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Saturday, October 9, 2010

3:15 AM: I'm Still Reading-a-thon - And other Updates

3:15 AM Manila time:

I started late and slow. Had to attend to some "administrative matters" first before I eventually overcame inertia and settled into actual reading. I'm on page 243 now. Not an impressive accomplishment given that the read-a-thon is already on its eighth hour. But it's progress nonetheless.

I only took a break to drink water after an exciting, fiery segment. And I'm now checking in to update you of my progress. Thank you for the cheers!

And now, I should get back to reading soon so as not to break my stride. I'll be back to check on other read-a-thoners when I need a break from reading. It'll be great to know how others are doing.

This is an interesting exercise. To be doing this with other book readers from other parts of the world. I'm starting to see the appeal.

*Cracking the whip at myself* Okay, back to the book!

6:03 AM Manila Time

I have passed the 300 page mark for the book. I'm about ready for a 1-hour nap. I can still push it, but the words and letters are starting to blur and swim in a dyslexic jumble. That signals the need to rest my eyes. And what better way to rest them than sleep?

The Pillars of the Earth is not my kind of book. But so far, so good. A little too much detail at times, especially when one is trying to keep awake. But it has its page turning moments.

How is everybody?

9:38 AM Manila time:

Just woke up from what was supposed to be a 1-hour nap. Tearing myself away from the bed on a Sunday morning was one of the hardest thing I had to do in my whole life. :)

I'm not doing this right this first time. In a few minutes I will have to get ready to leave for lunch with family. I really have not logged in a lot of reading hours and have only plowed through a little less than 200 pages. I just realized that the next time I do this, I just really need to:
  • set aside time
  • bow out from other engagements, and
  • do a lot of those little pesky must-do's before the read-a-thon starts.
I'm beginning to see why doing this together with my book club friends in one public place might be a good idea.

I'm excited about April.

6:30 PM Manila time:

Argh. Just got back from what I thought was going to be just lunch but turned out to be a funeral service. And I mean no disrespect, but those were the longest eulogies I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. I knew then as I sat on the wooden pew, as I struggled to stay awake and resisted the urge to whip out my book and read, that my first read-a-thon was an epic fail.

As this picture shows, all I ever really have to show after this exercise are eyebags that only a dermatological miracle can eliminate.
I'm on page 347. With barely 1 1/2 hours to go, I won't even hit the halfway mark.

But I'll do the best I can.

And there's always next year.

11:57 PM Manila Time

The first thing I did after the read-a-thon was to take a shower, to wash away the stench of failure. Haha. But seriously I had fun. I failed in completing Pillars of the Earth, but like i said in my first blog post about this read-a-thon, my expectations are low. I just wanted to give it a try and learn from the exercise, so that I can do better next time.

Internet was down for some time, and now that it's back on, I'm just too sleepy to work on a final blog. That will have to wait until tomorrow.

Thank you to all the cheerleaders! You guys were great.

So for now, good night! Enjoy your sleep. Didn't know reading could be this tiring. :)


  1. I am here to cheer for you! I started listening to The Pillars once and it put me to sleep. Keep meaning to pick it up again to read and see if it is better than listening. Keep us posted!

  2. A thought to mull over: “The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.” -- John Greenleaf Whittier

    Enjoy your reading!

  3. "Woke up this morning with/a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read."-Raymond Carver.
    Sunny reading vibes from Miami, USA...Dewey's Read-A-Thon Cheerleader. Keep up the good work! I love your blog. Consider me a folllower and fan....

  4. LOL. I can so relate to you not wanting to get out of bed on Sunday morning of the read-a-thon. But so glad you're joining in, it's a lot of fun regardless of how much reading you actually get done. You've done great though! Enjoy the rest of your day, and happy reading! :)

  5. Gege, your photo background of those bookshelves bursting at the seams has me green with envy! Have you sent a photo for Peter's blog? You should. Good luck with the Read-a-Thon, and with POTE! I don't have a copy of the book yet, and doubt I'll be able to join this month's discussion :( But I do want to read it.

  6. Ge, you're still way ahead of me. I'm only on page 130+. So many other responsibilities. But though I'm a miserable failure, I'm not miserable.:)

    Anyway, yes--all together, in a locked room, with food--that's how we should do the next readathon.

  7. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
    - Francis Bacon

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Yes, this is the reason I wanted to read as a group!!!

    Thank you for the whipcracking you gave me... Unfortunately I fell asleep at 1. Woke up at 9am and decided to make up for all the lost hours, and this is my first break (not counting lunch)

    Only a few more hours to go, we can do this!

  9. Hi, Gege! So will you be finishing the book in time for the discussion? Or are you just going to watch the very well-made mini-series? Hehehe.



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