Monday, January 6, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon Goals & Progress

Bout of Books 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 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

Coming off the holidays and into a new year this is just the perfect motivator to keep my reading goals for 2014.  Last time I partook in BoutofBooks, it was fairly successful.  I'm ready for my second BoutofBooks read-a-thon. 

There are a lot of great things about participating in an event like this.  If you aren't familiar with it, it's a great way to engage in some fun and relaxing reading with many many many people who are going to be doing the same thing, for ONE whole week.  There are fun challenges and also giveaways. You get to connect to and get to know other fellow readers and bloggers.  It's really ultimately the one event during the year that you have to make time for.  

With that being said.  Let's get to the business of the reading goals for this week.  Since this week is the first week after the holidays, work is starting up, and other priorities are going to be taken on in full effect, I'm going to be realistic with how much I'll be able to make time to read.  I'm hoping I can exceed these goes, but I'll be modest with this read-a-thon.

Goal #1: To Read 3-5 Books about Books
I have been reading a lot of fiction and nonfiction and I feel it's time to take a break and do something different.  Especially with this event taking place, it's a great way to push myself to undertake some of the following books which I have been putting off for a long time.  I normally read 1 or 2 books on a good week, so I'm going to read twice that with about 4 book this week and a little bit of more wiggle room if time allows for one more.
  1. "From Jane Austen to Joseph Conrad" by Rathburn
  2. "Judging a Book by its Lover" by lauren Leto
  3. "How to Read a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles VonDoren
  4. "Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them." by Francine Prose
  5. "The Most Influential Books Ever Written" by Semour-Smith
Goal #2: To Connect on Twitter & Other Social Media 
I've have already made a goal this year to connect better with the book lovers and bloggers on twitter as well as other social media.  This is the perfect way to start the year off doing just that.  In order to make sure that happens I will be:
  1. Check the #boutofbooks twitter updates and respond promply to those making progress
  2. Tweet my own progress and the new updates on boutofbooks & the read-a-thon hosts
  3. Lastly, I will be making it a point to connect with bloggers I encounter on Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, Pinterest, and other Networks.
Goal #3: To Interact & Share Stories with Other Participants & Bloggers
This is something I don't do nearly enough.  Right now, there are 531, I'll be 532nd if someone doesn't beat me to it. ! YES!!! FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE readers and bloggers participating in this read-a-thon.  It will be amazing.  This is the perfect time to get to know others, read their stories, participate in their blogs, and share the stories as well as the challenges and giveaways going on.  I am super excited!!!!!

Every week I'll be updating my entry for the following:

Reading Progress:
Book FiNiShEd!:
Twitter Times:
Connections Made:
Stories Discovered:
Challenges/Giveaways:


Monday: January 6th, 2014
Reading Progress:  Started "From Jane Austen to Joseph Conrad" - completed about 55 pages
Book FiNiShEd!: In progress
Twitter Times:  Once or twice
Connections Made:  I was actually able to go through the whole list of participants and check out everyone's stories.  I picked out a couple of bloggers I intend to visit and see their progress more closely.
Stories Discovered: ~
Challenges/Giveaways:  I was really excited that I finally got a few moments to actually visit one of the challenges for the day.  I entered my wishlist for the BookishComforts giveaway.


SaturdayJanuary 11th, 2014
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SundayJanuary 12th, 2014
Reading Progress:
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Final words on BoutofBook 9.0 read-a-thon:



Are you participating in the boutof books9.0 read-a-thon? If so, let me know, leave a link...
Otherwise, please check the other participants @ BoutofBooks SignUp List
Some participants have also listed a link to the their goals posts @ BoutofBooks9.0 Goals
If you'd like to know what we're up to this week check it out at @ BoutofBooks Scheduele

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