Joining the Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books readathon

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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This will my second time joining the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s a week-long read-a-thon, running from Monday August 19th 12.01 in the morning, to Sunday, August 25th at night.

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I only did a readathon a few weeks ago, which lasted for 6 days. I read 4.5 books in those 6 days, so for this readathon, I’ll try 5 books.

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Solar by Ian McEwan
Vanwege een tere huid [Because of Tender Skin, Dutch] by Anton Koolhaas

That is a nice, mixed list. There’s a thriller, a YA book, some literary fiction. Three books in English and two in Dutch (I’ve got a Dutch translation of The Donor). Looking forward to reading these!

Are you joining in?

Sign up HERE.

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Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is my first time joining the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s a week-long read-a-thon, running from Monday May 13th 12.01 in the morning, to Sunday May 19th at night.

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Time devoted to reading

I’ll be reading every day, lunchtimes, coffee times and in the evening.

My goals

I calculated how many books I read per week on average over the last 10 week: 3.6 books. That’s almost four. So, in a read-a-thon setting, I should be able to read a bit more. I’ll go for 5 books.

Books to read

This is my tentative list:

De laatkomer by Dimitri VerhulstA Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty AldridgePoollicht by Jolanda LinschotenThe Thief by Fuminori NakamuraThe Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst

A Trick I learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge

Poollicht [Pole Light] by Jolanda Linschoten

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

The Perfume Collector Kathleen Tessaro

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Updates

Monday

De laatkomer by Dimitri Verhulst

Number of pages read today: (page 5, the beginning of the book, to page 102=) 97 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read: 97 pages

Number of books I’ve read today: Ha ha! This is a very short one (140 pages) and I didn’t manage to even finish this one. Zero. 

Total number of books I’ve read: Zero

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst

Comments:  I had great fun in the Twitter Chat, if it hadn’t been for that, I’d easily finished my book. But it was more fun than reading!

Tuesday

De laatkomer by Dimitri VerhulstIV by Arjen Lubach

Number of pages read today: 103-140 in De laatkomer =  37 pages plus 220 pages in IV by Arjen Lubach – page 7, the beginning of the book up to page 227)= 257 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read: 354 pages

Number of books I’ve read today: Finished one book today.

Total number of books I’ve read: 1

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach

Comments: I did my volunteer work in the school library today and came across the Dutch book IV, that I have been wanting to read. I could not help myself and took it home. Started as soon as I finished my other book. In the evening I was distracted by the tv, the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was good fun. At least I read A LOT more than Monday!

Wednesday

IV by Arjen Lubach Poollicht by Jolanda LinschotenThe Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Number of pages read today: pages 228 to 320 in IV by Arjen Lubach = 92 pages plus 52 pages in Poollicht [Dutch] by Jolanda Linschoten (pages 9-72) plus 74 pages in The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (pages 1-74) = 218 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read: 572

Number of books I’ve read today: Finished one book today.

Total number of books I’ve read: 2

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach [DONE], Poollicht by Jolanda Linschoten; The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Thursday

Poollicht by Jolanda LinschotenThe Perfume Collector by Kathleen TessaroA Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge

Number of pages read today: 71 pages in Poollicht [Dutch] by Jolanda Linschoten (pages 73-144) plus 413 pages in The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (pages 75-488) plus 21 pages in A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge (from page 14, the beginning of the book to page 35) = 508 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read: 1080 pages

Number of books I’ve read today: Finished two books today.

Total number of books I’ve read: 4

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach [DONE], Poollicht by Jolanda Linschoten [DONE]; The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro [DONE], A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge

Friday

A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge

Number of pages read today: 175 pages in A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge (pages 35-210)

Total number of pages I’ve read: 1255

Number of books I’ve read today: Finished one book today

Total number of books I’ve read: 5

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach [DONE], Poollicht by Jolanda Linschoten [DONE]; The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro [DONE], A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge [DONE]

Saturday

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

Number of pages read today: 56 pages in The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura (from page 1 to 56) – almost nothing!! = 56 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read: 1311

Number of books I’ve read today: Hah! About a quarter of a not-so-big book!

Total number of books I’ve read: 5

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach [DONE], Poollicht by Jolanda Linschoten [DONE]; The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro [DONE], A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge [DONE], The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

Comments: I read hardly anything but had a great day. I went shopping in Amsterdam with a friend, followed by an evening with author Joe Dunthorne and 25 strangers, talking about his book Wild Abandon. 

Sunday – final day!

The Thief by Fuminori NakamuraDown the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

Number of pages read today: 155 pages in The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura (from page 57 – 212, the end) plus 95 pages in Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag (from page 5-200) = 250 pages

Total number of pages I’ve read:  1561

Number of books I’ve read today: Finished one book today

Total number of books I’ve read: 6 [and a half]

Books: De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [DONE], IV by Arjen Lubach [DONE], Poollicht by Jolanda Linschoten [DONE]; The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro [DONE], A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge [DONE], The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura [DONE], Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

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Book spine poetry:

Spine Poetry

After a Starter For Ten,

The Uninvited Guests

Don’t Sing at the Table.

But Left Neglected,

They Replay Popular Music

With the Queen of the Big Time

I’ll be updating this list during the week and let’s see if I get to my five books!

Are you joining in?

The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon, Oct 9thIt’s time to start the 24 Hour Read-a-thon! Almost 500 book bloggers and other book lovers all over the world will be reading as much as they can within 24 hours. Some will read 6 hours, some will try and read the full 24 hours.

Everyone starts at the same time, 12 GMT, which is 2pm for me here in the Netherlands. As I was going to be on holiday, I did not expect to be able to join in. But now that I can, I will! Only, I will give my family priority this time.

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Here’s where I will update my progress.

