let’s do another readathon!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is week-long event beginning 12:01am Monday, May 13th, and running through Sunday, May 19th, in whatever time zone you are in. There are optional challenges, giveaways, and even a grand prize, but the focus is on the reading, however much or little you choose. Bout of Books is low-pressure, a competition between you and your usual number of books read in a week. It was organized by Amanda at “On a Book Bender” and Kelly at “Reading the Paranormal,” and complete details can be found at the official Bout of Books site.
For my part, I will be reading as much as possible through the entire week. My goal is not to read a specific number of books but to finish a few that have been in progress for a while.
Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles Swindoll – While watching the final hour of The Bible miniseries (I need to blog about that soon!), I was particularly struck by the depiction of the Apostle Paul and how broken he was portrayed. In all of my personal Bible reading, no matter how familiar I am with the words of Paul, I’ve never considered this aspect of his personal journey. And yet, of course this was true. Having seen such representation, I can now feel his brokenness and overwhelming humility in every word of Paul’s included in the New Testament. The few scenes with the apostle in the miniseries led me to desire a greater understanding of the man behind the teachings, and Swindoll’s book is one of the best starting points. I’ve read approximately 1/4 of the chapters thus far, so I really want to put some effort into it during the Bout of Books readathon.
Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen – After enjoying Her Royal Spyness, I began another series by the same author to determine whether the feeling would continue. Murphy’s Law is the first title of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, and I’ve been reading it for a week but have not quite reached the halfway point. I was intrigued by the historical setting of late 19th century New York City as well as the protagonist’s Irish background, and I’ve enjoyed that the first major arc of the plot has taken her into the steerage compartment of a White Star Line ship, but the story has not really taken off for me yet. I also haven’t fallen in love with Molly Murphy, which is a problem when the entire series is built around her. But I love the historical elements and setting so I’ve not given up on it yet. I’m hoping by the time I reach its conclusion I’ll have the same feelings toward it that I did toward Murder on Astor Place, which is that I’d like to see what the next story brings to the series. Bout of Books is a great time to figure that out.
Lastly, if my reading really takes off and I can squeeze in enough time (or if I abruptly abandon Molly Murphy!), I do have one more book at the ready.
The Innocent by David Baldacci – This was a book I had really hoped to begin during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, so I’ve held onto it with great hopes of getting to it soon. The concept intrigues me – the hero is a hit man working for the government! – and I’m ready for something down and dirty after all these cozies. If nothing else, I’m hoping the Bout of Books readathon allows me to finish off other things in order to move on to this thriller series. I have very high hopes for it, and my anticipation is starting to reach maximum levels.
So, beginning Monday, I’ll be trying to squeeze a lot of reading time into an already full week of work, apartment packing, and a possible first stage of moving out of my current home. That in itself is a TALE… but for another time. Watch for Bout of Books updates on this site throughout next week, and please do follow me on Twitter as I post flash updates during my periods of reading. If you’re also participating in Bout of Books, let me know! I’d love to follow your progress, too.
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