[Challenge] Read-a-Thon: Bout of Books 19.0 Sign Up Post!

One of my favourite read-a-thons, the Bout of Books read-a-thon starts tomorrow!

From the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love any excuse to read, so naturally I LOVE a good read-a-thon! The Bout Of Books read-a-thon is one of the best ones, the perfect chance to read, socialize, and just be bookish for a whole week! We just had the Dewey 24-Hour Read-a-thon at the end of April and I *almost* forgot about this one. My plan of when to read is pretty much my plan for any other day … when the kids nap, before bed, in the morning. Basically, whenever I can!

What I plan to read:

I usually just wing it for read-a-thons, but for this one I’m going to work on the books that I’ve bought this year, including:


I’m also hoping to find some audiobooks for some of my pre-2017 owned TBR books to listen to through Overdrive, but I’m not going to stress about reading anything specific. I’m supposed to be getting A Court of Wings and Ruin this week so hopefully I can get to that by the end of the week!

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? What are you planning to read?


[Read-a-Thon] Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon!

I am so excited that it’s readathon time! In previous years, I’ve participated unofficially, but this year I’m finally signing up again! The last time I officially participated was back when I was pregnant with my son waaaaay back in 2013!

What’s this read-a-thon all about? 

For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

Sounds fun, huh?

If you want to sign up, you can visit the official webpage for the read-a-thon.

My time dedicated to reading

So, it’s going to be a little tricky to participate because I have two toddlers under 3 AND my husband is working, so it’s just me and the kids all day long! My reading time starts at 6:00 a.m. so I’ll be starting earlier, probably 5:00 when I get up, to get a few hours before the kids get up. I’ll also be giving them a movie or two during the day to get some physical book reading done AND I think I’ll do lots of housework so I can listen to an audiobook and actually get something done (and moving around is good, too!)! Plus, I was thinking the kids and I might go get “timbits” (donut holes) AND maybe get lunch so I don’t have to cook for them AND I can listen to more audiobook! Let’s just say I’ll be doing some lazy “mom-ing” on read-a-thon day! They also nap for a few hours AND are in bed just after 7:00 so I’ll try and stay up a little later! Though I definitely won’t be staying up until 6:00 a.m.!

What I’m planning on reading

In previous years, I’ve always picked something really big to read and then I get burned out from reading that book and my reading slows down. Since I’m not sure what I’ll be in the mood for and I have bits and pieces of time throughout the day the read and not a lot of long stretches, I picked a LOT of books to choose from! Nothing long and even a collection of stories to break up the pace!

Here’s what I’ll be choosing from for physical books:

I’m also going to do an audiobook and picked out a few from the library:

Personally, I LOVE Doctor Who audiobooks and they’re perfect for read-a-thons! They’re super short, especially when you speed them up – plus, The Resurrection Casket is narrated by David Tennant and The Runaway Train by Matt Smith, so I’m betting they’re going to be a lot of fun! I also added To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because I remember loving the first book but I never did continue on with the series, so I want to do a reread!

Honestly, I don’t know how much I’ll get to read, but I’m hoping for all of the audiobooks, plus maybe 1-2 other books? Maybe? Am I being too hopeful?


Since I have the kids all day (normally I’d pawn them off on the husband and go to the library to get read-a-thon reading done!) we’ll get timbits (donut holes) just for an excuse to drive with an audiobook, and we’ll probably get take out for lunch. I know, mom of the year over here, but for one day, mama has some reading to do! We also have popcorn (Angie’s from Costco, it’s fantastic!) and I plan on cheese and crackers, apples, and lots of tea and coffee. I’m going to do pizza for supper since it’s easy enough to make and I’ll probably make breakfast ahead, like some oatmeal cups for me and the kids – something easy with little to no prep!


I will be updating on both Twitter and Facebook and will do a final update on the Sunday after the read-a-thon on the blog! Feel free to follow me on either one (or both!)!

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? What do you plan to read? 

Beat The Backlist 2017 Challenge


The Beat The Backlist 2017 Challenge is hosted by NovelKnight and from their blog, it is about:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. Over the years, and especially this one, we’ve noticed that new releases are getting more and more attention while our TBRs continue to grow. While we LOVE new releases, we also want to show some of those older titles love too.

This challenge doesn’t have levels or a set number of books you need to read.

YOU set your own reading goal. YOU pick the books. YOU read at your own pace.

The idea here isn’t to make this a competition, but to help you shrink your TBR with a bunch of other people doing the same thing.

Who isn’t trying to get their TBR pile knocked down to reasonable numbers? I know mine is ridiculous, at around 250 books (physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks). I know my list of books released in 2017 is steadily growing, but I have high hopes of having bookshelves full of actual READ books.

From the blog, here are the guidelines:

That’s right. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal.

(this challenge isn’t for new releases)

That’s it! Those are the only guidelines!

We HIGHLY encourage you to post your reading updates throughout the year on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #BeatTheBacklist!

Now, it has been suggested to put together a list of books that you’d like to get to in 2017 to clean up your TBR, BUT I’m not going to do that. I have purged my shelves many times over the past few years that I’m pretty sure most of them are books I want to read and I don’t want to limit myself to a certain title for the year because then I probably won’t read it.

HOWEVER, I’d like to try and read at least 40-50% of my books from my pre-2017 TBR.

What do you think? Can it be done? Can I stay on track?