Bout of books 13 Read-a-thon

It’s another read-a-thon, and this one runs from the 11th to the 17th of May – that ending day also happens to be my birthday, for which I’m planning a bit of a book splurge, um, in addition to the cheesecake.  Peanut buttery gooey cheesecake. You hear me? Yes. Okay. I could talk about Bout of Booksbooks and peanut butter and cheese and cake all day.
This post is a declaration of intent, more than anything.  I have quite a lot of scheduled reads in May, even before Seveneves is released.  In my May TBR are, among other things,  To kill a mockingbird (re-read, indeed),  Ishiguro’s The buried giant, Ramez Naam’s Apex, a big chunky book about the black death, some Frances Hardinge, and good grief I have to find the time for The goblin emperor very, very soon.

Ugh, there’s construction work happening directly below my floor. It’s been going on for weeks already and it does not stop.  Right now they’re doing this fa-a-antastic on-off drilling into hard walls, like, HURRRRRRR. BURRR.  — URRRRRRR. HRRRRRRK. …
It’s hard  to read anything in these conditions, so I’ll just… return to building sim houses. For a bit. By which I mean until sundown and then some.

Read-a-thon: 2nd status update

Ah, oops. Since the previous update, there has been an inconvenient time sink (I believe the correct term is “food poisoning”, which is especially impractical because it’s hard to read books with fever-shivers) – but I knew even when I signed up for the read-a-thon that something always gets in the way when I commit to anything. It’s one of those laws!

But, ok, looking over the week – here’s what was read inbetween horrible organic events:

Last half of M. R. Carey’s The girl with all the gifts (200 pages)

Started on Sarah Vowell’s The wordy shipmates (100 pages)

Graphic novel: Amulet vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (224 pages, but I don’t know if graphic novels are excluded from this, so I’m leaving it out of final pagecount)

Graphic novel: Saga vol. 3 (144 pages, left out of final pagecount)

Ursula Le Guin’s The word for world is forest (160 pages)

Started on Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim (300 pages read so far)

Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams: Essays (226 pages)

Started on Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station (100 pages)

Week total page count, excluding graphic novels:  just over 1000 pages

…And this evening I’m probably going to add the last 100ish pages of Sandman Slim, and perhaps Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the milk.    Depending on sleepiness levels.

I made a couple of bad choices in a row here, assuming a couple of non-fiction reads would flow easier than they did.  For my next read-a-thon, I’ll just attack a door-stopper like The way of kings. I think I read the fastest when I get into the flow of a larger novel, rather than hopping between short ones. (Not saying reading speed is a great and noble goal by itself, it’s just fun to record these things once in a while, right?)

Is the final page count for this week higher or lower than in a normal week?  I think it’s pretty near my average – these things will inevitably vary.  One week there are things to do and sleeps to sleep,  another week there’s nothing but text.  Sometimes, as I’ve experienced, there’s evil chicken within the digestive system to wrestle with.  Good times!

Read-a-thon: 1st status update

I didn’t forget – this week is read-a-thon week.  In a typical turn of events, I managed to stumble on a book that turned out not to be quite the fast read I imagined it would be, so, uh, that’s sad.    Also I don’t know if I get to count graphic novels, but I’ll tell you I’ve read them, in any case.


  • Last half of The girl with all the gifts, approximately 200 pages
  • Started on The wordy shipmates and almost promptly fell asleep (oops!), approximately 40 pages
  • Graphic novel: Amulet vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (224 pages, but in actual text, maybe something like 30?)

Total: 240 pages ( + however you count a graphic novel)




  • A little bit more of The wordy shipmates (approximately 60 pages)
  • First chunk of The word for world is forest (approximately 70 pages)
  • Tiny start on Sandman slim (approximately 30 pages)

Total: 160 pages

Week total: 400 pages

I always get myself stuck in a slowread for things like this, of course.  In this case, it’s not that Sarah Vowell’s book about the puritans (with scattered bits of American history from that time until current) is uninteresting – I like it a lot,  am kind of amused that a lot of the names are names I feel acquainted with from reading Neal Stephenson’s The Baroque cycle, and it’s going to be fun to finish it – but it turns out to be a less-than-perfect sleepy bedside read.  Thus, I started biting into Sandman slim, which immediately appears to be a mix of Harry Dresden and the 90s film The Crow.  

Today I plan to finish The word for world is forest, which is very short,  and, uh, I don’t know.  Might start on The empathy exams because of a buddy-read.  Might force more puritans into my day, unless I decide it can wait for next week.  Probably will read the third volume of the graphic novel Saga, because Saga is all good things, and I picked it up from the library yesterday.  (I live next to my city’s only library department I care about, which is strange and fortunate – it houses most of, possibly all of, the city library’s graphic novel collection.)

There’s also some study stuff I might have to attend to, but everyone knows that only increases the chance of becoming completely captivated by reading. That is the law.


I’m declaring my intentions to participate in the Bout of books read-a-thon 11, August 18th-24th.

Here’s the officiBout of Booksal blurb:

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, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So, there. The number of books I read in a week varies, depending on sleepiness levels, complexity and size of books, and, uh, random events – but I’d estimate an average of 2-4, so I’ll aim for 5+ for the read-a-thon.  I don’t have a plan for what to read, but I do have a few light series starters lying around, which should be excellent for this.  (And that week is a week I’m supposed to do some other stuff, which probably makes it double exellent for reading a ton – because books are more magnetic when there are other tasks to ignore while reading them.)