Bout of Books 21. Sign Up, Goals, Progress & Wrap Up

Monday, 8 January 2018

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 8th and runs through Sunday, January 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
I know, I know... I'm a lazy person. I wanted to write my sign up post before, but I just kept procrastinating it. But I'm finally doing it! So, I'm proud to announce that I'm joining Bout of Books 21. I'm always excited for a week of non-stopping reading.

My goals for Bout of Books 21 Read-a-Thon are:
  1. To read every day 50 pages;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To update my progress every day.

PROGRESS

January 8th

Pages read today: 48 pages of A Darker Shade of Magic & 90 pages of This Savage Song & 24 pages of In Frankenstein's Shadow 
Books read today: A Darker Shade of Magic & This Savage Song & In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Total of pages read: 162 pages
Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords

January 9th

Pages read today: 75 pages of Always and Forever, Lara Jean & 50 pages of This Savage Song & 27 pages of In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books read today: Always and Forever, Lara Jean & This Savage Song & In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Total of pages read: 314 pages
Challenge: Share your 2018 reading goal(s).

Since this is my second time sharing my reading goals for 2018 (third, if I count Instagram), I'll be sharing the short version.

  • I'm hoping to finally read 70 books. I've been aiming at this number for three years now because I need to tackle down my TBR pile of physical books and e-books. I'm even joining Beat the Backlist 2018 to do it. Also, I'm hoping to read 50 pages per day.
  • Hopefully, I'll read more contemporaries and classics. I'm keeping this resolution from last year too. I read a lot of fantasy and end up putting aside all the other genres. I'm sure I'm missing great stories...
  • I'LL TRY NOT BE INFLUENCED BY THE HYPE. This will be a difficult one. It's really difficult not be influenced by the hype when a community is shoving down a book down ours throats. How can I resist a book if everywhere I look it's there?!
  • I hope to reach 100 followers on Bloglovin. I know the number of followers shouldn't matter (quality over quantity), but it's a number that matters to publishers and influences their decision when it comes to accepting ARCs request. Hopefully, I'll also reach 2500 followers on Instagram.
  • To have fun. Blogging and reading are a hobby and that's something I will try not to forget this year. I blog because I like sharing my thoughts on books. This year, I'll attempt not to stress about my stats or about not reading as much as other people.
 What are your bookish resolutions?

January 10th

Pages read today: 100 pages of Always and Forever, Lara Jean & 100 pages of This Savage Song & 25 pages of In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books read today: Always and Forever, Lara Jean & This Savage Song & In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Total of pages read: 539 pages

Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow. Take a selection of your favourite book spines to make a rainbow!

Since I've a rainbow bookshelf, I guess I can use a photo of my bookshelf for this challenge. So, here it's: 


January 11th

Pages read today: 25 pages of In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books read today: In Frankenstein's Shadow
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Total of pages read: 564 pages
Challenge: ALL THE FAVOURITES! We all have our bookish favourites so why don't we share?

📚 Favourite Series: I could never only choose a favourite books series. First, there is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (though I still hate the last two books) since it made me fall in love with reading. Then, The Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab, which I'm writing my dissertation on. Also, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is my favourite on-going series. And I love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because Kaz. And Inej. The Dregs are awesome!

📚 Favourite Bookish Blogs (please, just follow these awesome bloggers. I can assure you that you will not regret):

📚 Favourite Library: Can I go with Hogwarts Library? Have you seen how many books it has?


 January 12th

Pages read today: 75 pages of Always and Forever, Lara Jean & 83 pages of This Savage Song
Books read today: Always and Forever, Lara Jean & This Savage Song
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab & This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Total of pages read: 722 pages
Challenge: Newspaper Headline. Create a newspaper headline for your favourite story/book.

Instead of going with my favourite story/books (how could I ever pick one?), I decided to choose one of my Bout of Books readings, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

January 13th

Pages read today: 75 pages of Always and Forever, Lara Jean & 25 pages of In Frankenstein's Shadow & 50 pages of Magic Under Glass
Books read today: Always and Forever, Lara Jean & In Frankenstein's Shadow & Magic Under Glass
Books finished:  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab & This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Total of pages read: 872 pages
Challenge: Book Spine Poetry [As always, I'm not joining this challenge because I'm awful at poetry]

January 14thth

Pages read today: 50 pages of Magic Under Glass & 50 pages of Our Dark Duet
Books read today: Magic Under Glass & Our Dark Duet
Books finished: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab & This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Total of pages read: 972 pages

WRAP-UP

I may have not met all of my goals (there was one day I didn't read 50 pages but I made up for with all the pages I read on the other days), however, I finished four books and started reading two more. In the end it was a good BoB.

How many books did you tackle down? How many pages did you read? Is you TBR pile shorter?
 
I hope to see everyone on the next Bout of Books. 😊

20 comments :

  1. I love your bookish resolutions! You've also done an impressive amount of reading in Bout of Books so far. I approve of the V.E./Victoria Schwab theme in your reading choices. I haven't gotten to Monsters of Verity yet, but I look forward to it.

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    1. Thank you. I hope I can reach all of my goals for this year. I hope you have the chance toread Monster of Verity soon because it's a five stars reading.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  2. All those are great! While I love some good contemporary, I often find myself not reading that many classics and that's a resolution I've taken up too XD Good luck with them!

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    1. Thank you. Good luck to you too. :) I need more classics in my life. There are so many great stories out there and I miss them because I'm always reading the same genre. I hope that is changes this year.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  3. Good luck with this! Its been so long since I took part in a BoutofBooks, maybe I should next time.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you join next time since it's so much fun. :)

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  4. I can't believe you'd just put my blog there like that, thank you!!! <3 *dramatically weeps in front of camera*

    I'm so glad I met you this year :)

    Also! That bookstagram goal!! Wow! I truly hope you can reach that, because I've heard 2000 is enough for internationals to receive print ARCs ;)

    Speaking of which! I sent you a discord message about booksta ;)

    Needless to say, I hope you manage all your goals and reach absolute amazingness this year :) <3

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    1. How could I not mention you? I found your blog just a few months ago and it soon became one my favourites - you deserve all the follows. <3

      I didn't know about that. Now I'm going to work even harder to reach my Instagram goal. THANK YOU for letting me know.

      Happy readings Evelina! ;)

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  5. Sorry, I have to dry my tears. I am so honored to make your list. Thank you so much! XOXO
    Great goals. I am all for having fun. My biggest thing is not letting all the other stuff get in the way of my reading. Good luck with all your goals!!

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    1. Aww, Sam You deserved to be mentioned. You're one of the nicest people I've met here, on the book blog community. <3 That's a great idea. I also need not let other stuff get in the way of my reading. Maybe then I'll be able to read 70 books.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  6. I hope you've been having fun with Bout of Books and been getting a lot of reading done! Good luck with today and tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you. I'm surprised with how much I've been reading. Let's hope I can squeeze a few more pages before Bout of Books ends.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  7. Sorry you didn't meet all your goals, but it looks like you still got quite a bit of reading in. I hope you had fun at least!

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    1. Yes, I had a lots of fun! And, even though, I didn't meet all of my goals, I read a lot more than I was expecting. Happy readings! ;)

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  8. Great job on the challenges and on reading all those books!

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