Bout of Books 21 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 1 comment

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 ended last night. It was my fourteenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of May 14th-20th.

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘nope, it’s Bout of Books and I’m going to read instead”.

I had a great reading week. The main reason I like Bout of Books is that it’s a low-pressure readathon. I never feel like I need to stop doing everything else to just read but I am encouraged to maximize and make more time for reading than I normally do. Obviously I worked full time all week so that limited my reading time but I managed to get a lot of reading hours in.

I managed to make some changes to my daily routine that I’d like to make regular habits. I traded my bus/train ride twitter and phone game time for reading. I also made sure to stay away from the phone apps and read on my lunch break.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. Last Bout of Books I read for 22 hours and 20 minutes. I always go into Bout of Books thinking that if I could read for more than 20 hours during the week I’d call it a success. .

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 22 hours and 35 minutes of reading so Yay Me! I was within a couple of minutes of having the same amount of both listening and reading.

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This is what I read this week.
On Audio:
I finished listening to The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister.

I listened to Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds narrated by the author.

I listened to almost 6 hours of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.

In print

I finished reading Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

I read all of:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

I also started a reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m reading the gorgeous illustrated edition with art by Jim Kay.

All in all a great week of reading. Now I have a pile of reviews to write!

If you participated in this week’s Bout of Books I hope you had a great week of reading. If you didn’t participate you should consider joining me and all the other participants in May.

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Bout of Books 21 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bout of Books 21

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I have a busy week ahead but I’m going to make as much time for reading as I can.

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.

I have several books on my desk and on my ereader. In addition I’m almost done with  one audiobook and may or may not finish another short one this week.

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.

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.

I’m not making any specific reading plans because I’d rather just read whatever looks good at the moment.

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading

I had a great day of reading. I usually don’t listen to my audiobooks at work but I managed to have some time where I was working on stuff that didn’t take much concentration and was able to listen to my book.
I ended up with 2 hours and 20 minutes of audiobook time and I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling. I enjoyed it and plan to continue with the series.
I had an 1 hour and 50 minutes of print reading time. I started The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Tuesday Reading

I had another great reading day.
2 hours and 34 minutes of audiobook listening. I listened to all of Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (a short but powerful novel in verse) and started listening to Going Clear by Lawurence Wright.
I read my print book (The Mysterious Adventure at Styles) for an hour and 40 minutes.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Wednesday Reading
Somehow I managed another four hour reading day.
2 hours and 18 minutes of audiobook listening all of Going Clear
1 hour and 42 minutes of print reading and I finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 1 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 0

Thursday Reading
It was bound to happen. A busy day at work made for less audiobook time and a short lunch made for less print reading time.
I ended up with an hour and 49 minutes of listening to Going Clear
1 hour and 4 minutes of print reading. I started Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Total reading time: 2 hours, 53 minutes
Books finished: 0
Books started: 1

Friday Reading
I worked from home today so my commute listening time turned into take a walk after work listening time. I liked that trade off.
I listened to 2 hours and 14 minutes of Going Clear.
I got an hour and 32 minutes of print reading. I finished Binti: Home and started Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

Total reading time: 3 hours, 46 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Saturday Reading
One hour and 13 minutes of reading Fables: Cubs in Toyland.
That’s it. This is exactly why weekend readathons are never a good thing for me. Weekends is when we do stuff.

Total reading time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
Books finished: 0
Books started: 0

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Bout of Books 21 Sign Up

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 6 comments

Bout of Books 21

It’s that time again. Next week will be my fourteenth Bout of Books.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 starts on Monday January 8th.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books. Three times a year I have an excuse to say “I can’t do that right now, it’s my reading week”. The Hubster is used to it by now. I don’t go into Bout of Books with any expectations of reading for X number of hours straight through. My life doesn’t let that kind of thing happen. The way I approach Bout of Books is to limit things like spending time on Twitter, or playing games on my phone and substituting reading time for all of those little distractions. I also set aside extra time in the evening for reading too.

I like to keep track of the time I spend reading during Bout of Books. I never track pages read but I do track time reading or listening to books. I use a great app on my phone to track my time. It’s called ATracker.

Bout of Books 20 tracking

Bout of Books 20 tracking

It’s super easy to set up two tasks (reading and listening) and then it’s just a tap to start and stop tracking time. Now that there’s an Apple watch app to do that on my watch instead of my phone.

I think the reason I like to track time is that for me being ‘on the clock’ keeps me from getting distracted by my phone, the TV, that pile of papers on my desk, etc. I enjoy the time tracker and the daily and weekly reports I can get on how much time I’ve actually spent reading.

