should have my first book completed by the next update.

Actual Time Spent Reading (since last update): 65 min.
Pages Read (since last update): 86

Total Time Spent Reading:  5 hours 10 minutes
Total Pages Read:  366
Books Completed: 0

Food/Drink Consumed:  Had some dinner, not terribly exciting just leftovers from yesterday, but including Japanese style flavoured-rice...yum.
Other Activities:  Fed the boys (aka the cats) their dinner too. 
Random Fact:  It's raining out, which really is great curling up on the sofa and reading weather!
Mood:  Eager to get back to The Hunger Games as it's in the last stretch now.   And I'm looking forward to the read-a-thon proper now that it has officially begun!  Yay! 

Introduction meme:

Where are you reading from today?  Tokyo, Japan
3 facts about me …  I'm addicted to chocolate.  One of my favourite things is having a warm cat curled up beside me while I read.  I'm blonde, which means I really stand out in Japan.     
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?  10, although I don't expect to get all of them read.
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)?  Not specifically although I would like to read more than 1000 pages.  This is my third read-a-thon, and for the first one I only read 605 pages. For the second I read 948 pages, which was very close, so this time I'd like to better that.  I'm also planning to spend more time cheering other readers on this time.  I hope to visit everyone who visits here and then see how many others I can get to.
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?  I posted some tips on my Read-a-thon post earlier in the week, but mainly I'd say 'variety' is key. To keep from burning out on reading, read several short or fast-paced books, change the position where you read (bed, sofa, etc), have a selection of snacks on hand, check out the various mini-challenges. In other words, mix things up a bit.  There are so many ways to enjoy the read-a-thon, the most important thing though is simply to have fun!

Happy reading everyone!


  1. So glad it sounds like you are enjoying THE HUNGER GAMES!

    I know about standing out in Japan. When I lived there, people would take pictures of me all the time!

  2. Great advice! I love chocolate also and wish I remembered to buy some for today. Hunger Games is an addicting book. I bet you'll be reading Catching Fire next. Happy reading!

  3. Welcome to the read-a-thon! Enjoy these first few hours-they'll fly by! I'm sure you'll do great. :D

    Your advice is so good, lol. I couldn't come up w/ anything helpful like that.

  4. Having a cat to read with is the best, huh?

    I hope you can get to all 10 books!

    And I bet you look lovely in Blonde in Japan.

  5. I LOVED Hunger Games. Happy reading! :)

    By the way, it's really cool that you're in Japan.

  6. Oh I love to read when it rains! You're doing good tanabata, keep it up! :)

  7. You are doing very well, Nat. You're making me hungry. :-) Good luck with your goal to read 1000 pages. You can do it!

  8. Traditional read-a-thon blessing:

    May the bookshelf be there to greet you.
    May all the books appeal.
    May the fridge be full of tasty snacks;
    the words fall soft upon your eyes and until the read-a-thon ends,
    may you always hold a book in the palm of your hand.

    Good luck today!

  9. Well, here we are again! We always run into each other at these readathons...happy reading.
    I'm kicking myself for not picking up the hunger games when I was in the US last summer.

  10. I'm back for more cheering! Keep up the reading Nat! :)

  11. Happy Read-a-Thon day! I hope the first few hours have been treating you well. Have fun today and enjoy the wonderful books you have lined up :)

  12. I absolutely loved the Hunger Games. I hope you have Catching Fire too, because you're going to want to jump right in to it!! Have fun reading!

  13. I've "known" you for a long time, but never knew you were blonde. Guess I've never seen a picture of you!

  14. Konichiwa from Indiana! And good luck with your reading!

  15. I LOVE that the participants span the globe!! Glad you were able to play even with the time difference...

  16. Thank you everyone for stopping by to cheer me on during the read-a-thon. Your comments were much appreciated!

    Lenore - I can imagine! Whereabouts in Japan did you live? Living in Tokyo isn't as bad as other places since seeing foreigners isn't a novelty here, but the blonde hair is still very obvious.

    Vasilly - I made sure to buy some chocolate to have on hand. :)

    Trish - Jiro is our cuddly cat, and it really is the best when he curls up with me on the bed or sofa. :)

    Kate - Thanks. I have a love/hate relationship with Japan but most of the time I'm happy to be here. :)

    Mark David - Rain or snow are great to read by.

    softdrink - Love all your cheers!!! Thank you!

    Bybee - I got mine from The Book Depository. Love their free shipping.

    Les - Really? I do hate being IN photos, I'm much happier behind the camera. :)

    campbele - Konnichiwa back at ya!

    Britt - Me too! It's fun seeing people participating from all over.

  17. I think I'll be horribly behind on all the blog posts I intend to read, but I wanted to comment: I'm glad to see The Hunger Games was a great starting book for you. All the more reason for me to start it as soon as possible (3 review copies first, then The Hunger Games).

    And a big fat thanks again for the Japan challenges!

  18. Kathrin - No problem, as you can see I'm very behind on replying. :)
    And you're very welcome for the Japan Challenges. I'm glad people are interested and enjoying them.

  19. I definitely love the Japan Challenges. It's a great idea you had there :-)

  20. Kathrin - I'm hardly an expert on Japan but it's fun to help encourage others to have a little taste of it. :)

  21. As for the expert part, I'd say you're one of the very, very few people I know who live in Japan, so in my book you're an expert :-)

  22. Kathrin - Well thanks. There are some great Japan blogs out there, and others who are much better informed than I am, but I'm glad if I can help introduce a little bit of Japan to our book blogging community. :)

  23. There are? I must have overlooked them - but then, I can't really subscribe to any more blogs without endangering my own blogging even further ;-)
    Anyway, you're doing a great job introducing Japan, so why look for more?

  24. Kathrin - Aww, thank you!
    There are some blogs that focus on life in Japan, most of them by expats living here, so they talk about Japan way more than I do. I'm happy to focus on books though with a touch of Japan here and there. :)


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