The Bout of Books Read-a-thon Aug 18th – 24th

I haven’t participated in a read-a-thon since I was at school but since signing up to twitter I’ve been delighted to see so many events devoted to books and book talk.

So with books in hand and a determined mindset I’ve decided to sign up for the Bout of Books read-a-thon event. Below is the official word from the organisers:

“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”

I usually aim to read about a book a week (something at which I often fail) and have been trying to complete a challenge of 50 books in a year for several years now (this is my year though I can feel it). The read-a-thon is a chance for me to push myself a little and so my goal for the week will be to read three – yes, count ’em – three novels. These are:

On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Zoli by Colum McCann

If you’re interested in signing up, click on the link attached and don’t forget to leave comments below and follow me on twitter to join in the discussion.

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