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!


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

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

  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

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

  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!

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

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

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


  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. :)

  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.

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

    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

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

  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 ^^

  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!

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

    Here are my updates from day 4

  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! :)

    Coffee Bean Bookshelf

  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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