This is a sticky post, so that my progress through the readathon will be easily found. After the readathon is over, I will “unsticky” it.
You guys, I’m so excited to be participating in Bout of Books. It’s the very first time I’ve ever participated in any kind of read-a-thon. I do have a semi-busy week during the read-a-thon, so I have to keep my goals realistic, but I still think I will be able to get a bit more reading done than any regular week. This is my sign-up & goals post.
But first, here’s the details about this totally awesome event:
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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
On average, I read 3 books in a week. Sometimes I read less, and sometimes more, but my average is about 3 books every week. So my goal for this read-a-thon is to read 5 books, and if I read more (which I’m really hoping to) then that’s freaking awesome!
Time Devoted to Reading
So, how am I going to accomplish my goals? Here’s my plan:
- Reading during my lunch break. I usually never read during my lunch break, because it’s so hard to put my book down to head back to work. But during the read-a-thon, I plan on reading 30 minutes (roughly) during my lunch break.
- Read 1.5-2 hours every day after work.
- I don’t watch a ton of TV that is new (current TV shows, etc), but this week, So You Think You Can Dance begins its new season so I’m totally watching that. But, I plan on reading on all commercials.
- Listen to an audiobook while I’m getting ready in the morning. I take my sweet time getting ready every morning (I love spending time on my makeup everyday). So listening to an audiobook while I’m getting ready is perfect.
- Listen to an audiobook in the car. I have a very short drive to work, but, hey, every minute counts.
What Will I Be Reading?
Okay, well, I’m not so good listing exactly what books I will read. So I put together a list of books to pick from this week.
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Losing It by Cora Carmack
If You Find Me by Emily Murdock
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbit
Liesl & P0 by Lauren Oliver
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howard
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
*I think this is a pretty good selection, but if some book comes across my desk, and I have to read it immediately, I’m allowing myself to read that one too*
Books Read: 2
Notes: I got a great start on Bout of Books today. I finished reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, read Sailor Moon, vol. 1, and listened to the first disc of Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot. I’m off to an excellent start, which is great because I’m very busy towards the end of the week. I need to get a head start. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as productive! :)
Books Read: 1
Total Books Read: 3
Notes: I had another productive day on Tuesday. I listened to another 1.5 discs of Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot, and I’m loving it! I’m a little more than half way through it, so far. I was also able to read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, which has been on my TBR list for ages. I think tomorrow I’m going to try to tackle some Netgalley books.
Books Read: 1
Total Books Read: 4
Notes: I wasn’t quite as productive on Wednesday, I’m afraid. But I did finish my audiobook, Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot. It was so much fun and perfect for Bout of Books. I started The Summer I Became a Nerd, but I’m not very far into it. I think it will be a quick read, though. I just need to read one more for my goal!
Books Read: 0
Total Books Read: 4
Notes: I definitely did not get a ton of reading done on Thursday. But I knew today wouldn’t be a huge reading day with so much work stuff going on. But I did still manage to read about 30% more of The Summer I Became a Nerd, for a total of about 50%. So yay!