Saturday, April 10, 2010

Read-a-thon: Ready, Set... Read!

24 Hour Read-a-thonYay! It's time for the spring edition of Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon! I think this is the 4th time I'm joining in, although with the time difference and everything I've never stayed up for the whole 24 hours, and this time will be no different. It's a little past 9PM here in Japan, and I'm already quite tired as we spent the afternoon out with our cameras, admiring some weeping cherry trees in full bloom. I literally just finished dinner a few minutes ago. Plus it's been a busy week, and I haven't really had enough sleep the last few days in a row, so I'm not sure how long I'll last today. I'll definitely be reading most of Sunday (Japan time) though, which works out to the second half of the official read-a-thon hours.  So if I disappear for a while, I will return.

Where are you reading from today?  Tokyo, Japan
3 facts about me …
I haven't had coffee in months! I miss it but my body doesn't. It's a good thing I love tea.
I can't imagine life without my books (of course!), my laptop, my camera, and my iPhone. When did I become such a geek? ;)
I have enough unread books in the house to keep me reading for several YEARS! But shhhhhhh don't tell my husband.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
In keeping with my "just go with the flow" mood for this read-a-thon, I haven't even put together a specific stack of books. My priority is to read Book Two of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami for the discussion next week. I'd also like to read Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa. And I have some manga on hand that I expect I may get into once I get tired. I have plenty of other books to choose from too, either books to read for review commitments or just for fun. I'll just see how it goes.

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)? 
Nope. I've usually had book or page goals for each of the previous read-a-thons that I took part in but this time I'm not going to worry about the numbers. I'll post an update every few hours. My main goal this weekend is to spend some quality time reading, to enjoy the community aspect, and most importantly, to have fun!

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
To have a successful read-a-thon, you should:
Read a few short books. It's hard to stay focused on one long, thick book.
Read manga, graphic novels, books with illustrations when you're starting to get sleepy, or your eyes are feeling tired.
Move around every so often.
Wear comfy clothes.
Eat healthy foods along with those yummy snacks.
Take photos of your books, your snacks, your reading spot, etc.
Update your blog so we know how you're doing.
Tweet your progress. Use the hashtag #readathon.
Stop by the official 24 Hour Read-a-thon blog.
Participate in some mini-challenges if you're so inspired.
Cheer on some of your fellow read-a-thoners.
Sleep if you need to.
Have fun!


Anyway, now I'm off to read and will check in here in a few hours. I've got my book - I'm starting off with The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. I've got my iPhone (for tweeting purposes). Got my laptop. And the kettle is boiling. Happy read-a-thoning everyone!

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  1. I wonder if there is a place people are Tweeting about the Readathon....Maybe #readathon?

    I will try to find out.

    Good luck and thanks for the ideas!

  2. Happy reading!!! You are doing great!! Keep up the reading :P

  3. That is some great advice. I definitely agree. I think I probably should give up coffee but I love the taste. It's become a comfort food. I'll probably have to find a favorite tea first. Happy reading!

  4. So glad you're participating!

    Let's see if I can come up with a rhyme...

    It's time to read for the readathon!
    Time to get your reading game on!
    Gooooooooo Tanabata!

  5. readerbuzz - Oops I should have mentioned that. Yes, the Twitter hashtag is #readathon. You can do a search for it, and if you use Tweetdeck you can create a column just for the #readathon updates. Glad you're read-a-thoning too!

    Vasilly - I was starting to get stomach aches after a single latte or other cup of coffee so I had to give it up. I still miss the taste sometimes, especially when walking past a coffee shop!

    And thanks guys for the early cheers!

  6. Good Luck! Go Team Woodsworth! ---Happy Reading!

  7. I'e decided to join for the first time. Your post persuaded me! Good luck!

    Here are my Read-a-Thon books

  8. Good luck with the read-a-thon. I love Murakami, hope you enjoy the book. I agree with you about the short books, thats what I shall be tackling too.

  9. 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!

  10. Happy reading, Nat! I'm enjoying my current read, but need to take a break and get my shower and get dressed. It's supposed to be a gorgeous day, so I plan to head out to the deck or porch later.

    Good luck!

  11. How are you finding The Wind-Up Birds Chronicle? I've always wanted to try Murakami. Would The Wind-Up Birds Chronicle be a good starting place?

  12. Yeah, the time zones don't always work well for you! Happy reading, though!

  13. happy read-a-thon-ing today! comfy clothes and a comfy place to sit with a warm drink makes for ideal reading time.

  14. Happy reading today. I'll be cheering you on!

  15. YAY! I'm happy to see that you are participating in the read-a-thon, even with such a busy week.


    I hope to see you around later, have a good rest and HAPPY readings!!! *shakes pom poms*

  16. I can certainly relate with you. Read-a-thon starts at night in our side of the world, that's why I try to sneak in a nap or two at the beginning. :D I hope you'll have lots of fun when you start reading. Your TBR is drool-worthy. I've been longing to read [English-translated] Japanese books, but they're just so hard to come by. Planning on a manga or two this time, though.

    Happy reading! Good luck! You can do it! I'll be cheering you on! :D

  17. I'm guessing you'll be starting your reading fairly soon. I hope you have a productive and enjoyable day.

  18. Looks like you are making great headway
    Keep up the reading, don’t let that head sway
    Eyes on the page and coffee in hand
    You’ll be entering a new land.


  19. Happy reading! I'd love for them to do a Friday evening (US)-Saturday evening readathon one day...which would work out better for you, as well!

    Keep up the reading!

  20. Keep it up! Keep it up! Keep that reading spirit up. Keep. It. Up. Keep it up! Go Read-a-thoners!

  21. I like books
    I really do.
    Books with stories
    And pictures, too. (Author unknown)

    Hope you're enjoying everyone you meet and everywhere you go in your reading today.

  22. Thank you everyone for stopping by to cheer me on! It was really appreciated.

    katrina - I love Murakami too! It's actually a re-read, I first read The Wind-up Bird a few years ago, but am very much enjoying it the second time around.

    Jodie - Thanks again for the awesome cheers!

    Les - Thanks, Les! Hope you got to spend some time outdoors enjoying that weather.

    Sara - I'm quite enjoying The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, which like I said above, is actually a re-read for me. It's a pretty thick book, so I don't know if I'd recommend it as an introduction to Murakami. I might suggest A Wild Sheep Chase, and Dance Dance Dance or Norwegian Wood as good places to start. You should definitely give one of his books a try someday though.

    Kelly - No, those darn time zones. Oh well. :P

    Velvet - Thanks for wishing me a good read-a-thon. There's nothing like curling up with a book, all comfy-like, and with a hot drink. :)

    ferrywoman - It's hard when it starts so late in the day, isn't it? I usually try to sleep late, or have a nap but it didn't work out this time. Oh well. It was still fun.

    Ronnica - Yes, it would be nice if they changed the start time, or since the read-a-thon is held twice a year, if they had one that started like now, and one that started earlier (more optimized for European participants). We can hope.


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