Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

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 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th 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 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. ~ From the Bout of Books 5.0 team

This will be my first time participating in Bout of Books Read-a-thon, and I'm really excited! I figured since it starts the 13th and 2 of my 4 reading challenges end the 12th, it's a good chance to stay motivated and continue to get caught up on some reading.

 

Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week!

Books to Read
My goal is to read 4 books, and these are the books I'm choosing from. I'm sure I'll change my mind, hence the options.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Robin Hood by Enid Blyton
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
GOAL UPDATE: Since I was already partway through Hemlock and Meant to Be when the challenge started, I can't count those as 'whole' books, so I'm going to have an overall goal of 800 pages.

Updates

Monday
Number of pages read: 106
Books read: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Challenges: Completed both, plus the first Twitter chat
Thoughts: Really enjoying both of these books. Everyone is raving about Meant to Be, and although I'm enjoying it, I don't think it's amazing. It's being compared to Anna and the French Kiss but I LOVED Anna, and I'm just not feeling that way about this one.

106 pages is good for me because I'm slow, but I could have read more if I hadn't been revising book #2 (those pages should totally count because I was reading them, even though it's my own writing), and the Twitter chat (which was super fun!), and then I went to bed about three hours earlier than normal because I didn't feel great. Hopefully today will be better!


Tuesday
Number of pages read: 219
Books read: I finished Hemlock and Meant to Be, both of which I started before the R-A-T. 
Challenges: I didn't participate in any today; I just wasn't feeling up to the extra effort because I'm so tired!
Thoughts: Hemlock and Meant to Be were both really good. I'm happy with my progress for today. Tomorrow I think I'll start Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (physical book), and Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (ebook). 

TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 325/800

Wednesday
Number of pages read: 37
Books read: Started Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Challenges: Participated in both!
Thoughts: Boooo for today's reading. I spent most of the day cleaning, then did a bit of blog surfing, then started my book and put it aside to watch a couple episodes of Castle because I hated the book from the first page...then right before bed I tried the book again and just as I thought I might not hate it, I had to go to bed because it was 1:30. So. 37 pages. I did do both challenges though and they were both time consuming, so that's something!

TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 362/800

Thursday
Number of pages read: 155
Books read: Finished Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and got about 10 pages into my next book, Robin Hood by Enid Blyton. It wasn't on my original list, but oh well!
Challenges: Participated in all three
Thoughts: I'm pleased with the amount of reading I got done today, especially since I didn't get much done yesterday. I feel like I'm moving along nicely toward my goal. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ended up being better than I originally thought - I wrote my review last night (although it won't be posted for awhile - I'm about a dozen reviews behind after my month-long Canadian Spotlight event in July), and I gave it 3.5 stars.

TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 517/800

A Book for Every Season Challenge hosted by Kristilyn at Reading in Winter
I really wanted to put my own book (Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry) in the summer slot (hey, I think it's a decent summer read *wink*) but I refrained!

Friday
Number of pages read: 100
Books read: Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Challenges: Book Spine Poetry - a lot of fun!
Thoughts: I'm pleased with the reading I got done today. Heat Wave is short, so I should be able to finish it tomorrow.


TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 617/800

Book Spine Poetry Challenge hosted by bookgoonie

My book spine haiku:

Second Chance Summer
Heat Wave, This Dark Endeavor
Pushing the Limits

Saturday
Number of pages read: 215
Books read: Finished Heat Wave by Richard Castle, and Robin Hood by Enid Blyton
Challenges: None today
Thoughts: 215 pages - yay! I spent a good chunk of the day reading. I went to the library and sat and read in my favourite chair, and then came home and read for quite awhile. I finished both the books I was reading, and I think I'll finally start Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry tomorrow - very excited about that one.

TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 732/800
Sunday
Number of pages read: 146
Books read: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Challenges: None today
Thoughts: I can't believe today's the last day of Bout of Books! I've had so much fun and met so many wonderful people, plus I got a lot of reading done. As for thoughts on Pushing the Limits, it's as good as everyone says it is, and I'm really, really enjoying it. I wanted to keep reading last night but had to get to bed!

TOTAL PAGES READ DURING BoB: 878/800


Thanks so much to everyone who's dropped by to leave comments, and chatted with me on Twitter, and thank you to the hosts of Bout of Books, along with everyone who hosted such fun challenges for us! See you guys next time!


