Bout of Books 29: Day 1 recap

Day 1 recap

Boutofbooks 29

This is my 16th participation in #boutofbooks

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The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th
and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
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For Bout of Books 29 information and updates,
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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 63 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 141 pages

Total for Day 1:  204 pages
TOTAL so far:  204/525

I had a lot of house chores to do today: wash, gardening, cooking, dishes, so ended up with almost 3 hours of audiobook listening!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 27 pages.
Not many, because I take notes to help for reviews.
I didn’t participate in the Twitter Chat, but I already met interesting readers through the #boutofbooks hashtag

I also did the Instagram challenge


I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
  2. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle
  3. Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  5. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie
  6. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez


For Bout of Books 29, no daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!

Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

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10 thoughts on “Bout of Books 29: Day 1 recap

    • Very good question. According to my 2019 stats, my average pages read per day was 63 pages per day, + 39 minutes audio per day.
      So 75 per day is actually not much of a challenge, but I knew it was going to be a busy week otherwise, so I didn’t aim as high as some other times.
      Yes, I do use the audio time, and check what the equivalent in pages it is for each book.


        • I’m super busy, as always, lol, so I only read in the evenings, after supper – though I do listen to an audiobook when I cook and do the dishes.
          I’m actually exhausted too by night, but reading is relaxing for me. Or sometimes I focus on learning languages. Using my brain with languages (currently Italian and Russian) has always been a way to relax for me. I know that probably sounds insane to most people, but that’s how my brain is wired.
          The only thing I have hard time doing is reading something more spiritual that requires my focus at a much deeper level, so I’m gong slow with my current spiritual book, even though I enjoy it a lot.
          I often fill Saturdays with all kinds of things I don’t have time for during the week, so for a change, I decided to focus more on reading.


          • I know, my brain is wired weird. Though this week-end, I met another woman who has the same experience with languages! That was refreshing.
            Yes, gardening ad audiobooks go well together


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