Bout of Books 27: Signup and progress post

It seems a little optimistic, but what the hey, here I am signing up for Bout of Books again.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 27 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I will update this post as the week goes on. At least that is the plan. The last Bout of Books I signed up for (number 25) didn’t go too well for me, but it’s a question of getting up, dusting oneself off and trying again.

Monday

Book-related activities: I’ve tidied my bloggroll, removing any blogs that have not been updated in 2019 seems safe enough, and I’ve added a couple of new ones.

Despite claiming to ignore all challenges for 2020 I have added both Bookriot’s Read Harder, Elida’s 1001-boksirkel, Bokhyllelesing and Kaosutmaningen to my spreadsheet. Ambitions are low. We will see.

But I blogged today! Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons, which I finished yesterday AND the two graphic novels I read today.

Today’s Instagram challenge: Current read.

Monday reading:
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, 170 pages.
Edelgran by Fredrik Di Fiore and Geir Moen, 196 pages.
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani, page 1-73.

Tuesday

Well, I blogged AGAIN. About an audiobook, no less.

Tuesday reading:
Tubakrisen by Pia Lise Selnes (as audiobook), 104 pages.
Heltinner jeg har møtt by Arnhild Skre, pages 1-64.
Dishoom: From Bombay with Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir, pages 1-20.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, pages 1-19.

Wednesday

Mucking about with the blog again threw up some issues, and after a quick chat with my web host (the ever helpful Direkte.no) I realised some blog maintenance was in order. So now I’ve ditched my old WordPress theme (Twenty-thirteen. I did say old.), deleted some unused plugins, updated to use https and just generally shaken some dust out of the nooks and crannies.

Wednesday reading:
Heltinner jeg har møtt by Arnhild Skre, pages 64-80.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, pages 19-27.

Thursday

Thursday reading:
Heltinner jeg har møtt by Arnhild Skre, pages 81-104.

Friday

Today’s Instagram challenge: Recent five-star read.

Friday reading:
Heltinner jeg har møtt by Arnhild Skre, pages 105-117.
One of OurThursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde, pages 195-206.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, pages 28-35.

Saturday

Saturday reading:
Heltinner jeg har møtt by Arnhild Skre, pages 117-126.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, pages 36-46.

Sunday

Sunday I was busy all day with something that meant reading was a no-go, so NO pages.

Summary

Well. While I could certainly have read more during the second half of the week, I’m pretty delighted with the total number of pages (746), and three blog entries (and one draft, soon ready, too). What a nice kickstart to 2020.

Bout of Books 25: Sign-up and progress post

It is Bout of Books time again, and though it falls in a somewhat busy week I will attempt to participate. Perhaps it can push me to getting at least a LITTLE reading done.

For new readers:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

NEWTs Readathon

Since I managed to tick off a few OWLs in July’s resit, I might as well make a stab at NEWTs in August.

I found out about the readathon from Liz at Travels in Retrospect, but the idea comes from Gintare of Bookroast, and the announcement video can be found here (with links to the rules and tasks in the video description).

Since which NEWTs I can sit is determined by which OWLs I managed to pass, the following are my subjects and tasks. I should surely manage at least an Acceptable in each, right? The book I am about to start right now is Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, which should get me going on Charms at least, and then we’ll see how I go from there.

Arithmancy

A – At least 300 pages long: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

E – Ends on an even page

O – Not the first in a series

Care of Magical Creatures

A – Has an animal on the cover

E – Book with less than 160 pages

O – Includes dragons in some way

Charms

A – Has magic in it: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

E – A cover that charmed you

O – You think it will leave a mark

Muggle Studies

A – Book from a favourite Author: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

E – Biography

O – Retelling

Potions

A – Has a name of a colour in the title

E – Read a book with a male lead character

O – Book over 350 pages long

Readathon: 10 Years in 10 (well, 11) books

It may be my first Dewey’s readathon, but it’s been going on twice a year since 2007, and so this is the 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, one of the challenges is to recommend a book from each of the years, and though the challenge says 10 books, I make that 11… Anyway, I made another Instagram bookstack.

Here’s a handy-dandy list, with links to my blog posts about each book (if I ever wrote one):

2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Hardly needs an introduction.

2008: Bad Science by Ben Goladacre.

2009: Shades of Grey by Jasper Ffforde.

2010: Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson.

2011: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.

2012: En man som heter Ove by Peter Backman.

2013: Hyperbole and a Half by Alleie Brosch.

2014: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. I haven’t technically finished this book, but I’ve finished the essay which gives it its title, and it’s brilliant.

2015: Evna by Siri Pettersen. Never blogged, bad blogger. I did manage to write something about the first book in the trilogy, though, Odinsbarn.

2016: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronowitch. Also never blogged. I’ve written about two other titles in the series, though, and I heartily recommend reading every single one.

2017: Tegnehanne: Blod, Svette og Tress-is by Hanne Sigbjørnsen.

And now to get back to reading for the remaining… 102 minutes.

Readathon Prep: Challenge 1 roundup

Half-way through the week I needed to pick up my pace somewhat if I were to have any hope of completing 1000 pages by Monday. That worked out ok, though, because I had a lot more time to read over the weekend. So, to add the details:

The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian: 222-329, 107 pages.

The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’Brian: 7-382, 375 pages.

The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’Brian: 7-26, 19 pages.

Lunch-blad 3/2017: 50 pages, Lunch-blad 8/2016: 48 pages and Lunch-blad 2/2017: 49 pages, total 147 pages.

Bobla by Siri Pettersen: 277 pages.

With the 402 pages from before, that makes a total of 1327 pages all together, so I can note challenge completed.

Readathon prep: Challenge 1

In addtion to the 30 Days of Readathon photo challenge (which is happening on Instagram daily, though I will post here as well in round-up posts), there are going to be a few more challenges, run in the Goodreads readathon group. Challenge 1 is to read 1000 pages between the evening of Sunday 24th September and the morning of Monday 2nd October (Pacific Coast time). I noted that I was on page 285 of Desolation Island in my sign-up comment, but I had already read quite a bit since the start of the challenge by that point. Still, I’ll see if I need to consider those 100ish pages or not at the end of the week.

So, here are the stats so far:

Desolation Island 285-325 = 40 pages

The Fortune of War 7-222 = 215 pages

Rammeplan for barnehagen (hey, it’s reading) 7-57 = 50 pages

Lunch-blad (comics):
2015/7 49 pages
2016/7 48 pages

So that’s 402, with three-and-a-half-ish days left. I need to step it up a little.

Yesterday was unintentionally busy, so I was one day late with my Instagram picture, but I’m all caught up now. Here’s 28-23 in the countdown.

28: Red: A stack of books, all good, happening to have a red spine. #30daysofreadathon #readathon #bookstagram

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30 Days of Readathon

I vår hadde jeg tenkt å delta på Dewey’s 24 Hours Readathon, men så endret planene for den helga seg og det ble særdeles smått med lesetid. Men 21. oktober er det ny readathon, og da har jeg tenkt å gjøre et nytt forsøk. Siden det er 10-årsjubileum for Dewey’s arrangerer de denne gangen også en 30-dagers utfordring som opptakt.

Den dukket ikke opp i Facebook-feeden min før i dag, så jeg starter en dag sent, men her er de to første bidragene (jeg kjører med Instagram-bilder):