Monday, 7 January 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

I'm signing up for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, running from Monday to Sunday. The goal is simply to read, and to encourage each other to reach our book goals for the week. This is the first time I've taken part in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, and it looks like good fun! Here's the official blurb from the Bout of Books site:

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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team.

My goals:

Read as much as I can!
Finish the book I'm currently reading (and hopefully more).
Spend at least 30 mins visiting and commenting on other blogs.
Take part in some mini-challenges!
Find new blogs to follow and make new bookish friends.



















Monday: An unexpectedly busy day, but still managed to get in an hour-and-a-bit of reading, so was happy with that.

The Red Knight - 50% complete

Tuesday: Got lots done today, reading included! :-)

The Red Knight - 70% complete
Mini-Challenges - done!

Wednesday: Ate a lot of chocolate and read a lot of my book. Great day!

The Red Knight - Finished!
Mini-Challenge - done!

Thursday: Started a new book, Vampire Hunter D, which... well, I'm not sure about it yet. The concept is very interesting, but the writing style is pretty cheesy. We'll see! Also had huge fun with the mini-challenges today.

Vampire Hunter D - 87 pages in
Mini-Challenges - done!

Friday: One of those days where everything that could distract me did! Unfortunately didn't have time for the mini-challenge, which is a shame as it looked like a really fun one. Did get quite a lot of reading done at bedtime though, and despite the quirky style, this is a very quick and easy book to read.

Vampire Hunter D - 218 pages in

Saturday: Great day! Finished Vampire Hunter D and got halfway through my next book, The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse. Took part in the twitter chat, which was hilarious and utterly confusing, and I had a lot of fun getting to know all the other Bout of Books bloggers. Who, incidentally, are all completely insane :-D

The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse - 177 pages in
Mini-Challenges - done!

Sunday: Last day of the challenge! Finished The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse, which was excellent and had a really good mystery in it. Husband distracted me with episodes of Red Dwarf, but still managed to start a fourth book - The Immortal Rules. I enjoyed this read-a-thon so much and can't thank the organisers and challenge hosts enough. Can't wait for the next one!

The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse - Finished!
The Immortal Rules - Begun
Mini-Challenge - done (my answer in the comments section)


  1. I hate spam so much, I've been getting them a lot this last month also, thankfully most of them go to spam.

    Anyway, I hope you'll read a lot & have fun on the read-a-thon.

    Happy reading!

  2. Good luck! :) See you around. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. There does seem to be a sudden increase in spam lately doesn't there? Usually blogger is pretty good at catching it, but the odd one does slip through.

    Thanks! :-) Hope you both have fun with the read-a-thon!

  4. I love taking part in the mini-challenges, they're always so much fun to do! Good luck with your goals! :)

  5. Thanks, you too! :-) Sometimes I think I spend more time on the mini-challenges than the reading, but they are great fun!

  6. Good luck with the rest of the Bout! :)

  7. Good luck with your progress so far, hope the writing style improves or you get used too it.

    Here are my updates from day 4

  8. Thanks! :-) Think I'm getting more used to it, but the odd sentence still catches me by surprise and makes me snort or roll my eyes! Hope your reading's going well to!