I won’t set any goal because that’s really not the purpose of Bout of Books. It’s all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will put together a Kickoff and progress updates post on the 8th.

I hope you’ll check it out and decide to join in on the fun.

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Bout of Books 20 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 1 comment

Bout of Books 20 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 20
 

Bout of Books 20 ended last night. It was my thirteenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of January 8th-14th.

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘nope, it’s Bout of Books and I’m going to read instead”.

I had a great reading week. The main reason I like Bout of Books is that it’s a low-pressure readathon. I never feel like I need to stop doing everything else to just read but I am encouraged to maximize and make more time for reading than I normally do. Obviously I worked full time all week so that limited my reading time but I managed to get a lot of reading hours in.

I managed to make some changes to my daily routine that I’d like to make regular habits. I traded my bus/train ride twitter and phone game time for reading. I also made sure to stay away from the phone apps and read on my lunch break.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. Last Bout of Books I read for 21 hours and 12 minutes. I figured that if I could read for more than 20 hours during the week I’d call it a success. Thanks to a couple of golf outings for The Hubster I had some extra time when I was home alone this week. That definitely worked to my advantage.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 22 hours and 20 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 20 Reading
This is what I read this week.
I listened to part of one audiobook – The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat).
In print, I finished the two books I’d already started. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne and How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington
I also read a graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris and one trade collection of a comics series, Descender Book Four: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire.
In addition to that I started reading The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

All in all a great week of reading. Now I have a pile of reviews to write!

If you participated in this week’s Bout of Books I hope you had a great week of reading. If you didn’t participate you should consider joining me and all the other participants in August.

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Bout of Books 20 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 3 comments

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I have a busy week ahead but I’m going to make as much time for reading as I can.

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.

I have several books on my desk and on my ereader. In addition I’m in the middle of one audiobook and may or may not finish it this week.

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.

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.

As for what I’m hoping to get to this week . . .
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I’d like to finish the two books I’m currently reading (The Marsh King’s Daughter and How I Married a Marquess). I’ll continue with my audiobook (The Painted Queen). I’d love to make a dent in my next book (The Romanovs)

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading
I had the day off but the morning and early afternoon were taken up with traveling and watching the total eclipse. We had a great view from my sister-in-law’s porch.
I spent the rest of the afternoon reading and ended up with nearly 4 hours of reading logged. I finished The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Tuesday Reading
Three and a half hours of reading/listening today. Listening to The Painted Queen and reading How I Married a Marquess.

Wednesday Reading
Same as yesterday – Three and a half hours of reading/listening today. Listening to The Painted Queen and reading How I Married a Marquess.

Thursday Reading
Three hours of reading/listening. I finished How I Married a Marquess and started The Romanovs 1613-1918.

Friday Reading
Two hours and 40 minutes today. Enjoying both The Painted Queen on audio and The Romanovs in print.

Saturday Reading
No audiobook time today but I got 2 and a half hours of reading. I took a break from The Romanovs to start My Favorite Thing is Monsters.

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Bout of Books 20 Sign Up

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 1 comment

Bout of Books 20

It’s that time again. I’m joining in for my thirteenth Bout of Books.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 20 starts on Monday August 21st.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books. Three times a year I have an excuse to say “I can’t do that right now, it’s my reading week”. The Hubster is used to it by now. I don’t go into Bout of Books with any expectations of reading for X number of hours straight through. My life doesn’t let that kind of thing happen. The way I approach Bout of Books is to limit things like spending time on Twitter, or playing games on my phone and substituting reading time for all of those little distractions. I also set aside extra time in the evening for reading too.

I like to keep track of the time I spend reading during Bout of Books. I never track pages read but I do track time reading or listening to books. I use a great app on my phone to track my time. It’s called ATracker.

Bout of Books 17

It’s super easy to set up two tasks (reading and listening) and then it’s just a tap to start and stop tracking time. Now that there’s an Apple watch app to do that on my watch instead of my phone.

I think the reason I like to track time is that for me being ‘on the clock’ keeps me from getting distracted by my phone, the TV, that pile of papers on my desk, etc. I enjoy the time tracker and the daily and weekly reports I can get on how much time I’ve actually spent reading.

I won’t set any goal because that’s really not the purpose of Bout of Books. It’s all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will put together some theoretical reading plans and post them on the 21st.

I hope you’ll check it out and decide to join in on the fun.

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