Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I consider this blog post to be my declaration of intent to participate in Bout of Books 10.0.
I participated in, and blogged during, Bout of Books 8.0, but if you weren't around then (or you were and have a sieve-like memory, which I would not hold against you), the following is a description straight from the creators' mouths:
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. - From the Bout of Books teamSo, basically, BoB is a ~read-a-thon~. What this means is that you just read to meet a goal you set for yourself over the course of a week. The reason I participate in Bout of Books over some other read-a-thons is that BoB is very low-key and low-stress. It's designed to be fun and enjoyable, and there aren't certain goals, minutae like "read 10 books" or "read 500 pages," it's just whatever goals you want to set for you.
Personally, my philosophy on Bout of Books is a little different than most. A lot of people just say, "I want to read 7 books this week!" or just want to spend all of their free time reading. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy devouring a book as much as the next girl, but I see BoB a little differently.
I work a traditional 8-5 desk job. I get up at 7, eat breakfast while watching something on Netflix, hit the door at 7:45, work until around 5, go over to my boyfriend's apartment, eat dinner and watch TV with him, and then go home to my place where I sit in front of the computer and/or watch TV until bed. (and I don't even have cable!)
We fill our lives with screens, day in and day out, and my example is one of the less extreme. My goal in Bout of Books is to have less screen time and more time with pages. Spend your lunch break reading a book, not playing on your phone. Read a book before bed or when you first wake up. Put down the laptop, turn off the Roku, and just be present with a book.
Superficially, my goal is 300 pages. My goal was 300 pages for Bout of Books 8.0, and I read 296. I was happy with that, but also infuriated because - come on now - 4 pages!? So ideally, I'll put away about 300 pages. But I'm not going to be bereft with angst if I don't make it that far - BoB is about (to me) realizing how much time we spend doing things that aren't reading, after all.
As far as the TBR (to be read) pile is concerned, this is where I'm at, I think:
- Finish Panic by Lauren Oliver. I'm about 1/4 finished with it, and I like it well enough.
- Begin The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.
This is probably as far as I'll get - like I said, a goal of 300 pages over the course of an entire week is a pretty soft goal, but I'll throw a third book in here if I need to. I don't see myself reading any more than this, though.
What about you? Are you participating? Let's talk shop! And I'll see you tomorrow.