Monday, December 30, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0 Goals

Welcome to Bout of Books 9.0!

Please note:

THIS IS NOT THE SIGN UP POST.

The sign up post is here.

This is for your goals.

SHARE YOUR GOALS HERE!

In this post, you can link to wherever you have your goals posted. To be considered for a prize in any of our challenges, you must have a post about your goals and be actively tracking your progress.

Here is more information you should know:
  • This linky will also be available during the first day of the read-a-thon, so if you don't have your goals set yet there is no rush.
  • If you're not sure what information to include, check out our template on the help page
  • Please make sure this is a DIRECT link to your goal post.

If you have questions about your goals or how to track progress, visit our FAQ page. If you can't find the answers on the Help page, tweet us!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0 Schedule

It's COMING!

Challenges/Giveaways


Monday 1/6
Book Buying Spree -- Bookish Comforts
Mad Libs -- Cheap Thrills

Tuesday 1/7
Reading Tactics List -- Sarah Says Read
Audiobook Cast -- Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Wednesday 1/8
Introduce Someone to Your Favorite Genre -- Doing Dewey

Thursday 1/9
Double Date Book Challenge -- Writing My Own Fairy Tale
Poem Challenge -- Pen in Her Hand

Friday 1/10
Create a Story -- Never Too Fond of Books
Book Spine Poetry -- The Book Spines

Saturday 1/11
Book Staging -- Midnight Book Girl

Sunday 1/12
Bookish Wedding -- Harley Bear Book Blog


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

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0 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 or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. 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 Bout of Books 9.0 post!)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

2. Add your link to the linky in this post. You have until Tuesday January 7th at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you're too late.)

3. On January 6th, 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.





Want to share that you signed up for Bout of Books? Tweet it!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Call for Bout of Books 9.0 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 three Bout of Books prior to 9.0
  • 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 December 22nd. If you're interested in helping us, make sure you get on our list before then!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Call for Bout of Books 9.0 Challenge Hosts

Bout of Books 9.0 is January 6th through January 12th


Like us on Facebook
and follow us on Twitter
to join the social media fun.

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

Challenges information

  • Bloggers host challenges on their own blogs. (If you do not have a blog, you may host it here.)
  • 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 December 15th 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

Preference is given to international giveaways OR no giveaways. We're a worldwide read-a-thon.

You must have a challenge idea at the time of filling out the form to be considered. If you don't have an idea, check out what some past participants said about what they'd like to see.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Chat Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow on the Twitter chat!

Reminder Reminder Reminder

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 2nd at 10am CDT (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

Come see what other book lovers are reading!
Come watch @BookBender end up in Twitter jail!
Join us for all the #boutofbooks fun you can handle!

Tomorrow! November 2nd! 1oam CDT (time zone conversion)!
Tweet about it!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Don't Forget the Get Your Fix Bout of Books Chat!

This is your friendly reminder that you can get your Bout of Books fill in ONE week on NOVEMBER 2ND.


In one week, on Saturday, November 2nd at 10am CDT (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

What will we be doing, you ask?

Chatting.

Chatting about bookish topics.

You LIKE chatting about bookish topics, right?

So join us on November 2nd.
At 10am CDT (TZC).
On Twitter.

Tweet that you're going to be there!

(Don't worry. We'll post a reminder about the chat the day before so you don't forget.)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Need a Bout of Books Fix Before 9.0?

Get your Bout of Books fill on NOVEMBER 2ND.


On Saturday, November 2nd at 10am CDT (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

What will we be doing, you ask?

Chatting.

Chatting about bookish topics.

You LIKE chatting about bookish topics, right?

So join us on November 2nd.
At 10am CDT (TZC).
On Twitter.

(Don't worry. We'll post a reminder about the chat so you don't forget.)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Grand Prize Winner!

Bout of Books 8.0 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!

And the Winner is...
Elizabeth @ Nightmare on Bookstreet
Elizabeth's winning entry came from following @creativedeeds on Twitter!

Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Keep your eye on your inbox, you'll be receiving emails from Amanda and Shirley soon!

We would 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.

Please note that the challenge hosts are responsible for notifying winners and announcing prizes on their own blogs for the mini-challenges.

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 9th for 9.0. Keep an eye on this blog for that announcement.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 8.0 a success! We appreciate that you love books and that you're willing to shout it to the stars!

