Monday, August 21, 2017

I finished reading:

"Solo" written by Jack Higgins.  275 pages.

The ninetieth book of the year.  31,732 pages at an average of 353 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I finished reading:

"Alamein and the Desert War:  A Dramatic Account of Victory in Africa by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Others" edited by Derek Jewel.  207 pages.

The eighty ninth book of the year.  31,457 pages at an average of 353 pages per book.

-Richard
I finished reading:

"The Fifth International" written by Jack King.  375 pages.

The eighty eighth book of the year.  31,250 pages at an average of 355 pages per book.


-Richard
It's time for the next Bout of Books.   It will be the ninth time Jenn and I have taken part in it.  This one will be a little more of a challenge for me as I am traveling on business Monday - Thursday so I am not sure if I will be able to post updates.   The good news is I get two flights of 3 1/2 hours to read :)

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.






-Richard

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I finished reading:

"Somebody to Love:  The Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury" written by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne.  394 pages.

The eighty seventh book of the year.  30,875 pages at an average of 355 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, August 14, 2017

I finished reading:

"50 Great Short Stories" edited by Milton Crane.  458 pages.

The eighty sixth book of the year.  30,481 pages at an average of 354 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I finished reading:

"Violent Ward" written by Len Deighton.  305 pages.

The eighty fifth book of the year.  30,023 pages at an average of 353 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, August 06, 2017

I finished reading:

"House of Cash:  The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash" written by John Carter Cash.  147 pages.

The eighty fourth book of the year.  29,717 pages at an average of 354 pages per book.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"A More Perfect Union:  Socialization to Realization" written by Maurice A. Hargraves.

The eighty third book of the year.  29,570 pages at an average of 356 pages per book.


-Richard

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I finished reading:

"Darkest England" written by Christopher Hope.  283 pages.

The eighty second book of the year.  29,330 pages at an average of 358 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, July 31, 2017

I finished reading:

"Where White Men Fear to Tread:  The Autobiography of Russell Means" written by Russell Means with Marvin J. Wolf.  554 pages.

The eighty first book of the year.  29,047 pages at an average of 359 pages per book.



-Richard

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I finished reading:

"Sheridan:  The Life & Wars of General Phil Sheridan" written by Roy Morris, Jr.. 393 Pages.

The eightieth book of the year.  28,493 pages at an average of 356 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, July 21, 2017

I finished reading:

"God Lives in St. Petersburg and Other Short Stories" written by Tom Bissell.  210 pages.

The seventy ninth book of the year.  28,100 pages at an average of 355 pages per book.


-Richard

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I finished reading:

"A Gentleman in Moscow" written by Amor Towles.  462 pages.

The seventy eighth book of the year.  27,800 pages at an average of 356 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I finished reading:

"Walt Whitman: A Life" written by Justin Kaplan.  372 pages.

The seventy seventh book of the year.  27,338 pages at an average of 355 pages per book.


-Richard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I finished reading:

"Beckham and Ferguson:  Divided They Stand" written by Jason Tomas.  187 pages.

The seventy sixth book of the year.  26,996 pages at an average of 355 pages per book.

-Richard

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I finished reading:

"Foxcatcher:  The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold" written by Mark Schultz with David Thomas.  301 pages.

The seventy fifth book of the year.  26,779 pages at an average of 357 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I finished reading:

"Memoirs of a Revolutionist:  Essays in Political Criticism" written by Dwight MacDonald.  376 pages.

The seventy fourth book of the year.  26,478 pages at an average of 358 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, July 07, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Far Field:  A Novel of Ceylon" written by Edie Meidav.  581 pages.

The seventy third book of the year.  26,102 pages at an average of 356 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, July 02, 2017

I finished reading:

"Drift:  The Unmooring of American Military Power" written by Rachel Maddox.  252 pages.

