Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bout of Books - The Updates

So this is how it works, right? I post about each day's progress after the day is over? Well, it's now 10.30am on Tuesday and I've only just woken up (oh, how I love having time off work), and so now seems like a good time to tell you about yesterday, and also set up the post for future updates through the week. 

Monday
I got off to a great start and read one whole book. It was quite a chunky book too. To be honest, Ferney was so amazing I don't think I could have put it down anyway, so it's a good job I didn't have to. I also managed to write one review, which isn't the two I was hoping for, but that's OK.

Books read from - Ferney by James Long
Pages read - 536
Reviews written - 1
Running total - Books: 1, Pages: 536

Tuesday
I didn't quite manage to keep distractions at bay yesterday, so ended up reading less than on Monday, though I still finished a book so I'm happy with that. I couldn't gather the enthusiasm to write a review however, which isn't so good, but I'll try and do better for the rest of the week!

Books read from - Tideline by Penny Hancock
Pages read - 340
Reviews written -  0
Running Total - Books: 2, Pages: 876


Wednesday
Oooh, three fewer pages than the previous day - yes, I'm slacking indeed ;-) Valentine Grey was an amazing book - one of the best historical novels I've read in ages and quite the emotional rollercoaster. I did write a review of The Picture of Dorian Gray in the morning, intending to write another one in the evening, but it didn't quite happen, so I'm still behind but not catastrophically so. All in all I'd say this read-a-thon is going pretty well.

Books read from -Valentine Grey by Sandi Toksvig
Pages read - 337
Reviews written -  1
Running Total - Books: 3, Pages: 1213


Thursday
We finally got a bit of sunshine yesterday, so I decided to spend most of my time out and about enjoying it. It was lovely, but it does mean my page count suffered and yesterday was the first day I didn't read a whole book. Ah well, never mind - Bout of Books is supposed to be low pressure so I won't get too upset over it. Lack of book finishing in no way reflects on the awesomeness of my current read; Final Demand is seriously good, quite dark and disturbing, and with a great plot that's twisting and turning all over the place. I shall definitely finish it soon.

Books read from - Final Demand by Deborah Moggach
Pages read - 134
Reviews written -  0
Running Total - Books: 3.5, Pages:1347


Friday
Oh dear, I started the week with such lofty expectations, but I'm afraid that page count just keeps on dropping. Do I have an amazing excuse for not reading much yesterday? Um... not really. I kind of got sidetracked by The Sims - there's something about that game that just swallows time! I did at least finish Final Demand, so it wasn't an entirely wasted day, but I'm afraid my reviewing mojo did not put in an appearance. Ah well, never mind, at least I'm having a nice relaxing time off, even if I'm not quite reading as much as I'd hoped.

Books read from - Final Demand by Deborah Moggach
Pages read - 96
Reviews written - 0
Running Total - Books: 4, Pages: 1443


Saturday
Sorry for the lateness of my update. I didn't get home until 4 o clock this morning (Sunday) after a night of Eurovision-based shenanigans so, as you can imagine, I slept on late today (well, afternoon actually!) Apart from being out all evening, yesterday was a day of getting boring jobs done (car to garage, apply for new driving licence, baked a cake, food shopping, cleaning,), so unfortunately very little reading was done. I just managed 40 pages of my latest read first thing yesterday morning. Pitiful, I know, but sometimes real life does get in the way. I Have Waited and You Have Come has got off to a promising start and, as it's pretty short, I should be able to get it finished in time for the end of the read-a-thon. This would bring my total books read to a respectable five, which isn't the seven I was hoping for, but has at least made a modest dent in my TBR. I also have next week off, so I should be able to read a few more before I have to go back to work. I do need to crack on with my reviews though, as so far I've only written one. That's worse than a normal week!

Books read from  - I Have Waited and You Have Come by Martine McDonagh
Pages read - 40
Reviews written - 0
Running Total - Books: 4, Pages: 1483


Sunday
Well, that was Bout of Books! My first but probably not my last, even though I didn't quite manage to hit my ambitious goals. I did finish I Have Waited and You Have Come but it's quite short so I only have another 134 pages to add to the total. And reviews... Oh, I don't know what's wrong with me lately, I seem to be finding reviews such a chore. I always used to love writing them so hopefully it's only temporary, but being off work makes me want to run away from anything that even vaguely feels like work at the moment. Does that make sense? Ah well, I don't know, maybe I need some time off from the blog - we'll see. Anyway, despite my reviewing rubbishness, I did enjoy all the reading, so thanks to the hosts of Bout of Books for making it such a lovely event.

Books read -1
Pages read - 134
Reviews written - 0
Running Total - Books: 5, Pages: 1647

17 comments:

  1. Okay, 500ish pages is like 1/4 of my total monthly page count... I guess it's safe to say you are doing well :)

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    1. I never would have managed that if I weren't off work this week. I am being gloriously idle and I love it!

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  2. Yes, I definitely think you're doing well! You must be having an amazing week :)

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  3. 500+ pages PLUS a review is an amazing start! You can post about your day whenever - I do mine all day, as I come to it - but you just add your link to the BoB linky the next morning so people can come and see what you've been up to. Makes it easier, I guess!

    Happy reading today! :)

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    1. My days are pretty boring really, just lots of reading and not much else. Lovely, but not very exciting to write about!

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  4. Hahahaha, I second (fourth?) what everyone else has said- 500+ pages in a day is amazing!! And yeah, I have NO idea how to do updates so I'm just going to do one post a day, I think! Annnd... I totally need to do that for today. Yes. Will get on that soon :)

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    1. I think I'll just put all my boring updates together in this post. Unless something unexpectedly exciting happens of course, in which case who knows?

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  5. I'm not surprised you finished Ferney in one day! I loved that book, too! Good luck with the next books. Happy reading.

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    1. Wasn't it lovely? I'm itching to download the sequel straight away but I'm trying to leave a bit of a gap so I'll appreciate it more. It won't be long though!

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    2. I didn't know there is a sequel! Wow, one for the wishlist.

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    3. It's only just been released, so it's just available in hardback and kindle at the moment. It's called The Lives she Left Behind and it's got some amazing reviews already.

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  6. Yes Sophia, I think you're slacking a bit. You've only read 340 pages?! Not good enough... Although compared to my 94... I'm kidding, I'm not really that pushy. Happy reading for today :)

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    1. 94 is really good if you're going to work and doing stuff, but I'm just sitting on my arse with a book in my hand!

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    2. :D That made me laugh. I see a trend here - your page count is going down, mine is going up bit by bit. But you have written nice reviews as well, all I can do is glance at that growing TBreviewed pile on the desk here and sigh. Next week! Maybe...

      Have a nice reading day, both of you :)

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  7. Yeah, it's a low pressure event and if you have other (fun) things to do it shouldn't really matter :) To be honest I personally hoped to read a bit more than I did (I never knew that my average reading a day is probably below 100 pages - why did I think it would be more?), but then again I did manage to finish 2 books (and hopefully 3rd by tonight), so I am happy with the result!

    And next week off sounds awesome, for sure.

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    1. Yes, just because we're book bloggers doesn't mean we have to spend every spare moment reading!

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