Here’s my first status report in April’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon! It’s two o’clock in Utrecht and all over the world the readathon is actually starting while I’m already three and a half hours in ;) I know I said 10am in my earlier post, but I technically started at half past. It was smart to get a ‘false’ start because it helped me get going!

Mini-challenge: Dewey’s Hour 1 meme

Where are you reading from today?
My reading chair in Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe.

3 facts about me …
1. I’m not alone in the house: Mr Gnoe, cats Juno & Ringo and dwarf hamster Yoshi are keeping me company.
2. David Mitchell is my favourite author. Barbara Gowdy and Haruki Mrakami come second.
3. I love many (but not all) things Japanese and hope to travel there in the next few years.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
9, but I don’t expect to read them all… (Here’s my pile, with the addition of David Mitchell’s latest). Not counting my complete bookshelf ;)

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)?
My goal is to actually READ more since I got so over-excited in November that I hardly read anything. Stay relaxed and enjoy everything ;) For the community aspect I’ll check in every 2-3 hours.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
This is only my 2nd time participating but I learned a lot last time and decided to do some things differently. Read about them in my Sunday Salon! My main advice to first-timers is… try not to get too excited :\ But I guess that’s just a lesson you’ll have to learn the hard way! ;)

Status report

24 Hour Read-a-thonTime period: 10.30 – 13.55

Currently reading: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger — and thoroughly loving it!

Total of time read: exactly 2 hrs 30 mins (breaks for lunch and laundry)
Total amount of pages read: 64 pages

Books finished: 0
Mini-challenges I participated in: 1 (Intro meme)