Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bout of Books 10: Books You're Looking Forward To

The list below is from books that I was suppose to read in 2013.  I haven't planned what to read this year because I am so far behind from last year.

Backlog of Books I'm Looking Forward To (in particular order):

  1. The Color Purple By Alice Walker (which is next up)
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. Conception: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy
  8. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington
  9. Zulu Heart by Steven Barnes
  10. The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive by Marvelyn Brown

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bout of Books 10: Goals

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011*. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence. 
Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in. 
It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers. 
How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional. 
Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required. 
Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I am trying to get back into Book Blogging. So the Bout of Book challenge is a prefect importunity for me to get this blog started again.  I am going to use this challenge to try and finish three books that I started and need to complete from last year and start  (and hopefully finish) a new one.

My Goals:


  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith - 76% Completed
  • Inferno by Dan Brown - 70% Completed
  • A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story by Sister Souljah - 36% Completed

Start and Finish:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I have a long commute from work and home and since I ride the bus I am going to try to use that time to read.  I am going to try and commit to reading at least one hour a day, hopefully I can squeeze in more.

33 Hour Update:  91% Finished with White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Pages Read: 56
  • Pages Read Total: 56
  • Books Finished: 
  • Number of Goals Finished: 
I am looking forward to finishing White Teeth today.  Since it is my off day, I plan to get done with it by tonight.

60 Hours Update: White Teeth by Zadie Smith Completed

  • Pages Read: 41
  • Pages Read Total: 97
  • Books Finished: 
  • Number of Goals Finished:  1
Not as far along as I had hoped for. Didn't get any reading done on my day off, I had the time but I didn't do it.  But I am happy to get White Teeth off my reading list. Every entertaining book.