Monday, 21 May 2018

Bout of Books (22)

Bout of Books

Bout of Books is a low pressure week long readathon, with the overall aim being to read - with the encouragement to read more than you usually would within the given time frame. There are challenges, chats and giveaways throughout the event, however participation is not essential or required; they're just an added interactive element to the readathon. 

Bout of Books has been taking place since 2011, with this being the 22nd event. If you'd like to know more about the readathon then you can find the 'About' page here.

Monday 14th May - Sunday 20th May

My hopes for this week of reading is to finish some of my books that currently have lingering bookmarks - that's four books in total. I'm not fussed if I don't complete them all - I don't think that's feasible - however I would like to make a good dent and give those books my sole attention... For the past month or so I've been starting many books, but not finishing many before starting more.

The books, as pictured above: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (on page 71), The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton (on page 91), Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison (on page 85) and The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World by Anthony Lambert (on page 82).

For the first time during a readathon, I'll also be using my new (I bought it earlier this year) reading timer, calculating the total amount of time read during the week too.

As I'm really engrossed in Into Thin Air right now, I'm kicking off my reading week with that. I spent 1 hour 7 minutes reading today, solely on this title.

Today I read for longer, totalling 1 hour 44 minutes, with that being entirely spent on Into Thin Air. This is proving to be a really gripping non fiction book, that it reads as a novel in many ways, placing you right there on Everest.

It would be nice if I could gradually increase my total amount of reading daily... Unsure if that'll happen.

It didn't happen... Oops! Today I read for 1 hour 38 minutes (not far off yesterday's reading time), and am so close to finished Into Thin Air - all of my reading time today was in the evening, and so I got a bit too sleepy, leaving me with 50ish pages left in the book.

Today I finished my first book of the readathon - YAY!

I got a little bit of reading time in during the morning, reading just under 30 pages of the spring anthology, with the bulk of my reading being done in the evening when I completed Into Thin Air. My reading time for the day was 1 hour 10 minutes.

Honestly, I'm surprised I got any reading done today, so was happy to have come away with 58 minutes of reading and making further progress with The Island of Adventure. I wasn't in a reading mood really - I often have these days at least once a week - however I took myself off to bed early, with no distractions, and got in a good chunk of reading time... And I felt good for having done that afterwards, as I definitely got swept into the bubble of the book.

I have hopes for getting a good chunk of reading done over the weekend.

I read for a total of 1 hour and 22 minutes today - not quite as much as I was hoping for - but I'm happy with it at the same time, given everything else that I did do today.

The sun was shining and I think this inspired a want to armchair travel; all of my reading time today was spent on The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World, and I really enjoyed that. I have now covered a further three sections within the book, having traversed Mainland Europe, Africa and Asia... I have Australasia and the Americas left, which I'm keen to read as there are train journeys included that I already have a desire to travel on someday.

I had hopes of finishing The Island of Adventure this weekend, however I think I'm just going to focus on the train travel tomorrow and possibly finish reading that book.

Finished another book - YAY - The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World. I spent a total of 55 minutes reading today.

I'm really happy to have completed two books on my readathon TBR! Time wise, I don't feel like I read much more than I usually do, if at all, however I do think participating in the readathon helped me to complete my books as I had a focus on them - whereas otherwise I may have just kept flitting between the four and making progress, but nothing significant. All in all, a great bout of books experience.



  1. Doing great!! Even a small amount of reading is better than nothing. :) I've been so sleepy this week, so my amount of pages read/time read isn't as much as I wish it were.

    1. Thanks, Brandie - really happy with the overall outcome now the readathon is over. I hope you had a great time and read some amazing book(s)!

  2. I love your goal of working on books that have lingering bookmarks! Even if you only finish one or two -- it always feels like good progress to complete something you've been plugging away at for a long time. Happy readathon! :)

    1. Having now finished two books, I can say for sure that it definitely feel like good progress!

      Thanks, Christine - I hope you had a wonderful readathon also.

  3. Good luck with the readathon!

  4. Keep reading! Good luck with finishing all of those books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. The Island of Adventure sounds fun! Good luck with finishing the readathon!!!!

    1. Thanks so much... The Island of Adventure is a lot of fun; what's great is there is a whole series of them!

  6. I hope that your readathon went well. I liked your plan of using it to finish up some books that had been lingering for a while.

    1. Thank you, Suzanne - knocked two of those lingering books of my list.

  7. I really enjoyed Into Thin Air too! It led to some really interesting book club discussions about the ethics of the author's involvement in the climb and whether they may have pushed harder because of having a journalist along.

    1. Ooo... I can definitely see where those book club discussions came from; interesting!


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