Tuesday, 5 May 2015


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, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Apparently one does not do one bout of books without signing up for another, and another, and another. You get the point. Next Monday (May 11.)  it's go time again, and I'm officially IN! 

My last attempt was a bit of a failure, but I'm still super happy with myself from our own Taleathon and ready for more hardcore reading! 

I'll try to be chatty and social (which I failed at last time because I was suffering from winter blah-ness), I want to participate in some challenges (because those are so fun!) too. 

Reading goals?
Empty my "currently reading" shelf/list on goodreads. As I write this there are 7 books on there, one I haven't picked up since 2013 so I think this is a great opportunity to either finish the books or capitulate and write them up as unfinished and MOVE ON!

Stats/Sum-ups per day:
Books finished: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Books read in/listened to: Small Favor by Jim Butcher (audio)
I also participated in a challenge: Bookish Survey
I am very happy with the day.

Books finished: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Books read in/listened to:
Am moderately pleased with today, I hoped to read more, but wasn't up for reading anything more after finishing the book I read in, but I'm very happy to have done that. I loved the book.

Books finished: Small Favour by Jim Butcher
Books read in/listened to: Run Fat Bitch Run
Today was not a good day life wise, but I did finish listening to Small Favour which is what I planned, and as I am writing this I am planning to read a little bit in a book I've not picked up since 2013 because I got so angry with it (I don't have too much left, I think...).

Books finished: Run Fat Bitch Run
Books read in/listened to: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

I finished the running book last night, but since it was after midnight I'm couting it for today. I also read about a hundred pages of The Lions of Al-Rassan and listened to three-four hours of Wild. All in all a very good day, even if I was supposed to read Lions and only that, but couldn't stay away from an audiobook, and I had started it previously, so technically it counts, even if I hadn't originally planned on finishing it. Now it seems that I will.

Books finished: None
Books read in/listened to: Wild and The Lions of Al-Rassan. I've gotten pretty far in both of those and expect to finish by the end of the weekend, if life doesn't get too much in the way (which it might because I've got plans for Saturday and Sunday is our national day. Which means that there will be less reading than the other days, but I feel relatively confident.

Books finished: None
Books read in/listened to: Wild

Books finished: Wild
Books read in/listened to: Wild and The Lions of Al-Rassan.

Grand total:
Books finished: 3
I participated in two challenges, commented on a bunch of blogs, and hung out a bit on twitter. I missed the bookchat I'd planned on, but I figured hanging out with real life people was probably something I should do (also go see a movie). I still have three books to read according to my goodreads "currently reading" and my goal was to empty it, but I finished two books I'd been reading for quite some time, and one I only recently started.

I have very little left of The Lions of Al-Rassan though, so I'll be done with that too soon, and my list of books I've started, but never finished (but want to) is going to be down to two, one of which I only very recently started. I just abandoned that one because I wanted to listen to an audiobook instead (that was Wild btw). So I'm writing this up as a successful readathon!



  1. That's a good goal! Often if I get stuck on a book I put it down and never pick it back up again...

    1. I do that too, and I keep meaning to pick them back up, but then another book gets in the way, it's been an increasing "problem". Time to fix it...