Monday, August 13, 2018

Bout of Books 23 Schedule

It's COMING!
Psst. Tell your friends:
Bout of Books 23 is coming!

For Bout of Books 23, all challenges will be hosted on the Bout of Books blog. Here. Right here. So keep your eyes on this site to see what's what for the day!

Challenges
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 23. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 8/20
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 8/21
Book Plot Emoji

Wednesday 8/22
Literary Villain

Thursday 8/23
Book Trip

Friday 8/24
Bookish Playlist

Saturday 8/25
Discover Books

Sunday 8/26
Stretch Goal


Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Bout of Books 23 SIGN UP!

Are you ready to SIGN UP?

THIS IS WHERE YOU SIGN UP.


Here's what you have to do:

1. Post on your site, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. We ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to us so others can find us here.

If you're posting on your blog, grab the official blurb (below) and our button (in the sidebar) and create a post. (Need an example? Check out Kelly's (incredibly simple) Bout of Books 23 post!)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Want to post on Twitter? We've written a tweet for you.
 I'm participating in Bout of Books 23!


2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in this post. You have until Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you're too late.)

3. On August 20th, READ!

Official Sign Up

Remember: you must post a DIRECT LINK to your sign up post. 

If you're only participating on Twitter/YouTube, link up your "I'm participating in Bout of Books!" tweet/video, NOT your Twitter/YouTube profile.

No direct link = no Grand Prize


A direct link is...

http://yoururl.com/your-sign-up-post
http://twitter.com/YOURHANDLE/status/thenumberofyourstatus

etc.
(And if you have questions on how to find a direct link, we have a post for that!)


Please note: To reduce confusion about where your sign-up link goes, comments have been closed on this post. If you have a question, tweet us @boutofbooks or email us at boutofbooks [at] gmail [dot] com.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Call for Bout of Books 23 Experts

We need YOU.


Bout of Books has attracted more participants every time we've held it. And as it grows, we're limited as to how many people we can reach and interact with.

That's where Bout of Books experts come in.

What makes a person a Bout of Books expert, you ask?
  • You've participated in AT LEAST four Bout of Books prior to Bout of Books 23
  • You love Bout of Books and want to make sure everyone knows how awesome it is
  • You're willing to commit some of your free time to helping us
  • You love connecting with fellow book lovers and cheering them on
If you're chosen as an expert, you get to visit #boutofbooks-ers' blogs and comment on their posts--tell them how awesome they are and how well they're doing. WHO DOESN'T LOVE SPREADING LOVE?!?!?

We will be closing this form on August 13th. If you're interested in helping us, make sure you get on our list before then!


Want to help spread the Bout of Books love?
Bout of Books 23 is coming!


Monday, July 23, 2018

Call for Bout of Books 23 Challenge Ideas

Bout of Books 23 is August 20th through August 26h

Like us on Facebook
and follow us on Twitter & Instagram 
to join the social media fun.
 Bout of Books 23 is COMING!

We need YOUR help. This post is ONLY for people who want to help plan a challenge.

Please note: if you are chosen, you will be required to provide all pertinent information for your challenge idea before the beginning of the read-a-thon.

Challenges information
  • For Bout of Books 23, challenges will be hosted on the Bout of Books blog with credit/link to the site/person who provided the idea.
  • Challenges run for 24 hours and run from midnight CST to midnight CST.
  • There will be a limit of two challenges per day.
  • Challenge sign up will close July 30th at 11:59pm CST.

Things to keep in mind:

Preference will be given to challenges that are NOT genre specific. You will be turned down or asked to change your challenge so it's not genre specific. We want to include EVERYONE. For an idea on what we look at, visit Kelly's post on this topic: The Challenge of Challenges

For those applying, PLEASE keep a copy of both your challenge ideas. We won't retrieve your challenge if you're chosen as a host.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Grand Prize

Bout of Books 22 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!


And the Winner is...
Rachel @ Rachel is Writing
Rachel's winning entry came from tweeting a message.
Congratulations, RACHEL!
Keep your eye on your inbox, you'll be receiving an email from Bout of Books soon!

We'd like to thank everybody who signed up and participated in the read-a-thon. We're always striving to make this event the best it can be and we couldn't do that without your enthusiastic participation.

For those that are interested in helping out for the next Bout of Books, we post a call for help roughly a month prior to the start of the read-a-thon - which will be around July 23rd for Bout of Books 23. Keep an eye on this blog for that announcement. You can also follow the Bout of Books Instagram account where we countdown the weeks until the next Bout of Books or join the #boutofbooks-ers Facebook group to talk books between read-a-thons.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 22 a success! We appreciate that you love books and how vocal you are about sharing it!

-Kelly and Amanda

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Wrap Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 22!


In this post, we invite you to link up to your overall progress for Bout of Books. You don't have to create a wrap-up post--it can be an update post with day 7's progress.

Whatever works for you, works for us.

Here are important informational nuggets you probably want to know:

Bout of Books 23 will be from August 20th to August 26th.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced TOMORROW.

Following this blog is the BEST way to stay up to date on EVERYTHING.

Since we can't reach out to everyone personally to remind them about upcoming events (though wouldn't that be awesome?), we do our best to keep this blog updated with the most current information. That means you're responsible for following us if you want to receive the latest news.

Thank you for making this event fabulous!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Day 7

The end is in sight.
Keep reading!

Here is the schedule of events for today:

TZC = Time Zone Conversion

10:30am CT (TZC) Morning Announcements with @boutofbooks
7:30pm CT (TZC) Evening Announcements with @boutofbooks

Challenges

Stretch Goal

It's the last day of the readathon, so today's challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week (if you have them) and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them. Because yes, you can revise your goals! If you didn't set goals for the week, set a small one for yourself today!