Bethany at Dreadlock Girl couldn't take part in Dewey’s Read-A-Thon in October so she decided to have her own day of reading and invited others to join her. As I'm behind on my reading and could use an excuse to fit in some quality reading time this weekend, I thought I'd join in. I'm not going to try for the whole time, I'll just try to read as much as I can. Instead of doing several update posts though as I have done before for the read-a-thon, this time I'm just going to update this post every so often with my progress. So please scroll down for the latest update.
The read-a-thon just officially started at 6AM PST, which is 11PM on Saturday here in Japan. I'd hoped to sit down with my book this afternoon for a while but this day just flew by and here it is already 11PM! I'm kind of sleepy already but I've got my big mug of tea and am ready to settle down with my book. I'll take a break in an hour or so to check in to see who else is reading but for the meantime my book is calling. Whether you are participating today or not, Happy reading!
It's 2AM here in Japan but I'm still hanging in there.
Time spent reading: 1 Hr 40 Min
Pages read: 60
What I'm reading: In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathan Scott Fuqua. It's the book currently on my nightstand and I was about halfway through before the read-a-thon. I'm enjoying it but would like to finish it as it feels like I've had it on the go for a while now. I suppose that's Goal #1 of this read-a-thon for me. I have some easy reads on deck though for when I need a change of pace.
Food/Drink Consumed: After my tea I broke into the snacks, oops. Had some yuzu (Japanese lime) and pepper flavoured chips, and some cold oolong tea to wash them down.
Mood: A bit tired but happy to be reading.
Off to visit some of the other participants...
It's a little past 3:30AM here and I haven't read anything in the last hour and a half. I've been frittering away my time either on the computer or cuddling the cats. I did visit some other participants though, and completed a couple of memes.
For I Heart Monster's Breaktime Shindig, we're to visit 5 other participants and say nice things about them. Gotta luv the love!
Here's who I visited:
Fabula: A Book Blog - Bitsy's blog template is so colourful and fun, it totally makes me smile!
English Major's Junk Food - Ash hasn't been blogging long but seems to have jumped in with both feet. She has a nice simple layout that is very inviting, plus she's a historical fiction, Jane Austen fan so she must have good taste!
Book Nook Club - Ronnica is a true bibliophile! For proof just look at her stack of books for the read-a-thon! I love how very tall it is!
cessie's book journey - A lovely, light, airy (if that makes sense) blog. I'm very curious to know more about her experiences living in China (she just moved there in August) so her blog is now in my Google Reader.
Biblioaddict - I really love J.S. Peyton's blog template, it's so nicely laid out and organized, plus her blog posts are always interesting.
Then I did Beth Fish Reads mini exercise break.
Since I'd been sitting at the computer for awhile, I got up to stretch and walk around for a bit. This also included grabbing a drink of juice from the fridge (the air is so dry in here), but no snacks. Then I also opened up the sliding door to the balcony to breathe in some cold air in an attempt to wake me up. Despite these measures I'm really starting to drag so I may have to head to bed soon and pick up again in the morning.
Well I lasted to about 5AM and then went to bed, from where I did not emerge until NOON! But it was so cozy I just couldn't bring myself to wake up enough to start reading again. Then I had some house chores to do that I just couldn't ignore, and now here we are at 3PM here in Japan. I've got a bagel sandwich ready to be eaten and my book ready to go. I'm not really sure what's been happening for the other participants but I'm eager to get back to reading so I'll check in a little bit later. And for everyone that has been reading the entire time, unlike me, way to go!
It's now 6PM here in Tokyo and Yay! I finished a book! H was out for a couple hours this afternoon so the house was quiet and it was perfect for getting through the rest of my book.
Time spent reading (since Update One): 2 Hr 40 Min
Total time spent reading: 4 Hr 20 Min
Pages read (since Update One): 99
Total Pages read: 159
Book(s) Completed: In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathan Scott Fuqua
Food/Drink Consumed: After lunch, a couple of mandarin oranges, and a couple of cookies with another big mug of tea.
Mood: Very happy to have finally finished this book since I started it a few weeks ago but it kept getting put aside for other reading commitments.
It's now 8PM and I haven't done any more reading in the last 2 hours but I've visited several other participants blogs, started to make dinner, and I just had to do Tif Talks Books Book Libs meme. Click on the link for the rules.
Now I need to finish making dinner and eat it. Hopefully I'll be able to read a bit more afterwards. If you're still up, only a little bit longer, you can do it!Once upon a time in the land of the Old Country, there lived Carl and Puttnam happily ever after. Is that not how the story always goes?!? On the night before Puttnam's birthday, Carl was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden there was a fumble. He jumped out of bed to awaken Puttnam.
As both stood there, looking at the desire in their front room, they felt tired. How could it be? Was it true? To be face to face with desire was not possible. What were they to do?
With quick thinking, Carl and Puttnam exchanged a knowing glance and shovelled.
From there, we may never know what happened in this story. It could be good. Or, it could be chilly. It truly is a mystery! However what we do know is this . . . . "Tell me something I don't know," she said.
It's midnight here in Tokyo ... and that's a wrap! I picked up Varjak Paw by SF Said to read next as I wanted something fun and easy to read after the more serious In the Wake of the Boatman. I snuck in a few pages here and there while boiling the noodles and preparing dinner, and then read again afterwards.
Time spent reading (since last update): 2 Hr 5 Min
Total time spent reading: 6 Hr 25 Min
Pages read (since last update): 248
Total Pages read: 407
Book(s) Completed: In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathan Scott Fuqua, Varjak Paw by SF Said
Food/Drink Consumed: Dinner was udon with a side of flavoured rice and pickles. Yummy but all the starch made me a bit sleepy, but I made some hot chocolate, had some fruit and hunkered down with the book which I kept reading until I'd finished.
Mood: Glad that I was able to read what I did, but like always, I wish I could've read more. I hope everyone who participated had a good time, and a big thank you to Bethany for hosting this mini read-a-thon!