Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 | TBR

Here's what I'd hoping to read. Despite being away at camp from Monday night to Saturday afternoon. So it is fairly ambitious.

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowery
  2. Roost by Ali Bryan
  3. Choral Society by Prue Leith
  4. The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda (audiobook) - already half way through
  5. Darkest Powers Bonus Pack #1 (Darkest Powers Trilogy 0.5, 1.5, 2.5) by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Darkest Powers Bonus Pack #2 (Darkest Powers Trilogy #3.5, 3.6) by Kelley Armstrong
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are you participating in this read-a-thon?

#ayearathon/7-in-7 Read-a-thon Wrap-Up - August 2014

Here's what I was able to accomplish:
    #ayearathon - hosted by Alyssa, Ke-sha, Allyn J'nae, and Kristina (August 4th-10th)
    theme: middle-grade
  1. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
    length: 96 pages
    completed: August 5 (started same day)
    rated: 3/5 stars
  2. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
    length: 224 pages
    completed: August 7 (started August 6)
    rated: 3/5 stars
  3. Flyte (Septimus Heap #2) by Angie Sage
    length: 521 pages
    completed: August 8 (started August 4)
    rated: 4/5 stars
  4. Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe
    length: 256 pages
    completed: August 10 (started August 8)
    rated: 4/5 stars
  5. Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages #2) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
    length: 342 pages (during RAT: 14)
    completed: not yet (started July 10)
    rated: -/5 stars
    currently on page: 78

    7-in-7 Read-a-thon - hosted by Frankie and guests (August 4th-10th)
    goal: read 7 pieces of literature in 7 days
    In addition to those books above I also read (minus the one I didn't finish):
  6. The Little Android (Lunar Chronicles #0.6) by Marissa Meyer
    length: 35 pages
    completed: August 4 (started same day)
    rated: 4/5 stars
  7. Kat (Darkest Powers #0.3) by Kelley Armstrong
    length: 20 pages
    completed: August 10 (started same day)
    rated: 3/5 stars
  8. Hunting Kat (Darkest Powers #0.4) by Kelley Armstrong
    length: 54 pages
    completed: technically August 11 by a few minutes (started August 10)
    rated: 4/5 stars

Total pages read for the week: 1247

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 - Participating

Hey all this August I am planning to participate in the Bout of Books read-a-thon again. However I later realized this is the same week I am going to camp so won't be able to read quite as much, also packing a bunch of physical books might be an issue so my TBR will consist of mostly ebooks and audiobooks (once I figure out what I'm reading).

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 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"

Let me know if you are participating too! :)

July Wrap-up

Here are the books I read in July 2014. I participated in 4 read-a-thons so I'll mention each and let you know how I made out for each.

    #finishitathon - hosted by Katie (June 30th - July 6th)
    theme: finish books you've already started but maybe set aside
  1. The Goddess Queen (Goddess Test #2.54) by Aimee Carter
    length: 75 pages
    completed: July 2 (started April 22, 2014)
    rated: 4/5 stars
  2. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong
    length: 422 pages
    completed: July 6 (started Sept 29, 2013)
    rated: 4/5 stars

    #ayearathon - hosted by Alyssa, Ke-sha, Allyn J'nae, and Kristina (July 7th-13th)
    theme: classics
  3. Moby Dick (graphic novel) by Lance Stahlberg (and Herman Melville)
    length: 88 pages
    completed: July 11 (started July 11)
    rated: 2/5 stars
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    length: 659 pages (during RAT: 491)
    completed: not yet (started July 7)
    rated: -/5 stars
    Didn't get this finished by the end of July but got to page 566.

    #booktubeathon - hosted by Ariel and guests (July 14th - July 20th)
    theme: read as much as you can and try to complete 7 reading challenges (max 2 challenges per book)
  5. My Point...And I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres
    length: 211 pages
    completed: July 15 (started July 14)
    rated: 3/5 stars
    challenge(s): read a book from the genre you've read the least of this year (memoir), read a book chosen for you by someone else (mother)
  6. Sgt. Frog, Vol. 1: Enter the Sergeant (Sgt. Frog, #1) by Mine Yoshizaki
    length: 188 pages
    completed: July 16 (started July 14)
    rated: 3/5 stars
    challenge(s): read a book with pictures in it
  7. The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1) by Jeanne DuPrau
    length: 270 pages
    completed: July 17 (started July 16)
    rated: 4/5 stars
    challenge(s): start and finish a series (part 1 of 4), read a book with a movie adaptation then watch the movie
  8. The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2) by Jeanne DuPrau
    length: 338 pages
    completed: July 19 (started July 17)
    rated: 5/5 stars
    challenge(s): start and finish a series (part 2 of 4)
  9. The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember, #3) by Jeanne DuPrau
    length: 289 pages
    completed: July 20 (started July 19)
    rated: 3/5 stars
    challenge(s): start and finish a series (part 3 of 4), read a book with red on the cover
  10. The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember, #4) by Jeanne DuPrau
    length: 285 pages
    completed: July 20 (started July 20)
    rated: 5/5 stars
    challenge(s): start and finish a series (part 4 of 4)
    #booktubeathon stats:
    Total read: 1595 pages, 6 books Challenges completed: 6/7 Missed challenge: Read 7 books or an average of 300 pages a day

