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text 2019-01-10 04:30
Bout of Books 24: Mid-week Update
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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



Why yes, I DID start reading four different books at the beginning of this month!  And apparently I hadn't gotten far pre-readathon.  But that's alright!  I think I made up for the lack of reading last week with the past couple days' progresses... sort of.  I managed to finish reading The Anatomist's Wife in the wee hours of early Tuesday morning, then turned to With This Ring... but have been sadly distracted by other things.

The pages read for With This Ring may change in my next update... assuming I make another update before the end of the readathon.  I plan on trying to make more progress with the book.

 

 

Books Read

 

The Anatomist's Wife
by Anna Lee Huber
386 pages / 89 pages read pre-readathon
-- 132 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 148 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books I'm Currently Reading

 

The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende | narrated by Gerard Doyle
822 minutes / 89 minutes listened to pre-readathon
Progress:  89 of 822 minutes listened to
-- 0 minutes listened to on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Wednesday, 01/09/2019

 

 

With This Ring
by Amanda Quick
384 pages / 46 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  85 (22%) of 384 pages read
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 12 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 27 pages read on Wednesday, 01/09/2019

 

 

Lost Island
by Phyllis A. Whitness
250 pages / 30 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  30 of 250 pages read
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- x pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/01/bout-of-books-24-mid-week-update.html
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text 2019-01-07 02:35
Bout of Books 24 - Starter Post
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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



In a few hours, Bout of Books 24 will be starting (in my time zone, at least), but I will be fast asleep with an early morning shift to contend with.  HOWEVER, once I'm off work, I will be jumping into this!  As with previous readathons, I will only be reading and probably won't participate in any of the challenges... just because.  I'm going to try to update as regularly as I can, but I'm not sure that will actually happen.  More than likely, I'll have a mid-week update and a wrap up.

Meanwhile, I've been out of town and away from my computer for the past couple days, but checked into BookLikes every so often to see how everyone was doing, though I haven't commented on anything.  It looks like I've missed a lot of things, most significant being the charities chosen by Themis-Athena, Murder by Death, and Moonlight Reader for the 24 Festive Tasks.

First of all, I'm super impressed and proud about how many points and how much participation we all managed this year, and would love to thank our hosts as well as everyone for all the fun I had for the holiday season.  I didn't do a wrap up post, so didn't really comment on the game overall, but it was tons of fascination and fun reading everyone's responses to all the non-book tasks!

On that note...

Happy reading to everyone!  And let's all have a great reading week!

 

 

Main Goals


I only have two simple goals for this January 2019 Bout of Books Readathon

1)  Read 3 books.
2)  Update daily... or barring that, as regularly as possible.
Bonus Goal:  Read for at least 2 to 5 hours daily, or on average

 

 

Books I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/01/bout-of-books-24-starter-post.html
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text 2018-12-31 05:08
Read-a-thon: Bout of Books 24
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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



My last participation was Bout of Books 19 in May 2017.  That feels like a long time ago.

I know why I don't always participate in these week-long readathons, even though they seem like the most likely readathons I'd join.  I don't really take part in any of the challenges, mini-games, giveaways, and don't really care about any grand prize.

So whether or not I'm participating, I'm still reading.  I think the reason why I participated in the past was just because it seemed fun, and also it served as a way to post and blog about my reading on an almost daily basis without resorting simply to "this is just a general reading update."  And also, the fact that the readathon is happening is constantly in the back of my mind, so I consciously make myself reach for a book in order to accumulate a more impressive number of books read, or number of pages read, in one week than what I would usually get otherwise.

Anyway...  Moving right along.

 

 

Goals


This year, my main goals are pretty simple:
1) Post regular updates, daily... or every other day, maybe.
2) Read at least 3 books.

In past years, it looks like my highest number of read books was six while my lowest number was two.  So I'm going to try to meet myself in the middle somewhere and go for three since it sounds like a reasonable enough number of books read for one week.  I hope.

So... unless my reading slump holds for a while longer, I should be able to complete my goals quite readily.

If I can overshoot my goals, then that's a bonus!

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls


I don't have an exact plan for what I will be reading for this week.  I'm probably going to mood read, and so it's too early to really set a "schedule" per se of my reading.

