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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Very Good Gospel:  How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right" written by Lisa Sharon Harper.  206 pages.

The forty first book of the year.  15,380 pages at an average of 375 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, April 21, 2017

I finished reading:

"Freedom of Speech and Press in Early American History: Legacy of Suppression" written by Leonard W. Levy.  320 pages.

The fortieth book of the year.  15,174 pages at an average of 379 pages per book.


-Richard


Sunday, April 16, 2017

I finished reading:

"Red Army" written by Ralph Peters.  403 pages.  

The thirty ninth book of the year.  14,854 pages at an average of 381 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, April 14, 2017

I finished reading:

"Through the Year with William Booth" edited by Stephen Poxon.  378 pages.

The thirty eighth book of the year.  14,451 pages at an average of 380 pages per book.


-Richard

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I finished reading:

"Black Elk:  The Life of an American Visionary" written by Joe Jackson.  484 pages.

The thirty seventh book of the year.   14,073 pages at an average of 380 pages per book.


-Richard

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I finished reading:

"Sofia Petrovna" written by Lydia Chukovskaya.  120 pages.

The thirty sixth book of the year.  13,589 pages at an average of 377 pages per book.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"Cathedral@ written by Nelson De Mille.  575 pages.

The thirty fifth book of the year.  13,469 pages at an average of 385 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945" written by Rick Atkinson.  641 pages.

The thirty fourth book of the year.  12,894 pages at an average of 379 pages per book.


-Richard

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I finished reading:

"Romancing Vietnam: Inside the Boat Country" written by Justin Wintle.  459 pages.

The thirty third book of the year.  12,253 pages at an average of 371 pages per book.


-Richard

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I finished reading:

"Wolves Eat Dogs" written by Martin Cruz Smith.  336 pages.

The thirty second book of the year. 11,794 pages at an average of 369 pages per book.


-Richard

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I finished reading:

"Nerve" written by Dick Francis.  313 pages.

The thirty first book of the year.  11,458 pages at an average of 370 pages per book.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"Straight" written by Dick Francis.  303 pages.

The thirtieth book of the year.  11,145 pages at an average of 372 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, March 20, 2017

I finished reading:

"Word of Honor" written by Nelson DeMille.  739 pages.

The twenty ninth book of the year.  10,842 pages at an average of 374 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, March 17, 2017

I finished reading:

"The Day of the Battle:  The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944" written by Rick Atkinson.  588 pages.

The twenty eighth book of the year.  10,103 pages at an average of 361 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

I finished reading:

"George C. Marshall:  Organizer of Victory 1943-1945" written by Forrest C. Pogue.  585 pages.

The twenty seventh book of the year.  9,515 pages at an average of 352 pages per book.


-Richard

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I finished reading:

"Angels & Demons" written by Dan Brown.  569 pages.

The twenty sixth book of the year.  8,930 pages at an average of 343 pages per book.


-Richard

Friday, February 24, 2017

I finished reading:

"We Should All Be Feminists" written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.  48 pages.

The twenty-fifth book of the year.  8,361 pages at an average of 334 pages per book.


-Richard
I finished reading:

"Ghost Soldiers" written by Hampton Sides.  333 pages.

The twenty fourth book of the year.  8,313 pages at an average of 346 pages per book.


-Richard

Monday, February 20, 2017

I finished reading:

"Enquiry" 264 pages and "Come to Grief" 407 pages both written by Dick Francis.

The twenty second and twenty third books of the year.  7,980 pages at an average of 347 pages per book.




-Richard