Monday, May 12, 2014

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Last year I loved participating in the spring Bout of Books Read-a-thon. I took off three days to do nothing but read, and it was wonderful. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to "attend" this year, though. It's finals week at the university, and my boss is recovering from heart surgery, so it's not the best time to take off time, but I woke up at one point early this morning (to a booming spring thunderstorm) and I knew I just had to try to get the days off. So I scrambled to get my last book order of the fiscal year done, invoices paid, timesheet submitted, credit card statement signed and handed in...and I'm off for the next three days to read. Glorious!

Not that you have to take time off to attend. Most folks don't, but these read-a-thons have become my favorite way of using my vacation days.

My goals during my reading staycation:

1. Finish The Signature of All Things. I am LOVING this book. As you know, I'm not a fiction reader, but I read a review of this book on Swapna Krishna's wonderful site, and I was so intrigued I had to buy a copy. It's absolutely wonderful. I adore Elizabeth Gilbert's writing. I only have about 100 pages left (it's a 500 page novel), and it's been a very quick read for me.

2. Read a good old fashion memoir. I've been reading so much "regular" nonfiction lately, it seems like it's been forever since I've read a memoir. I'll choose from Glitter and Glue, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and Mother Daughter Me.

3. Start (finish?) something else to clean up the TBR. Who knows what that might be. Another memoir? Maybe something I've been saving like Quiet or Gulp. Or maybe one of my newest acquisitions Lean In, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, or The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay. Come to think of it, a cultural book sounds really good.

4. Read through my pile of picture books. I have a couple dozen picture books due back to the library at the end of the month, and I'm woefully behind. I have some intriguing bookseven some nonfiction, so I'm looking forward to diving in.

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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


  1. PICTURE BOOKS! YAY!!! I love that you are making a goal to read picture books! I have a couple around my apartment too! I should add them to my list! =)

    I hope you have a great week reading! #ReadStrong!

  2. Ooh man, you requested of for This? How awesome is that! I'm super jealous! I have to work during it - which will make it more difficult or challenging depending on how you look at it. This is the first time I've done it and I'm excited!