Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books
 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 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

I love Bout of Books, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting this week (honestly, it’s been in my diary for ages!).  I find I do a lot better with the week long readathons than the short ones, because if I’m busy one day and don’t get to read, I know I can try and balance it out later in the week! This is a fairly standard week for me, but my days off this week happen to fall at the weekend and so I’ll probably get less reading done than I do when they fall during the week (as I’ll probably go out with family and friends).

I’ve already started A Court of Wings and Ruin, so finishing that is definitely on the TBR, and I’ve picked out a few other possible reads, though I may decide I fancy something different! I’m setting my goal at 1000 pages, just under 150 a day for the week – after all, it’s all about pushing ourselves to read more than we normally would, right?!

Goals:

  • Read 1000 pages
  • Finish 3 books
  • Visit other blogs 🙂

Possible TBR:




Progress

Monday
Today was a pretty busy day, so I didn’t actually get a chance to pick up A Court of Wings and Ruin at all.  I did at least get lots of audiobook time, as I had a long drive and also a gym session.

Time spent reading: 3 hours of listening to Cold Days
Pages read today: 119
Books completed today: None

Total pages read: 119
Total books completed: 0


Tuesday

Today is probably the quietest day of my week, so I’ve managed to get quite a bit of reading in.  I started A Court of Wings and Ruin before bout of books started, but I got it finished this morning before picking up Release and reading that through in one sitting! I also started listening to Ready Player One with my boyfriend, which we definitely won’t get finished this week!

Time spent reading: 2 hours of reading A Court of Wings and Ruin, 2 hours of reading Release, 1 hour of listening to Ready Player One
Pages read: 615
Books completed today: A Court of Wings and Ruin, Release

Total pages read: 734
Total books completed: 2


Wednesday

Wednesday was a pretty standard day – work + gym. I got up early to squeeze some reading time in, and I listened to some audiobook at the gym.

Time spent reading: 3 hours of reading Wing Jones, 50 minutes of listening to Cold Days
Pages read: 420
Books completed today: Wing Jones

Total pages read: 1349
Total books completed: 3

Thursday

Thursday was almost an exact repeat of Wednesday – work, gym and early morning reading. I mixed up my reading with a graphic novel this morning, as I was beginning to feel a bit burnt out!  I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up at this pace all week but I’m very happy with my progress so far.

Time spent reading: 45 minutes of reading Saga volume 4, 2 hours of reading Under rose-tainted skies, 60 minutes of listening to Cold Days
Pages read: 407
Books completed today: Saga volume 4, Cold Days
Total pages read: 1756
Total books completed: 5

Friday

Friday was a pretty quiet day for reading, because I had some errands to run and spent the evening with family, but I still managed to just about finish Under Rose-tainted skies, which I really enjoyed (and I’m thrilled to have finished 6 books this week!). Can I make it 7? (I think probably not, but maybe?!)

Time spent reading: 45 minutes of reading Under rose-tainted skies
Pages read: 74
Books completed today: Under Rose-tainted skies
Total pages read: 1830
Total books completed: 6

Saturday

Saturday was filled with social things both friends and family wise, so I didn’t get much reading time done except for first thing this morning when everyone was still asleep (Nemesis) and for a while when I spent some time tidying up. I suspect tomorrow will be similar, but there’s no way I can end the week on 1999 pages, so I’ll have to find time to read at least a page 😉

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours of reading Nemesis, 1 hour of listening to House of Hades
Pages read: 169
Books completed today: 0
Total pages read: 1999 (so close to 2000!)
Total books completed: 6

Sunday

I actually have no idea what my plans are for today yet – it could be a chilled out day of blogging and reading, could be a day out with friends or could be a movie day with the boyfriend, so I’ve no idea how much reading I’ll get done! I did make sure to sneak some in this morning before everyone got up, and I’m hoping to get at least a bit more done later too.

