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Reading Tactics: A Bout of Books Mini-Challenge

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The challenge is now over, and the randomly selected winner is Stephanie at Love.Life.Read! Congrats Stephanie! I will be emailing you soon.

 

Good morning all you Bout of Books-ers!

I’m hosting one of the Bout of Books Readathon challenges for today! It’s going to be pretty simple, because simple is good and also because I am a little lazy:

  1. You have to be participating in Bout of Books to be eligible to win the prize.
  2. What’s the prize, you may be wondering? A $20 Amazon gift card, or a book worth $20 from The Book Depository.
  3. Open internationally.
  4. This only lasts for 24 hours. I will close comments on this post at 1 AM Eastern time on January 7th.
  5. A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday at some time. I’ll email the winner.

All you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following:

How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?

For example, I try to listen to more audiobooks, or read more at night instead of watching tv.

You just have to leave a comment answering the question in order to be entered for the prize, but if you want, you can choose to do this in one of your posts, on Instagram, on Twitter, on Youtube, whatever. Just leave a link to your answer in the comments so that I can see it!

Piece of cake, amirite? Now get commenting! I need your tips 🙂

~Sarah

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Bout of Books Mini-Challenge!

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Good morning all you Bout of Books-ers!

I’m starting this Bout of Books Readathon off with a bang – by hosting one of the challenges for today! It’s going to be pretty simple, cause that’s how I roll:

  1. You have to be participating in Bout of Books to be eligible to win the prize.
  2. What’s the prize, you may be wondering? A $15 Amazon gift card, or a book worth $15 from The Book Depository.
  3. Open internationally.
  4. This only lasts for 24 hours. I will close comments on this post at 1 AM Eastern time on August 20th.
  5. A winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday at some time. I’ll email the winner.

All you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following:

What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die? OR what is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read?

For example, my answer might be that I want to go to the National Book Festival someday, or that I really want to take eskrima classes because of the book The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan.

Easy peasy, right?

And by the way, if you like the idea of a “bookish bucket list”, check out Rebecca and Allison’s 50 Bookish Things You Must Do Before You Die.

Now get commenting! Good luck, and have fun readathoning!

~Sarah

A Bookish Question – Monday’s Bout of Books Mini-Challenge!

Giveaway is now closed.

I am pleased to announce that the winner for any book from The Book Depository (up to $15) is…

Alessanda P at Out of The Blue

Congrats Alessandra! I’ll be emailing you shortly.

Thank you to everyone who participated!!!! Such a lovely variety of answers 🙂

 

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Hey there gang! Welcome to my Bout of Books Challenge! Since this is the beginning of the week, I’m starting us off with an easy-peasy one. But first, a few notes…

  • This challenge will be open for 24 hours, from 1 am EST on Monday the 14th to 1 am EST on Tuesday the 14th.
  • You must be participating in Bout of Books to win – this means you must actually have a goal post up and entered into the linky on this page.
  • What is the prize, you ask? One book up to $15 from The Book Depository.
  • This is open to any country that The Book Depository ships to.
  • Winner will be selected using random.org, and I’ll announce and contact the winner on Tuesday during the day.
  • To enter, all you have to do is discuss the question below, either in the comments or in a blog post that you can link back to in the comments. Please also leave your email address in some form so that I can contact you if you win!
  • To make things easiest for me when checking for goal posts, it’d be nice if you’d put a link to your blog as well.

So, here is your question topic to answer / discuss / muse over…

“What do you like best about readathons? Do you have any readathon traditions or rituals? If this is your first readathon, what do you like so far? Discuss away!”

See, what an easy question is that? I bet you have a million things you love about readathons. Enjoy!

~Sarah

Readthon: 18 Hours in! Go, go go!!!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Sarah

For the Me & My Book mini-challenge over at One Literature Nut.

 

Ah, I look so sleep-deprived. That super-flattering (hardy har har) picture there is for the Me & My Book mini-challenge hosted by Becky at One Literature Nut. Enjoy!

I got absolutely no reading done since my last update, because like 5 minutes after I posted it my sister and L came over to visit and you know, I was all enthralled in the super baby cuteness that is my drooly little nephew. He tried to eat everything, including (but not limited to) the knobs on the entertainment center drawers and an electrical outlet, which of course made me smack his tiny little hands and he cried big tears up at me, but I refrained from comforting him for the most part cause I’m a good aunt.

And after they left I fell asleep for two hours, showered, and came to work. I really needed that nap.

Anyhoo, so I’m back at work now and as long as I don’t get too drowsy, the next 5.5 hours should be pretty uninterrupted reading time! Definitely time enough to finish Will Grayson, Will Grayson and hopefully start reading something else too.

So, we’re almost done! How’s everyone else holding up?

~Sarah

Winter Mini-Readathon Wrap-Up Post!

I can’t believe it’s over already! I didn’t get QUITE as much reading done as I wanted today, but I was able to read 242 out of 418 pages in Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer. And the great thing about it is that it was QUALITY reading time – no interruptions from work, people, doing laundry, etc. And I’m thinking that I’m going to go to the bookstore and buy the sequel to this book, cause I’m totally into it.

