Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bout of Books 15- Sign up and Monday

It's back! For the uninitiated:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Low pressure is what I need right now. I've got a pretty stressful week ahead- five night shifts, plus I have an essay deadline the following week which is terrifying me. So, between all that I'm hoping to unwind with some decent books! 

Here's what I'm hoping to read:

  • First of all, not pictured is The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett on my Kindle. I'm about 100 pages from the end, so it's my priority to get read first.
  • Pretties by Scott Westerfield- I'm also about 100 pages from the end of this one. Unlike The Colour of Magic though I'm not really enjoying it- I liked the first book much more- so I'll hopefully get that one out of the way soon too.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath- Because there's nothing quite like poetry to bump up your word count. Seriously though, I've been meaning to read this for ages- The Bell Jar is one of my favourite books and I've liked other bits and pieces of Plath's that I've read. Also I seem to remember I bought this in Glasgow and I haven't been to Glasgow in probably something like three years. So. It's been on my shelf a bit too long...
  • Tampa by Alissa Nutting- Yep, That Book with That Cover. It's about a female teacher who preys on teenage boys and who's been referred to as the female Humbert Humbert. So, I'm sure this will be an interesting read. 

Reading: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, Pretties by Scott Westerfield, Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson
Pages read: 241
Books finished: The Colour of Magic, Pretties

2.51 am
Yeah, this might be an ungodly time of night to you, but it's chill-out-after-work time for me! I just had dinner and wrote up my goals and I'm hoping to get stuck into The Colour of Magic for a couple of hours before bed.

3.20 pm
Page count so far: 66
So I intended to stay up reading until about 6 or so but ended up falling asleep at about half past 4. Whoops. But between last night and breakfast today I finished The Colour of Magic! I'm making an effort to Get Into Terry Pratchett Properly- I've read a couple of Discworld books, but I'm going to try to read the series start to finish- and I've got off to a good start.

Now I have to go down town to the library before I enter Essay Writing Hell for the rest of the day before work at 10. Hopefully I'll manage to squeeze in a few pages though!

7.25 pm
Pages count so far: 155
Damn, I'm on a roll! I finished Pretties somehow, just from reading bits in my breaks from essay writing. I'm glad to get it read- I didn't really like it to tell the truth, and I was basically just reading it to get it done. I don't think I'll be continuing the series, which is a shame because I did like the first book in the series. Oh well, onward and upward!

I'm nearly done in the library- got one of my essays sort-of finished, woo! I'm going to swing by my favourite burrito place on my way home because fuck it, I deserve delicious Mexican food :P And on to Ariel next, I think. I might even get that finished today too!

1 comment:

  1. I keep seeing Tampa mentioned all over the place - looking forward to reading what you thought of it.