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours of reading Nemesis
Pages read: 131
Books completed today: 0
Total pages read: 2131
Total books completed: 6

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24 hour readathon

So as usual, I ummed and ahhed about whether to sign up for the 24 hour readathon – I find that inevitably with the 24 or 48 hour readathons I’m either working most of it, or I’ve jam packed my days off with plans. This time around I’ve got work, a haircut, and family plans, so I definitely won’t be reading for 24 hours, but I’m going to use the readathon to push myself to read as much as I can!

My TBR:

I’ll definitely be mood-reading, but these are probably top contenders at the moment:

My Goals:

I’ve been trying to average 100 pages a day so far this year, but I want to push myself despite the busy day, so I’m setting my goal for the readathon at 400 pages.

Progress:

1pm-2pm: 30 minutes audioboook listening
4pm-5pm: 25 minutes audiobook listening
10pm-12am: 120 pages of Of Fire and Stars
8am-9am: 25 pages of Of Fire and Stars
9am-10am: 40 minutes audiobook listening
12pm-1pm: 50 pages of Of Fire and Stars

Final results:

195 pages of Of Fire and Stars
95 minutes of listening to Cold Days =44 pages

So I didn’t hit my 400 pages goal – in fact I barely passed my usual 100 pages a day target, managing a total of 239 pages. Mostly what this readathon drilled home is how much slower audiobooks are compared to physical books, but still, 239 pages isn’t bad for 24 hours.

24in48 readathon: Sign up, goals & progress

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.

I’m never sure whether to sign up for short readathons like this – over a weeklong readathon I can get a lot of reading done, but in the short ones I feel like something inevitably comes up and I don’t get much done!  This weekend, although I’ve actually got the weekend off, I suspect I’ll be pretty busy, because my other half and I very rarely have days off at the same time (maybe 3 or 4 days a month) and so we’ll probably spend a lot of the weekend out, doing things we can’t normally squeeze in to an evening after work etc. I’ve decided to give it a go though, and although I definitely won’t be getting 24 hours in, I’m hoping to still get a decent chunk of reading done!

My TBR:

  • A Street Cat Named Bob – Book club choice, already started
  • Small Favor – audiobook, already started
  • Morning Star – re-read
  • Game of Thrones (illustrated edition) – re-read

My Goals:

Mostly I’m just aiming to get a good balance of reading, but also enjoying my rare weekend off with my other half!  I’m hoping to finish the two books I’ve already started, and read 500 pages in total (possibly too ambitious? We’ll see!)

Updates/Progress

Hour 0: Opening questions

Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

I’m reading from my boyfriend’s house to start with, although I have no idea what our plans are for the weekend, so I may be reading from elsewhere later on.

Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

Yes!

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

Probably Game of Thrones – I’ve been wanting to re-read for a while, but I got the Illustrated Edition for Christmas so now I’m even more excited about it.

Tell us something about yourself.

My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, I’m Harry Potter obsessed and as you may have guessed from the header, I love animals!

Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Right here, but I’ll also probably be posting on Twitter a lot too at @GeekyZooGirl

Progress:

Current time: 9pm UK time
Total reading time: 4.5 hours
Total pages: 227

A Street Cat Named Bob – Finished: 85 pages (1 hour)
Small Favor – 60 pages (2 hours on audio)
A Game of Thrones – 82 pages (1.5 hours)

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Pokemon Indigo League ReadThemAllThon Sign up and TBR list

ReadThemAllThon

 

Aentee of Read At Midnight is hosting an absolutely awesome Pokemon inspired readathon, and there’s absolutely no way I could resist joining in!  The aim is to read 8 books in 3 weeks (between 14th August & 4th September), to get all the gym badges, and we also get to pick a Pokemon and level them up with our reading, which is super awesome!

My trainer card:

Pokemon trainer card

Pokemon trainer card inspired by Aentee’s, book pile image from Freepik, Squirtle image belongs to The Pokemon Company [Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures].

Squirtle is an absolute favourite of mine, and I knew I wanted a Pokemon with 3-stage evolution, so it was an easy choice!

