Flailing… #boutofbooks

The ladies behind Bout of Books are very adamant that it’s flailing, not failing. And I couldn’t agree more! When it comes to read-a-thons and reading challenges, I’ve tried a little bit of everything over the last few years: reading 20 books in a month to very tight specifications and constantly updating by Goodreads, being genuinely upset when I realised that I wasn’t going to be able to stay awake all 24 hours for Dewey, and giving up half-way through because obviously that would be less embarrasing than finishing with less than 1 book read in a week!

Flailing. Means flopping around, to wave or swing wildly. Synonyms are: to wave, swing, thrash about, flap about, beat about, windmill, move erratically.
So, basically dancing! And being silly. Both things I love so very much, so therefore it fits perfectly to what I have been doing so far this week on the Bout of Books read-a-thon.

While others are updating the amount of books they’ve read daily, I’ve managed so far: to not finish a single book yet by Friday night, crash my blog so I couldn’t have updated even if I had read something more, and pretty much do all sorts of things that have absolutely nothing to do with reading…


So far, I’ve been reading (in):
“The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe
“Atlantis Rising” by Gloria Craw
And as always listening to the lovely James Marsters simply being Harry Dresden in my ears

But I like flailing, and I’ve been reading (and listening to) some lovely books, and I’m looking so much forward to spending most of the weekend with my nose in a book.

How are you doing on the read-a-thon? Or just with challenges – do you love them and genuinely get more read than normal? Or are you, like me, not really great with challenges, but do the best you can without worrying too much?

6 thoughts on “Flailing… #boutofbooks

    • Thanks, Tracy – and great that you’ve joined bout of books 🙂 I agree with you – the first time I did Dewey, I realised that I don’t read nearly as quickly as I thought I did, but after a while accepted that that’s not really what a read-a-thon is about anyway. For me it’s just about remembering to prioritise and make space for the books 🙂

  1. Åh, hvor er det dejligt, at du er ’tilbage’. Jeg knuselsker dit lille internethjørne og sluger dine indlæg med stor læselykke.

    Jeg håber, du har haft en vidunderlig jul og et dejligt nytår :*

    • Åh, sødeste Rikke! Tusind tak for dine fine, fine ord; de gjorde lige weekenden endnu bedre 🙂
      Jeg håber også du har haft en skøn jul og nytår, og tro mig, jeg har også læst hvert et indlæg ovre hos dig med glæde, men har bare ikke været så god til at få kommenteret 🙂

  2. Yey, I love the flailing not failing thing so much! I remind myself of it constantly even with real life stuff :D. I decided not to do Bout of Books this time around because I needed to focus on other things and I do try to focus a little more on reading during read-a-thons ;-). I like to try to time read-a-thons with a staycation where I can take time off and just read all day!

    • That’s actually a really great idea, Anya! To use the same approach in your every day life 🙂 I completely agree with you on the best way to do read-a-thons is when you actually have the time, and while I do love the idea behind boutofbooks so much, I’m not sure how much I actually get out of it in terms of reading. So, I just try to use it for connecting with other readers and have fun 🙂

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