“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”
Well my Week in Read-a-thons did not quite go as planned since I was battling some work issues. Now that things are hopefully settling back into a routine, I’m hoping to get back into reading and sharing my book thoughts with you. Up next, another read-a-thon of course!
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1. Finish Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice on Kindle Done! 2. Finish Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald on audiobook Done!
3. The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
and if I’m really ambitious…4. Make Today Count by John Maxwell
I Just Want to Pee Alone by Some Kick Ass Mom Bloggers Done!
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest People in the World on audiobook by Eric Weiner
Across Eternity by Aris Whittier
Most of all, I like to meet new bloggers so I hope to participate in challenges, Twitter chats and comment on at least 10 new-to-me bloggers while visiting my book blogging friends who are participating too.
Sunday, 5/12/13: Ok, the official read-a-thon does not start until 12:01am, but I was in a read-a-thoning mood and got a head start. I already finished Interview with the Vampire and also started reading I Just Want to Pee Alone by “Some Kiss Ass Mom Bloggers”, which is not on my list but hope to finish this week. It’s a lighthearted, easy, hilarious read. I have also already commented on 30 other Bout of Book-ers goals and there are some great books on these lists.
Monday, 5/13/13: Listened to Gatsby for 30 minutes during commute to work…got to really good part and had to get out of the car! Eeek! Read I Just Want to Pee Alone for 1.5 hours, on page 138 of 185 (75% complete).
Tuesday, 5/14/13: Listened to Gatsby for a couple of hours (about 5 chapters) and commented on at least 17 blog participants from the Day 1 update post. Finished I Want to Pee Alone (about 50 pages) and read 16 pages of The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Wednesday, 5/15/13: Visited 30 blogs from Day 2 Update post. Purchased the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin from Ashley at Nose Graze. I like that it automatically updates your book review archive, easier navigation by genre, author and rating, and provides info on book and author automatically. Right now you can try a demo on her site and the plugin is 50% off. I couldn’t resist and can’t wait to try it out. I finished listening to The Great Gatsby, what a fantastic story and see why it’s so popular. I downloaded The Geography of Bliss so I have an audiobook ready for my work commute tomorrow. I participated in the Twitter Chat and read 20 pages in The Girl With a Pearl Earring.
Thursday, 5/16/13: Listened to 2 chapters of The Geography of Bliss. I love this book so far, just the right combination of science, philosophy and interesting facts about different cultures and their perspectives on life and happiness. Read a few pages of The Girl With a Pearl Earring. I played with the new plugin, trying to get one of my posts updated, almost ready to publish but not quite yet. Not my best reading day.
Friday, 5/17/13: Didn’t get much done, commented on a few blogs and was trying to visit Classics Club members who are participating in the Classics Club Spin with me on Monday. Also updated my Blogging events page for this and upcoming Bout of Books dates, updated read-a-thon info for TBR, Seasons Reading, Fairy Tales, Monster and Austen events coming up in the rest of 2013. There are a whole lot of read-a-thons, review-a-thons and blog-a-thons so check it out and let me know if you have a current or past recurring event that I can add to my page. Read 100 pages in The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Saturday, 5/18/13: Got through the 3rd chapter in The Geography of Bliss. Read about 30 pages in The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Participated in the Twitter chat a litte bit from my phone while playing outside with the kids, which did not go so well, hard to do. So I gave up and had a water gun fight with them instead. 🙂 At night, read 3 chapters of Across Eternity by Aris Whittier, Kindle copy recieved from the author.
Sunday, 5/19/13: Visited, commented and followed 20 different blogs. Read The Girl with a Pearl Earring and have about 30 pages left. Participated in the If You Like This, Then Recommend That mini-challenge. I am pretty pleased with my Bout of Books progress, how did you do?
Thanks for visiting me! Are you participating in the Bout of Books 7.0? What are you reading? Do you have a favorite read-a-thon or blogging event that you participate in or host? Please share the info with me! As always, happy reading!