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) – Final Summary

Another edition of Bout of Books has drawn to its conclusion. I always think the read-a-thon week goes by far too quickly.

I had a lovely rain-soaked afternoon of reading to conclude the read-a-thon, and I managed to finish Fatal Inheritance, which I really enjoyed, especially as the mysteries and secrets were revealed towards the end of the story.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 68

Total number of pages I’ve read: 388

I set a few general goals for the readathon (Original goals posted HERE).
I’ve enjoyed keeping my blog updated with my reading progress each day and visiting new blogs to find out what other people have been reading.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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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) – Final Summary

After a couple of really slow reading days I had a great time this afternoon reading A Time of Dread. I managed to read 100 pages and I can’t wait to read the rest over the next couple of days, because I have to know how the story ends.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 100

Total number of pages I’ve read: 358

I usually set a few general goals for the readathon (Original goals posted HERE), so I could end up reading anything at all.
As always I’ve enjoyed the daily updating on my blog, and visiting new blogs and finding out what other people have been reading.
I don’t think I read as much as I would have liked to, but I still very much enjoyed participating in Bout of Books.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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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) – Final Summary

Bout of Books

The latest Bout of Books is over, and I had a good final day of reading.
I’m at the point where I can’t tear myself away from Into the Drowning Deep, I just keeping saying ‘one more chapter’, ‘one more page’, but then I don’t want the book to end either.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 100

Total number of pages I’ve read: 660

I usually set general readathon goals (Original goals posted HERE).
As always updating my blog daily and visiting other blogs has been an enjoyable part of the readathon.
I managed to complete one book and start another, and I even found time to write and post a Top Ten Tuesday entry in the middle of the readathon, which is a first.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The Week’s Progress Revisited…

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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.