The seventy second book of the year.  25,520 pages at an average of 354 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, June 30, 2017

I finished reading:

"Chaliapin" written by Maxim Gorky.  299 pages.

The seventy first book of the year.  25,268 pages at an average of 356 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, June 26, 2017

I finished reading:

"Dreams of My Russian Summers" written by Andrew Malone.  241 pages.

The seventieth book of the year.  24,969 pages at an average of 357 pages per book.


-Richard

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca" written by Michael Wolfe.  316 pages.

The sixty ninth book of the year.  24,728 pages at an average of 358 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, June 19, 2017

I finished reading:

"Portrait of an Artist:  A Biography of Georgia O'Keefe" written by Laurie Lisle. 440 pages.

The sixty eighth book of the year.  24,412 pages at an average of 359 pages per book.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"Ernest & Ethel A True Story" written by Raymond Briggs.  104 pages.

The sixty seventh book of the year.  23,972 pages at an average of 358 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, June 16, 2017

I finished reading:

"Queen of the Road" written by Doreen Onion.  272 pages.

The sixty sixth book of the year.  23,868 pages at an average of 362 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I finished reading:

"Hakeem Olajuwon:  The Remarkable Story of One of 90's Basketball's Greatest Centers" written by Clayton Geoffreys.  110 pages.

The sixty fifth book of the year.  23,596 pages at an average of 363 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, June 12, 2017

I finished reading:

"Andrew Carnegie and the Rise of Big Business" written by Harold C. Livesay.  189 pages.

The sixty fourth book of the year.  23,486 pages at an average of 367 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Scattered Voice:  Christians at Odds  in the Public Square" written by James W. Skillen.  224 pages.

The sixty third book of the year.  23,297 pages at an average of 370 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, June 09, 2017

I finished reading:

"Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film" written by Alexandra Zapruder.  421 pages.

The sixty second book of the year.  23,073 pages at an average of 372 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I finished reading:

"Arakcheev: Grand Vizier of the Russian Empire" written by Michael Jenkins.  278 pages.

The sixty first book of the year.  22,652 pages at an average of 371 pages per book.


-Richard

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I finished reading:

"A Reliable Wife" written by Robert Goolrick.  291 pages.

The sixtieth book of the year.  22,374 pages at an average of 373 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I finished reading:

"Bad Feminist" written by Roxanne Gay.  318 pages.

The fifty ninth book of the year.  22,083 pages at an average of 374 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, May 26, 2017

I I finished reading:

"Dipping into the Wells:  The story of the two Chiltern villages of Stoke Row and Highmoor seen through the memories of their inhabitants" written by Angela Spencer-Harper.  402 pages.

The fifty eighth book of the year.  21,765 pages at an average of 375 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Weight of Heaven" written by Thrity Umrigar.  365 pages.

The fifty seventh book of the year.  21,363 pages at an average of 375 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I finished reading:

"Five President's:  My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford" written by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin.  432 pages.

The fifty sixth book of the year.  20,998 pages at an average of 375 pages per book.



-Richard

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I finished reading:

"Trouble Makes a Comeback" written by Stephanie Tromley.  298 pages.

The fifty fifth book of the year.  20,566 pages at an average of 374 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, May 15, 2017

End of Bout of Books Day 7 (May 14th) and Final Post:

Pages Read on Day 7: 231
Books Finished on Day 7: 1

Total Pages Read: 1,266
Total Books Finished: 5

-Richard

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Jackson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation" written by Howard Means.  237 pages.

The fifty fourth book of the year.  20,268 pages at an average of 375 pages per book.


-Richard
End of Bout of Books Day 6 (May 13th):

Pages Read Day 6: 192
Books Finished Day 6: 1

Total Pages Read: 1,016
Total Books Finished: 4

I finished "London Bridges" by James Patterson and started "The Avenger Takes His Place" by Howard Means.

-Richard

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I finished reading:

"London Bridges" written by James Patterson.  326 pages.

