Bout of Books 11: Base Camp

Bout of Books 11Bout of Books 11 Read-a-Thon has begun!  I’m going to keep this post sticky for the week of the event so that I have a convenient place to track my progress.  I’ll update this post at the end of each day with both daily and cumulative reading reports.

As with BoB 10, I’m not going to track hours/minutes spent reading but will track pages read and books completed.  This feels more constructive and less like making a fun event into work.

Thursday is likely to be a bust for reading.


 Books to Read:

  1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami  (in progress at start of event)
  2. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  3. The Lover by Maurgerite Duras
  4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  5. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  6. From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus
  7. Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

 

Cumulative Progress:

Total pages read:  829
Total books finished: 5 (The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Lover by Marguerite Duras, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus)
Books in Progress:  none

 

Daily Updates:

Monday:

Number of pages read today: 132  (all of THoMS + 22 pages in CTTaHYoP)
Books finished today:  The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Books in progress at end of day:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (on page 80)
Challenges:  none

Tuesday:

Number of pages read today: 55  (a slow day)
Books finished today:  none
Books in progress at end of day:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (on page 80) & The Lover (on page 55)
Challenges:  none

Wednesday:

Number of pages read today:  106 (62 in The Lover + 24 in CTTaHYoP + 20 in The Summer Book)
Books finished today:  The Lover
Books in progress at end of day:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Summer Book
Challenges:  none 

Thursday:

Number of pages read today:  This will probably be a “practically no reading done” day.  *sniff* Oh! I got 10 pages in from The Summer Book!
Books finished today:  –
Books in progress at end of day: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Summer Book
Challenges:  –

Friday:

Number of pages read today: 282
Books finished today:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Books in progress at end of  day: The Summer Book
Challenges: none

Saturday:

Number of pages read today:  162 (136 in The Summer Book! + 26 in From the Land of the Moon
Books finished today:  The Summer Book
Books in progress at end of day: From the Land of the Moon
Challenges: none

Sunday:

Number of pages read today:  82
Books finished today:  From the Land of the Moon
Books in progress at end of day:  none
Challenges:  none

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3 thoughts on “Bout of Books 11: Base Camp

    • I really liked it! I love books written as vignettes or linked short stories, so this was right up my alley format-wise. I thought the protagonist’s voice felt very authentic and I was really drawn to her and concerned for her. I’m also drawn to multi-cultural narratives, so this was doubly appealing to me.

      I feel like this book has the potential to appeal to many different readers, of differing ages and backgrounds. It feels universal to me while still retaining distinctive cultural flourishes that give it flavor and specific poignancy. It is yet another example of a wonderful story frequently banned because certain racist groups can’t handle the thought of stories featuring anyone who looks at all different from what they see in the mirror. (See of course: the bans on this book in Arizona and elsewhere)

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