Bout of Books 10: Goals

Bout of Books 10Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon begins Monday, May 12, and runs through the 18th. This will be my second time participating in this particular read-a-thon, and I’m looking forward to getting a lot of reading done. (Perhaps I should say this will be attempt 1.5, as illness put me on the sidelines a few days into BoB 9.)

Here are my goals for the week:

Time Devoted to Reading:

I intend to read each day of the read-a-thon, even if I only have a brief period some days.  I would love to get at least 1-2 hours of reading in each day, preferably a lot more on a couple of days.

General Goals for Read-a-Thon Week:

  • I will limit my internet browsing during my free time throughout read-a-thon week.  I have a bad habit of getting distracted and can regularly be found falling down a Google hole or playing Wikipedia hopscotch.  I don’t generally watch TV, so that won’t be a problem.   Oh…I also need to stay away from games, or I could lose a lot of potential reading time. I will still enjoy a movie or walk or picnic or whatever with The Man-Guy when the opportunity pops up, but I want to focus my alone time on books.  As the day before BoB begins is Mother’s Day, my son will be coming over then, so I doubt I’ll see him much the week of the read-a-thon.  It’s Spring, he’s 20, and he’s both job-hunting and crushing a bit on a girl he’s been hanging out with… He’ll likely be busy most of the week.  Well, I’ll just mark that down as “good timing!”  😉
  • I will try to post about my progress each day and link it to the official check-in posts.  I may create one post that I sticky and update daily or stick with my usual daily wrap-up post.  I haven’t yet decided which method to use.
  • I will try to remember to check out the optional daily read-a-thon challenges and games and play along with those that strike my fancy.
  • I will try to remember to check the event’s Twitter stream and will visit other participants’ blogs for a bit each day.

Books to Read:

  1. Chess Story/The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig (reading for The Classics Club and a book club discussion)
  2. Ru by Kim Thúy (a recent translation)
  3. one of the books left on my TBR Pile Challenge list:  either Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones, Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong, or Stone Junction by Jim Dodge (I’ve been reading one book per month, and of the eight I have left to read, these are the ones that most catch my fancy right now.)
  4. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes:  (updated Monday May 12)  The Classics Club Spin Number has been drawn:  #1, and this is the book I’ve been paired with for the event.
  5. Deal Me In challenge story of the week:  I won’t know which story I’ll be reading until I draw the week’s card.  (I’ll update this post when I have the information.)

I hope everyone taking part in the event has a great time and that you read many wonderful books!


10 thoughts on “Bout of Books 10: Goals

  1. May 12 is in 5 days, not tomorrow. I am glad it is not tomorrow because I would like to participate but I have not decided yet decided on my goals.

    • Ack! When I was typing this post, I was thinking of something I have to do tomorrow, and I guess my brain somehow slipped it in to the words I was typing! How utterly odd.

      Thanks for pointing me to my goof. I’ve fixed my post. 🙂

  2. This is what I love about Bout of Books, is you don’t have to rearrange your life for it. Just cutting out TV time or internet time is enough to get a lot of reading in! (Well, maybe not for everyone… but the idea of going a whole week with no “me time” is so frightening that I don’t like to think about it.)

    Good luck meeting your goals!

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  4. All the best, Candiss!….I’m also hoping I can keep off the internet as much as possible next week. That’s the only way I’ll be able to get any reading done!!

  5. I’m getting quite excited for Bout of Books. It’s a good excuse for me to use with the hubby. “Sorry…can’t do that…I need to be reading.” He doesn’t mind, gives him more time to do his own thing too. I’m checking out your blog because I see you are a challenge hound like me. 🙂 If you’re interested in adding one to your list, I’m hosting the 2014 Book of the Year Bracket Challenge this year. I’d love for you to join! You can learn all about it over at my blog … Erratic Project Junkie


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