About

You were going to read that week anyway, right?  Read with us.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda Shofner on a complete whim in August 2011*. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.
  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.
Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 21 - 1/8/2018 -- 1/14/2018

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 22 - 5/14/2018 -- 5/20/2018
Bout of Books 23 - 8/20/2018 -- 8/26/2018
Bout of Books 24 - 1/7/2019 -- 1/13/2019

Previous Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 20 - 8/21/2017 -- 8/27/2017 (335 participants)
Bout of Books 19 - 5/8/2017 -- 5/14/2017 (349 participants)
Bout of Books 18 - 1/2/2017 -- 1/8/2017 (345 participants)
Bout of Books 17 - 8/22/2016 -- 8/28/2016 (498 participants)
Bout of Books 16 - 5/9/2016 -- 5/15/2016 (441 participants)
Bout of Books 15 - 1/4/2016 -- 1/10/2016 (434 participants)
Bout of Books 14 - 8/17/2015 -- 8/23/2015 (534 participants)
Bout of Books 13 - 5/11/2015 -- 5/17/2015 (843 participants)
Bout of Books 12 - 1/5/2015 -- 1/11/2015 (736 participants)
Bout of Books 11 - 8/18/2014 -- 8/24/2014 (940 participants)
Bout of Books 10 - 5/12/2014 -- 5/18/2014 (1,215 participants)
Bout of Books 9.0 - 1/6/2014 -- 1/12/2014 (749 participants)
Bout of Books 8.0 -  8/19/2013 -- 8/25/2013 (515 participants)
Bout of Books 7.0 - 5/13/2013 -- 5/19/2013 (507 participants)
Bout of Books 6.0 - 1/7/2013 -- 1/13/2013 (228 participants)
Bout of Books 5.0 - 8/13/2012 -- 8/19/2012 (245 participants)
Bout of Books 4.0 - 5/14/2012 -- 5/20/2012 (229 participants)
Bout of Books 3.0 - 1/9/2012 -- 1/15/2012 (94 participants)
Bout of Books 2.0 - 10/24/2011 -- 10/30/2011 (149 participants)
Bout of Books 1.0 - 8/22/2011 -- 8/28/2011 (144 participants)

*always be careful what you tweet!

The Bout of Books team consists of Amanda Shofner & Kelly Rubidoux Apple. *No, guys, they are not the same person. Despite those persistent rumors and the way they talk to one another on the @boutofbooks Twitter handle. *