Bout of Books 26 Sign-Up!

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Next week is Bout of Books time again! This is my favorite readathon. I love being able to have an excuse to read all week long. The last round I only participated unofficially because I had been battling a reading slump but I’m 100% back in the reading game so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you haven’t participated or heard about Bout of Books and are wondering about it… check out this info from the Bout of Books blog.

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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This round I’m only setting two goals for myself just to keep things a little more flexible. I want to read as much as I can but I know that things tend to come up so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment lol. I don’t really have a TBR set at this point. Me being a mood reader I probably won’t make one at all or I will wait until day one of the readathon to post one.

Bout of Books 26 Goals:

  • Read at least one novel and one graphic novel.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every night in addition to my lunch hour at work.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

Bout of Books 24 Sign-Up

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It’s Bout of Books time again! I love participating in this readathon. It is so low pressure and since it is a week long I feel like I have plenty of time to read without pushing myself to extremes. If you’re new to Bout of Books, check out the official blurb below…

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 Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

They host a week long readathon several times a year and I try to participate as best I can every time. Some rounds are better than others. I’ve really been in a reading mood lately so this round is hitting at the perfect time. I normally try to put a TBR together but lately my moods have been changing so much that I’m going to keep it open. I am still going to give myself goals to reach though.

Bout of Books 24 Goals:

  • Read at least an hour every day.
  • Read at least 500 pages.
  • Finish at least one book.
  • Participate in at least 3 daily challenges.

Are you participating in this round?

 

October 2018 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Another readathon completed! I Had such a nice relaxing and very cozy day filled with reading. I ended up sleeping in so I missed the exact start time but still ended up reading for about 13 hours.  I started off with a graphic novel, Saga vol. 8. It was really good! I love that series so much. Then I started Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Since this book was my most anticipated read of 2018, I didn’t want to rush through it so I took my time and decided to stop at page 153 so I could spread the book out over a few days. Next I read Saga vol. 9 which is the most recent release. It was fantastic but omg that ending! I need the next volume ASAP! Next up was Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I had heard so many great things about this book. I really enjoyed it! Several twists and an ending I didn’t quite see coming. I can’t wait to read the next book. After I finished that book, I started reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I am really liking it! I only read 113 pages of it before I got tired and decided to go to bed at 1 am.

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Total Pages Read: 890

Total Books Finished: 3

Books Read From:

  • Saga vol. 8
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • Saga vol. 9
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Books Finished:

  • Saga vol. 8
  • Saga vol. 9
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Overall I would say I had a very successful readathon! I’m already looking forward to the next one in April!

October 2018 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

Picture_20181011_201705869.jpgHey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA again. We had a busy week last week with our good friends getting married. My husband was a groomsman so we had lots going on. This week we are in the midst of preparations for our Oktoberfest party that we are having with those same friends that got married last weekend. The past few years we have gone down to a brewery we all love for their Oktoberfest celebration but this year we decided to have our own shindig. We’re going to have lots of beer and German food all day on Saturday. I’m really excited for it!

Anyways, on to the reason for this post. It is almost time for the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! It will be happening next weekend on October 20th. In the past I have ALWAYS had something come up on the day of the readathon so I never get to read as much as I would like to. But this year, and I hope I’m not jinxing myself, we have NOTHING on the schedule! It’s a miracle! I told my husband that we, or at least I, will be doing absolutely nothing but reading the day of the readathon.

If you haven’t heard of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, it’s pretty self explanatory. On October 20th the readathon starts at 8 AM EST (you can find your time zone and start time here). For me that will be 7 AM. And for the next 24 hours you can read and post about the books you’re reading on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, your blog, etc. There are mini challenges throughout the day but you don’t have to participate in them if you don’t want. It only happens twice a year, April and October, so that makes me even more glad I’m able to fully commit this time.

I’m going to continue reading books from my October Halloween TBR. I’ll probably post my TBR the day before as I’m not quite sure what books I will have left in my stack to read by then.

Bout of Books 23: Day 7

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Another successful day of reading under my belt. We spent most of the day working on some house projects. Our entryway chandelier was SUPER ugly – brass and glass. We had bought a new one to replace it months ago but finally got a ladder tall enough to switch it out. We have really high vaulted ceilings in the entryway and living room.  Our new one is awesome and works so well with the decor theme we’ve got going on. We also finally got up my new ceiling fan in my library room. The old one that was there when I was growing up died a long time ago and my parents never got around to putting up a new one, which I’m kind of glad about because then I got to pick out the one I wanted. So now I’ve got some air movement in my room which helps to make it feel less like a basement room. The rest of the day I spent in my library doing various things and trying to think of what I was in the mood to read next. I wasn’t really sure what I was in the mood for so I ended up grabbing the next graphic novel volume of Saga and reading the whole thing. It was good but in my opinion not as good as some of the previous volumes.

Today is the last day of the readathon so I’m hoping to get in some good reading today. Still not quite sure what I’m in the mood to read though so I’ll have to figure that out first. If I end up not figuring out what I want to read and end up just leaving my stats where they are, I’ll still be happy because I exceeded my unspoken goal of reading at least 1,000 pages and I finished 4 books.

Day 6 Update:

Pages Read: 152

Total Pages Read: 1,110

Books Read From:

  • Saga vol. 7

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7