Bout of Books Wrap-Up!

December Wrap Up

My first readathon of the year is officially over and I’m so happy that I participated in it! Bout of Books¬†has been one of my favourite ways to start off the year. It’s low pressure and always motivates me to start the year off right. This time around it’s been even more special for me since I really haven’t read anything since August. I am so happy with my progress! I managed to read 3 books and get half-way through another. Fingers crossed that this is a good omen for the rest of the year. ūüôā

You can check-out my daily updates and musings related to Bout of Books here on my Twitter.


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. 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. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


What I Read:

Books That I Didn’t Finish:

Did you participate in Bout of Books? How did you do?

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Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR!

December Wrap Up

I love participating in readathons! Bout of Books has always been one of my favourites and I can’t wait do it again. Since I really haven’t read much in months I’m trying to keep it simple. I’m only selecting 4 books for my TBR. I probably won’t get to all of them but I’m going to give it a try! Will you be participating?


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. 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. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


TBR:

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Have you read these books yet? 

Bout of Books Wrap-Up

December Wrap Up

The latest round of the read-a-thon¬†Bout of Books¬†has just ended. I’m extremely pleased with myself. I was actually able to read almost all of the books on my TBR and even wrote reviews for them (which will be posted soon)!


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books is read-a-thon organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It began on Monday, May 14th and ended on Sunday, May 20th. Bout of Books is a low-pressure read-a-thon. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


What I Read:

  • Sister’s Entrance¬†by Emtithal Mahmoud:¬†This poetry collection was an emotional rollercoaster. It tackles some very tough topics such as genocide, war, racism and prejudice in a very honest and brutal manner. While it was difficult to read at times, I’m glad that I did. I look forward to seeing more from this author.¬†screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-2-02-59-pm-copy
  • Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi:¬†This collection of short stories was beyond beautiful. I love everything that¬†Chokshi writes! It was magical, romantic, heartbreaking and exceeded all of my expectations. A must read for fans of the¬†full-length novels The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes.¬†Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.02.59 PM
  • Waiting on a Bright Moon¬†by J.Y. Yang: I’ve been meaning to read this short story for a long time. It’s completely unique and unlike anything that I’ve read before. I’m always amazed at how people can fit so many complex ideas into less than 50 or so pages and have it all completely click into place. I’ve added a bunch of the author’s other short stories to my TBR. I’m completely intrigued by their ideas.¬†Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.02.59 PM copy 5

I also started Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed but ran out of time to finish it. I’m on page 193 and hope to have time to read the rest of it in the next few days. So far, I am really enjoying it. It completely deserves all of the positive reviews that its been receiving. ūüôā

Did you participate in Bout of Books? What did you read? 

Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR

December Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I did a read-a-thon so I’m very much looking forward to taking part in this round of Bout of Books. After previously posting that I was going to take a break, I all of a sudden felt like reading again. It’s funny how things happen like that. I’m trying to keep things simple and low pressure for this read-a-thon. Short stories, poetry and novels under 300ish words. I may add more but I feel that it’s better to start small and add if needed.


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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.


TBR:

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Have you read these books yet? 

Bookish Bingo: Summer 2017 Edition

bookish-bingo-1024x379Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews has been hosting a spring round of Bookish Bingo this past March, April and May. The point of Bookish Bingo is to get as many bingos as possible. The more bingos, the more giveaway entries. All types of books (fiction, non-fiction, novellas) count, but you can only have one square per book. Also, for a book to count, it must have been read between June 1st and August 30th, 2017.

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My Squares:

  • Royalty:¬†The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
  • Family Drama:¬†We Were Liars¬†by E. Lockhart
  • Name in Title:¬†Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • LGBT+:¬†The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember
  • A Sequel: The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross
  • Romance: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Are you participating in this round of Bookish Bingo? How are you doing?

Bout of Books 17: Wrap Up!

Bout of Books 17 has now ended! I didn’t read the 3 books I had hoped to, but still I made some good progress. I’m using various readathons and challenges to try to whittle down my NetGalley backlog and it’s working! I now have only 4 book in my NetGalley TBR and man does it feel good. I also haven’t requested any in ages. So. Much. Progress!

Anyway, I was able to read:

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A Mortal Song¬†by Megan Crewe¬†|¬†‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ | review coming soon
When the Moon Was Ours¬†by Anna-Marie McLemore |¬†‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ | review coming soon

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I’m about 40% into¬†And Then the Sky Exploded¬†by David A. Poulsen. I don’t think I’ll finish much more of it today. I have to do some lesson planning¬†and other work related things. I’ve been putting it off all weekend. Boo!

Did you¬†participate in this round of Bout of Books? How did it go?¬†‚̧

Bout of Books 17: TBR!

The next¬†Bout of Books¬†begins on Monday August 22nd¬†and I just realized I haven’t posted by TBR! Then again, it’s probably good that I held off.¬†The past 2 weeks have been terrible for reading. I come home from work and all I want to do is sleep. When I do have free time the motivation just isn’t there. It’s killing me! *sobs*

I’m currently reading¬†Blood of the Prophet¬†by Kat Ross and hope to finish it this weekend, which means I can start a new book on Monday! ūüôā

Books I Plan to Read:

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Have you read these books yet? ‚̧