Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Redux

Well, the spring version of Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is over. It's now late Sunday evening here in Japan. This time around, the read-a-thon was more like my own personal sleep-a-thon as I ended up sleeping through several hours of it. It was my busy week last week, and lack of sleep over the last several days catching up with me. Ah well, I did manage to finish reading/listening to The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman.  I also read over 100 pages in Book Two of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I only have about 40 more pages to go now so I'll definitely be done in time for the Japanese Literature Read-along discussion this coming Thursday.  So I can't complain. Course I kind of wish the read-a-thon were today instead since I'm pretty awake right now. Figures, right?

24 Hour Read-a-thonTime Spent Reading (since last update): 45 min.
Pages Read (since last update): 29

Total Time Spent Reading: 3 Hr 35 Min. (+ 1 Hr 30 Min. audio)
Total Pages Read: 117 (+ approx. 100 = audio equivalent) = 217

Books Completed: 1 - The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman, and about two thirds of Book Two of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

Food/Drink Consumed: H made ankake yakisoba for dinner which was a nice surprise, and very tasty.

ankake yakisoba

End of Event Meme
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hours 3-4 because I'd had a busy day and that was 11PM - 12AM here in Japan.  I'm usually a night owl but I just couldn't keep my eyes open.  

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Manga, graphic novels, YA, suspense, thrillers, mysteries... basically anything that holds your interest and is fairly easy to read.  

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
It would be nice to try a different start time.  Since the read-a-thon is held twice a year, to be more fair, one could start at the current time which is optimized for American readers, and the other one could have a start time optimized for European readers. (I'm not asking for Asia since I know the participants come mostly from the other regions).

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I wasn't terribly involved in the mini-challenges and whatnot this time, but it all seemed to work very smoothly.  The cheerleaders, as always, did a great job!

5. How many books did you read?
Half of one book and part of another.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
I enjoyed both of them differently.  It's impossible to choose. 

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't an official cheerleader and unfortunately only managed to get around to visit a few other readers.  I was cheering everyone on in spirit though.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very likely.  Probably as a reader, and maybe one of these times I'll sign up as an official cheerleader.  Overall I didn't get to participate as much as I would've liked this time but I'm already looking forward to the Autumn Read-a-thon.  Thank you to all of the co-hosts and everyone behind the scenes for your hard work in making this such a fun event!

Other read-a-thon posts:
Read-a-thon: Ready, Set... Read!
Read-a-thon (also know as SLEEP-a-thon): Update One
Read-a-thon/Sleep-a-thon: Update Two

Did you join the read-a-thon?  What did you read this weekend?

Have a great week!

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  1. Glad you had a good time! I slept through the night too, only participating about 12 hours altogether. :)

  2. I made a note of misa's kitchen - the recipe looks easy and delicious!

    Harvee Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon wrapup

  3. One of the wonderful things about the Readathon is the opportunity that it gives me to explore the book blogging community. I'm not sure if I would have found your blog any other way. Excited to add you to my Google Reader.

  4. I loved your End of Event wrap-up! Wish I could have participated, but reading your post let me enjoy it through you! I look forward to your review of Philip Pullman's book, I've been debating about picking it up. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I think you're right about the read-a-thon starting at different times. I don't mind the current start time, which is 5 am for me, but I know it might be easier for others to participate. You did great!

  6. I've left you some awards!

  7. That dish looks delicious!! Mmm . . . hungry. Great job this weekend.

  8. So do you want to host the next sleep-a-thon? LOL Sounds like fun.

    Is it weird participating during such different hours from most of us? I've always wondered. You did Sat night to Sun night right?

  9. I also read (or the audio book did) Haruki Murakami for the Read-a-thon. I'm really looking forward to picking up The Wind-up Bird Chronicle one of these days. I hear it is quite good.

    Your dinner looks delectable, by the way.

    You can see my Read-A-Thon wrap-up meme here if you're interested.

    Cheers ;-)

  10. Just stopping by again to say thanks for cheering for me. :)

  11. The dinner looks yummy! Hope your readathon time was wonderful - I really had fun with it ;)

  12. When I get tired I can't read no matter what, so that's why I don't even bother with read-a-thon reading. I do a better job staying awake to cheer people on, but I didn't even do that this year.

  13. Glad you had a good read-a-thon. I think it's fun, even though I end up falling asleep eventually.

  14. You did great! I fell asleep, too. It's hard when you work the day before the event. Honestly, I'm still recovering.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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