D’you know what is the worst thing about being in a blogging and a reading slump? Being a book blogger. They work together and when things are great, neither is a trouble, but when they’re both hard work, well, you’re doomed. I’ve been in a slump for a couple of weeks now on both fronts and I am hating it, so, Bout of Books 22 could not have come at a better time! I’m super excited that my favourite readathon is back again, I’m on my 11th rodeo and excited to get reading and talking with you all.
Bout of Books is a great online readathon, and community, and for the a week in May we’re picking up our books (whatever books you want to read) and reading them at your own pace (I mean it, whether you read a book a day, or a page a week), we’re chatting on twitter, and we’re having a laugh. C’mon, join us, you know you want to!
So, what’s the deal? What’s it all about? Well:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Once again, I have the honour and privilege of being a Bout of Books expert. Keep an eye out for me stalking you all on as many forms of social media outlets as I can manage, supporting where I can, and all round getting involved. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on here or find me on twitter @LizHannah25.
I have quite a lot going on at the moment, so this readathon is coming at the right time to help me find a bit of me time in my daily routine. I am really trying to kick start my Fat Friday weight loss progress, and want to make more healthy food and work out more. The weather is improving and the days are getting longer, so I should be able to get outside and work out a little more without worrying about the temperature or losing the light. Work is incredibly busy at the moment, so I’ve been listening to music on my commute to decompress recently, so if possible I need to try and reestablish this time to read, well listen, to audiobooks again. I am really behind with blogging and engaging with the blogging community,as well as finishing the changes to my actual site, so getting back in touch with the enjoyment of blogging will be a really great way to spend my readathon.
As always, I set myself some personal goals each readathon, and once again they remain the same as always. I think I have found a good level of engagement with the readathon and the people who take part with these, and if I can complete them then I will be super happy!
- Read/listen to 3 books from 3 different genres.
- Get involved with any/all challenges set daily by the lovely hosts
- Participate in all twitter chats that my work schedule permits, and engage with my fellow Bout of Book-ers!
- Read and comment on other Bout of Books blog posts, and see what others are doing during the week.
The problem with being out of sync with reading is not actually wanting to read anything. I am slowly making progress with some of the books I was reading in April, but realistically will only finish one or two of them before this readathon starts. With that in mind, I have looked for a set of books that shouldn’t be difficult to tackle and will hopefully re-start my obsession with reading again:
- Spellslinger Sebastian de Castell
- The Horse and His Boy C. S. Lewis
- One Of Us Is Lying Karen M. McManus
- James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
- The Tsar of Love and Techno Anthony Marra
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition) J. K. Rowling
Are you going to take part in Bout of Books 21? Let me know what you’re reading by commenting below!