Starting questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from near Utrecht, in the centre of The Netherlands.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably The Travel Auction because it looks like a nice, light read.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ooops! I didn’t really prepare any snacks, but I know we have crisps, peanuts, chocolate – enough to keep me happy.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I wasn’t going to take part and now that I am, I’m 2 hours behind! But I’m all ready to go now.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’m less prepared compared to other times, because I wasn’t going to take part. It’s a last-minute thing.

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Hours 1-2: I spent the first 2 hours in a bowling/pool centre playing pool and darts with my family. It’s holidays here in the Netherlands so they needed a fun outing. Now it’s time to start reading.

Hours 3-6: I read most of the time, but also got distracted by Twitter and blogposts a lot. But hey, that’s part of the fun! I “finished” my first book Amity and Sorrow, i.e., I only had 64 pages to go in the book. But it feels like an achievement. Then I continued in another book that I had started before the readathon, a Dutch book called Vrij spel. I’m now at page 131. I read a total of 64 + 93 pages = 157 pages so far.

Hours 7-10: I was distracted SO much! There was In it to Win it and The Voice UK on the (British) tv, which is standard fare for us on a Saturday night. I tried to read at the same time, but. At last I finished a book, Vrij spel, but now it’s midnight, and I’ll just read a little bit in my next book, The Travel Auction, but then it’s time for a sleep. I’ll continue tomorrow morning – the readathon finishes at 2pm for me. I read another 125 pages + 157 pages = 282 pages so far. How sad. That’s nothing!!!

Hours 11-17: I was fast asleep.

Hours 18-19: I read in bed. I’ve got to page 109 in The travel Auction, which means I read 109 + 282 pages = 391 pages so far.

Hours 20-24: I had a bath and breakfast and finished (with half an hour spare) my second book, The Travel Auction. So, in the end, I read just 2-and-a-bit books. But that’s fine. The more books I read, the more reviews I have to write! 🙂

I read a total of 575 pages. Not as much as some times, but not really all that bad. I had a great time taking part when I thought I wouldn’t (take part, that is).

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End of Readathon Questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? None, because I went to bed just after midnight (hour 11) and had 6.5 hours of sleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I enjoyed Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley, which I think would be a good one.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, it’s getting better organised each year.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hourly posts were all nicely on time.
  5. How many books did you read? 2 and a bit
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley; The Travel Auction by Mark Green; Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Not sure, they were all good in their own way.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely! I’d be a cheerleader, I think – I didn’t sign up this time because I wasn’t going to be around for the readathon.

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These are the books I’m planning to read:

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy RileyThe Travel Auction by Mark GreenMy Soul to Take by Yrsa SigurdardottirStern by Thomas Heerma van VossVrij spel by Carlijn VisImportant Artifacts (etc.) by Leanne Shapton

DONE Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley. Two sisters and their mother ran away from their polygamous father and husband. 249 pages total, ebook. I read 185 pages before the read-a-thon, so I’m almost done with it. DONE Read 64 pages.

DONE The Travel Auction by Mark Green. A man advertises for a female travel companion. Chick-lit (ish). 287 pages total, ebook. DONE Read 293 pages

My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. A thriller taking place in Iceland. 416 pages total.

Stern by Thomas Heerma van Voss. Dutch. A hardworking teacher is made redundant. 224 pages total, ebook.

DONE Vrij spel by Carlijn Vis. Dutch. Historical novel about WWII. 256 pages total. I read 38 pages before the read-a-thon started. DONE Read 218 pages.

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton. The story of a divorce told in the form of an auction catalog. 144 pages total.

I don’t expect to read them all, but it leaves me a bit of freedom to choose.

Once I’ve started reading, I’ll be back with regular updates.

Are you participating? What will you be reading?

Please leave a link to your starting post so I can easily find you.


Easter Read-a-Thon

Easter Read-a-Thon

I’m joining Kate of Nose in a Book in her Easter Read-a-ThonFrom Friday morning until Monday evening we’ll be reading!

I need a goal. I can do a 24-hour read-a-thon and read many of those hours, and do nothing else. I cannot read 4 days straight, so I need to set a different challenge: I’ll be reading one book a day for four days. The last time I read a book a day I didn’t like it one bit. But that was a week, and it was exactly one book in each day. This time, I hope to average one book a day, so I don’t need to start and finish a book on each day. That’s a bit more relaxed!

This is what I’m planning to read:

Readathon

Four books for four days. Three of them are Dutch, two of them you might recognise, the others you probably won’t have heard of (unless you’re Dutch, maybe) –

1. DONE – I’ve already started with Het Diner [The Dinner] by Herman Koch. I’ve read it before but now that it’s so popular in the English translation, I decided to re-read it. I’ve got a flip-back book version, a nice, handy format. It’s the first time I read such a book.

It’s about two brothers and their wives who meet up for a meal in a restaurant. The story is told by one of the men and I find his observations very funny.

2. DONE –  Starters by Lissa Price. My son read this YA book and loved it. I had seen it on some people’s blogs, too, so I now want to see for myself what it’s like.

It’s a dystopian story involving body banks and a cool teenage girl who is to carry out a dangerous assignment.

3. Dieptepunt [Low Point] by Maria Rijk. A Dutch book I came across in the library. I’ve never heard of this (Dutch) writer but the book looked interesting.

A thriller about a woman who is attacked by another (unknown) woman. This affects her life thoroughly.

4. Een stil vertrek [A Quiet Departure] by Annette Zeelenberg. A Dutch book I’ve had for ages, it’s on my to-read list for March anyway, so the read-a-thon is a good time to read it.

Kay leaves the Netherlands very suddenly for a job in the USA. She feels unsafe and buys herself a little pistol, that she uses to threaten a man with. He claims to have come to protect her. Sounds really weird! 🙂

What will you be reading this Easter?

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