Bout of Books 25: Day 1 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 25

Bout of Books 25

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th
and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

DAY 1 RECAP

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor = 5 pages
  2. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis = 10 pages
  3. Don Quixote, by Cervantes (read-along) = 4 pages
  4. The Story of the Stone, by Cao Xueqin = 7 pages – DNFed
  5. Audiobook: Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi = 4H, equivalent of 134 pages – FINISHED
  6. Audiobook: J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi = 8 mn, equivalent of 9 pages.

Total for Day 1:  169
TOTAL so far: 169 /805

Wow, very happy with this 1st day! Do you see all this audio time?? I usually don’t teach on Monday, and as the weather was FINALLY warm enough to plant our vegetable garden (3 weeks later than usual for me!), I did it all, and listened to my audiobooks at the same time. Mystery explained!
Alas, I had to DNF The Story of the Stone, which is actually the first book of Dream of Red Chamber (the book I got for the latest Classics Spin!!)
I saw wanted to read this book. I really enjoyed the first chapter, but then I quickly felt totally lost because of the huge amount of characters. I couldn’t keep track of who was who, and I know this was going to get a lot worse because of the size of the book

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Introduce yourself #insixwords
– on Instagram, currently reading
I didn’t participate in the twitter chat, feeling a bit too old now for these, plus, the questions are often the same every year.

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My goal is the same as for Bout of Books 24, as I didn’t manage to reach it: to read 805 pages, an average of 115 pages/day.

And I will organize a giveaway!

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

  1. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor
  2. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis
  3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
  4. Don Quixote, by Cervantes (read-along)
  5. The Story of the Stone, by Cao Xueqin – DNFed
  6. Audiobook: Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi – FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi

SCHEDULE

Challenges

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 25. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 5/13
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 5/14
Bookish favorites

Wednesday 5/15
Book plot emoji

Thursday 5/16
If this, then that

Friday 5/17
Favorite hero/favorite villain

Saturday 5/18
Share the love

Sunday 5/19
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

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

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 26 – 8/19/2019 — 8/25/2019

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The top 8 books to read in May 2019

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in May 2019

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

     If you love me

the night before Talk to me

Don Quixote
For the 2nd part, I’m doing a read-along with Lory at The Emerald City. I’m sup[er super slow on this, the problem being, I read the book on the computer, as I have other books already going on 3 devices… and print of course. And all my work is already on the computer, so at the end of the day, either I’m tired of it, or I forget I need to spend more time there for Don Quixote!

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
Wonderful book for all Christians.

The Night Before
I thoroughly enjoy this author. I have read All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night.
In this one, it is so twisted, in a very good way, that so far, I don’t know if the main character is the culprit or the victim, or neither, or both!!

Talk To me
The subtitle tells you all this is about. So far, an excellent overview of the recent evolution in the field, and what’s coming.

READING NEXT

ExposedThe Sentence is Death

Exposed
This is for France Book Tours.
I have really enjoyed the author’s previous book, The 6:41 to Paris.

The Sentence is Death
This is the sequel to The Word is Murder. It should be good, just by judging by the clever titles. And this author is so amazing!

I should also be reading The Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin, which is my Classics Spin #20, but I still don’t know which edition I should choose!! Help please!

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

         Sang famille

Sang Famille
Ah ah! Estories now has this book published last year!
I thoroughly like the suspense and twists, well as always in Bussi’s books.

J’ai dû rêver trop fort
So cool! I had to wait for a year to get the previous one on EStories, but his latest is already available! You should check EStories for your audiobook subscription – this is the only way I can listen to contemporary French novels. Cheaper than competitive companies, great app.

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

We have several giveaways listed on the homepage

PLANS FOR MAY

Participate in Bout of Books 25 and try to catch up with late reviews – usual refrain…
And of course, our Shadow Panel will soon vote for our Man Booker International winner.

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MAY?

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Bout of Books 25

BOUT OF BOOKS 25

Bout of Books 25

#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th
and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

After a super active reading schedule in March, April got very low for me with lots of things going on, especially at Church, so I’m glad Bout of Books is coming to restart an energetic reading phase.

My goal is the same as for Bout of Books 24, as I didn’t manage to reach it: to read 805 pages, an average of 115 pages/day.

And I will organize a giveaway!

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

  1. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor
  2. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis
  3. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos
  4. Don Quixote, by Cervantes (read-along)
  5. The Story of the Stone, by Cao Xueqin
  6. Audiobook: Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi

SCHEDULE

Challenges

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 25. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 5/13
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 5/14
Bookish favorites

Wednesday 5/15
Book plot emoji

Thursday 5/16
If this, then that

Friday 5/17
Favorite hero/favorite villain

Saturday 5/18
Share the love

Sunday 5/19
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

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

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 26 – 8/19/2019 — 8/25/2019

Click on the logo to sign up

Save