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Bout of Books

July and August have my Mt TBR looking in pretty good shape, but it could always use a little more help. One of the best ways to do that is through a reading challenge!

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, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.– From the Bout of Books team

Being a low-pressure challenge, Bout of Books lets me set my own goals. As with the last few times, I’m aiming to get through a minimum of three books. My goal is to power through Glenda Larke’s Mirage Makers trilogy, which has been languishing on Mt TBR for entirely too long. It might be a bit ambitious to get through in a week, but I’ll be giving it my best shot!

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If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to sign up!

What’s on your TBR pile this week?

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Round 17 of Bout of Books wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress!

In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to get through a minimum of three books. I got off to a roaring start. By Tuesday, I’d finished Kaaron Warren’s masterpiece of atmosphere The Grief Hole, and blasted through Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. The two books balanced each other nicely, with the contemporary YA making a wonderful antidote to the lingering creepiness of the previous book. I’ve got a review of Queens of Geek going up on Friday but (spoilers) I loved it a lot and can’t wait to share it with you. You’re going to have to wait a little longer for my review of The Grief Hole, which will coincide with Kaaron’s turn as MC at Conflux in October.

My reading rate dropped off after Tuesday. An impending deadline ate my brain and I also had a few social commitments. I think some better planning is in order for the next time around.

What about you? Did you join in Bout of Books last week? If so, how did you do? If not, what did you read over the week?

For those interested in the next Bout of Books, it will take place on 21-27 August 2017. For further details, keep an eye out here or head over to the Bout of Books blog.

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Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon takes place this weekend and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m hoping it will help me put a dint in Mt TBR and my reading for the Hugo Awards. But I know I need all the help I can get. Therefore I’m planning to follow it up by participating in round 19 of 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, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.– From the Bout of Books team

Being a low-pressure challenge, Bout of Books lets me set my own goals. As with last few times, I’m aiming to get through a minimum of three books. I’m not entirely sure yet what I’ll end up going with, but there’s plenty to pick from. At the moment, I’m leaning towards Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek and S.C. Flynn’s Children of the Different. And there’s still reading to be done for the Hugos and the Ditmars.

If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to sign up!

What’s on your TBR pile this week?

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Round 17 of Bout of Books wrapped up on Sunday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress!

In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to get through a minimum of three books. For a while there, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I started out with Peter S. Beagle’s Summerlong. While short, the book has the golden-honey pace of the season for which it’s named and never really grabbed me. Wednesday was wrapping up by the time I finished.

I moved on to A Town Called Dust by Jason Woolley. It was another book that didn’t really grab me. If I hadn’t received a reminder from the library that it was due back soon, I probably would have dawdled with it until the end of the week.

But I did manage a third book. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 arrived at my house just this week (with two of its friends). It’s a comic by David Petersen about anthropomorphic mice. In a world where humans don’t exist, mice have intelligence, culture and medieval technology. They live in hidden cities that are isolated from each other. It is up to the Mouse Guard to ensure the ways between these cities are safe. Don’t be fooled by the cute mice and the bright colours–the story is pretty dark. There’s a role-playing game based on the comics. My gaming group is starting a campaign this weekend, so in preparation I blasted through the entire volume in a little over an hour on Saturday afternoon.

With my challenge goal met, I slacked off on Sunday–partly to meet some social commitments.

What about you? Did you join in Bout of Books last week? If so, how did you do? If not, what did you read over the week?

For those interested in the next Bout of Books, it will take place on 2-8 January 2017. For further details, keep an eye out here or head over to the Bout of Books blog.

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Round 16 of Bout of Books wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress!

In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to get through a minimum of three books. I started out well, tearing through Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold. Then I started in on Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. I’d hoped to get through it in time to run a review of it next week, but it wasn’t to be; this literary chunkster refuses to be hurried. By the end of Thursday, I was 90 pages in–less than a fifth of the way through–and I knew I wasn’t going to get through it in time to write the review.