-Kelly and Amanda

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 8.0!


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 your goals 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 9.0 will be from January 6th to 12th.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced TOMORROW.

Challenge hosts are responsible for announcing their own winners.

We'll have a #boutofbooks chat between now and January. Watch this space for details.

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!

BONUS: Review-a-thon


The Book Monsters are hosting a REVIEW-A-THON starting TODAY through September 1st. If all your reviews have piled up after Bout of Books, the Monster Review-a-thon is the perfect event for you.

PS: The linky will remain open until September 6th.





Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 7

The end is in sight.
Keep reading!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

New Bout of Books Blogs @ Little Lovely Books

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the sixth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 6

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


9:30am to 10:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Bookish Wishes @ Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf
Acrostic Book Poem @ I Read, Ergo I Write

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 10am CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.

We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fifth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 5

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Bookish Mad Libs @ The Space Between

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fourth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 4

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

Book Road Trip @ In Wonderland
I Spy... @ Paperback Dreamer

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the third day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 3

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

TBR List Challenge @ Musings of a Bookship Girl
Book Spine Poetry @ Such a Novel Idea

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 8pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @soulswallo
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.
 
We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the second day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 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!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly



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

Challenges

Re-Title It @ Music Plus Books

Updates


Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Day 1

Welcome to Bout of Books 8.0!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda



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

Challenges

Bookish Bucket List @ Sarah Says Read
Pairathon @ Book Pairing

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 1pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby

Updates


Monday, August 12, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Goals

Welcome to Bout of Books 8.0!

Please note:

THIS IS NOT THE SIGN UP POST.

The sign up post is here.

This is for your goals.

SHARE YOUR GOALS HERE!

In this post, you can link to wherever you have your goals posted. To be considered for a prize in any of our challenges, you must have a post about your goals and be actively tracking your progress.

Here is more information you should know:
  • This linky will also be available during the first day of the read-a-thon, so if you don't have your goals set yet there is no rush.
  • If you're not sure what information to include, check out our template on the help page
  • Please make sure this is a DIRECT link to your goal post.

If you have questions about your goals or how to track progress, visit our FAQ page. If you can't find the answers on the Help page, tweet us!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Schedule and Social Hour Sign Up!

It's COMING!

Challenges/Giveaways


Monday 8/19
Bookish Bucket List -- Sarah Says Read
Pairathon -- Book Pairing

Tuesday 8/20
Re-Title It -- Music Plus Books

Wednesday 8/21
TBR List Challenge -- Musings of a Bookshop Girl
Book Spine Poetry -- Such a Novel Idea

Thursday 8/22
Book Road Trip -- In Wonderland
I Spy... -- Paperback Dreamer

Friday 8/23
Bookish Mad Libs -- The Space Between


Saturday 8/24
Bookish Wishes -- Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf
Acrostic Book Poem -- I Read, Ergo I Write

Sunday 8/25
New Bout of Books Blogs -- Little Lovely Books


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

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)


Social Hour


We are also opening Social Hour signups! This list is for building our Twitter list. If you have a Twitter account and would like to be on our Twitter list, head on over to the Social Hour page!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 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 and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. Grab the official blurb (below) and our button (in the sidebar) and create a post.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

2. Add your link to the linky in this post.

3. There will be an OPTIONAL Social Hour sign up beginning on August 5th. Check back on that date for more details.

4. On August 19th, 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.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Call for Bout of Books Experts

We need YOU.


We're doing experts a little differently this year. Bout of Books is GROWING, y'all. 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 three Bout of Books prior to 8.0
  • 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
This time, Bout of Books experts will be given extra superpowers.

We're splitting experts into two groups: comments and Twitter.

If you're a comment 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.

If you're a Twitter expert, you get to help us around Twitter by answering questions and, GET THIS, hosting a social hour during the evening announcements (Tuesday 8/20 through Saturday 8/24 only).

Sound like something you're interested in?

Fill out this form below to sign up to be an expert! We need TEN people total (five for each group). You can sign up to be both, but you will only be chosen for ONE group.

Please note: if you sign up for Twitter, you are required to be available between 7:30CST and 8:30CST on at least one day from Tuesday to Saturday. 

