Bout of Books 27 (January 2020) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


What better way to begin a new year of reading than with a good Bout of Books. I enjoy participating in this read-a-thon, and keeping track of my reading progress over the week. I’ll be using this blog for updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

I always say half an hour per day, but that’s hopefully just a starting point. I’d like to read more if possible.

My Goals

  • To read at least some of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • To continue Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Keep track of progress with daily updates
  • To visit other blogs

Books to Read

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Updates

Monday

It’s read-a-thon time! There are two books I’d like to read during this week. I don’t know whether I’ll finish both of them, but I’m hoping I might manage one. The first is Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. I haven’t read any Christie for a while and it seemed a good pick for this time of year. The second book, and one I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
Let’s see how I get on…

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

Bout of Books is off to a good start, I think I’ve picked a good one with The Starless Sea. The cover of the book is lovely, and the story within is so far totally intriguing. I think it’s a book I’m going to want to take my time with, so I don’t know how much I’ll have read by the end of the week, but then it’s so good that I don’t want to put it down either!

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

Still really enjoying The Starless Sea. I haven’t read quite as much today, but it’s still a great read.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  25
Total number of pages I’ve read:  125

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

I don’t want to put The Starless Sea down. I love the mix of stories and can’t wait to see when and how they all come together. I still don’t want to read this book too quickly so I gave some of my reading time today to Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. I do try to work out whodunit in these novels but I’ve very rarely been right, and so far with this one I have no idea. Well, I have a few potentials but can’t narrow it down beyond that!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  135
Total number of pages I’ve read:  260

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I read more of The Starless Sea and I wonder now whether I will actually finish it before Bout of Books ends. I’ve been reading quite slowly but I still ended up reading 80 pages, and have passed the halfway point with the book now. It’s all starting to come together and I wonder how it’s going to end…

Number of pages I’ve read today:  80
Total number of pages I’ve read:  340

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Oops! No progress to report today.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  340

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Another quiet day for reading. Hopefully I’ll have a good final day tomorrow!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  40
Total number of pages I’ve read:  380

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 26 (August 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


It’s time for a week of read-a-thon-ing! I’m looking forward to the latest Bout of Books as I’ve hopefully chosen some good books and I enjoy the daily reading updates on my blog.

As always I’ll be using this blog for updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

Hopefully at least half an hour each day, but ideally more…

My Goals

  • To finish one book and start another.
  • To keep track of my reading progress via daily updates
  • To visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • Shiang by C. F. Iggulden
  • The Sword Saint by C. F. Iggulden
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Updates

Monday

It’s Bout of Books time! Hopefully I’ll manage to make a good start so there’ll be something to mention in the way of progress tomorrow.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

So, how was your first day of the read-a-thon?
I started Shiang and managed to read the first 50 pages. It’s a while since I read the first book in the series, Darien, but so far I’m really enjoying this one. I can’t believe it took so long for me to pick this up, and I already have the following book, The Sword Saint, just waiting for my reading attention.

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

More progress on Shiang. I’m enjoying this book so far. If I do manage to finish it during this Bout of Books I’ll probably move straight on to the next in the series.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  65
Total number of pages I’ve read:  115

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

No reading progress to report today.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  115

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

After a day of no reading I made better progress. I’ve finished A Head Full of Ghosts. I’ll probably post more on this book once Bout of Books is over.
For now, it’s back to reading Shiang.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  75
Total number of pages I’ve read:  190

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Another day with no reading. Not good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  190

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Another 50 pages read. Not sure whether I’ll finish my latest read before the read-a-thon ends but I’ll have a go.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  240

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 25 (May 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


It’s Bout of Books time again! I always enjoy a read-a-thon, so hopefully this should be a good week of reading and blogging.

Time Devoted to Reading

I usually say half an hour per day, but hopefully just a starting point. I’d really like to read more.

My Goals

  • To continue reading A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  • To take part in Top Ten Tuesday this week, which has a page to screen theme
  • To start another book, possibly one of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and no doubt add to my endless TBR list

Books to Read

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  • A Book of Bones by John Connolly
  • ???

