Did I achieve my aim of reading the 'octateuch' (Genesis to Ruth)?
Yes. Difficult as it was with the long lists of various subjects in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Joshua. But, done!
Over the next 7 and a half months (to Advent when I read the gospels: 1 a week), what will my Bible reading program be?
Slow read through the major Pauline epistles: Romans and the four jewels: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and a quicker read through the Major Prophets. Plan is next year the Wisdom lit and Minor Prophets, and the year after the rest of the History. I read a Psalm a day, so won't cover them in a separate slab. My slow reads for the subsequent years are the rest of Paul, the General epistles, Revelation. Then, I'll start all over again. That's the tentative plan, anyway.
Meanwhile this year I've got a set of 24 intro Bible studies for new Christians, I'll work through them in 'ponder' mode.
The list is below.