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[Miscellaneous] – BoutOfBooks 10 – Aftermath: Why Failure Is Okay

Miscellaneous is the tagline to store my random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. It’s more for consistency sake so I can have an itty-bitty picture to follow suit with the post.

Bout of BooksThe 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.


Initial Thoughts:

Last week I gave myself the green light go-ahead to joining in on the Bout of Books read-a-thon. If you’re still considering joining, you still have time! If you’re still unsure whether you want to, consult my sales pitch in my initial post by clicking here and I’ll tell you might ought to.

This post is devoted to my on-going updates to track my progress during the read-a-thon going forward.

Read-a-thon Goals: 3 books and catching up on manga.

At first, I thought it was a brilliant idea to see through some trilogies from start to finish (i.e. Ness’ Chaos Walking, Lu’s Legend Trilogy, Dashner’s Maze Runner). But then I wondered if I would be bogged down by something in the novel that could stunt my reading. So I decided against it to read them on my own time and terms without the smash-face-into-book-to-beat-goals-that-is-a-read-a-thon.

One of my ongoing goals is to expand my library to encompass more of the other genres I’m usually void of. While I previously stated a 2:1 ratio of Sci-fi-to-Alternative was ideal… I’m swapping this ratio around for this read-a-thon. With “To All The Boys,” it was ultimately a choice between Han’s novel and Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One; as both were part my Goodread’s May Bookclub read-a-long. And since I have to finally read Proxy before Guardian gets released this month…Han’s novel meets the criteria while getting bonus points for being a read-a-long novel as well.

[You can select the image to be taken to its respective Goodreads site.]

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[Miscellaneous] – Bout Of Books 10

Miscellaneous is the tagline to store my random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. It’s more for consistency sake so I can have an itty-bitty picture to follow suit with the post.

Bout of BooksThe 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. 


Initial Thoughts:

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.

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[Think Aloud] – #1 – Spritz Smartphone Reading App

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Think Aloud explores book-related discussions encompassing reading, writing, blogging, and perhaps newsworthy content. The focus is to push the boundaries, stretch the mind, and encourage dialogue within this community. Let’s all think out loud.

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Table Topic:
Spritz Smartphone Reading App


Abstract:

I came across this interesting article yesterday on I Fucking Love Science! [IFLS] about this upcoming smartphone app that significantly hastens reading by optimizing the time it takes to read and understand a word. The thought-train behind this technology analyses and identifies the optimal recognition point (or a focal point) of every word and streams the text in alignment to the ORP so that words can be recognized quickly without strenuous ocular movement. By utilising this method in reading, books which would otherwise take several hours to days to complete can be easily read in a few hours depending on the words per minute (WPM) speed selected. The default speed is 250 WPM and increases by increments of 50, up to 1000.

To demonstrate, these are the images pulled from IFLS:

At 250 WPM and 500 WPM respectively.

  250 WPM Gif

500 WPM Gif

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