I set Carpentaria aside for the time being and started on Ishtar edited by Amanda Pillar and K.V. Taylor. It didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would, but I managed to finish it off by Sunday evening.

So, two books in total. That’s one short of what I hoped. I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t meet my goal this time around, especially since it’s pretty typical for me to finish two books a week. However, I also realise it was ambitious of me to think I’d finish off Carpentaria so quickly. I hope next time around I won’t be quite as unfocussed and a bit more realistic.

What about you? Did you join in Bout of Books last week? If so, how did you do? If not, what did you read over the week?

 


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Round 15 of Bout of Books wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress!

In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to read six books. I think if the challenge had been held a week earlier, I would have managed that. Some people don’t manage much reading over the holidays, but I always seem to blast through it. Indeed, by the time the challenge rolled around I’d already managed to read two thirds of the e-books I’d planned on reading for Bout of Books. Returning to work slowed my pace considerably. I was also distracted on the first night of the challenge by a trip to the cinema to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (totally worth it, though). But even without those excuses, I just lost my reading mojo halfway through the week.

In the end, I only managed to finish two books: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, and In the Devil’s Nebula by Anna Hackett.

The next Bout of Books round takes place in May. I should have adjusted to being back at work by then (if not, something is very wrong!), so I hope to be able to improve on this result.

Did you participate in Bout of Books? If so, how did you go? If not, how have you gone with your reading for the year so far?

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Back in August, I participated in my very first Bout of Books round. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a low pressure reading challenge that runs for one week. Participants select their own goals and can participate in give-aways and Twitter chats.

Bout of Books runs three times a year, with the first round for 2016 set to kick off on 4 January. The sign-up post is not up yet, but Earl Grey Editing will be shutting for a short time over the holidays. Since I need all the help I can get with Mt TBR (and Christmas is likely to exacerbate the situation), I will be signing up as soon as I can. I hope it will get my 2016 reading off to a good start.

I managed to read six books during Bout of Books 14. My goal this time around is to equal that. Here’s a peek at some of the books I’m hoping to tackle:

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You’ll probably notice some overlap with my pile for the Sci-fi Experience reading challenge. And on the Kindle:

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It looks ambitious, but I don’t plan to get through all of it–I just like to have some variety available.

If you’d like to join in, keep an eye on Bout of Books for the sign-up post or follow them on Twitter.

How do you plan to kick off your reading for 2016?

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Two weeks ago, I announced I was signing up for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. For those who have forgotten, here’s the pitch:

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 was my first Bout of Books read-a-thon, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I decided it would be my goal to read as much as possible. This meant reading instead of watching anime over my lunch break and less time wasted on the internet. It didn’t seem like a very big change, but I got through a surprising amount. My total count by the end of the challenge was six books:

Risk by Fleur Ferris.
A Case of Spirits by KJ Charles.
Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach by Jason Morningstar.
Facing the Mirror by Jaye McKenna.

I was already two-thirds of the way through Risk when the challenge started and most of the other books are pretty short. Still, it has gone a long way towards getting me back on track with my reading goal for the year (I’m aiming for 80 books). Mt TBR has also grown significantly this month and so the challenge also helped mitigate the damage. It would be nice to keep this up on a permanent basis but although the changes I made to squeeze in more reading weren’t onerous, they are not sustainable. I also flagged over the weekend, hardly reading anything.

This suggests to me that Bout of Books will make a good occasional boost to my reading practice and I’m glad it is run three times a year. The next one will run 4-10 January 2016, making it a good way to kick off my reading for the new year. I will definitely be signing up.

Did you participate in Bout of Books? How did you go? If you didn’t, how do you make time for reading?

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You know that I’m a sucker for reading challenges (it’s because I need all the help I can get with Mt TBR!). So I was disappointed to discover Bout of Books just a little too late to join their 13th round in May. Luckily for me, the challenge is run three times a year!

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

There’s still time to sign up, if you’d like to join in.

Since this is my first time participating in Bout of Books, I’m not quite sure what my goals are… other than to squeeze in as much reading as possible!

Will you join me?

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