Remember that time I did Bout of Books 8.0? I do!
While I didn't come out victorious with hundreds of pages and tens of ... tens of books read, I did almost meet my goal of 300 pages and did, more importantly, meet my goal of reading every single night! Not once did I go to bed by the light of a computer or phone screen! And that is not something many people can say in this day and age, sad to say.
In case you weren't around when I did BoB 8.0, this blurb nicely explains what it is all about:
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 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books teamSo, essentially, it is a "read-a-thon" - however, this can mean almost anything to almost anyone! To me, a "bout of books" is less about reading the most pages (though this is an excellent and admirable goal and to those who read 7 books in a week, I salute you!) and more about reading, full-stop. I spend almost all of my time around screens, and it just feels wrong to never set aside time for my beloved books, who were there long before Tumblr, Facebook and email.
For Bout of Books 8.0, I had an unofficial goal of 300 pages read. For BoB 9.0, I'd like to step my game up and try for 400 pages! That comes out to a hair under 60 pages per day, which is not unheard of and is actually pretty doable, in my opinion. (never mind the fact that I was just under my goal of 300 last time! Shh!)
Are you in? Who else is going to try to conquer the screen time epidemic one page at a time?