Bout of Books 10

Bout of Books

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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


I haven’t been doing well with readathons this year, but I couldn’t stand letting a Bout of Books go by without me. In fact, I’m kind of planning for this Bout of Books to be a watershed. After May and the group of books below, I’m going to take a break from readathons and from reading ARCs. I have so many unread books on my shelves that I’m not sure why I seek out so many others to read instead. I’ll still keep an eye on NetGalley, but it’s time to be even pickier about what I request. I won’t finish all these books during Bout of Books, but they are my immediate reading list.


Sundance: A Novel The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six Shirley The Quick

Plus a couple of chapters of A Feast for Crows and “Chin Oil” by George Guthridge for Deal Me In.




ShirleyChallenge! Hosted by Oh Magic Hour: For this, your final mini-challenge of the readathon, I thought it would be fun if we all tried to come up with a new title for our current read, or really anything we’ve read during this Bout of Books 10.0.

A good alternate title for Shirley, a fictional account of a young couple staying with Stan Hyman and Shirley Jackson during the last year of Shirley’s life, would be Scotch and Cigarettes. We’re in 1964. Everyone drinks. Everyone smokes. Except, surprisingly, the pregnant girl.

Saturday Summary: Was up early enough for the chat. Yay! Did manage to get a good amount of reading done despite needing to write.

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