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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team
For this read-a-thon, I’m not going to set myself any specific goals other than to read every day. I just plan to read as much as possible and enjoy myself! I’ll edit this post every day of the read-a-thon with my daily progress, so stay tuned!
Monday 1/7: I probably picked the worst time to start reading a very long book, but what can you do? Today I read a mere 18 pages of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, a Pulitzer-winning Western weighing in at over 900 pages. My new goal is to finish it during the read-a-thon, but I definitely won’t make it at this rate!
Tuesday 1/8: Thirty-three more pages in Lonesome Dove! I’m doing so well on this read-a-thon! </sarcasm> But it’s fun to participate anyway. I did do Ms. Buff‘s mini-challenge about our favorite book cover and our funniest book cover. My answers were:
I totally love the new covers for Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. Here are links to books 1 and 2, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book. As for funniest cover, I definitely have to go with Lords of Desire. OK, guy, your sword is really big; we get it!
Wednesday 1/9: Here’s my entry for today’s mini-challenge at Booking in Heels:
Original sentence from p. 48 of Lonesome Dove: “I might do that,” Dish said.
“I might do that,” Dish said. “But eloping with you would hurt my family grievously! Bowl would have a meltdown – and surely Knife and Fork wouldn’t be too pleased with me either.” “None of that matters,” replied Spoon, “for I love you so. Run away with me!”
Also, I actually had a respectable reading day, with 56 more pages read.
Thursday 1/10: Seventy-two pages read in Lonesome Dove. I’m up to p. 193 now, which is pretty good, I guess…but then, I still have about 750 more pages to go!
Friday 1/11: A bad reading day — only 12 more pages read! Hopefully I can make some real progress over the weekend.
Saturday 1/12: A dismal 9 pages. I am really failing at this read-a-thon…although I guess I’m achieving my goal to read every day. I just wish I’d had more time and energy to devote to reading this week!
Sunday 1/13: I couldn’t resist the New Year’s resolution mini-challenge at Ex Libris! The idea is to pick one or several characters from a novel of your choice and make up what their New Year’s resolutions would be. Obviously I had to pick Pride and Prejudice, as it’s my favorite book in all the world! It was way too much fun to make up resolutions for some of the characters:
- Elizabeth Bennet resolves not to make fun of people…unless they REALLY deserve it!
- Jane Bennet resolves to stop thinking about a certain gentleman who has stopped pursuing her. If only he weren’t so sweet and charming and perfect!
- Lydia Bennet resolves to break the hearts of at least 10 officers.
- Mr. Bingley resolves to stand up to Mr. Darcy for once…ahem, maybe tomorrow!
- Mr. Darcy resolves NOT to fall in love with Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
- Caroline Bingley resolves to get Mr. Darcy’s ring on her finger — by any means necessary!
- Lady Catherine de Bourgh resolves to stay exactly the same. You can’t improve on perfection!
Also read 80 pages on this last day of the read-a-thon. At least I didn’t let the whole weekend go to waste!