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Bout of Books: Some Quick, Final Thoughts

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I’m a little bit late getting any final thoughts on the Bout of Books posted, but I have a good reason — I spent most of today reading! I started Oryx and Crake on Saturday and I just couldn’t put it down until I finished right after dinner today. Here are my final stats for the week:

Saturday/Sunday (and Monday)

  • Pages Read Over Three Days: 374
  • Total Pages Read: 1,328
  • Books Read/Finished: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (finished), Night Film by Marisha Pessl (finished), Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti (in progress), and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (finished on Monday)
  • Other Notes: Technically, I just finished Oryx and Crake a few minutes ago, but since I haven’t watched any television today it still feels a little bit like the Bout of Books is going on. And since there aren’t any official prizes for books or pages read, I don’t mind fudging a little bit.

Overall, I had a lot of fun participating in the Bout of Books (you can check some of my status updates here and here). The only goal I set for the week was to cut out solo time in front of the television and, for the most part, I succeeded.  I broke down late in the week, but overall I think I probably only watched about four hours of television total. Most of that was late in the week or when I was feeling tired — I like to have something on tv when I’m trying to take a nap.

The reading highlight of the week was probably Night Film. I pre-ordered the book, which meant it arrived on Tuesday in the afternoon. I read it voraciously until Friday night when I finished it up on a furious reading marathon because I was so creeped out reading it alone, at night, in my old and noisy house. It was a great book — perfect for the Halloween season, if you’re into that sort of thing.

For now, I’m trying to catch up on comments — I neglected the blog in favor of reading most of the week too — and get started with Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (the second book in The Maddaddam Trilogy). I’m so excited for that one too!

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  • Tanya Patrice August 26, 2013, 9:23 pm

    I would say you killed at Bout of Books 🙂 Not to mention, I need to read some Atwood – she’s been on my author wishlist for a long while now.

    • Kim August 28, 2013, 7:19 pm

      I love Atwood. I try to space her books out so I can savor them, but I think I’ll be reading a lot of Atwood in September.

  • Sandy August 27, 2013, 5:57 am

    I sure wish I could do something like this, but then my family would fire me. You have a great week (despite the cold). I was so taken with Night Film, I might just have to buy the real book. Even the ARC was gorgeous.

    • Kim August 28, 2013, 7:19 pm

      The boyfriend was pretty chill about the whole week. He’s used to be reading or watching television, I guess.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey August 27, 2013, 7:16 am

    I haven’t read anything by Atwood yet, but I have The Handmaiden’s Tale on my dresser and am very excited to get to it! I’m glad you got so much reading done and succeeded so well at cutting out tv time 🙂

    • Kim August 28, 2013, 7:20 pm

      The Handmaid’s Tale is so good! I haven’t read that one in awhile but I’d love to reread it.

  • Nikki Steele August 27, 2013, 11:10 am

    Haha! I love reading that turns into a marathon session because it’s just too scary to stop. Seems like you got a lot of great reading done over the week!

    • Kim August 28, 2013, 7:20 pm

      It was a good week — I’m glad I participated!