Bout of Books 12 has come and gone. It was my worst participation showing yet. I really just wasn't feeling it. I think that my preoccupation with the starting of my first semester back at school just took over.
Based on how this read-a-thon went though, I do think that I'll be changing the way I do read-a-thon posts in the future. I don't think I'll set goals in the same way. I've decided that the pressure to measure each minute and page does cause a little bit of the fun to be lost. Reading just to read and sharing what I'm reading or what I'm feeling will be a better way to go.
I didn't participate in any of the social aspects other than reading blogs this time around due to a crazy schedule and I think that took away a lot of the fun. From now on, I think I'll be more focused on the mini-challenges and chats. Interacting with other bloggers will be more important than stacking up numbers.
But...since we tracked them this time, here's where Darian and I ended up for Bout of Books 12:
Elle's Final Stats
Currently Reading (still...) :
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazMinutes Read Saturday/Sunday: 71 minutes
I will eventually finish this book. It's not bad, I just can't get into reading for some reason right now.
Total Time Read: 248 minutes
Goal: 840 minutes
Pages Read Saturday/Sunday: 48 pages
Total Pages Read: 155 pages
Goal: 800 pages
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 0
Goal: 3 books
Minutes Read Saturday/Sunday: ~30 minutes (didn't keep track)
Total Time Read: ~ 918 minutes
Goal: 1200 minutes
Pages Read Saturday/Sunday: Unknown (guessing ~15)
Total Pages Read: ~689 pages
Goal: 900 pages
Books Finished Saturday/Sunday: 0
Total Books Finished: 4
Goal: 3 books.
You can tell by the way Darian didn't keep track of his reading over the weekend that we both kind of fell off the wagon this time. Perhaps it's just a natural evolution for us in how we approach read-a-thons. What do you think? Goals or no goals? What works for you?