Monday, August 2, 2021

Bout of Books 32 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, Tumblr, 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 32 post!)
The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 32 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 taking part in the Bout of Books experience!

2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in this post.

3. On August 16th, READ! If you join after that, READ!

Official Sign Up

Remember: we ask that you 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.

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!)

Monday, July 26, 2021

Tips and Tricks - How to Discord


Bout of Books is on Discord!

If you’re already on Discord or you’d like to connect with us there, you can join with this link. We’d love to have you with us!

For those who are brand new to Discord, it’s a place where you can create communities. We’ve created a Bout of Books server (i.e., community) that is invite-only through the link above link. Our Discord has topic-based channels, such as #readathon-info, #reading-in-place (where sprints happen!), and #choose-your-role, that you can use to communicate with fellow readers.

We have a channel called #how-to-discord in case you have questions on how to use it. We’re lucky to have fellow #BoutOfBooks-ers who are familiar with Discord and can help us newbies find our way.

Because Discord allows roles to be assigned to users, Kelly and Amanda have @cohosts. If you need to notify us of anything in any channel, you can mention us using that role. Bout of Books experts will also be assigned the @expert role, in case you have a question that experts can answer.

When you join our Discord, you have a few ways to customize your experience in our community. You can:
  • Change your display name 
    • On computer: right click your profile image and choose “Rename”
    • On mobile device, swipe left until all profiles are visible. Choose yours and click “Manage user”
  • Navigate to the #choose-your-role channel to:
    • Choose pronouns to display on your profile (this is optional)
    • Choose the “sprinters” role if you want to be notified when people run reading sprints
  • Introduce yourself on our #introductions channel
If you like reading sprints, be sure to choose the @Sprinter role! When someone wants to run a reading sprint, they can mention and notify everyone with the role. In the #reading-in-place channel, we have a Discord bot called Sprinto to help us run sprints.

To start a sprint, you have to enter a command, following this formula:

_sprint at :XX for XX

So:

_sprint at :15 for 20

Means that your sprint will start at the :15 for 20 minutes.

To join an active sprint, follow this formula: 

_join XX

Where “XX” is your page number. If you’re on an ebook or audiobook, you can use whatever number makes sense for you. Kelly has, for example, used the Kindle location number for hers.

When the sprint is over, you can report your new number, with this formula (replacing XX with your number).

_wc XX

The Sprinto bot will report your page count as words (because it’s supposed to be a writing sprint bot!).


There is so much to do on Discord that this barely scratches the surface. And that’s okay! We’re still new to creating community on Discord and we’d like you to help shape what it ultimately looks like. If you have questions, hop on our #how-to-discord channel and ask. If we don’t know the answer, someone else might, or we’ll search online until we have it. Join us

Monday, July 19, 2021

Bout of Books 32 Call for Experts

 We need YOU.


The #boutofbooks-ers community is mighty. But your hosts are not always able to jump in, answer questions, and cheer everyone on. Also, why limit the fun to Kelly and Amanda?

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 32
  • 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?!?!?

NEW THIS TIME: Experts may be asked to help out on the Bout of Books Discord during the read-a-thon.

We will be closing this form on August 2nd. 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 is coming!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Bout of Books 31 Wrap-Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 31!

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.

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

Here are important informational nuggets you probably want to know:

Bout of Books 32 will be from August 16th to August 22nd.

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

Seriously, follow us here for the latest news. You can also follow our the Bout of Books Instagram account where we count down the weeks until the next Bout of Books or you can join the Discord to talk books between readathons.

If you’re interested in helping out for the next Bout of Books, we post a call for help about 3 weeks prior to the start of the read-a-thon - which will be around July 26th for Bout of Books 32.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 31 a success! We appreciate that you love books and how vocal you are about sharing it!

-Kelly and Amanda

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bout of Books 31 Day 7

The end is in sight.
Keep reading!

Here is the schedule of events for today:
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
11:30 a.m. Eastern | 8:30 a.m. Pacific: Morning Announcements
4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
8:30 p.m. Eastern | 5:30 p.m. Pacific: Evening Announcements
10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place

Instagram Photo a Day

For those of you who use Instagram, don't forget to post your daily Bout of Books photo. Find out more on our Bout of Books Instagram page!

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post whatever you want your fellow readathoners to see TODAY. Whether that's your progress for the previous day, your reading-in-place report, an incredibly witty tweet about the book you're reading, or a hygge reading picture you posted on Instagram, link it here. The linky will be open for 24 hours. There will be another linky tomorrow. Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update so we don't have to go clicking around to find it.


If you have questions, please tweet us @boutofbooks or email us (boutofbooks at gmail dot com).

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Bout of Books 31 Day 6

Here is the schedule of events for today:

10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
10:30 a.m. Eastern | 7:30 a.m. Pacific: Morning Announcements
11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific: Twitter Chat 
4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
8:30 p.m. Eastern | 5:30 p.m. Pacific: Evening Announcements
10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place


Instagram Photo a Day

For those of you who use Instagram, don't forget to post your daily Bout of Books photo. Find out more on our Bout of Books Instagram page!

Twitter Chat Information
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

There is a Twitter chat today at 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific
The chat will be led by Kelly using @boutofbooks

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

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post whatever you want your fellow readathoners to see TODAY. Whether that's your progress for the previous day, your reading-in-place report, an incredibly witty tweet about the book you're reading, or a hygge reading picture you posted on Instagram, link it here. The linky will be open for 24 hours. There will be another linky tomorrow. Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update so we don't have to go clicking around to find it.


If you have questions, please tweet us @boutofbooks or email us (boutofbooks at gmail dot com).

Friday, May 14, 2021

Bout of Books 31 Day 5

Here is the schedule of events for today:

10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
11:30 a.m. Eastern | 8:30 a.m. Pacific: Morning Announcements
4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place
8:30 p.m. Eastern | 5:30 p.m. Pacific: Evening Announcements
10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific: Reading in Place

Instagram Photo a Day

For those of you who use Instagram, don't forget to post your daily Bout of Books photo. Find out more on our Bout of Books Instagram page!

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post whatever you want your fellow readathoners to see TODAY. Whether that's your progress for the previous day, your reading-in-place report, an incredibly witty tweet about the book you're reading, or a hygge reading picture you posted on Instagram, link it here. The linky will be open for 24 hours. There will be another linky tomorrow. Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update so we don't have to go clicking around to find it.


If you have questions, please tweet us @boutofbooks or email us (boutofbooks at gmail dot com).