Bout of Books 21 Sign-Up & Tracking

Posted January 6, 2018 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments

Bout of BooksBout of Books (January 8-14)

I’m here for another round of Bout of Books. I don’t remember if I participated last time it came around (probably) but I wanted to focus up on reading early in 2018. I set my Goodreads goal a lot lower this year so I’m not pressured to read, but for some reason I feel really invigorated to read ASAP. Here are more details about this challenge…

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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My goal:

My reading goal for 2018 is 120 books, which equates to 10 per month. I usually average more than 10 per month but I want to take it easy. I don’t mind blowing my reading out of the water, but I would prefer to not stress about it. ANYWAYS, reading 10 books per month means about 2.5 books per week. Bout of Books is a week long, so I’ll set my goal to 4-5 books during Bout of Books, including two specific books (and one category of book) that I’ll be talking about below in the TBR section.

Possible TBR:

I don’t like to limit myself usually because my mood reading tends to strike, but like I said… I have a few book-specific goals for this readathon. I want to read TAXONOMY OF LOVE because I keep putting it off for no reason at all. I also want to read at least one ARC on my Kindle, which could be THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN (or something else I shared on my TBR for January). I also want to get working on the HOPE’S CROSSING series by RaeAnne Thayne. I said I would kick off January with this series, so I want to do that. There’s a chance I start the series before Bout of Books, so I would likely continue with a book or two during the readathon. If I don’t start ahead of time, I’ll read BLACKBERRY SUMMER.

A Taxonomy of Love  The Upside of Falling Down


Monday 1/8

Currently reading: None! Finished everything last night.

Started: A TAXONOMY OF LOVE (borrowed ARC)

Tuesday 1/9

Started: AS YOU WISH (egalley)


Wednesday 1/10

Continued reading: AS YOU WISH

Thursday 1/11

Finished: AS YOU WISH


Friday 1/12 through Sunday 1/14



So I obviously didn’t meet my goal of finishing four books, but I came close. AND to be fair, I’m a good portion through books three and four. I met my goals for which specific books to read too. I completed one review copy (AS YOU WISH) and completed TAXONOMY OF LOVE. Those were the biggest things I was hoping for. I also started BLACKBERRY SUMMER, which was another goal… minus the fact that I didn’t finish it. I worked on an audio/ebook mix for TOGETHER AT MIDNIGHT and expect one of my current reads Sunday night or Monday. I’m actually around 40-50% done with both of these too so we can pretend that counts as one more completed book 😉

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