The fifty third book of the year.  20,031 pages at an average of 378 pages per book.


-Richard
End of Bout of Books Day 5 (May 12th):

Pages Read on Day 5: 113
Books Finished on Day 5: 0

Total Pages Read: 824
Total Books Finished: 3

-Richard

Friday, May 12, 2017

End of Bout of Books Day 4 (May 11th):

Pages Read on Day 4: 179
Books Finished on Day 4:1

Total Pages Read:  711
Total Books Finished: 3

I finished reading "Between the World and Me" written by Ta-Nihisi Coates and started London Bridges by James Patterson.

-Richard

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I finished reading:

"Between the World and Me" written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  152 pages.

The fifty second book of the year.  19,705 pages at an average of 379 pages per book.


-Richard
End of Bout of Books Day 3 (May 10th):

Pages Read on Day 3: 191
Books Finished on Day 3: 1

Total Pages Read: 532
Total Books Finished: 2

I finished "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris and started "Between the World and Me" written by Ta-Nahisi Coates.

-Richard
 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I finished reading:

"Deadlocked" written by Charlaine Harris.  327 pages.

The fifty first book of the year.  19,553 pages at an average of 383 pages per book.


-Richard
End of Bout of Books Day 2 (May 9th):

Pages Read on Day 2: 168
Books Finished on Day 2: 1

Total Pages Read: 341
Total Books Finished: 1

I finished "Once Upon a Town" by Bob Greene and stared "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris.

-Richard  

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

I finished reading:

"Once Upon a Town:  The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" written by Bob Greene.  274 pages.

The fiftieth book of the year.  19,226 pages at an average of 385 pages per book.


-Richard
End of Bout of Books Day 1 (May 8th):

Pages Read on Day 1:  173 Pages
Books finished on Day 7: 0

Total Pages Read: 173
Total Books Finished:0

I am reading "Once Upon a Town:  The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" written by Bob Greene.

-Richard

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Next week I am participating in my eighth Bout of Books read-a-thon.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/
I finished reading:

"Up Country" written by Nelson DeMille.  854 pages. 

The forty ninth book of the year.  18,969 pages at an average of 387 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, May 05, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Ladies Paradise" written by Emile Zola.  432 pages.

The forty eighth book of the year.  18,115 pages at an average of 377 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I finished reading:

"Guilt by Silence" written by Taylor Smith.  394 pages.

The forty seventh book of the year.  17,683 pages at an average of 376 pages per book.


-Richard

Sunday, April 30, 2017

End of read-a-thon closing survey:


1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Always the last one.  (Hour 19 for me)
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?  Action thrillers
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?.   I like it as it is.  This is # 19 for me and I don't intend to stop.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I did like the Instagram challenge.
5. How many books did you read? Finished three.
6. What were the names of the books you read? A Fighting Chance, Dead Reckoning, The Charm School and start The Ladies Paradise
7. Which book did you enjoy most? A Fighting Chance
8. Which did you enjoy least? The Ladies Paradise, but, only because I just started it and have not gotten into it yet.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Very!! A Reader

My final stats:

Pages Read: 1232
Time Read: 12 hours 25 minutes
Books Finished: 3

-Richard

End of read-a-thon hour 19:

Pages read this hour: 82
Time read this hour: 46 minutes
Books finished this hour: 1

Total Pages Read: 1223
Total Time Read: 12 hours 20 minutes
Total Books Finished: 3

I think that's about it.  Maybe a few more pages before I go to bed.

-Richard
I finished reading:

"The Charm School" written by Nelson DeMille.  630 pages.

The forty sixth book of the year.  17,289 pages at an average of 376 pages per book.


