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 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
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 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team


  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490


  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!


  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.


  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490


  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!


  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

Eiffel Tower Orange



Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7

Sunday 1/8

Twitter Chats
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Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 19 – 5/8/2017 — 5/14/2017
Bout of Books 20 – 8/21/2017 — 8/27/2017
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018