Bout of the Books 9.0: Review

Bout of Books

Well Bout of the Books is over and it’s been an interesting week. Despite the fact that 120 pages seemed like an easily achievable number, it was a bit of a challenge to hit the goal everyday. I still managed it, and finished both of my goal books and then some. The only thing I wish I had done was also keep track of the time it took to meet my goal everyday. I’m not a slow reader, but sometimes I have to fight to hit a certain page count and sometimes I lose myself in the book so much so that I’m not sure what time it is. It’s a good marker of how good a book is. Also, it’s easier to set these sorts of goals for myself when I have a better idea of how long (on average) it really takes for me to read. Read on for more details on my experience.

The Details:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a weeklong read-a-thon that begins 12:01 a.m. Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.


  1. Read 120 pages a day: Done and done. Although, I did have to conciously push myself to reach this goal on some days. I’m not sure I would have made it if I had been in school, too.
  2. Post a review of at least one of the books I read: I didn’t make this goal, but I’m giving myself half-credit for posting a review of The Heaven’s Rise last week.


  1. Abaddon’s Gate: I finished this and loved it. It was a fitting conclusion to a really good series. I promise I’ll have a review up soon. Well, at some point, anyway.
  2. Red Rising: I finished this Saturday night. It was an interesting read. I definitely see why it was called the next Hunger Games, but it has its own twists. And I care far more about this main character than I ever did for Katniss (granted I only watched the movie, but still).
  3. Will O’ the Wisp: I started this for some lighter fare after the two I set out to finish last week. Will O’ the Wisp is a young adult graphic novel about an orphan who goes to live on a graveyard in a swamp and finds herself caught up in a mystery.

Final tally:

Monday, January 6
Pages read: 135
Books read from:
 Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
Bout of the Books Mad-Libs

Tuesday, January 7
Pages read: 122
Books read from:
 Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

Wednesday, January 7
Pages read: 128
Books read from:
 Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

Thursday, January 9
Pages read: 75 (finished Abaddon’s Gate) + 50 (Began Red Rising)
Books read from: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey and Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Books finished: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

Friday, January 10
Pages read: 130
Book read from: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Saturday, January 11
Pages read: 100 (finished Red Rising) + 20 (Began Will O’ the Wisp)
Book read from: Red Rising by Pierce Brown and Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock

Sunday, January 12
Pages read: 120
Book read from: Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock


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