|And it all works out anyway!|
I think that I accomplished this goal, with a pretty nice margin, as well. I could have read more, but I enjoyed the time I spent reading, and allowed myself to get lost in a book rather than counting pages and fretting about if I'd make a self-imposed quota.
I had one minor goal I'd set for myself: so minor, I didn't even mention it on this blog. That goal? Read 300 pages over the course of the week.
How many pages did I read? 296.
I placated her by reminding her that the laundromat dryer had gone off, then I'd packed my clothes up, gone home, put sheets on the bed and clothes in the closet. Unloaded the dishwasher, fed the cat. Taken a shower. Curled up with the computer and gone to bed around 1 in the morning, choosing instead to watch the most recent episode of the blood-curdling Breaking Bad instead of reading.
So no, I didn't finish that chapter. But I enjoyed myself, and I do not count watching the most recent episode of one of the few television shows you religiously follow to be "idle" or "wasted" time. 2 hours spent surfing Reddit? Maybe a waste. But an hour of being actively engaged in television? Never, when it's just that one hour.
That said, I spent seven days and read a close-but-no-cigar 296 pages from two different books, which averages out to a bit more than 42 pages a day, which is pretty good! It's true: it's not the highest number in this contest. Truth be told, it might be one of the lowest. But to me, those numbers look pretty good considering my normal pages-per-week total probably hovers around 20. Not per day, all together.
Bout of Books has reminded me of how important a book is to your mental health, your stamina. As someone with a background in libraries, I don't know how I forgot, but I'm glad I've remembered. I hope to continue reading this passionately for a long time to come, and I look forward to Bout of Books 9.0 in January: I know I'll be there!