Next week it's time for the next Bout of Books. It will be the tenth time Jenn and I have taken part in it. I am off work on a weeks vacation so I hope to be able to have some good, solid time relaxing and reading. 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Here are a few reading stats from 2017: Books finished: 138. A new record (previous 133) Pages read: 48,051. A new record (previous 41,805) Average # of pages per book: 348 I read authors born in 20 different countries: 1. USA: 81, 2. England: 26, 3. Russia: 4, 4: Canada, Scotland, Australia and France: 3 I read authors both in 30 different USA States: 1. New York: 13, 2: Mississippi, Massachusetts, California: 5, 5: Pennsylvania, Michigan, 4. I read books with titles starting with 22 different letters of the alphabet. I did not read books starting with I, X, Y and Z. I read authors with last names starting with 20 different letters. I did not read E, I, V, X, Y and Z. Since I've started tracking the number of books (2005) I have read 1063 which means an average of 82 per year. Since I've started tracking the # of pages (2008) I have read 317,362 pages at an average or 317,462 a year and 348 per book. This years goal is 100 books. Happy New Year. -Richard
Born in Hartlepool, England. Left home age 18 to go to The University of Bradford. Earned a degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technology. Moved to London to work. Married Jenn, from TX, in 1997. Moved to High Wycombe. After 1 year of marriage moved to Edna, TX. Then job moves took us the Bay Area of CA in Jan 1999, then to Raleigh, NC in Oct 2001 followed by a move back to the Houston, TX area in Jan 2011.