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, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th 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 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
GOALS – Achieved!
I was a little worried.
The May Bout of Books was my first multi-day read-a-thon and it was awesome. I followed it up with the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon and, likewise, had a blast. Thrilled at this new-found activity, I jumped into Once Upon a-Read-aThon and High Summer Readathon. And didn’t do so well. Some of it may have been the vibe (geeze, these readers are young and exuberant!), but most of it was probably me and summer apathy.
I was looking forward to this Bout of Books, but feared that maybe the bloom was off. Happily, my enthusiasm is perennial. My goal was ~600 pages. I passed it by a bit, reading 718 pages. I also took part in a few challenges and visited new blogs. I plan to visit more this week.
All of these were in-progress, but 700 pages is 700 pages!
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (8/23) FINISHED!
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Gavin J. Grant (Author, Editor), Kelly Link (Author, Editor) (8/27) FINISHED!
Finish Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (9/1) FINISHED!
Doctor Who Dave Gibbons Collection by Pat Mills, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse (9/18) Continued.
From the Bookshelf:
Finish Through Darkest America by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury by Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor) Read a couple stories, as well as Ray Bradbury stories that were mentioned in the stories’ notes.
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis (a re-read). Started.