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!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Day 6

Here is the schedule of events for today:

TZC = Time Zone Conversion

9:30am CT (TZC) Morning Announcements with @boutofbooks
10am CT (TZC) Twitter Chat with @boutofbooks
7:30pm CT (TZC) Evening Announcements with @boutofbooks

Challenges

Share Your Favorite Bout of Books Moment

With the read-a-thon starting to wind down, we want to see some of your favorite moments. These could be from past Bout of Books or the present one. Did you connect with someone who would later become your BFF and partner in crime? Did a favorite author retweet you? Were you recommended a book that changed your life? TELL US ABOUT IT!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Day 5

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

Space Scavenger Hunt

You all like a scavenger hunt, right? This one is space themed. Use the guidelines below. Participate as much as you can. This is a challenge, so you don't have to get them all to win. If you have fun, you win.

Mercury - Favourite short story/novella
Venus - Favourite book with female protagonist
Earth - Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title
Mars - Favourite book with a red cover
Jupiter - Favourite tome over 500 pages
Saturn - Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title
Uranus - Favourite book set in winter
Neptune - Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water
Pluto - Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover
Moon - Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth
Sun - Favourite book set in summer
Space - Favourite book set in space

Thanks to Liz (@LizHannah25) for today's challenge.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bout of Books 22 Day 4

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

Read Alikes

If you liked a particular book, then recommend a book(s) similar to the one you liked. If you've played our "If you like . . . try . . . " challenge before, you've got the idea!
    Thanks to the Erica (@2020hines_sight) for today's challenge.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Bout of Books 22 Day 3

    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

    Show Me Your Precious

    Everyone has a book that they love; now is your time to bring out your precious and shine. Share your favorite book (in whatever format you choose)! You know the one that has that beautifully illustrated map, or gorgeous writing, or whatever it is that draws you to it. Share with the world what makes that book your precious!

    Thanks to Minx (@thegenreminx) for today's challenge.

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Bout of Books 22 Day 2

    Today is the LAST DAY to GET SIGNED UP.
    Are YOU signed up PROPERLY?
    Only properly signed up participants
    ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.
    _________________________

    Congratulations!

    You survived the first day of the read-a-thon!

    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


    Monday, May 14, 2018

    Bout of Books 22 Day 1

    Welcome to Bout of Books 22!

    Here is the schedule of events for today:

    TZC = Time Zone Conversion

    10:30am CST (TZC) Morning Announcements with @boutofbooks
    7:30pm CST (TZC) Evening Announcements with @boutofbooks
    8pm CST (TZC) Twitter Chat with @boutofbooks


    Please note: the form for the sign up will stay open through TODAY and TOMORROW.
    It closes Wednesday at midnight (TZC)

    Challenges

    Introduce Yourself #insixwords

    The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.

    Twitter Chat Information

    TZC = Time Zone Conversion
    There is a Twitter chat today at 8pm CT (TZC)
    The chat will be led by Amanda using @boutofbooks


    Monday, May 7, 2018

    Bout of Books 22 Schedule

    It's COMING!
    Psst. Tell your friends:
    Bout of Books 22 is coming!

    For Bout of Books 22, 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 22. 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 5/14
    Introduce yourself #insixwords

    Tuesday 5/15
    Year of You

    Wednesday 5/16
    Show Me Your Precious

    Thursday 5/17
    Read Alikes

    Friday 5/18
    Space Scavenger Hunt

    Saturday 5/19
    Share Your Favorite Bout of Books Moment

    Sunday 5/20
    Stretch Goal


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

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

    Monday, April 30, 2018

    Bout of Books 22 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 22 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, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 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 22!


    2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in this post. You have until Tuesday, May 15th at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you're too late.)

    3. On May 14th, 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


    Monday, April 23, 2018

    Call for Bout of Books 22 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 22
    • 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?!?!?