We will be closing this form on July 31st. If you're interested in helping us, make sure you get on our list before then!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Call for Bout of Books 8.0 Challenge Hosts

Bout of Books 8.0 is August 19th through August 25th


Like us on Facebook
and follow us on Twitter
to join the social media fun.

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

Challenges information

  • Bloggers host challenges on their own blogs. (If you do not have a blog, you may host it here.)
  • 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 28th 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 that it is not genre specific. We want to include EVERYONE.

Preference is given to international giveaways OR no giveaways. We're a worldwide read-a-thon.

You must have a challenge idea at the time of filling out the form to be considered. If you don't have an idea, check out what some past participants said about what they'd like to see.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chat tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow on the Twitter chat!

Reminder Reminder Reminder

Tomorrow, Monday, June 24th at 1pm CST (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

Come see what other book lovers are reading!
Come watch @BookBender end up in Twitter jail!
Join us for all the #boutofbooks fun you can handle!

Tomorrow! June 24th! 1pm CST (time zone conversion)!
Tweet about it!
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Don't forget the Get Your Fix Bout of Books chat!

This is your friendly reminder that you can get your Bout of Books fill in ONE week on JUNE 24TH.


In one week, on Monday, June 24th at 1pm CST (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

What will we be doing, you ask?

Chatting.

Chatting about bookish topics.

You LIKE chatting about bookish topics, right?

So join us on June 24th.
At 1pm CST (TZC).
On Twitter.

Tweet that you're going to be there!

(Don't worry. We'll post a reminder about the chat the day before so you don't forget.)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Need a Bout of Books Fix Before 8.0?

Get your Bout of Books fill on JUNE 24TH.


On Monday, June 24th at 1pm CST (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

What will we be doing, you ask?

Chatting.

Chatting about bookish topics.

You LIKE chatting about bookish topics, right?

So join us on June 24th.
At 1pm CST (TZC).
On Twitter.

(Don't worry. We'll post a reminder about the chat so you don't forget.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What We Learned from the New Sign-Up Process

(And What You Can Expect in the Future)


Those of you who have been with the Bout of Books read-a-thon for a while know that 7.0 introduced a new sign up process. I want to briefly touch on why we made the change, problems we saw, and what we'll do for future read-a-thons.

Why


1. The Google form and spreadsheet--introduced while I was on wordpress.com and unable to provide a linky--was causing too much work for Kelly and me. We spent too much time fixing links and fielding questions about it.

2. We wanted people to post about the read-a-thon (declare their intention to participate!) to help us spread the word.

Problems


1. Mass confusion about the difference between the official sign up linky and the social hour form.

2. Kelly and I spent too much time comparing the entries on the sign up linky to the entries on the social hour spreadsheet and goals linky.

3. Links that went to homepages instead of direct posts. This is a problem because we use your "I'm participating in Bout of Books!" post to verify your participant for prizes. We don't have the time to track down your post.

Moving Forward


1. The social hour form will move to the social hour page and will exclusively be used to build our Twitter list.

2. You will be asked to link up with the same name everywhere.

3. If your participation entry goes to your homepage, you'll be disqualified from receiving prizes. You'll be responsible for double checking; we won't police you.

4. If you need to fix your link, you are responsible for doing so. The linky allows you to delete and re-add your own links.

5. We'll endeavor to make the sign up process as clear as possible and provide examples.

What do YOU think? Share what you thought of our new sign up process.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Grand Prize Winner!

Bout of Books 7.0 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!

And the Winner is...
Logan E. Turner
Logan's winning entry came from tweeting about the grand prize!

Congratulations, Logan!
Keep your eye on your inbox, you'll be receiving emails from Amanda and Shirley soon!

We would 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.

Please note that the challenge hosts are responsible for notifying winners and announcing prizes on their own blogs for the mini-challenges.

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 22nd for 8.0. Keep an eye on this blog for that announcement.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 7.0 a success! We appreciate that you love books and that you're willing to shout it to the stars!

-Kelly and Amanda

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Wrap Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 7.0

Thank you for participating.
You've made 7.0 the BIGGEST Bout of Books yet.


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 your goals 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 8.0 will be from August 19th to 25th.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced TOMORROW.

Challenge hosts are responsible for announcing their own winners.

We'll have a #boutofbooks chat between now and August. Watch this space for details.

