Bout of Books 8.0: Goals & Progress

Posted August 18, 2013 by Kim in Challenges / 0 Comments

Bout of Books
Bout of Books 8.0 starts tomorrow! This week-long read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. For more information about how to participate in this awesome read-a-thon, check out the Bout of Books blog.
My plan and goals for the week are below. I’m not going to post a daily update, so you can feel free to visit post to see how my challenge is going.

Time Devoted to Reading

This reading challenge would have fit into my schedule much easier had it been last week while I was on staycation, but I can’t have everything right? There’s a reason it’s called a challenge. 😉 I plan to read daily, as I do most weeks. I’d like to read at least 3 hours cumulative each weekday (work and all…) and a little more on Saturday and Sunday.

My Goals

  • Read 3 hours per day.
  • Finish 7 books.
  • Write 5 reviews.
  • Comment on at least 5 blogs daily.
  • Find more awesome blogs to follow.
  • Follow those same awesome bloggers on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Books to Read

I often wonder if my TBR is especially crazy or if every book addict’s list looks about the same. At any rate, this week I plan to tackle ARCs and some of the books that have been on my TBR for a long time. Here’s the list from which I’ll choose:
  • Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  • The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
  • Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire
  • Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
  • Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire
  • Selling Scarlett (Love, Inc. #1) by Ella James
  • Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
  • Found (Penny Black #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  • Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi
  • The Pledge (The Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting
  • Playing for Keeps (The Game #2) by Emma Hart
  • Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
  • How to Sleep with a Movie Star by Kristin Harmel
  • … and anything else shiny and interesting that shows up and steals my attention away from this list. 🙂

Updates

8/19
Number of books read today: 2
Books completed so far: 2
Books: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller and Selling Scarlett by Ella James
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Lots of time driving led to less reading time. Audiobook of Days of Blood & Starlight helped. <3 The Summer I Became a Nerd.

8/20
Number of books read today: 0 completed, started Hourglass and am at 70% finished
Books completed so far: 2
Books: Currently reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Back to work. First day in 10 days. Limited reading time. About 70% finished with Hourglass. Addicted. But, must sleep now.

8/21
Number of books read today: 1
Books completed so far: 3
Books: Finished Hourglass by Myra McEntire (<3) … starting Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Finished Hourglass. <3 Started Where the Stars Still Shine. So excited. I’m moving nicely towards my goal for this challenge!

8/22
Number of books read today: 0 finished, 83% finished with Where the Stars Still Shine
Books completed so far: 3, will be 4 before I go to bed
Books: Finishing Where the Stars Still Shine tonight
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Not much time for reading today. I *WILL* finish Where the Stars Still Shine before I go to sleep. So much <3.

8/23
Number of books read today: 1 finished
Books completed so far: 5
Books: began reading Love Overdue at lunch and finished this evening
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Started and finished the ARC of Love Overdue by @PamelaMorsi today. Absolutely charming.

8/24
Number of books read today: 2
Books completed so far: 7
Books: Finished The Marriage Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich and Eat, Play, Lust by Tawna Fenske
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Lots of reading, blogging & visiting other blogs today. Reached my goal of 7 books! Will read on tomorrow.

8/25
Number of books read today: 2
Books completed so far: 9
Books: Finished Undeclared by Jen Frederick and Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich
Thoughts on today (140 characters or less): #boutofbooks: Apparently I’m on a military guy kick. There are worse things, I suppose.

Challenge successful! Look for a full wrap-up on Monday or Tuesday. 🙂 

Are you participating in this challenge? Post your links in the comments below.

Ok, let’s do this!

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0 responses to “Bout of Books 8.0: Goals & Progress

  1. Ooh, great list of books! So many amazing choices! I adored The Summer I Became a Nerd, so I hope you enjoyed reading that one 🙂
    Through the Ever Night is amazing! And I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hourglass.
    You did great on the first day! Good luck for the rest of the week! 😀

  2. Wow, 3 hours reading per day after getting home from work is quite the challenge. I think it is wonderful that you’re able to make that work. I usually can only squeeze in one hour or so. Good luck on your challenge 🙂

    • It’ll be a bit of a stretch, but I think once I add in the time I spend reading at lunch (and in the gym on the elliptical!), I’ll be good to go. There are advantages to being single… and not really liking TV that much. 🙂

    • Great minds think alike! 🙂 I’m comfortable with my progress so far, but hope to make more over the weekend. I’m loving Bout of Books; it’s my first read-a-thon!