Bout of Books 17.0: Start-Up and Goal Post

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 From the Bout of Books blog:

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, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

How is it already Bout of Books 17???? I think I participated last year sometime, but I can’t remember! This month has been a good reading month, though not quite as good as the last few months, so I think I need that kick in the butt to read more at the end of the month. AND with my little boy starting school in September, I think it’ll be the perfect time for me to chill out whenever I can and just read!

Time Devoted to Reading

I have NO idea. My plan will be to devote my mornings (when the baby isn’t up early with me), the kids’ naptime, and before bed to reading. Plus I like to listen in the car, so if we’re out and about, I might get some listening done, too! I’ll aim for as much as I can, though with two littles under 3, it’s going to be played by ear!

My Goals

  • Read THREE books. If I got FIVE read, that would be awesome.
  • Participate in some of the challenges.
  • Cheer on and chat with my favourite people when I have the time.
  • Fit in reading where I can, but don’t stress about it since my kids are my top priority!

Books to Read

Since I like to live by the “one ebook, one physical book, and one audiobook” rule of reading, I’m hoping to read at least two audiobooks, two physical books, and one ebook. I don’t really want to pick books right now since I’m very much a mood reader, but I’d love to knock some more books off my pre-2016 TBR pile! Currently I’m trying to #FinishTheSeries and #ReadMyOwnBooks so that’s what’s going to happen!

Are you participating in Bout of Books this month? 

Challenge Update: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge (Update #4 – FINAL UPDATE)

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This post is for the participants of the 2014 Book Bingo reading challenge! Thank you to all the participants — the challenge ends today! We hope you had fun!

For the full post on this challenge, visit the original post page.

This is the FOURTH & FINAL update for the challenge — how did everyone do with their Bingo scorecards? Any winners?

Add your update page to the Linky below — whether you’ve reached a line, a square, or if you’ve already blacked out the board, we want to see your progress! Be sure to share your final update on Twitter using the hashtag #2014BookBingo. If you don’t have a post about your update, that’s okay! Feel free to add your update in the comments below!

For example, you can see the progress I’ve made on my Book Bingo page.

We hope you had FUN with the challenge! Unfortunately, the challenge will NOT continue next year, but maybe it’ll pick up again in the future. In the meantime, I invite you to join me for The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge!

How did you do with the Book Bingo challenge? Did you become the super-reader? 


How Canadian Are You? – The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge

When I started thinking about what kind of book reading challenge I wanted to do in 2015, Book Bingo was at the top of my list. BUT while I’ve loved doing Book Bingo for the past two years, I knew that something different was on the horizon. This year I’ve been growing more and more fond of books created in my own country, so this book reading challenge was pretty inevitable …

Yes! A Canadian reading challenge!

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I’m doing this more for myself than anything else, but if you are Canadian (though that’s not a prerequisite) and you want to join in, then feel free!! Why is it the ULTIMATE challenge? Well, because there are going to be a few different challenges that will make up being the ULTIMATE Canadian reader. I like to keep things fun.🙂

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The Traveling Canadian Challenge

Read a book by an author from each province and the territories. For an added bonus, read a book by both a male and a female author from each province and territory. (13-26 Books)

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The Local Lover Canadian Challenge

Read at least twenty books by local authors. This could be local as in your city, or as in your province. Books can be previously published, or new releases in 2015. (20 Books)

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The Award-Loving Canadian Challenge

Read at least twenty books from either the long- or short-list of various Canadian book awards. This could include the Scotiabank Giller Awards, the Booker Prize, the Governer General’s Award, Stephen Leacock Award, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, etc. Find a full list with links HERE. (20 Books)

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The Genre-Loving Canadian Challenge

Pick a genre, any genre! Actually, pick four of them. Then read five books from each genre you picked! That can be contemporary, mystery, classics, etc. You could even do YA or Graphic novels, if you like. (20 Books)

Want to be the ULTIMATE Canadian reader? Then complete ALL the challenges! (86 books)

Throughout the year I’ve been adding new books to my Canadian reading list (which you can view HERE), though I’ve been focusing more on authors and provinces, instead of awards or genres. Obviously I’m going to go for the Ultimate Canadian reader BUT the main goal for me this upcoming year is to just read more Canada! And I want YOU to read more Canada, too!

This will be a super informal challenge, I’ll write check in posts here and there, so keep track of your Canadian reads so you can share your progress! The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st.

Will you be participating in the 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge? What are the top books on your Canadian reading list?