BOUT OF BOOKS 6.0: Goals and Starting Line Post

BoB6.0-300x200It’s almost Bout of Books time!

Break out the confetti!

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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Time Devoted to Reading

As of right now, my week looks pretty open. I have a few things I need to attend, but since my work schedule is so sporadic, I might be called in to work or I might not. There’s also my husband and my dogs and ALL the other things that may come up, so I’m going to get in reading when I can! Since my year is also about BALANCE, I’m going to try and do some of the other things I like to do, as well — rather than burn myself out on reading in the first week of the year! 

My Goals

  • Read 5 books — from both of the challenges I’m participating in.
  • Participate in at least ONE of the Twitter chats & in some of the challenges.
  • Read up more about the challenge, so I know when the Twitter chats are.
  • Cheer on my favourite people & scare others with my enthusiasm.
  • Try not to neglect the hubs, the dogs, or my Google reader. Also, take time to knit, catch up on my favourite TV shows, play my piano, and get dinner on the table.
  • Comment on other participants’ start-up posts!
  • HAVE FUN!

Books to Read

Last Bout of Books, I let YOU choose the books. Not that I don’t love all of you, but things happened so quickly this year that I didn’t even think about what books to read until now. In fact, I’m still mulling as I type this. Maybe by the next Bout of Books I can have a poll up again for you to pick my reads. I promise!

So, here is what I hope to read this week (SS = Seriously Series, BB = Book Bingo): 

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1), by Jamie McGuire (First book of a series, also from my TBR pile — SS, BB)
Eat Slay Love (Living with the Dead, #3), by Jesse Petersen (A series book – the last to complete a series for me, also from my TBR pile — SS, BB) (Audiobook)
Return to Me, by Justina Chen Headley (Review book, new 2013 read – BB)
The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill (A reread — the book picked for my January book club – BB)
Lockdown (Escape from Furnace, #1), by Alexander Gordon Smith (A series book — BB)

And a 6th for good luck:

Twilight (Twilight, #1), by Stephanie Meyers (A reread – BB)

Who knows — maybe this week will go well and I’ll get more in, but we’ll leave it at this for now! I’m excited to read ALL of these books, especially my rereads. Last year I felt like I shouldn’t be rereading my books, but this year I plan to do WAY more of it. I’m also super excited to read Lockdown after a girl took it out from the library one morning, then came in the next morning to get the next 3 books in the series because she loved it so much. That’s enough to get me to take it out!

Updates

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 3 (+2 novellas)

Total number of books I’ve read: 3 (+2 novellas)

Books: Smile, by Raina Telgemeier (a YRC 2013 nominee — and a book not fit for any of my challenges! gasp!); Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1), by Jamie McGuire; The Walking Dead: Book 1, by Robert Kirkman (a graphic novel and part of a series — perfect for Book Bingo!)

Novellas: Among the Nameless Stars (For the Darkness Shows the Stars, #0.5), by Diana Peterfreund; Guys Do Not Do Secret Santa (Hundred Oaks, #0.5), by Miranda Kenneally

Thoughts: I started the morning off easy, since I’ve been used to sleeping in every day over the holiday. Instead of sleeping in, I got up at a decent time (which still seemed like sleeping in) and was EXHAUSTED! So, I opted for an easy graphic novel to ease my eyes into books. After that, it was smooth sailing for a day of reading! I was planning to participate in the Twitter chat, but my book was SO GOOD that I had to keep reading. Hopefully I can catch Wednesday’s!

Challenges completed: Scientific Discover (Hosted by The Book Barbies) –> My answer to who my bookish bestie and boyfriend would be: “Ooh … great challenge! I think my bookish bestie would have to be Anna from Anna and the French Kiss because she’s just so darn funny and real, and my book boyfriend (this one was TOUGH!) would have to be Bones from the Night Huntress series because, well, it’s BONES! It must be done!

Tuesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1 (+1 novella)

Total number of books I’ve read: 4 (+3 novellas)

Books: Return to Me, by Justina Chen Headley (a 2013 release that can get crossed off on my Book Bingo! Is it Justina Chen now? Or Justina Chen Headley?)

Novellas: The Glass Case, by Kristin Hannah

Thoughts: I tried to get way ahead yesterday so I could slow down my reading a bit today. I took some time reading a review book and I watched a movie (Take This Waltz — it was ok) AND did some knitting! I made sure I went through my Google Reader, did a little Pinterest-ing, listened to some music, and made a nice dinner for hubs and me. It was a good day! Oh, and BUNHEADS came back to TV! I was sooooo super excited!

