Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bout of Books: Tuesday

Bout of Books
Yesterday I got way too distracted playing Candy Crush online, doing laundry and all sorts of other stuff, so today I want to get sorted, get comfy and GET READING!  I was hoping to watch Sixteen Candles last night but my laptop had other ideas (stupid bandwidth issues or something), so maybe tonight I'll watch a film or something if I've been good.  Or Sherlock, which I missed this week.  Onwards, fellow readers!

Books I've read from:  Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay; Opium: Reality's Dark Dream by Thomas Dormandy; Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Pages read today:  86
Books finished today:  Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Running total:  1 book; 175 pages   
The menu:  Chocolate chip muffin, apple, coffee, cold Domino's vegetarian supreme pizza, chai tea with honey, carrot cake, sweet tea
Notes:  I am quite ridiculously excited that I finished an actual book.  Normally, despite my best intentions, this field remains stubbornly title-free all the way through a read-a-thon, but LOOK AT THIS!  Only day 2 and already there's something there!  Yes, I was already a good two thirds of the way through Darkly Dreaming Dexter before BoB started, BUT STILL.  I managed to read a bit of Opium as well - we're onto the stratospheric rise of medicinal heroin right now (all the benefits of opium, none of the addictiveness!  Oh, wait...) - and I started Casino Royale this afternoon.  As usual, that's started out incomprehensible, all secret-service jargon with a bonus peppering of French, but hopefully it'll start to pick up as the scheme to take down Le Chiffre takes off.  It's one of my TBR Challenge books, which is good because I'm determined to pace myself and get them all read this year instead of panicking and giving up in September!  Now, if you'll excuse me, it's getting late and I think a little more Candy Crush 'n' Dexter time might be in order...

Quote of the day:  "He sighed.  Women were for recreation.  On a job, they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around.  One had to look out for them and take care of them.  'Bitch,' said Bond..."  Very nice.

Reading Tactics List Challenge
Hosted by Sarah Says Read
For this challenge we have to answer the following question:
How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?
1.  I have at least two books on the go.  Currently I have a fiction, a non-fiction and a book of funny newspaper columns, so I can flit between them when I get tired of one.
2.  I do other stuff to keep things fresh.  Having a five-minute break to check Twitter, listen to one of my favourite songs, make a cuppa or play a game on my computer gives me a breather and means I can go back and read a few more pages instead of idly staring at the wall.
3.  I take a book with me everywhere.  You never know when you're going to be waiting somewhere (say, if we go get petrol and I wait in the car) so if I've got my book, I'm all set to cram in another page or two!
4.  I update my page count for the day regularly (say, at the end of a chapter) so that if I'm flagging a bit, I can see the numbers going up and be inspired to push on.
5.  I treat myself to something non-reading-related at the end of the day.  That might be a movie, an episode of something from whatever box set I'm working on, or even just a few Bout of Books YouTube videos, which always make me want to read more.  It spurs me on knowing I'm treating myself to something less straining on the eyes (WITH POPCORN) later...
6.  If I wake up early, or wake up in the night, or can't get to sleep last thing, that's a perfect time to make a cup of something soothing and read a bit more.
Soooo, how are you all getting on?  Picking up the pace nicely?  Squeezing in pages at every possible moment?  Feel free to link up in the comments! 


  1. Watch Sherlock because it's great and you will love it and drunk Sherlock is the best thing ever! Also what has happened to him since he died? He has ability to express his feelings now and everything, I like it.
    *swoons over Cumberbatch in a corner*

    1. Ohhhhh, I want to watch it so much! But I wasn't feeling too great last night so I didn't want to spoil the Sherlocky goodness by watching it half-assed. I watched Dexter and ate carrot cake instead. :)
      *joins Bex in corner and stares happily at picture of Cumberbatch with Sherlock hair*

  2. I'm trying to hold out until this bout of Sherlock episodes is over so I can watch them all at once. :D We'll see if I make it, haha.

    Wow, your menu for today looks fantastic!

    Excellent tips! I like the idea of taking mini song/Twitter/snack breaks.

    1. I still haven't watched #2, but #1 was EXCELLENT, so... yeah, so far your end-of-series binge is looking good. :P

      Mini breaks are most excellent, PROVIDING they don't turn into mega playing on the internet breaks. That's where 'running out of Candy Crush lives and having to wait half an hour' is actually a good thing. :D

  3. I read Dexter around November time, I think. I didn't even manage to finish it!

    I did like Casino Royale though. I keep meaning to reread the James Bond books I have, but I never seem to get round to them.

    1. OH HANNA I LOVED IT. You didn't finish it... *shakes head very sadly* I DIDN'T like Casino Royale. Well, I mean, it was okay. The gambling scene was great - mostly because I was so proud to have understood what was going on - but it never really got my adrenaline flowing. Also, he constantly refers to Vesper as a bitch, which was just... NO. Very jarring. :(


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