Monday, 25 August 2014

Bout of Books #11 - Update

And so my four weeks of read-a-thons comes to an end with Bout of Books read-a-thon #11.  And so does my vacation, and the reality of life sets in again.

I'm curious to see how many pages I read this week.  I felt I read more than each of the first three weeks, but then again, the one week I thought that I completely bombed, I actually read almost as much as the week before, so who knows?

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
~~  Chapter 5-15, p. 53-end (158 pgs)

Defence Speeches by Cicero
~~ p. 139-end (137 pgs)

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
~~  p. 77-end (193 pgs)

Russian Thinkgers by Isaiah Berlin
~~   p.1 - 7 (7 pgs)  

Summer by Edith Wharton
~~  Complete (127 pgs) 

Montaigne's Essays
      On Sadness
~~   approx (10 pgs) 

Planets in Peril by David C. Downing
~~ p. 31- 53 (23 pgs)

Books completed:

Defence Speeches
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Total pages read:  655 pages

Wow!  I'm really surprised that I didn't make at least 700+ pages this week. So let's calculate my overall vacation reading:

Total pages read:  2,673 pages

Total books finished:  13 books

Oooo, I like the "books finished" number, but I was really hoping to read more pages.  Oh well, between swimming and kayaking and badminton and biking and hiking and socializing, I probably did reasonably well.

How did your reading go this summer?  Do you feel that you've had more time to read?  Less?  Are you satisfied with your goals?


  1. Ooh, I look forward to your review of The Man Who Was Thursday. The only Chesterton I've read was his biography of St. Francis of Assisi, and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved his style of humor.

    1. The Man Who Was Thursday was a riot, but I'm not sure I picked up half of what Chesterton was saying. Yes, my review should be interesting, since I'm not sure where to start. :-) Chesterton is a treasure; I'm not sure why he's not more widely read. Even if you don't want to search for the deeper meaning behind his narrative, his stories are excellent!

  2. Good work, Cleo :)

    I'm still working on my 20 books of summer (got just under a month left til the beginning of autumn, and I think I have 3 left. I've not kept up with reviews though - just written something on Sense and Sensibility, now have reviews to write for Moby-Dick (dreading it), Middlesex (it's a hard one to write about), and The House of the Dead by Dostoyevsky (and I'm worried too much time has lapsed!). So wish me luck! :)

    1. Good luck, O! I have tons of backlogged reviews too ---- the perils of reading like a house on fire and not balancing the reviews. Sigh! I hope to see your Dostoyevsky review and Moby Dick, too. Since I saw that you gave the latter 3 stars, I'm curious as to your thoughts on it. It's still on my TBR pile!