Bout of Books 18

Bout of Books 18

Bout of Books 18 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. This time I have the luxury of a holiday from work on the first day.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

This is the stack of books I will be choosing from this week. I may not finish any of them. I may not read from all of them. It’s just good to have options readily available.
Bout of Books 18 Stack
In addition to the books pictured here I am also listening to the audio of A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny.

I will be using this post as my tracking post and adding daily updates each morning about what reading I have accomplished the day before. I’ll post updates here every morning Tuesday through Saturday. I’ll include my Sunday reading on my final wrap up post.

I don’t set goals but one thing I do a little different this week is to track all my reading time. I have a time tracking app on my phone and watch so it’s easy to hit the start and stop button and track whether it’s reading or listening time. One benefit of using this is it keeps me focused. I find I’m less inclined to get distracted by stuff that I could be doing around the house or playing on my phone if I’m feeling like I’m “on the clock” for reading.

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading
Well – best laid plans and all that. I didn’t get the extended reading time I had hoped for but I did manage close to an hour of audiobook time (A Great Reckoning0 and an hour and a half of reading (The Last Kingdom).

Tuesday Reading
Today I managed 3 hours and 10 minutes of reading time.
A half hour of Listening to A Great Reckoning
2 hours and 40 minutes of reading. It was good short attention span reading today. I read a chapter of The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. I read a couple of chapters of the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (it’s GORGEOUS). I read the graphic novel of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery (illustrated by her grandson). I read a bit of Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham.
All in all a pretty good day of reading.

Wednesday Reading
Another decent reading day 2 hours and 50 minutes
A half hour of listening to The Great Reckoning
2 hours and 20 minutes of reading. I read more of The Last Kingdom and finished Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind.

Thursday Reading
Another pretty good reading day. Errands after work meant extra audiobook time and I listened to an hour of A great Reckoning. In print I read for 2 hours all in The Last Kingdom

Friday Reading
No audiobook time today because I worked from home so didn’t go anywhere (I only listen to audiobooks in my car). I did manage a solid three hours of reading though. All in The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Saturday Reading
Three hours and 20 minutes all reading The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.