Updates

Monday

I’m looking forward to sharing this week of reading and blogging during Bout of Books. I have a current read that I’m really enjoying, so that’s a good start. Let’s see how it goes…

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

I managed to get some great reading time in and read 50 pages of A Boy and His Dog… It’s a really great read, but there’s a note at the beginning asking that readers don’t give away any of the secrets so I’ll say no more for now.

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

A day without reading? Not good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Had a better day of reading and managed 40 pages. I don’t want to rush my book because I’m enjoying it so much. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  40
Total number of pages I’ve read:  90

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

Had a great time lost in my latest read. I think I’ll probably finish A Boy and His Dog… maybe today and I’ll definitely be sad to see it end. It’s been such a good read. Hope whatever I chose to start next proves to be just as good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  75
Total number of pages I’ve read:  165

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

I’ve finished A Boy and His Dog… It was a great read. I didn’t know whether I’d have time to start a new book during this read-a-thon but it’s looking good.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  215

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Oops, another day with no reading done!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  215

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 24 (January 2019) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.- From the Bout of Books team


What better way to get into a new year of reading than with a good Bout of Books. I really enjoy taking part in this read-a-thon, and keeping track of my reading progress over the week. I’ll be using this blog for my updates during the read-a-thon.

Time Devoted to Reading

I always go for half an hour per day, but that’s hopefully just a starting point. I’d really like to read more if possible.

My Goals

  • To start The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • ??

Updates

Monday

First day and I’m excited to get reading.  When I picked The Stranger Diaries up from the library I was intrigued from the moment I glanced at the first page, so I’m certainly looking forward to getting into the story properly.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

The Stranger Diaries is off to a great start.  It hooked me from the very beginning with the gothic tone followed by the modern day setting and I can’t wait to see where this story is going.

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I can’t remember the last time I managed to read 100 pages in one day, but it’s happened, so that must be a sign of how good this book is!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  150

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Another great day of reading.  I’m getting to that stage now where I’m enjoying the book so much that I don’t want to put it down, but I don’t want it to end either!  I do think tomorrow might be the day though, then I’ll have to find something new to read.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  106
Total number of pages I’ve read:  256

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I finished The Stranger Diaries.  It was really good, and for once I actually picked out the killer.  That’s definitely a first for me, I’m usually wrong.  So, what to read next… I’m off to the TBR mountain to pick out a new book!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  154
Total number of pages I’ve read:  410

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Nothing to report today.  I haven’t managed to read anything at all.  Here’s hoping the next days have more reading in them!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  410

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

And, for my next read I chose… The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.
Sometimes time travel can be a by hit and miss for me, but I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about this book, and so far i’m intrigued.  It will certainly keep me busy for the final day of the read-a-thon!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  460

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 23 (August 2018) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As always 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.

Time Devoted to Reading

Hopefully at least half an hour each day, but ideally much more…

My Goals

  • To carry on reading Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
  • Maybe even finish that book and find another new read.
  • To keep track of my reading progress via daily updates
  • To visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
  • ?

Updates

Monday

It’s Bout of Books time again. I’m hoping to get some good reading time in later today so will update on the day’s progress tomorrow.
Happy reading everyone!

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

So, how did everyone get on with the first day of reading? I’ve made a start on Fatal Inheritance and I think it’s going to be really good. I’ve never read anything by Rachel Rhys before, and I enjoy finding new-to-me authors.

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I managed another 50 pages of Fatal Inheritance today. I didn’t think I’d have as much time to read so I was quite pleased. It’s a really good story, and I can’t wait to see what revelations lie ahead.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Nothing to report today. Not a single page. Hopefully will do better tomorrow!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I had a much better day for reading, and made up for yesterday’s total lack of progress. I managed another 100 pages. I’m past half way through my book now, so I’m hoping I might be able to finish it by the end of the readathon.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  200

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Not a bad day for reading today. I’m still enjoying this book.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  70
Total number of pages I’ve read:  270

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Managed a good reading sessions this afternoon. I think I’ll definitely get Fatal Inheritance finished before Bout of Books finishes.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  320

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

Bout of Books 22 (May 2018) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As always 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.

