bout of books…

 Bout of Books 19 came at the perfect time for me. Last week was largely a pile of suck, and I’m paying for it not only mentally or emotionally, but also physically in the form of chronic illness flare ups. So a week of resting and concentrating on my reading sounds pretty perfect right about now. And goodness knows I have more than enough school reading to catch up on. Though I plan to do some purely-for-me reading as well.

The official blurb:

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, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I made a pool of books that I may read or at least dip into, but I make no promises to stick entirely to it. Another thing I can’t promise to do, but am going to attempt, is updating this post daily with my progress. One of things I love so much about Bout of Books comes straight from their official blurb: “low-pressure.”

Monday:

Books read from:

  • Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez (issues 2-4 of No. 2)
  • Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez
  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee

Books completed:

  • Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (only had 14 pages left to read though)

Number of pages:

  • 111 +
  • an unknown number of pages in A Spy in the House–because if there’s a way to see what page you’re on when reading on the Kindle app, I haven’t discovered it (hopefully I’ll finish the book this week and can then add the total pages)

Tuesday: 

Books read from:

  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez (issues 5-6 of No. 2) + Howard the Duck by Chip Zdarsky (issue 6, because crossover)
  • Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez
  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee

Books completed:

  • Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez

Number of pages:

  • 173 +
  • an unknown number of pages in A Spy in the House (because I still don’t know what page I’m on)

Wednesday:

Books read from:

  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  • The Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez (issues 7-8 of No. 2)

Books completed: none

Number of pages:

  • 72 +
  • an unknown number of pages in A Spy in the House (because I still don’t know what page I’m on)

Thursday (aka the day my reading mojo totally sucked):

Books read from:

  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  • The Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez (issue 9)

Books completed: none

Number of pages:

  • 31 +
  • an unknown number of pages in A Spy in the House (because I still don’t know what page I’m on)

Friday: 

Books read from:

  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez (issue 10)

Books completed: none

Number of pages:

  • 60 +
  • an unknown number of pages in A Spy in the House (because I still don’t know what page I’m on)

Saturday:

Books read from:

  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Books completed:

  • A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee

Number of pages:

  • 118 +
  • 352 (Except that this is totally misleading. This is the number of pages in A Spy in the House, which I read on the kindle app and thus didn’t know how many pages I actually read on any one day.)

Sunday:

Books read from:

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
  • The Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (issue 11) by Ryan North and Erica Hernandez
  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Books completed:

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Number of pages:

  • 161

Wrap-Up:

I would call this a successful Bout of Books for me. Honestly not sure if I did more reading than I do in an average week, but I most definitely focused more on purely fun reading and less on reading for homeschooling. That alone makes it a special week.

So what did I accomplish…

I read 1,078 pages. (You know, I’m gonna say that that probably is more reading than I do in an average week.)

Though I only had a few pages left to go, I did finish Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson. Loved it.

I read one volume of poetry in its entirety (Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez), and started another (Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest) which I’m about halfway through now.

I started and finished two YA books that weren’t in the original TBR pile I made for Bout of Books. Both were ebooks. I don’t read a ton of ebooks, so to have read two in a week is out of the ordinary for me. They were A Spy in the House, the first in the Agency series by Y.S. Lee, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. Two very different sorts of stories, and I adored them both.

I read 12 comic books from Marvel Unlimited (All The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, with the exception of a Howard the Duck issue involved in a crossover with USG.)  Which is equal to about 2 trade volumes, huh?

I read not quite 50 pages in Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution. I’ve purposefully been taking that book slowly as is it a bit academic (though still *very* accessible). I just feel like I do a lot better taking this sort of book slowly.

I got about a third of the way through Johanna Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels. Another slow read. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, but it’s one of those books that I don’t feel compelled to pick up once I’ve set it down. I really need to just give it some attention.

And finally, last night I picked up Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. I was tired and none of the books I had going felt quite right, so I grabbed this off my spring TBR pile. Only got through the foreword and the first chapter before falling asleep.

 

Sincere thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting yet another great Bout of Books readathon!

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