Bout of Books 11 Progress and Goals

Bout of Books 11 Read-A-Thon
from August 18th through 24th

Hi everyone! I’m going to use this page to track my progress and manage my goal for this month’s Bout of Books read-a-thon. Here’s my original post stating my participation and goal. Now that it’s complete, here’s my wrap-up post.

Goal: 7 books

This may not seem like a lot, but it does beat my usual reading habits – which is the whole point! Here are more specific pieces of my goal:

  • I want to start and then finish 7 whole books. If I am halfway through one book on the first day of the challenge, I need to finish it and then complete 7 more books.
  • If I finish the 7 books before the end of the read-a-thon, I’ll attempt to read at the same pace and challenge myself to complete around 10 books.
  • I am going to plan out my books ahead of time and force myself to read those books ONLY. It’ll be a good excuse to keep myself tied to a list and read some of the books I have laying around that are otherwise ignored.
  • I won’t be reading more than one book in a series during this read-a-thon. I tend to binge-read them and don’t want to give myself an advantage. This challenge is for standalones OR one book in a series only.
  • I’m taking off two days from work to visit Maine with my family (where a LOT of reading happens for all of us). I hope that this will give me a leg up and I hope to finish 2 books per day while I’m up there on Monday and Tuesday. If I finish two books per day, I will most likely increase my goal number to 10 books for the week.
  • I AM going to include audiobooks. Sorry if that seems like cheating, but with a two and a half hour car ride up to Maine and back to Connecticut, that’s precious reading time I would miss out on! I probably will only finish one full audiobook that week anyways.
  • I will only be allowing myself to purchase ONE new book. The rest will already be in my possession or on my Kindle.
  • If I manage to finish the first 9 books on this TBR list, I’m going to dive into Throne of Glass as my final book and continue through the series.

TBR List for the week

Love Letters to the DeadAudrey, Wait!Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)There's Cake in My FutureThe Heiressesto all the boys19732381

  1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria (audiobook)
  2. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (paperback, own)
  3. Boomerang by Noelle August (Kindle e-book, own)
  4. There’s Cake in my Future by Kim Gruenenfelder (paperback, own)
  5. The Heiresses by Sara Shepard (Kindle e-book, own)
  6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Kindle e-book, to buy)
  7. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas (Kindle e-book, own)

Bonus books if I finish early

Me Before YouThe First Phone Call from HeavenThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (hardcover, own)
  2. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (hardcover, own)
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas (Kindle e-book, own)


Day 1 – 8/18
Books in progress: Love Letters to the Dead, Dangerous Boys
% completed: Love Letters-50%, Dangerous-12%
Books completed: Boomerang
Total books completed so far: 1

Day 2 – 8/19
Books in progress: The Heiresses, Love Letters to the Dead
% completed: Heiresses-16%, Love Letters-88%
Books completed: Dangerous Boys
Total books completed so far: 2

Day 3 – 8/20
Books in progress: The HeiressesThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 
% completed: Heiresses-72%, Ava Lavender-4%
Books completed: Love Letters to the Dead
Total books completed so far: 3

Day 4 – 8/21
Books in progress: To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforeThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 
% completed: To All the Boys-15%, Ava Lavender-24%
Books completed: The Heiresses
Total books completed so far: 4

Day 5 – 8/22
Books in progress: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, There’s Cake in my Future
% completed: Ava Lavender-50%, There’s Cake-72 pages
Books completed: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Total books completed so far: 5

Day 6 – 8/23
Books in progress: There’s Cake in my Future, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
% completed: There’s Cake-200 pages, Ava Lavender-50%
Books completed: N/A
Total books completed so far: 5

Day 7 – 8/24
Books in progress: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
% completed: Ava Lavender-50%
Books completed: There’s Cake in my Future
Total books completed so far: 6

28 responses to “Bout of Books 11 Progress and Goals

  1. Amanda

    I have Throne of Glass on my list this time too! I’m really excited about it, especially since it’s the newer cover (OMG it’s gorgeous). And audio books are so not cheating, Days of blood and starlight might be an audio book for me too. Good luck!

    • Haha okay good! Wasn’t sure how people felt about audiobooks.

      I downloaded a sample of Throne of Glass to see how I liked it and it was really good! I bought the book but am holding off on reading it until I crank through some of these other books. I don’t want to get engrossed in a series at the moment!

  2. Ohhh, Throne of Glass is awesome! I am currently reading Crown of Midnight, I am loving the series. Good luck during the readathon, I hope you meet all of your goals! =D

  3. Wow, you have everything planned out and some really ambitious goals. Hope you get to accomplish them :). I liked Throne of Glass so for that sake alone I hope you finish books 1 – 9 ^-^! Good luck, Lauren!

    • Thank you!! I’ve been reading a lot more than usual lately and I’m hoping with my vacation days I can knock out a good chunk of them. I’m anal retentive when it comes to things like this so I had to write all of my rules out!

    • I’ve been hearing so many great things about that series! People are obsessed with it and I couldn’t resist haha. I’ll be starting it later this month regardless of the challenge 🙂

  4. I’ve read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Love Letters to the Dead. Both are fun to read though I enjoyed To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before better. I like it a lot that I decided to pick up The Summer I Turned Pretty series. It’s going to be on my TBR list for this read-a-thon. It’s my first time joining a read-a-thon and I am so excited. Good luck on your goals and happy reading !

    • Thank you! This is my first read-a-thon too. I LOVED the Summer I Turned Pretty series. Jenny Han is amazing and I can’t believe I’ve waited even this long to read that book! Good luck!!

  5. Im doing the boutofbooks challenge and im going around meeting new blogs and I found yours. I love it. Cant wait to see what you think of Love Letters to the Dead. Its such a thought-provoking and inspirational novel in terms of style. Good luck with all your goals.

  6. Oh wow, you’ve got a fantastic TBR list! Audiobooks definitely aren’t cheating! Boomerang is adorable! I’ve also got To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on my TBR list 🙂
    I may have squealed when I saw Throne of Glass on your TBR! I’d HIGHLY recommend reading that one! It’s fantastic 😀
    Good luck with your goals! I hope you manage to finish your first 7 books and get onto your extras!

    • Thank you!! If I don’t get to the extras this week I definitely will ASAP.. Throne of Glass is too tempting I don’t think I can wait too long for that 🙂 I just finished boomerang today in a matter of hours – loved it. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my TBR for months I can’t wait to finally just read and it suck it up! (The kindle price is $9+ and I’ve been being cheap lol)

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