So, this is the last mini-challenge! Remember you have until 10 pm EST on Monday to complete the mini-challenges, and I’ll announce the randomly-chosen winners on Tuesday.

Thank you so so so so so much to Jenn for hosting her mini-challenge, and to Heather for hosting the bonus challenge. You guys are awesome 🙂

And thank you to EVERYONE who participated today! I really enjoyed visiting your blogs & chatting with you on Twitter! And I’m going to spend some time tomorrow morning coming around to visit blogs / posts that I didn’t have a chance to visit today.

OK, so let’s do the last mini-challenge! Same as the start-up post – copy, paste, and answer the questions below either in the comments or in a blog post link in the comments.

1. How many books and/or pages were you able to read?

2. About how many hours were you able to read for? (Were there many distractions, breaks, etc?)

3. Do you have any likes/dislikes about the 12-hour readathon, compared to a 24-hour readathon?

4. Favorite and least favorite books that you read today?

5. Do you have any suggestions for things you’d like me to do differently if I host another mini-readathon?

 

And just for funsies, here are my answers…

1. How many books and/or pages were you able to read?

I read 242 pages.

2. About how many hours were you able to read for? (Were there many distractions, breaks, etc?)

Well, if you assume I read at a page her minute, then I read for about 4 hours today, lol. And of course there were distractions: the challenges, re-doing my header with Heather, food, chatting, Twitter, blogs, etc…

3. Do you have any likes/dislikes about the 12-hour readathon, compared to a 24-hour readathon?

Not in particular, I like doing these little 12-hour readathons because they’re less stressful, even with me posting challenges every few hours. I don’t have to worry about struggling to stay awake.

4. Favorite and least favorite books that you read today?

The only one I’ve been reading is Hominids, which is kinda awesome so far.

5. Do you have any suggestions for things you’d like me to do differently if I host another mini-readathon?

Well this is like me asking MYSELF, lol, but yes I do. I’m going to try to think of more exciting prizes for next time, and I’ll try to think of better ways to promote it. Although honestly, I think having a small number of people participating is actually kind of nicer than having hundreds of participants like in the 24-hour ones. I get to know you all a little better, and I feel like you guys are actually participating for the fun of it, not necessarily to win a ton of cool swag like in the big giant readathons. What do you guys think?

 

OK, so that’s it! Thanks again to EVERYONE for joining in, and I hope I see you guys next time around, probably in July! And remember to check back here on Tuesday for the challenge winners! I’m going to go catch up on my reading now 🙂

~Sarah

Winter Mini-Readathon Challenge #4!

Hey ya’ll! So, I got a little bit more reading done – I’m on page 108 of Hominids. I’m really liking it so far, I already think I want to go buy the sequel. Sadly my sis had to go home, and then my honeyman came home and brought a friend for dinner, so we’ve been eating chicken tacos and socializing. These last 3 hours will be my best hours yet, dammit!

So, this next mini-challenge is hosted by the fabulous Jenn at Booksessed. Go there and follow her directions. Jenn’s hosted challenge counts as one of the 5 mini-challenges that you’ll be able to win a $5 Amazon gift card for. I’m going to participate too cause it looks like SO MUCH FUN (not for a prize obviously), but I’m going to do that later, after I get farther in this book that I’m reading.

Have fun!

~Sarah

Winter Mini-Readathon Mini-Challenge #3!

So, how’s everyone holding up? It’s officially the halfway point!

Sadly, I have no real updates. Somehow I got no reading done during the last 3 hours… I made my sister watch some funny songs on YouTube (I’m On a Boat & I’m Awesome, in cause you were wondering), we did her bonus challenge post, made some cucumber sandwiches, made more coffee, chatted, etc… This is what happens when you have two sisters who don’t get to hang out enough, and throw them together all day with food and drinks.

Anyhoo, on with the next challenge! The challenge is to use random objects around your house to spell out the word “read”, take a picture of it, post it on your blog, and then come back here to leave the link in the comments!

Here is mine…

We’re not alcoholics, I swear. The honeyman doesn’t even drink, lol, but he had all of his friends save bottlecaps for him for some game he wants to play. Lucky for me, they made this challenge easy-peasy 🙂 But you can use ANY OBJECTS around your house.

See you in 3 hours, when Jenn will be hosting a mini-challenge!

~Sarah

Winter Mini-Readathon Challenge #2!

 

Hey guys, how ya doin? I’ve have a good 3 hours so far… Heather and I sat and updated my header (LOVE the V-Day theme), I started my chicken in the crockpot for chicken tacos, made some jalapeno poppers, and read 66 pages of my first book, Hominds by Robert J. Sawyer.

