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?

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?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Tomorrow, April 25, I’ll be joining a load of other readers for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. If you’re unfamiliar with this readathon, you can learn all about it here.

I know that I’m late to the game on this one, but now that I have more time on my hands, I’m finally starting to read the books on the Women’s Prize longlist. I’d already read three of the books without knowing they were on the list. Then I watched Simon of Savidge Reads and his mum discuss the entire longlist, and all of the books sound so good. I started Dominicana yesterday, so I’ll be finishing that and at least starting another during the readathon.

I think I’ll be posting updates during the readathon in my Instagram stories (now that I’m finally utilizing that part of IG). I might also post updates on Twitter. I will have a wrap-up post here after the readathon has ended.

I do have a little bit of school work left for the week, but I should be able to get that finished today so that I can do nothing but read tomorrow (with small breaks for food and laundry).

Are you joining the readathon? Do you have a list of books prepared, or are you just winging it?