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 118

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!
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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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Bout of Books 17

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 2 comments

Bout of Books 17

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

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17 starts on Monday August 22nd.

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, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m not making any specific reading plans because that’s one of the things I love about this read-a-thon. I don’t have to. It’s all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will make sure I have lots of books of different genres and formats available. I typically track the time spent reading or listening to audiobooks. I find that the tracking keeps me less easily distracted.

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

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Bout of Books 16 Wrap Up

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 2 comments

Bout of Books 16 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 16 ended last night. It was my ninth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of August 22-28th

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 did great Monday through Friday and had a good string of reading days, then the weekend happened This is exactly why I never do weekend readathons. Weekends are the time that The Hubster and I have to do things together and I don’t normally get a lot of extra reading time on weekends This weekend was even more reading resistant. My nephew got married on Saturday so that whole day was all about spending it with family and friends. That left Sunday to do everything we normally do on weekends. Oh well, maybe the August Bout of Books will land on an empty calendar weekend.

All in all I had a good reading week. I didn’t finish any books but I listened to a several hours of an audiobook Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters. It’s the first in her Vicky Bliss series and it’s been fun so far.

In print,I didn’t finish Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, but I did read several hundred pages of it.

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 16 Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 2 comments

Bout of Books 16

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 16 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I won’t be beginning my reading until my commute time this morning.

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 am glad that the organizers no longer require participants to set goals. No goals means there is no failing at Bout of Books. Actually there has always been no failing at Bout of Books but this just reinforces that.

I do have a goal for this round of Bout of Books. That goal is simply this:

1. Read as much as I can manage to read.

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 Sunday. I’ll include my Sunday reading on my final wrap up post next Monday.

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 couple of different time tracking apps on my phone 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 ended up with a total of two and a half hours of reading. Two hours of that was reading Dragonfly in Amber and I got about a half hour of listening to The Borrower of the Night on my way to and from the park and ride lot. Not bad for a Monday.

Tuesday Reading
Tuesday was a rather unspectacular day for reading. I worked from home so didn’t get commute or lunchtime reading. I did have a dentist appointment and a bunch of errands though. That made for some good audiobook time. I ended up with about an hour and 15 minutes with The Borrower of the Night. My evening reading plans were thwarted by the completion of the landscape project in our back yard. We couldn’t resist putting out the patio furniture, bird feeders and getting everything settled out there. It turned out beautiful but as a result I only ended up reading for about 15 minutes last night. Oh well. Today I can read on the patio when I get home.

Wednesday Reading
Wednesday was a better reading day. I ended up with about 45 minutes of audiobook time and almost an hour and a half of reading time. Any busy weekday when I can carve out two hours and fifteen minutes of reading I’ll call a win.

Thursday Reading
I managed a little over three hours of reading today. Pretty good for a weekday. Part of that was assisted by a late and slow bus ride after work but it was good reading time. I had a little over a half hour of audiobook time because the only driving I did was to the park and ride lot and back home. I had a little over two and a half hours of reading time which was nice, particularly the part on the patio after I got home. At this rate I might actually finish Dragonfly in Amber by the end of Bout of Books.

Friday Reading
Friday was another great reading day. Three hours and fifteen minutes total. Just under an hour with my audiobook thanks to a bunch of errands after work. I spent two hours and 20 minutes reading Dragonfly in Amber. I’ve got about 200 pages left but I don’t know if I’ll finish it by the end of Bout of Books or not. Saturday and Sunday are pretty busy with a wedding and a bunch of errands but I’ll get whatever reading time in that I can.

Saturday Reading
I didn’t read a single page or listen to a single minute of books today. My nephew got married and it was a wonderful ceremony and reception. I had a fabulous day with family and friends.

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