Saturday, October 09, 2010

24 Hour Read-a-thon

It's a little past 5PM on Saturday afternoon here in Tokyo. The read-a-thon officially begins at 9PM Japan time but I've finished off the chores and other things I needed to get done today so I'm going to begin reading now, to take advantage of some quiet time before the craziness begins.

I'm taking a pretty laid back approach to the read-a-thon this time. I'm looking forward to reading, especially since I haven't been doing all that much of it the last couple weeks, but I'm not at all worried about how much, or how long exactly I spend reading. I have no specific goals. So I'm not going to keep track of the numbers (pages read, time spent reading, etc.) this time. And I plan to post just a couple of updates. I'm guessing near the halfway point, and at the end. My main purpose is to have fun!

I've also signed up for the first time as an "official" cheerleader (Go Team Metaphor!), so I will be around though, visiting blogs and on Twitter. Let me know if you're reading today, and I'll be sure to stop by to see how you're doing, and to cheer you on.

As for what I'm going to read, there's no way I'll get through all, or probably even half, of these but here are the books I have on my pile to choose from this weekend.

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi
Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis
If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
Japanese Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyōka
The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom (which I'll hopefully be buddy reading with Gnoe of Graasland)

And on my ereader I'll choose from these:
The Handbook of Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Masuda Affair by I.J. Parker
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye

Happy read-a-thoning everyone!

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  1. Good luck with the Read-A-Thon! 9PM is an awful time to start! My starting time is 2PM. As it's my first time, I'll very strictly keep to it, make notes about pages read etc.

    Totally opposite to you! Have fun reading!

  2. wonderful selection ,beside the sea is such a wonderful book ,hope you managed to get a fair few read ,all the best styu

  3. We think alike! I have no goals either this time and I just plan to enjoy myself and read, which I haven't been doing much lately...

    So you've already started! Wishing you a great 24 hrs and looking forward to reading Cees Nooteboom together -- I'll be starting his book in 20 minutes!

  4. Your laid-back approach sounds very appealing; this is my first Read-A-Thon, so I'm taking notes for different ways to approach my next. Your reading selection looks like it offers something for a variety of moods, and I've been wanting to try something of Cees Nooteboom for quite awhile now. Happy Read-A-Thon-ing!

  5. Yeah, the Readathon doesn't have the best hours there, does it? Glad you got a head start!

    Happy reading!

  6. Have fun! It's my first time, and I have no agenda except to enjoy this.

  7. You have a great plan plus a great-looking stack to go with it!I'm cheering you on. Happy reading!

  8. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison
    Have a great workout today :)

  9. Just stopping by to cheer you on! 9pm is a horrible start time! Mine's 8am. Happy reading!

  10. Hope you're having fun with your reading, looking forward to see which books you chose!

  11. (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

  12. Happy reading! Good for you for finishing your chores early. I'm jealous!

  13. I agree with those who say 9PM is an awful time to start - we started at 1PM and I find that hard too (I am thinking about traveling to the US for the next Read-A-Thon so I can start early in the morning... Just kidding). But your laid back approach is great (no wonder!). Keep reading!

    PS. Softdrink's blessing may be the best thing I've read so far today... :)

  14. Sounds like a laid back plain is a good one! Hope you enjoy your day and happy reading!!
    Natalie :0)

  15. Official cheerleader, here to cheer you on. Go Reader, Go Reading, Be Reading, Keep Reading, Yeah Book Lovers. How is it going?

  16. Beside the Sea should be very do-able, I think.

    I hope you've enjoyed reading so far. If you go to sleep, will we see you again tomorrow in the last hours of the readathon?

  17. Thanks for visiting. I'll look forward to reading your updates.

  18. Best of, Will follow you in spirit as only learnt of this in the last hour.

  19. Eww, I wouldn't start at night! But, I guess it would be difficult to participate, otherwise. Hope you're having fun reading!

  20. Some really great books there! Good luck and happy reading :)

  21. 1, 2, 3, 4
    Hope your book isn’t a bore
    5, 6, 7, 8
    And your readathon is going great!

  22. You got this!!! :) You are doing awesome!! I'm having this laid back approach, too! It's my first one so I don't want to make it an experience that I won't enjoy!

    Anyways, I’m Jamie–one of your cheerleaders ready to cheer you on! Sometimes when I was in college and I would be doing marathon paper writing (not that the readthon isn’t fun!!) I would need just a quick stretch and a laugh and for whatever reason laughing babies always did the trick to make me giggle and then get back done to business! Here’s one of my favorites:

    Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner

  23. Well, my dear, I'm hoping above all your ARE having fun! :D


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