January 4, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Bout of Books 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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

This is the first time I have ever joined something like this, but as I am on holiday I thought I would participate in a very gentle sort of way, as it is a way of connecting with other book bloggers.

My goals:

To read six of the seven days - the 9th will be out as going to see The Hobbit, and spend time with a friend.

To read 3  hours each of those days.  Possibly reading about three books in that time.

I will write a short review post for any book I read and also update how I got on at the end of each day.

I will spend some time each day as well blog hopping and commenting.

I would like to participate in one twitter chat.

New Zealand Time! We are a day ahead to some places!

1st day: 7th Jan Monday.
Read for almost 4 hours and in that time = 286 pages, completing book had already started.
Already Home by Susan Mallery.
Also listened to audio book about 45min while walking.  At Last by Jill Shalvis


2nd day: 8th Tuesday
Read for about 4 hours today and 310 pages read. Reread a book: Suzanne Brockmann's Hawken's  Heart. 
Also listened to about 30min of my audio book - while not walking!
Took part in the Twitter Chat which was fun, 8am Tuesday my NZ time.


9th  Wednesday
Read for 2 hours and read 133 pages.
Completed book I was reading that I started yesterday:
Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry a teen book. Loved it.
Went to movie Hobbit: 3 hours! Enjoyed it and chuckled through lots of it. I have never read the book and am not likely too, but was worth seeing.

10th Thursday
Read for 3 hours and read 208 pages.
Completed a book that I gave 2 stars to. Didn't like it.
Listened to an hour audio - Jill Shalvis continued.

11th  Friday
Read for 4 hours and more -lost track.   Pages = 249  Loving the book Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith.
Listened to audio for about 50 minutes, covering 4 chapters.
Love it when the book I choose to read turns out to be one I enjoy. Opposite of yesterday!


12th  Saturday
Read for 3 - 4 hours.  Pages = 222    Plus middle grade graphic novel.
Completed book - short one - The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan.
Also completed Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith.
Listened to audio for 30min and about half way through book.
Feeling a little reading fatigue at this stage!


13th   Sunday
Read for about 4 hours today. 160 pages, slower reading as some of it was professional reading. 
Also started Little Brother by Cory Doctorow which is YA near future cyberpunk science fiction.  
I also got in an hour of audio.
So this is the completion for me, although I am probably off to read a little more before bed. Tomorrow I will total what I have achieved. Interesting week!



24 comments:

  1. Bout-of-Books is perfect for your first Read-a-thon. Great goals too. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Thank you, looking forward to the experience.

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  2. yay! we are read-a-thon newbies! good luck!

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    1. Good to know someone else has not done this before!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! BoB is so much fun :) It's my 3rd or 4th time doing it now.

    For page numbers - if you go to the book on Goodreads, most of the time the Kindle version will have page numbers listed. That's how I figure out all mine! Good luck on your goals!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, will do that, as nice to tally pages!

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  4. Hi Kathryn! Good luck with your goals :D

    The Hobbit is great---I mean, there's Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman... <3

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    1. Thanks Jen, looking forward to the movie.

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  5. Good luck on your very first readathon! This one is perfect and low key, just right for some great reading... And have fun seeing The Hobbit. I loved it!

    TFrances @ Ms. Buff's Blog

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    1. Yes low key is good,and I am about to start as Monday has reached NZ.

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  6. Those seem like great goals. I hope you enjoy the Hobbit; I haven't seen it yet but I heard that it is good. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, I've heard its quite long, so I hope I can survive through it!

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  7. This is my first read-a-thon too. Good luck with your goals!

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  8. You are really putting a dent in the pages you are reading!! Good job!!!

    Angie

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  9. I hope you enjoy your first read-a-thon, it's a lot of fun and a great way to connect with other book lovers. Good luck with your goals, you're doing really well with them. :)

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  10. Kathryn I'm glad you had more luck in getting the time converter right LOL I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to do it so I unfortunately missed the Twitter chat, I hope to make it to Wedsnedays one.

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    1. The little link beside each twitter chat gives local time, was very handy! Hope you connect this time. Good luck.

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    2. Kathryn the next time is a little bit better for me as it's 1pm my time rather than very early in the morning. I too am looking forward to participating in the Twitter chat. I think these Read-a-thons/Challenges are made fun with your interaction too :D

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  11. Seems like you are doing a great job with your goals -- impressive! Happy reading!

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  12. You should read the hobbit it's really better^^ and you will know the story without waiting 2more yers ^^

    i'm impressed too, you are doing quite well so far ^^

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  13. That is actually a great idea to go out and listen to an audio book as you walk around. It certainly breaks up the hours of just sitting in a reading chair with a book all day.

    Happy reading, hope you meet your goals!

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  14. Looks like you're doing well! Good luck for the rest of the week :D

    Here are my updates from day 4
    Lauren

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  15. Seems like you're staying on top of your goals - nice job! I'm so far behind that I think I'm ahead, haha! :)

    Bree
    Coffee Bean Bookshelf

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  16. Bout of Books is a great way to first look into readathons :) It seems you're doing a good job with your goals so far. Keep it up on this last day :D

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