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Bout of Books 10: Master Post & Reading List

Posted 10 May, 2014 by Heather in Read-a-thons / 23 Comments

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Reading list:

I won’t be getting to all of these (obviously), but this is the list of books I’ll be choosing from this week (I’ll be reading just parts of some for readalongs and book clubs). sj and I will be reading some of them together because that’s how we roll.

  • Idiopathy, Sam Byers
  • Sedition, Katharine Grant
  • The Dynamite Room, Jason Hewitt
  • Ballistics, D.W. Wilson
  • The Word Exchange, Alena Graedon
  • Four Past Midnight, Stephen King
  • Needful Things, Stephen King
  • The Shadow Year, Hannah Richell
  • Coraline, Neil Gaiman
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne
  • Looking for Alaska, John Green
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  • The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
  • The Strain, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  • Jinx, Sage Blackwood
  • Rat Queens #5, Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Saga, Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan
  • The Sandman, Vol. 10, Neil Gaiman
  • Chew, Vol. 1, John Layman

Goals:

  • Read a lot. Often.
  • Join a Twitter chat or two.

Updates:

Monday
Pages read: 318
Books finished: 0

Today was a good reading day. I read parts of The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell, Sedition by Katharine Grant, and Four Past Midnight by Stephen King. Took a few breaks along the way–one for a nap, one for dinner, and one to start watching the first season of Orange is the New Black. Pretty good show so far. Nice to see a bunch of familiar faces.

I’m going to read a little bit more and then head to bed. Tomorrow I have to take Rascal to the vet and then participate in a book club at my local library. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a bunch of reading done in between.

Tuesday
Pages read: 318
Books finished: 0

How weird is it that I read the same number of pages two days in a row?

Today was a kind of busy day, so I’m surprised by how much reading I got done. I even took a nap in the afternoon.

I’m still reading the same three books. I should be finishing all three soon.

Wednesday
Pages read: 400
Books finished: 1

  • The Shadow Year, Hannah Richell

This was my best reading day so far, in terms of quantity…which is really strange considering I didn’t start reading until almost 2pm. I finished The Shadow Year and I’m very close to finishing Four Past Midnight.

Thursday
Pages read: 389
Books finished: 1

  • Four Past Midnight, Stephen King

Got quite a bit of reading done again today. Not as much as I’d hoped, but King is one wordy guy. Even though I’m only counting Four Past Midnight as one book, it is actually a collection of four novellas…so technically…

sj found out yesterday that the second book of the Dollanganger series (V.C. Andrews) has been adapted for TV by Lifetime (Flowers in the Attic must have been a rousing success) and is being aired at different times during the week of Memorial Day. Of course we’ve gotten a group together to read the book quickly before we all watch the movie together. If you’re interested in joining us for our group read of Petals on the Wind, let us know! It’s totally laid back, no schedule, no posting necessary. We’ll just be chatting about it on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll be starting the book soon.

Friday
Pages read: 368
Books finished: 2

  • Sedition, Katharine Grant
  • The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries is SO GOOD. I’m going to be recommending this book all over the place.

Good reading day considering I also spent a bit of time writing a post for IB.

I don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do this weekend (hallelujah), so I’ll just be lying on the couch, reading. Should be a good wrap-up to my Bout of Books week.

Saturday
Pages read: 169
Books finished: 0

Um, yeah. Horrible reading day. Susie (of Insatiable Booksluts) made me the awesome graphic that you now see between posts on my homepage (and between comments on posts), so I spent the day working on my website. It took me a bit to figure out how to add the graphic between posts, one thing led to another, and when I looked up, four hours had gone by. Ugh. Isn’t the graphic fantastic, though? Susie is so talented.

I’m a little more than halfway through The Dynamite Room, so I’ll definitely be finishing that on Sunday.

Sunday
Pages read: 309
Books finished: 1

  • The Dynamite Room, Jason Hewitt

Well, I’m not unhappy with getting 309 pages read, but I probably could have almost doubled it if I hadn’t spent 3 hours of my day helping Her Teenage Highness clean her room and move stuff around.

This was definitely a good reading week, though–I finished five books and finished my hundredth book for the year. And for the most part the books I read this week were really good.

Hopefully I’ll have time to do it again in August! Hope everyone else had fun this week, too.

Total pages read: 2,271
Total books finished: 5

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