Monday, April 19, 2021

Bout of Books 31 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 31
  • 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 May 3rd. 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, March 1, 2021

Bout of Books 30.5 Starts March 8

 Hello, #BoutOfBooks-ers!

Next week, from March 8 to 14, we'll be hosting an in-between Bout of Books over on our new Discord!

If you plan to read, want to read, or just want to connect with fellow readers next week, join our Discord. We don't have plans for Twitter chats, daily Instagram challenges, or even official reading-in-place times. Just reading, just connecting. Because our Discord is still very new, we'd love your help and feedback in testing out the platform for hosting reading sprints as well as other bookish discussion.

Come and experiment on Discord with us. We'll take your feedback and (hopefully) start integrating Discord into our regularly scheduled Bout of Books read-a-thons.

And, of course, let's read!

Questions? Pop over to our Discord or tweet us @boutofbooks.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Wrap-Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 30!

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 31 will be from May 10th to May 16th.

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 #boutofbooks-ers Facebook group 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 April 19th for Bout of Books 31.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 30 a success! We appreciate that you love books and how vocal you are about sharing it!

-Kelly and Amanda

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 7

Here is the schedule of events for today:


The @boutofbooks Twitter account will not be posting reading-in-place reminders and check-ins or readathon announcements. The @boutofbooks Instagram will not post daily photo challenges.

Reading-in-place times and Instagram photo challenge prompt are posted here, and we encourage you to participate if you want to. Our experts may also be hosting their own reading-in-place times. And you can still say "Hi!" to us on the @boutofbooks Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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. Today's prompt is shelfie. Share a picture of you and your bookshelf with the hashtag #BoB30IGPhoto.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 6

Here is the schedule of events for today:

For the remainder of the readathon, the @boutofbooks Twitter account will not be posting reading-in-place reminders and check-ins or readathon announcements. The @boutofbooks Instagram will not post daily photo challenges.

Reading-in-place times and Instagram photo challenge prompt are posted here, and we encourage you to participate if you want to. Our experts may also be hosting their own reading-in-place times. And you can still say "Hi!" to us on the @boutofbooks Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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. Today's prompt is Future Vision. Share which books you're excited to read. It can be a book that's publishing this year or a book that's been a while and you've been meaning to read. Use the hashtag #BoB30IGPhoto 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 5

Here is the schedule of events for today:

For the remainder of the readathon, the @boutofbooks Twitter account will not be posting reading-in-place reminders and check-ins or readathon announcements. The @boutofbooks Instagram will not post daily photo challenges.

Reading-in-place times and Instagram photo challenge prompt are posted here, and we encourage you to participate if you want to. Our experts may also be hosting their own reading-in-place times. And you can still say "Hi!" to us on the @boutofbooks Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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. Today's prompt is Recent 5-Star Read. Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #BoB30IGPhoto

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 4

Here is the schedule of events for today:

Due to the attack by domestic terrorists on the U.S. Capitol, as well as state capitols, on Wednesday, January 6, our schedule will be altered. See our Twitter thread for more information.

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!


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 3

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!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 2

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

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!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Bout of Books 30 Day 1

Welcome to Bout of Books 30!

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
9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific: Twitter Chat
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

There is a Twitter chat today at 9pm Eastern | 6pm Pacific
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