I spent last week participating in my 6th Bout of Books. See my initial post, HERE.

Joining the Bout of Books Readathon is a great way to get back into the groove of reading every day after the crazy holiday season. Even if you don’t read every day it’s ok. This readathon has no pressure and only fun. Plus I always meet new fellow readers and add a few books to my to-read list.

This time I wasn’t able to participate as much in the social stuff and I couldn’t post updates here every day, but I did usually check in on Instagram with the daily challenges and I participated in the first Twitter chat of the week.  You can see my Instagram feed, HERE. Follow me there for all kinds of bookish fun!

Even though I didn’t meet all of my reading goals, I am pleased with what I did accomplish this week.

Bout of Books 24 books

I was hoping to read these four books. But, I still had to finish two books I was planning to get done before the readathon, but didn’t.

Books I Finished This Week:

I’D RATHER BE READING by Anne Bogel – read for my own enjoyment and as my First Book of 2019!

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman – our book club choice this month and my first 5 star read of the year!

IN DOG WE TRUST by Beth Kendrick – for review…coming soon.

Books I Read From This Week:

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak – Still getting through this one, slowly but surely.

MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan – came in on my library holds, so gave it a start.

ON WRITING by Stephen King – listening on audio after it came in on library holds.


Total pages read = 651 pages – an average of 93 pages a day. I’m pretty happy with that after a busy week. It’s proof I can make time for reading!

Total listening time = 2 hours and 15 minutes

Another successful Bout of Books Readathon!


2019 Reading Goals


This year I have a few goals to support my reading.

1 – The first one is my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year. Since I read 132 books last year, it should be pretty doable.

2 – Take part in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. See more about this hear! I completed it last year and it is a nice way to step outside of your reading box and read something you might not necessarily choose to read.

3 – Take part in The Unread Shelf Reading Challenge. I don’t even want to admit how many unread books are on my shelves. It’s in the hundreds. So, I’m at least committing to getting 12 of them off my shelves by reading 1 book off of my own shelf each month. To see all the details of this challenge, check out this Instagram post.

Obviously, I’ll still be reviewing books here and for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

I’m still planning to share children’s book reviews here every Friday and sometimes other days of the week.

There are so many great books coming out in 2019, plus all the others waiting to be chosen off of my shelves. I know it will be a great year of reading!




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  1. Nancy McGrew on January 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Sounds like a good goal for me….

  2. Jade @ Reading with Jade on January 15, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Readathons have a wonderful way of showing us that we can indeed make more time for reading than we perhaps do. Great to hear you had a successful Bout of Books!

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