Bout of Books 21

 

It’s time to GET YOUR READ ON!

 

Bout of Books is a read-a-thon hosted by author/blogger/reader Amanda Shofner and blogger/reviewer/reader Kelly from Reading the Paranormal.  It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

I will be posting updates about my reading on Twitter, Facebook, and hopefully Instagram.

I’m still gathering the books that I will be reading or attempting to read. At least one will be a paperback or hardback and at least one will be on Kindle. I have a ton of books to choose from and I’m totally excited to be participating again.

I don’t have any goals really beyond reading. I started 2017 with the intention of reading more and reading at least one chapter of a book at night. I will be employing that same intention for 2018, only I want to read more than one chapter per day/night. I have found a love of reading again by branching out and forcing myself to get out of the reading rut I was in prior to 2017. And read-a-thons like Bout of Books has helped tremendously.

If you’d like to join up as well, and I think you should, the sign-up is HERE.

Some participants are listing goals for the read-a-thon and I think, for me, given the writing schedule I have, my goal for this round of Bout of Books will be to read 2 books. If I can read 3 books, that would be awesome. But my stated goal will be to read 2 books. On January 8th, I’ll let y’all know what book I’m going to start with.

I really do hope you’ll consider signing up to read with me and whole big community of readers.

If you’d like to follow along, the use the hashtag #boutofbooks on social media!

~lissa

Hour 23 – If This Was Your Last Day To Read For A Year…

Hi Y’all! Lissa Matthews here! I’ll be holding things together for Hour 23… We’re in the home stretch!

Does the title make you curious? Make you a little anxious? Make you want to wring my neck for planting the mere idea in your head of not reading for a year? I get it… But… What if TODAY was your last day to read a book for a year? That starting after you turn the final page today you’re not allowed to read another book for 365 days… What book would you choose to be the last one? What book would so capture your mind and imagination that you believe it would have the power to hold you over until one year is over? Inquiring minds want to know.

Me? I’m still struggling with this answer, but ever since I came up with this question, the one book that’s been sticking in my head is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Of all the books I’ve read this year, this is the one that my brain keeps going back to…

Hopefully you’re still here, pushing through to the very last word on the pages. Maybe you’re even looking forward to a nice long nap and some eye drops. I know I am. But honestly, this has been great and I’m so thrilled to be part of it and hosting one of the mini-challenges!

So, please, leave a comment here with your choice of book that would be your last one if you couldn’t read for a year. I’m very curious at what people choose.

If you choose to answer on social media, don’t forget to use the #readathon and specifically for this mini-challenge #lastbookforayear And if you’d like to tag me as well, I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @lissamatthews

I will also be offering up a prize for this challenge… A $20 gift card to In The Wick of Time or up to $20 for a book of your choice from BookDepository.com

~lissa

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Readathon Sign-Up

I mentioned a bit ago that I would be participating in a 24-hour Readathon on October 21st and I wanted to give all of you the chance to sign-up for it, too. ALL the details are HERE as well as the sign-up form.

As it states, you don’t have to read for the whole 24-hours, but it’s fun to try and read as much as you can. Part of the fun is in the planning. Snacks, naps, location, and especially what books you’re going to crack open. Novels? Graphic novels? Box sets? A series you’ve been dying to read?

That last one is me. A series I’ve been dying to read. There are two that I am flirting with and I’ll likely end up flipping a coin to see which one will get my attention. Whichever one is put off, I’ll pick it up during the other readathon in January.

For now, though… Please consider signing up for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Meet other readers on social media. Find new authors and books to try. Connect over a love of reading.

~lissa

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Bout of Books 20 Tally and What I’m Planning Next

So, my tally for Bout of Books 20 isn’t as high as I’d hoped it would be. I made it through 3 1/2 of the Magic and Mayhem books by Robyn Peterman. I had wanted to make it through all 5, but life happens. I don’t feel too terribly bad because I came into it so late, but when they have Bout of Books 21 in January, I will be totally prepared to put in all 7 days from beginning to end.

But I ‘met’ (on Twitter) some really cool people and found a lot of great books and blogs to follow.

The next read-at-thon I’m planing to participate in is the one I told y’all about on October 21st. It’s a 24 hour one and I think I have the series picked out that I’m going to dive into… Then again, between now and then, I may find several other series and I’ll end up putting all the titles in a hat and drawing one out.

I’ve finished writing Abe’s Will and have a few scenes to flesh out.

I’ll be starting on Witchin’ Spice, my title that will be in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Kindle World. It will be out in October.

There are many other books I’m making notes on and planning and several re-releases happening, too. I’ll keep y’all updated on those as they happen.

I’m also wanting to put together a read-a-thon of my own and a write-a-thon. I’m looking forward to finding people to help me with ideas. If you have any, let me know!

But for now, that’s all I have!

~lissa

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I’m Participating in Bout of Books 20

Hello my dear Readers…

I’ve been reading a lot. I will post a list of books that I’ve read soon-ish.

But, in the course of reading a lot, and I’ve started following a lot of readers and other book obsessed people on Instagram and Twitter the last few months and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of fun and awesome books. Through their awesomeness, I’ve learned about read-a-thons (usually late, like this one).

But, I’m joining anyway and next time, I’ll be better prepared to start at the same time as other readers. If you’d like to join too, you can do so until Midnight tonight… Visit the Bout of Books blog and sign up

If you aren’t familiar with Bout of Books, read below for more information!

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.

Come and play! Please come and play. It’s books and more books and MORE books!

~lissa

 

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