Join me in the #Pondathon!

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

Pondathon character

My side quest awards (shields at the bottom and on the right):
Mark of the Brave, Recipe for Compassion, Potion of Trust, Ballad of Friendship, A Moment of Your Time, Favor of the Knights of Strongjaw, Wings of Hope..

You notice one of my shields is missing. I didn’t try to get the A Dagger Named Valor.
To get it, I had to talk a “diverse” book, defined on the site as “a ‘diverse’ book as a book that is written by an author with a marginalised identity – this can include being a person of colour and/or indigenous, disabled, LGBTQIA+ and/or gender diverse, or intersections of these identities – about characters with marginalised identities“.
I am a reader, not a sociologist. What’s important to me is the writing. The color of the authors, their gender, or sex life is not relevant to what I am reading.
As far as reading is concerned, I think the diversity that matters is about the language the book was written in. There are still so many books written in a large variety of languages, that have never been translated into English. That’s what readers need to talk about, and push publishers to do, to get a more diverse access to literature.

My Pondathon TBR

I’ll be reading mostly from my Japanese list, and from my Classics List.

The challenge is over, here is what I have read/listened:

  1. And Then, by Natsume Soseki
  2. The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley (audio)
  3. The Gate, by Natsume Soseki
  4. Selected Poems, by Masaoka Shiki
  5. Le Charretier de la Providence, by Georges Simenon
  6. Second Sister, by Chan Ho-Kei
  7. Complot, by Nicolas Beuglet (audio)
  8. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Hector Garcia
  9. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
  10. The Essential Haiku, ed. by Robert Hass
  11. L’ile du diable, by Nicolas Beuglet (audio)
  12. Monsieur Gallet (Maigret #3), décédé, by Geroges Simenon
  13. The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami
  14. The Missing Sister, by Elle Marr
  15. Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien, (Maigret #4), by Georges Simenon
  16. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart – review upcoming

It was from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020, so I’m very happy

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Please join me in the #Pondathon
The more the merrier!

 

Bout of Books 20: Day 6 recap

Bout of Books 20#boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 21st
and runs through Sunday, August 27th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 20:
Day 6 recap

BoB-Expert06

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Salt Creek:  69 pages – finished the book

  2. Enigma: 84 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 6 = 153 pages
Busy day, am actually surprised I was able to read that much.
I didn’t do the challenge, lack of time and inspiration.
Will probably have even less reading time tomorrow.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR:  620 /525

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • Discovered only 1 participant where I had not yet left a comment

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Salt Creek:  76 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 2 pages, well it should count as 4, as 2 in English and 2 by me in French

  3. Concerto pour quatre mains: 25 pages

  4. Enigma: 20 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 5 = 123 pages
The best so far, and I probably won’t be able to read much today, with a meeting with friends and Church today and tomorrow.
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn, and finished it.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is really delightful and the narrator awesome.
I didn’t do the challenge. No time for reviewing this week, apart from the one I posted on Monday.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 467/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • The first days, I checked in order people who had signed up for Bout of Books 20. But it was frustrating to discover that several were actually not participating.
    Then I followed a couple of day Sarah‘s advice (thanks Sarah! Be sure to look at her yummy recipes!!), and used a random number generators to check dozens of blog every day.
    Finally yesterday, I decided to focus on those of you who posted the latest recap, and I managed to visit and leave a message at all the participants I had not yet visited. So 30 new boutofbloggers I had not yet met before!
    So looks like one day or another I visited each of the boutofbookers who posted their recap yesterday

  • I followed 11 new people on Twitter

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. Salt Creek: 82 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 24 pages – am actually translating it into French, yes, that’s one of my jobs

TOTAL pages in DAY 4 = 106
One more page than yesterday!!
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 344/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:
    If you like this, try that . . .
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 4 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 2 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Salt Creek: 93 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 3 = 105
Finally, a decent day! I also listened to my audiobook for 30 mn.
But I didn’t do the rainbow spine challenge, as it would have looked too much like the one I did a few months ago.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 238 /525

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 6 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 40 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. Salt Creek: 50 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 2 = 62
Pathetic. I had to write a book review, and it took me longer than I expected.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 133/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Synopsis rewrite
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 8 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 11 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. Salt Creek: 67 pages

  2. Enigma: 4 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 1 = 71
Not bad, as we had this crazy Twitter Party for an hour – crazy because of the speed of the tweets, though I have seen worse, lol!
+ 40 mn of audio time:  The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 71/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

  • I posted a book giveaway

  • I took part in the Twitter chat, it was not as crazy as last year.

  • 13 new Twitter followers (@wordsandpeace), 1 new Instagram follower (@wordsandpeace1)

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 28 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 5 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 8 blogs

 SCHEDULE

Challenges/Giveaways
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 20.
Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions
and details on how to complete the daily challenges**


Monday 8/21
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 8/22
Synopsis rewrite

Wednesday 8/23
Book spine rainbow

Thursday 8/24
If you like this, try that . . .

Friday 8/25
Leave a book review

Saturday 8/26
Love to hate

Sunday 8/27
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

GOALS

What books will I be reading?

 

  • Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel – a French book on Orthodox icons, received for review

  • A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn

  • Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

  • Enigma, by Catherine Coulter (Netgalley)

  • Blackbird Fly, by Lise McClendon – translating it into French

  • Concerto pour quatre mains, by Paul Colize – a French thriller, that I’m reading with one of my French online students

  • Merle, by Angela Wren

What books will I be listening?

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick

  • Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas

As my daily average so far this year seems to be 69 pages/day, my challenge will be to read 525 pages (average of 75 pages/day).
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

And as I’m an expert this year, I plan on visiting and cheering 25 bloggers every day

 

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