So, the 2nd challenge! The image you see above is a Wordle, and your challenge is to make your own and post it on your blog! Here’s how…

1. Go to http://www.wordle.net/ and click the Create button.

2. Type in a bunch of words related to the mini-readathon! Can be anything bookish, the snacks you’re having, the books in your to-read pile, anything really. A couple notes about using Wordle…

  • To make a word appear in a large font, type it several times. So to get “Mini-Readathon” to look so big up there, I typed it 3 times.
  • To get words to stay together, say for a title of a book, put a ~ between the words. So for “The Warded Man” above, I typed: The~Warded~Man
  • The more words, the better. It’ll look full and pretty.

3. After you type in all your words, be sure that that’s all (I don’t think you can go back to add more), and click the Go button. From there, you can change the layout, colors, font, etc to get it to look how you want.

4. I don’t think you can right click on the image to save it. My laptop has a feature called “Snipping Tool” that I use to take a cropped screenshot and save it to my pictures. Otherwise, you can probably use just a regular screenshot and then save it.

The post your Wordle on your blog, and come back to this post and leave a comment with the link to your Wordle post.

I’ve been very excited to do this mini-challenge, can’t wait to see the Wordles you guys make!!

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

Winter Mini-Readathon Start-Up Post!

 

Good morning everybody! IT’S TIME!

So, let me just remind everyone how the mini-challenges / prizes are working…

There will be 5 mini-challenges today, and the prize for each one will be a $5 Amazon e-gift card (I promise I’m going to think up more exciting prizes for the next summer mini-readathon.) You have until 10 PM tomorrow (that’s US Eastern time) to enter into the challenges. I know I originally said it was until noon tomorrow, but I’m extending it. Winners will be announced on Tuesday.

The mini-challenges will be about 3 hours apart, and the bonus challenge will be just a surprise time. So it’s easiest to keep up if you have my blog bookmarked, in a feed-reader, etc.

I encourage you guys to go visit other blogs and tweet during the mini-readathon. You can see the list of other participants here, just click on the linky widget. The twitter hashtag will be #ssrminiread and if you need to reach me directly, my Twitter handle is @SarahSaysRead.

OK, LET THE FIRST MINI-CHALLENGE BEGIN!

Copy, paste, and answer the questions below, either in the comments or on your blog. If you do a start-up post on your blog to answer, come back here and leave the link to the post in the comments. MUST POST YOUR ANSWERS OR BLOG POST LINK IN THE COMMENTS TO BE ENTERED FOR A PRIZE!

1. Tell everyone three random things about yourself:


2. Is this your first readathon?

3. Do you have any specific goals for today? (# of books or pages to read?)

4. Do you have any specific snacks, drinks, or books planned?

5. What hours do you plan on reading during?

 

Here are my answers, as an example…

1. Tell everyone three random things about yourself:

– I drive a yellow VW Beetle.
– I have 2 tattoos.
– I hate the winter, and want to move to Hawaii.

2. Is this your first readathon?

Nope!

3. Do you have any specific goals for today? (# of books or pages to read?)

No specific goals for me! I’d like to read a few more chapters in Don Quixote, and I want to start a new book, but I haven’t decided on which yet. I’ll let you know later.

4. Do you have any specific snacks, drinks, or books planned?

Ohhhh yes. Coffee, water, juice, alcohol… Cucumber sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, artichoke dip, popcorn, etc, and chicken tacos for dinner. I know this sounds like a lot of food, but my sister Heather is reading / eating with me, so you know, it’s not SO bad, lol.

5. What hours do you plan on reading during?

I am aiming to read from 10 AM to 10 PM Eastern time, with breaks obviously to do the mini-challenge posts and stuff.

 

OK, so if you guys have ANY questions today, you can leave a comment, you can send me an email at sarahmay227(at)gmail(dot)com, or you can tweet me on Twitter @SarahSaysRead.

READY, SET…. GO!!!!

~Sarah

>Mini-Readathon Update: Challenge Prizes

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OKAY, so after a lot of consideration (and by that I mean the last half hour or so), I’ve decided how I want to do the prizes for my Summer Mini-Readathon.

Now, there will 5 be mini-challenges in that 12-hour block. I’ll post one every 3 hours – so one at the beginning, three in the middle, and one at the end for a total of five.

You don’t have to do them right away. The point of the readathon is to get some reading done, right? So since it’s taking place on Sunday, July 10th – you’ll have until 6 PM (Eastern) on Monday July 11th to post the links / complete the mini-challenges you feel like doing. Cause I’m nice like that. I’ll pick winners and announce them on Tuesday, July 12th.

Each challenge you complete is an entry for the prize, so you can potentially earn yourself 5 entries. Awesomeness, right?

I’ll be picking three winners via random.org.

1st winner – $30 Amazon e-gift card
2nd & 3rd place winners – $10 Amazon e-gift card each

So I’ll be giving away a total of $50 in prizes. The cool thing? With e-gift cards, you don’t need to give me your mailing address, just an email address. Plus, this comes out of my own pocket, so I save on shipping costs too and therefore can give cool prizes like this, that are exciting for anybody.

Here’s the link to go sign-up! You don’t wanna miss it. I promise.

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