Bout of Books 13 Day 5-Update

Today

Progress: Read 95 pages of and finished Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Started and finished On ImmunityAn Innoculation by Eula Biss (163 pages)

Total

Pages Read: 905

Books Completed

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Finished Voyager, which I thought was a solid installment. Great new characters in this one. I finished it in the morning and debated what to read next before I deviated from the TBR completely and started listening to On Immunity whilst driving around in the afternoon. Loved it so much I stopped and bought a hard copy so that I could write notes in it, in lieu of talking to no one in the car, and so that I could “let” people borrow it. I made another stop at the comic book store and picked up and read Saga #26, which is like 20 or so comic book pages, but I won’t be counting those in the overall count.


Bout of Books

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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Bout of Books 13 Day 4-Update

Today

Progress: Read 163 pages of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Total

Pages Read: 647

Books Completed-None (yet! But so close!)

Not much to report today. Within one hundred pages of finishing Voyager. I really have no idea where this one is headed in terms of a climax…it’s been a little aimless the last few chapters, but I’m sure it’s building to something. We’ll see what. And then for tomorrow’s update, I should have a new book to report! Which one…even I don’t know, you’ll just have to come back and see.


Bout of Books

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books Day 3-Update

Today

Progress: Read 112 pages of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Challenge: Book Haiku hosted by Kristina Horner

Total

Pages Read: 484

Books Completed-None (yet!)

I’m still enjoying Voyager but I’m definitely feeling the length of it, what with keeping track of my reading so closely this week. I am hoping to finish this one up by/on Friday and use Saturday to read something short and light off my TBR (maybe Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover? Not sure yet) before jumping in to All The Light We Cannot See, which I want to have read by next Wednesday for IRL book club.

Today’s challenge was so. fun. I got to write a little haiku about Voyager:

And these are tons of fun to read! You can really tell who is loving their current read and who isn’t.


Bout of Books

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books Day 2-Update

Today

Progress: Read 209 pages of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Total

Pages Read: 348

Books Completed-None (yet!)

Voyager is still going well, overall. It had a bit of a slow transition section that I was slogging through a little last night and early today, but now it’s roared back and is crazier than ever, which is saying quite a lot, given everything else happening in these books.


Bout of Books

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 13 Day 1-Update

Today

Progress: Read/Listened to 163 pages of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Challenges- Bookish Survey hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

Total

Pages Read: 139

Books Completed-None (yet!)


Absolutely loving Voyager so far. Book 2 in this series dragged a bit, but I’ve been totally sucked back in with this one. Tomorrow will be another busy day of working, so I’m sure I won’t get more than another 100 pages done, but I am so happy with that number for today and for getting nearly 300 pages into this book in only two days–the other two each took me more than a week to finish and at this rate, this installment should take half that time.

Bout of Books Day 1-Challenge: Bookish Survey

 

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TBR barely contained in/on the brown shelf on the left with non-fiction, science fiction and fantasy on the black shelf on the right.
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Fantasy books. If I’m being honest, I must admit that the six shelf built in was a factor in choosing this apartment !

 

1. How do you organize your shelves?

TBR and read books are separate and then there’s some loose genre categorization: non-fiction, general fiction (with sub categories of anthologies and plays), science fiction, and fantasy. There’s also one kind of weird shelf with mostly YA and children’s fantasy books that I’m keeping from when I was a kid. On a surface level, they would all go nicely other places, but to me they just belong together for nostalgia reasons.






2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

The first answer I could think of here was The DaVinci Code. Which I read and loved when I was in high school, but I haven’t been all that much into mystery/thriller type things since.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It was so memorable and entertaining, I couldn’t not.

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

I started Voyager by Diana Gabaldon today and I am excited to get back to it even right this minute. I have some shorter stuff I had planned to bounce to if it got slow or monotonous but I don’t know that I’ll need it.

5. What book do you recommend the most?

As in ever? Yikes.

There’s lots of good options, but I’m going with All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Because I read it more than a decade ago, at both a fitting time in history and at a time when I wasn’t quite so set in my ways and could be influenced by it. It still haunts me sometimes.

Bout of Books 13 TBR

Who’s excited for Bout of Books? I know I am!

Bout of Books

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My last few Bout of Books have been a little disappointing. I start out all excited and then car breaks down or work gets super busy or something and I wind up reading even less than a normal week, but let’s hope that that doesn’t happen this time.

I’d like to use the week to make a nice dent in the number of books on my TBR, by starting and finishing some of the shorter ones, especially since the #crushyourtbr readathon is happening at the end of Bout of Books, over the weekend, and I’d like to join in on that one as well. But I also need to read All the Light We Cannot See for a (IRL) book club I’ve just joined and I probably won’t completely abandon the Outlander books either (I’m currently reading Dragonfly in Amber and I spoiled myself, and I’m pretty sure I’ll want to roll right into Voyager when I’m done), so we will have to see what I get all the way through. Even if I don’t crush the number of novels on my tbr, I will try to get through bunches of pages.

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My Tentative and Overly Ambitious BoB TBR

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Dragonfly in Amber/Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

April Reviews

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

I really don’t have very many feelings about this one. It was written well. It was interesting to see Luna and something from Levana’s twisted perspective. But I don’t know that it was a necessary addition to the overall story. It was extra, a behind the scenes peek at events we already knew about and an introduction to the character we meet next. I’m a little bitter, I suppose, because I’d rather just have had Winter on the spring publishing slate, but there’s nothing to be done about that and this was definitely an enjoyable one-afternoon kind of read.

Quinn (The Travelers #1) by Marie Evergreen

So Marie Evergreen is actually the Municipal leader for the NaNoWriMo group I’ve worked with the last two years and I was excited to see someone from the little consortium of  “weirdos who sit and the corner on their laptops and don’t talk to each other” (as we’re known at the local coffee shop) publish a book. She wrote this long before I knew her, but she was working on book 3 this year and the time travel premise sounded fascinating so I knew I wanted to buy it and check it out. This has a bit of a vignette style that I never like, and I didn’t like it here, jumping from time to time and place to place without a deep exploration of any character anywhere, but at the end of the day this was a fun read. Very creative with a strong and unpredictable action-packed conclusion. I look forward to later books in the series and watching Marie grow more as a writer.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’d had this on my TBR for almost two years, wanting to read it before diving into the popular new television series, but during the Xfinity Watchathon week earlier this month I caved and decided to just watch the show… all 10 episodes in 48 hours and I freaking loved every minute of it. The book is also excellent. It’s just a really weird mix of things: famously historical and romantic with a little portal-fantasy twist, it’s also thoughtful and political and written strikingly well. I had some iffy feelings about the ending, but overall I’m loving this series so far.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I found I had a lot to say about this, so expect to see a full review soon. The short version is I didn’t care for it mich at all; found it to be quite generic, predictable and underdeveloped. It was done well enough that I see why people love it, but it was way too overhyped for me to feel anything but disappointed about it.