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.

On Wednesday, we'll talk about the new sign-up process: why we did it, problems we encountered, and what you can expect to see in future read-a-thons.

The linky will remain open for as long as it says it's open. (Until May 31st.)



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 7

The end is in sight.
Keep reading!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

If You Like...Then You'll Enjoy... hosted by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the sixth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 6

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


9:30am to 10:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

One Genre Book Spine Poetry hosted by Smash Attack Reads!

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 10am CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.

We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

Need the best way to follow along? Join the #boutofbooks TweetChat room.

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fifth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 5

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Resummarize a Cover hosted by Queen Ella Bee Reads

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fourth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 4

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog
Personify a Book hosted by Kimberly Erskine

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the third day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 3

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Create a Cover hosted by I Talk Books!

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 8pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @soulswallo
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.

The questions are below. We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

Need the best way to follow along? Join the #boutofbooks TweetChat room.

Q1. Introduce yourself. What is your name and blog? (with link!)
Q2. How are you doing with your goals?
Q3. Fill in the blank: “Bad days require books with ___”
Q4. You’re being written into a book as a character. What type of character would you be and why?
Q5. Tell us your favorite character. (Name, Title, Author) What makes them stand out? #boutofbooks
Q6. Fill in the blank: “Did you know that I___?” (tell us something unique about yourself!) #boutofbooks
Q7. What’s the best piece of #boutofbooks advice you’ve been given? (or would give?)

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the second day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 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.

You like prizes, right?
Get signed up.
Do it right.
We will reward you.
_________________________


Congratulations!

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

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly



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

Challenges

Book to Music hosted by Medusa's Library
Alternate Titles hosted by The Book Barbies

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the first day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 1


Want to win any of the lovely prizes during Bout of Books?
You MUST be signed up.
You must be signed up CORRECTLY.
With a direct link to your sign up post.
With your direct link in the sign up linky. (That's here.)
If you don't have a sign up post, make one.
If you signed up with the wrong link: DELETE IT
Then add the right one.
YOU CAN DO IT.

Welcome to Bout of Books 7.0!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda



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

Challenges

Book Spine Poetry hosted by Escape Through the Pages

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 1pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby


    Updates


    The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day.  Because today is the first day, we're linking goals rather than progress.  If you have already submitted your goal post, you do NOT have to link again.  It is the same linky.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Bout of Books 7.0 Goals

    Welcome to Bout of Books 7.0!

    This is not the link for your sign up post.

    THIS IS NOT THE SIGN UP POST.

    The sign up post is here.

    This is for your goals.

    SHARE YOUR GOALS HERE!

    In this post, you can link to wherever you have your goals posted. To be considered for a prize in any of our challenges, you must have a post about your goals and be actively tracking your progress.

    Here is more information you should know:
    • This linky will also be available during the first day of the read-a-thon, so if you don't have your goals set yet there is no rush.
    • If you're not sure what information to include, check out our template on the help page
    • Please make sure this is a DIRECT link to your goal post.

    If you have questions about your goals or how to track progress, visit our FAQ page. If you can't find the answers on the Help page, tweet us!

    This is for goals only. If you have not entered your link in THIS LINKY, you are not officially signed up.

    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Bout of Books 7.0 SIGN UP!

    Are you ready to SIGN UP?

    THIS WHERE YOU SIGN UP.


    Here's what you have to do:

    1. Post on your site and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. Grab the official blurb (below) and our button (in the sidebar) and create a post.
    The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

    2. Add your link to the linky in this post.

    3. -OPTIONAL- Add your social media profile links into the Google form BELOW the official linky.

    4. On May 13th, READ!

    To read the full explanation of sign up changes, visit this post.

    If you want an example of a sign up post, check out Kelly's.


    Official Sign Up

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

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





    Want to share that you signed up for Bout of Books? Tweet it!



    STOP.

    Check yourself.

    Did you use the linky up there? ^

    If you did NOT, you are NOT signed up.

    Do not proceed.

    Go back.

    Get signed up.

    Then come back.

    Social Hour Sign Up

    THIS IS OPTIONAL.

    It is not the official sign up form.





    Monday, April 22, 2013

    New sign-up procedure for #boutofbooks 7.0

    Note: This is NOT the sign-up post. The official sign-up post will go live on Monday, 4/29.

