Bout of Books 20

I’ll be joining Bout of Books 20 this week.  I keep thinking about returning to this blog and this read a thon is my favorite and makes the perfect opportunity.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team 

I shared my TBR on Instagram. Just taking the opportunity to focus in on a wide variety of books I’ve started and actually read some of the lovely books I’ve been getting from my Book of the Month subscription.

Looking forward to interacting with this community again and getting some reading done.

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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 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

Bout of Books 12 Update: Day 1

Day 1 Progress

Pages: 99 pages of Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Books Completed: 

Picked up Opal on Sunday night and continued it today. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read or anything, but it’s a fun and easy read-perfect for a read-a-thon like this!

Overall Progress

Pages: 99

Books Completed: 

Day 1 Challenges

New Year’s Resolutions

In this challenge, hosted by The Book That…,  we match our New Year’s Resolutions to book titles, and the resolutions could be bookish or not. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hosseini

I didn’t know what title to pick for this reading resolution. But basically, I want to branch out and pick up some novels by diverse authors. Get into some literature from South Americans or Asians or Africans or all of the above.

Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

I get to caught up in everything I have to do or worrying about what might happen in the future. It makes me a good strategist, but it also makes me kind of high-strung and neurotic. So the resolution for this is to take things one step at a time, to not be too hard on myself, and to enjoy every day.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I want to travel. Not across the galaxy, maybe. But out of the country. Specifically, I want to save money this year and travel to Europe in 2016.

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

This challenge was hosted at Caught Read Handed. I participated on Instagram:

Bout of Books 12 and Finishing What I’ve Started

Bout of BooksThe 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 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s Bout of Books time again! This time last year was my first time participating in this read-a-thon, and it’s one of my favorite things to do on the blog here. We’ll see how busy I get this week, but hopefully I’ll still be able to spend a bunch of time reading.

One of my goals for this month and next is to finish up some series that I started a while ago (in most cases, a year or more) and have for one reason or another taken a hiatus from. So unless I don’t finish my current read this weekend, which is totally possible, I’ll be focusing entirely on those sequels I just haven’t had time for. Don’t know which ones I’ll feel like reading come Monday morning, and I don’t know how far I’ll get, so here’s the whole list:

Opal, Origin, and Opposition (Lux #3-#5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read Obisidan, the first book in this alien-centered paranormal romance series, last January, but didn’t pick up the rest of the series right away. For whatever reason, my library didn’t carry anything beyond book 1 and I wasn’t so obsessed with it that I wanted to buy it at the time. Once the bind-ups came out in the summer, I got a hold of book 2, Onyx,  but didn’t actually get to reading it until December. But I loved it, and got the rest and now it’s time to finish it up, while the plot details and characters are still fresh in my brain.

Never Fade and In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #2-#3) by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade wasn’t quite out yet, I don’t think, when I finished The Darkest Minds back in 2013 and even though I thoroughly enjoyed the series opener, book 2 has somehow languished on my TBR shelf for over a year, since that Christmas. I even bought book 3 on something of a whim when it came out in late 2014, figuring I’d “get to it eventually” (my brain in bookstores….) and after hearing great things about the way this series wraps up, I’d really like eventually to be soon.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

So first of all, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children kind of a while ago. I was still in college for sure, and so I’m pretty sure it was in the fall of 2012. More than 2 years ago. I did pick the graphic novel adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s, because I’m a follower of Cassandra Jean’s on Tumblr and I love her work. Plus it’s a good way to revist the story somewhat more quickly than rereading an entire novel would be. I’m thinking I’ll read that and then dive into the sequel, in time for the third book later this year, and I of course have to get ahead of the movie bandwagon. The Tim Burton (!) directed movie is out in March 2016.

Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #2-#3) by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms was another early 2014 library read, and I apparently had bad luck getting my hands on sequels back then. Falling Kingdoms had a really interesting cast of characters and conflict and really great storytelling, so I’m excited to get back into this world as well.

I’m not expecting to read eight fairly lengthy novels in seven days, but I am as always looking forward to the challenges and the lively social interactions that always come with the week. And it’s good to get the reading goals out there, so that I can share in my triumph later (or just laugh at myself in a few months, when I realized how many things I didn’t do!)

Shout out if you’re participating in Bout of Books 12? Any first timers? Any veterans? Brownie points if you shake your old-timer cane and reminisce about the days when the Bout of Books were in the single digits with a .0 after them.

Bout of Books 11: Weekend Warrior

I came into Bout of Books 11 with a five book TBR and the best of intentions, but then the week became extremely stressful, with busy days at work that I missed much of because of car trouble that turned into a laughably complicated fiasco. When I got home every night, I just wanted to dive back into all my favorite parts of all my favorite books, not tackle the pile I’d laid out for myself. But on Saturday Continue reading

Bout of Books 10.0-The Final Update

Day 7 Progress

-Read 390 pages of Cress

Overall

Pages: 1,858

Books Completed:

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The Risen EmpireSpeakThe SelectionAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseMe and Earl and The Dying GirlCress

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Finished Cress! Loved it. I think I was waiting so long to start it because I knew subconsciously that waiting for Winter would be torture.

Revisiting my goals post, I succeeded in reading 4 books (though not exactly my original four. I swapped in Me and Earl and The Dying Girl instead of picking up The Ring and the Crown) in addition to my usual audiobook, and I visited a few new blogs, though not as many as I really meant to. Still, I had a lot of fun with it again, which was my main goal, and I forced myself to find a way to work blogging time back into my busy schedule, a habit I hope to carry forward. 

I also participated in a few challenges this time around, which I don’t think I did at all during Bout of Books 9.0, so between that and my 6 updates, I was way more active this read-a-thon than my first Bout of Books. 

All in all, I’m calling it a success! How did you all do? What was your favorite book you read during the last week? I absolutely adored Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I finished it Wednesday and I still can’t get over how good it was. 

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