Bout of Books 12: Base Camp

Bout of BooksBout of Books 12 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 previous editions of BoB, I’m not going to track hours/minutes spent reading but will track pages read and books completed. The show-runners for the read-a-thon have decided not to post an official linky for goals this time around, to shift the focus away from “success/failure” and more towards reading for fun, and as this seems an admirable aim, I’m not going to set hard goals for myself.  I have a short stack of titles I want to read from, but that’s about as much planning as I intend to do. I’m excited to kick-start the year with some wonderful reads and the community of Bout of Books.  Happy reading to all who are playing along!

 Books to Read:

  1. Neuromancer by William Gibson (in progress at start of event) (1001 Books)
  2. Kokoro by Sōseki Natsume (1001 Books, Classics Club, Japanese Lit Challenge)
  3. The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (Classics Club)
  4. Sultana’s Dream by Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain  (Classics Club)
  5. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (short story collection in graphic novel form)

 Cumulative Progress:

Total pages read:  548
Total books finished:  3 (Sultana’s Dream, Through the Woods, Neuromancer)
Books in Progress:  Kokoro

 Daily Updates:


Number of pages read today: 40 (page 10-50 in Neuromancer)

Books finished today:  –

Books in progress at end of day:  Neuromancer 

Challenges:  –


Number of pages read today: 69

Books finished today:  Sultana’s Dream

Books in progress at end of day:  Neuromancer 

Challenges:  –


Number of pages read today:  208

Books finished today:  Through the Woods 

Books in progress at end of day: Neuromancer 

Challenges:  –


Number of pages read today:  20 (I knew this would be a slow day, as will tomorrow.)

Books finished today:  –

Books in progress at end of day: Neuromancer 

Challenges:  –


Number of pages read today: 28

Books finished today:  –

Books in progress at end of  day: Neuromancer 

Challenges: –


Number of pages read today:  88

Books finished today:  

Books in progress at end of day:  Neuromancer 

Challenges: –


Number of pages read today:  95

Books finished today:  Neuromancer 

Books in progress at end of day:  Kokoro

Challenges:  –


Bout of Books 12: Sign-up Post

Bout of Books

It’s almost time for the next Bout of Books week-long read-a-thon.  This will be my fourth time participating, and I’m excited to jump-start 2015’s reading!  The BoB team always hosts great games, chats and giveaways all through the week, and the community is so open and supportive.  The fun starts January 5, 2015!

Here’s the official info:

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, 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

To get involved, head to the official sign-up post.

I’ve got some classic science fiction and Japanese literature on my reading list for the event.  I plan to finally read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.  I will also be diving into two novellas with unexpected origins:  The Machine Stops, a proto-proto-steampunk tale published in 1909 by E. M. Forster (!) and Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain – a feminist utopia written in 1905 in what is now Bangladesh.

In addition to the old-school speculative stuff, I will be tacking Sōseki Natsume’s 1914 classic, Kokoro.  Beyond this point, I’m unsure how I will progress.  It will depend largely upon whether I get in a groove with the science fiction or Japanese lit or if I need a break from the genres.  If I need more classic sf, I’ve got Nova by Samuel R. Delany and Metropolis by Thea von Harbou on deck.  If I’m hankering for more from Japan, I might re-start 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. If I’m in the mood for something completely different, I’ll either grab something that beckons to me from my home shelves or see which interesting new-ish releases the library currently has on tap.

Will you be joining the read-a-thon?