I am afraid I was caught up in a wave of renewed enthusiasm for sewing this week, so I read… next to nothing. I am 72 pages into Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, and unless I’m having a blackout that is the extent of my reading for the rest of the week (well, apart from sewing instructions).
I made a bookspine rainbow, though, and decided it’s time to reread Jasper Fforde. I just need to find The Eyre Affair first, it’s gone missing.
The next Bout of Books is in January. I’ll probably give it a shot.
Well, I must admit, the numbers are not looking particularly impressive so far.
Day 1 I read the entirety of Alex Rider Point Blanc, a graphic novel the eldest had borrowed from the school library and loved. I can see why she liked it, and I found it entertaining myself, but I am quite clearly not its target market.
Day 2 I read… well, at least 10 pages of a book about millinary. But I did go to a reading circle meeting, so that was a couple of hours of bookish activity, even if it wasn’t technically reading.
Must do better today.
Even though the reason that I suddenly have a bit of time to read is not such a pleasant one, having time to read sure is. And since the start of my involuntary downtime coincides pretty well with Bout of Books 20, I may as well join.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Reading’s going well, blogging… not so well. I’ll make this a Bout of Books 18 roundup post.
Thursday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 164 to 282, 118 pages.
Friday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 283 to 432 and
Sweet Masterpiece 89-114, 174 pages.
Saturday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 433 to 517 and
Sweet Masterpiece 115-121, 90 pages.
Sunday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 518-674, 156 pages.
Which gives a total of pages read this week of 940. I’m happy with that. Only one book finished, but since I happened to be reading the two thickest books in the Harry Potter canon, that is not surprising. I’d have gotten more reading done this weekend if it hadn’t been for the eldest turning ten and family descending for a party and we had to, ahem, tidy and clean a bit in preparation.
Busy day yesterday. Still, I managed to squeeze in 86 pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Which takes me up to 408 pages so far this week. So, not too shabby.
I didn’t get around to doing the challenge, but I showed off my most excellent new bookmark from Beedoo (Etsy) on Instagram:
This morning I came across Popsugar’s 2017 reading challenge. I printed out the list for this challenge two years ago, but never followed it up. Now I’ve printed out the 2017 list and will glue it into the Bujo along with the Read Harder list. Perhaps that will make it easier to remember. It’s a pretty good mix of quite random things, so it should be fun to try to find books to match.
I read 90 pages in (/the rest of) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and got started on Order of the Phoenix with 69 pages. I also read 15 (ebook) pages of Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton. So all in all 174 pages (if you count the ebook pages as normal pages, which for the sake of my sanity I am going to do, if not I’d have to find some way to convert them).
And since I finished a book I got to fill inn the first line of my stats tracker:
Cool, eh? Ok, I may be a little over-enthusiastic about this.
And as actually using the Bujo is one of my goals for 2017 I could use the picture I shared on Instagram yesterday as my challenge entry, too.
Read pages 398 to 546 in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (so 148 pages). Decided on the spur of the moment late Monday evening to sign up for Bout of Books.
Started several book-related collections in my bujo (something I’m testing for 2017, we’ll see how it goes). I thought I might as well share them.
Books read. Reasonably self-explanatory. I’ve cheated with GoF as I wanted to see how a book would fit on the shelf. Will probably decorate the shelf a bit more and colour it in. I’m planning on colouring the books I blog about, to give me a bit of a visual push on that front.
Mount Toberead. It’s in reality a lot bigger than this would seem to indicate, but I’ve only noted the three books I KNOW I need to read in the next few weeks so far.
Book stats tracker. Saw this idea somewhere and had a go at my own version. So far tracking: Target age, gender (of author), genre, origin of author/place of action IN Europe/North America our outside, and whether the book is relatable to a challenge. In the empty column I may add score, or perhaps track some more diversity markers. We’ll see.
As you’ll notice, all these pages are in English. They just came out that way. Some of the other pages in the bujo are in Norwegian, some are mixed. This is pretty much inevitable, unless I make a concentrated effort to remember to use only one language, and since part of the point of the bujo is to make it effortless enough so I actually use it, «concentrated effort» doesn’t really come into it.
The pages above are not very exciting at the moment, of course. I’ll get back to them in a blogpost later in the year to show how they progressed (well, if they do).
Oh, go on then. Might as well start the reading year off on the right foot, right?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Hereby signing up.
Books finished: 1 (HB: Destillert Norgeshistorie)
Number of pages read: 22 HB: Destillert Norgeshistorie + 12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (aloud) + 106 Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams
Total number of pages read: 607
Total number of books finished: 2
Total number of books blogged about: 2
Comments: Almost, but not quite. I got distracted by other things. Still, a pretty good week. The next Bout of Books is in May (9-15), why don’t you join in?
Books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 35 HB: Destillert Norgeshistorie + 10 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (aloud)
Total number of pages read: 467
Total number of books finished: 1
Total number of books blogged about: 2
Comments: A bit of a sprint read in the evening saved this day from total fiasco. Today is the last day, and if I want to reach my goal of 100 pages on average I will have to get a grip and read 233 pages today. Perfectly doable, as long as I don’t get distracted.