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.
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.
Hosted by Stella Matutina
The object: To find an image that represents your current read.
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.
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