Winter isn’t the only thing coming this January. In addition to me packing up and (hopefully) moving my whole life into a brand new home, Bout of Books 21 will be starting up again! And thank goodness it exists, I am in dire need of some book therapy!
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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Unlike this first blog post, this isn’t my first encounter with the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I believe this is my 3rd time participating, and as of right now, it is probably my favorite type of read-a-thon since I started doing these things.
I love how the overall vibe is very laid back, kind of like me. This helps me break through my reading slumps, and definitely pushes me to read more books than I normally would, but in a fun way. There are other read-a-thons out there that just aren’t for me, and Bout of Books caters to slow readers like me, who struggle to read more than one book in a day. Not only does it help me with increasing my reading count, but is also gives me a great opportunity to connect with others in the book blogging community, who I otherwise wouldn’t find/know about. It makes it a lot of fun to meet new people, and discover interesting books that others are reading!
As far as a TBR goes, for me, less tends to be more. And because I don’t foresee myself attempting to read while we’re shifting furniture around and sorting through boxes, I feel comfortable selecting a few at this time.
TBR (in no specific order):
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt: Gifted to me by a dear friend, with stellar taste in bookish material. I feel like I can’t go wrong with this one. Plus, I’m missing her a lot right now, so maybe this will remind me of her as I read it.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig: I haven’t obsessed over anything surrounding the time period of The Gilded Age since Downton Abbey. I figured this might be a good one to rekindle my interest in historical fiction.
Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh: Probably the most sorely neglected book on my shelf. This was my first ever Book of the Month club book, and I honestly just kept pushing it around on my shelf. It sounds like something outside of my usual genre, but it is set in a PA coal town, which kind of excites me. There’s something about reading about places you’ve been to and/or heard of that’s kind of fun.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone, so I might add more books, if I’m feeling ambitious. But knowing the amount of curtains that need hung and closet storage we will have to set up, three books should keep me busy enough. But I’m also hopeful that our lack of internet for the first week or two will allow for less distractions during our “down time.”
That being said, I don’t know how many updates I will be able to churn out on this blog on a consistent basis. However, I have thought about some small goals that I intend to set for myself for this read-a-thon. They might not be much, but at least they are something.
Bout of Books Goals:
- Read during my 5 am coffee warm up on workdays // 7 am on the weekend
- Interact with, and follow daily updates of at least 3 new BoBers
- Complete 2 BoB challenges
Now that you know what my intent is for my first read-a-thon of the year, I can’t wait to see what everyone else is planning on for BoB 21!
Happy Reading All! 🙂