Bout of Books readathon

#BOUTOFBOOKS 20 Master Post

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. If you have questions about Bout of Books, please feel free to ask me – since I’ve done it a ton of times I’ve been dubbed an Expert, so I’m here to help you out and cheer you along!

 

I’m doing something a little different this time, in that I’m “reading for charity”. I’m going to donate 5 cents for every page I read, and 50 cents for every comic I read. The money is going to be split because I couldn’t decide, so 50% will go to a local classroom and 50% will go to We Need Diverse Books. This is not a BoB requirement by any means, I just thought it’d be cool to do on my own. If I had planned it better I would’ve had people “sponsor” my reading for donations but I literally decided to do this like 3 days ago, so.

Now to the super fun part!

THE BOOKS

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Kindle)
  • Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole (Kindle)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Entropy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • America #3-5
  • Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18-21
  • Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1-2
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22-23

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 2 books
  • Read at least 700 pages
  • Read at least 10 comics
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

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

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 75
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Distracted but not a bad start!

I read before work, read on my lunch at work, and then got home and it all went downhill from there. My mom stopped by, then the husband got home from the gym, then we had to eat dinner… I read for a bit before the Twitter chat at least. (And the chat was a blast, as usual!)

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 84
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Reading before work is going well.

For BoB, I’ve been waking up like 15 minutes earlier, showering, and then sitting in my bathrobe with some coffee and reading for 25-30 minutes before I get dressed and go on with my day. I might try to keep this up even after BoB, because it’s a nice, quiet way to start my morning. On a separate note, I have family in town (kind of a surprise) so it through me off yesterday evening.

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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 50
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: I am seriously behind in sleep.

Was already tired and then had to go to a friend’s house after work and was there much later than intended. I’m beat today.

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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: *sob*
#todayinsixwords: So exhausted, busy, tired… I don’t even have six words.

I stayed up too late several days in a row and it caught up with me, plus work was so busy I didn’t even take a lunch. But that’s okay, because I’m using a vacation day today (Friday) and I’m going to read my ass off.

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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 148
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching God
#todayinsixwords: So glad I used vacation day.

I used a vacation day on Friday so I could stay home and read. Sadly, the day flew by but I did get to read outside in the sun for a bit. Then friends came over for game night, but now I have all weekend to read more!

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 167
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Why am I so dang tired?

I started The Fifth Season and read a big chunk of it throughout the day, but I was sleepy ALL DAY. Also, my nephew came over to stay the night so that sucked up some time and energy later on.

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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 150
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Trying to read while avoiding nephew.

JK I love my nephew, but also yeah I definitely tried to keep him occupied with TV and video games while I read. That plan kind of fell apart later in the day when my mom came over too and I had to cook dinner and stuff. On the plus side I’m over 60% into The Fifth Season and it’s awesome!

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Sunday

 

WRAP-UP

  • 2 books finished: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching Good
  • 2 comics read: Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • 674 pages read (dang, so close to my goal of 700)
  • I did the Saturday Twitter chat which was awesome, but in general I didn’t get to socialize around online as much as I was hoping. I’m really psyched I got so far into The Fifth Season,

Okay, so at 5 cents per page and 50 cents per comic, that’s $34.70 (rounding to $36) that I’m donating! $18 to We Need Diverse Books and $18 to a local classroom. Receipts:

 

I hope everyone had a blast this week! I love Bout of Books because I feel like I made SO much progress reading in just one week. How did you do?

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#BOUTOFBOOKS 18 MASTER POST

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

I have today off (woohoo, thank you New Year’s Day!) and the honeyman will be kind of busy this week, so I expect a ton of reading time except for maybe on Sunday, because that’s our first wedding anniversary and I might want to spend time with my husband instead of reading. I mean, I guess. 😉

THE BOOKS

  • Turbulence by Samit Basu
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables – Volume 12 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 3 books
  • Read at least 5 essays/chapters from The Feminist Utopia Project
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

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

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, and The Feminist Utopia Project
#todayinsixwords: Pathetic since I didn’t have work

Okay so I ended up taking a nap, plus once the honeyman got home I wanted to hang out with him because he’s extra busy for the next few days so we re-watched Captain America: Civil War (Cap is so annoying) and yeah. The Twitter chat was a blast though!

