Bout of Books 17 Goals & Updates

August 2016

Happy Bout of Books week! I’m a little early with this post, but I thought I’d get a jump start with some readathon goals. This post will also have daily updates for those who want to follow along with my progress.

Reminder of my reading stack…

1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
2. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
6. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
7. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (audio)
8. Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson (eBook)
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (eBook)
10. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (eBook)

bout of books 17

Readathon Goals
1. Read at least 6 books. / Update: Didn’t happen (see below)
2. Follow 10+ new bloggers on social media. / Update: Check!
3. Comment on 10+ blogger pages. / Update: Check!
4. Participate in 3+ challenges and/or Twitter chats. / Update: Check!

Day 1 – Monday
Pages Read Today: 303
Total Pages Read: 303
Books Finished Today: 1
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: So I’m kind of obsessed with Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe. I may have started Russian lessons on Duolingo because I now want to go to Lithuania. Duolingo doesn’t have Lithuanian as an option, and it’s apparently a rare language that isn’t super easy to find good lessons for, so for now I’m going with Russian. We’ll see if anything comes of it.
Challenge/Chat: The Twitter chat last night was bananas, and I mean that in a good way. I highly recommend attending the next one if you’re able. I also participated in the challenge. My answers can be found here.

Day 2 – Tuesday
Pages Read Today: 103
Total Pages Read: 406
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: I started reading Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye and am listening to Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I did the math on pages “read” since I’m not used to audio and have no idea how people track that kind of thing.
Challenge/Chat: N/A

Day 3 – Wednesday
Pages Read Today: 78
Total Pages Read: 484
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: Still working my way through Jane Steele. Not sure how I feel about it just yet. Should have more reading time tonight.
Challenge/Chat: N/A

Day 4 – Thursday
Pages Read Today: 54 pages
Total Pages Read: 538
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: Still working through the same books. My audiobook version of Furiously Happy expired so I’ll be switching the eBook.
Challenge/Chat: Titles in the Tabloids

And then I went out of town and forgot to update daily page counts. Here are total numbers from the readathon:

Total Pages Read: 1004 + some audio (I had to return my audiobook for Furiously Happy, but I think it was somewhere around an hour of listening.)
Books Finished: Dear Fang, With Love / Jane Steele / Hyperbole and a Half

I ended up reading two books not on my list, so that proves readathon lists aren’t set in stone. I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted, but my own Take Back Your Shelves readathon starts on Friday so I’ll be able to get more books read. Sign up if you haven’t already!






5 thoughts on “Bout of Books 17 Goals & Updates

  1. You’ve got some great progress for so early in the week! For audiobooks, I usually just use the hours and minutes. Depending on if I happen to have a physical copy to hand, I’ll sometimes do a corresponding page number in parentheses, or a percent if I can’t figure it out from the tracks on my iPod. And I love your TBR! My blog is below, and I think we follow each other on Insta (I’m laurareadsandreads), on LibraryThing and Litsy I’m LauraBrook, and on goodreads I’m Laura L (it’s stupid hard to find me there, so it may be easier to look for you). Happy Thursday!

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  2. Those are great goals. I read my first Helen Oyeyemi last week – Boy, Snow, Bird. Have you read that one. You can see my review at and maybe we can discuss. I want to read more from her.
    I finally did a challenge too. can you guess which book this is about?
    Secret Movies: Social misfits fulfill dying girl’s last wish
    Read my post to see if you guessed right
    I am following you now. Maybe I’ll be one of those 10 bloggers you follow this week 🙂

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