Bout of BooksWell, the ninth Bout of Books read-a-thon has officially come to an end. My goals were to read 1500 pages, do some reading every day, and participate in at least 3 mini-challenges. I definitely achieved the last two goals (and ended up doing 8 mini-challenges!). But I fell short of my first goal, reading a grand total of 1061 pages. I’m pleased with my progress, though; I definitely read a lot more than I would have without Bout of Books! Overall, I read three books from beginning to end: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, and Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout. (I also began Lexicon by Max Barry but haven’t finished it yet.) For me, Dear Mr. Knightley was the weak link, but I more or less enjoyed everything I read for this read-a-thon. Looking forward to Bout of Books 10.0, which will take place in May!

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9 thoughts on “Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap-up

    1. I’m enjoying it! I think it’s one of those books where I won’t know quite what to think of it until I’ve finished it, if that makes sense. But it’s certainly very readable and entertaining!

  1. Congratulations! This was my first Bout of Books and I quite enjoyed it. I love name of your blog so I wanted to stop by. I picked up Lexicon in the bookstore and the eyeball thing kind of squiked me out, so it didn’t make it home with me. How are you enjoying it ?

    I read Fer-de-Lance ages ago and really enjoyed several books in the series. I liked Archie and the orchards as well. I am sorry to hear that Dear Mr. Knightley was a weak link – honestly I have found myself to be a total snob and have not enjoyed any of the attempts to follow up or re-write Jane Austin, so I just end up re-reading all of her books (more or less).

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I have a thing about eyes too…I can’t even put drops in them (and forget about contacts!). But I am enjoying Lexicon so far; that might change when I see how it all plays out. And actually, Dear Mr. Knightley isn’t an Austen adaptation; it’s a remake of the novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. But I do agree with you about Austen fan fiction — it’s generally far inferior to the original!

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