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Spider-Man Volume 4
#todayinsixwords: Struggling with Hope in the Dark

 Didn’t get quite as much reading done as I wanted to, but it was an alright day I guess. I’m not loving Hope in the Dark as much as I was hoping (ha) to, and I think for Wednesday I’m gonna ignore that and sink into a novel instead.
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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 142
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Got sucked into a good book.

 I started the e-galley for this book coming out in February and I’m really enjoying it so far! On the down side, I hardly got any sleep last night so I bet I’m not going to get much reading done today.
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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 242!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Tired but super successful reading time.

 So, I thought I wouldn’t be good for much reading on Thursday because I was exhausted. But when I got home I took a 2-hour nap, and then spent the rest of the night finishing All Our Wrong Todays! Awesome. So proud of myself.
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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: None 😦
#todayinsixwords: Way busier than I was expecting.

Friday was a really weird day (Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter, had to call the police at work because of a suspicious bag/package on our stoop), and work was so hectic that I didn’t even take a lunch. I thought I could squeeze a few pages in after work and before we went to our friends’ house for game night, but that didn’t happen either.

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today:55
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older (wasn’t in my original stack because it just came out on Tuesday, but yay!)
#todayinsixwords: I am the most sleepiest ever.

 I took like three naps on Saturday, no clue why. Also I got the honeyman Playstation Plus for Christmas so we can play games online, and we finally sat down last night to play Black Ops 3.
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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 93
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero
#todayinsixwords: Wedding anniversary, so I was busy.

The honeyman had drill earlier in the day which is when I read, but he got home early enough for us to go see Hidden Figures and then go out to dinner, and then we played more Black Ops 3 when we got home. So all around a pretty great 1 year wedding anniversary!

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Sunday

Alright, so let’s wrap it up!

  • 2 books finished
  • 734 pages read
  • 1 awesome Twitter chat (pretty sure I was napping during the one on Saturday)

Not too bad! I wish I had been able to get a third book finished, but instead I ended up in the middle of both Battle Hill Bolero and Hope in the Dark. Ah well, it was a fun time anyways.

Thanks as always to the our lovely Bout of Books hosts and for everyone who participates! I had fun with you guys this week!

#BOUTOFBOOKS 16 Master Post

It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

imageTHE BOOKS

  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
  • The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Civil War: Punisher War Journal by Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • other random single issues of comics

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join at least one Twitter chat.
  • Visit blogs, socialize.
  • Do at least one mini-challenge.
  • HAVE FUN!

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

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 48
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chat and wine really helped.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Deadpool out on DVD finally, soooo…

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: none 😦
#todayinsixwords: Socialized and went clothes shopping instead.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 24. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Not sure what my problem is.

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 10. Ugghghhghghhg.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: This week has not gone well.

Friday. (Two naps… I wish.)

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 121.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Best day so far this week.

Saturday.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Damn damn damn damn damn damn.

Sunday

MONDAY MORNING FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, I ended at 346 pages – way way below my goal. Work was hectic so I didn’t take a reading lunch like I usually do, and I would get easily sucked into spending time with the husband at home. I thought I’d be a reading machine over the weekend, but that didn’t pan out either. I  ran some errands, played some Borderlands, and cooked and cleaned.

On the plus side, I did most of the challenges on the BoB blog, and joined both Twitter chats and the Twitter chats are ALWAYS a blast. Can’t wait for Bout of Books 17 in August!

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day! If that’s a thing that you’re into!

Reading: Grunt by Mary Roach, and some comics.

Watching: We saw Captain America: Civil War last night! It was pretty good, but the more I see or read of Captain America the less I like him. #TeamIronMan

Listening: To Friends playing in the background.

Eating: I just had the biggest lunch at Los Gallos and it was SO GOOD but I think I’m probably good for the rest of the day.

Blogging: I have a review to write but it won’t be up till next week probably, and I think I have a Top Ten Tuesday post to get up. But yeah, yay, still doing the thing!

Thinking: About how my family will be in town in a week and a half! And how we’re all going to get matching tattoos and it should totally be an artichoke (ahem, HEATHER).

