Monday, May 19, 2014

Bout of Books wrap up

Well. My first Bout of Books went better than I ever thought it would. I never felt like I'd put too much pressure on myself, or like I HAD to pay attention to how many pages I was reading to ensure that I met my daily target. Nope. I just kept on reading and then had moments of "WTF?!?!?!" the following morning when I tallied up the number of pages I'd read the previous day.

First things first, let's recap Days 5-7. Friday and Saturday were actually pretty quiet on the reading front. I worked all day Friday and ended up only having about a 15 minute lunch break so I think I only got a couple of chapters read in that time. And a lot of Saturday was taken up with making and decorating cupcakes and then attending Little Miss A's 9th birthday party. (NINE ALREADY?!?! I can't even) As always, all images are from Goodreads.

Pages read: 202
Total pages read: 2282
Percentage of page goal achieved: 114%
Books read: Speak (finished), A Hat Full of Sky

Total books finished: 6
Percentage of book goal achieved: 85%

Pages read: 327
Total pages read: 2609
Percentage of page goal achieved: 130%
Books read: A Hat Full of Sky (finished), Thirteen

Total books finished: 7
Percentage of book goal achieved: 100%

Pages read: 617
Total pages read: 3226
Percentage of page goal achieved: 161%
Books read: Thirteen (finished), We Were Liars (finished), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Total books finished: 9
Percentage of book goal achieved: 128%

Wrap up
I think I can safely say that I should set harder goals for myself next time. I thought that reading a book a day would be plenty challenging for me. But considering I read two and a third books more than my goal, apparently I was wrong. And I'm STILL staggered by the number of pages I managed to get through! I do feel slightly like Thirteen was cheating, because it's a middle grade book and despite being over 200 pages, it only took me about an hour to read it cover to cover...

Still, I finished up the week having read nine books - six new and three rereads - and well underway with a tenth. I achieved my goal of reading 2,000 pages on Thursday and finished up the week more than 1,200 pages past that goal for an average of 460 pages per day.

In short, I'm already excited about Bout of Books 11, even though it isn't until the middle of August!

Have you read any of these books? And will you be joining in the Bout of Books fun next time around??

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonMay 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Funny, I was just looking up E. Lockhart books on the internet and then I saw you just read We Were Liars. Did you like it?

  2. I did! Although I guessed the big plot twist like a third of the way through the book, so instead of being all "OMG TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS!!" like everyone else seems to have been, I was more "Ugh, just tell me that I'm right already". Not because it was bad, just because I was 99% sure I knew the how and where, and I just needed the why. (Did that make any sense at all?!)

  3. Wilhelmina UptonMay 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I know that feeling all too well. But overall you would recommend it? I just skimmed the first 2 pages but it seemed good (not that one can tell too much from so little but okay.)

  4. Ohh, congrats for reading so much! (I want to read We Were Liars, soooo bad. XD)

  5. Yay, a new Bout of Books addict! Once you start it's kind of hard to stop. I'm in a wedding on Friday during the next Bout of Books but I still plan to sign up even though, between travel and working out last-minute details, I have no idea what that week is going to look like.

  6. Congrats on surpassing your goals. I definitely can't wait until the next one! :) Here are my Bob RaT Stats

  7. I FINALLY have posted my wrap up for Bout of Books. And I'm finally catching up on blogs which I hadn't realized how behind I was. Whoops.


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