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I'm finally taking the plunge! I've enjoyed year-long challenges and occasionally month-long challenges, but I was always afraid read-a-thons would be too much pressure. It's pretty normal for me to take a week to read a book, so I wasn't exactly sure what benefit an event like this could have for me. But after reading everyone's posts for Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon recently, I found myself composing lists of books in my head and itching to jump on the bandwagon. Just 24 hours still seems very intense to me, but I think a week long event might be just the thing. There is definitely more time in my days for reading if I could get myself a bit better organized and prioritized. So this week is a welcome opportunity to have an "excuse" to read whenever I am not doing essential activities such as working, sleeping, etc. So, onto my game plan...
I think there are two ways for me personally to get the most of Bout of Books and enjoy myself in the process -- a bunch of short and/or "easy" books or 1-2 really long books (think Outlander or Game of Thrones). 90% of the time I read one average length book per week -- say 300-400-ish pages. This week won't feel any different if I just stick with my usual though. So for this first Bout of Books, I'm going with graphic novels, poetry, and shorter YA (after I finish the adult thriller Dark Tide which has spilled over from last week.) I don't think I will read all of these, but it's good to have options. I've taken my bookish buddy Charleen's advice to heart and chosen books I'm really excited to read, not just excited to cross off my list. Except for the Silverstein one, these are all for my Banned Books challenge and I LOVE reading banned books.
I've also been trying to get outside in the nice weather before it gets too hot and muggy and I don't want to hole myself up inside for the entire week. So I'll listen to audiobooks when I go for walks and if it's really nice, maybe I'll even head to the park just to read at some point. I'll start with the end of Team Human which is for next month's book club meeting and then I'll see what else is available to borrow from my library's digital collection. The audiobooks will also be good for when I'm doing boring household chores like washing dishes, laundry, etc.
So, I am officially setting my goal at 7 books -- which could include finishing the two I already have started (1 audio + 1 print). Wish me luck!