Bout of Books 8.0: Start-Up and Goal Post

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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

I know I’m THISCLOSE to being late to the game with Bout of Books, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to participate. BUT, upon looking at my calendar, I see that I’m pretty open with my time during the upcoming week! This means I can try to read ALL THE BOOKS! I am on a serious scheduling-posts mission and this would really help! It’s also summer, which means the husband could golf at some point, which means more reading time!

My Goals

  • Read 10 books (including novellas).
  • Participate in at least ONE of the Twitter chats & in some of the challenges.
  • Cheer on and chat with my favourite people.
  • Try not to completely stress about reading, but still try to get lots of reading done.
  • Try and comment on other participants’ start-up posts.
  • HAVE FUN!

Books to Read

Since it’s also ARC August, I’ll have a few ARCs in my reading list, but I’m also adding some of the books that have been on shelf or eReader for a while — including some shorter novellas!

Here’s what I’ll be choosing from:

confessions of a murder suspect the truth about you and me play with me twice upon a time share me try me club shadowlands hourglass burn for burn the game changer the first star to fall jkt_9780545334747.indd the ocean at the end of the lane

Updates

Monday
Total # books read: 2.25

Books read today: Finished The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Geek Girls, #1) by Gina Lamm (had about 25% left to go from the weekend); read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; read Share Me (One Night With Sole Regret, #0.5) by Olivia Cunning; started Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1) by Piper Shelly

Thoughts: Today went surprisingly well! I managed to get some reading in, participated in the Twitter chat, scheduled in some housework and stuff, and even took some me time. 🙂 I only hope to keep up the momentum!

Challenges:
I participated in Sarah’s challenge over at Sarah Says Read:

Her question:
What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die? OR what is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read?

My answer: 
So many bookish things! I would love to visit some of the places I’ve only read about in books — like, go to the places where Anna goes in Paris in Anna and the French Kiss, or follow a road trip like in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I’d also love to build some floor to ceiling shelves in my home … or host a book club! Or … maybe write a book! 

I also did Nicki’s Pairathon challenge from Book Pairing:

My Pairathon match with a PEAR (*snickers*) and some crackers and cheese.

My Pairathon match with a PEAR (*snickers*) and some crackers and cheese.

Tuesday

Total # books read: 4.25

Books read today: Finished Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1) by Piper Shelly; read Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1) by Cherise Sinclair; started reading Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire

Thoughts: Another great day! I’ve been doing really good at writing out my thoughts on the books I’m reading before starting the next book — I know that’ll save loads of time when it comes to write up reviews on the blog! I’m even trying to socialize a lot more with other participants and check out progress updates of others. Already I’m considering this Bout of Books a win!

Challenges: I participated in the ReTitle It Challenge from Music Plus Books, where we had to retitle the book we were reading. Here’s my answer:

ReTitle Challenge

Wednesday
Total # books read: 6.25

Books read today: Finished Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire; finished The First Star to Fall (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1.5) by Diane Peterfreund; started The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #2) by Douglas Adams (audiobook); started The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

Thoughts: Another decent day of reading! I didn’t think I’d get a lot read since I had afternoon plans, but it was nice to finish my book from yesterday AND get a novella in. I did have to find an audiobook to listen to, since I’d be driving today and I have to drive tomorrow, so it made sense to listen to something. THOUGH I had the THIRD book in the Hitchhiker’s series on my iPod and not the second where I left off, so I had to scramble to get it on there before I left! So happy I chose that one because it’s hilarious! Oh, AND I partipated in the Twitter chat … that’s two so far! Much better than last BoB!

Challenges:
I completed Ellie’s TBR challenge, over at Musings of  a Bookshop Girl:

1. Which 5 books are at the top of your TBR pile at this moment?

Since my TBR pile is monstrous, if I had to pick 5 books that have me saying, “Oh dear gosh, WHY haven’t I read these yet?!?!?” they would be:

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzac (this has been on my Goodreads page since 2009)
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (for such a Neil fangirl, I’m APPALLED that I haven’t read this yet)
3. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (had to reread the first one so I could read this one … which I haven’t done yet)
4. Requiem by Lauren Oliver (I LOVE this series but I’m so scared to finish it!)
5. The entire Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (I have the ENTIRE series. I think the fact that there are 13 books seems daunting to me)

2. If I gave you a wad of cash and sent you into a bookshop right now, which 5 books would you buy to add to the stack?

While reading books comes as a challenge, buying books is not (some of these aren’t released yet, but will be in my hands the SECOND they are):

1. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
2. Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
4. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
5. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

And I participated in Jess’s Book Spine Poetry challenge over at Such a Novel Idea:

'Before I fall, look again -  This dark endeavour,  this is what happy looks like. Through the ever night (to) the ocean at the end of the lane.'