Anticipating: BOUT OF BOOKS starts tomorrow! I gotta work on my pile still. Yayyyyy!

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Bathroom ceiling finally fixed!

How’s your weekend going?

~Sarah

May Monthly TBR

April was actually a pretty good month! I’m happy with the number of books and comics I was able to read. It’s a miracle. May might get busier near the end of the month for me, but I’m hoping #BoutofBooks will offset that for me. In fact, I’ll stick this in here now and consider it my sign-up post:

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, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

You’re joining in, right? You really should. Scientifically proven to be good for your health. (No, I don’t have a link to the proof for that, just take my word for it.)

On to the May pile!

  • imageHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’m trying to purge more books, and I didn’t want to put this in the “donate” pile until I get to read it. Time to re-focus on #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!
  • 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – Ditto above, and I know there’s a lot of love for this novel.
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Reading his Black Panther run has me itching for more Coates writing.
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi -I’m hit-or-miss with short story collections, but I have a feeling Oyeyemi’s writing style will be perfect for it.
  • Maestra by L.S. Hinton – This is being compared to 50 Shades of Gray, but there’s no romance or messy emotions. The girl apparently kills some of the guys that she has sexy sexy times with? I don’t know, but I’m very curious.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Yet another super popular novel that I really need to read or just get off my shelf.
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I forgot I had this on Audible, so yeah. Diving in.
  • Grunt by Mary Roach – I was pretty excited to get approved for this one on NetGalley.

And there’s a few other e-books and galleys I’ll try to get to if I can, AND Joe Hill has a new novel coming out soon that I’m going to get my greedy little hands on… but leaving the list kind of short worked well for me last month, so I’ll stop here. What are you looking forward to this month?

~Sarah

#BoutofBooks 14.0 Master Post

 

It’s time for Bout of Books! It’s been a hell of a month so far, so I am SUPER looking forward to having my face buried in books this week. Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. I’m a Bout of Books Expert (see badge on the right) so feel free to reach out if you have questions.

So, let’s take a look at what’s in my potential reading pile!

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Don’t mind the furry cat.

THE BOOKS

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Scribd)
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (volume 1) by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables (volume 4) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • Have fun.

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

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 217
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chats are the literal best.

I read 75% of my book, and took part in the Twitter chat (with wine, thanks to the honeyman). It was preeeeety awesome.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 205
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Cranky tired miserable grumpy people-hater

Maybe it’s because I finished The Book of Unknown Americans on my lunch and it was super depressing, but I was in a funk the rest of the day. Ugh.

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 52
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow, Princeless Vol 2, #2
#todayinsixwords: Didn’t really read, too much outrage.

When we sat down to eat, honeyman and I got into a discussion about politics and how Trump is basically running a campaign based on racism. And then we spent the rest of the evening watching police terrorize a St. Louis neighborhood after they killed another young black male (live on Periscope). So yeah, didn’t get much reading done last night.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 33
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Really good thirty-three pages though.

Read on lunch a bit, and at night before bed. But Thursdays are date night so we had dinner and played some Borderlands 2 (we really need to start actually going OUT for date night, lol).

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 14. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Day did not go as expected.

I worked from home – theoretically, I should have had extra reading time since I didn’t have to commute and all that. But I started working earlier than I normally would, it got busy during the day, and then right at the end of the day (when I should have been signing off so I could read for a couple hours before game night) a manager had a crisis and needed something so I ended up having to go into the office anyways to get that taken care of. Blerg.

Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 17.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: I didn’t get nearly enough sleep.

We didn’t get home from game night until 4:30 am. And then I got up at 10 or so, showered, went to run errands – and got saddled with my nephew for the night. Goddamn it.

Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:
Books I read from:
#todayinsixwords:

 

Not sure yet what book I’ll be starting with at lunch-time today… but I am psyched nonetheless! What’s in your Bout of Books pile?

~Sarah

Bout of Books 13.0 MASTER POST

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It’s time for Bout of Books! I have been waiting for AGES. Since the last one ended.

