Books, General

Bout of Books 21: Day 7

They say all good things must come to an end, and I suppose a time without the bout of books gang makes you appreciate the readathon when it next comes around. Still, I’m gutted we’re on the final day. It’s been a blast, especially the Twitter chat yesterday! After the success of the sprints yesterday, I am going to be hosting some more using #boutofbooks at around 7pm GMT/2pm ET/11 am PT, so if you’re around and reading, why not join in!!

For all you eager beavers out there, Bout of Books 22 will be back between Monday 14th May and Sunday 20th May. In the meantime, keep an eye out for fun and laughter on the Facebook group, and look out for challenge hosting sign ups and expert applications in April!

I’m also a Bout of Books expert, here to help the lovely ladies at Bout of Books with all your readathon related enquiries, and to offer all round support and help for the readathon! So please, comment on my updates, and tweet me here!


5:45am: This is just not a time that I need to be up and at work at on a Sunday morning. Who calls at this time? Well obviously people do or I wouldn’t be here. The roads are always pleasantly quiet, and once again I’ve packed a book for my break and lunch. This is my last early shift in a while, and I finish at midday, so it’s a good one really. I’ll have a chance to properly nap pre-sprint later if I want to!!

9:55am: It’s my break at work, I only have a short one because I’m on a short shift today. I like these shifts, but it means you only have one break and that makes it a lot harder when you’re desperate for the toilet! Anyway, I haven’t read today, again, at all, because I was in the mood to listen to music on the way to work and not my audiobook. I might try and read later but I think it’s going to get busy, so I might just wait until the sprints tonight.

12:00pm: There is something so great at finishing your shift at midday on a Sunday, I never feel like I have lost the entire day then. I feel like I should listen to Anne of Green Gables on the way home, but I have already got Spotify open, sorry not sorry.

16:05pm: I had to go for a pre-football nap today because I crashed. Hard. Emma very kindly washed up all the pots and pans I hadn’t done the other day, and I made some chorizo scrambler, and once the food hit my tummy, I was almost asleep. I need to get this bloody football app to work. Once it works, I can watch the Liverpool match in stressful, well, I was going to say peace, but there is nothing peaceful about watching football.

18:05pm: We Won. WE WON. We beat the league leaders who were unbeaten in the league this year. I don’t know if I am more happy or relieved! Phew! That means my mood will be great all evening. Now I just need to decide what to have for dinner before I get too carried away celebrating and miss the sprints I’m supposed to be holding later!

21:20pm: As I wind down and think about another early morning (I know I said that today was my last one, but I put in overtime tomorrow morning while I was in work today because I am poor!) I can’t help but reminisce on a great day, and week! Today, Liverpool have won, Col. Chris Hadfield liked my review tweet AND tweeted a reply, and I’m falling in love with an amazing book in Exile. This week, well, I’ve made so many great friends, I’ve strengthened friendships with seasoned bout of book-ers, I’ve had a good go at my personal goals for the week, and I’ve fell in love all over again with reading. I really feel like I’ve got my bookish mojo back. Until May…


Today’s challenge is all about reviewing. I don’t review books properly nearly as often as I should, but I always try to leave a few words for each book I read. So, I thought I would bring you the review I wrote for my favourite book of 2017:

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth: Life Lessons From Space Col. Chris Hadfield

D’you know what? I don’t think there are words that express the abundance of knowledge and emotion that I feel like I am now in touch with that I have gained solely from reading this book. The Colonel has a wealth of life lessons and information that he passes along in such a way that every single word, phrase, page is a piece of teaching that is worth utilising over a lifetime.

I love space. I love science. I love planes; so the mix of these was always going to make this a great read, but hearing just how much he loves these, and how hard he fought to pursue his goals (however impossible at the time) is simply, and incredibly, inspiring.

The magic and magnificence of this book lay outside the parameters of space, and was in the small things. ‘Sweat the small stuff’ and ‘Aim to be a zero’ are word’s I will now live by. I can count on a fingerless hand how many books have changed my way of thinking, and this book shifted it quite significantly.

And then there is the narration itself. Listening to the passion and the knowledge oozing from Chris Hadfield’s voice as he tells his life story is like listening to wisdom itself, and throughout, his calm demeanour and his constant optimism (no matter if the tone of the story being told shifted in the direction of something else) makes him the quintessential teacher, and one of the world’s greatest +1’s.

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