    #underhypedreads - hosted by Charlotte (July 21th - July 27th)
    theme: read books with under 5000 ratings on Goodreads
  11. Peggy of the Cove: A legend brought to reality by Ivan Fraser
    length: 124 pages
    completed: July 26 (started July 21)
    rated: 2/5 stars
    Other Goodreads ratings: 5
  12. Doctor Who: Martha in the Mirror by Justin Richards (narrated by Freema Agyeman
    length: 256 pages (listened to audiobook)
    completed: July 25 (started July 23)
    rated: 4/5 stars
    Other Goodreads ratings: 641
  13. Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 2 by James Patterson
    length: 252 pages
    completed: July 26 (started July 26)
    rated: 4/5 stars
    Other Goodreads ratings: 314
  14. Anna From Away by D.R. MacDonald
    length: 288 pages (during RAT: 77)
    completed: not yet (started July 26)
    rated: -/5 stars
    Didn't get this finished by the end of July but got to page 85.

    Others not connected to a read-a-thon:
  15. Ghosts(Otherworld Stories, #1.1) by Kelley Armstrong
    length: 9 pages
    completed: July 6 (started July 6)
    rated: 4/5 stars
  16. Bedtime Kisses by Karin Larson and Ginger Nielson
    length: 28 pages
    completed: July 30 (started July 30)
    rated: 4/5 stars

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Wrap-Up

Here's the books I have finished in the month of April.

  1. Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer -  finished April 4, 2014 - rated 3/5
  2. The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5) by Aimee Carter - finished April 4, 2014 - rated 4/5
  3. The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Neilsen - finished Apr 8, 2014 - rated 4/5
  4. Doctor Who: Snowglobe 7 (audiobook) by Mike Tucker - Apr 12, 2014 - 3/5
  5. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene - Apr 12 - 4/5
  6. The Woman in White (audiobook) by Wilkie Collins - Apr 12 - 4/5
  7. The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2) by Carolyn Keene - Apr 13 - 4/5
  8. The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew #3) by Carolyn Keene - Apr 21 - 4/5
  9. Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter - Apr 22 - 3/5
  10. Girl with Glasses: My Optic History by Marissa Walsh - Apr 29 - 3/5

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#AYearAThon - Month 1

Hey all! I'm going to attempt to participate as much as possible in the #AYearAThon a group of monthly read-a-thons, that last one week in length, until December 2014. Each month has a different theme.

Check out all the details & discussion over at the goodreads group here! Or check out the videos about it these lovely ladies made: Alyssa, Ke-sha, Kristina, Bunny, Allyn, Liz, Catriona, and many more by searching #ayearathon on Youtube or on Twitter!

This month's theme is J.K. Rowling and extends from Feb 3rd to 9th.

My goal is to read:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (CV) - 505 pages
Harry Potter the Prequel by J.K. Rowling - 4 pages
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook) by J.K. Rowling (HP7) - 784 pages

My current progress is as follows:
Prequel - COMPLETE - 4 pages
HP7 - 77 pages
CV - 0 pages
TOTAL: 81 pages

DAY TWO: (even more lacking than the first)
HP7 - 38 pages
CV - 19 pages
TOTAL (day): 57

HP7 - 31 pages (finished listening to the rest of the audiobook cds I have, and have yet to get a complete copy from the library)
CV - 13 pages
TOTAL (day): 44

No progress. Haven't been able to acquire more HP audios so listened to more of "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins during my commute/drive home from work. Also had a long day at work (where I can't read novels) and then fell asleep early after shoveling the snow (boo) from the driveway and having dinner. I am now off Fri, Sat, and Sun. so I hope to get my reading groove on then!

TOTAL SO FAR = 182 pages (I am unimpressed)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 and other updates...

Towards the end of 2013 I attempted to finish all the books I had on the go before the new year. Although I made a real dent in the overwhelming number of partial finished books I didn't reach my goal of finishing them all. Which is disappointing. I like to start fresh each year from the first day of January onwards.

With starting fresh I was excited to participate in the Bout of Books 9.0 read-a-thon. But now I have decided to not participate in that either. You are probably thinking, wouldn't a read-a-thon help to finish up those loose ends to get closer to that fresh start faster? It might or it might not. In my case I am currently trying to finish Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran, a book I have been reading on and off (more off than on) since Feb. 5, 2012. Which may be the book I've been "reading" for the longest amount of time in all my years of reading. Which is absolutely ridiculous to me. It isn't that it isn't interesting I just find that the smaller print and my complete lack of knowledge of the French revolution has slowed my progress. This is therefore not the type of book I would generally choose for a read-a-thon and if I did choose it I fear I would get discouraged as I wouldn't be able to reach/maintain a page count per day that I'd be satisfied with.

So I say no thank you to 9.0 but look forward to the next one as I plan to be ready to participate by then. I better be. I look forward to following along however during 9.0 so see how others are doing and to wish them all the best!

This delay in clearing out my "currently reading" shelf has also left me in a quandary of what reading goals and challenges I want to complete in 2014. For the last 3 or so years I attempted to read one book for each letter of the alphabet by corresponding with the initial letter of its title. Each year I got close but never successfully completed this challenge, despite reading over 26 books each year. So I just don't know if this will be my lucky year where I can complete it or whether it would be better to try a new challenge all together. My mind is so conflicted.