Monday, May 14, 2018

Bout of Books #22: Sign Up & Updates

Time again for my favorite readathon! I love how Bout of Books stretches throughout the whole week and allows for me to work it around my schedule. This does seem like it will be a pretty light week for me so hopefully I can do a better job of updating!

Here is the information you need in case you want to sign up too!

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 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


So this post is going to be my base for the week, I will continue to come back and update it each day with my progress (as I already have a lot of posts planned for this week and don't want things too jumbled up).  I will also be updating on Instagram @EasternSunset9

Time Devoted to Reading

I would like to read between 3-4 hours each day and read about 300 pages each day.
Averaging about 1-2 hours and work and another 2 at home after Munchkin goes to bed.

My Goals

Read a total of 1,500 pages
Read at least 3 hours each day
Read a total of 6 books
Read 1 Requested Review Book

Books to Read


Number of Pages I've read today: 488 pages 
Total Number of Pages: 488 pages
Time spent reading today: 5.5 hours
Total number of books I've read: 4
Books completed: Ladycastle, Bard & the Beast
Thoughts: I managed a lot more reading than I was expecting yesterday. I read Bard & the Beast at work, then listened to the audio book of Daughter of the Pirate King while in the card and while doing chores and then read Ladycastle until finished last night and then decided to pick up A Court of Frost and Starlight.  I stayed up way too late last night reading but oh well, I still managed to get back up and start the day this morning. 


Number of Pages I've read today: 372 pages
Total Number of Pages: 860 pages
Time spent reading today: 4 hours
Total number of books I've read: 6
Books completed: Ladycastle, Bard & the Beast, Pegasus Quest, A Court of Frost and Starlight
Thoughts: Another really good reading day, though I could have read more.  I am very happy with the progress on my TBR, I have been finishing two books a day so far and I hope to continue that trend with two more today.  I do have to say that while last month the books I read were all fantastic reads, by comparison the books I have read this week have only been mediocre.  Luckily, I picked a stack of pretty short and easy reads. 

Number of Pages I've read today: 265 pages
Total Number of Pages: 1,125 pages
Time spent reading today: 3 hours
Total number of books I've read: 7
Books completed: Ladycastle, Bard & the Beast, Pegasus Quest, A Court of Frost and Starlight, Daughter of the Pirate King
Thoughts:  I didn't get as much reading done as I had hoped yesterday and today isn't looking too good either. Oh well, I am already very close to meeting most of my goals!
Number of Pages I've read today: 361 pages
Total Number of Pages: 1,486 pages
Time spent reading today:  4.5 hours
Total number of books I've read: 8
Books completed:  Ladycastle, Bard & the Beast, Pegasus Quest, A Court of Frost and Starlight, Daughter of the Pirate King, One White Lie
Thoughts:  I have been making excellent progress with this readathon.  I have left my TBR list temporarily, I wasn't in the mood to read the books I had selected yesterday, so I picked up Sleeping Giants instead and have been completely consumed by the story so it was a good move.  I do still plan to complete at least Joy of Less and The Red Racecar, and I will definitely be completing Sleeping Giants!
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I don't often participate in the challenges but if I do they will be posted here.

Year of You Challenge:
The challenge was to post a picture of a book that was published the year you were born or a book that was significant to your childhood.
Luckily, I found a book that satisfies both at the same time!  I had no idea that Alanna: First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet) was first published in 1983, of course I didn't read it until several years later but this was the book that first started my love for fantasy books!
The original cover isn't quite as beautiful as the newer releases but I love the font!

Show Me Your Precious:
There are only a few books that I love inside and out, and even less that I actually collect various editions.  I have a few editions of Fire by Kristin Cashore but I my true collection is my Frankenstein collection, this is my all time favorite book and there are so many unique and beautiful editions out there!  Here are some of the editions that I have collected over the years:
Aren't they all so beautiful?!  I am not a fan of the Pop Culture version of the creature, so luckily there are so many other unique versions! I am going to continue adding to my collection and hope to some day have a very early edition on my shelves.


  1. That's an ambitious to-read pile, but it looks like you've made a good start already! Alanna was one of my favorite books when I first started reading fantasy too :)

    1. Thank you, the TBR was a little over ambitious but I like having options. I love Alanna so much!

  2. 8 books in 4 days! Wow, just wow. You are doing so great. Oh dear, I still need to read Frankenstein.

    Pragya @ Reviewing Shelf

    1. Thank you Pragya, it helps to pick shorter books in a wide variety of genres. Oh yes please read Frankenstein!