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Bout of Books 11

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, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s that time again. Don’t you feel it? I do. A shiver in my bookshelves. A slight fever in my e-reader. I’m coming down with a Bout of Books.


I’m keeping my goals modest because lately I’ve been a flake when it comes to participating and even reading. 500 pages, do a couple challenges, make it to a Twitter chat, comment where appropriate.

Reading “List”

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales M&M The Broken Hours
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon – I’m currently reading this and I will probably still be reading it next week.
  • Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link (Editor), Gavin J. Grant (Editor) – An ARC from Armchair BEA. Coming out in September & I’d love to review it by the time it debuts.
  • Magic And Mystery: The Incredible Psychic Investigations Of Houdini And Dunninger – Just puttering my way through this book.
  • “The N Auntie” by Anne McCaffrey Deal Me In
  • From Magic in Mind – “The Big Lie” by Michael Close
  • Who knows what else!



  • Notes: I’ve been having a hard time with things lately and Bout of Books has fallen victim to the tentative reorganization of life. But! I plan of finishing up my goal today. Just 20 pages left. Hope you all are having a great BoB!


  • Notes: Finished The Broken Hours. It was pretty good, but a slow burn. Got The Confabulist from the library yesterday and started it today. Still not feeling up to snuff.
  • Challenges: Amazingly, I have a book recommendation!


  • Notes: Less reading, more writing. Still on track, but lacked energy for the Twitter party or anything else.
  • Notes: Read during most of the morning and afternoon because I still hadn’t been feeling well. The Broken Hours involves H. P. Lovecraft as a character. Coincidentally, this is Lovecraft’s birthday week and Paula Cappa highlighted one of his non-mythos stories, which I decided to read. Plus another couple short works, not by Lovecraft.
  • Challenges: Neither were in my wheelhouse and I needed to get some other work done.
  • Notes: Had a super-uber flare-up day. I added The Broken Hours to my list because I couldn’t comfortably hold a book and had that as an ARC that I could read on my computer monitor. On the plus side, I was able to log a pretty good reading day. Didn’t do much of anything else though. Purposefully missed the chat because I knew it would wipe me out.
  • Challenges: Did both! It’s harder to do picture challenges without a smart phone.