bout of book 22…

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I’ve been excited for Bout of Books 22 for several weeks now, and fully intended on just swimming in books for the whole week. Then an unexpected opportunity popped up that meant I wouldn’t be able to do much reading on the weekend, but figured I’d just read my little heart out during the weekdays, so it would still be worth signing up. But before I had a chance to yesterday, I ran into major technical difficulties–nothing to do with blogging, etc., but things I *need* to get figured out. After spending most of yesterday trying to fix, reconfigure, troubleshoot, what have you, I still haven’t got everything working. Yes, there have been tears of frustration. By last evening I figured there was no point in even signing up for Bout of Books. But this morning, I’m in better spirits, and am hoping to both get said technical issues fixed and to read my little heart out. So yeah, let’s do this!

From the official site:

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 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My stack (which I will obviously not finish):

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Monday:

  • pages read: 38 pages
  • from these books: 2 chapters of The Awakening by Kate Chopin and 5 chapters of The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • books finished: none

Yes indeed, I’m off to a lousy start. Makes me sad, but it wasn’t unexpected. I did spend the vast majority of the day again fighting a battle I’m apparently not going to win with Google Photo. Anyway, here’s to better day of reading today!

Tuesday:

  • pages read: 96 pages
  • from these books: 7 chapters of The Awakening by Kate Chopin and 10 chapters of The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • books finished: none

Another not so great day, but hey, better than day 1 anyway. Would like to think that tomorrow will be even better, but it’s another busy one so we’ll see.

Wednesday: 

  • pages read: 77 pages
  • from these books: 6 chapters of The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 7 chapters of The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, and the introduction of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
  • books finished: The Girl With All the Gifts (started before Bout of Books 22)

I really shouldn’t have even signed up for this round. It’s just too busy a week…so sad.

 

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bout of books time…

Bout of Books 21 is nearly here! In their words:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My personal goals:

  • read for at least 20 hours
  • finish at least 3 books
  • have fun

Just going to keep track of the week and update daily all here in this one handy dandy, easy peasy post.

MONDAY:

  • time spent: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • pages read: 168 pages
  • stuff read: 1 chapter of Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan // 1 short story titled “Jacob” from The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell // 1 chapter of Zodiac by Robert Graysmith // 11 chapters of Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • books finished: none
  • enjoyment level: 8/10 (Based on my reading, it would have been a 10/10, but I was frustrated because I’d hoped to spend more time reading than I was able to.)

TUESDAY:

  • time spent: 5 hours 5 minutes
  • pages read: 205 (yes, I’m a very slow reader)
  • stuff read: 1 essay (“Life Without Go-Go Boots”) from High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver, the remaining chapters of Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan, the introductory portions and 2 essays (“The Creative Spirit: Children’s Literature” by June Jordan and “m/other ourselves: a Black queer feminist genealogy for radical mothering” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs) from Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams, preface and part of first chapter of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, 2 chapters in Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  • books finished: Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • enjoyment level: 10/10

WEDNESDAY:

  • time spent: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • pages read: 32
  • stuff read: 1 essay (“Motherhood, media, and Building a 21st-Century Movement” by Malkia A. Cyril) from Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams, more of chapter 1 from Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • books finished: none
  • enjoyment level: what I read today was most excellent, but I just wasn’t in the mood to read

THURSDAY:

  • time spent: none
  • pages read: none
  • stuff read: nothing
  • books finished: none
  • enjoyment level: well…

FRIDAY:

  • time spent: none
  • pages read: none
  • stuff read: nothing
  • books finished: none
  • enjoyment level: hmmm…

SATURDAY:

  • time spent: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • pages read: 98
  • stuff read: finished chapters 1-3 of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, 1 chapter of Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  • books finished: none
  • enjoyment level: 10/10

SUNDAY:

  • time spent: 4 hours 10 min.
  • pages read: 147 pages
  • stuff read: chapters 4-7 of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, 1 chapter of Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  • books finished: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • enjoyment level: 10/10

FINAL TALLY:

  • time spent: 16 hrs. 10 min.
  • pages read: 650 pages
  • books finished: Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • books read from but not finished: Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell, 1 chapter of Zodiac by Robert Graysmith, High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams
  • enjoyment level: 10/10

While I didn’t quite meet my goals for hours or number of books read, I’m still calling this a successful readathon for me because I had so much fun and did manage to read from start to finish two incredible books.