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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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
What Is It?
Bout of Books is a low-pressure read-a-thon which runs from May 12th-18th in whatever time zone you live in.
The Sales Pitch
Usually read one novel a week? Challenge yourself to more.
Fancy the sports column in the newspaper? Try reading arts for a change.
Laughing at an xkcd or cyanide and happiness comic? Why not consider a lengthier graphic novel, comic book, or manga for a change?
Already participating in a read-a-thon? Kill two endeavours with one book.
If you’re involved in any form of reading, you’re pretty much indirectly participating anyways—but let’s shine some positive magical dust or
[shrug goes here] whatever you call it—on all of this. While Bout of Books is focused on its namesake, one might even consider dabbling in alternative avenues of reading as well. I mean hey, you’ve already lived hundreds of lives through varying sets of eyes in the texts you read–what’s another flip through a newspaper column or a comic book for that matter? There are also daily challenges you can join in on to be around like-minded people, share some thoughts, and enjoy the community.
What’s more important to know is that the idea behind setting achievable goals, while stimulating when attained, is not the be-all and end-all of this challenge. I would say that one of the greatest achievements from any read-a-thon is the value in being more informed. So as a reader of any form of text, you’re already consuming the knowledge that would qualify you to be participating anyways…so why don’t you just head over to Bout of Books and sign up anyways!
Always experience, think, and learn.
Why Am I Participating?
Why not? – is my response to that.
What Are My Goals?
Reading goals: three novels and catching up on manga.
As an amazing procrastinator, my limited attention span has won me accolades for trumping daily reading goals so this goal-setting is likely a bad idea. Wait, I know what you’re thinking (or maybe I’m thinking this…who knows): “but Joey, you only read like–less than half a book a week—
are you stupid?…that’s a 500% increase, aren’t you just setting yourself up for failure?”
How accurate of you to know my poor reading habits! You’re probably right, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
What Am I Reading?
I’ve already selected potential candidates for this read-a-thon but will finalise these picks closer to the actual date because—
*Cue Pokemon battle theme*
Nice Cover used Provocative-omgIneedtoreadthisnow Synopsis.
It’s super effective!
—my willpower to read a book changes so quickly when I find new reads.
Update May 9th, 2014:
See the follow-up post by clicking here to view the books selected and the on-going updates log.
This would mark my first time joining in on a read-a-thon so cheers to not getting cold feet. Let me know if you aren’t convinced though—I’ll bring out the big logic bombs, ramp up the keyboard smash, and hurt both our minds in the process (actually, I don’t have much else to add).