Bout of Books 31

Bout of Books, 5/10-/5/16

I’ve gotten my COVID vaccination so the only thing I’m coming down with is a Bout of Books!*

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 10th and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


I haven’t set goals for Bout of Books in a while, but I want to this time. I’d like to:

  • Make it to at least one of the Twitter chats. Monday’s is a prime target.
    ✅ Took part in Monday’s Tweet-chat! We’ll see is I make it up in time for Saturday’s.
  • Take part in some of the reading in place/sprints. Especially around Thursday/Friday when my enthusiasm flags.
    😬 Alas, I ended up being pretty hermit-y this week.
  • Read 700 pages. That’s a pretty ambitious goal for me, a terribly slow reader.
    ⭕ Monday: weekly total was at 88 pages, so I’m a smidge behind. But remember, there is no failing Bout of Books!
    ⭕ Wednesday: At 279 pages read, I’m still a bit behind. Just kinda flailing along this week.
    👍‍‍ End of Event: 648 pages, which isn’t bad!


  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark – Already in progress and I intend to finish by Thursday to review it. So far, I’m in love like I knew I would be.
  • Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne – My Classics Club book for May. A few of the stories will be rereads, but I’m actually looking forward to that.
  • Books of Blood by Clive Barker – Yes, still chipping away at Barker.
  • Plus my “regular” reading: a daily chapter of God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert, some pages of Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg, and Deal Me In short stories (of which I am currently behind).


*Seriously, if you’re eligible and haven’t yet, get vaccinated. It’s safe; you protect you and you protect your community!

3 thoughts on “Bout of Books 31

  1. Ti

    I got shot #2 last Tuesday so one more week and I will say it’s official. My daughter, 17, got her second one last night and she must be like me, some side effects so I called her out of school for today. She will be golden tomorrow, cross your fingers. The one side effect I did not anticipate was a lack of focus so my reading tanked last week. Attempting to make up for it this week.


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