Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Updates

 Day 1

Acid for the Children by Flea (already in progress) - 72 pgs

Day 2

Acid for the Children - 64 pgs

Day 3

Acid for the Children - 61 pgs (finished)
I'm not paying much attention to page totals for this BoB. Along with many others, I was glued to the TV today due to the mob storming the U.S. Capitol. I'm so sad at what is happening in this country, and the "alternate reality" in which so many seem to be living. I do plan to continue with the BoB, as I'm one of those who needs reading to unwind and temporarily detach from what is happening around me. 

Day 4

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - 20 pgs
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant - 45 pgs
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison - 14 pgs

Day 5

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden - 33 pgs
The Source of Self-Regard - 20 pgs

Day 6

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden - 33 pgs
The Source of Self-Regard - 40 pgs

Day 7

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden - 136 pgs (almost finished)
The Source of Self-Regard - 22 pgs

Final total: 72 + 64 + 61 + 79 + 53 + 73 + 158 = 560 pages

I only had one decent reading day, but it's been a tense week to say the least. I hope we're all more relaxed, able to focus, and vaccinated by the next BoB!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Bout of Books 30

 The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hour 19-24 and Wrap-Up

 Since last update:

The Plot Against America - 33 pgs
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm - 80 pgs (I read this from 4:00 to 5:00 a.m.!)

Final total, pages: 525
Final total, hours: 11 hr 7 min (7 hr 7 min reading, 4 hr audio)

I didn't finish a book for the first time ever, but I really had fun jumping around!
My results always seem to be about the same, so I think I have a good mix of reading/audio/social media/other breaks. Can't wait to do it again!

Hour 13-18

 Since last update:

The Lottery and Other Stories - 36 pgs
The Plot Against America - 12 pgs (audio - Ron Silver does a great job reading this)
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return - 96 pgs (graphic)

Running total, pages: 412
Running total, hours: 6 hr 7 min reading, 3 hr audio

Hoping to last a bit longer before visiting snoozeville.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Hour 6-12

 Since last update:

The Plot Against America - 51 pgs (audio)

Shakespeare: The World as Stage - 43 pgs

The Sellout: 45 pgs

Running total, pages: 268

Running total, hours: 4 hr reading, 2 hr 40 min audio

I got a bit of a second wind. I think really getting into my books is helping me forget temporarily about the pandemic, the election - ugh. Hopefully, I can tear through some pages this evening! (It's probably not a good idea for me to be reading The Plot Against America at the moment - it's eerily prophetic.)

Mid-Event Survey

 I can't believe it's already half over!

1. What are you reading right now? I've started 3 books, but most recently have been reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2. How many books have you read so far? 1/2 of one, 1/3 of one, and 1/4 of another!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Finishing Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? No significant interruptions.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I was so sleepy all morning.

Hour 1-6

 The Plot Against America - 32 pgs (audio)

The Sellout - 52 pgs

Every Day in Tuscany - 7 pgs (had to stop reading this because I discovered it's the 3rd book in a "series" and I haven't read the 2nd yet!)

Shakespeare: The World as Stage - 38 pgs

Running total, pages: 129

Running total, hours: 2 hr 10 min reading, 1 hr audio

I'm struggling with the Readathon so far, because I'm tired (didn't sleep well last night) and just feel generally 'blah'. I'm going to take it easy on myself - take lots of breaks and not expect stellar results.