Bout of Books 12.0 – Wrap Up

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I made it!  I’ve read a total of 122 pages of The People in the Trees over yesterday and the day before, which brings my Bout of Books 12.0 total to…
835 pages, with two books completed!  My last Bout of Books (10.0) came in at 657, also two books.

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Bout of Books 12.0: Days 1 and 2

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Whew!  I’ve read a staggering 79 pages so far, and my goodness my eyes hurt!
Just Kidding.
I have read 79 pages so far, but I hardly think that’s staggering, and my eyes are just fine.  I put The Emperor of All Maladies aside, as it was moving very slowly, and picked up Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell.  That’s moving much more quickly, and I hope to make some significant progress today.  For now, my husband (who isn’t even participating) is ahead of me – he’s read something like 300 pages in the last two days!
How is your Read-A-Thon going?

Bout of Books 12.0

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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. 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


I’m going to do Bout of Books 12.0!  I did 10.0 last spring, and I loved it, and (in a huge coincidence) I don’t have to work throughout the entire run of 12.0! I’m hoping that it will help me get out of my reading slump and get into gear for 2015.

I am not making any goals, and I think I’ll have family and friends in and out during that week.  I will try to update every day that week, unless I have another post scheduled.  I can’t wait to get started!

Are you planning on participating?

Bout of Books 10.0: Wrap-Up

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Oops. I didn’t post a Day 6 progress update because there wasn’t any Day 6 progress. I didn’t read a page. At the end of the day yesterday, I picked up The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, (it’s an old favorite) and read 29 pages.

Overall, I read 657 pages and completed two entire books. While it’s not as much as I had hoped, it’s certainly more than I would read during a typical week, so I’m happy with that. As it turned out, beginning on Tuesday, I was dealing with a steadily increasing level of anxiety, and that detracted from my goals; it’s something that I should have anticipated but didn’t.

This was my first Bout of Books and my first read-a-thon, and I thought of it as a trial run – I wasn’t sure if it was something that I would be interested in doing in the future. Having done it now, I can say for sure that it is something I would do again! Even though I was only in full swing for the first few days, it was great fun during that time.

Congratulations to all the Bout of Books 10.0 participants!

Bout of Books 10.0: Progress Update, Days 4 and 5

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Alright, brace yourselves:  I’ve read a grand total of 7 (yes, 7!) pages in the past two days. Life got in the way.  I’m not thrilled about it, but it happened.  Oh well, what can you do?
I work today, so I’m not expecting to read much, if at all.  I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know what happened (if anything).
How are you doing on  your progress so far?

Bout of Books 10.0: Progress Update, Day 3

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I am a little bit disappointed in my day three progress;  I finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and read 14 pages of Middlesex, for a total of 162 pages (and an overall total of 621 pages).  I woke up at 5:30 yesterday and was hoping to have a lot of reading time, but I stayed busy with housework and work work all day – always a risk since I do 1/3-1/2 of my work from home.  I had really been hoping to make significant progress on Middlesex, although for my goal of a book a day, I’m still on track.
My goal for today is to finish Middlesex and ideally get started on The Poisonwood Bible, but I’m not sure how realistic that is – I have several things to do to today.  I may stay up late to get as much done as I can.  I won’t be posting an update tomorrow, as I have a review going up, so hopefully by the time I post another update on Saturday, I’ll have finished The Poisonwood Bible as well and made a start on The People in the Trees.
How are you doing so far?

Bout of Books 10.0: Progress Update, Days 1 and 2

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I decided against posting a progress update yesterday since I already had the Sweet Tooth review going up.  Monday (day one) wasn’t a great day, but I knew it would be a write-off since I had to work.  I wound up reading a total of 64 pages from Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People, and I had less than an hour of reading time.  I went into Tuesday (day two) hoping to finish The Winter People and get started on Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
On Tuesday, I did finish The Winter People and I read 140 pages (almost exactly half) of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, for a total of 390 pages read on day two.  It’s been easy so far, but I’ve had great books for company.  I think my next few are a little more intense, so I’m anticipating slowing down.  For Wednesday (day three), I’d like to finish Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and make significant headway on Middlesex.
I’m very happy with my progress so far.  If you’re participating, how are you doing?