Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bout of Books 6.0: Progress

So, this week I'm taking part in Bout of Books 6.0.  My goal post is here but can be whittled down to one thing: read 5 books by Sunday.  I'm also giving myself little mini-challenges for my own goal which basically mean 'if I get to my target by this day, I can buy this many books in my celebratory spend up'.  I will have fewer owned books in my TBR list; I will need to stock it up again.

I'm going to put all my progress in one post for ease, and update it each day.  Although as I type the days out it's making things feel a bit Torchwood: Children of Earth and argh!

Anyway, my progress (total progress for the readathon is in brackets):

Day One
Book(s) Started
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (26 pages read) - this is my lunchtime book, so I'm keeping it stashed in my desk at work and bringing it out.  I hope this will give me the impetus to finish the book as I tried reading it ten years ago and wasn't that into it.

Book(s) Started & Completed
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond (325 pages) - I stayed up far too late to finish this last night, but it was worth it.  A good fun read with references to TV shows I love and a fab romance.  Definitely full review to follow.

Books Read = 1; Pages Read = 351

Day Two
Book(s) Started
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (77 pages read) - in keeping with picking short books I've gone with this. Plus I think it's going to be quite a light contemporary and a fun read.  I didn't get as much read as I'd have liked yesterday, mostly because I was asleep before midnight which is unheard of, and because the switch from my recent reading of peril to a fluffy read was a bit of a shock. Going to keep reading this evening though.

Book(s) Continued
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (13 pages read; page 39) - bit of a broken lunchtime yesterday during which I did next to no reading.  Plus I'm at the point that I think I got stuck on my first attempt at reading this, though I am now past that and into what I think is going to be entertaining galaxy hopping about.

Books Read = 0 (1); Pages Read = 90 (441)

Day Three
Book(s) Continued
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (29 pages read; page 68) - this is better. Got some reading done at lunchtime and really starting to enjoy the book.  Am going to have to read the rest of the series after this.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (48 pages read; page 125) - I feel really bad but I'm not that into this book at the moment.  I'll definitely finish it for the readathon and it's a good book, it just doesn't match my mood right now.  May put it on hold till Saturday when I intend to have a day of reading.

Books Read = 0 (1); Pages Read = 77 (518)

Day Four
Book(s) Completed
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (112 pages read; complete at 180) - finally read this!  And now I want to read the rest of the trilogy of five.  And I think that "I wonder if it will be friends with me?" is one of the most depressing lines I've ever read.

Books Read = 1 (2); Pages Read = 112 (630)

Day Five
I kind of ended up taking Day Five off and not doing any real new reading.  I did, however, continue with a reread of Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett which I had started the night before while a little tipsy.

Books Read = 0 (2); Pages Read = 0 (630)

Day Six
Book(s) Completed
If I Stay (233 pages) & Where She Went (260 pages) by Gayle Forman - I spent most of the day curled up with a blanket and too much coffee, reading these books.  I cried far too much over If I Stay, to the extent that when I texted my flatmate with 'what I was doing' she asked if I was OK.  Beautiful, beautiful books.  I'm not sure which I prefer but I am a complete fan of Gayle Forman now and need to get my copy of Just One Day now.

Books Read = 2 (4); Pages Read = 493 (1,096)

Day Seven
Book(s) Started
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (85 pages) - I didn't start this till late at night, having spent most of the evening trying to decide what to read and dismissing a lot of things as not right for my mood.  This fitted it perfectly: swashbuckling fun, slight daftness, and promises of Intrigue.

Book(s) Completed
Astonishing X-Men volume #1: Gifted by Joss Whedon (152 pages) - this is where I worry that it was a bit of a cheat, because it took me no time at all to read the graphic novel.  But it's Joss Whedon!  I count that.

Books Read = 1 (5); Pages Read =  237 (1,333)


  1. I have never read Hitchhikers guide to the galazy either. Good luck with the readathon.

  2. What a good idea having a lunchtime read! I've been meaning to read Hitchhikers Guide, but just haven't gotten around to it. Have fun with the read-a-thon and good luck!

    Jessica @ Literary, etc

  3. I loved THHGTG! Do you have your towel?! I need to reread those. It's been too long.

    My Day 4 update If you have time. :)

    Happy reading!


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