Bout of Books 10: Wrap-up Post

Bout of Books 10Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon is over.  I got more reading done than I expected to but less than I’d hoped to.  How’s that for positive thinking?  😉  All kidding aside, I’m pleased with my progress.  Reading a stack of shorter books really was the way to go for me, and I’ll probably use this method for read-a-thons from now on.

Here’s my final progress report:

 

 

 

Pages read:  540

 

Books finished:  4  

  1. Chess Story/The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig
  2. Ru by Kim Thúy
  3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  4. “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang (This is a long story/novelette – 34 full pages in PDF form.)

Chess Story by Stefan ZweigRu by Kim ThuyWe Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

 

 

Books in progress at the end of the event:  2

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Map of Dreams by M. Rickert (short story collection)

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard HughesMap of Dreams by M. Rickert

 

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Bout of Books: Base Camp

Bout of Books 10Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon has begun!  I’m going to leave this post stickied for the duration of the event so as to have a staging ground from which to work and a place to track my progress.   I’ll update this post at the end of each day with both daily and cumulative reading reports.

I don’t think I’m going to log a hard count of minutes/hours spent reading but will just be tracking pages read.  I find that less stressful and more productive.

 

 

 

Books to read:

  1. Chess Story/The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig
  2. Ru by Kim Thúy
  3. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle bt Diana Wynne Jones
  5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (This wasn’t originally on my list, but I picked it up and then couldn’t put it down!)
  6. (in progress at start of BoB)  Map of Dreams by M. Rickert (short story collection)
  7. Deal Me In challenge story of the week:   “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang (I won’t be writing/posting a review until Monday, as I want to focus my book time on reading for the duration of the read-a-thon.)

 

 Cumulative Progress:

Total pages read:  540
Total books finished:  4  (Ru by Kim Thúy, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, + one long story/novelette “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang)
Books in Progress:  Map of Dreams, A High Wind in Jamaica

 

 Daily Updates:

Monday:

Number of pages read today:  100 (71 pages in Ru + 29 pages in Map of Dreams)
Books finished today:  0
Books in progress at end of day:  Ru, Map of Dreams
Challenges:  If You Like X, Try Y @ The Book Barbies

Tuesday:

Number of pages read today:  82 (70 pages in Ru + 12 pages in Chess Story)
Books finished today:  
Books in progress at end of day:  Chess Story, Map of Dreams
Challenges:  none

Wednesday:

Number of pages read today:  49 (39 pages in We Have Always Lived in the Castle + 10 pages in Map of Dreams)
Books finished today:  0
Books in progress at end of day:  Chess Story, Map of Dreams, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Challenges:  none

Thursday:

Number of pages read today:  174 (174 pages in We Have Always Lived in the Castle )
Books finished today:  1
Books in progress at end of day:  Chess Story, Map of Dreams
Challenges:  Spell It Out @ Kimberly Faye Reads

Friday:

Number of pages read today:  0  
Books finished today:  0
Books in progress at end of  day:  Chess Story, Map of Dreams
Challenges:  none

Saturday:

Number of pages read today:  72
Books finished today:  1
Books in progress at end of day:  Map of Dreams
Challenges:  none

Sunday:

Number of pages read today:  63
Books finished today:  1  (“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang – This is 34 full pages in PDF form, so a novelette…probably a novella if it were in book form.  I’m counting it.)
Books in progress at end of day:  Map of Dreams, A High Wind in Jamaica
Challenges:  none

Bout of Books 10: Goals

Bout of Books 10Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon begins Monday, May 12, and runs through the 18th. This will be my second time participating in this particular read-a-thon, and I’m looking forward to getting a lot of reading done. (Perhaps I should say this will be attempt 1.5, as illness put me on the sidelines a few days into BoB 9.)

Here are my goals for the week:

Time Devoted to Reading:

I intend to read each day of the read-a-thon, even if I only have a brief period some days.  I would love to get at least 1-2 hours of reading in each day, preferably a lot more on a couple of days.

General Goals for Read-a-Thon Week:

  • I will limit my internet browsing during my free time throughout read-a-thon week.  I have a bad habit of getting distracted and can regularly be found falling down a Google hole or playing Wikipedia hopscotch.  I don’t generally watch TV, so that won’t be a problem.   Oh…I also need to stay away from games, or I could lose a lot of potential reading time. I will still enjoy a movie or walk or picnic or whatever with The Man-Guy when the opportunity pops up, but I want to focus my alone time on books.  As the day before BoB begins is Mother’s Day, my son will be coming over then, so I doubt I’ll see him much the week of the read-a-thon.  It’s Spring, he’s 20, and he’s both job-hunting and crushing a bit on a girl he’s been hanging out with… He’ll likely be busy most of the week.  Well, I’ll just mark that down as “good timing!”  😉
  • I will try to post about my progress each day and link it to the official check-in posts.  I may create one post that I sticky and update daily or stick with my usual daily wrap-up post.  I haven’t yet decided which method to use.
  • I will try to remember to check out the optional daily read-a-thon challenges and games and play along with those that strike my fancy.
  • I will try to remember to check the event’s Twitter stream and will visit other participants’ blogs for a bit each day.

Books to Read:

  1. Chess Story/The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig (reading for The Classics Club and a book club discussion)
  2. Ru by Kim Thúy (a recent translation)
  3. one of the books left on my TBR Pile Challenge list:  either Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones, Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong, or Stone Junction by Jim Dodge (I’ve been reading one book per month, and of the eight I have left to read, these are the ones that most catch my fancy right now.)
  4. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes:  (updated Monday May 12)  The Classics Club Spin Number has been drawn:  #1, and this is the book I’ve been paired with for the event.
  5. Deal Me In challenge story of the week:  I won’t know which story I’ll be reading until I draw the week’s card.  (I’ll update this post when I have the information.)

I hope everyone taking part in the event has a great time and that you read many wonderful books!

Bout of Books 10: Sign-up Post

Bout of Books 10It’s time for another installment of the Bout of Books week-long read-a-thon! Starting Monday, May 12,  and running through Sunday, May 18, participants push themselves to get in more reading than they usually would. Here’s the official announcement:

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

This will be my second time participating in BoB.  Last time, a flu bug struck me down just a couple of days in.  (Perhaps I took the official button picture a bit too literally!)  Hopefully this time I’ll avoid such a derailment.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to participate in the event this time, as I wasn’t certain how much I would be around during the week in question.  But it’s looking as if I will have extra reading time after all, so I’ve decided to jump in.

I enjoy this read-a-thon event because it’s more relaxed than the 24-hour marathon read-a-thons.  I love those events, too, but I need ages to recuperate after each one…so I appreciate the next event in line being a less intense, longer-term one.

I’ll have my Goals post up tomorrow.  I am really looking forward to the community chatter and minigames and am excited to see what all the other participants will be reading for the event!