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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I have a fever and prescription is MORE READING!
GOALS / WRAP-UP
The goal? The usual: 600 pages.
Which was apparently too much for me this week. I read 471 pages. Not bad for me for a week, but in the low end for BoB. Oh well. Still had fun. Finished up a few books that were in progress. All is good!
What I was going to read:
What I ended up reading:
Finished the last 1/3
First 26 pgs
Finished last 160 pages
Read 3 s. stories
Finished the last 40 pages
First 40 pgs
- The Picture of Dorian Gray , pg 5-40 (36)
- Slabs of the Sunburnt West by Carl Sandburg, pg 56-76 (21)
- A Storm of Swords, pg 884-924 (41)
# of pages daily/total: 98 / 471
Notes: A Storm of Swords was a reread for me, but strangely I remembered very little of its second half. Also finished up the Sandburg I’ve been reading and started Dorian Gray.
- A Storm of Swords, pg 803-883 (81)
- Shadow Show, pg 186-209 (24)
- Slabs of the Sunburnt West by Carl Sandburg, pg 34-55 (22)
# of pages daily/total: 127 / 373
Notes: Made a stab at finishing A Storm of Swords. So close! It’s unlikely that I’m going to hit my goal, but you never know.
- Bookish Wishes @ Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf
Question 2: There’s lots of books out there, but is there one that you’ve been dying to read that doesn’t seem to be written yet? Describe it briefly.
My (long) answer: I believe in the philosophy of authors writing the books they’d want to read. I try to do that, for better or worse, whenever I write. That said, there are definitely stories I wouldn’t know how to write. Currently, the book I would want to read that doesn’t exist would be a biography of Joseph Freud, marginally better known to the world today as Joseffy. He’s the one with the fabulous mustache on my blog’s wallpaper. I’m appropriating him for my historical fiction novel, but I wish there was a real biography of Joseffy. Born in Vienna in 1873 (maybe a relative of Sigmund Freud, maybe a relative of Franz Joseph), he had a falling out with his parents as a teenager, traveled Europe, came to America, learned magic, traveled with the Lyceum lecture circuit, gave up performing to found his own company and work on electrical and mechanical inventions, and after he retired, he was (supposedly) involved in the US’s technological efforts in WWII. Up until his death in 1946, he was still visiting friends in the US and Mexico and occasionally, very occasionally, presenting his best known trick, the Skull of Balsamo. Plus, by all accounts, he was a bit of a nut (in a good way). I hope I can do him justice with my caricature, but I’m a little sad that he or someone else never recorded his adventures.
# of pages daily/total: Err…
Amount written: Um…
Notes: Sometimes it’s really nice to relax with your spouse. On the plus side, I’m feeling much better.
- Shadow Show, pg 165-185
- Revelations of a Spirit Medium, pg 18-26
- The 7th Woman – 4% (about 4 pages)
- A Storm of Swords, pg 762-802
# of pages daily/total: 75 / 246
Amount written: -144, +slightly more than that.
Notes: Started The 7th Woman, but it’s just not working out for me. Also headachy and the 19th century contingent on my list isn’t helping.
Challenge: None for me today.
- Shadow Show, pg 143-164
- Revelations of a Spirit Medium, glossary (lx-lxiv, 5 pages), preface (iii-vi, 4 pages), and finally starting on page 7-17
# of pages daily/total: 42 / 171
Amount written: I did edit and added 500 words yesterday. My writing time seems to be late in the day. *cough*
Notes: Another Minecraft day. And I know I said I wasn’t going to do challenges if I didn’t get writing done, but this one was too fun to pass up!
- TBR List Challenge @ Musings of a Bookship Girl
- Which 5 books are at the top of your TBR pile at this moment?
- If I gave you a wad of cash and sent you into a bookshop right now, which 5 books would you buy to add to the stack?
I have some ARCs to read before publication date and then (maybe) a Gothic readathon coming up in September so aside from the above:
Okay, the wad of cash is going to have to be pretty substantial and the bookstore *very* inclusive (at least for my first and last choices; limited edition books are evil):
- The Glorious Deception, pg 377-419
# of pages daily/total: 43 / 129
Amount written: As of 22:14 CST, I’m working on that. *cough*
Notes: Ended up getting sucked into Minecraft. Managed to finish reading The Glorious Deception.
- Re-Title It @ Music Plus Books
Laura’s Challenge: All you have to do is rename the book you’re currently reading!
My Response: The Glorious Deception or The Disappearance of a Great American Magician
- The Glorious Deception, pg 320-376
- “A Series of Sittings with Eva C.” Proceedings for the Society for Psychical Research. Vol. 32, 1922. pg 227-255
# of pages daily/total: 86 / 86
Amount written: It’s edit day. I’ve added about 500 words to the manuscript and have about 12 more pages to go through.
Notes: I started with the Central Timezone because…it’s just easier that way. Wanted to finish The Glorious Deception, but got kind of busy this afternoon post-Twitter chat. Did some research reading.
- #Pairathon Challenge
- Bookish Bucket List @ Sarah Says Read
Sarah asks: What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die?
My response: I’m really bad at bucket lists due to the whole “before I die” clause. The one bookish thing that I’d really like to do is, not die until I’ve read all the good books that exist. That’s not too much to ask, is it? 😉 Although, I will settle for being a ghost and haunting a library.