Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bout of Books 23 Grand Prize Winner!

Bout of Books 23 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!


And the Winner is...
Emma @ emmareadsthings
Emma's winning entry came from following Kelly Apple on Twitter.
Congratulations, EMMA!
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 December 10th for Bout of Books 24. 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 23 a success! We appreciate that you love books and how vocal you are about sharing it!

-Kelly and Amanda

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bout of Books 23 Wrap Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 23!


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 24 will be from January 7th to January 13th.

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. You can also follow our 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.

Thank you for making this event fabulous!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bout of Books 23 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!

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 contribution to today's challenge, 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 for you to recap the entire readathon. 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, August 25, 2018

Bout of Books 23 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

Discover Books

Bout of Books is known to add to your TBR instead of reduce it. Embrace it by sharing the books you've discovered through Bout of Books.

Thanks to Erica (@2020hines_sight) for today's challenge.

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 10am CT (TZC)
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 contribution to today's challenge, 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, August 24, 2018

Bout of Books 23 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

Bookish Playlist

What's a song that always reminds you of a certain book? Is it something the characters listen to? Do the lyrics remind you of the plot? Make a list of at least three songs and match them each with a book. Participants could explain their reasoning in greater depth in the form of a blog or twitter thread, show pictures of the books and caption with the song titles in an Instagram post, or even make a playlist on Spotify or YouTube and share it.

Thanks to Emma (@emmareadsthings) for today's challenge.

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 contribution to today's challenge, 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).

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bout of Books 23 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

Book Trip

Share books set in places you want to visit. Make a road trip of settings in the US or a dream vacation. Or you can think outside the box and choose fantasy, paranormal, historical, or sci-fi setting. Like Hogwarts!
    Thanks to Stacie (@SincerelyStacie) for today's challenge.

    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 contribution to today's challenge, 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).

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Bout of Books 23 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

    Literary Villain

    Who are your favorite literary bad guys? Can be a villain, a not-so-good-guy, or anti-hero.

    Thanks to Darcus (@darcusmurray) for today's challenge.

    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 contribution to today's challenge, 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).

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Bout of Books 23 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)

    Challenge

    Book Plot Emoji

    Tell the plot of a book (recent read, favorite, whatever) with emojis. If you need a little emoji help, try emojipedia.org

    Thanks to Rebecca (@rebeccabook17) for today's challenge!

    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 (today's link would be to your progress for the first day of the read-a-thon), your answer to today's challenge, 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.

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Bout of Books 23 Day 1

    Welcome to Bout of Books 23!

    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.

    Example: "Needed for survival: books, dogs, coffee."

    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 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

    Sign up

    This is a re-post of the sign up linky. If you've already signed up (with direct link to sign up post/tweet/update!), you're good to go.

    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!

    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)