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January 12, 2015

bout of books wrap-up
posted by soe 2:38 am
Bout of Books

My first Bout of Books has come and gone.

Here’s how I did on my goals:

I’m not sure I read every day, but I definitely read most days. (Things got a little weird in the middle of the week.) Better still, I started pulling out a book at the times when I’ve been more recently reading Twitter or playing games on my phone, like while waiting for the metro.

Page totals and quick thoughts on the books:

  • My True Love Gave to Me: 172 pages (This was the only book I finished this week, but I started it on Boxing Day. It really was a superb collection of YA Christmas-themed romance stories. I liked each one and loved quite a few.)
  • When I Was the Greatest: 66 (I hit the point where the book was getting stressful & it was overdue to the library, so I returned it a quarter of the way in. I may get it back out or I may not.)
  • Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories: 9 (This was in my bag, so it didn’t get read except during commuting times, but I’m looking forward to reading a the rest of this this week.)
  • The Amazing Thing about the Way It Goes: 50 (Non-knitting essays from the Yarn Harlot. It’s okay. Some essays have been funnier than others so far.)
  • 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas: 24 (I feel like the author never met a sentence she didn’t feel couldn’t be improved by her thesaurus, but I’m enjoying it so far. Obviously I’m not far in yet, but I think it’ll be good and I plan to finish it this week.)
  • Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters: 84 (I should really only read this when alone, because I keep wanting to read bit aloud when there’s an audience.)

Without padding and to my great surprise, that means I did hit my page goal for Bout of Books, even if I didn’t read a single whole book during the week. Not bad!

I’m counting my blogging goals as accomplished, too, since technically my mid-week update and this post count.

So, overall, a success! And I took part in the final Twitter chat of the event as a bonus!

I’m looking forward to the next Bout of Books, which is in May. Maybe you’ll consider joining it, too?

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