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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. –From the Bout of Books team
- time spent reading: 2 hours (total: 16.5 hours)
- number of pages read: 257 (total: 1548)
- finished Impact (total books read: 4)
Now that this is all over, let’s take a look at how I did on my goals, one by one.
Read four books:
Done. I got through the four novels I’d planned to. Having read both authors now, I have to say I prefer Douglas Preston over Lincoln Child, but overall I still like the ones they’ve done together the best. Of course, that may have more to do with Pendergast, and what you can do with your characters and plot lines when your series is twelve books and counting. But as for these books, my favorite this week was Tyrannosaur Canyon. It earned 4 stars from me, and I had this to say about it on Goodreads:
This was a highly entertaining read. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect because the jacket copy is so cryptic, but I got into the story right away. Some parts are more intense and fast-paced, but on the whole it’s more a methodical uncovering of the mystery, and that worked just fine for me. Some science, some adventure, and some fascinating ideas to spark the imagination.
The other three all earned 3 stars. So, not bad books. This one just stood out from the rest.
Comment on five blogs every day:
I was good on this one during the week, but let it slide Saturday and Sunday. I explained why last night, but long story short, it was feeling too much like work. Plus I spent so much time with the Bout of Books bloggers that I was neglecting all the other blogs I follow, so I’ve spent the last couple days trying to catch up on those. Still, discovering 25 new blogs isn’t bad.
Participate in two Twitter chats:
Again, I didn’t quite meet this goal, but that was due to outside forces conspiring against me. I did the Monday chat, did the Wednesday chat the best I could from my phone (see my Day Three update for details), and was watching Star Trek Into Darkness during the Saturday chat. And, nothing against the Twitter chats, but I think I had way more fun at the movie (it was really good!) especially since Saturday’s questions weren’t posted ahead of time. I don’t know what the reasoning was for that, but personally I’d be way more engaged with other participants if I had my own answers prepped and ready to go. I had a hard enough time following the chat on Monday; I know I would have been even more lost if I were trying to answer the questions as they came.
So, will I do Bout of Books again? Absolutely!
What will I do differently next time?
My biggest change would be the way I approach the other blogs. That was the biggest drain on both my time and energy this week, and it makes me feel terrible, because connecting with other bloggers is something that I want to do, and I don’t want it to feel like work. Unfortunately, clicking link after link after link is bound to feel like work after a while.
So, maybe just leave it at visiting blogs without an obligation to comment? Focus more on Twitter conversations and discover bloggers that way? Or start working my way through the master sign-up list early, to get a feel for which blogs I do connect with, so I don’t have to spend so much time searching during the event itself? After all, it’s hard to get a feel from update posts, especially when they’re bare-bones updates. I like to write a little at the end of every day, but not everyone does. And maybe if I looked back at some of their other posts, the non-Bout of Books ones, I’d find I really do connect with them, but I just can’t afford to do that with every blog I visit this week.
I don’t know. I do think the social part of Bout of Books is the most fun, because otherwise it’s just reading, and I do that all the time. I just need to find a way that keeps it fun instead of feeling like an obligation. I guess I’ve got three months to come up with a new plan.
Speaking of which, Bout of Books 8.0 starts exactly three months from today… August 19th through 25th. See you there!