Sunday, October 25, 2009

Read-a-thon: Update (6) - And that's a wrap!

It's now after 9 PM on Sunday here in Japan and the read-a-thon has officially ended.  Wow!  The time just flew by!  I kind of gave up on reading during the last couple of hours and spent the time bloghopping instead.  Along with a dinner break.  So I didn't quite make my goal of 1000 pages but I had fun all the same, and it was great to see so many people reading together this weekend.

Total Time Spent Reading:  8 hours 35 min.
Total Pages Read:  723
Books Completed: 3

Food/Drink Consumed:  We ordered sushi for dinner, which we had with more green tea.


Mood:  Amused.  As proof that I'm in the wrong time zone, because even though it's getting late, and I'm a little tired, I usually read at night in bed so I'm now in the mood to read again!  LOL. 

End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 6 since that's 3 AM in Japan and by then I was having trouble concentrating so I headed to bed for a few hours.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, or any fast-paced YA fiction.  Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, or any graphic novel, or manga.  Generally anything fun, and easy to read.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Nope.  You guys do such a fantastic job making this a truly wonderful event!  Thank you!!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  All of it.  Everything seemed to work seamlessly. 
5. How many books did you read?  Only 3 this time around.
6. What were the names of the books you read?  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen, and The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex
7. Which book did you enjoy most?  All of them for different reasons.  Don't make me choose!
8. Which did you enjoy least?  See #7.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I wasn't an official cheerleader but I tried to bloghop some and visit other readers.  It took quite a while though and I wish I could've gotten around to more.  I apologize if I didn't get by yours, but I hope you had a wonderful time!  I really appreciate all the people who cheered, their support and enthusiasm truly helps to make this event so enjoyable!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Oh yes, I'm sure to participate again!  I still struggle with balancing reading and computer time so I think I may just do one, then the other next time (12 hours reading, 12 hours cheering), instead of trying to do both throughout.  But it's such a fun event, I'm already looking forward to April!

Thank you Eva, Nymeth, Hannah and Trish!  Dewey would be proud!


  1. A lot of participants also read Hunger Games. How much did you like it? :)

    The cover of the copy you have, by the way, looks more inviting than the ones I normally see. Is that the latest edition? Is it trade paperback?

  2. Your dinner looks SO good! Congrats on reading 3 books! :)


    I hope to join in April. I tried this time but knew it was going to be difficult.

    Good Night

  4. I read The Hunger Games, too (and Catching Fire), and I enjoyed them both!

  5. Congratulations! There were so many distractions at home here during the event that I didn't get to read much. Now I also want to read again!

  6. Congratulations!! Great job!!

  7. You really did great! Hope that you have had some well earned rest by now :-)

  8. I think splitting time in chunks of hours between reading and cheerleading is a really good idea. I will try for that next time, too.

    Good work :-)

  9. Congratulations on completing the read-a-thon, Nat. You did a wonderful job even if you didn't read quite as many pages as you'd hoped. From the sounds of it, all the participants had a lot of fun. I almost wish I could have participated too. :-)

  10. Hello-your dinner looks great-I found you from Eva's blog-that is what I like about these events is finding new blogs-A Canadian in Japan-I am a Canadian in California-I love finding fellow Cannucks around the world. You have an interesting blog. Glad you had a good day and congrats.

  11. Mmmm, sushi! :) And my mood at 7 am was pretty amused. I was pretty wired when I crawled into bed!

    I agree that it's tough to balance cheerleading and reading. I took a couple hour long cheerleading breaks and that seemed to help more, but there's just so many people to get to!

    You did fantastic--can't wait until April. :)

  12. I fell short of 1000 pages too, but not by too much. And I also read The Hunger Games - it's perfect for the Readathon!

    Congrats on making it all the way through!

  13. I am so jealous of your very very jealous. I'm landlocked in a small town, Midwest America, so no good sushi. I miss it...

    Congrats on the readathon! I know Japan's hours were a rough chunk of time!

  14. You did such a great job! I love the picture you posted. When I first woke up after the read-a-thon, I wanted to read again also. But now I just want to sleep.

    Happy reading.

  15. Great reading, Nat! I'm glad you had a good time, and I'm craving sushi now. ;)

  16. Next year I hope to be better prepared and have more manga involved. That certainly will help me go further. I can read manga with no brakes for hours. :)

  17. Great job! Thanks for cheering me on!

    Til the next readathon!

  18. Good job! Congrats on finishing!

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

    Mark David - It seemed like a lot of people were reading The Hunger Games during this read-a-thon, didn't it? I quite enjoyed it, and it's certainly an engaging, page-turner of a book. The copy I have is the UK trade pb which I got from The Book Depository. It seems that the books are going straight to paper in England, whereas they are still in hardback in the US. I try not to buy too many hardbacks and of course it was cheaper this way. :)

    Sylvie - Thanks! I hope you can join in for the next one. :)

    claire - It's funny how it works out sometimes. Oh well, I still had fun even though I didn't get in quite as much reading as I would've liked.

    Aarti - I think I'll try that next time. Trying to do everything at the same time is a bit distracting, for me anyway. Guess I'm not as good at multi-tasking as I'd like to think I am. :P

    Wendy - Thanks! It really was fun regardless of how much reading I did or didn't do. Maybe you can join in for a half read-a-thon sometime? :)

    Esme - Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. It's always nice to find a fellow Canadian ex-pat. :)

    Trish - I don't know how you can stay so energized throughout the whole thing. No doubt you were still pretty wired. I'm already looking forward to April too. :)

    Florinda - The Hunger Games really was a good read-a-thon book. Congrats to you too.

    Trisha - Thanks. That's too bad that you don't have any good sushi where you are. This was just delivery sushi but it wasn't too bad.

    Vasilly - Thank you for all your cheering!!

    Harry - Manga and graphic novels are great for the read-a-thon. I hope you can join in longer next time.


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