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a fit of reading. a bout of books.

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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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

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THIS IS WHAT I PLAN TO DO____________________

TIME DEVOTED TO READING

I will do by best and try to read two hours a day. Given the current state of my schedule, that’s as much as I can do, but I think it’s good enough for a read-a-thon.

MY GOALS

To finish the books from my BOOKS-TO-READ list (see list below) and learn how to organize my time in an efficient manner, in a way that enables me to read a lot in a limited amount of time.

BOOKS TO READ

  • ‘FAIR STOOD THE WIND FOR FRANCE’, H.E. BATES
  •  ‘MARK TWAIN: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES*, MARK TWAIN

* But only the first seven stories, which are titled as follows,

1.- The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

2.- The Story of the Bad Little Boy

3.- Cannibalism in the Cars

4.- A Day at Niagara

5.- Legend of the Capitoline Venus

6.- Journalism in Tennessee

7.- A Curious Dream

UPDATES

Monday

Read though I did, I know I could have done better. I only read three chapters of the novel “FAIR STOOD THE WIND FOR FRANCE”, by H. E. Bates.

Tuesday

Today I received guests at home – a cousin, aunt and uncle, whom I had not seen in almost two years. Consequently, reading had to be put off until their departure. But that wasn’t until after dinner, and by then I was exhausted, and was able to read only two pages of FSWF.

Wednesday

Today I have read another couple of chapter from FSWF. I’m almost done! I could do more, but I decided to take the following decision, which may go against the spirit of this read-a-thon: I will leave the last chapter of this great novel by Bates for tomorrow. The book rests on my desk, waiting for tomorrow’s break of dawn, when, according to plan, I may enjoy its final lines with a nice cup of steaming coffee (no sugar, the way I like it) =).

Thursday

I failed, yet again, to fulfil my goals. Only this time I can’t say I regret it. You see, English is my second language, and perhaps that’s why after having finished a novel (FSWF), starting a series of short stories – great as were they – I was a bit tired and needed to throw some Spanish reading in. Actually, Russian literature translated to Spanish. I began reading Tolstoi’s The Kreutzer Sonata in Spanish (my native tongue).

Yes, thursday was a good day for reading. I’m already halfway through, since it is a short novel. Mark Twain will have to wait just a little longer.

Friday

I finished reading The Kreutzer Sonata. Great book. Tolstoi never lets me down. I see if I can write a review on both novels when I have the time.

Saturday

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Sunday

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