It’s almost the end of Day 7 of Bout of Books 14. I’ve decided to do my wrap up now because I plan to turn in early, plus I’ll be too busy tomorrow to do it then. I spent most of today cleaning so I didn’t get much reading done. When I did read, I read a book that wasn’t listed on my Bout of Books reading list, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ve been in and out of the doldrums lately so I’ve turned to Harry Potter to cheer me up.
Also, I learned something new today about Bout of Books, though it’s at a late time. Apparently we could post our reading updates to the website. Ha! I didn’t know this; or, if I did, I forgot. Sucks for me but at least I know now. Better late than never, eh.
As for my overall progress, I think I did okay. Just to rehash, my goal was to read in a different place each day and to read a total of 12 books, graphic novels, and story story, one of which I had already started, over the 7 days of the event. I predicted that I’d read all the graphic novels and the short story, complete 1 novel and the book I started before the read-a-thon. The result was pretty close.
Here’s the complete list of materials attempted. Those crossed out were completed.
Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes (started before Bout of Books, intend to finish but didn’t because I took a break)
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Wife of His Youth by Charles W. Chestnutt
Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan Rat Queens, Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe New Spring: the Graphic Novel by Robert Jordan The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod
Of all the materials I read, the most enjoyable was Saga, Vol. 2. The least liked was New Spring: the Graphic Novel.
Although I thought I would read every minute of every day because I was on vacation, I didn’t. Sometimes I got busy, sometimes my mind wandered, and sometimes I just wasn’t in the mood. I’ve realized that my attention span is shorter these days too and I’m easily distracted by the internet.
I read in various places though they weren’t as diverse as I intended them to be. Much as I wanted to go outside and read, the comfort of my home was more alluring.
Overall, I liked Bout of Books. It’s the first week-long read-a-thon I’ve ever participated in. If I have the time, I might take part in the others and actually do the challenges.