‘Before I fall, look again –
this dark endeavour,
this is what happy looks like.
Through the ever night (to)
the ocean at the end of the lane.’

Thursday
Total # books read: 9.25

Books read today: Finished The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace; finished Twice Upon a Time (Lovers’ Leap, #2) by Olivia Cunning; finished The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #2) by Douglas Adams (audiobook); started Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Thoughts: I am SOCLOSE to my goal! I’m very excited that I’ll be able to pass it tomorrow since I have nothing going on, meaning all day to read! The weekend will be tricky since the husband is home, but we’ll see what happens. Still managing to chat with folks on Twitter, commenting on other participants’ blogs, AND I’m having a lot of fun!

Challenges:
I completed the I Spy challenge over at Paperback Dreamer (which was crazy hard!):

1 the gathering storm 2 harry potter and the order of the phoenix 3 city of bones 4 crystal cove 5 dark lover
(snowflake) the gathering storm by robin bridges (flame) harry potter and the order of the phoenix by j. k. rowling (city skyline) city of bones by cassandra clare (moon) crystal cove by lisa kleypas (sword) dark lover by j. r. ward
6 the wedding dress 7 at grave's end 8 the name of the star 9 mistletoe and margaritas 10 five flavors of dumb
(wedding dress) the wedding dress by rachel hauck (high heels) at grave’s end by jeaniene frost (fog) the name of the star by maureen johnson (christmas tree) mistletoe and margaritas by shannon stacey (sunglasses) five flavors of dumb by antony john
11 the lightning thief 12 shooting scars 13 nomad 14 handcuffs 15 forgotten
(lightning) the lighning thief by rick riordan (tattoo) shooting scars by karina halle (combat boots) j. l. bryan (handcuffs) handcuffs by bethany griffin* (a road) forgotten by catherine mckenzie
* I bought this one SPECIFICALLY for the challenge. That’s dedication.

I also participated in the Book Road Trip Challenge over at In Wonderland:

My “road trip” is ALL over the place, but here are some of the places I’d like to travel to:

anna and the french kiss into the wild amy and roger the sun also rises on the island
Paris, France — like Anna in Anna and the French Kiss
Alaska — like Into the Wild
A ROAD TRIP! — just like Amy & Roger
Spain – like in The Sun Also Rises
A secluded island — like in On The Island

And, obviously:
hitchhiker's guide
A trip through the ENTIRE GALAXY.

Friday
Total # books read: 14.25

Books read today: Finished Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg; read Blog Events: The Secret to Engaging Your Community, Growing Your Network, and Establishing Your Expertise by Amanda Shofner; read Ruin (Summer in Winter, #1) by C. J. Scott; read Cake by Lauren Dane; read Jennifer’s Journal #1: Snatched by the Greys (Alien Abduction Erotica) by Alexandrinha Abbott; started A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) by Tessa Dare

Thoughts: Not a bad day for reading, though I felt like my sights were turned elsewhere once the afternoon came. I still managed to complete the challenge, get a few shorter books read, AND start a new full-length book. That’s what counts, right? UPDATE: Tonight I also participated in the GLA read-along on Twitter where we read bad erotica. With aliens.

Challenges:
I completed the Mad Libs challenge over at The Space Between:

My book choices:

A. Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
B. President Snow – from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
C. The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
D. One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
E. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
F. Etienne St. Clair – from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
G. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

My Mad Lib:

Help! I’m being held captive in Ghost Town, by President Snow!
It is very mighty here!
He is demanding one daughter to set me free!
I have just discovered that Etienne St. Clair was captured too!
On second thought, please send cupcakes, and don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for awhile!

Much Love,

Kristilyn (#332)

So that didn’t totally work, but I tried, right? 🙂

Saturday
Total # books read: 17.25

Books read today: Finished A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) by Tessa Dare; read Dark Whiskey by Emma Meade; read A Little Harmless Surprise (Harmless, #3.5) by Melissa Schroeder; started Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) by Tessa Dare

Thoughts: Not a bad day for reading, but the husband was home so I wasn’t totally in the zone. That explains the shorter reads! But I am happy to have finished the Tessa Dare book AND I participated in the Twitter chat in the morning!

Challenges:
I participated in Kelsey’s Bookish Wishes Challenge over at Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf:

Question #1: I think I would want to be like Catherine from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. She’s strong, she kicks butt, AND she gets to sleep with Bones. I mean, it’s a win/win all around.

