The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized at On a Book Bender and Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever
time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading
competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are
completely optional. For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and
updates, be sure to visit the Bout
of Books blog.
little every day of the read-a-thon.
virtual shelves and I need to read them. So my goal for the read-a-thon is to
start and finish reading as many of these books as I can! I’ve also decided to use this read-a-thon to visit at least three new blog daily. 🙂
Thoughts: This little collection of essays is turning out to be pretty great. Will post a review once I’m done reading it!
Had a very busy day and didn’t manage to read a single page!!
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Thoughts: I finished reading The Hot Gates by noon. It is a fabulous collection and Golding is now one of my favourite authors. Those essays tell a lot about him as a person, and much of what he narrated helped me put Lord of the Flies into better perspective. It’s a must read for those who love travelling, reading and digging up the past (literally.)
Challenges: Today I participated in my first challenge of this read-a-thon. I took part in the Book Word Search challenge, which was hosted at The Musings of Almybnenr. I love word puzzles and this one was a fun break from reading!
Thoughts: I rarely say this, but I actually hated this book. I couldn’t possibly explain why in short, so I’m going to post a review tomorrow. Can’t wait to read A General Theory of Magic tomorrow!
Thoughts: This was an eBook and so, it took me considerably longer to read it, as it always does. It wasn’t a very engaging read either. I could have read A General Theory of Magic today. I really wanted to, but I had a personal deadline on writing a review for Giving Up the Ghost.
Thoughts: This book was fabulous! I have read four books this week and tomorrow is the last day of the read-a-thon. I wonder if I can read two books tomorrow…
Challenges: The Page 99 Challenge is hosted by My Seryniti. Turn to the 99th page of an upcoming read and see if it changes your expectations from the book.
The book I chose was A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter. The cover picture and the summary on the book jacket made me want to pick this book up at the library. The 99th page makes me wonder if it was a mistake. The book sounds dull. Here’s an excerpt:
“That night, I lay alone in bed in my flat in Canonbury, revisiting what Elizabeth had said to me. I revisited everything and then I settled. I settled on a particular phrase and then, as it were, I settled in it. I dwelt in it, as if it were a cellar in a castle with the drawbridge up.
Guy was conceited, Guy was aggressive, Guy dressed in black, Guy took cocaine, Guy was cruel and unfaithful. (…) But this was fair enough – his parents divorced when he was five.
In the welfare state of Guy’s mind that entitled him to certain character defects.”
I have no idea who Guy is, but he doesn’t seem very pleasant. It seems odd to judge a book by a page, but here’s what I think: I don’t like complicated similes, at all, or short sentences and repetitions. This isn’t particularly bad, but it didn’t make me want to read the next or previous few pages to figure out the context. It just doesn’t seem interesting enough. Let’s just say, I sincerely hope the 99 page test is not effective, I was really looking forward to this read!
Thoughts: This was a perfect ending for a perfect week.