Bout of Books 12 (January 2015) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

Bout of Books

And so begins Bout of Books 12. What a brilliant way to kick off a new reading year, with a Read-A-Thon. This is my second time joining in with Bout of Books, and I’m sure it’s going to be great. In case you missed it, here is some 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

I’ll be using this blog for the majority of my updates during the read-a-thon, but you can also find me on Twitter (link in the sidebar).

Time Devoted to Reading

I will try to read for at least half an hour each day during the read-a-thon, but hopefully I’ll manage more as well.

My Goals

  • To read Christmas in the Snow
  • To read more of The Oversight
  • To start If Only They Could Talk
  • To keep track via daily progress updates of everything I read for this event
  • To try and visit other blogs and comment more regularly

Books to Read

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
Christmas in the Snow by Karen Swan
If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot



It’s the first day the of the read-a-thon and I’ve got my books picked out ready, and will be making a start just as soon as this progress post is posted to my blog. Happy reading all!

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

I had quite a good first day of the read-a-thon. The first book I chose was The Oversight and it turned out to be a good choice because the story was immediately interesting and engaging. I found myself wanting to make more reading time to spend in the world created in this book, and I can’t wait to get back to it and read more.
I also managed to get around to visiting and commenting on a few blogs, which is something else I hope to do during this event.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I am still loving The Oversight. It’s intriguing, and the world building and the ideas are wonderful. I also really like the characters who make up the Oversight group. I read another 150 pages today, but it’s a book I’m going to want to draw out for as long as possible, I think, so I’ve also picked up Christmas in the Snow and managed to read some of that as well. I read the first 50 pages.
Also managed to stop by a few more blogs. I love it when I see someone is reading a book that I’ve really enjoyed, because hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  200
Total number of pages I’ve read:  300

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Another 200 pages of The Oversight read today. I know I said I wanted to make it last but once I start reading I just can’t seem to draw myself away. I keep thinking to myself that I’ll just read one more chapter, but one turns into about ten before I put the book down, and then it’s quite often only because something else is demanding my attention. I think this is going to be a book I find it difficult to review because I’m enjoying it so much. I know that sounds strange but I always find that I struggle to convey my enthusiasm coherently for just how great a book is. I will give it some thought once the read-a-thon is done.
I hope everyone else is enjoying their reading as much as I’m enjoying mine.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  200
Total number of books I’ve read:  500

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I finished The Oversight, which was another 75 pages. The good news is there’s going to be another book in the series. The bad news is that it’s not out yet.
I also picked up Christmas in the Snow again and read another 50 pages.
How is everyone doing so far? Have you read anything really good?

Number of pages I’ve read today:  125
Total number of books I’ve read:  625

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Hm, when I started the read-a-thon I had a vague plan, but somehow a new book found it’s way into the mix – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  I don’t know how it happened.  One minute I was browsing through my e-reader, looking at the many books I have on there to read, and the next, attracted by the pretty cover, I was just thinking I’d have a little glance at the book, having remembered that other bloggers spoke very well of it, and before you know it, I’m off on a reading adventure I never anticipated.  100 pages later I emerged from the post-flu world of Station Eleven.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  725

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Managed less with my reading today as I had to go into work and had a few other things to do as well.  I did manage 50 pages of Christmas in the Snow, so all is not lost.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  775

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Bout of Book Final Summary

18 thoughts on “Bout of Books 12 (January 2015) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

  1. Titta says:

    The Oversight seems really interesting! I haven’t heard about it before but I might pick it up some time in the future! Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon!


    • pagesandtea says:

      It’s brilliant and frustrating all at once, because the book is so good, but once it’s done that’s it, and you’re left with the possibility of a book hangover. We cannot win 🙂 Thanks for visiting!


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