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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Bout of Books 16 Will Soon Be Here

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 0 comments

Bout of Books 16

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

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 16 starts on Monday May 9th.

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m not setting any specific goals 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 put together some theoretical reading plans and post them on the 9th. I typically make vague goals about time spent reading or listening to audiobooks rather than specific books or 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 15 Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 4 comments

It’s Bout of Books Time!

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 15 kicked off at Midnight last night. For some reason this one snuck up on me and I was sure it was later this month. Not a problem though. 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 Fun
Today’s challenge was to introduce ourselves in six words. I picked my favorite six from my bio:

Beersnob, Blogger, Booklover, Evil Genius Trainee

Monday Reading
There wasn’t much. We had an ice storm so I worked from home. That meant no commute so no commute time listening or reading. Also I didn’t take much of a lunch break either. I ended up with only an hour and 15 minutes of reading for the day but it was all good. I skimmed through and refreshed my memory on a couple of comic trade paperbacks before I return them to the library. The Chew series by John Layman is weirdly and darkly humorous. I wanted to re-read volumes one and two before I get volume three because he has a tendency to bring back characters that were briefly mentioned in earlier issues.

I also spent some time with the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’m taking my time with this mostly because it’s too big to carry back and forth to work so I’m reading just a couple of chapters a day. It’s such a gorgeous edition I’m enjoying slowly savoring it.

Tuesday Reading
A busy day at work derailed my lunchtime reading but I still had a good day. I got 50 minutes of audiobook time. I’m listening to Dry Bones by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall. I read some more in the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter (he’s just arrived at Hogwarts). I started reading The Infernals by John Connolly. It’s the second in his Samuel Johnson series and it’s a lot of fun.

Wednesday Reading
Another busy work day but I managed to get a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes of reading time in. I’m about a third of the way through The Infernals and last night I read the Sorting Hat chapter in the Illustrated Harry Potter. I’m all about fun reading this week.

Thursday Reading
I didn’t expect to get much reading time today so I was pleased to end up with just short of 2 hours. 25% of that was listening to Dry Bones and the other 75% was split between The Ifernals and the Illustrated Harry Potter.

Friday Reading
Not much reading happened today. For a change I had more audiobook listening time than print reading. Lots of errands after work so I ended up with almost an hour of audiobook and about a half hour of reading.

Saturday Reading
Today I ended up with 2 and half hours of reading. I finished The Infernals by John Connolly. Such a fun book.

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Bout of Books 14 Wrap Up

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 0 comments

Bout of Books 14 ended last night. It was my seventh Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of January 4-10.

Bout of Books

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘not this week, 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 in the evenings and over the weekend.

I use an app on my phone to track my reading and listening time it’s called ATracker.

Bout of Books 14 reading

My week of reading and listening

For the week I ended up with right around 9 hours of reading and 11 hours of audiobook time.

All in all with everything else I had going on I’m pretty happy with that.

I finished six books and started two more.

The books I finished this week are:

  • Nimona by Noelle Steenson
  • Messenger by Craig Johnson
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell
  • Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham and Mattgew Sturges
  • How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell

All in all it was a great week of reading and talking about books with a great bunch of bloggers. I’m looking forward to Bout of Books 15 in January. I hope you’ll join me!

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