Bout of Books 26 Wrap-Up – August 2019

Bout of Books

This last week I participated in the Bout of Books 26 Readathon. This readathon really helped me get back into reading after a busy summer of work and travel. I was really happy with the goals that I set for myself. This is how I did:

1. Complete 80% of the Challenge:

Instagram = 6 posts (85% of the challenges)
Twitter = 9 posts (didn’t necessarily do the challenges, but I gave updates everyday)
Blog = 2 posts

2. Finish 3 books:

Here are the books I completed:

3. Read 800 pages:

I read a total of 1,179 pages.

4. Read for at least 2 hours a day:

I read for an average of 3 hours per day during the readathon.

I’m so glad I participated in this readathon, as it definitely helped me get my reading groove back!

Bout of Books 27 dates:
January 6-12, 2020



Bout of Books 26 – August 19-25, 2019

I’m gearing up for Bout of Books 26! After going on vacation and not reading at all, I am more than ready to get back to all my beautiful books. If you don’t know what the Bout of Books Readathon is, here is a description created by the hosts:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  1. Do at least 80% of the challenges.
  2. Finish 3 books.
  3. Read 800 pages.
  4. Read for at least 2 hours a day.

Here is what I will be reading:

If any of you are interested in participating in the Bout of Books Readathon, you can sign up here. It’ll be an amazing time!!!


Completed 24in48 Readathon – July 2019


Congratulations to all those who participated in the 24in48 Readathon over this past weekend! How did y’all do?  I actually managed to clock 24 hours of reading, which was far behind my goal for the weekend. Here are my readathon stats:

Finished Reads:

  • The Road to Dribbling by Bill Bryson – audiobook
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Part 3 only for a IRL readalong) – book
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama – audiobook

Reads Started but not Finished during Readathon:

  • The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – book/ebook
  • Ireland by Frank Delaney – audiobook

Pages Read:

I read a total of exactly 900 pages.

Reading Time:


Social Media Updates:

I posted many updates on social media regarding this readathon:

Thank you so much to the lovely 24in48 Readathon hosts! You all are amazing! I had such a fun weekend and can’t wait until the next one!

24in48 Readathon – July 20-21


It’s time for the 24in48 Readathon!!! Due to work, summer activities, vacations, and vacation planning, I’ve had little time to devote to my reading, so I am looking forward to dedicating some time this weekend to hopefully finishing the many books I am in the middle of right now.

When does the Readathon begin?

Hour 0, aka the official kickoff of the July #24in48 readathon, will be at 12:01am on Saturday, July 20th, Eastern time.

What are my Readathon goals?

While it would be nice if I could actually read for 24 hours over the course of the weekend, I unfortunately have other obligations, so my time will be a bit limited. My goal is to focus on reading when I am at home, so hope to read for at least 15 hours.

These are the books I hope to finish this weekend:

  • East of Eden: Part 3 by John Steinbeck (part of a friend readalong I am participating in)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (part of my Focus on Authors Challenge)
  • The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins (NetGalley ARC)

Books I will continue reading or start if I finish the above:

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Social Media:
I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you joining me?

If you want to participate in this readathon with me, visit the 24in48 homepage to sign-up. Also visit the FAQ page for more information about this readathon.

My Weekend is Definitely Booked!

Bout of Books 25 – May 2019

This week I participated in the Bout of Books 25 Readathon. Unfortunately, I had a busy week with work, house renovations, and family visiting, but I still made some time to read, though not as much as I would have liked.

Here are the books I read this week:


Total pages read: 1,069

Posts on Twitter: 10

Posts on Instagram: 7 (participated in the daily Instagram challenge #BoB25IGPhoto)

I am really looking forward to the next one. See below for the dates and hope that you all get to participate as well!

Dates of Next Readathon:

Bout of Books 26
8/19/19 – 8/25/19

24 Hour Readathon – Goals


It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! Check back on Saturday, April 6th to see my progress. This is officially my 6th time participating. Here are some questions to help me prep and set goals for this round.

Are you participating for the whole 24 hours? I really wish I could participate for the whole 24 hours. Unfortunately, I will be hosting a garage sale that morning as part of our community yard sale. It is my opportunity to Marie Kondo my house, so I can’t pass this up. I am hoping to still read during slow moments or have the Harry Potter Book 4 audiobook blaring on our outdoor speakers. I also don’t believe that I’ll be able to stay up all night as I will have a late night on Friday. We are taking my mother-in-law to: A Night with Margaret Atwood. Super excited for this! So I believe my ultimate goal will be to read for: 15 hours.

What is on your TBR pile for the Readathon? I always make sure I have a lot of options, because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for. Here are the books I believe I will finish:

Here are some other books I may start or continue reading:

What snacks am I looking forward to? Since I’m going to have an early morning with last minute prepping for the garage sale, I plan on making a 6am run to Billy’s Donuts. It is a donut shop that just opened up in my neighborhood, so I am happy to finally support a new business, which in turn will support my readathon goals (or at least my hunger). I am always up for donuts and kolaches!


My Readathon TBR Pile

Anyone else participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, what will you be reading and snacking on? Also, I’ll be happy to cheer you on if you are participating.


24in48 Readathon – January 26-27

24in48_v2-03_full-colorWe are less than two hours away from the beginning of the 24in48 Readathon! After a long and exhausting work week, I could use some good quality time with my books.

Here is what I am hoping to read this weekend:

I will be reading in a wide variety of formats, including audiobooks, an ebook and a physical book. This variety should make the 24 hours go by really quickly.

Social Media:
I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Y’all should join me (or at least cheer me on lol). Go to the 24in48 homepage and sign-up. You may even win a nifty prize!