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 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Time Devoted to Reading
I know I’m probably CRAZY for signing up for Bout of Books with a new baby and all, but the past month has shown me that I do in fact have some time to read during the day! Of course, now that I say that I’m sure my week will be full of NO time to read, but a girl can try, right? My little guy likes to nap in the afternoons, so I’ll devote naptime (so long as I’m not taking advantage of myself) and nighttime feedings (since I am BEST FRIENDS with my ereader at night). Naturally, I’ll be playing with baby when he’s awake.
- Read TWO books. I have a few on the go, so it would be nice to finish two this week. If I manage to finish three, then that’s just great. (To compare with previous Bout of Books, the last time I participated I read 19.25 books!)
- Participate in some of the challenges.
- Cheer on and chat with my favourite people when I have the time.
- Fit in reading where I can, but don’t stress about it since I have a baby who needs lots of attention!
- HAVE FUN!
Books to Read
I already have three books on the go, so I’ll be working on these (Outlander is a reread, so it’s just getting read in little bursts at night):
And if I manage to finish these (those, the first two are both close to 500 pages each, and Outlander is over 800 pages so I’m thinking I won’t) I’ll work on this one:
My updates will be daily and hopefully I can get them up every day. We’ll see. I’m not going to go into great detail, but give a recap of each day’s reading.
Today wasn’t a horrible day for reading, though I did get sidetracked whenever I did *have* time for reading. Instead, I’d vacuum or put laundry away or look things up on the internet. Then little one would be up and there went my reading time! I did get close to 100 pages read which is definitely something!
I also couldn’t pass up Rachelia’s challenge over at Bookish Comforts, where she asked us to put together the books we’d buy if we had $100USD to spend! Here’s my list (according to the Book Depository):
Jojo Moyes – Me Before You $11.33
Amanda Lindhout – A House in the Sky $12.56
Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret $11.23
Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After $15.29
Sue Monk Kidd – The Invention of Wings $19.31
Jennifer E. Smith – The Geography of You and Me $13.96
Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone $15.29
Total $$ spent – $98.97
Not bad! Now … when can I get these?
I participated in Sarah’s challenge, Reading Tactics, over at Sarah Says Read. This was an easy one:
Sarah asked: How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?
My answer: I try to not set unrealistic goals in the first place — though in the past I’ve definitely set the bar high! Normally I do pick lighter books that are easier to pick up and read. I also try to read whenever I have the chance, whether that be while waiting for dinner to cook or while waiting for little one to get up in the morning. AND since baby is so little, I’ll read out loud to him. He just stares at me when I do this.
I missed doing my update for yesterday but it really doesn’t matter because I barely read anything. I had just a little bit of time to read in the morning and thought I could in the afternoon, too, but little boy and I had the LONGEST APPOINTMENT EVER, not to mention the drive to and from the appointment, so we were both cranky and irritable most of the afternoon and evening. TODAY, however, I did manage to get some reading done during little boy’s naps. I’m kind of glad that I’m managing to keep track of what’s going on in the two books I’m reading. I guess it helps that they’re both totally different from one another. And both very good!
After Tuesday’s doctor’s appointment, I vowed to not go ANYWHERE yesterday or today. But there was a flu shot clinic in town, so we went to that. Thankfully, the town we went to wasn’t busy at all, so we were only there an hour. I did manage to read a few pages there before the husband showed up on his lunch break! And this afternoon, my little man FINALLY napped better in his pack n’ play (he’s taken to NOT wanting to nap in it at all, but instead sprawled across me, which is nice and all, but then I have no arm usage). I took advantage and read more of Annabel (which is holding my interest more than More Than This at the moment, despite them both being really good). Only about 50 pages or so, but hey — it’s something!
I participated in Lori’s (over at Writing My Own Fairytale) challenge, Double Date Book Challenge. She wanted us to recommend a pair of books to read. Since I’m reading Annabel, a story about a boy born a hermaphrodite in Newfoundland, I couldn’t help but also think of Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, a book along similar lines of Annabel and one I can’t stop thinking about as I read. It’s the story of Cal, Calliope, who was born a hermaphrodite and raised as a girl.
Not a lot of reading done today, just during the morning when the little man was sleeping and just before bed. At least it’s something, right?
Lots of reading in today, making up for yesterday! I finished my first book today and started a new one — even though I’m still working on More Than This. I know that I’m not going to have a lot of time to read tomorrow because the little man and I are attending a baby shower, but I will try!
I know I’m not going to make it to reading two books this week, but I am THISCLOSE to making it. I can taste it. I helps that the book I started is a quick read. But with the shower today it’s not going to happen. Still, I’m happy with my progress so far and will hopefully finish the two books I have going this week … even though Bout of Books will be over.
Well, I may not have read the two books I set out to read, but I still think I did a good job! I finished my CanLit book and *almost* made my way through a New Adult book … I may have abandoned More Than This for a bit, but I intend to pick it up again this week. I still did lots of reading, maybe not as much as I had hoped (naptimes are unpredictable!) but I’m still happy with my progress.