Bout of Books 11 Readathon: Goals and Updates

August 16, 2014 Book Event 26

This is my first bout of books and if you are also a book lover then you’ll know all about this readathon.  But just in case you don’t, here is all the deets you need.

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, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Why I’m joining?

I wasn’t really planning on joining as I’m all kinds of busy at the moment.  But then again, I’m never too busy to read.  I always squeeze it in somewhere somehow.  As sign up posts went up on other blogs, I got caught up in the whirl of excitement, I was sucked in and here I am.  Ready, willing and able to read ALL the books. Well 3 or 4 anyway 🙂

My Goals for Bout of Books 11:

  • Have fun
  • Talk books – here, there, on twitter, on your blog, wherever.  If you love books enough to join a readathon, then we speak the same language and obviously need to be friends 🙂
  • Join in at least one challenge and update this post as I do
  • Read some of these.  I’m not putting a number on it as I don’t like book pressure.  And I’ll be happy to just make an indent in my pile.
The Husband's Secret Dangerous Boys See You Tomorrow Dear Daughter Each and every One

 Update Tuesday evening 19th Aug:

I’ve finished one book – Each and Every One by Rachel English.  I was already 50% before Monday so that’s only half a book in two days.  But that’s ok, my weekdays are busy and I wasn’t expecting to read much more than that anyway.  What is satisfying is that it was a 4 star read.  Yay! And in other news, I’ve just completed my very first Spine Poetry – the challenge hosted by My Little Pocket Books.  It’s a bit morbid but I like how it turned out.  AND the picture is refusing to be added.  Gah!  I’ll add it later when I can.  Of you can check it on FB.

Rare precious things


The life you left

See you tomorrow

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

 Update Thursday evening 21st Aug:

Yesterday, I read 50% of Dangerous Boys (well more or less and to be honest more less than more!) and I’m really enjoying it.  It’s maintaining the suspense really well and I’m anxious to get it all sorted out in my head!  I’m hoping to finish this one tonight as it’s a fairly quick read.  I didn’t do any challenges yesterday because I had no time and I also didn’t get a chance to go blog visiting.  But the good news is that from now to the end of the readathon, I’ll have a lot more free time so I hope to rectify that.

Today’s challenge is Like This, Try This which is hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale: My recommendation is that if you like Anne of Green Gables then try After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone because this even though the stories are totally different, this book captures the friendships, loyalty and feels of Anne.  In a more modern, less innocent way.  Both showcase the joys of nature and have a lovely optimistic feel to them.  I love both and highly recommend them.

Anne of Green GablesAfter Forever Ends


Bookish Chat : Are you joining in?  Leave a comment below and I’ll swing on by. And a quick question to help us connect, what book are you most looking forward to reading in BoutofBooks?

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26 Responses to “Bout of Books 11 Readathon: Goals and Updates”

  1. Charleen

    I’m doing Bout of Books, at least for the first couple days. Not bothering with the blog, though, I’ll just update on Twitter. Honestly, we’ll see how I like it, and I may just stick with that from now on, even when I’m not on a hiatus.

    Good luck!
    Charleen recently posted…July Mini-Reviews

    • trish

      I’ll be interested to see how the twitter experiment works out. It seems like a great way to take part plus you’d get to chat to more people too. Good luck!

    • trish

      I’m sure we’ll squeeze a couple of books in anyway. I’m really looking forward to it. And yes The Husband’s Secret has had rave reviews so I’m really looking forward to that too.

  2. Stacy Renee

    I participated in the read-a-thon for the first time last year and did pretty good but I don’t think I’ll have as much time this year and will have to squeeze in some reading whenever I can. I’m still not quite sure what I’ll be reading but I’ll most likely choose a few short books that I can breeze through to feel like I’m actually getting somewhere! I guess I need to go throw together a small pile to choose from! 🙂
    Stacy Renee recently posted…Coming Soon: Bout of Books 11.0 Read-a-thon

    • trish

      Good idea to stick in a few short stories as it’s motivating to see the numbers add up. As long as the books are good though I’ll be happy even if I only get two read. Good luck with your goals.

  3. Finley Jayne

    This is my second attempt at Bout of Books (I didn’t complete the first round), and I’m so excited to get started! You have some great books lined up-good luck with your goals!

    • trish

      Well they look promising and I have read some of the authors previous books before so I’m hopefully of some great reads. Good luck with your reads too!

  4. Lisa @ Captivated Reader

    Good luck with your reading goals for Bout of Books!! I am participating this round too, but am only planning on listening to two unabridged audiobooks, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and The Soon by Philipp Meyer.
    Lisa @ Captivated Reader recently posted…Do You Reread Books?

    • trish

      I’m a recent convert to audiobooks. After resisting them for years, I now love them. I hope you enjoy your books 🙂

    • trish

      I think it’s the best way to read. It’s my time out and I never want to feel like I’m falling behind. I think Amanda put it best on twitter…flailing not failing! I’m all on for flailing. And yes Dangerous Boys is fab!

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