Bout of Books Wrap-Up

Another Bout of Books is…in the books. Heh. I did pretty well! Here are my readathon stats by day…

Day 1: 343 pages read

  • Finished The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (also read for Tome Topple and Asian Readathon)
  • Started Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (also reading for Tome Topple)
  • Read more of The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (#8 in the Wheel of Time series)

Day 2: 240 pages read

  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 3: 101 pages read

  • Still reading Lethal White and The Path of Daggers

Day 4: 151 pages read

  • Lethal White and The Path of Daggers

Day 5: 12 pages read

  • Had to go in to work, and the kid wouldn’t stop talking when I got home
  • Read more of my bedtime book, The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 6: 186 pages read

  • Finished reading Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • Read more of The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 7: 117 pages read

  • Started Dopesick by Beth Macy (for my Drugs and Human Behavior class)
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

All in all, not a bad outcome aside from Friday. I read two books for Tome Topple, and one of those was for my #20for20books challenge. I didn’t participate in any of the mini-challenges or anything…I just wanted to read. I mainly stayed off social media, too, which is a major part of Bout of Books, but again, i just wanted to read.

If you participated, how did you do?

Bout of Books Readathon, May 2020

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog.

Another readathon to participate in, and it’s a week long!

I fully plan to participate in this, although I probably won’t be doing any of the daily challenges. I’m just going to read (which is what I’ve been doing already every week, so…).

I’m going to continue reading the books I listed in my May TBR and Library Book Haul posts, but I also need to read a book for my Drugs and Human Behavior class (Dopesick by Beth Macy), so I’ll most likely be reading that next week, too.

Are you joining the Bout of Books readathon? Will you have a TBR pile chosen ahead of time?

Library Book Haul and Book Mail!

Who has two thumbs and works in a library? This gal! Who has two thumbs and has to go in to work at that library every other Friday while it’s closed to do administrative stuff? This gal! Who has two thumbs and checks out a ton of books every time she has to go in to work? This gal!

Privilege is real, y’all.

It has gotten to the point that the ILS we use makes me override my checkouts because I have more than the maximum number of books (25) checked out.

When I went in to work yesterday, I decided to see if some of the books I might want to read in May were on the shelves. I have most of the books in ebook format already, and although I love my ereader, I also prefer the feel of reading treebooks. I did find a couple of the books on my list, and of course that got me browsing the shelves and wondering if there were OTHER books that I could possibly add to my May TBR for the Asian Readathon. And of course there were. Of course.

Pictured from top to bottom:

  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  • Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Family Trust by Kathy Wang
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I am never going to get to all of the books I’ve picked out for May, but now I’ve given myself some choices just in case any of the books on my original list aren’t what I’m in the mood for. I have never been a person who can stick to a pre-made TBR list.

And I FINALLY received my copy of If It Bleeds by Stephen King. This book was supposed to be released in May. Then the date got moved up to April 21. I pre-ordered this book in March. Originally, Amazon said it would be delivered on April 23. Then the delivery date got pushed back to April 28. And I finally received it yesterday. Sigh. I know that Amazon has this whole “necessities” thing going on, but I have friends who are receiving candy from Amazon within two days. Candy. Definitely a necessity. (Can you feel me rolling my eyes?) The funny thing about me being annoyed by the late date is that I won’t even be reading If It Bleeds any time soon. I have other SK books to catch up on before I even get to the newest one. But candy? Come on.

I didn’t even notice the optical illusion of the cat’s eyes and nose being a rat’s face until I received the book. Cool!

I have all my school work done for the week, so I will be doing nothing but reading this weekend. Next week is going to be kind of busy between conference calls, going in to work a couple of days for specific tasks, and more school work, so I want to get a lot of reading done this weekend. By the time you read this, I should have finished Actress by Anne Enright, so I’ll be starting something new today.

What are your plans for the weekend? What are you reading?

May TBR (Plus Readathons!)

