I’m finally on holidays, and this, of course, means that I’ll have a large amount of time to devote to reading. This is a very good thing, because my currently reading pile is embarrassingly large. I was looking for a read-a-thon starting now and running throughout my holidays, but I couldn’t find anything that quite fit. So I’ll be doing the following, tailoring each to fit my available reading schedule:
From July 29th to August 3rd, I’ll be doing my own personal read-a-thon.
From August 4th to 10th, I will participate in The Book Monsters, Monster Read-a-thon.
From August 11th to 17th, I’ll be participating in the second annual Beat the Heat Read-a-thon
then, from August 18th to 24th, I’ll participate in the 11th Bout of Book Read-a-thon.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Previously, I’ve only participated in one read-a-thon, and that was only for 24 hours, so I am a little perplexed as to how to tackle these longer read-a-thons. I am so terrible with lists and focussing on specific books, that I don’t want to go that route. Should I aim for a set number of pages? I have no idea the average number of pages I read per day/per week. Yikes! So I think I’m going to set my goal at 50 pages a day (this should be easy) and raise the count when I see how I’m progressing.
As for books, as I said, I have a disconcerting number of books to complete, as well as some new ones that I want to read. Here are some books on my list:
The Guns of August – Barbara Tuchman
Porterhouse Blue – Tom Sharpe
I’ll update when I’m able, but the plan is to read, read, read. So, happy summer reading to everyone!
** Edited to include the Monster Read-a-thon, kindly suggested by Masanobu at All the Pretty Books **