So this is the week I have been dreading all summer: the week university classes resume and my every waking hour is parceled out and scheduled for the next sixteen weeks. It is always a challenge for me to balance being a full time honor student, present mother, and compassionate teacher. I am so incredibly blessed that I have a network of supportive friends and family, but often times I feel like I am barely keeping my nose above water as I push through my upper level courses.
This weekend has been dedicated to saying “See you later” to my favorite summer activities: long hours spent moving outside, backyard cookouts with friends, and lots of time with a book in hand. To help with my transition from summer to school I have opted to take part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I am hoping the challenge will keep me motivated to read and help me find the perfect balance with a change in routine. A little background if you have never heard of it:
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, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
A laid back challenge for a laid back girl. If you think this sounds like your gig I strongly suggest you sign up: registration is available through August 22nd so please hop over and add your name!
As far as books go my TBR for this challenge is pretty solid and cautiously optimistic:
I anticipate finishing Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (also part of my ARC August reading list), reading all of Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game for book club on Wednesday, and starting in on the modern classic Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, which is also this month’s Well-Read Mom pick for Year of the Pilgrim (our church’s mom group has a discussion group). If I finish all three of these (a girl can dream right?), I will probably return to and wrap up my long neglected copy of Tolkien’s The Two Towers (I literally have two chapters left… I don’t know what’s wrong with me) and finish the second half of Dinah Jefferies’ The Tea Planter’s Wife.
Beside (maybe) participating in the daily challenges, I was inspired by Kourtni from Kourtni Reads to update my daily progress with the number of pages/books I read, and any thoughts that come up in the process. I don’t have any particular page goal, I just want to read a lot of stuff.
Are you participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon? Have you done one before? What are some of your favorite read-a-thons to participate in? And most importantly: how do I tweak time and space to get more reading time????