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 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I passed on Bout of Books over the summer because it fell on the week of my birthday and I knew that I'd be around very little and able to read even less. Tomorrow will be my first day back at work since 23rd December and I'm expecting to be swamped during the week. I'm hoping that a bunch of graphic novels and comics that I ordered will be delivered tomorrow though and I have an audiobook on the go for while I'm commuting so I'd like to focus on those during the week and then get into a book over the weekend (which we have designated as what we anticipate will be much-needed recovery-from-first-week-back time).
For me, the week will just be about focussing back on my books after indulging in much socialising and such like over the past few weeks.
Bearing all of that in mind, my goals are pretty low key and simple:
1. Read something every day
This fits neatly with one of my resolutions for 2016 to make more time for reading. I don't envisage having a lot of free time over the next few days so I'm keeping my objectives low and just aiming to make sure I pick up a book every day. That might be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is my current read, or it might be a graphic novel. Either way is fine by me.
2. Spend some time with my audiobook
This is easy and I'd probably be doing it anyway but whatever. I drive 40 minutes each way to work and have Yes Please by Amy Poehler as my current audiobook. It's hilarious and so well put together so listening to it is no chore.
3. Engage with other participants
Usually the first thing that drops off when I get busy. I'm not committing to roaming about the blogging world and commenting wherever I go because I probably won't. What I can do, though, is tweet about what I'm up to (@LitAddictedBrit) and check in on the "official" hashtag (#boutofbooks ) and chat there a bit.