Well, my blogging has been off lately. Last week passed without me posting a thing because (1) I forgot to post this update and (2) I didn’t feel like blogging. I was hooked on the books I was reading, or speeding through them so I could return them to the library. I hate returning books unread.
Bout of Books is one of my favorite readathons and is usually the only one I participate in. For this one, I assigned myself four goals and 10 books, mostly comics, to accomplish in the week, May 8-14. But was I successful? We’ll see. Of my goals —
Read books checked out from the library, or at least start them.
Read at home and before bed. No electronics.
— I did all except one — no electronics before bed. I think I did that for one night, but there were a couple events on Sims Freeplay that I didn’t want to pass up sooo I had to play before bed. However, I was surprised that I read at home and got started on my library books.
As for the 10 books I listed to read, I only read two. HOWEVER, I did read three other books that were not on my list (which proves that I should stop making TBR lists). Here are what I read and my ratings, starting with the two books from my list:
Bout of Books is back! And perfect timing too because I’m sick. (This is the only time I’ll be excited about being ill.)
Bout of Books is the only readathon I’ve consistently participated in each year. I don’t know what it is about this readathon that makes me commit to it, but I usually read whatever books I assign myself for it. As usual, I won’t participate in challenges because I don’t have time for them and I’ll probably forget to.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda at On a Book Bender and Kelly at Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 8, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. — From the Bout of Books team
The Bout of Books readathon is back! I decided to participate again this year since I enjoyed doing so last year. I’m not a fan of week-long readathons, but I like this one because it’s more relaxed. Here’s more information on what it’s about:
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 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 22nd, and runs through Sunday, August 28th, 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. — From the Bout of Books team
I doubt I’ll participate in the challenges and all that because I’ll either forget to or I just won’t have the time. As for what I’ll read, I’ll try to limit myself to the books I borrowed from the library.
Pokémon is taking over the world and though I haven’t hopped on the Pokémon Go bandwagon, I am taking advantage of as many of the Pokémon bookish festivities as I can because I enjoyed the Pokémon cartoons and I love books.
I discovered the #ReadThemAllThon, hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight, a week or so ago and decided to join in because this readathon is stretched over 3 weeks (Sunday, August 14, to Sunday, September 4). Though it requires us to read 8 books during those 3 weeks, the possibility that I’ll complete a book or two is higher with this readathon than the usual week-long readathons.
Aentee has created this readathon to match Ash’s quest in the first season of the Pokémon cartoons when he strives to compete in Kanto’s Indigo League competitions. But instead of fighting in gym battles, we will be reading books. However, Aentee has also structured this readathon to include Pokémons so that the amount of books we read as well as the extent to which we participate in other activities (tweeting, posting reviews, etc.) will determine how our chosen Pokémon will evolve. I think that’s awesome!
For the past week, April 18-24, I participated in the Authorathon, a new readathon created by booktuber Joana Sousa, and cohosted with Sam, another booktuber, at Thoughts on Tomes. The purpose of this readathon was to focus on an author, or authors, whose books you want read, and I succeeded in that part. I reread a book by an author whose work I initially wasn’t enthused about and started a book by an author who I wasn’t sure I would like.
So reading-wise, this readathon went well despite my week being crazy busy. However, I forgot that there are activities during readathons and so I forgot to check in on Twitter to participate in reading sprints and such. I just totally forgot about that part. Also, I didn’t do updates throughout. I didn’t have the time for it. The challenges for the Authorathon were as follows:
I’ve seen this going around so I decided to participate because I’d like to know how many books I can get through in a week if I don’t have to work, and since I’m on vacation, the timing is perfect.
I usually shy away from reading challenges because they seem stressful, especially when other areas of my life are chaotic but Bout of Books is supposed to be fun and I have the time so why not. If you’re new to this as I am, here’s some info on the event:
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, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I’ll probably not participate in the challenges and just observe from the sidelines. Anyways, here’s what I’ll attempt to read and my goal. I doubt I’ll get through all the material listed here but I’m restricting myself to read only books from this list.