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Call for Bout of Books 22 Challenge Ideas

    Bout of Books 22 is May 14th through May 20th

    Like us on Facebook
    and follow us on Twitter & Instagram 
    to join the social media fun.
     Bout of Books 22 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 22, 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 April 22rd at 11:59pm CST.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Grand Prize

    Bout of Books 21 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!


    And the Winner is...
    Myda @ NovelTeaThoughts
    Myda's winning entry came from tweeting a message.
    Congratulations, MYDA!
    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 April 16th for Bout of Books 22. Keep an eye on this blog for that announcement.

    Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 21 a success! We appreciate that you love books and how vocal you are about sharing it!

    -Kelly and Amanda

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up

    Congratulations!
    You have survived Bout of Books 21!


    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 22 will be from May 14th to May 20th.

    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, January 14, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 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

    Leave a Book Review

    Did you know? Book reviews help other readers discover new books. For today's challenge, we encourage you to write a review of a book you've read during the readathon (or recently) and publish it where other readers make their purchasing decisions (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.). Be sure to share it with us.

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 6

    Here is the schedule of events for today:

    TZC = Time Zone Conversion

    9:30am CT (TZC) Morning Announcements with @boutofbooks
    10am CT (TZC) Twitter Chat with @boutofbooks
    7:30pm CT (TZC) Evening Announcements with @boutofbooks

    Challenges

    Book Spine Poetry

     Stack books so that the book titles make a sentence or a short poem. Funny, serious; anything's good! Take a photo and post it on your blog or tweet it with hashtag #bookspinepoetry #BoutofBooks

    Thanks to Make Kay for today's challenge.

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 5

    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

    Newspaper Headline

    Create a newspaper headline for your favourite story/book. You can also create a clickbait title if you like!

    Thanks to Liz Whitehouse for today's challenge.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 4

    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

    ALL THE FAVORITES!

    We all have our bookish favorites so why don't we share? Share with us! Here's a list to get you started. Answer as many or as few as you like.
    • Audiobook narrator
    • Illustrator
    • Series
    • Bookish blog
    • Vlogger
    • Favorite library (librarian)
    Thanks to the Minx for today's challenge.

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 3

    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

    Book Spine Rainbow

    Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bookspinerainbow and #boutofbooks, or share your picture in the comments below!

    Thanks to Liz Whitehouse and Make Kay for today's challenge.

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 2

    Today is the LAST DAY to GET SIGNED UP.
    Are YOU signed up PROPERLY?
    Only properly signed up participants
    ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.
    _________________________

    Congratulations!

    You survived the first day of the read-a-thon!

    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



    Please note: the form for the sign up will stay open through TODAY.
    It closes Wednesday at midnight (TZC)

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Day 1

    Welcome to Bout of Books 21!

    Here is the schedule of events for today:

    TZC = Time Zone Conversion

    10:30am CST (TZC) Morning Announcements with @boutofbooks
    7:30pm CST (TZC) Evening Announcements with @boutofbooks
    8pm CST (TZC) Twitter Chat with @boutofbooks


    Please note: the form for the sign up will stay open through TODAY and TOMORROW.
    It closes Wednesday at midnight (TZC)

    Challenges

    Introduce Yourself #insixwords

    The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.

    Twitter Chat Information

    TZC = Time Zone Conversion
    There is a Twitter chat today at 8pm CT (TZC)
    The chat will be led by Amanda using @boutofbooks



    The chat will last one hour. We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host asks the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY

    Monday, January 1, 2018

    Bout of Books 21 Schedule

    It's COMING!
    Psst. Tell your friends:
    Bout of Books 21 is coming!

    For Bout of Books 21, 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/Giveaways
    **This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 21. 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 1/8
    Introduce yourself #insixwords

    Tuesday 1/9
    Share your 2018 reading goal(s)

    Wednesday 1/10
    Book spine rainbow

    Thursday 1/11
    ALL THE FAVORITES!

    Friday 1/12
    Newspaper headlines

    Saturday 1/13
    Book spine poetry

    Sunday 1/14
    Leave a book review


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

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