Challenges completed: I managed to guess ALL of the covers on Never Too Fond of Books’s Guess the Cover challenge — it took lots of searching, but was a fun one to do. I also participated in Ms. Buff’s Cover Love challenge. Here’s my answer to what my favourite cover (and worst cover) is:

I think my favourite cover has to be the Mara Dyer cover — for the first book in the series, not the second (though it’s pretty, it just doesn’t hold a candle to the first!). I also really love the original hardcover covers of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series — with the beautiful sky and stars in the background.

Worst covers? I actually really hate the Sookie Stackhouse covers. I think they’re super cheesy and just not very attractive.

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 2

Total number of books I’ve read: 6 (+3 novellas)

Books: Butter, by Erin Jade Lange (a library book I had to return on Thursday!); Crewel (Crewel World, #1), by Ginnifer Albin

Thoughts: Oh, for Pete’s sake! I planned to attend the Twitter chat, but it fell at 6 p.m. my time, which meant I got swept up with dinner and missed it! I plan to attend Saturday’s — I promise! Other than that, I had a great day for reading! I know my reading might taper in the next 4 days with 2 engagements and my hubs home, so I’m happy i fit in what I could!

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1

Total number of books I’ve read: 7 (+3 novellas)

Books: Eat Slay Love (Living With the Dead, #3), by Jesse Petersen (audiobook — perfect for Book Bingo & the Seriously Series challenge!)

Thoughts: Since I had something going on today, I thought I would start an audiobook. That way, I could get things done in the morning (like make chili, do some knitting, fold laundry), listen to something in the car, and save my eyes for some more reading for the rest of the week (since reading can be very tiring on them!). Of course, then that something I had to do didn’t happen since I had to go into work. Still glad I got ONE book in today!

Challenges completed: The One With Rachel’s Book’s Vampires in Popular Fiction challenge, asking about our favourite vampires in fiction. My answer: I definitely love Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series! I’m not too far into it, but I’ve been loving it so far. 🙂 

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: 2

Total number of books I’ve read: 9 (+3 novellas)

Books: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda, #1), by Tom Angleberger (a YRCA nominee and a series book! Perfect for  Book Bingo!); The Walking Dead: Book Two, by Robert Kirkman (another series book for Book Bingo!)

Thoughts: While I did manage to read a few books today, I didn’t do a LOT of reading. I was accidentally woken up by the alarm clock at 5:30 am (I never use an alarm clock, so this meant I spent 5 minutes in the dark trying to figure out how to turn it off), so I read for a bit and then I crafted ALL DAY LONG. I also watched TV shows with hubs and did some preparation for the Edmonton Book Blogger Christmas meet-up this weekend. It was a productive day!

Challenges completed: None today. 😦

Saturday
Number of books I’ve read today: 0

Total number of books I’ve read: 9 (+3 novellas)

Books: none

Thoughts: *listens to the crickets* Yup. Things were busy today and I spent more time on the computer listening to music than anything else. Also had the Edmonton Book Blogger Christmas meetup, so that meant no books read today!

Sunday (& WRAP UP)
Number of books I’ve read today: 1 (+1 novella)

Total number of books I’ve read: 10 (+4 novellas)

Books: Twilight (Twilight, #1), by Stephenie Meyer

Novellas: As They Slip Away (Across the Universe, #0.5), by Beth Revis

Thoughts: On this last day of Bout of Books, I wanted to start SO MANY BOOKS! Mainly because I was bored with my current read, which is a reread. I was in LOVE with Twilight when it was first released and read it a handful of times. Now, after I’ve read so many AMAZING books, it’s just kind of ‘meh’ to me — kind of boring. So, I went between reading the book and listening to the audio because, dammit, I was GOING TO FINISH. Oh, and the Beth Revis one I found last night — I love me some Beth Revis!

Challenges completed: Ex Libris’s New Year’s Resolutions challenge. My answer: I’m currently rereading Twilight (yeah, yeah …), so if I had to give anyone a New Year’s resolution, I would say that Bella should resolve to finally go see a doctor about her clumsiness because I don’t think anyone is that clumsy! And Edward should resolve to lower his creepy vampire guy attitude and mood shiftiness. 

FINAL THOUGHTS: 

Well, I was definitely more productive than I thought I would be for this Bout of Books! I wish I had participated in more challenges and on Twitter more, though. There’s always a next time! 🙂 Thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting!

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62 thoughts on “BOUT OF BOOKS 6.0: Goals and Starting Line Post

  1. Can’t wait to hear what you think of Beautiful Disaster! I can’t join you guys this time but I hope you all have fun 🙂 Here’s to a great week ahead!

