January 2, 2016

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon: Sign Up, Goals, & Updates

Bout of Books is my favorite read-a-thon that I participate in every year. They have one in January, May, and August so you if you can't participate in this one think about participating in one of the others later this year. I always love completing the January read-a-thon because it is a great way to kick start my reading for the year. This time around I have decided to choose my books a little differently. I am going to solely read middle grade novels. I have so many I want to read, but they always take a back seat to the young adult books I like to read, so I figured now would be a good time to read some. They are shorter and quick reads and therefore are perfect for a read-a-thon!

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 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals

Reading Goals
~ Read 7 books!
~ Keep detailed notes as I read so it will be easier for me to write my reviews later.

Social Goals
~ Participate in one Twitter chat.
~ Participate in at least two challenges.
      - Would You Rather
      - Scavenger Hunt

The Books (Plus a few extras just in case.)
~ Wonder by R.J. Palacio
~  I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
~ Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
~ One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
~ The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
~ Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
~ The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne
~ Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
~ Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills
~ May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
~ Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
~ Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
~ Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
~ The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry


Updates

Monday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 279 pages/1.25 books
Total number of books I've read:  1.25 books
Total number of pages I've read: 279 pages
Books Today: May B. by Caroline Starr Rose & Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Tuesday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 40 pages/.25 books
Total number of books I've read: 1.5 books
Total number of pages I've read: 319 pages
Books Today: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Wednesday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 0/none
Total number of books I've read: 1.5
Total number of pages I've read: 319
Books Today: None

Thursday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 523 pages/1.5 books
Total number of books I've read: 3 books
Total number of pages I've read: 842 pages
Books Today: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale & Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Friday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 450 pages/2 books
Total number of books I've read:  5 books
Total number of pages I've read: 1,292 pages
Books Today: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin & The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Saturday
Number of pages/books I've read today: 0/None
Total number of books I've read: 5 books
Total number of pages I've read: 1,292 pages
Books Today: None

**Sunday (FINAL/TOTAL UPDATE)
Number of pages/books I've read today: 272 pages/1 book
Total number of books I've read: 6 books
Total number of pages I've read: 1,564
Books Today: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Final Thoughts

Bout of Books is still my favorite read-a-thon, but I am a little sad I wasn't able to participate in a Twitter chat this time. Those are usually so much fun! I kept forgetting when they were. I have no excuse. I ended up reading 6 middle grade books, one less than my original goal. I feel very satisified with that number. I am glad I got to read some middle grade books since I am always putting them on the back burner. Overall, this was a good read-a-thon.

11 comments:

  1. I am so totally doing this! It's going to be a week of Bout of Books posts. I've been reviewing everything I've read so far so I hope to continue with this challenge.
    Aha! This must be your week of MG reads or was it a month?
    Zero Tolerance should be good. I've only read one of your books but I didn't like it. I won't say which though.

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    1. I think we both had a wonderful Bout of Books week! I read all MG this week and it was a lot of fun, but now I need a little break. lol Now that the reading challenge is over will you tell me which one you read and didn't like?

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  2. What great way to approach this Bout of Books! I am still working on goals and plans for the year overall, so I think I will pass on this one...but I'll be with you all in spirit...and reading, of course :)

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    1. I had a lot of fun doing it this way! :D Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Looks like you're killing it so far!! Keep it up!! (I have no time to read lately so I will live vicariously through you) :)

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    1. That is fair! You do know one day in the future I will get you to participate in Bout of Books with me. ;)

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  4. It looks like you've made some pretty decent progress! I hope you're enjoying your Bout of Books. Good luck with your goals!!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I had a lot of fun.

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  5. Great job completing 6 books. I hope you liked them all especially since you wanted to explore reading some more MG books. (:

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