Saturday, October 18, 2008

24 Hour Read-a-Thon Hour 1

Where are you reading from today?

I am alternating between a maroon recliner and a wheelchair in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

3 facts about me …

1. I do not watch television. I've told my husband I'm burying the tv with him in his coffin. I plan to use the space for books.

2. For 25 years I've published haiku and articles on Japanese culture in several countries and been translated into a dozen languages. I've also won many prizes for my poetry (yes, money). But people in my personal life don't know I'm a writer.

3. I read every book from cover to cover, literally. Publisher info, dates, translation information, acknowledgements, introduction, dedication, footnotes, any glossary or index, author's bio, notes on type, even the colophon. Tip to tail. I started doing it as a child and just can't stop myself.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

Five or six.

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)?

No, just to enjoy uninterrupted reading and comment on other blogs.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

This is a first for me. I'm not keen on stopping to post often so for now I'm just a regular reading fool.


  1. Wow, that's so interesting that you're a writer!

  2. Your comment about the TV made me laugh.

  3. Then you must check my poetry blog! Just lik on my name!

  4. I think it's great that you are focusing on reading, I know posting ate up a lot of my reading time on the last read-a-thon (but I had fun anyway!). I always look forward to reading your reviews so read on! :D

  5. Hope you're having a great time reading! (Good idea not to post too much--I can see where the read-a-thon could turn into 24-hour internet day....)

  6. Hope your reading is going well!

    That's interesting you're a writer but no one in your personal life knows!

  7. Wow! I'd love to read some of your articles on Japanese culture and your haiku.
    Hope your reading is going well.

  8. Hope it's going great for you! :)

  9. I hope things are going well so far! Good luck and don't end up like this...


    Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness

  10. Regular reading fools make up about half the readathoners, actually! We're happy to imagine you leaned back in your recliner with a book and with the tv OFF.

  11. I'm impressed with your writing credentials! :-) Do you ever post your poetry or haiku online?

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  13. I'm eager to see what you will have read by the end of the Readathon. Have fun, and happy reading!

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  15. Hope you are getting plenty of reading done! I look forward to seeing what you achieved at the end of the Readathon.

  16. My poetry is one of the things I never brought over from my old blog when I moved here a couple of months ago. I have added a link in my sidebar to my poetry site for those interested. It's the Japanese garden entrance captioned "A Time For Haiku".

  17. I drive my husband crazy when I read and watch/listen to the TV and know what is happening in both. Hope you are making progress in your reading.

  18. well done on participating in the language mini-challenge, hope you enjoyed it and had fun reading in German!

    Sarah (aka the naked translator)

  19. My television has been gathering dust for some time now. Making it a bookcase is not a bad idea.

    I have a short story challenge for all readers up at my blog.

    I was late posting it so the deadline is not until the end of the read-a-thon.

    Please stop by if you can.



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