Monday, May 19, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Wrap Up


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 team


I was still trying to not over-stress myself since this was supposed to be fun, so my goals were once again minimalistic:

  • read every day (yes, I have no number-of-pages goals)

Done. Not sure how many pages I read, because I didn’t count, but I did read every day, even though on Sunday it was just fanfiction (and one which made me cry, BTW).

  • write that one review I keep putting off and any other of the book(s) I finish

I did write and post a review of The Silmarillion, I didn’t write the other, old one, though, but its turn shall come.

  • participate in at least one challenge

I actually participated in two challenges.

On Friday, I did Rainbow of Books challenge, hosted by Neon Yeti Reads, which entailed making a mess of my bookshelves in search for the covers I needed and then putting everything back in order. ;)

And yesterday, on Sunday, I did the Retitle Your Current Read challenge, hosted by Oh Magic Hour.
  • participate in one twitter chat (hopefully)

I joined in Saturday’s twitter chat and had fun.

  • visit a few blogs each day and comment

Well, this didn’t happen. I guess socialising on twitter was enough for me.

Books to read/finish:

  • The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien (to finish, reread)


  • and then start another one, whichever strikes my fancy

And done! I started The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy and got about 50 pages in so far.

So, that’s it. Overall, this was both fun and successful.

And finally, I’ve taken an important life lesson from this event, for which I’m very grateful to Amanda, who banned FAILing and made us all FLAIL instead.

The pessimist I am, I needed that to be reminded to celebrate my achievements instead of complaining about things I didn’t do. Now I just have to keep that in mind, not just with regard to reading and blogging, but to all aspects of life.

How was your Bout of Books 10.0? Is there anything special you will remember it by?


  1. Yay! Minimalistic goals are the best. You were able to meet the goals and then anything extra is just icing on the cake. Congrats. :D

  2. Congrats! Glad you had so much fun. I'll remember it, because it is my first and it was fantastic!! :) Here are my Bob RaT Stats

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