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

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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 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 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.