Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Kristine's doing Bout of Books: Sign up + goals


So I really want to read a lot this month, and a read-a-thon seems like a good idea. And so I'm signing myself up for Bout of Books! I've never done this before, so I'm not enitrely in control over how it works aside from the fact that you set your own goals, sign up and then spend Aug. 18-24 reading! It's about having fun and not stressing too and that is what I need right now. You can find all the information you need at the official blog: http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/.

Bout of Books

My Bout of Books goals:

Time spent reading:

I want to read an average of 2 hours per day (14 hours total), and that time will be while I'm on the bus (audiobooks!), before bedtime and just whenever I can squeeze it in.

Specific goals:

  • Read 4 books
  • 1 book has to be part of a series (but not #1)
  • Read an average of 150 pages per day (1050 total)
  • Read an average of 2 hours per day (14 total) 
  • Communicate & update: daily blogs + tweets and comments + at least one challenge

Books to read

I've decided to not make a TBR, I will have to read books I already own or books that I get from the library. I also think that for the continuation of a series I'll be reading either Hollow City by Ransom Riggs or one of Chuck Wendig's books about Miriam Black (I have two unread ones) as these are not so long. If I start into some Joe Abercrombie or some A song of Ice and Fire I won't get anything else read and I'm aiming for diversity & fun.

Here on the blog I'll be using the tag "Bob11" so now you know what that is. 


  1. I also didn't create a TBR pile, I chose a bunch of books to "choose from". I feel like it will make things less stressful, you know? Good luck on your goals and challenges during the readathon! :)

    1. Yeah, I have a giant pile of unread books that I already own and I'm just choosing from those. I do think it will keep things less stressful and more fun too, I've done read-a-thons with TBRs in the past and that didn't work for me so I'm trying a new approach.

      Thanks & good luck to you too!

  2. I do think that having books that aren't too long do help you get through the readathon and have more fun. Reading one long book gives me burn out during a readathon. Good luck on everything. Hope you have fun!! I do have a TBR pile because I have to read books in the order they come in from the library. So I am on a time crunch with them!
    <a href="http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2014/08/bout-of-books-11-goals-and-updates.html”>Bout of Books Goals</a>

    1. Yeah, shorter books will feel more like accomplishments, while longer books will feel like I'm getting nowhere (even if I am reading lots of pages).

      Thanks, you too!

  3. I know what you mean with picking A Game of Thrones book. They are just so darn long! Hope you reach your goals. Good luck, Kristine!

    1. Yeah, I like them, but they're not readathon material.

      Thanks! You too!