For January, however, these are books that I am planning on, so I'm hoping to at least get to these if I haven't already read it by the time the readathon starts.  There are books rolled over from this year, 2018, that I hadn't gotten to and would like to finish reading, and then there are books that will count towards my 2019 Reading Challenge.

 


Meanwhile, I will already be starting these two books as soon as the first of January rolls around, so I might still be reading/listening to them, or not.  We'll see how my progress is by the time the readathon actually starts.  These are both books that will be counting towards my 2019 Reading Challenge, specifically.

 



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I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/12/read-thon-bout-of-books-24.html
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text 2018-10-21 13:23
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Right around 2 or 3am; I was into my book, but my eyes started burning so I had to nap.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Heart-Shaped Box and Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Both books I read were fantastic.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? I don't know the readathon is already pretty rad
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Definitely! Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Honestly I'd love to; however, I don't think I could be reliable.

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Dewey Read-a-thon Autumn 2018 - Update #5 Final Update
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal

Update #5

Finished my second book of the read-a-thon, Croc's Return. Read for a total of 13 hours and 15 minutes, exceeding my standard goal of 12 hours. 

 

Post-Read-a-thon Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

           9th hour, as I jumped into the next book too soon after finishing the first book. The books were very definite in genre and tone, so the shift slowed down my reading. That's when I decided to go to bed and pick up the second book in the morning.


2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

         Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope #1) by Susan Ella MacNeal

         Croc's Return (Bitten Point #1) by Eve Langlais

         
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

            It would depend on what the participants' goals were.


4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy?

               Nothing I am pretty happy with my production this time. The mini-challenges didn't interest me at all.


5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? 

                   Yes, I am planning on doing the Spring 2019 one. 

 

 

Now all I have left to read is Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin and Black Rose (In the Garden #2) by Nora Roberts for the final push before the end of Halloween Bingo. By the time October 31st comes around, I should have three bingos.

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Update #4

Finished book one. Forgot to start the timer, so my reading time is off on my stop watch, but I have been reading for a little over 8 hours now. Haven't had the wine yet... Onto book two, Croc's Return on my Kindle.

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Update #3

A little late with this update. Got 47% done with Mr. Churchill's Secretary....definitely making plans to read the next book in the series. And it most assuredly fits the Darkest London square, as WWII black out laws are already in effect when the book opens. I am digging the characters (except for the twins), the world building, and plot lines. 

 

Took a look at the mini-challenges and nothing seemed interesting, so I may not get around to doing any of them. I will give them a second look later.

 

My dinner smells amazing and I still have half a bottle left of the wine the recipe called for. My next update may be a bit drunkly written....

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Update #2

Pre-Read-a-thon Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

        Brandon, Suffolk County (East Anglia), UK


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

        Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal 


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

        Homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

         So close to a bingo for Halloween Bingo!


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? 

         Use my crock pot to make dinner ahead of time so I don't have to try and read while I cook and the family can help themselves whenever they get hungry. Maybe listen to an audiobook tomorrow morning while I take the dog for a walk. 

 

My IG is https://www.instagram.com/tearainbook/, which will be the only other place I am doing the Dewey. I am starting with Mr. Churchill's Secretary as my first book.

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Update #1

Already finished the first two books on my TBR. One last night, one this afternoon at my car's MOT appointment. Guess I can take tonight off and indulge in video games!

 

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Goals:

1. Reading time will be measured using the stopwatch feature on my phone. The start time in England is 1pm, which is perfect for me. The hard part is trying to stay awake when it gets dark out so early here (sunset at around 5:45pm). 

    a. Standard - 12 hours

    b. Stretch #1 - 15 hours

    c. Stretch #2 - 18 hours

 

2. Finish at least two books and work on two more books, all for Halloween Bingo. All the other books will work to get two bingos out of my card when the squares are called (if not already called), and a possible third bingo by the end of the month. Writing the reviews on Monday night.

      a. Finish Leverage in Death by JD Robb (New Releases)

      b. Finish In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (Modern Noir)

      c. Read Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

      d. Read Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal (Darkest London)

      e. Start Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin (Romantic Suspense)

 

 

3. Post here and at IG with updates about every three hours. I would like to participate in 2-3 mini challenges. I'm using this as my master post and will update the title and post timestamp along with my updates.

    

 

 

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