 

Time Devoted to Reading

As much as I can manage each day.

My Goals

  • To start a new read. I’m currently going between a Poirot short story, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and A Time of Dread. I have no idea which one I’ll end up choosing, or whether it will be something completely different.
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • At least one of the books from my list above, maybe…

Updates

Monday

Bout of Books time once again and I cannot wait to share the next week of reading with everyone taking part in the event. Of the potential reads I mentioned above I think I’m going to try A Time of Dread by John Gwynne first. I’ve never read anything by him before, so here’s to a book by a new-to-me author.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

Looks like I picked a good book for my first read of Bout of Books.
I love discovering an author I enjoy and then finding out they’ve written books that are already out there so I can add yet more to my TBR list.

Number of pages I’ve read today:   104
Total number of pages I’ve read:   104

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

Never one to break with tradition, yesterday was the day where I read very little. There’s always at least one day during the read-a-thon when I just don’t seem to manage much.

Number of pages I’ve read today:   0
Total number of pages I’ve read:   104

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Managed another good chunk of reading this afternoon. It was even warm enough to sit outside reading for a while.
Am really enjoying A Time of Dread, and am already thinking about adding the Faithful and the Fallen series to my never-ending TBR list.
I noticed that the library is due to get a copy of Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan but I doubt I’ll get that in time to start it before Bout of Books ends. Another book that I’m really looking forward to.

Number of pages I’ve read today:   78
Total number of pages I’ve read:   182

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

56 pages read today. I wish I’d had time to read more.
It’s supposed to be nice over the weekend, so hopefully I’ll have plenty of time to read then. I wonder if I’ll manage to finish my book before the end of Bout of Books?

Number of pages I’ve read today:   56
Total number of pages I’ve read:   238

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Another slow reading day today.

Number of pages I’ve read today:   0
Total number of pages I’ve read:   238

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

I don’t even know how today has gone by so quickly without more reading. I few a very few pages. I’m going to try my best for the final day tomorrow.

Number of pages I’ve read today:   20
Total number of pages I’ve read:   258

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Bout of Books 21 (January 2018) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As always 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.

Time Devoted to Reading

I’ll say my usual half an hour as a minimum, but hopefully a LOT more.

My Goals

  • To finish reading at least one book
  • And maybe start another one
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
  • Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Updates

Monday

What better way to start a new year of reading than by joining in with Bout of Books? I do love a good read-a-thon, so I’m looking forward to the next week of reading and blogging.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

I’m reading The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan. My festive reading has spilled over into the new year – oops! It’s got a very festive looking cover but so far the story isn’t actually overly Christmassy, so it’s one to read at any time of year. It’s set in December, but that’s about it so far.
Oh, and I am enjoying it; it’s a different theme from the type of book I’d usually pick up.

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

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I haven’t managed to read as much today. I wanted to write a post for Top Ten Tuesday, and I think it’s the first time I’ve done that during Bout of Books.
As you may see from that post I’ve suddenly developed a really strong urge to read about killer mermaids. Am going to try really hard to finish my current read before picking up something new though.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  150

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

I finished a book!
Don’t know how I managed it but I read so much today. I don’t think I’ve managed 200 pages in one day in years. I just couldn’t seem to put my book (The Christmas Secret) down, and I’m also really looking forward to starting Into the Drowning Deep.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  200
Total number of pages I’ve read:  350

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I’m really enjoying Into the Drowning Deep. The thing is, I don’t want to read it too fast because I want to make it last, but I also want to know who will survive and what’s going to happen to all these characters.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  88
Total number of pages I’ve read:  438

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

I didn’t have much opportunity to read today, so I snatched a few times where I could. There’s always time tomorrow though, right?

Number of pages I’ve read today:  46
Total number of pages I’ve read:  484

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Such a good reading afternoon and evening. Into the Drowning Deep is SO GOOD!
The mermaids have made their presence known for the first time and… it was so tense. I imagine the crew of this ship are about to get into real trouble, and I can’t wait to get back to my book to find out what happens next!
Who knew mermaids could be so scary?!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  76
Total number of pages I’ve read:  560

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.