#BoutOfBooks: Mid-Challenge Check In!

Hey all!
I thought I’d do a little check in today about how I’m doing with the Bout of Books challenge.

For those who missed it on my Weekend Coffee Share post – here’s the little blurb about Bout Of Books!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s been a good week for reading! Given that I’m back to work full-time I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I did when I was in full-time surgery recovery (though, I didn’t get as much reading done then as I thought I did because sleeping became something of a full-time job!) I feel pretty good about having gotten through one book so far. Return To Sender, by Julia Alvarez, was awesome – I’ll be getting my review of it up in the next few weeks.

The best thing about Bout of Books has been the community! I had a lot of fun participating in a Twitter-Chat on Monday, and have had fun with the daily challenges. I’ve enjoyed getting to take some time on Instagram and Twitter to reflect on my reading and book-collecting habits.

#boutofbooks Day 3. My "precious" – this particular copy… because I searched for it for about 20 years. In elementary school I first read Little Women in this edition. The March sisters forever in my mind as they look in these illustrations. So, come middle school, I decided I wanted this copy and began to search. Every single time I was in a used bookstore I would check for this book. Carrying only the vague memory of the illustrations inside (in particular one of Beth). Finally, in my mid-twenties, at @powellsbooks with my annual Christmas gift card from my Grandparents, I found it. Right there on the shelf, in beautiful condition, just waiting for me to take it home Every time I open the cover, or spot the spine on my shelves, I am reminded of the awesome librarian who KNEW this was the right book for the third-grade me who had finally realized there were books worth reading that weren't picture books. And of the many stores I visited through the years, and my grandparents, and my love of these characaters, and so much more.

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With a few days left, and the realization that my original TBR list for this week was both over-ambitious and primarily books I have physical-copies of (a bit harder to read on my commute), I’ve altered my plans.  I just got Words Are My Matter, by Ursula LeGuin as an ebook from the library, so I’m going to try to polish off that. It has the added bonus of meeting the criteria for my local library Challenge for this month (book by a local author), AND one of the Read Harder Challenges (book of essays). Yippee~

Are you participating in Bout of Books? If not, I highly recommend you put the next on one your calendar (August 20th – 26th) and plan to participate. It’s really a lot of fun. Read with Community for a week!

Of course, I just realized that I will be camping, far from any internet access, for much of that time — but believe me, I’ll do some updates when I get back about ALL the reading I get done.  Probably will try to enlist my camping buddies in some reading challenges of our own!

Anyhow, Happy Reading!

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