It’s no secret my reading has been suffering big time this month, which, honestly, is fine. I have a four month old baby, and have returned to work full time in the last few weeks, so… yeah, I’ve been busy. I have enjoyed participating in the Bout Of Books readathon in the past, so, why not keep the tradition alive. I do work two overnight shifts this week, which means reading time is always hit or miss depending on how much sleep I get while on-call, and how much my body hates me the next day.
The Bookish Line-Up
If anything, I’m hopeful BoB will give me the push to read at least a little bit each day, even if for only fifteen minutes. So, let’s see: 15 minutes x 7 days = 105 minutes, and let’s round up to an even 120 minutes… so I’m setting my goal to read 2 hours this week. I’ve been reading the same dang book since the end of July, and I just want to finish it off already! (Maybe I’ll get the chance to wrap it up prior to tomorrow, in which case I can start in on a fresh book, which is always my preference for readathons. I’ll keep you posted, I know you’re worried). Here’s what I’ll be choosing from, since I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be in the mood for:
Yes, still reading The Glorious Heresies… moving on. I’m finally going to pick up my next audiobook this week, after joyfully podcasting it for awhile, and have decided to go with In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero. I’ve also been meaning to get started on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness for *forever* now, so here’s to hoping.
These last three are a selection new releases coming up for me. Oprah pulled a fast one, so now I’m “behind” on picking up The Underground Railroad, of which I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things. The Gloaming sounds just too interesting to ignore, and of course my girl Alexandra Kleeman’s latest short story collection Intimations is an absolute must.
As always, I’ll be posting updates here (hopefully) and probably babbling a bit over on Twitter. I’m not going to make elaborate charts this time around (no time!) but am still hoping to post daily(ish) progress reports.
Days 1 & 2 | 0 minutes reading | 0 pages read
Oops. I worked a night shift on Monday and was super tired both Monday and Tuesday, ergo no reading. I knew reading was going to be tough this week, so I’m not really surprised. Will try again tomorrow.
Day 3 | 127 minutes audiobooking | ~63 pages heard
I had a long drive today for a hair appointment (yes, I drive 3+ hours total to get my hair done, I’m loyal, okay?) and started listening to Diane Guerrero’s In The Country We Love. The grandparents got to spend some quality time with Baby E, and I relaxed, got my hair done, wine in hand. I should have spent the processing time reading, but what can you do… messed around on my phone instead, and walked out with a killer cut and a lovely ombre.
Days 4 & 5 | 166 minutes audiobooking + 30 minutes reading | ~83 pages heard + 28 pages read
My second night shift for the week is now complete, and it was a decently busy one. I had some errands to run, ergo was able to get in a decent about of audiobooking. I also (finally!) was able to carve out a little time for some actual turn-the-pages reading. I finished off The Glorious Heresies (again, finally!), and read the first story in Intimations. I’ve missed Kleeman’s writing, and can’t wait to see how her style gels with a short story collection versus novel.
Days 5 & 6 | 25 minutes reading | 22 pages read
Baby E caught a virus over the weekend so we were dealing with snot and fussies, but he’s fine and getting over it now. Those dang daycare germs… and I know it’s either now or later, so I guess just get on with it. This obviously left very little time for reading, as per usual these days. I read two more stories in Intimations and am not sure what to make of it so far. It’s certainly full of weird, as one would expect from Kleeman.
That about wraps this installment of Bout of Books. Overall, I listened to 293 minutes or 146 pages of In The Country We Love, finally finished off the last 10 pages of The Glorious Heresies, and got started on Intimations for a total of 55 minutes and 50 pages read. I’m going to call it good.
Until next time, Bout of Bookers.