Bout of Books 14: Shhh, I’m Reading!

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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 12:01 am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As promised, here are my updated goals.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lot of books to read 🙂

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading every day of the week.

My Goals

  • finish off whatever books I’m currently reading.
  • Read at least one new book off of my TBR shelf.
  • I want to be able to finish at least 4 books, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish 5.

Books to Read

  • Irona 700 by Dave Duncan
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


I will be posting an update each day with the titles of the books I’ve finished and the total number of books I’ve read.  If I wasn’t able to finish a book that day, I’ll put the number of pages read instead.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Starting Line

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon begins tomorrow, at 7am CST, but I wanted to share with all of you what I’ll be doing this time around before then.

First off, the books.  This read-a-thon is all about feeling accomplished.  Since my Monday’s Minutes posts have had the same books listed for what feels like forever, I’ll be trying to finish as many of my current reads as possible, in the following order, with the exception of the last three, which I will switch back and forth between as needed:

  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende – I’ll be reading this week’s chapters for the read-along I’ve been hosting.
  • The Essential Feminist Reader – I really need to finish this before it’s due back at the library.
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg – This is a review book that has taken me far too long to finish, especially considering that, so far, I love it.
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

After doing the math, I should be able to get through the first five on the list and still have time to post my updates and do some socializing and participating in a few mini-challenges.  This is the first read-a-thon in which I’ll be listening to an audiobook to break up the time a little better, give my eyes a rest, and get the chance to do other things.  With all of that being said, I’m reserving my right to change my mind about everything, and start picking random books off of my TBR in order to get past the 2am crankiness.

During prior read-a-thons, I felt like I was posting updates too often and they were cutting into my reading time.  So, for this read-a-thon, I’ll post updates every 6 hours, after my kick off post.  As with all read-a-thons, my updates will consist of the books I’ve finished, the number of pages I’ve read, and any mini-challenges I’ve participated in, along with other tidbits such as music or snacks.

Are you participating in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon?  If so, what books do you have planned to read?  Leave a comment, and include your link if you have a “goals” post!