Friday, May 9, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Goals, Aspirations or What Have You

My first bout of books is around the corner and while I read all the time, I'm hoping I can be a bit more focused next week. Even an extra few books will help make a dent in the paper and electronic books piles that seem to keep expanding rather than shrinking.

Thus far in 2014 I'm averaging just under three books a week, which sounds pretty good until you realize I buy more than that each week! For Bout of Books I'm hoping to spend more time reading and less time checking Twitter and Facebook, as fascinating and educational the links I find in both places end up being.

My goal is to read ten books from May 12 - May 18.

It's not as much of a stretch as it might seem since I plan on including several middle grade books in the mix. I'm also planning on using this concerted push to be a better NetGalley user by finishing and providing feedback to five titles publishers have granted me access to -- I want to build my credibility.

Here's the list (though I retain the right to change it as my mood strikes me):

Life Drawing by Robin Black
The Fever by Megan Abbott (I've started this and want to get back to it)
The Chronicle of Secret Riven by Ronlyn Domingue
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal (this is a re-read for a book group)
Equilateral by Ken Kalfus (again, for a book group, but Ken is the guest of honor so I want to make sure I read this one twice before the meeting).

Plus, I plan on being here on Wednesday to answer questions and comments on the Bout of Books challenge I'm hosting that day!

I'm looking forward to seeing how this week unfolds.


  1. Replies
    1. I'll need it. In my favor is that a bunch are quite short and one is a reread. I am also willing to accept defeat if it comes to that!

  2. Good pick with Tuesdays at the Castle. It's an adorable fluffy read. Best of luck with all your reading!

  3. My TBR list also seems to grow at a phenomenal rate regardless of how quickly I read!

  4. How about becoming an agent or publisher? I don't think there's any special training -- just knowledge of books, which you obviously have! You'd be brilliant.

    1. Zoe, I think I'd love either job, though being an agent requires a good network and feel for what sells which I think takes years to develop. I appreciate the endorsement and who knows what may happen over the coming years.


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