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Bout of Books 34

I didn’t get to fully participate in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon (I was off winning a spring league championship), but never fear, Bout of Books is here! My goal is to read 600 pages this week and make it to one of the chats.

My TBR

Cover: Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale
Cover: Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker
Cover: Sundial by Catriona Ward
Cover: The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney
  • Finish Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale – This has been my morning reading. I have less than 100 pages left.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – I’m following along via Dracula Daily, but reading from this phone book-sized annotated version.
  • Sundial by Catriona Ward – Ladies of Horror’s May selection, which just happen to come odd library hold last night.
  • The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney – Maybe.

Progress

Bout of Books 33

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 33, Jan 3–Jan 9

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 3rd and runs through Sunday, January 9th 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 33 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s Bout of Books! What a great way to start the year! My goal is read about 600 pages and get to one of the Twitter chats.

In Our Own Worlds cover
Beowulf cover
On the Art of Writing cover
Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown cover

I plan on finishing In Our Own Worlds, which is an anthology of four novellas. I started the third, A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, last night. Then on to Beowulf or Moby Dick, neither of which will help my backlog, but I’ve been itching to reread both. My morning “craft” reading is On the Art of Writing by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, so a chapter of that every morning and a short story a day from Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown.

I seem to be doing updates on Twitter ⇾ @katen

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

Goals

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!

TBR

  • 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).

Progress


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

Reading Notes, 1/4/21 : BoB sign-up!

Bout of Books 30

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s Bout of Books time! I’m excited to get in on some low-stress readathons for the beginning of the year.

TBR for the Week

  • Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a sleep-walker by Charles Brockden Brown: I’m over halfway through this very odd Gothic(?) novel that I’m reading for Classics Club. It’s a boring book, but I’m continuing through sheer morbid curiosity.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: Over halfway through this too. Been listening to it while doing “chores” on Minecraft. Gaiman reading it is the way to go.
  • Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese: A recommendation by the Phoenix Public Library.
  • Also, a couple of short stories!


Bout of Books 28

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s time for Bout of Books! And I’ve gotten my reading mojo back (maybe). Yay! I’m setting a page goal this time around. I read ~550 pages this past week, which is a pretty good for me, so I’m going to shoot for 700 pages during BoB.

TBR

Lots of stuff in progress:

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin The Beetle: A Mystery Westmark

Plus, short stories! And maybe some audio book or a graphic novel or something.

Check-Ins!

Friday & Saturday

Pages Read: Over the two days… 109. I’m not back in my reading slump, but this week hasn’t yet been as bang-up as I hoped it might be. But still a good work thus far!

Thursday

Pages Read: 41. Was suffering from an idea hangover after yesterday’s nonsense.

Wednesday

Pages Read: 140! I went down a weird Lovecraft hole yesterday, which also led me to rewatching Hellboy (2004). I read:

Challenge:

 

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Bout of Books 26

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. 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. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I need to finish up some formatting work, but then I’m calling in “sick.”

TBR

The Count of Monte Cristo Moby-Dick
Guilt Is a Ghost: A Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery (Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries Book 2) The Zombie Ball: (An Eli Marks Mystery Book 6) (The Eli Marks Mysteries) by [Gaspard, John]

I need to catch up on The Count of Monte Cristo and Moby-Dick readalongs. Then finish Guilt is a Ghost by Tim Prasil. By the end of the week, I hope have started The Zombie Ball by John Gaspard. Plus short stories:

  • “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe – Finished!
  • “A Defender of Faith” by John D. Barry – Finished!
  • “Tim’s Vacation” by L. E. Shattuck – Finished!
  • “Wet Horses” by Alice MacGowan – Finished!
  • A story for Deal Me In

Updates & Challenges

Sunday:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo, ch. 109
  • The Zombie Ball by John Gaspard, ch. 4-5

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Bout of Books 25!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. –From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books was the first readathon I ever did, so many years ago. I did it on a whim! It’s continued to be my favorite low-stress readathon. And, um, shouldn’t all readathons be low-stress? My goal is to make some progress on the library books I have out. Am I going to finish all these books? Of course not! Will I end up reading something else entirely? Quite possibly. But this is Bout of Books: read one page == “win.”

TBR

Scheduled Reading
The Unabridged Edgar Allan Poe The Count of Monte Cristo
Plus short stories!

Library Books
Poe: A Life Cut Short Conjure Times: The History of Black Magicians in America
Finished!
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them from Movies Anymore)

DNF for now.
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1)

Progress

Challenges

Thursday: If you like that, try this!

Wednesday: Book plot emoji

Tuesday: Bookish favorites

Monday: Introduce Yourself #insixwords