My TBR list:

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Pewter Gym: The Lost Hero

I finally got around to finishing Percy Jackson & The Olympians this year, but I’m hoping to work my way through (at least a good chunk of) Heroes of Olympus by the end of the year as well, so I’d better get started…

Page count: 551
Potential CP: 55
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Cerulean Gym:
Queen of Shadows

Maas always has the ability to put me through an emotional rollercoaster, so I figure this has a good shot of potentially making me cry.  I’m re-reading ready for Empire of Storms and I can definitely remember a few heart-wrenching moments from my first read through!

Page count: 648
Potential CP: 64
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Vermillion Gym: The Final Empire

The amount of great things I’ve heard about this series is just phenomenal, but I’ve yet to actually get started (though I read and loved The Reckoners series).  This readathon will be the time!

Page count: 647
Potential CP: 64
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Celadon Gym:
As I Descended

Well, this just sounds awesome to be honest – a modern day lesbian retelling of Macbeth?! Enough said, I think!

Page count: 384
Potential CP: 38

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Fuschia Gym: Shadow & Bone

So I struggled a bit with this one since a) I’m in a definite fantasy mood at the moment and b) how can you tell if there’s an epic romance until you’ve read it?! But, I’ve picked Shadow and Bone because a friend constantly talks about how she loves the series’ romance, and it’s been shelved on goodreads as romance 300 or so times, so I figure it must have a good romance in!

Page Count: 308
Potential CP: 30
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Saffron Gym: Three Dark Crowns

This just sounds really cool and I have to admit I love the different cover options (currently torn between the snake and the fire, so indecisive!)

Page count: 416
Potential CP: 41
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Cinnabar Gym:
What’s a Girl Gotta do?

I’ve never actually read any of Holly Bourne’s books, but I picked this one up on impulse the other day and I’m really excited to start it, since I’ve heard such amazing things!

Page count: 432
Potential CP: 43
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Viridian Gym: Morning Star

My other half finally started reading Red Rising while on holiday this year and discussing it just made me miss the awesomeness, so I’ve been re-reading the series (and still absolutely adoring it).

Page count: 544
Potential CP: 54

This is a pretty ridiculously ambitious reading list for me, but I’m going to give it a shot!  I definitely don’t expect I’ll finish all 8 books, but I’m going to have fun reading as much as I can.

Potential CP if I read all of the books: 389
+ 8x gym badge completion: 160
= 549

 

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Bout of Books 16

Bout of Books
 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 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I ended up missing the last Bout of Books so I’m really excited to be taking part in this one!  I’ve got a fairly standard week planned: work, a couple of job applications, some gym sessions and some social plans, so I’m setting my goal at 1000 pages – a bit more than my usual target of 100 pages a day, so we’ll see how it goes!

In terms of book choices, I’d love to finish Grave Peril on audio since I only have a couple of hours left, and start and finish Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian.  I’m expecting A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury to arrive on Wednesday, and Forever to arrive on Friday so I probably won’t get through all three, but they’re definitely possibilities!  If I have any extra time, I’ll probably pick up a manga or two since I loved reading Attack on Titan: Before the Fall last month.

Goals:

  • Finish Grave Peril on audio
  • Read 1000 pages
  • Have fun!

Possible TBR:




Progress

Monday
Today: Work during the day & family meal out in the evening meant not too much reading time, so happy with progress!
Pages read: 122 pages of Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian, 72 minutes of Grave Peril listened to
Books completed: 0
Total books completed: 0

Tuesday
Today: Day off!
Pages read: 100 pages of Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian, 2 hours of Grave Peril listened to
Books completed: 1 [Grave Peril]
Total books completed: 1 [Grave Peril]

Wednesday
Today: Busy day – work, lots of walking and a gym session.
Pages read: 64 pages of Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian, 1.5 hours of Summer Knight listened to
Books completed: 0
Total books completed: 1 [Grave Peril]

Thursday
Today: Another busy day of work, lots of walking and another gym session!  Watched Captain America: The First Avenger in the evening.
Pages read: 75 pages of Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian, 42 pages of A Court of Thorns & Roses, 1.5 hours of Summer Knight listened to
Books completed: 1 [Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian]
Total books completed: 2 [Grave Peril, Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian]