Friday, April 20, 2012

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon: Spring 2012

Note: I'll be mostly doing short updates throughout the read-a-thon on In Spring it is the Dawn's Facebook page or on Twitter (@inspringthedawn). Please follow my progress there. I will update this post half-way and at the end, as well as if I do any mini-challenges along the way. Please scroll down for the most recent content during the day.

HOUR ONE: Let the reading begin!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? San Diego, California!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? All of them really although I'm quite looking forward to the Chin Music Press titles. Ultimately it just depends on my mood, I suppose.

Readathon Spring 2012

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! This is my first time to take part in the read-a-thon while living in a reasonable time zone (no more starting at 9PM!). But I'm a chronic night owl which means I went to bed far too late last night to be starting at 5AM! Oh, and I'm rather addicted to Cheerios!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Well, I wasn't able to take part in either of the 2011 read-a-thons, but I've participated in the past as a reader, a cheerleader, and as both. Today I just simply plan to do what I can, and remember it's not a competition. The most important is to read and have fun!

Happy read-a-thoning everyone!

Reading in Translation Mini-challenge
Hosted by Reading Through Life

If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be?

I would love to read any of Murakami's books in the original Japanese, but especially The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. It's one of my favourite Murakami stories and the English version is slightly shorter with a couple parts switched around. So, I'd really like to read it as it was originally written. Plus there are also lots of short stories and essays by Murakami that haven't been translated into English at all, not to mention many Japanese titles from other well-known authors that have never been translated either. Since we're dreaming...

Halfway: The MidEvent Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Sleepy? Yes. Not getting enough sleep last night is starting to take its toll. Eyes tired? Yes, but this is nothing new. Due to allergies and whatnot, my eyes have pretty much felt tired for the last couple of months!

2) What have you finished reading? I've finished reading A Room Where the Star-spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard by Levy Hideo. It was fun to revisit Tokyo, albeit in the 1960s, through this book.

3) What is your favorite read so far? Well, since I've only finished the one book, I'd have to say the Levy Hideo one. ;)

4) What about your favorite snacks? Salt & Vinegar Pringles. And there is some Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie FroYo in the freezer waiting for me this evening.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
Reading Through Life, host of the Reading in Translation Mini-challenge, and fellow Canadian, currently teaching English in Abu Dhabi.

Picturiffic Mini-challenge
Hosted by Stella Matutina

The object: To find an image that represents your current read.

Kabukicho circa 1960
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

In A Room Where the Star-spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard, the main character runs away from home and finds himself in Shinjuku, where he begins to discover who he is. It's a kind of a coming-of-age story, and a treatise on what it means to be an outsider. It's set in Tokyo in the late 1960s so this photo of Kabukicho, Shinjuku's entertainment district, circa 1960 seems a good representation.

My reading buddy

Update: Hour Twenty

Well, I think Jiro (above) has the right idea! I'm too tired to read anymore so I'm going to call it a night. The final result: I finished one book, and have started two others. After not reading much at all these last three months, this is progress. Plus it was great simply to spend time online chatting with some of you and catching up after being away from blogging for so long. I didn't set any goals for the day, just wanting to take it easy, so it's all good. I'm glad I got to take part!

Thanks to the organizers, the cheerleaders, and everyone who helped make this another fun readathon! And good luck to everyone still reading during these last few hours.

Good night!

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  1. I agree, the start times make a huge difference! When I was in NZ, the read-a-thon began at 1am. It was rough.

  2. Let the cheerleading commence, am looking forward to your views on Levy hideo's book, have heard good things about it

  3. I had to pop in and wish you the best read a thon! And in California! :) Have a great day!

  4. I'm in the 5am time zone as well. Sometimes I think it would be nice to start later in the day as I never get any sleep the night before, however, I really like that it is one entire day instead of half of Sat/half of Sunday.

  5. I'm glad to see you're joining the read-a-thon! You know, I'm pretty used to the 5 a.m. start time but it does help that I'm not a night owl. :-) Happy reading!

  6. I see that The Hairdresser of Harare is in your stack. I can't wait to read your thoughts on it.

    Chocolate is always good. I think I might venture out and get some later in the day.

    Good luck.

  7. It's neat that the time zone is more comfortable for you this time around; I like the looks of your stack of books, and hope you find some new favourites in there!

  8. Good for you! How are you coming with the reading at this Readathon? Keep us updated.

  9. You go girl! You're 3 hours ahead of me I think. I'm in Northern Virginia.

  10. How wonderful that you are participating in the read-a-thon!

  11. Memory - A 1AM start really is hard! It's fun to be awake during the main part of the readathon this time around.

    Parrish - I'm enjoying the Levy Hideo book. I actually started it last Fall but with all the preparations for moving, I decided I wanted to wait until I could sit down and appreciate it properly. Haven't finished it yet but so far I think you'd like it.

    Sheila - It's nice to be in Cali for the readathon! Hope you're having a great day of reading!

    quirky girls - I found the 9PM start quite hard since I would be up all day before it started and then get so tired only a few hours in. I think the East Coasters have it good starting at 8. ;)

    Vasilly - I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night but ah well. ;)

    MoniqueReads - I'm looking forward to it! It sounds like such a good read. And yes, chocolate is always good!

    Buried in Print - Thanks! An afternoon nap is sounding pretty good to me about now.

    Deb Nance - I haven't read a whole lot but am having fun all the same. I'll update here half way through. Until then I'm posting on the blog's Facebook page, and Twitter.

    dublinreadingroom - Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!

  12. Aw, what a sweet reading buddy!

  13. Congrats on finishing it & It's in an eformat so can get it for,my reader. PS, your reading buddy appears to have gone to sleep.

  14. I've never taken part in a official read-a-thon, but I enjoyed reading about your experience! ^^

    The Hairdresser of Harare? Thanks for telling me about that one! I've Googled a few reviews, and the descriptions remind me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith and his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

    PS: Love the reading buddy.

  15. Wow, sounds like you had fun! And who could've resisted such a sweet sleeping buddy? I would have joined him asap!

  16. Aw, cute picture of your reading buddy! Love the photo of Shinjuku, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the readathon. I had such a crappy weekend that I kind of wish I'd just stayed in bed and read, myself. I don't ever keep strictly to the reading hours, though. I tend to get a late start and then I just stay up till my eyes are heavy.

    I've had The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on my stack for years!! Loved the movie -- really need to get to the book. I've heard it's wonderful and I do like Muriel Spark. Hope you enjoy it!


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