Monday, January 14, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon! *Wrap Up Post*

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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

I've decided to join up in the annual Bout of Books read-a-thon this week!  It will be my very first time participating. I kept seeing it around so many of my favorite blogs and it just sounded like so much fun. Plus it comes at a perfect time---my reading time has been so short lately with holidays and visitors and all the kids home.  Today is their first day back to school and I'm hoping to get back to  get lots of reading done this week, so this is the perfect way to get me going!

Here's the stack I'm hoping to tackle:

I'm nearly done with Splintered--despite loving it, all the holiday busyness lately has caused me to take forever reading this book! I can't wait to dig into the other three. Hoping to read all three, but realistically, I will probably only make it though two.

My goals:
☻Finish 2-3 books
☻Read at least an hour daily (which will be a  challenge since I work a few full days this week!)
☻Participate in 2 mini-challenges
☻Visit at least 5 participating blogs a day--at least two that are new to me.
☻Update my progress on twitter

Daily updates:
Book I'm reading today: Splintered
Read from page 265 to 288
Notes: Turned out to be a busy day and I only got about a half-hour read in. Booo..

Book I'm reading today: Splintered & Paper Valentine
Read from page 288 to 371 (done with Splintered!)
Note: Not sure this counts, but I started  Paper Valentine by pulling up the sample at while on the desk at work. ;)

Book I'm reading today: Paper Valentine
Read from page 1 to 168
Notes: Even with working another full day on Wed, I got over half-way through this one! Loving it so far! I also visited blogs, but still found no time to tweet updates or do challenges.

Book I'm reading today: Paper Valentine
Read from page 168 to 304 (end)
Notes: Done with book #2!  This one flew by for me and I really enjoyed it, aside from a few weird moments.

Book I'm reading today: Asunder
Read from page 1 to 29
Notes: Hardly any time to read today.  Laaaaame.

Book I'm reading today: Asunder
Read from page 30 to 115
Notes: Really enjoying this one so far!

Book I'm reading today:
Read from page 116 to 142
Not much time to read today, we went on a family outing instead :)

Final thoughts: OK, so I over-estimated my reading time during this read-a-thon!  I did finish two books and make it halfway through a third! But I didn't reach my goals to do a few challenges and I didn't get to visit as many blogs as I'd hoped to.  Ah, well! It was still fun to participate! :D


  1. good luck! It won't be easy but as long as you have fun that's what it's important!

  2. Good luck with the challenge! Can't wait to hear what you think of Paper Valentine!

  3. Good luck with the read-a-thon. I hope you enjoy Scarlet as much as I did!

  4. I am participating too. I really need to spend some time reading! I see that you have an ARC of Scarlet. I can't wait to read that one!

    I hope you meet your reading goals!

  5. That copy of Splintered looks gorgeous. Does it just look like that normally or did you take the dust jacket off?

    I've heard good things about Scarlet, but I haven't even got round to the copy of Cinder that's been on my TBR for more than a year now...

    Good luck this week!

    1. Yup, that's just the hardcover Splintered with the dust jacket off! I always take them off when I read so they don't get ruined!

  6. Good luck with the read-a-thon! Have fun with it!

  7. Oh I really want to read Splintered so I can't wait to see what you think of that one. I didn't like the first book to Asunder so I wouldn't personally continue with that series. I can't wait to read Scarlet though :)

    Happy reading!

  8. Hooray for finishing a book! :D Good luck with the rest of the Bout!

  9. Glad you enjoyed your second book so much! :D Congrats with your progress too

    Here are my updates from day 4

  10. I'm happy to see someone going about the same pace as me! I just finished Cinder and can't wait to read Scarlet. And thanks for visiting my blog and following! :)