Bout of Books 11.0 is finally here!

so excited


Bout of Books is a no-pressure, weeklong readathon, and it is the best. You can still sign up here. And if you have any questions, I’ve been dubbed a Bout of Books Expert (see the super official badge to the right), so feel free to ask in the comments or get at me on Twitter (@SarahSaysRead). I’ll be participating here with daily updates (this will be a sticky post, so it’ll be at the top post on my blog all week), on Instagram, and on Twitter. I have my books sorted out, my posts for the week ready, my jalapeno poppers (my must-have readathon snack) waiting in the freezer. I’m ready!

Let’s take a look at my possible reads this week.




  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (finish, about 120 pgs into it already)
  • Contagious by Jonah Berger (have this on Oyster too, about 30% through it already)
  • Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (read a least a couple more chapters)
  • Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks (graphic novel)
  • How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
  • Rat Queens (comics, issues #4 to #7)
  • Wraith (comics, issue #1)
  • Legendary Star Lord (comics, issues #1 & #2)
  • Y: The Last Man, Volume 4 (graphic novel)
  • Fables, Volume 1 (graphic novel)
  • East of West, Volume 1 (graphic novel)
  • random Kindle novellas


  • Comment on new blogs every day
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Read at least 1000 pages total (not counting comics, I guess)
  • Update here daily
  • HAVE FUN (of course)


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

Number of pages I’ve read today: 181
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, +1 comic book
Books I read from: Bad Feminist, Wraith issue #1
#todayinsixwords: Roxane Gay is my pretend BFF.

I expected to get a little more reading done than this, but between the Twitter chat and going out for coffee with my little brother and then eating dinner and watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory, I wasted like 5 or 6 hours not reading. Oh, and I commented on 15 new-to-me blogs! Yay! Not a bad day! Unfortunately, I have to work the rest of the week. Booooooo.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 119
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, +1 comic book
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky
#todayinsixwords: Shocked I read 100 pages today.

So, back to work. I read some on my lunch, and more when I got home… and then I meant to read more of my book or a comic, but I got pretty tired. I managed to visit 11 new-to-me blogs, but wasn’t as active on Twitter or anything as I would like. Not sure that will change for Wednesday – I’m looking at a 12-hour work day, so we’ll see how it goes.




Number of pages I’ve read today: 99
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comic books
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, Rat Queens #4 – 7
#todayinsixwords: Not too shabby, fun Twitter chat

I got out of work earlier than I thought I would, so I got some extra reading time at home. Caught up on my Rat Queens comics (YOU GUYS, THEY’RE SO GOOD), and then hopped online for what was a wonderful Twitter chat. Thursdays are date night, so my page count won’t be very high, but that’s okay, because I like hanging out with the honeyman 🙂




Number of pages I’ve read today: 12, ouch.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comic books
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky
#todayinsixwords: Oh well, it was date night.

So I was super distracted when I was on my lunch (damn you Twitter and such) and then after work it was date night (which was ordering pizza and playing the crap out of Borderlands 2 together). So yeah, no reading after work, but time with the honeyman is more important 🙂




Number of pages I’ve read today: Whatever 15% of The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke is.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comics
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse
#todayinsixwords: Ridiculously busy work, and game night.

So work was insane, and I started reading The Assassin’s Curse on my Kindle during my lunch break. But after working 11 hours, it was also game night which meant hanging out and chatting with friends… so yeah, no reading time. This weekend shall be FULL of reading though!

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Number of pages I’ve read today: 265, + 7% of The Assassin’s Curse on my Kindle.
Total number of books I’ve read: 3, + 7 comic books
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, Every Day Is For the Thief, Ms. Marvel issue #7, The Fade Out issue # 1
#todayinsixwords: Comic book store trip! So happy.

So I ran errands in the morning, including a trip to the comic book store to get a bunch of new stuff that I’m really psyched about. I came home and read, took a nap, read some more, then went to dinner with my older sis, and we came back to my house and read some more! Great day. For Sunday, I’m hoping to write a bunch of reviews and posts, read a few of the comics I have on my original list, and then just read whatever else I can.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 37% of The Assassin’s Curse
Total number of books I’ve read: 3, + 7 comic books
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse
#todayinsixwords: Got restless, went to the movies.

So on Sunday, I was all set to blog and read all day… but by 4 in the afternoon, I was feeling kind of restless. I ended up playing Borderlands 2 for a while and then going to see Guardians of the Galaxy with my brother, since he hadn’t seen it yet and I wanted to see it again.


my gif chris pratt guardians of the galaxy peter quill star lord Drax the Destroyer dave bautista ur my everything gotg movie gotg spoilers ... PETER A KID OF POP CULTURE TRAPPINGS FROM AN ERA LONG GONE HE SECRETLY HAS ERROL FLYNN ON THE LIST I BET YOU ANYTHING SPAGHETTI WESTERNS WITH MOMMA QUILL ON WEEKENDS :




 – 676 pages read

– plus 7 comic books

– plus 59% of The Assassin’s Curse

– 2 Twitter chats

– started off strong commenting, but fell off there near the end… week got busy 😦

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty successful readathon! I had a lot of fun, found some new bloggers to follow – all in all, it was lovely. January seems too far away for the next one!!





  1. *does happy dance* I can’t wait to get started! Unfortunately I’m at work, so hurry lunch time!! Enjoy the poppers. Looking forward to your updates. 🙂


  2. It sounds like Monday was a good start to the week, even if you didn’t read as much as you wanted. The Twitter chat was definitley epic. Hope the rest of the week is as good and fun and that you achieve your goals.


  3. You’re having a great week! Far cry from the last BoB, so I bet you’re happy about that. 🙂

    I started following the twitter chat last night and was too tired to stay up for the whole thing. I barely got any reading in yesterday. Stupid being an adult and needing sleep to function.

    Have fun on date night!

    I LOVE that Sandra Bullock gif and I’m totally stealing it. Made me lol.


  4. You’re having a great week so far! Congrats.

    I enjoyed the Y: The Last Man series – it has it’s ups and downs as it goes on but overall I liked it.

    I see you have the first Fables on your list too. I love that series. It’s one that I’ve even been able to get The Hubster interested in and he’s reading them too.

    I’ll have to check out The Rat Queens.


  5. Dude, I’m SO good at commenting and keeping up! Only several weeks late… I SUUUUUCKED at the social stuff during BoB – Twitter chats, commenting, it all went out the window – but on the PLUS side, I get to come back now and see all the progress and all the GIFs and marvel that you managed to cram an excited goose, Michael C. Hall AND Jay and Silent Bob into one post. Your Bout of Books GIF mastery never fails to impress. 😀


    1. Ellie, it is super impressive that you even catch up commenting way after the fact. I sit down to catch up on blog reading and anything older than a week I tend to be like “ehh, why bother” and move on. It is sad that I am not really any better at maitaining interaction online than I am in real life, lol.

      GIFs are like one of my favorite things about BoB. I wish I had more time to GIF hunt and use them in ALL the posts.


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