    Howdy, #boutofbooks-ers!

    Amanda and I have been brainstorming on ways to streamline the sign-up process and we've come up with something that is a little different from what we've done in the past.

    On Monday, 4/29, the sign-up linky will go live. In order to be considered a participant of Bout of Books 7.0, you need to have a post declaring your intention to join us so you can link that post in the linky. This post can either be a simple "I'm participating in Bout of Books 7.0" with our official blurb and a link back to our site OR you can go the full monty and list out your goals, books you intend to read, etc. YOUR CHOICE.

    Easy peasy, right?

    In addition to the linky, there will also be an OPTIONAL section to add your social media links to our Social Hour. This is so we, as a community of book lovers, can interact and find one another across the blogosphere.

    "But, guys," you might be saying, "why the changes? I liked it the way it was!"

    Quite simply, the previous process with the Master List was the single largest component of Bout of Books that caused confusion. We addressed sign-up issues every read-a-thon that drove it home that we needed to change the way we were doing things.

    So we are.

    Bottom line: The new procedure requires ONLY that you declare your intent to join us for the read-a-thon and link up that post on the sign-up post (check out the Getting Started page for the official blurb and buttons, if you want to prepare your post early).

    If you don't have a blog, we have a couple of options for you...
    • Tweet about the read-a-thon and link that tweet in the sign-up linky
    • Post about the read-a-thon on Facebook and link that post in the sign-up linky
    • Leave a comment on the sign-up post letting us know you'll be joining us and link that comment in the linky. (in the event you have no other outlet) 
    If you have any questions about the new sign-up process, please comment here or talk to us on Twitter or Facebook. And don't worry--we'll go over everything again during the actual sign up.

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Call for Help with #boutofbooks 7.0

    Bout of Books 7.0 is May 13th through May 19th

    Like us on Facebook 
    and follow us on Twitter 
    to join the social media fun.


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

    Challenges information

    • Bloggers host challenges on their own blogs. (If you do not have a blog, you may host it here.)
    • 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 21st at 11:59pm CST.


    Preference will be given to challenges that are NOT genre specific.

    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    #boutofbooks Chat TODAY!


    Today. 1pm CST. Be there.

    This chat will function just like other #boutofbooks chats. It will last one hour. I (@BookBender) will host the chat. You do NOT have to follow me. If I get stuck in Twitter jail, I'll take over the @boutofbooks handle.

    The questions are below. We will use the Q1/A1 system. I ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

    Need the best way to follow along? Join the #boutofbooks TweetChat room.

    Q1. Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and where you’re from.
    Q2. Describe yourself in six words.
    Q3. Complete the sentence: “I am proud of my blog (or Twitter account) because....”
    Q4. Recommend a book that surprised you (in a good way) recently. Give us the author and genre.
    Q5. Do you have reading or blogging goals? What are they?
    Q6. What are you hoping to accomplish during the next #boutofbooks?
    Q7. Let’s talk challenges. What challenge would you like to see in #boutofbooks 7.0?
    Q8. Look into your crystal ball and make a prediction: How many participants will #boutofbooks 7.0 have?

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Bout of Books 7.0 is Coming!

    Mark your calendars for MAY 13 through MAY 19.

    (On April 15th, we'll be making a call for YOUR help with hosting challenges.)

    I know you're probably thinking, "Yay! Another Bout of Books! But, May? That's too far away!"

    What if I told you that you didn't have to wait until May for some Bout of Books fun?

    Don't worry. I'm not teasing you.

    We're going to have a Twitter chat 

    on Saturday, March 30th at 1pm CST.


    Yup. We know how much you love Bout of Books, and we're looking for ways to keep you connected to the read-a-thon even when you're in between fixes. We love you THAT MUCH.

    And since we love you so much, you will get your wish of a welcome video. What we WON'T tell you is who will be on camera. You'll have to come back here and watch to find out.

    Other important housekeeping items to note:


    • Bout of Books is moving to a SET schedule. No more waiting in agony to find out when the next read-a-thon is. We'll be having THREE every year.
      • January: first full week 
      • May: second full week
      • August: third full week
    • The Bout of Books website will be under going some changes. We're looking to streamline everything so that it is easy and fast to find the information you're looking for.

    Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We keep you updated there, too!