Bout of Books 32 – August 2021

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I’ve begun my week of reading with the Bout of Books 32 readathon. My summer is quickly coming to a close, so I thought it would be nice to have some quality reading time before my work load gets unbearable again.

Here is a bit of information about this readathon:

The Bout of Books Readathon was created by Amanda Shofner on a complete whim in August 2011*. People seemed to enjoy it, so Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a regular occurrence.

Here’s what you should know about us:

    • Bout of Books is a week long readathon, run from midnight Monday (8/16) through midnight Sunday (8/22) in whatever time zone you are in. (Time zones are tough to coordinate, yo.)
    • It’s low pressure, meaning you’re only asked to read. We discourage competition between readers.
    • How much time you want, and can commit, to read, Tweet, Instagram, or otherwise network with fellow readathoners is left up to you. Any challenges and giveaways we host are optional.
    • Networking with fellow readers is actively encouraged, though never required.
    • Use social media to post updates throughout the readathon. Our main presence is on Twitter, where we share information about the readathon throughout the week. We also maintain an active presence on Instagram. We use the #boutofbooks hashtag on both networks.

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  1. Participate in challenges.
  2. Complete book for virtual book club.
  3. Complete 3 additional books.
  4. Read 750 pages.

Here is what I intend to be reading this week:

HAPPY READING!!!!

WWW Wednesdays – April 28, 2021

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

Last weekend’s 24-hour readathon really helped my reading life. I was able to finally finish some of the books I’ve been reading for a while. Plus, it was very enjoyable. I manage to hit all my goals. You can view my accomplishments here. Wish I didn’t have to wait so long for the next one, but hopefully I will have caught up with sleep by then. 

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½ 
Book Club: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ 
Buddy Read: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – book = ♦ ♦ ½
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next 

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY READING!!!

 

Completed 24-hour Readathon – April 2021

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I made it and read for the full 24 hours! I loved having this quality time with my books, but boy am I tired.

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I did great! (though you always wish you could read more books)
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I had goals that kept me focused. I also actively decided not to participate in too many mini-challenges and just focused on reading, because I haven’t made a lot of time for reading lately.
  3. What was your favorite snack? While I am proud of my first homemade waffle, my favorite snack is definitely my taco dip.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? I will for sure attend the next readathon as a reader!

Goals Accomplished

  1. Complete 5 books – Finished 5 books
  2. Read 800 pages – Read 959 pages
  3. Read at least 18 hours – Read for the full 24 hours
  4. Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted 18 times to my blog, instagram, twitter and litsy
  5. Stay hydrated – Drank 80 oz of water (which is really really good for me)
  6. Get bingo – Yes! See below.

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Books Completed

  1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook
  2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – book
  3. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook
  4. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  5. The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark – ebook

Books Started

  1. “A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – audiobook
  2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – book 

If you participated in this readathon, how did you end up doing? Did you read for the full 24 hours? Did you meet your reading goals? Hope you had a blast! I’m just going to go and close my eyes for a bit now.

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24-hour Readathon Halfway Point – April 2021

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I am doing well with the 24 hour readathon so far. While I have completed only one book so far, I have read more than 400 pages. I’ve enjoyed a lot of time outdoors:

I’ve also enjoyed some great snacks too:

Mid-Event Survey

What are you reading right now? Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

How many books have you read so far? Only one, but I am in the middle of three others.

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? 84, Charing Cross Road

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Had a few neighbors talk to me while I was outside but not for very long. My husband has been very respectful of my time with my books.

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am happy that I have been able to get a lot of housework, gardening, cooking, etc. done while audiobooking. However, I am not doing many mini-challenges at all this time unfortunately.

If you are participating, how are you doing? Feel free to comment with links to your updates. Happy Reading!

24-hour Readathon Begins! April 2021

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It’s almost time!!!! Just a few hours until the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 8th time participating in this readathon. I have been thoroughly enjoying the time I have spent preparing my TBR pile, snacks and some cozy ready spots. I am very much looking forward to this readathon and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!

