Bout of Books 11


I wasn’t going to sign up, but peer pressure has got the better of me, and I have a ton of books that need reading, so here I go. I’m in and I’m committed. In case you’re not familiar with Bout of Books:

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, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My plan is simple, I’m going to read, and read a lot.

  • Finish The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
  • Read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters if I can get my hands on a copy before I see her on Aug 25.
  • Read and make notes on Skim and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki before recording my first ever podcast appearance on WriteReads.
  • That can’t seriously be it, can it? Well, I have four blog posts that need writing, so does that count?

Have fun and good luck to all.


Monday: finished reading The Story Hour. (forgot to count pages)

Tuesday: read Skim. Started Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe.


Bout of Books 10


So this is my first Bout of Books. Do I have a plan? NO! Should I? YES!

I’ve cleared my schedule to a certain extent so I can dedicate myself to reading. That being said, my daughter has her school Swim-a-thon, which I’m chaperoning. I don’t have my schedule yet, but it goes on all week. And my mom is coming to visit.

My goal is to read 3-4 books. The candidates are:

  • The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland – oops, finished this before the bout started!
  • Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston  – done!
  • Smoke River by Krista Foss
  • Festival of Earthly Delights by Matt Dojny
  • Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger
  • and something from my TBR Challenge list

I’m also hoping to take part in two Twitter chats. This post is will be a sticky and will catalog my daily progress. Good luck to all! MONDAY – 120 pages read. TUESDAY – 100 pages read. WEDNESDAY – 172 pages read.

THURSDAY – Best day yet!! 229 pages read.

  • finished Landing Gear.

FRIDAY – 148 pages read. Mostly outside, in the sun.

  • started The Festival of Earthly Delights.