Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Reading Record | Bout of Books

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - typically you will see these posts on a monthly basis, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

This reading record is for my participation in Bout of Books 24 - which took place between Monday 7th January - Sunday 13th January.

I'm starting this readathon unsure of a full TBR (I'm usually more prepared than this), but beginning on page 40 of The Lightkeeper's Daughters (I started this book yesterday). 

Today I read 90 pages in total. 

I also popped to the library this morning, and picked up a couple of books that I intend to read this week... So I started the day without a TBR, but ended it with one. The two books I picked up: All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry and The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I have had my eye on The Smell of Other People's Houses for a good while now, and picked up the other title on a total whim when I saw it in the YA section at the library. I haven't read a book that I know literally nothing about in some time, so that'll be interesting.

87 pages read today. I'm hoping that with the pace I'm progressing at, I should finish The Lightkeeper's Daughters tomorrow. It is a captivating read, but also one that I'm keen to savour.

Book 1 complete! 

I finished reading The Lightkeeper's Daughters in the afternoon, and so after many hours of letting the story sink in and settle with me, I then picked up my next book late evening - All The Truth That's In Me. 

By the end of the day I read 130 pages - the remaining 90 pages I had of The Lightkeeper's Daughters, and also the first 40 pages of my next read.

54 pages read today.

I found myself quite distracted today, and came across a readathon (yes, another one!) that may help me with combating the distraction - Off The Grid Readathon. I was already aware of this readathon, following them on Twitter, but hadn't yet taken part in an event, and combining it with Bout of Books over the weekend seems like a great idea. The aim behind Off The Grid Readathon is to put down your devices and distractions, and read as much as possible - starting Friday. Will it increase the amount I'm reading? We shall see.

Book 2 complete!

Today I finished reading All The Truth That's In Me (totalling 172 pages read) - and wow, what a book. One of the reasons I love using the library is finding backlist gems like this book.

After some much needed breathing space with my last book, today I started reading The Smell of Other People's Houses. 

In total today I read 133 pages, which brings me to just over half way through this book already. Can I keep this pace and have completed 3 books during Bout of Books? I hope so! And it is likely, as I'm so drawn to The Smell of Other People's Houses.

Book 3 complete! YAY!

I read the remaining 121 pages of The Smell of Other People's Houses today. Taking part in the Off The Grid Readathon definitely helped towards finishing 3 books during Bout of Books, but great reads played a part also.
All in all, I read 787 pages, and finished 3 books.
If you're interested in hearing my full thoughts on any of the mentioned titles, I will be sharing my book reviews for the first half of January this week.

You can find more information about Bout of Books here. The next event takes place May 13th - May 19th.


  1. Nice week Jade. I lam curious about The Smell of Other People's Houses:) weird title.

    1. It is weird - I agree - but makes sense once read the book. Haha! Weird titles are always grabbing!

  2. Congrats on reading so much! I always seem to miss this readathon for some reason.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Ah, it does sneak up I find! I hope you get a chance to take part at some point; its a great low pressure event.

  3. Congrats on reading 3 Books, Jade! I love taking part in readathon.

  4. How great to read three books in a week! I always feel so accomplished during bout of books week even if I didn't reach my goals. The Smell of Other People's Houses is one I'm going to have to check out for the title alone!

    1. Sorry, I didn't realize I was logged in to my school account when I commented! Anyway, glad you enjoyed Bout of Books!

    2. Ha! No worries.

      Readathons, especially week long ones, definitely highlight just how much reading we can get done with prioritising - I totally agree with it feeling like an accomplishment.

      The Smell of Other People's Houses is definitely an interesting title - it has subtle nods to it throughout the book, and I love that!


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