Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Wrap Up Days 2 and 3 - READ-A-THON - 1/9/2014

1/09/2014 09:04:00 AM

Bout of Books

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I've veered a bit away from the books listed in my starting post, but only because I had two books already in progress at the start of the 'thon. Now I'm completely back to those on my list!

DAY 2 (1/7/2014):

Black Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesNos4a2 by Joe HillSomerset by Leila Meacham

Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - last 187 pages - COMPLETED
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - still in progress (currently at 16% on Kindle Reader, page 108)
Somerset by Leila Meacham - I was reading this when the read-a-thon started and picked it back up at 324 - ended 1/7 at page 455 - still in progress at end of day 

Pages read: 524
Hours read: 6 hours

I did not complete any challenges on Day 2, but I did visit ten other blogs that are participating.

Thoughts on completed books:

Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - I usually love Ms. Oates writing, and her wonderful writing style is clearly evident in this one.  Unfortunately, the novel is filled with unlovable characters - not a single connection was made for me in reading this one, although I did strive mightily towards SOME connection with at least ONE of the characters - lots of 70's pseudo-liberalism and "white guilt" did nothing for me.

DAY 3 (1/8/2014):

Nos4a2 by Joe HillSomerset by Leila MeachamMayhem by Sarah Pinborough

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - in progress - still at 16% on the Kindle Reader
Somerset by Leila Meacham - read last 229 pages - COMPLETED
Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - at page 116

Pages read: 345
Hours read: 4 hours, 44 minutes

I did not do any visiting on the 8th, but I plan to do so today!

Thoughts on completed books:

Somerset by Leila Meacham - This is a rather long epic historical meant to be a prequel to Ms. Meacham's Roses (one that I haven't read).  It chronicles three families as they plant roots from the plantation South to the new frontier of Texas.  I'll be writing a full review on this one soon, but, here again, I had a hard time connecting.  There was a great deal going on, but the connections I DID feel were to secondary characters who made random appearances in the novel.  Lots of things that should have drawn me in felt sketchy and superficial.


Pages read: 1,609 
Hours read:  19 hours, 27 minutes 
Challenges Completed:  1

(click on covers for Goodreads page)

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip MargolinThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineBlack Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesSomerset by Leila Meacham

1. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - 352 pages
2. The Three Weissmans of Westport  by Cathleen Schine - 304 pages
3.  Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - read last 254 pages
4.  Somerset by Leila Meacham - read last 300 pages

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Everyone is now (finally) back to school.  My Bebe Boy James had THREE extra days after winter break before he was able to go back, and, boy, was it hard to get him out of the house this morning!

If you are participating as well, please feel free to leave a link to one of your challenge posts in the comments; I'd love to visit!

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  1. My you are reading a lot of hours. That is great. I have sort of slowed down, reading a book that I probably should never have bought! But I see the Bout of Books as a time to at least put a couple of hours a day into it!

  2. Gosh you read so much faster than I do! I only manage to get about 50 pages an hour read, which makes read-a-thons like this a real challenge! I'm nearly at my goal though - I wanted to read 5 books this week - and I've done more challenges than I expected too, they're so much fun! Have you checked out today's Double Date Challenge yet? If not, you should! I really enjoyed the lateral thinking it involved. :-) Well done with all your reading honey, I'm sorry your books have disappointed you a little, but you're not alone in that. Oh for a 5 star read to fall in my lap!


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