Bout of Books 7.0

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

I was going back and forth over participating in Bout of Books, mostly because my parents are coming in from out of town next weekend and I imagine I’ll be reading less than I usually would during that time. But I finally decided that maybe this will give me motivation to read a little more before they arrive. Nothing like last minute, eh? 

For right now, my only goals are to finish Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa, which I should be able to do very easily, and get at least a third of the way through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. If I could finish up a third book (but which one? I have so many early June books that I’m struggling to choose from), I would be pretty happy. 

Monday, May 13th Progress Update

  • I finished Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa! (and it was OH so good)
  • I switched from my paperback copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to a Kindle version and it’s been so much easier to read. I’m at 19% now, so that’s good progress on my 35% goal (remember, this is a lonnnnng book). 
  • I need to choose between a few books for another read. I get a little panicky unless I have two books going at once. 

Tuesday, May 14th Progress Update

  • I got a wee bit further (21%) in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Not quite as far as I would have liked, unfortunately. 
  • But I did start another book, which was just an added goal. Now I’m kind of hoping I can finish it by week’s end. I’m just on page 35 of The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, but it’s great so far.
  • Actually, I started two new books. I found my library card, which had fallen off my car keys about two weeks ago. I hadn’t been in too much of a hurry to get it replaced because I’m swimming in books right now, but as soon as I found it I floated over to see what I could download. My library card chose Tiny Beautiful Things and I’m in love after the introduction.

Wednesday, May 15th Progress Update
Thursday, May 16th Progress Update
  • My parents came in from out of town, and much like I expected my reading went out the window. It’s something I’m totally okay with, though, because I’m loving spending time with them. I was able to get about 20 pages read in The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, though.
Friday, May 17th Progress Update
  • Another wonderful family day with a bit of reading in the morning. I managed to get to page 126 in The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, even though it was not originally one of my goals. I’m starting to let Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell slip, mainly because it’s pretty tough to read in small bouts, which is all I seem to have this weekend. 
Saturday, May 18th Progress Update
  • I read about 5% of Tiny Beautiful Things, but that was the extent of my reading for the day. Still very little reading time this weekend, though tomorrow morning should give me a few hours. It’s not technically reading, but I was able to snag some great used books while out with my parents today!
Sunday, May 19th Progress Update