Friday, May 2, 2014

Bout of Books 10 is Coming Up!

A bout of books, it sounds bloody doesn't it? Makes me envision Moby Dick squaring off in a ring against Dubliners. A bell signals the opening of the round and Moby lumbers out of its corner, while the lighter, very nimble set of stories at first leaps into the fray and then retreats just as quickly to contemplate an elegant turn of phrase...

No, wait, that's not what The Bout of Books is about, as fun as that image is.

In real life (online real life, that is):

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

I discovered this blog event at the end of the last round and signed up to be alerted when Round 10 was on the horizon. As a newish blogger this online event looked like a fun way to broaden my community and make my online life more interactive. So, come the week of May 12th I'll be posting my reading goals and progress reports here. I read a lot, but my TBR pile still grows and grows. Fingers crossed that I get through at least one reasonable sized stack as a part of Bout of Books, it will make my husband very, very happy. Thank goodness I have until the 12th to pick out which of the many books on hand to target.

Plus, I will be hosting one of the challenges (there's a prize!). On Wednesday, May 14 I'll be asking participants to share ideas for pairing favorite book(s) with another book, a drink, a meal, a movie, etc. It should be a blast and I fully expect that it will lead to additions to my reading list far in excess of the number of books I will manage to read during the week, but that's just what I am hoping for!

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