Bout of Books: Wrap Up

Bout of Books: Wrap Up

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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

TheΒ Bout of Books Read-a-thonΒ is now over. I’m quite pleased with my progress this week, having got through four of the five books I originally planned to.

The community spirit in this event is fantastic – very encouraging and motivational! Huge thanks to the organisers for putting it all together, especially the twitter chats! I won’t try to name everyone because I’m sure there are more people involved than I know of or can remember, but you all deserve a big round of applause and to put your feet up for a few days at least!

You can see all my daily updates on my original goals post.

Books I Read

The problem with ebooks is that they have no page count so I can’t get a total figure for pages read, but I can sort of approximate – Across the Universe is 398 pages in total and Cinder is 387, so assuming the rest are about the same length that’s over 1500 pages I’ve read. Not too shabby!

Reviews for the other books will be coming soon.

Thoughts on Read-a-Thons

I am now a read-a-thon fan. My to-read pile was staring at me every time I was at a computer or near my desk (where my physical Pile is), but at least now I know that if I put in a few nights of reading, I can make an impression on the Pile before it buries me!

Seven days is a lot of days to be reading in every bit of spare time – I found by the fourth or fifth day I had to take a break and do something else so I didn’t burn out on reading. Sure, I could have read more if I’d really tried, but I’m happy with the progress I did make and I’m not a complete wreck now, at the end of it.

One thing I wanted to do and didn’t really get to was to visit and comment on the blogs of those taking part. Because I wasn’t at my computer much except for at work, I didn’t really get a chance to look at blogs at all. I plan to make up for this by commenting on as many wrap-up or progress posts as I can this week. I also need to write some reviews!

I hope you had a great week and met all of your Bout of Books goals! Perhaps now it’s time to get out for some fresh air πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “Bout of Books: Wrap Up

  1. This was my first week-long read-a-thon and I’m totally with you on the need to take a break mid-event. On Tuesday, I thought, “This is great! I want to do this every week!” On Friday, all I wanted was to not read for a while. But, all in all, a good experience!

  2. Ellie says:

    Ooo I didn’t know there was a short story prequel to Cinder, will have to look it out. It’s so hard to do everything on a readathon. I think you have to choose one thing to aim for and do a little of the rest if you can. I’ve done 2 24 hour readathons and one I read solidly and hardly did any bloggy stuff and the second I volunteered to do more social stuff and read for maybe 8 hours. Both is just impossible!
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    • Angelya says:

      Oh wow, reading for 24 hours straight would just make me cross-eyed πŸ˜› The only way to have fun with these things is to not stress out and do as much as you can,

  3. Aneeqah says:

    You did so well with the readathon!! 1,500 pages is absolutely fantastic. =) I also had to take a break near the end of the week, but even though I didn’t meet my goal, I think I did pretty good. I didn’t even know that Cinder had a prequel, so I’m definitely going to be reading that now! Thanks for the link to that! Overall, you did super fantastic, you should be very proud of yourself!

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  4. Cassandra M says:

    The goals are good but as long as we feel good at the end of it, I think it’s safe to say you succeed. Glad you got through some of your TBR pile, I did the same thing… now if only I could make a dent in my NOOK tbr pile!! Glad you had fun! πŸ™‚
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  5. Pepca says:

    You did well! 1500 pages is a lot. I’m glad you had fun.

  6. Yes! I agree. My first read-a-thon, and I fully enjoyed it. Next time I probably won’t read as many books…I want to savor them a little more.

    • Angelya says:

      They do all fly past a little too quickly, don’t they? I needed a review-write-a-thon afterwards!

  7. I also had the same problem of not blog hopping enough πŸ™‚ I’m making up for it now πŸ™‚

    Congrats on reading a LOT in the week!

    Here is my progress post.
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  8. Glad you had a great week and hope you get to join us in August. Bout-of-Books 1.0 was my first intro to Read-a-thon. It definitely is different, but so much fun! I think it is the perfect read-a-thon for newbies. πŸ˜‰
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