Bout of Books 12.0 MASTER POST

Bout of Books 12.0 is finally here! Are you excited?


drax dance

Drax is excited.

Bout of Books is a no-pressure, weeklong readathon, and it is basically the best. You can still sign up here. If you have any questions, I’ve been dubbed a Bout of Books Expert (see the badge to the right), so feel free to ask in the comments or 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 am so ready!

Let’s take a look at the possible books for this week…



  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Watson & Holmes volume 1 by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi
  • Deadpool Classic volume 2 by Joe Kelly and various artists
  • Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (Kindle)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Kindle)
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (Oyster)
  • Undeniable by Bill Nye (Audible)
  • single issue comics


  • Cross at least five things off this list.
  • Read at least 800 pages.
  • Comment on new blogs every day.
  • Join in on at least one Twitter chat.
  • Update here daily.

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

Number of pages I’ve read today: 291
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Wicked & The Divine #1, Watson & Holmes volume 1, Brown Girl Dreaming, Ancillary Justice
#todayinsixwords: Tired, not really feeling it today.

I read a bit of Ancillary Justice at work and the first issue of The Wicked & The Divine, and by the time I got home I was just kind of tired and not really in the mood. I read the first volume of Watson and Holmes and a bit of Brown Girl Dreaming before calling it a night and watching The Big Bang Theory with the honeyman.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 73
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Brown Girl Dreaming, Ancillary Justice
#todayinsixwords: I went into work late, because I had some things to go do in the morning, which means I was at work for only 5 hours and didn’t get to take a lunch. Then I had to go places after work too, and then I had dinner and then tried to figure out how to make baths in this apartment more enjoyable (damn near impossible), and then I fell asleep on the couch reading. All in all, not much reading time was had.




Number of pages I’ve read today: 216
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books I read from: The Wicked & The Divine #2, Brown Girl Dreaming
#todayinsixwords: Sarah got her groove back ya’ll.

Wednesday was a much better day. Work was fine, read on my lunch, came home and spent time with the honeyman, finished Brown Girl Dreaming, and then the Twitter chat! Ah, these Twitter chats. They’re so much fun, and I always find new bloggers to talk to 🙂



Number of pages I’ve read today: 40
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books I read from: Ancillary Justice
#todayinsixwords: I just could not stay awake.

I don’t know what my problem was, but I was SO TIRED yesterday. I was falling asleep while reading on my lunch. Thursday nights are date nights, but we ended up ordering food, watching an episode of Sherlock, and I went to bed by 8 PM. I think I managed 5 pages on my Kindle before I passed out. Friday is always busy at work and it’s game night, so hopefully I get lots of reading in this weekend.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 42
Total number of books: 4
Books I read from: Ancillary Justice, How to Be Black (on Oyster, this one happened kind of randomly)
#todayinsixwords: Busy work, game night, yada yada

Basically that – I read Ancillary Justice on my lunch. When I was at home I was just screwing around on Oyster and found How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston – I ended up reading the intro and first chapter mostly out loud to the honeyman, cracking up at most of it, while we were waiting for our friends to arrive for game night. The rest of the night was spent playing this card/board game called Geek Out. It turns out I can list 11 X-Men characters (not too impressive), but almost failed at naming 4 cities in comic books. I remembered SO many after the fact. It’s a fun game though.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 60
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books I read from: Ancillary Justice
#todayinsixwords: Ran lotsa errands with my nephew.

Oh good lord. I got up and went grocery shopping. Picked my nephew up at 10 (so my mom could go do things she had to do), and between 10 and 12:30 we went to the post office, library, bank, comic book store, and pet store. Those 2 1/2 exhausting hours with my nephew led to me going home and taking a 3-hour nap – and then an hour later, my older sis came over with her kids, and when the honeyman got home from drill we all went out to eat. Phew. Sunday will be my day though! I only have to do laundry, and throw some chicken in the crockpot later for chicken tacos (a must for readathoning). My Kindles are charged, I have a huge stack of other books and comics waiting for me. I’m ready.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 279
Total number of books I’ve read: 5
Books I read from: Ancillary Justice, Deadpool Classic volume 2
#todayinsixwords: Finished Ancillary Justice, took some naps




Alright, let’s do this thang!


Total pages read: 1001! Way better than what I was aiming for.

Books finished: Ancillary Justice, Brown Girl Dreaming, Watson & Holmes vol 1, The Wicked & The Divine #1 and #2

Books started but not finished: Undeniable by Bill Nye (well, this was started before the readathon and I listened to it some during the week, but didn’t log any pages or anything for it). I started Deadpool Classic volume 2 yesterday, and will continue to pick on that until I finish it later this week. And I started How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston  – I had a different Oyster read picked out, but this one happened kind of by accident and I’m enjoy it so far.

Twitter chats joined: Only the one on Wednesday night, which was a blast. I forgot about the one on Saturday morning and I was already out running errands.

This was SO much fun, as always! The next Bout of Books 13 will be from May 11th to 17th, and I already can’t wait! Did you have fun this week? What was your favorite book read? Signing up for next time?





  1. I hope you have a great time! I’m planning to re-read Brown Girl Dreaming soon, since it’s a book club pick for me this month…it’s wonderful. Curious what you’ll think of An Unnecessary Woman – I’ve been eyeballing that one!


    1. I’m excited to read Brown Girl Dreaming! I read a few pages earlier and it reads a little slam poetry-ish in my head 🙂

      An Unnecessary Woman sounded interesting, and I just wanted to have an Oyster book going (you know, in case the two Kindle books and all those print books weren’t enough, lol.)


  2. Yay!! Happy reading! I’m so excited to get started on my lunch today. I really wasn’t feeling it over my break, but today I’m way more excited! 🙂


    1. Lunch is totally the highlight of my day, because reading. I could take half an hour lunch and leave work slightly earlier or come in slightly later, but I purposely take an hour lunch because it’s just so much more worth it.

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  3. I’m interested to hear what you have to say about An Unnecessary Woman. I hadn’t heard of it, but looked it up after seeing your post–sounds amazing! Good luck with all of your goals.


  4. Still a good first day! I didn’t think I’d read as much as I did. Ended up staying up until midnight finishing a book and now I’m tired and regretting it slightly.

    Hope today is a good reading day!


    1. I kind of stuff torn-up washclothes in the little holes that drain water (that are on the thingy on the wall of the tub, not part of the actual drain… does that make sense?). It helped keep the water in longer, but the hot water runs out too soon and after I turn off the water, there’s a tiny drip that I can NOT get rid of, and that’s distracting. Man, I can’t wait till I have a house.


  5. For some reason, I just can’t do baths. Maybe if I had some sort of fancy jacuzzi tub or something.

    I didn’t do that great with the reading yesterday. Today is already shaping up to be a better reading day, and I hope the same for you!


    1. I loooooooove baths. Love them. Except they suck and are not even worth the time in this apartment. It was great in the old apartment, I could take like an hour-long bath and never run out of hot water. T

      Today has been a MUCH better reading day. Good job, Wednesday!

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  6. WOOHOOO! *go Sarah, go Sarah, go Sarah* I do so love your mini updates and on-point GIF-age during a readathon. I’m not taking part this time – for the first time in YEARS – but I’m glad to still have someone to live through vicariously this week. 😀

    Happy reading for the last three days!


    1. The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire are my new readathon bffs. The Paperwhite is perfect for reading in bed (when I want to keep reading, but should really be IN bed, at least) and I have Oyster on my Fire, which gives me access to a TON of books, and I can also lay in bed reading blogs and tweeting about the readathon on it… it’s all perfect, lol.


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