Bout of Books is a week-long, no pressure, reading marathon and it is the greatest. I didn’t sign up to be an official expert or anything this time around, but I have done a lot of these so if you have questions, feel free to ask. You can still sign up here until Tuesday night. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

Alright, let’s take a gander at this delicious stack of books.

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THE BOOKS

  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Symbiont by Mira Grant
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • March: Book 2 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven
  • Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Kindle, already started)
  • Invincible Iron Man: Volume 8 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca (Scribd)

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • Have fun.

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

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 156
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Three-Body Problem, Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Where did all the time go?

Monday

 

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 116
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Saw Age of Ultron again, so…

Tuesday

 

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 326
Total number of books I’ve read: Uhh… 21 issues of comics. (Three volumes, and some single issues.)
Books I read from: Invincible Iron Man volume 8, Alex + Ada volume 1, Ms. Marvel # 15, Thor # 7-8, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
#todayinsixwords: Got 4 hours sleep last night.

Wednesday

 

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 270, plus whatever 7% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is. I’m listening to it on audio.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics
Books I read from: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, RUNLOVEKILL #1-2, Inhuman #13-14, Uncanny Inhumans #1, Inhuman Annual #1, Birthright#7, Nailbiter #12, Storm #10-11
#todayinsixwords: Comics. Surprise call from the honeyman!

Thursday

 

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: Whatever 2% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics.
Books I read from:Marvel Comics: The Untold Story audiobook.
#todayinsixwords: Ended up not reading at lunch.

Friday

 

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 240
Total number of books I’ve read: 34 issues of comics, 2 novellas
Books I read from: God Help the Child, Saga #26-28, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie by Daniel Jose Older
#todayinsixwords: Not bad, saw Big Hero Six!

Saturday

 

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 234
Total number of books I’ve read: 40 issues of comics, 2 novellas, 1 book
Books I read from: Hawkeye volume 1, God Help the Child
#todayinsixwords: Great second half of the day.

Sunday

 

 

CHALLENGES

Bookish Survey challenge, hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves? They’re kind of spread out, but I have a whole bookshelf of just favorites and comics, and then classics, non-fiction, romance, poetry, general fiction, and then other shelves that are just series or all mass markets, etc. It’ll be more organized when I have a library room again.
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? Uhh… Bet Me I guess? Romance isn’t a big genre for me, but man I love that book.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? I’m not sure… my spreadsheet isn’t in front of me right now to look at my recently read stuff. But off the top of my head, The Martian and The Lies of Locke Lamora. Neither of which were very recent, so I’m probably forgetting something glaringly obvious from this year, I’m sure.
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? Daredevil: Guardian Devil, hands down. I’ll probably read it tonight after work. I am so excited to start reading Daredevil.
5. What book do you recommend the most? Outlander, probably. I just love it so much.

 

WRAP-UP

  • 1342 pages read, most of which was comics
  • Plus about 11% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story on audio
  • Favorite reads: RUNLOVEKILL #1 & #2, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie
  • Least favorite reads: Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. Disappointing intro to this character, but I’m looking forward to exploring other Daredevil titles
  • Took place in one awesome Twitter chat
  • Had a blast!

~Sarah

Bout of Books 12.0 MASTER POST

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

 

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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…

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THE BOOKS

  • 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

THE GOALS

  • 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)

Monday
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.

Monday

Monday

Tuesday
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.

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday
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 🙂

Wednesday

 

Thursday
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.

Thursday

 

Friday
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.

Friday

Friday

Saturday
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.

Saturday

Saturday

Sunday
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

 

Sunday

 

Alright, let’s do this thang!

WRAP-UP

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?

 

~Sarah

GET READY – BOUT OF BOOKS 12.0 is coming up!

Bout of Books, my favorite-est of the readathons, is coming up! It’s running from January 5th to January 11th, so mark it down now! On your calendar, or in your phone, or whatever.

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Reasons you should join in:

  1. NO pressure. Except for this post, pressuring you to join. But just read whenever!
  2. FUN.
  3. Crazy awesome Twitter chats with fellow readathoners. If that’s your thing.
  4. There are challenges, which are optional, but usually pretty nifty.
  5. Look cool doing it.

I am psyched! What an awesome way to start off 2015 🙂 Go sign up now!

~Sarah