I’ve participated in the Bout of Books reading challenges in the past few years and I’m usually able to get a good amount of reading done – I’ve found it’s a great way to help me focus on reading and have concentrated reading time. I was especially excited for this month’s Bout of Books since 1) I have a lot of time to relax at home right now (welcome to the pandemic) 2) I had a pretty bad reading slump this year and didn’t read for almost two months so I’m looking forward to diving into some great reads and 3) work this year has been intense so I was more eager than ever for some relaxation time!! I got a good amount of reading done this week and it was great to spend some time focused on the blog and participating in the challenges.
First let’s do my Day 7 (Sunday) update on reading.
Time spent reading: (Approximately) 2.5 hours
Number of pages I’ve read today: 146 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 1,412 pages
Books read: Started Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich
Challenges: I did tweet about Sunday’s challenge which was just a stretch goal challenge!
#boutofbooks Sunday stretch goal! For today I’ve almost met all my overall goals – so for today I’m just going to read as much as I can of Salvation Station by @authorkschleich! Happy reading everyone!
— Rebecca Lyman (@rebeccabook17) May 17, 2020
And now let’s look at how I fared for my overall Bout of Books 28 wrap up:
Time Devoted to Reading
My goals for this read-a-thon are that I’d like to participate in as much as I can: the daily posts plus reading every day. I’d really like to just focus on getting back into reading and devouring my books. My traditional busy season at work goes from January to April and it was a killer this year, especially with all the additional issues presented with the pandemic. I gave up on reading for pretty much February through the beginning of April since all I was doing was making myself more tired staying up too late reading. I’ve just recently picked up reading again and it’s been going well but I need to get back on board with my reading schedule and catch up on books I missed over the last couple months!
I was able to read every day, which was probably easier than normal since I took the second half of the week off of work. I also participated in 5 out of the 7 daily challenges, the two that I missed were logistical issues.
Books to Read
- Finish Outfox by Sandra Brown – Done! Review will be posted later this week
- Read Close Up by Amanda Quick – Read and reviewed
- Read BuzzBooks Romance sampler – Read and reviewed
- Read Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia – Read and reviewed
- Read Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson – Read and reviewed
- Read a book I own (TBD) – Skipped
- Read Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich – Started on last day of challenge but haven’t finished yet
Overall I thought I did super well with this challenge and made a lot of time for reading! I’m hoping to also participate in the August Bout of Books this year but that will be dependent on a few scheduling items. Either way, I had a great time this past week! Happy reading everyone!