Saturday 11 May 2013

Bout of Books: my goals for the week

Bout of Books

Time spent reading:

Bout of Books starts just the day after tomorrow, so it's time to set out my goals for the week. I will keep my targets modest, because I'll be working full-time. Evening will be my main Bout of Books time, and I aim to roughly follow the following schedule:

Lunchtime: read book, not staffroom newspaper. Not that that will be too difficult as my colleagues tend to get the Daily Mail. *shudder.*

6PM-9PM: Allow 2 hours reading time (also includes time for food and general pottering about.)
9PM-10PM: Online read-a-thon activity, including daily blog update and interacting with other participants.
10PM: Switch computer off, get ready for bed early to allow for another half-hour bedtime reading before 11PM. (This could easily stretch as late as midnight or beyond.)

Friday and Sunday are my days off, so my reading will probably be spread out throughout the day.

Books to read:

The Age of Miracles: Karen Thompson Walker.
I have had my eye on this book since it was first published in hardcover a few months ago. The Age of Miracles is a speculative novel exploring what effect a slowing-down of the Earth's orbit might have on life as we know it.

Watchmen: Alan Moore.
I have already renewed this library book once, so it needs to be read. A dark graphic novel from the author of V for Vendetta, about superheroes who are perhaps not so heroic as all that.

iBoy: Kevin Brooks.
Another library book, this time from the teen section, and another science-fiction novel. After a vicious attack, a teenage boy ends up with bits of his smart phone embedded in his brain, and now he has extraordinary powers...

I may not read all of these books from start to finish in the read-a-thon, and I have another back-up pile if I fancy reading something else. (The three books next on my to-read pile have a science-fictional or dystopian slant to them, and maybe one day I'll be in the mood for something different.)

My goals:

I intend to update my blog daily during the read-a-thon, sharing my thoughts on the books I've read each day, and taking part in some of the read-a-thon blogging challenges. Blog updates will happen in the evenings, (British Summer Time) and I'll be tweeting throughout the day (you can follow me @KatieWhoCanRead) I also hope to discover some wonderful new book bloggers also participating in the read-a-thon.

Daily Updates:

Monday 13th May:
Books read today: The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
Number of pages read today: 285
Number of books read in total: 1
Books finished: 0
Today #insixwords: What if the days grew longer?
Strangest place I read: walking to and from work.

Tuesday 14th May:

Books read today: The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker, 
The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
Number of pages read today: 114
Number of books read in total: 2
Books finished: 1
Today #insixwords: No updates yesterday because Star Trek
Cinema ice cream: mint choc chip

Wednesday 15th May:

Books read today: The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
Number of pages read today: 136
Number of books read in total: 2
Books finished: 1
Today #insixwords: Can't wait till my day off
Length of after-work nap: 40 minutes

Thursday 16th May:

Books read today: The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
Number of pages read today: 120 so far
Number of books read in total: 2
Books finished: 1
Today #insixwords: light, easy read but surprisingly deep
Books added to mental shopping list: 5

Friday 17th May:

Books read today: The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Number of pages read today: 113
Number of books read in total: 2
Books finished: 2
Today #insixwords:

Saturday 18th May:

Books read today:
Number of pages read today:
Number of books read in total:
Books finished:
Today #insixwords:

Sunday 19th May:
Books read today:
Number of pages read today:
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Books finished:
Today #insixwords:

Read-a-thon goal template can be found on the Bout of Books FAQ page:


  1. Ooh, Age of Miracles! I nearly picked that up yesterday when we were food shopping but Boyfriend caught up with me and dragged me away from the books :-/ If I know that it's amazing, though, that will give me a good reason to buy it. So if you could read it and love it, that would be great!

    I've never heard of iBoy but it sounds pretty good. I'm kind of in the mood for sci-fi at the moment but don't seem to have any on my shelves that are grabbing me. Maybe a library trip is in order.

    And your Bout of Books plans are so organised! Mine are pretty much like read more, do more commenting...although I have picked out some books so that's something! Anyway, good luck! :)

  2. I have to be strict with myself, or I just know that I'd spend the whole evening internetting, talking about books but not actually reading them!

    I'm sure I'll be reviewing Age of Miracles, certainly will be writing about my reading each day, even if I don't write a proper review.

    iBoy was something I picked up at random, and found myself starting to read it. It stood out for me being a YA book written by a man and centred on a male protagonist. Most of the teen section seems to be more feminine, with even the fantasy books being romance to a greater or lesser extent.

    Good luck for Bout of Books and happy reading.

  3. Maan, I haven't read any of your three books, nor any from the backup pile! But there are few I am interested in - definitely Cat's Cradle for example. I had The Last Werewolf in my TBR pile, but then I demoted it quite a bit because I read a review of a trustworthy blogger that made me doubt if I would like it (apparently the author is veeeery wordy), but should there be other reviews pointing out maybe more positive aspects, I am willing to reconsider. Every reading experience is so individual, afterall.

    Good luck with your goals, I'll be looking forward to updates :)

  4. The Last Werewolf and a couple of the other books on the back-up pile have been there for over a year. I need to decide which I'm actually likely to read. (But sometimes only a werewolf novel will do.)


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