30 comments:

  1. You are doing a lot of readathons (I am failing in my Olympic readathon goal but I haven't given up yet). I enjoyed Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I hope you have fun and I hope you reach your goals! :)

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  2. It is going to be my first time participating in any read-a-thon. Exciting. Here is my Bout of Books

    Angie

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  3. I like your tentative list! I recently listened to the Sisterhood 1 audiobook. So good! Best wishes on the read-a-thon!

    My Bout of Books Goals

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  4. I like your tentative list! I recently listened to the Sisterhood 1 audiobook. So good! Best wishes on the read-a-thon!

    My Bout of Books Goals

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  5. Great list and I'm so glad you decided to join us. Have fun and good luck!

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  6. Yay! I'm glad you're participating! And what great reads ... you're going to LOVE The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! And Meant to Be is one I need to read soon!

    Have fun! :)

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  7. Hey i'm doing this read a thon too :). And i'm a new follower !
    I haven't read any of these books except for the Sisterhood of the travelling pants series. I read the french translation of this series (i'm french) and I loved these books <3. I've read last month the final book Sisterhood Everlasting and it's one of my favorite book of the year. I hope you'll like them !
    Happy reading and Good luck !

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  8. I'm really looking forward to finally reading Meant to Be, so I hope you enjoy it!

    Good luck, and I hope you have fun with your first Bout of Books! :D

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  9. Bout of Books is fun! Hope you reach your goals :)

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  10. I'm so excited you are participating this time Marie!! You also have an awesome sounding list of books to read! Is this your first time reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? its a wonderful series. I also CAN'T WAIT to read Meant to Be - it sounds amazing :) good luck on your goals Marie!

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  11. Good luck this week! Read-a-thons are just an addiction, aren't they? Now if only I could read faster... ;)

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  12. *gasp* Is this your first time every reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? I love that series! I can't wait to see what you think of it.

    Oh and I hope I can actually get to Hemlock since it is far down on my read-a-thon pile. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Pages of Forbidden Love!

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  13. I have Meant to Be on my Kobo ... I can't wait to read it! I didn't know it was being compared to Anna ... I LOVE Anna. :) Though, I'll be sure to go into it with a fresh pair of eyes!

    You're doing great!

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  14. I hope you are feeling better today! I agree, pages read for revising your book should count! :) Good luck with the rest of the week and have fun!

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  15. You did really great for day one! Even though you didn't get to read a whole lot, you still participated in the challenges AND twitter chat, which is super impressive! =) I wasn't able to attend the Twitter chat yesterday, but I'll be there at the next one, and maybe even the third. The Twitter chats are always so much fun! I also have Meant to Be on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I'm glad you're at least enjoying it. =)

    Good luck for the rest of the week! <3

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  16. Love and Other Perishable Items! That one looks sooo cute. :) I wasn't the biggest fan of Nick & Norah, but hopefully you like it.

    Enjoy your reading!

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  17. *sipping her tea* Booo, slow days! How are you doing today? :)

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  18. You need to listen to some audiobooks! They help with the days where you have actual real life things to get done. :)

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  19. Great list of books. I had a little problem with Heat Wave books, being such a fan of the series. The are good, but not great. The biggest annoyance is re-learning all their different names.

    Cutie graphic for the Seasons Book Challenge.

    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

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  20. Anna Dressed in Blood totally looks like a winter book, judging by the cover! :)

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  21. I usually end up starting part-way into a book as well, so the page count is a great idea and I've been using it the last few readathons :)Good progress so far, and I like your choices for the Seasonal challenge!

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  22. You're still making great progress! Happy reading!

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  23. I loved reading the sisterhood books. I need to read Megan's books because i have been hearing great things about the series.

    Happy reading

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  24. Ooo Meant to be is one I did for todays challenge of which book are you looking forward to for summary alone =D

    Hope you loved it!
    -Becky
    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-read-thon-goalsupdates.html

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  25. Funny I was trying to figure out a way to include Heat Wave in my Haiku too! Great job!

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  26. Heat Wave fit nicely in those YA books for your haiku.

    Amy @ bookgoonie

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  27. Congrats on reaching your goals! Great job!

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  28. Glad you had a great week. Hope to see you in January at Bout-of-Books 6.0!

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~Marie

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