WOOOOOO, Bout of Books!
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…
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.
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!