Bout of Books 9.0: Progress Report – Day 2

Bout of Books Read-a-ThonDay 2 of Bout of Books 9.0 was a bit of a bust for me.  I thought I would have more time to read than I had previously expected to, but I was wrong.  Not only was the whole day hectic, but the previously problematic kitchen sink issue became a fully-fledged debacle, with water all over the kitchen and a ton of cabinet emptying, re-arranging and clean-up work to do just so someone can get situated to do repairs, then everything has to be put back. (All this, and the maintenance guy is going to have to come back Friday to do yet more work.)  Long story short:  I didn’t get much reading done.  I didn’t even get my review of Speech Sounds finalized and posted.  Ah, well. Let’s hope today is a better bookish day! Barring any household explosions, I should have a relatively quiet mid- to late-day here at home, with no one else around after about 2 PM PST.

Monday – Bout of Books Day 2:

  • Books with progress:  Seven Japanese Tales by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
  • Pages read today:   19 (one more story down in the collection)
  • Total pages read during event:  104
  • Books finished today:  0
  • Total books finished during event:  2

Bout of Books 9.0: Progress Report – Day 1

Bout of Books Read-a-ThonAs day 1 of Bout of Books 9.0 has wound down, it’s time to report my progress for Monday, Day 1.  I didn’t get as much read as I wanted to, and I forgot I still had a bit to read in my last book from the Classics Club Readathon this past weekend, but the good news/tradeoff is that Day 2/Tuesday won’t be as frenzied a day as I expected, so I’ll have more reading time today.

Monday – Bout of Books Day 1:

  • Books with progress:  Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin, Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler
  • Pages read today:  85 (72 in RoP, 13 for the story)
  • Total pages read during event:  85
  • Books finished today:  2 (1 novel plus a story)
  • Total books finished during event:  2

I should have my review of Speech Sounds (for the Deal Me In short story challenge) up today.  I’m working on my review of Rite of Passage, (The Classics Club, The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, Vintage Science Fiction Month) and it should be ready in a day or two.

On my reading agenda for today, Tuesday, BoB Day 2:  I want to finish Seven Japanese Tales, read a few pages in Mrs. Dalloway and a section or three in The Pillow Book. I may also dip back in to Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons so I can stay on top of my book group discussion, which is just starting up.  Then I’ll probably crack open Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear.  I really wish I could focus on just one book at a time right now, but January turned out to be a big month for group reads, so I need to nibble at each of them pretty much simultaneously.  Luckily, they are all different enough that I’m not likely to get mixed up.

I hope you all are enjoying your reading this week, whether or not you’re playing along in Bout of Books!


Bout of Books 9.0: Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-ThonBout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon starts tomorrow, January 6, and runs through the 12th.  This will be my first time participating in this particular read-a-thon, and I’m looking forward to getting a lot of reading done.

Here are my goals for the week:

Time Devoted to Reading:

I will be reading each day of the read-a-thon, although I will have less time to read some days than others.  Tuesday the 7th will afford me very little reading time – maybe 30 minutes in the morning and/or very late evening – and Friday the 10th may be a no-read day, although I will be taking a 45-minutes each way bus trip so I will try to read then.  (Sometimes it makes me too sleepy to read on a bus or train, and as I’m going to an unfamiliar destination I want to be as alert as possible when I get there.)  I should have some time to read each of the other days, with Wednesday probably leaving me the house to myself all day, as I’ll be home that day but the family will be gone, so I’ll try to get a lot of reading in then.  The weekend is looking pretty loose, so I may be able to read a good bit then, too.

General Goals for Read-a-Thon Week:

  • I will stringently limit my internet browsing/surfing during my free time throughout read-a-thon week.  I’m too inclined to fall down a Google hole or get lost in a Wikipedia maze and sacrifice valuable reading time.
  • I will strive to post about my progress each day and link it to the official check-in posts.
  • I will take part in any of the optional daily read-a-thon challenges and games that strike my fancy and for which I have time that day.

Books to Read:

  • I will start the read-a-thon on Monday by reading my first pick for the Deal Me In short story challenge:  “Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler (story dictated by drawing the 4 of Hearts from the pack.)  I will try to get a short review of the story up sometime during the day, as well.
  • Monday will be short story day, I think.  I will finish Seven Japanese Tales by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki.  I have 4 of 7 stories left to read at the start of the read-a-thon.  This will be my 2nd goal for Day 1 of the event and will be completed before I allow myself to start another book.
  • I will start Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.  I would love to finish one – or both-  of these during read-a-thon week, but I am not going to chastise myself if that doesn’t happen.
  • I will keep moving through sections of The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon and its copious appendices and footnotes.  I don’t expect to finish this one during the read-a-thon.  I’d like to finish it during January, at least.
  • I will push myself to keep reading a few pages of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway each day.  I would also like to finish this in January, but I doubt I will complete it during read-a-thon week.
  • I may end up reading something short on my Kindle during my trip Friday, so I don’t have to lug books with me.  If so, I’ll probably either dig into The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle or keep trucking along with Mrs. Dalloway via downloaded public domain copy.  (I’m working from a paper copy at home.)

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