  2. I love your action plan! Good luck. I’d totally participate if it wasn’t for school starting up again – sigh. Looking forward to reading about your progress.

  3. Good luck, Kristilyn! It would take me at least a week (well, probably more lol) just to read The Book of Negroes! What a great book that one was. I have to focus this week on tidying and cleaning up my house for Saturday! :p

    • One of my books is a review book … I kind of have them planned over the next month. I’m such a mood reader that it’s hard to say when exactly I’ll read anything. Hopefully I can stick to this!

      Ooh …. good luck with the Book Bingo! I’m hoping to be ahead by the end of the month. 🙂

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  5. Good luck! It’s good that you’re trying to balance life stuff with this too, I’m not going to read as heavy as I usually do, since I’m already in a reading slump and don’t want to burn out either. I’m really forward to the chats too 🙂

    • I always SAY I’m not going to read a lot, but I know I’ll try and fit in all the reading I can! It’s a nice feeling getting ahead on my reading goals at the beginning of the year. 🙂

  6. These are some awesome goals Kristilyn!! I’m really ineterseted to see what you think of Beautiful Disaster and Return to Me, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for your updates! I also love you goal of scaring people with your enthusiasm, I do that sometimes in real life, and now I plan to do the same during this readathon. 😉 I also hope I get a chance to chat with you during the Twitter chats! I’m aiming to participate in at least one as well.

    Good luck with your goals, Kristilyn, and happy reading! ❤

    • Thanks, Aneeqah! Everyone is very intrigued to see what I think of Beautiful Disaster — I might have to read that one first! 🙂

      I love real life enthusiasm! I do that sometimes. In fact, I remember being like that when Costco had BIG BAGS of Honeycrisp apples. Let’s just say hubs was embarrassed. 🙂 I, on the other hand, was SUPER HAPPY!

      I hope to see you around this week!

  7. I spent all of last year rereading all of the Twilight series so that would be my top pick. I thought I had fallen out of love with the series but rereading them helped me to fall in love all over again.

    Happy reading!

    • It’s definitely interesting going back into the series! It’s the book that really got me into reading 3 or 4 years ago. I hope I can get through all 4 of them. 🙂

  8. Wow, it looks like you did fantastically Kristilyn!! 3 books, even with one being a graphic novel, is super impressive. I’m glad you were able to kick some serious butt on Monday, but I am sorry you missed the Twitter chat. It was such a blast, as normal. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch tomorrow’s and chat with you ten. =)

    Good luck with the rest of the week! ❤

    • I actually didn’t mind it! I thought the relationship was kind of scary — especially on Travis’s side — but it was a page-turner for me and I read it all in one sitting. I look forward to the next one!

  9. I wanted to participate in the cover love challenge, but things got in the way and before I knew it, the day was done.

    What were your overall thoughts on Beautiful Disaster? I’ve read it before and thought it was okay.

    • I worked on the Cover Love challenge ALL DAY. I’d take breaks to find new covers. 🙂

      I actually liked Beautiful Disaster! It may not be the most well-written book, but it grabbed my attention from page one and had me reading it straight through in one sitting. That works for me!

  10. Good luck with all of your goals! I like that you’re balancing things out, it’s really great. 🙂
    You read a lot in the first day! I have never read more than one book in a day so I bow down to you!! Hope you’re enjoying the read-a-thon!

    I’m curious though, what did you think about Beautiful Disaster? (I called it a marmite (love or hate it) book in my review.

    • Thank you, Faye! I can read more than one book in a day, but I don’t do it often!

      I didn’t mind Beautiful Disaster! I didn’t think the relationship was healthy, but it was still a good read — and I do look forward to reading the second one in the series!

      • I’m such a slow reader, but I also find it difficult to read for long periods of time. I find my attention wanders elsewhere, lol. So the books that allow me to read for HOURS are goldmines 😀
        Yeah, I loved her writing and the plot was interesting, but I could not stand the characters or the relationship, LOL. But there were so many things I just LOVED about it. haha.
        I’m curious about the second but not enough to read it straight away! 🙂

  11. I am so impressed at how much people are reading! You’re doing so well. I’ve been working late all week and barely have enough time too cook & eat dinner before bed! LOL

  12. You’re doing so great! During Christmas week I was a reading machine, but now that I’m back to work, all those pre-scheduled posts are gone and I’m struggling to finish my current book. You’re inspiring me to get with the program!

    • Ha ha … come on, Jen! You can do it! Actually, I have a few days during the week where all I want to do is read, so I do it. Then I get swept up when hubs is home, or with crafting things, or the dogs … I’m SURE my number won’t be this consistent all year. 😉

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