Sunday
Total # books read: 19.25

Books read today: FInished Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) by Tessa Dare; read Requiem (Delirium, #3) by Lauren Oliver

Thoughts: I had my fingers crossed to end the read-a-thon with a bang at TWENTY books but just couldn’t do it. Like I said, when the husband is home, I can’t be guaranteed reading time. And if he’s doing something productive, I feel like I should do something, too. Thankfully I managed to finish a few things, though! Didn’t participate in the challenge today, though. Still, I feel very happy about my week’s progress!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Bout of Books 8.0 was a definite SUCCESS for me! While I completely failed at the last one and didn’t finish a darn thing, I managed to finish … 19.25 books!! I had my fingers crossed that I could reach my internal goal of 20 books, but that didn’t happen. Still, I’m very happy with my progress with my reading AND I managed to participate in ALL the Twitter chats (as well as trying to chat with other participants on Twitter when I could). I also did quite a few more challenges than I had anticipated and commented on some progress posts on blogs! Since this might be my last Bout of Books for a while (with the arrival of baby coming before the next one) I’m happy to have hit this one out of the park. 🙂

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48 thoughts on “Bout of Books 8.0: Start-Up and Goal Post

  1. I think I might sign up for this again, I really did well last time and have been doing well getting back into reading. Plus I have a nice new snoogle to cuddle up to to read, so my back doesn’t get sore, which is a problem I’ve been having 😉

    Good luck with your goal! It’s a lot more than mine will be but hopefully I can get some books read to review and get some more scheduled in advance because I’m finally getting posts scheduled ahead of time! (yay!)

    • I did HORRIBLE last time, so I’m hoping to do a lot better this time around — I have motivation! My back has been hurting, too, but I don’t have a snoogle. 😦 I just prop myself up with pillows a lot.

      Yay for scheduling!

      • Yeah, I had a ton of pillows, but told Chris I was getting a snoogle after waking up sore a few days in a row. Definitely helped me! I just fold it to prop myself up and it’s super comfy..lol.

        I’m hoping to set a goal of 4 books (go me) and see if I can get that many done! lol

      • I find my hips get sore more than my back … I’m pretty good at laying on my side, but then I dream about hip pain and know I need to wake up and straighten out for a bit. I’m assuming that when I’m uncomfortable, I shouldn’t lay on my back … it doesn’t feel uncomfortable right now!

      • I’ve always been a side sleeper, but I do need to switch sides throughout the night. Once you’re further a long, sleeping on you back is something you’re not supposed to do I guess. Because you can block off a vein. At least I wasn’t a belly sleeper because that would be uncomfortable by now!

    • WOO! ALL THE BOOKS! 🙂

      Husband just brought up the fact that hockey will start soon … that means I’ll have lots of reading time (at least until baby comes).

      Thanks for the luck!

  2. Dang girl, 10 books! I think you can do it though, and I will be cheering you on Twitter! ❤ You have some seriously awesome books on your list, which should definitely help with that goal. 😉 Take A Bow was one that I surprisingly liked, and hope you do too. I've had Confessions of a Murder Suspect sitting on my shelf for such a long time, I need to get around to it soon. Burn for Burn is more of a fun read, perfect for a readathon. 😀

    Lovely list, Kristilyn, and I hope you have an awesome sauce time during this readathon! ❤

    • Ocean was definitely different! It was all Neil, though, which was great. 🙂 You should definitely try some of his work!

      I look forward to reading Hourglass … I’ve heard so many good things!

  3. Great answer for the bucket list challenge! I haven’t read either of those books yet but they’re both way up Mount TBR – in fact, Amy & Roger might be coming on holiday with me in October! And I have to say, this read-a-thon is pushing me closer and closer to buying that Neil Gaiman novel, it’s so pretty and I WANT ONE! I’m moving next week so I’d better try and hold off a few more days, but ohhhh it’s hard to resist when so many Bout of Books-ers are reading it this week! 🙂

    Happy reading for another day… 😀

  4. Isn’t this fun?! I love you’re pairing challenge photo, pear included lol 😀 I thought the Retitle challenge was super fun too 🙂
    I have Ocean at the end of the lane on my TBR I am anxious to see how you liked it!
    Happy Reading!

  5. It looks like you have some great books coming up. I hope you are enjoying Hourglass. I plan to read the last book in the series either this week or next. Good luck the rest of the week with your reading!

  6. You’ve added to my TBR list! (Mainly by reminding me that I need to read Timepiece because I loved Hourglass.) And you have a James Patterson book on it. Yay! It’s been forever since I’ve read a James Patterson book. *sigh* I participated in the I Spy challenged today too. That was um… Challenging, but fun 😉

    • The I Spy challenge was definitely challenging! It was nice to go through my books, though … And yes! James Patterson! The last one I read (well, listened to) was Zoo, which was pretty good. I’m looking forward to this one! And Timepiece! I can’t wait to read that one!

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