As of right now, I have 10 books I need to write reviews for, and you know what? I just don’t feel like it. It’s not that I don’t have time (I have so much time), or that this whole situation we’re in is keeping me from doing it in some way. It’s just that with all the time I have, I just want to read. I finally have more time to read for pleasure, and I don’t necessarily want to spend that time on a computer, writing reviews. So maybe there will be some mini-reviews. I’ve also been debating doing IGTV or YouTube videos where I talk about the books I’ve read. In all honesty, I have much more fun talking about books than I do writing about them. I don’t know. This is all kind of stream-of-consciousness. We’ll see.


I have so many plans for my reading in March, so I thought I would talk about them here in case any of them sound interesting to you, too! Now I just need to decide where to start…

First, I am still working on reading the Women’s Prize longlist for this year. The awarding of the Prize has been postponed to September, so I have plenty of time to finish. I have read four of the 16 books on the list, and I am almost done with another, so I basically have 10 more books to read on that list (not including Hilary Mantel’s latest book because I haven’t read the other two yet). I will be continuing with that.

Then, May is Asian Heritage Month, and Cindy of readswithcindy is hosting her second annual Asian Readathon, which is a month-long readathon in May that encourages people to read books with Asian characters and/or are written by Asian authors. You can watch her announcement video here, and you can find a wonderful Google doc here that provides loads of information including book recommendations. There is a list of challenges involved, but I’m not going to even attempt to work on the whole list.

In addition to all of that, I found out about the Tome Topple Readathon today, hosted by Adriana of perpetualpages, which takes place May 9 through May 22, and encourages people to finally pick up that 500+ page book they’ve been meaning to read. The only stipulation to joining this readathon is that you read a book that is at least 500 pages long. I can do that. I prefer longer books.

Then finally, Simon of Savidge Reads and Melanie Sykes held their Sykes & Savidge Book Club discussion for Girl, Woman, Other today and announced that their book club pick for May is The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, so I will definitely be reading that.

With all of that said, here is the list of books that I would like to get to (at least in part) in May:

  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  • How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  • Girl by Edna O’ Brien
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Quang
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

And I think that’s it for now. At least two or three of those books fit both readathons AND were books that I had already planned on reading, so yay!

I know I won’t get to all of those books in May, but I’d like to get to the majority of them. Obviously I will be making sure to read the books that I chose for the readathons and that I want to read for the book club. I’m really looking forward to reading all of them eventually.

What’s on your May TBR? Have you read any of these? Will you be reading anything in particular for Asian Heritage Month? Let me know in the comments!

Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-up

Yesterday was Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I did pretty well! I finished one book, started another, and read some more of my bedtime book. I ended up reading a total of 368 pages. Go, me!

I posted about my progress in my Instagram stories, then made sure to save those posts to my “Readathons” highlights on Instagram, so they’re always available if you’re interested and missed them the first time around.

I started reading at 9am. (I tried to get my butt out of bed earlier so I could start at 8am, but when my alarm when off at 7am, my body and my mind were all, ‘NO, MA’AM. It is Saturday. We don’t want to get up yet.’) So I forced myself out of bed around 7:30, but then had to wait for Eric to get ready for work before I could shower and stuff.

Anyway. This is how my day went, by hour, with pics…

9am – 10am: 58 pages read
10am – 11am: 49 pages read, breakfast eaten
11am – 12pm: 48 pages read, and I was in need of a nap
12pm – 2pm: 26 pages read, nap taken
2pm – 3pm: 23 pages read, had some interuptions
3pm – 4pm: 60 pages read, finished Dominicana, started Actress, had a snack
4pm – 5pm: 19 pages read, had dinner
5pm – 6pm: 35 pages read, Actress moving slower than Dominicana, so taking longer to read in the same amount of time
6pm – 7pm: 8 pages read, had to make a phone call

7pm – 10:30pm: TV time with Eric and a friend, watched some Mythic Quest (fantastic comedy about the gaming world), and some Parks and Recreation (this is my first time watching)

10:45pm – 12am: 42 pages read (The Path of Daggers, which is book #8 in the Wheel of Time series, and what I’m using as my bedtime book), went to bed

Rascal was my furry reading buddy for most of the day, so many of my update photos included him. Here are just a few if you didn’t see them on Instagram…

I would call that a very successful day. I had a lot of fun, got a ton of reading done, got all the Rascal-snuggles, and had a lovely nap.

If you participated, how did you do?