Saturday, December 05, 2009

Read. Read. Read-a-thon

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!

Update One
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 readingIn 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...

Update Two
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.

Update Three
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!

Update Four
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) CompletedIn 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.

Update Five
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.
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.

The End
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!

Final Update
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) CompletedIn 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!


  1. I'm participating too! It's a great time to get some quality reading time. Best of luck and happy reading :)

  2. Oh wow, you're in Japan? That's awesome.

    I'm taking advantage of this Read-a-Thon to catch up too. I had a difficult review to write (and it's still not done) and fell behind with my other stuff.

  3. Good luck with your reading! I love the title of your blog. I've never seen so much Japanese literature in one place before, it's great.

  4. Your blog was the one that introduced me to the book blogging community and I'm glad you are participating in this read-a-thon too! I love how tasteful and well laid out your site is, and the pictures of the flowers are just beautiful. :)

    Good luck with the read-a-thon tonight! Hope you have a lot of fun with it. :)

  5. Have fun with this mini-read-a-thon! I'm not participating, but I feel like I had my own read-a-thon this entire week. I was home sick with a bad cold/flu (swine?) and read almost 5 books! Now to get caught up on the reviews for said books. :)

    Hope you're having a good weekend.

  6. Ah, cold air. Never quite the caffeine-free jolt I want it to be. Good luck!

  7. You're doing great! See, I forget to do the memes and challenges and what not because I get so caught up in a book. I feel like I miss out. Glad you are able to keep up with that part of the readathon :)

    And, WOW, proud of you for getting up that early to participate!

  8. Thanks for the compliments on my layout and blog! I was actually never a Jane Austen fan until this year and now I am consumed by her. Happy reading!

  9. Congrats on hanging in so long (with the time issue) and thanks for participating in the compliments meme! Your header is indeed beautiful... what kinds of flowers are those?

  10. Wow you're really into these read-athons. Keep it up! I envy the number of books you get to read and finish :)

  11. I'm sure it is quite odd to be reading while many others are sleeping. You are hanging in there, nevertheless.

    Good luck!

  12. After this readathon I will come back again to your blog to read a little more cause I do see quite a few interesting books you read. But no time for that now of course ;-)

    Enjoy this reading weekend neighbour!

  13. Nice work - sounds like you're doing great. I'm about ready for bed at this point and I have no intention of getting up before noon!! ;)

  14. MissAttitude - I've been sadly lacking in quality reading time lately so this was the perfect excuse.

    E.L. Fay - LOL. I'm very behind on blogging too but at least I'll hopefully catch up a little bit on reading this weekend.

    Ash - Thanks! I hope you've read lots, and are having a great read-a-thon!

    Bitsy - Thank you! And I'm thrilled to know that I introduced you to the book blogging community. I hope your reading is going well.

    Les - Oh no! I'm sorry to hear you were laid up with the flu(?) this past week. Reading 5 books is great but I'm sure you'd much rather be healthy. I hope you're feeling better!!

    raych - LOL. No, not quite the same thing but it was worth a shot!

  15. Miss Wisabus - Being caught up in a book is great though. Sometimes I end up wasting too much time on the computer when I should be reading. And given the time difference, it wasn't so much getting up early to participate, as staying up late. ;)

    Ash - It doesn't matter when you became a fan, it's just being a Jane fan that matters! ;)

    I Heart Monster - Thanks! And thanks for hosting the meme. The flowers in my current header are spider lilies.

    Mark David - Well, they're a good excuse to put everything else aside and just focus on reading. :)

    readerbuzz - Yes, especially now that I'm wide awake but many others are going to bed. Ah well, it's never a bad time to read. :)

    cessie - Quite a few books on your blog caught my eye so I look forward to visiting your blog again too. Happy reading!

    tuulenhaiven - Well, I hope you have a great sleep! :)

  16. YOu are doing good. I am SO VERY slow.

  17. Good to hear you're enjoying yourself! :) I couldn't participate because December 5th is Sinterklaas in Holland: 'gift night', a gathering of family where we unwrap presents brought to us from Spain by Sinterklaas and his Pete helpers ;)

    Or just enjoy the company of your family (if you've been bad you won't get any presents you see! ;)

    "Then I also opened up the sliding door to the balcony to breathe in some cold air" HM. Envy. I suddenly realize you're actually living in Japan. Lucky grrl ;)

  18. Good job! You read about as many pages as I did, which is a good 80 more pages than I did for the Dewey Read-a-Thon.

  19. Great job on the read-a-thon!!! I'm very impressed!! I failed miserably!! Ah well, there is always next time!!

    Thanks for participating in my Book Libs meme!! What fun!! :)

  20. gautami tripathy - But slow is ok too. Having fun is the most important! :)

    gnoegnoe - Thanks, it was fun. Your day sounds wonderful though. :)
    I have to admit that living here as long as I have, I have a bit of a love/hate thing with Japan. But one of these days you'll just have to visit Japan, hopefully while I'm still here.

    E.L. Fay - That's great! I read less than I did for Dewey's Read-a-thon in October but I read for less time too. It's all good.

    Tif - You're absolutely right, there is always next time! And I'm already looking forward to it. :)


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