Bout of Books 13!

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

On the one hand, I’m behind on a lot of work, and I’ve been low on energy lately.
On the other hand…

Bout of Books Lucky-Number-13!!!

Can I resist?
You know that I can’t.


I’ve been enjoying short works lately, so I’m not going to buck the trend. My plan:

  • The novella On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown by Theodore Wheeler. Finished!
  • The “Other Stories” in Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier. Finished!
  • A couple of essays from Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon. Ended at 37%, which is about where I intended.
  • Rick Moody’s “The Albertine Notes” for Deal Me In from Thrilling Tales, edited by Mr. Chabon. This didn’t go so well… I DNF after 17 pages.

And hopefully I’ll hit a Twitter party too. 😉 Missed the Twitter parties, but read more than I expected. 646 pages total!


Sunday: 161 pages. Finished the de Maurier collection and the rest of October Faction.

Saturday: 149 pages. Finished the Vivi Andrews, a couple more essays from Maps and Legends, “Underneath” by Kealan Patrick Burke, and “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (which, it turns out, I’d read before). In need of a graphic novel break, I started October Faction Vol. 1 and remembered how annoying comics are to read in ePub form.

Friday: 151 pages. Finished Chabon’s essay on Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series and a less supernatural du Maurier story. Decided in the evening to jump in on #crushYourTBR and read some old Kindle acquisitions. Read “Overtime” by Charles Stross and half of The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews.

Thursday: 41 pages. I could have sworn it was more than that. Finished another du Maurier story and Chabon’s essays on Sherlock Holmes and Norse mythology.

Wednesday: 16 pages. Couldn’t get going on anything on Wednesday! Pft.

Tuesday: 27 pages on the next story in Don’t Look Now. Du Maurier has a lot of water and a lot of dead people in her stories.

Monday: 101 pages read! Finished On the River… . I’ll probably review that next Tuesday. Read “The Breakthrough,” which was more sci-fi than I was expecting from du Maurier. Read “Maps and Legends” from the Chabon book and started his lengthy essay on Sherlock Holmes. Also read a few poems from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg.

Modern to Classic — Ranty Runt of a Reader

Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic.

My pick: Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

  1. I think in general Neil Gaiman has the sticking power to still be read in 2125. He has the right combination of popular success and critical acclaim.
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a journey story; it can’t hurt to start with a classical form. It touches on the questions a boy has about life and, later, the questions that boy has as a man.

Bookish Survey, hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves? Organization? Shelves? I need more of both of these things…
2. What is one of your favorite books that’s not in one of your favorite genres? I’m not a YA fan, but I’ve really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? The only thing I’ve given 5 stars to this year, thus far, has been House of Mystery by David P. Abbott, Teller, and Todd Karr. So many cool, crunchy magic history bits.
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? Looking forward to reading another Daphne du Maurier story. She’s 1-1 with me, more or less. We’ll see how it goes.
5. What book do you recommend the most? The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Great book that everyone should read. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Bout of Books 13!

  1. Thannya

    How I understand you. I also need shelves. Most of my books are in boxes and there is no organization. And that makes so difficult when I’m looking for a certain book…

    Well, good luck for the read-a-thon. Happy readings! 🙂

  2. james b chester

    If people who love The Last Unicorn do it then this Bout of Books things is something I should try. So you basically spend a week reading four books….sounds kind of fun to me. I should loo out for it next time. I usually find out about these things after it’s too late to join in.

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      Well, *I* spent a week on four books (and a handful of novellas). Faster readers knock down many, many more. I believe the next one is in mid-August.


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