Bout of Books Readathon 8.0 MASTER POST

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It’s time, ya’ll! Time for Bout of Books!


In case you forgot, here’s the official Bout of Books blurb again:

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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m hosting one of the challenges today (Monday)! Check it out here, you could win a $15 gift card or book! (Challenge is closed now.)

So let’s get to it! This is going to be where I update my progress daily – it’s a sticky post, so it’ll be here at the top of my blog page all week. I don’t like overrunning people’s readers with readathon posts, so just check back here for my updates (I’ll tweet it whenever I update it too). Moving on…

I am so, so excited for the books I have picked out. I think it’s a really good mix, and two of them I just bought on Saturday and I’ve been itching to start them!

My Bout of Books stack of awesome.

My Bout of Books stack of awesome.


  • The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
  • George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler
  • Mission to Mars by Buzz Aldrin (about half-way through this, need to finish)


  • Read at least 100 pages per day, hopefully getting up to 1000 pages read by the end.
  • Cross at least 3 books off of my list (I’m aiming low, since I might try to get some packing done this week).
  • Visit and comment on other blogs, new-to-me and not, at least once a day.
  • Join in on at least one Twitter chat (@SarahSaysRead if you wanna talk to me!)

MY UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Number of pages I’ve read today: 105 pages. Made my goal at least!
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Blue Blazes
#todayinsixwords: Was distracted by all the things.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 163 🙂
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Blue Blazes
#todayinsixwords: Not too bad, took a nap.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 340!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Blue Blazes, Relish, and True Grit
#todayinsixwords: Bummed I missed the Twitter chat.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 105. At least I made my page goal.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: True Grit
#todayinsixwords: Tired and did all the housework.

high five


Number of pages I’ve read today: 138.
Total number of books I’ve read: 3!
Books I read from: True Grit, Self-Inflicted Wounds
#todayinsixwords: Los Gallos restaurant is so delicious.

jazz hands


Number of pages I’ve read today: 115.
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books I read from: Self-Inflicted Wounds
#todayinsixwords: Distracted by internet, movie, food, honeyman.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 173! Not great, but not bad at all.
Total number of books I’ve read: 4!
Books I read from: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Stormdancer
#todayinsixwords: At least I beat my page goal. (Okay so that 7 words, shut up I’m tired.)

lana gif


Alright I’m going to go to watch my niece and nephew and hopefully get them to read a bit with me! And I’ll be popping online a lot of course. Have fun ya’ll!




  1. MORNING SUNSHINE! I already entered your challenge and I’m very excited to see what you think of some of these books. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, for example (I can’t believe you managed to cadge it from the library already, nice going!), and Relish (because FOOD) and True Grit (because Laura loved it so much)… Happy reading, I’ll drop by again later to see how you’re getting on!
    P.S. Kudos on the GIF, dude. KUDOS. 😀


    1. Good mornin!!! RE: your challenge comment, I TOTALLY get you being in an area that not a lot of good authors come to. The closest area any good authors come to around me is NYC, and that’s at least 8 hours away.

      I’m so excited about all these boooooooks!


  2. You’ve got a great mix of books on your list. Good luck with your goals.

    I like your #todayinsixwords addition to the updates. Looking forward to seeing what you end up with for those.

    Have fun!


  3. Good luck, Sarah! I hope you have fun. 🙂 I just read The Ocean at the End of the Lane today … completely different from what I expected, but it was still great. I hope you like it!


  4. Good luck, Sarah! I’ve only ever read one Neil Gaiman book (Neverwhere) and totally didn’t get all the hype (the same way I totally don’t get Joss Whedon hype – I think they create decent stuff, but that’s about it…) Maybe I should give Gaiman another chance 🙂 True Grit could be really good, too – I liked the newest movie adaption of it.


    1. I don’t really get the Gailman hype either – I haven’t really liked any of the adult novels of his I’ve tried, BUT I thought The Graveyard Book and Coraline were good… he’s hit or miss with me.

      I hope I love True Grit! Everyone seems to. I want to see the movie after I read it.


    1. Thanks! And I’m SO happy you’ve heard good things about Stormdancer – I bought it at B&N without knowing anything about it other than Patrick Rothfuss’s blurb on the cover, and I always get a little nervous taking a chance like that. But Japanese steampunk! Sounds awesome.


  5. Monday gif 😀 😀 Glad you are doing well, I remember it was actually quite time-consuming for me to get that 100 pages a day done (depending on the book, of course!)


  6. OH MY GOD THAT CAT GIF. Just saw the comment above, hehe – I use these read-a-thons as a great excuse to use all the GIFs lurking in the bottom of my folder unloved too. What better time?!

    Also, Leo dancing is extremely disturbing. Like, he’s made the ultimate transition from youthful heart throb to whatever kind of ‘dad dancing at a wedding’ thing is going on there. Oh dear. NOPE. *goes up for just one more look, with a look of horrified fascination plastered across her face* NO NO NOOOOO.


    1. Heheheeee that Leo GIF cracks. me. up. I can’t look away.

      I LOVE finding good reasons to use some of my more random GIFs! Readathons and readalongs are really the best excuses. Maybe I should get better at using them in reviews more often…


  7. Meeting your page goal is great! And house work is so tiring,I know – I’ve been doing that this morning. 🙂 Now, I’ll go on to updating blog-hopping and READING: Happy last few days of the readathon!


    1. House work doesn’t usually get to me too bad, but I was so not in the mood for it yesterday! I did 4 loads of laundry, dishes, packed a little bit, & made dinner – that pretty much took up all my energy, lol.

      I hope you get some good reading & blogging time in today!!


      1. Pretty terribly.. I am such a slow reader and last night, I had no time at all to pick anything up. BUT on a personal level, I’ve read more this week than I did all of last week, which is kind of awesome =).


  8. YAY! Congrats on completing two of yours goals! 😀
    You’re doing really well, and I hope you’re having lots of fun! And congrats on meeting your page goal! I hope you manage to keep it up until the end!
    I love your update posts, all the gifs made me smile!
    Good luck for the last day of the read-a-thon!


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