Bout of Books 13


I did pretty well with Dewey’s Readathon and now I’ve decided to participate in Bout of Books, the week-long readathon. Hopefully, it’ll help me get through May’s tbr pile. Want to know more about the event?

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

Are you going to sign up?


The Classics Spin Round #2

classicsI know. I know. You guys are probably getting tired of all the lists I’ve been posting about what I want to read. I can’t help it. I’m currently a reader who can’t get much read right now so I’m looking at everything I want to read and participate in.

The Classics Club is hosting round 2 of The Classics Spin. The last event was such a success that I’ve decided to participate again. Hopefully when the semester is over, I can formally join this perpetual reading challenge. Here are the rules for the Classics Spin:

  1. Go to your blog.
  2. Pick twenty books you’ve got left from your Classics Club list.
  3. Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
  4. Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday, May 20th.
  5. Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
  6. The challenge is to read that book by July 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)

My list:

  1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  2. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
  5. The Family Among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski
  6. The Iliad by Homer
  7. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  8. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  9. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  11. Maus by Art Speigelman
  12. Beloved by Toni Morrison (reread)
  13. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (reread)
  14. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
  15. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  16. Sula by Toni Morrison
  17. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  18. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  19. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  20. Passing by Nella Larsen

I can’t wait to find out which number is picked. Are you joining the Classics Spin?

Note: It’s Monday and the number 6 was picked so this summer I’m reading The Iliad. I’m a little hesitant but it’s a book that’s been on my shelf for years unread. I really like my list as a whole, so I think I’ll try to read many of the books on it in the coming year.

Reading Event: Easter Read-a-thon

A few days ago, I found out that Kate (Nose in a Book) is hosting an Easter Read-a-thon.  Over here in California, today is the last day of school before spring break starts. I have one week of freedom so I’m taking advantage of this time to join the read-a-thon.  The event is from today until Monday evening but in my case, it will be from this evening until Sunday, April 7th. My goal is to read as much (or as little) as I want. I’m using the next week to finish books I’ve already started reading including:


Since I plan on spending so much time reading, I’m just going to try and update this post every day. So that’s my pile. What are your plans for this weekend?

1st Update – Friday night

I finished Eleanor & Park. I thought it was a nice sweet read about two teenagers in love. Now I’m trying to figure out what to read next: Half-Blood Blues, which I have on audio and in print, or Yellowcake.