Bout of Books Readathon 9.0 MASTER POST

Bout of Books

WOOOOOO, Bout of Books!

Or since August... same diff.

Or since August… same diff.

Bout of Books is a fantastic week-long readathon, and probably my favorite online bookish event. This is the 9th Bout of Books! How awesome is that?? (Super awesome, is the answer.)

Guess what? Tuesday (tomorrow) I’m hosting one of the mini-challenges! Make sure to stop by, you can participate in a super easy, breezy mini-challenge and maybe win $20 for Amazon or The Book Depository!

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).

I  have a weird mix of books picked out for this week, but I’m happy with it. Let’s take a look…

It's so purrrrrty.

It’s so purrrrrty.


  • A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey (this is an e-book novella I have on the Kindle app on my phone, for those moments when a paper book isn’t accessible)
  • Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (audiobook for all my time in the car)
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Buck by M.K. Asante
  • Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
  • Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  • A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown
  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
  • Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson


  • I’m aiming to read at least 1000 pages… that’s not a lot, but I think it’s a decent goal. That’s about 143 pages a day.
  • Cross 4 books off of my list. This is more than I usually aim to do, but there are a lot of graphic novels in my pile. There seems no reason why I can’t manage at LEAST 4 from this selection.
  • Visit and comment on at least one new-to-me blog per day.
  • Join in on at least one Twitter chat (@SarahSaysRead just FYI).

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

Number of pages I’ve read today: 231! Alright!
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: A Matter of Life, Unfamiliar Fishes, Buck
#todayinsixwords: Hard to pick the right book.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 470! A large chunk of that was a graphic novel, but still pretty good.
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books I read from: Buck, Boxers, Smarter Than You Think
#todayinsixwords: Graphic novels make you feel accomplished.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 133. Not too bad I suppose…
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books I read from: Smarter Than You Think, Saints
#todayinsixwords: Sleepy, spent time with the honeyman.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 124.
Total number of books I’ve read: 4, technically, since Boxers and Saints are two separate books…
Books I read from: Saints, Smarter Than You Think, also I’m up to chapter 4 in the Packing for Mars audiobook.
#todayinsixwords: Work was busy, home was distracting.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 35. Saw that coming.
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books I read from: Smarter Than You Think
#todayinsixwords: Game night not conducive to reading



Number of pages I’ve read today: 191.
Total number of books I’ve read: 5!
Books I read from: Chew: Volume 1, Smarter Than You Think
#todayinsixwords: Ran errands, watched Devil Baby, annoyingly busy.

bitches get stuff done


Number of pages I’ve read today: 382
Total number of books I’ve read: 7!
Books I read from: Smarter Than You Think, Anya’s Ghost, Packing for Mars
#todayinsixwords: Lazy day, lotsa reading, and food.



I’ll be checking in online and on Twitter when I can, but my online participation might be a little less than in past readathons – I can’t get online a lot on weekdays anymore, and when I’m not at work I’ll want to really focus on the reading. We’ll see how it goes.

Can’t wait to mingle with ya’ll this week! Now get readin’!


In total, I read 7 books for a total of 1566 pages. (Plus a couple hours of the Packing for Mars audiobook).

Of course, 5 of those were graphic novels, which makes this distinctly less impressive, but still.

Chew: Volume 1 (not in my original pile) and Smarter Than You Think were probably my favorite books this week.

Boxers and Saints were probably my least favorite.

I missed ALL of the Twitter chats, which really sucked.

I also didn’t get to visit as many new-to-me blogs as I wanted to.

I am still really happy with this readathon, and can’t wait for the next Bout of Books in May!





  1. You have Buck and The Bluest Eye on your list!! The Bluest Eye is a heavy book but it’s a good one. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Buck. Looking at your stack, makes me want to add some graphic novels to my stack. Happy reading.


      1. 3 books! I believe it now that graphic novels make you feel accomplished. I just got my copy of Packing for Mars in the mail today, but since one of my goals was to pick books from BoB pile only, and it’s not in the pile, it’s gonna be difficult to keep fingers off of it :p


      2. Mine should hopefully be here by tomorrow and I can’t wait – the audiobook is okay, but I think I’d absorb things better if I was reading the text myself. And I don’t love the reader’s voice. *shrugs*


      3. I read a bit of Packing for Mars yesterday and now that I think about the audio book… I saw that there is quite a bit of footnotes – how does that work in an audiobook anyway? Does the narrator specify that it’s a footnote incoming? Fascinating :))


      4. No, I think the footnotes are quite okay. I’m really liking her text and already planning to get all her other books (I think I remember you read Stiff and quite liked it – sorry if I’m mistaken).

        Smarter Than You Think sounds very interesting too, I hope it’s a good read and will be looking forward to your review. I think this year’s gonna be quite a non-fiction year 🙂


  2. So many books in your stack look awesome- I can’t wait to hear what you think of them all! (I’ve been eyeing The Bluest Eye for years and haven’t worked up the courage to read it yet. Be my guinea pig, mkay?)


  3. Bahaha! That GIF perfectly encompasses how I feel about Bout of Books every time. Love it!

    That’s an interesting mix of books! The only one I’ve read is The Bluest Eye, which is great. It reads quickly, though it definitely isn’t light reading.

    Good luck the rest of the week! 🙂


    1. If you use a reader of some sort, you should follow the Bout of Books website. Or I think they have the dates up there already for the next ones – I think May is the next one, but I don’t remember the exact dates. It’s so fun though!!


  4. You are doing soo well! I’m so jealous of your Tuesday. That is SO impressive! You’ve also got me interested in Boxers & Saints and now I really want to read them too! I hope they arrive before the readathon finishes :).
    Yesterday was the WORST day for me (30 pages). GASP! It was terrible. But today I am hoping to make up for it. Your drive is a major motivator ;).


    1. Sorry I’m just getting back to you, I can’t believe I fell so far behind in comments!

      YES! Great graphic novels – Feynman by Jim Ottaviani, Chew by John Layman, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Habibi by Craig Thompson, and I’m sure there’s some I’m forgetting but those are off the top of my head.


  5. DUDE your page count is amazing and your book count is amazing and AS USUAL your daily GIFs are amazing. ALL THE AMAZING. I am quite ashamed to say that despite being off EVERY DAY I seem to have been crawling this readathon. Maybe I’d kind of mentally outpsyched myself beforehand. Technically EVERY day could be a readathon for a while now, so there’s really no excuse. *Cries all over all the pages. All the pages that aren’t being read. ALL OF THEM, SARAH*


    1. I think you did really good for the readathon! You know what’s the best though, it since you have some time on your hands you could totally just get up one morning and say “Screw it, it’s a readathon day!” and just read alllll the pages you want. And don’t cry for the pages, they’ll always be there. That’s why we buy ALL the books, right??


  6. I think you’ve done awesome job considering you haven’t been able to read ALL the time. (Unlike me.) 5 books is almost a book a day! The Saturday gif gets it right 🙂


    1. I would’ve had around 150 pages on Sunday, but then I picked up the graphic novel Anya’s Ghost and started it, and I think I finished it in about an hour even though it was technically 220 pages.

      Smarter Than You Think was really good! I got it from the library, but when I was half-way through it I went and bought my own copy because I was writing down so many notes and I wanted to be able to highlight and write in the margins. Lots of good food for thought in there.


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