Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 4 comments

Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 ended last night. It was my tenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of August 21st-27th.

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 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. It used to be my habit and I’d like to get back to that. I feel like this week has kickstarted my reading mojo.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. My goal this year was to end up with more time spent reading than I did for the last Bout of Books. In January I had 17 hours and 48 minutes of reading time for the week.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 21 hours and 12 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 19 reading
This is what I read this week.
I finished one audiobook – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
In print, I read The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey, Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willilngham, and I started The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.

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 19 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books | 4 comments

Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 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 planning for the next.

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
I had a total of 3 hours of reading today.
45 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2 hours and 15 minutes of reading The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Monday Challenge
Today’s daily challenge was to describe yourself in six words. I adapted from my ‘about me’ section here and my Twitter profile and said
“Beersnob, Blogger, Booklover, Evil Genius Trainee”

Tuesday Reading
Another good reading day with total of 3 hours and 10 minutes of reading.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2 hours and 40 minutes of reading The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey. I’ll probably finish that today.

Wednesday Reading
Yet another day with three hours of reading. I’m on a roll.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2.5 hours of reading in print. I finished The Stingray Shuffle and started a graphic novel, The Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire.

Thursday Reading
3 hours and 20 minutes today. Excellent as far as I’m concerned.
An hour of listening to ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? It’s an excellent memoir and the author is a good narrator.
2 hours and 20 minutes of print reading. I started The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery and I finished The Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire.

Friday Reading
I worked from home today so I missed out on my normal driving/bus/lunchtime reading. I still managed about 2 and a half hours of reading thought.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal. I finished that and will start a new audiobook on Monday.
1 and a half hours of reading The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Saturday Reading
I wasn’t sure how much reading I’d get in because we had things do do. We got the errands done pretty efficiently and I still managed a good three hours of reading.
I finished The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery and started Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham.

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Bout of Books 19 is coming

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books | 1 comment

Bout of Books 19

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

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 starts on Monday May 8th.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 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 18 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 8th. numbers of books.

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

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Bout of Books 18 Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 6 comments

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.

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Bout of Books 18 Will Soon Be Here

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 6 comments

Bout of Books 18

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

Bout of Books 18

Bout of Books 18 starts on Monday January 2nd.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 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. This year I’ll be able to use their 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 2nd. numbers of books.

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

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Bout of Books 17 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 2 comments

Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 17 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 17 ended last night. It was my tenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of January 2-8th.

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 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. It used to be my habit and I’d like to get back to that.

As usual I read more on the weekdays than I did over the weekend. We were busy over the weekend but i did manage to carve out some reading time.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. My goal this year was to end up with more time spent reading than I did for the last Bout of Books. In May I had 13 hours and 5 minutes of reading time for the week.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 19 hours and 3 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 17

All in all I had a good reading week.
I finished one audiobook (Right Ho, Jeeves) and listened to a novella (Masked Ball at Broxley Manor) and started a new one (The Green Mill Murder)

In print, I read Other People’s Baggage which is a collection of three interrelated novellas all of which are prequels to mystery series. I also read most of In the Kingdom of Ice.

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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