Tag Archives: Bout of Books

Bout of Books 14

13 Aug

If you’ve been following my WWW Wednesday posts, you know I have a stack of books on my bedside table a mile high. And with grad school starting up again in a few weeks, that’s a problem for me. So, logically, I’m going to do Bout of Books before it starts!

Bout of Books

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, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This times up perfectly. I’m coming home from a conference on Sunday (where I’ve been all week, sorry for slow replies) and next week is looking slow. Hubby has promised to be supportive. This is going to be awesome.

Yes, it will mean getting even further behind on book reviews. That can’t be helped. I don’t think I’ll participate in many of the challenges so I can maximize my reading time, but I’m going for the gold (aka grand prize). Let’s do this thing. Who else is in?

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Bout of Books: Sunday and Wrap-Up (Plus a Reminder)

25 Aug
Bout of Books

Sunday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 18 pages
  • The Buddha in the Attic: 23 pages
  • Total: 41 pages

Read One Hour- fail

Read 50 pages- fail

Finish two books- fail

Summary of Bout of Books

Pages read: 611

Books finished: 1

Lessons Learned: My habit of reading multiple books at a time failed me here. 611 pages total, but I only finished the tail end of one ebook. Yikes. On average, I read 87 pages a day, which is well over average. I’m about to dive into grad school, so I’m glad I did this before then! I really enjoyed the photo challenges and if you follow me on Instagram (or look at the left side of this page) you can see the fun things I did with photos. If there’s another of these that’s during a school lull and preferably not while I’m on a business trip, I’d be in again in a heartbeat.

And for the reminder! About 7PM EST tonight I’ll be closing off the voting for my second Read Along event. I’ve only received three votes so far (two off-line) and I’d love to have a big group. I put up an intro post that you can review here if you have any questions on how it works. Please consider joining us!

Please consider joining me for my Second Read Along. Voting closes Monday for what our next book will be. Cast your vote below.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Saturday

24 Aug
Bout of Books

Saturday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 43 pages
  • Total: 43 pages

Read One Hour- complete

Read 50 pages- fail

Finish two books- in progress

I’m tempted to add in the ten pages I read of my Marketing textbook, but that feels like cheating. It’s looking less and less like I can make the two books goal I’ve set. There’s still a lot left in all of my books and I’m at my parents house right now, looking at a list of chores to do when I get home. Fingers crossed, but I’m not too hopeful.

Please consider joining me for my Second Read Along. Voting closes Monday for what our next book will be. Cast your vote below.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Friday

23 Aug
Bout of Books

Friday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 35 pages
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 104 pages
  • The Buddha in the Attic: 10 pages
  • Total: 149 pages

Read One Hour- complete

Read 50 pages- complete

Finish two books- in progress

I started a new ebook on Friday. Now I’ll have something around at all times.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Thursday

22 Aug
Bout of Books

Thursday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 36 pages
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 68 pages
  • Total: 104 pages

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours (complete)

Pages read: 104 (complete)

Books finished: one (in process)

I’m finally back and able to type this on a computer. My apologies for a lack of engagement while I was away. I’m going to keep going strong.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Wednesday

21 Aug

This will be painfully brief. The good news is that this should be the worst day.

Beneath a Marble Sky: 14 pages

Total pages: 14 (fail)
Time spent reading: 20 minutes (fail)
Books finished: 1 (in progress)

Busy day on this trip but I’m heading home. Here’s another picture!

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Until next time!

Bout of Books: Tuesday

20 Aug

This will be short as I’m typing it on my phone!

The Things They Carried: 57 pages (finished)
Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 33 pages
Beneath a Marble Sky: 54 pages

Total pages: 144 (complete)
Time reading: 2 hours (complete)
Books finished: 1 (in progress)

And here’s a picture from my trip.

Until next time!

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Bout of Books: I’m In!

15 Aug

I know, I know. I haven’t done a Friday post in a while. Well, there’s a good reason for this exception. I’ve decided to participate in Bout of Books!

Bout of Books

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, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I don’t have much time before I start grad school so I want to take advantage of the week. And I’ve got goals; minor but grand goals! I’ll be on a business trip, so I think this will afford me more time to read than normal, but I could be wrong. We’ll see. Anyway, goals.

  1. Read 1 hour every day
  2. Read at least 50 pages per day (which shouldn’t be an issue given the above)
  3. Finish two books

I’m going for pages more than books. I’m not going to start a new book and only read short little ones so that I get more titles in. I’d rather read more in length.

There are a few books I’ve already started that I want to finish and some I’ll be starting soon that I want to sail through. So, here’s an approximate list of the titles I’ll attack.

  1. Canada by Richard Ford (already begun)
  2. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  3. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (audio, already begun)

Maybe I’ll add more, maybe not. We’ll see how this challenge goes. I’m excited. GET EXCITED WITH ME!

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!