This past week I took part in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon. Each day I kept track of how many pages I read, and any thoughts that popped up in those moments. Here were my goals for the read-athon, and for the most part I kept on track.
My TBR included:
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore(completed this the Sunday before the challenge) The Lying Game by Ruth Ware(book club book that I wrapped up Wednesday, review here)
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (made it halfway through the book)
The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien(read the last two chapters over Sunday)
- The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
In total I read 631 pages over the seven days, and survived my first week of classes as an upperclassman. Some days were certainly more productive than others, but I was proud that no matter how busy my schedule got, I was able to fit in at least some reading each day.
Some things I learned during this read-a-thon:
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. With so many incredible books out there your eyes can get bigger than your stomach, so to speak. When you start a book, try to commit to it, rather than hopping from book to book. It took me three months to finish The Two Towers because I kept picking up other titles. I wrapped up the book this weekend in one sitting.
- Try to read a little each day. Those fifteen minutes between different obligations throughout the day can add up. Keep a book at hand for those moments.
- Set reasonable goals. Life happens, and that’s OK. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t read all the books on your TBR. (Take it from the girl with over a thousand books on her GoodReads list.)
- Reading is an adventure. How many lands did you visit, and people did you meet this past week? I was reminded just how incredible a book can be.
What gems of reading wisdom have you learned over the years??
Overall it was a great week for books, and the read-a-thon was the perfect way to say farewell to summer and observe the start of a new semester. If you want to join in the fun, the next Bout of Books (the 21st one) will be January 8th to January 14th. Hope to see you there!