-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 18:

Pages read this hour: 56
Time read this hour: 32 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 1141
Total Time Read: 11 hours 34 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 17:

Pages read this hour: 86
Time read this hour: 52 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 1085
Total Time Read: 11 hours 2 minutes
Books Finished: 2

-Richard

Saturday, April 29, 2017

End of read-a-thon hour 16:

Pages read this hour: 66
Time read this hour: 47 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 999
Total Time Read: 10 hours 10 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 15:

Pages read this hour: 38 pages
Time read this hour:  22 mins
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 933
Total Minutes Read: 9 hours 33 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 14:

Pages read this hour: 103
Time read this hour: 50 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read:  895
Total Time Read: 9 hours 11 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard 
End of Read-a-thon hour 13:

Pages read this hour: 63
Time read this hour: 35 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 792
Total Time Read: 8 hours 21 minutes 
Total Books Finished: 0

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hours 11 and 12:

Pages read these hours: 91
Time read these hours: 60 mins
Books finished these hours: 0

Total Pages Read: 729
Total Time Read: 7 hours 46 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 10:

Pages read this hour: 57
Time read this hour: 44 minutes
Books Finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 638
Total Time Read: 6 hours 46 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 9:

Pages read this hour: 73
Time read this hour: 32 minutes
Books finished this hour: 1

Total Pages Read: 581
Total Time Read: 6 hours 2 minutes
Total Books Finished: 2

-Richard
I finished reading:

"Dead Reckoning" written by Charlaine Harris.  325 pages.

The forty fifty book of the year.  16,659 pages at an average of 370 pages per book.


-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 8:

Pages read this hour: 97
Time read this hour: 50 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 508
Total Time Read: 5 hours 29 minutes
Total Books Finished: 1

-Richard
End of read-a-thin hour 7:

Pages read this hour: 86
Time read this hour:  47 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read:  411
Total Time Read:  4 hours 39 minutes
Total Books finished: 1

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 6:

Pages read this hour: 20
Time read this hour: 15 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 325
Total Time Read: 3 hours 52 minutes
Total Books Finished: 1

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 5:

Pages read this hour: 77
Time read this hour: 48 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 305
Total Time Read: 3 hours 37 minutes
Total Books Finished: 1

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 4:

Pages read this hour: 68
Time read this hour: 43 minutes
Books finished this hour: 1

Total Pages Read: 228
Total Time Read: 2 hours 49 minutes
Total Books Finished: 1

-Richard
I finished reading:

"A Fighting Chance" written by Elizabeth Warren.  288 pages.

The forty fourth book of the year.  16,334 pages at an average of 371 pages per book.


-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 3:

Pages read this hour: 63
Time read this hour: 46 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 160
Total Time Read: 2 hours 6 minutes
Total Books Finished:  0

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 2:

Pages read this hour:  51
Time read this hour: 34 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read:  97
Total Time Read: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Books Finished: 0

-Richard
End of read-a-thon hour 1:

Pages read this hour:  46
Time read this hour: 46 minutes
Books finished this hour: 0

Total Pages Read: 46
Total Time Read: 46 minutes
Total Books Finished: 0

-Richard
Read-a-thon opening Survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  The Woodlands, TX (just north of Houston)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  The one I am currently reading (Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Cookies!!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Ex-pat Englishman now in the Houston, Texas area married to the love of my life.   I'll also be very anxiously watching the football scores from England this morning.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  This is the nineteenth I have taken part in and will do it similar to all the rest which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

-Richard

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tomorrow we are participating in our nineteenth Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon.

As usual I don't have a list of book, just reading them as they come.  I do know that I will read the next Charlaine Harris Sookie book.  My goal is to beat my average number of pages (1096), average time read (11 hours 34 minutes)  and average number of books finished (3.6) from the previous read-a-thons.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"The Great Departure: The United States and World War I 1914-1920" written by Daniel M. Smith.  201 pages.

The forty third book of the year.  16,046 pages at an average of 373 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, April 24, 2017

I finished reading:

"S-Day" written by James Stewart Thayer.  465 pages.  

The forty second book of the year.  15,845 pages at an average of 377 pages per book.


-Richard