Monday, May 12, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Master Post


Bout of Books


Today marks the start of Bout of Books 10.0!  This entire week I will be striving to read as much as I can - at least more than I normally do :) 

Goal:
I'm going to shoot for reading 1,500 pages this week.  I'm going to push myself, but I'm not going to stress about it all!  I am officially well into my summer break which is great for reading what I want and not what is assigned... but I am also still transitioning into my new position as Teen Services Librarian at the library, so I will likely be reading mostly YA books.  

I know a lot of participants like to post their progress every day, but I will mark my progress for each day on this post, and then do a wrap-up at the end of the week.  I'll likely write up review posts and schedule them out once the read-a-thon is finished.  

Monday 5/12:

Number of books I've read from today:  2
Number of pages read: ?
Time spent reading:  5 hours
Total number of books completed: 0
Total number of pages: ?
Total time spent reading:  5 hours
Books Completed Today:  

Notes:  Well, this week didn't start out so well.  I ended up taking a quick overnight trip to attend a funeral.  So on Monday, I drove out and listened to about 75% of an audiobook, The Beginning of Everything  by Robyn Schneider.  But it still counts!  


Tuesday 5/13:

Number of books I've read from today:  2
Number of pages read: ? + 65
Time spent reading:  4 hours
Total number of books completed: 1
Total number of pages:  400 
Total time spent reading:  9 hours
Books Completed Today:  The Beginning of Everything

Notes:  I finished the audiobook on my drive home.  I liked the story enough, I think...  still need to think on it a little more and I may surprised myself with how my post actually comes out about it.  I do know for sure that the narration of one female character did not work for me at all.  The tone of voice used did not match the words in my humble opinion.
  


Wednesday 5/14:

Number of books I've read from today:  1
Number of pages read: 25
Time spent reading: 1 hour
Total number of books completed: 1
Total number of pages: 425
Total time spent reading: 10 hours
Books Completed Today:  

Notes:  I didn't really get a lot of reading done today, but I did participate in the Bout of Books (BOB!) Twitter chat which was a ton of fun!  I met some new bloggers and started to follow some new people on Twitter.  There were so many people on there and the chat was moving so fast, it was hard to keep up!  I was using TweetChat on my laptop, but then my regular Twitter app on my phone to see who was tweeting me directly so I wouldn't miss something (though I'm sure I still did!).  At this point in my week, I have fully accepted that I am probably not going to make my stated goal - and I am really okay with that.  I am still having fun and reading when I can and that is really the bottom line.  I refuse to add this to my list of "things that are stressing me out".  If Reading ever becomes a stressful activity for me, I'm doing it wrong.


Thursday 5/15:

Number of books I've read from today:  1
Number of pages read:  28
Time spent reading:  1 hour
Total number of books completed: 1
Total number of pages: 453 
Total time spent reading:  11 hours
Books Completed Today:  

Notes:  This was my 'long' day/night at work and was beat by the time I got home...  so I didn't really get all that far.  No big deal, as I've already realized that my goal is more of a dream at this point!  


Friday 5/16:

Number of books I've read from today:  1
Number of pages read: 117
Time spent reading: 2 hours
Total number of books completed: 1
Total number of pages: 570
Total time spent reading: 13 hours
Books Completed Today:  

Notes:  I was able to focus better on my reading, and that felt good.  I probably could have pushed myself to stay up really late and finish the current book (Wonder by R.J. Palacio) but I didn't want to be all out of sorts on Saturday - when we are celebrating my youngest son's 5th birthday.  



Saturday 5/17:

Number of books I've read from today:  0
Number of pages read: 0
Time spent reading:   0
Total number of books completed:  1
Total number of pages:  570
Total time spent reading:  13 hours
Books Completed Today:  

Notes:  Yep, a big fat "no reading today" for me.  Instead, I took my kids to one birthday party in the morning and then cleaned and prepped for my son's birthday party in the evening.  Time well spent as the party was a hit and he was thrilled.  :)



Sunday 5/18:

Number of books I've read from today:  2
Number of pages read: 244
Time spent reading: I don't really know
Total number of books completed: 2
Total number of pages:  814
Total time spent reading:  somewhere around 15 hours I think
Books Completed Today:  Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Notes:  Much better reading day today - worked around post-party clean up, a little nap, taking one son to tennis practice, and an awesome Game of Thrones episode.  Very glad to end this BOB on a high note!


Notes and Final Wrap Up:  Well, I certainly didn't get anywhere near my goal, but I'm okay with that.  I did completely read (or listen to) two complete books;  The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I also read about half of The Walking Dead: Book 1 which is pretty cool.  I will say this:  trying to track "time spent reading" was an epic fail for me.  I won't be doing that again next time!

And yes, I'm already looking forward to next time.  I love Bout of Books!
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2 comments:

Elida said...

This sounds like fun! Good luck:-)

Karsyn Smith said...

As long as you had fun, that's what matters! :)

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