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Bout of Books 16

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I really enjoyed Bout of Books when I took part in January 2015. Unfortunately owing to a bunch of issues I’d been unable to participate again… until now.  Fortunately for me, this Bout of Books falls on the week where I’m going on holiday with the specific priority of reading. I’m packing a suitcase, going to a small cottage on the Isle of Arran with my boyfriend, and all I plan on doing is reading, eating, and drinking wine.  It’s a much needed break after a really stressful year or so, and I’m really looking forward to visiting an island I’ve been to twice before – once when I was eight, and once when I was fourteen – with fresh eyes. Over the next fortnight I’ll be picking my books and packing, and I can’t wait to share all this with everyone and get back into doing what I do best – chatting about books.

 

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Bout of Books #13… I’m in!

BoB

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Yes!  I participated in BoB last time round and I’m excited to do so again for number thirteen! I’ll be working that week so unfortunately won’t be able to participate all day every day like I was last time, but I’m looking forward to at least getting some serious reading done in my down time.  I had so much fun participating in all the various challenges that come up throughout the week so it’ll be great to do that again.  I’ll think of specific things I want to read through that week closer to the time.  I don’t think I’ll attempt anything quite so challenging as Titus Groan again though.  That really knocked me for six last time!

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#BoutofBooks – Literary Quote challenge

Bout of Books

Thanks to Jess at Gone With the Words. This was a fairly easy challenge, but it was enjoyable picking out one of my favourite lines (from many!) from Titus Groan. So here it is:

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 An example of how perfectly Mervyn Peake understands his characters and is able to show us the kind of people that they are in a way that speaks to your soul.
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#BoutofBooks – Update 5!

Bout of Books
So here are my stats for the fifth day of Bout of Books.
Tuesday/Wednesday
Pages read: 366 pages of Titus Groan; 25 pages of Gormenghast; 70 pages of Emma
Percentage of the way though: 100% of the way through TG; 7% of the way through Gormenghast; 42% of the way through the trilogy
Thoughts:  So I’m clearly not going to meet my goal, though this was obvious fairly early in the week.  I think what’s held me back is actually that I’m enjoying the Gormenghast trilogy a lot more than I thought I would.  I didn’t want to rush through it at all.  It’s also a lot longer than I thought – when I look at individual volumes of these books, they’re all 500+ pages, so although mine is shorter, it’s because there are more words per page (it’s a beautiful, but huge, book.  My tiny hands struggle with it).  So far I’m interested to see where Gormenghast goes, though I do know the gist of the plot.  It’s a shame that from Monday I’ll have less time to devote to it as there is no chance that I’m lugging that thing about with me.  Once I finish my Back to the Classics book (Emma) I think I’ll be taking the shorter of the other books from my TBR pile to work with me.  Of course, as this is a new job (though a temp one!), I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read. Sigh, being grown up sucks sometimes 😛
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#BoutofBooks – Update 4

Bout of Books
So here are my stats for the fourth day of Bout of Books.
Thursday
Pages read: 366 pages of Titus Groan; 50 pages of Emma
Percentage of the way though: 100% of the way through Titus Groan; 40% of the way through the trilogy
Thoughts: This is genuinely one of the best novels I’ve ever read – it truly defies categorisation.  It’s all at once a history, a fantasy, a gothic, and even more than that.  I’ve never seen an ensemble cast of characters rendered in such a way that I had a clear and true picture of all of them.  I’d urge anyone to read this.  I haven’t read any more of Emma yet.
Friday’s thoughts will be posted later.
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#BoutofBooks – Synopsis Challenge

Many thanks to Christina Marie at Lulo Fangirl for running this challenge. The task was as follows:

Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to:

Create your own synopsis. In 3-5 sentences.

For any of the books you have read or plan to read during the read-a-thon!

You can be as creative as you’d like!

And here’s my entry!

Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

“Gormenghast Castle.
Decaying aristocrats.
A baby is born.”

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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#BoutofBooks – Updates 2 and 3 (sorry!)

Bout of Books
So here are my stats for the second and third day of Bout of Books.
Tuesday/Wednesday
Pages read: 150 pages of Titus Groan; 50 pages of Emma
Percentage of the way though: 40% of the way through Titus Groan; 16% of the way through the trilogy
Thoughts: Ugh, I’ve been reading so little over the past two days despite it being my least week off!  I’ve been extremely busy, which I suppose can be attributed to the same thing.  I’m still loving Titus Groan though.  I think maybe he spent a little too long over the scene where Steerpike scales Gormenghast, because I could see where it was going (the clue was in Fuchsia leaving the food in the attic).  Still, there isn’t really a wasted word, though I’m not really sure what to make of all the songs.  Emma I’ve read before and still love as much as ever.
Let’s see what Thursday holds!