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  • Complete 5 books
  • Read 800 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Stay hydrated
  • Get Bingo

TBR Pile

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville – book
  • What Women Want by Fanny Blake – book
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – book
  • The Plotters by Un-Su Kim – book
  • Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac – book
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  • The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark– ebook
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – ebook
  • The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser – ebook
  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook
  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook
  • “A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – audiobook

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating in this readathon? If so, let me know in the comments what you are most looking forward to and let me know what you plan to be reading.

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24in48 Readathon – February 6-7, 2021

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It’s time for the 24in48 Readathon!!! I have so much reading to do for book clubs and buddy reads, that this will be good for me and will help me buckle down. I’ve missed this readathon. It has been too long.

When does the Readathon begin?

Hour 0, aka the official kickoff of the #24in48GroupRead readathon, will be at 12:00am on Saturday, February 6th, Eastern time.

What are my Readathon goals?

Time:
I worked a lot of overtime this week, so I believe I may be a bit too tired this weekend to read the full 24 hours, but I am definitely going to try to read for at least 18 hours.

TBR:
These are the books I hope to finish this weekend:

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Books I will read if I finish the above:

  • What Women Want by Fanny Blake
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Modern Roman by Aziz Ansari

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.

Stay Healthy and READ!

WWW Wednesdays – October 28, 2020

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I had a great week of reading thanks to Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. Check out my readathon wrap-up. I always have such a good time! This is the second time in a row that I stayed up for the full 24 hours. I am happy with the results. I completed 5 books and read 1,200 pages. I’ve been needing to jump start my reading life again, and this definitely helped. 

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Book Club: The Theban Plays by Sophocles – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Book Jar Pick: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below about the books I’m reading, the books you are reading and/or your own WWW link.

STAY SAFE AND KEEP READING!

Completed 24-hour Readathon – October 2020

readratI made it! I read for 24 hours! It was fantastic! Here is my closing survey:

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I did as well as expected and am always a bit shocked when I make it the full 24 hours.
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I read in all formats. I think audiobooks are really important as they allow you to continue to digest literature while moving around. 
  3. What was your favorite snack? candy corn 
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! Maybe. I’ll look forward to future posts.

Here is how I did on my goals and reading:

Goals

  • Complete 5 books – Completed 5 books
  • Read 800 pages – Read 1,200 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours – Read for 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted to social media 22 times
  • Get Bingo – Got bingo

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Books Completed

  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – print book
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – print book
  • The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook

Books Started

  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump – print book
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook

I am a bit sad that this readathon is over. I always get a bit sad and wish to keep reading even though I really need to get some sleep. I had such a great time. I am especially happy that I managed to hit my yearly goodreads goal during the readathon too.

If you participated, how did you do? Feel free to comment with links to blog posts.

Hour 12 of 24 Hour Readathon – October 2020

20201024_183558I’m halfway into Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon and thoroughly enjoying my peaceful day of reading. I’m making a slight dent in my TBR pile that includes print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. 

I started the readathon at 7am local time, wearing cozy bookish apparel (pictured above) and drinking a good portion of a pot of coffee. Besides having comfortable reading apparel and cozy reading spots, delicious food and snacks always help make it through the full 24 hours. I had some french toast for brunch and had some melon as a snack.

20201024_183409I recently needed to get up and move a bit so decided to go for a long audiowalk. The weather is perfect here right now. It just got cool enough here to go for nice long walks. I decided to walk by the lake.

Books Completed:

  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook
  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – print book

Currently Reading:

  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – print book
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook

If you are participating, leave me a comment letting me know how you are doing. Very excited for the second half of the readathon!

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24-Hour Readathon Begins! October 2020

readathon1_lgIt’s almost time!!!! Just a few hours until the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 7th time participating in this readathon. I have been thoroughly enjoying the time I have spent preparing my TBR pile, snacks and some cozy ready spots. I am very much looking forward to this readathon and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!

Goals

  • Complete 5 books
  • Read 800 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Get Bingo

TBR Pile

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – book
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – book
  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – book
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – book
  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump – book
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook
  • Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti – ebook
  • The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • The Stand by Stephen King – audiobook

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating in this readathon? If so, let me know in the comments what you are most looking forward to and let me know what you plan to be reading.

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