2014 Challenges, 2014 Reading, Bout of Books

Bout of Books 10: Master Post

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Reading list:
Below is the list of books that I’ll be choosing from this week. I doubt that I’ll get through all of them, especially as some (Frye, Woolf) are pretty dense. I hope to complete at least three books this week, including the first two listed and also The Demon-Haunted World which I started a month or so ago but had to sideline while finishing up the semester. If I get more than that accomplished, then great!


boutofbooks For the Pleasure of His Company, Charles Warren Stoddard
Imre: A Memorandum, Edward Prime-Stevenson
Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye
The Long Walk, Stephen King
To a God Unknown, John Steinbeck
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism, Steven J. Venturino


• Read at least two books for my summer course (titles 1 & 2 above)
• Join some of the Twitter chats
• Visit other participants, including host blogs (competitions & such)


Pages read: 90
Books finished: None
Titles experienced: 2- For the Pleasure of His Company and The Demon-Haunted World

Pages read: 276
Books finished: 1 – For the Pleasure of His Company
Titles experienced: 3- For the Pleasure of His Company, The Demon-Haunted World, and The Book Thief

Pages read: 280
Books finished: None
Titles experienced: The Book Thief

Pages read: 149
Books finished: 1 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Titles experienced: 2- The Book Thief and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Pages read: 60
Books finished: None
Titles experienced: Rebecca

Pages read: 0
Books finished: None
Titles experienced: None…. bad, Adam. 😦

Pages read: 291
Books finished: None
Titles experienced: Rebecca by Daphne du Maruier and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Total pages read: 997
Total books finished: 2 – The Book Thief and For the Pleasure of His Company
All titles experienced: 5 – The Book Thief, For the Pleasure of His Company, Rebecca, Salem’s Lot, and The Demon-Haunted World.

*Note: I borrowed the general format for this post from Heather at Between the Covers.

2014 Challenges, 2014 Reading, Bout of Books

Bout of Books: I’m In!

Hello,  Readers!

Bout of BooksThe semester is winding down (one week to go!) and I am very much looking forward to spending more time with you all very soon.  I will be teaching and taking one course this summer, so there will still be plenty going on for me out there in the “Real World,” but I think I’ll manage to get much more accomplished here on the blog, too.


That being said, I’m taking this opportunity to sign-up for Bout of Books, for the very first time!  The event takes place during the first week of summer break — a perfect time to celebrate a little “freedom” by reading a whole bunch of pleasure/just for fun books that I’ve had to put on hold for months and months. Woo!

I should also note – Austen In August will be back this year!  I plan to post the sign-ups and guest contributor forms sometime in early June, so be on the lookout for that. 🙂

Here are the details for Bout of Books:

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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

While this list is in no way official, here are some of the books I’m thinking of reading during “The Big Bout”:

  • Anatomy of Criticism by Northrop Frye
  • The Long Walk by Stephen King
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck

So, is anyone else participating this year?  Any thoughts from past participants on how to organize your time, posts, etc.?  If you are planning to participate, what books are you looking forward to reading?