Next week we will again be participating in the week long Bout of Books read-a-thon. It will be the thirteenth time we will be doing it. The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Booksblog. - From the Bout of Books team -Richard
Here are a few reading stats from 2018 Books finished: 193 A new record (previous 138) Pages read: 64,037. A new record (previous 48,051) Average # of pages per book: 332 (the best year was 420 pages per book) I read authors born in 27 different countries: 1. USA: 103, 2. England: 35, 3. Scotland: 11, 4. Russia: 10, 5. Wales:8 I read authors both in 33 different USA States: 1. New York: 33, 2. New Jersey: 8, 3. Virginia: 7, 4. Arkansas: 6, 5. Massachusetts: 5. I read books with titles starting with 23 different letters of the alphabet. I did not read books starting with Q, V and X. I read authors with last names starting with 21 different letters. I did not read E, J, Q, U Y and X. Since I've started tracking the number of books (2005) I have read 1256 which means an average of 90 per year. Since I've started tracking the # of pages (2008) I have read 381,499 pages at an average or 34,682 a year and 347 per book. This years goal is 120 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.