bout of books 10 wrap-up

I was so happy to participate in Bout of Books 10 this week! I think did pretty well—didn’t accomplish all my goals but I think this has helped snap me out  of my blogging slump, though, and I was really happy to read more than I have in weeks!!

Bout of Books

My goals

  • Catch up on writing/posting reviews of books read in April:
    • Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk 
    • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 
    • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • Finish reading two books I started recently:
    • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    • The Explorer by James Smythe 
  • Participate in at least one #boutofbooks Twitter chat 
  • Participate in at least two challenges/giveaways 
  • Comment on at least 10 fellow participants’ blogs

Progress

Day 1: Monday, May 12
Too busy today to read much! There was a lot going on at work and then I went straight to a meeting for my PT job after that, and then out with friends for dinner. By the time I got home it was kind of late, and my husband and I were just going over our days together, so I didn’t really get any reading in at all, but I was able to participate in the #boutofbooks Twitter chat at 1pm and participated in one challenge[Totals: 0 pages, 0 books read today, 0 books read total, 0 books finished, 0 reviews posted, 1 Twitter chat, 1 challenge completed]

Day 2: Tuesday, May 13
I don’t know what happened, just got busy with “life” stuff I guess, like errands, chores, and making dinner after work. I was also desperate to work out, since my yoga class was canceled during the day, so I did that after work too. Oh and Nick and I watched Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip and its creator. But! I was able to read 20 pages of The Explorer during my lunch break. No challenges, comments, or posts today. [Totals: 20 pages, 1 book read today, 1 book read total, 0 books finished, 0 reviews posted, 1 Twitter chat, 1 challenge completed]

Day 3: Wednesday, May 14
I had a lot of free time after work tonight and was able to read 62 pages of The Blind Assassin! I’m started to get hooked, finally. This one is taking me longer to sink into that other Atwood work, but I still enjoy it immensely. [Totals: 82 pages, 1 book read today, 2 books read total, 0 books finished, 0 reviews posted, 1 Twitter chat, 1 challenge completed]

Day 4: Thursday, May 15
Today was a little better! During my lunch break I wrote/posted my Survivor review, after work I was able to read 63 pages of The Explorer, and found time to squeeze in one challenge. When I went to bed I still wanted to read, but didn’t want to look at my iPad anymore, so I read 12 pages of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, which I just picked up from the library for my husband to read (I know, I know—I should have read The Blind Assassin, but I wanted something non-committal at the end of the night). Definitely realizing I won’t reach all my goals, but if I can get those review posts in and finish one book I’ll be happy. [Totals: 157 pages, 2 books read today, 3 books read total, 0 books finished, 1 review posted, 1 Twitter chat, 2 challenges completed]

Day 5: Friday, May 16
It has been a long week so after work my husband and I went out to dinner, but I was able to manage reading 51 pages of The Explorer… and FINISHING it today! [Totals: 208 pages, 1 book read today, 3 books read total, 1 book finished, 1 review posted, 1 Twitter chat, 2 challenges completed]

Day 6: Saturday, May 17
Before going to my husband’s concert in the evening (one of his string quartet compositions was performed at an art gallery downtown), I posted a long-overdue review of The Worst Hard Time, which I read between March and April, and read 50 pages of Annihilation. [Totals: 258 pages, 1 book read today, 3 books read total, 1 book finished, 2 reviews posted, 1 Twitter chat, 2 challenges completed]

Day 7: Sunday, May 18
Today was busier than I expected! I babysat for a friend all afternoon and then stayed for dinner. I was able to read another 50 pages of Annihilation, though! [Totals: 308 pages, 1 book read today, 3 books read total, 1 book finished, 2 reviews posted, 1 Twitter chat, 2 challenges completed]

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