Bout of Books!

Bout of Books
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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books Sign Up, Goals, and Progress

So this is the read-a-thon that I kept forgetting I signed up for/when it was going to be. Because I’m disorganized. But I’m so glad that I at least somewhat got my act together and am participating in this fantastic event. I’ve tried read-a-thons before and failed, but the community behind this one is fantastic (and huge! Oh my gosh, the 1000s of bloggers!). I plan on just updating this post throughout the read-a-thon with my updates to avoid spamming my own blog. Because I imagine I will have an influx of reviews (about books that have been waiting in the wings for wayy too long).

I plan on turning the tv off for longer this week and participating the whole week.

I will try to stop binge-watching some shows and instead try to finish those books that have been languishing in my TBR  for like a year. I went a little trigger happy when I first started blogging and consequently still have books from those days that deserve a read. Television is one of the largest obstacles between reading and me. I mean, even as I write this, I have NBC’s The Voice on. I only type during commercial breaks! (Just loved Kat’s performance of Let it Go…guess I should finally watch Frozen?)

My goal is to read as many books as I can to help build up a reserve of reviews/books to allow myself more freedom to read a tome.

Is that tome to be The Lies of Locke Lamora or the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire? Doesn’t really matter. But I am already behind on my yearly reading goal, and I know if I start reading a book that is over 500 pages, I will likely fall even further behind. I’ll feel less guilty if I have read a lot of other books in advance of that.

What about the books?

The books I want to read are those that have been on my to-read list for so long. Since kicking up the reading in high gear today, I’ve already finished Fallout by Todd Strasser, a book that I got from Netgalley a year ago. I then discovered I still have Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid on my Kindle from Netgalley as well so that’s next. And then, just because I read faster on my Kindle, I’ll read Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, a book I bought a year ago. I highly doubt I’ll finish any more than that in one week, but if I do, I’ll update this list. I’d rather not make myself feel bad by setting unreasonable goals.

Monday: I’ve finished Fallout! Just starting Pretty Dark Nothing.

What do you think?

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