Bout of Books 14 Day 7 Wrap-Up

Well, Bout of Books wrapped up last night and I had a really good reading night. Heck, I had a decent reading week!

Last night I read:

  • Magic Bites: 131 pages

Yup, I was on a roll. I would’ve finished the book last night, but alas, I had to sleep. So I finished the book today (expect a review tomorrow!).

I also participated in the challenge that took place, which was to recommend three books for everyone. Here’s what I recommended and why:

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is the first in the trilogy, and the only one I’ve read so far, but there is just something about the writing style and the way Taylor writes the characters that draws you into the book. It’s engaging, beautiful, full of romance, and I just think everyone should read this.
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book will make you laugh out loud, squee in glee, and just overall have all of the emotional feels possible. It’s a great story about accepting who you are, about friendship and the importance of it, and how love can come from the least expected place.
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I haven’t finished this book yet, but I am currently reading it, and I already highly recommend this book. It’s an adult fantasy novel that’s the first book in the Mistborn trilogy and it’s just phenomenal so far. It has action, a slow building plot, characters that you can relate to, and a magic system unique to the world. I think that this is definitely a book people should pick up and check out, for sure.

Alright, now let show you my overall progress for this readathon!

My original goals were:

  • “to read at least one chapter from at least two of the books listed below per day.”

Well, it started out that way. As the week progressed, though, I only read one chapter from one book per day, but I still tried to read at least one chapter! So that totally counts!

Here’s my overall reading progress for Bout of Books:

  • The Final Empire: 28 pages
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 39 pages
  • A Thousand Pieces of You: 11 pages
  • A Game of Thrones: 10 pages
  • Forbidden: 18 pages
  • Magic Bites: 204 pages

For a grand total of: 310 pages read! Woo!

Hey, that’s not bad considering it was spread between six books. Yeah, I read more in some than in others, but I still enjoyed what I read. And hey, it was a blast. This round of Bout of Books was much better than the last.

So I didn’t quite reach my goals, but I was close enough! I’m proud of the amount I’ve read, but now I’m ready to just sit down and finish one book at a time again.

How has your reading week been? Have you finished any books? Met your own personal reading goals? Let me know! Also let me know if you plan on participating in the next Bout of Books taking place in January 2016!

Don’t forget about the giveaway I’m hosting for one book up to $15USD from Book Depository! It ends on August 31st!

Bout of Books 14 Day 6

Today’s the last day of Bout of Books, which makes me sad, but it was super fun and I got a lot more reading done, in my opinion, than the last time. There will be one more post tomorrow to wrap up everything I’ve read and all of that, so keep an eye out for that.

As for day six, I was so close to NOT reading anything because I had been at a friend’s wedding earlier in the day that I was like, “You know what? I need to read at least something.” So I read a chapter in….

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 12 pages

I was so happy to read the next chapter because this book is getting better, for sure.

As well as reading yesterday, I did participate in the challenge that took place, which was to plan a bookish road trip. The books I chose were:

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London: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Atlanta: The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Japan: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Scotland: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
SPACE, the final frontier: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Because why not space? Where would you want to travel?

Well, as it’s the last day and I’m still a busy bee, I’m going to try to see what I can read tonight and I’ll let you know my complete progress tomorrow!

Also, don’t forget about the giveaway I’m hosting! It ends on August 31st, so be sure to enter if you want to win!

Bout of Books 14 Day 5 + Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hey peeps! Another day of Bout of Books has come and gone, and I almost didn’t read at all yesterday, but I managed to read a chapter in “Magic Bites” by Ilona Andrews, so yay for me!

So my reading progress yesterday was:

  • Magic Bites: 28 pages

Now though I’ve strayed away from my TBR for the readathon a little bit, I am still reading those other books, just… not right now.

I also participated in the challenge that took place, which was to ship two characters together from two different books. Here’s my “ship:”

  • Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter series and Joffery Baratheon from A Game of Thrones.
  • Ship Name: Evil Incarnate
    Reason: Now let me say this first: I do not ship them romantically. This ship is not a ship in the traditional sense, but rather a ship that is all about power and manipulation. You see, I loathe both of these characters from the very depths of my soul. They are both cruel and evil and they enjoy doing what they do that causes harm – emotionally, physically, or mentally – to those that that they wish to punish.With that being said, I ship them as like a grandmother/grandson type of thing where she oversees his actions and he rules the company. You know what I’m saying? They’d be the perfect evil power couple, even if both would be disgusted by the other.

Yup. I just couldn’t stop thinking about how evil this pair would be, so there you go.

Now I hope that you’re all having a good reading week as tomorrow is the last day of Bout of Books (though I’ll have two more update posts), but I also have something else in store for you all:

A GIVEAWAY!

I’m hosting this giveaway because, well, I think it’s long overdue and I wanted to show my gratitude to my followers and to those who read my blog. You guys are awesome and are part of the reason why I continue to do what I do.

That’s right! I’m going to be hosting a giveaway for one book up to $15USD from Book Depository! As long as it ships to your country, you have a chance to win!

Just fill out the rafflecopter below and you’ll be entered! The winner will be emailed following the end of the raffle and will have 48 hours to respond before someone else is picked.

CLICK HERE FOR THE GIVEAWAY

Rules

  • Must be at least 18 years or older, OR 13 and older with parents’ permission to win.
  • This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway, but Book Depository MUST ship to your country in order to win.
  • You must be okay with giving me your address. I will not share it with anyone and will only use it as part of the Book Depository order.

Bout of Books 14 Day 4

Late night update ahoy! So Bout of Books day four was slow, but I did manage to read a little bit.

So what I read was:

  • The Final Empire: 19 pages

That was one chapter in the book, and even though it’s not a lot, at least I managed to get through some of it. I’m enjoying the book and the plot is becoming a lot more complicated and interesting, so I’m excited to see where it goes.

As far as the other books are concerned… yeah, I haven’t really picked them up much.

I also participated in the challenge that took place yesterday and it was to find four books that best represented the four seasons. Here’s what I came up with:

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I had some left over craft items from my wedding and so I figured I’d represent and show the seasons in a much more visual way, and frankly, I love how it turned out.

Today’s reading hasn’t really happened as I’ve been wicked busy because some friends are getting married in the morning, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done the next day or so.

How is your reading progress coming along? Are you keeping up? Did you complete your goals already? Let me know!

Bout of Books 14 Day 3

Day 3 of Bout of Books has come and gone, and so far day four is going okay. I didn’t read anything on my TBR yesterday. In fact, what I read was:

  • Magic Bites: 45 pages

This is the first book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and so far I’m enjoying it. I really wanted to start it since I just got it the other day.

But hey, at least I read 45 pages of it, which was about two chapters, I believe. I didn’t do my “one chapter per book” thing, though, so that was a bust.

Now, in terms of the challenge that took place yesterday, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play bookish MASH. I LOVE DOING IT SO MUCH!

So, here are my results:

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In case you can’t read what it says: I’m living in a MANSION with WARNER in the REESTABLISHMENT as an ASSASSIN with ONE KID and an OWL. We enjoy using our WINGS to get around places.

I think doing book MASH is always super fun and it’s always like I’m reliving part of my childhood whenever I play the game.

How has your reading time been going? Mine’s been off and on, but I’m enjoying what I’m reading when I read it, so that’s always a plus, right?