Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 is here!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and
Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
- From the Bout of Books team
Updates will follow!
Oh, by the way, I'll also be doing #TheReadingQuest because it starts on August 13. Check here for my progress and more details, but hurry if you want to sign up. Once the quest starts, sign-up closes, though you can still follow along for fun.
Since Bout of Books is a lovely, low-key experience, I'll be using the TBR I set up to complete the quests in #TheReadingQuest, which are very specific. Due to forest fires burning close enough to my house to result in crappy air quality (but not any immediate danger), I'm trapped at home with my books with lots of time to read. 

read at least 200 pages every day of the readathon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 1 Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords 

I read to escape from reality.

Started: 2 (Estrella's Quinceañera by Malín Alegría; From Somalia, with Love by Na'ima B. Robert)
Total: 2
Finished: 1 (Estrella's Quinceañera)
Total: 1
Pages: 340
Total: 340
Goal met? Yes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 2 Challenge: Synopsis Rewrite #synopsisrewritebob20
     The poem that Samantha is reading in school is all about hope. But Samantha doesn't have much hope lately. After all, there are so many other things to think about. Her friend Frannie, for example, won't come to church with her. And Trevor, the class bully. And the new kid, Jesus Boy, who looks white even though he says he's not. Who is he? 
     As winter goes on, the idea of hope stays with Samantha, and she begins to see things in a new light. She starts to wonder if Jesus Boy really could be what she's been waiting for. She is afraid to say it aloud, but she can't stop thinking of her own desire for "that thing with feathers." 
     Set against the backdrop of the early seventies, Jacqueline Woodson's powerful story takes readers on a journey into a young person's heart. 

Started: 2 (Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson; Fairest of All by Serena Valentino)
Total: 4
Finished: 3 (From Somalia, with Love; Feathers; Fairest)
Total: 3
Pages: 450
Total: 790
Goal met? Yes 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 3 Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow #bookspinerainbow
Started: 2 (Quiver by Stephanie Spinner; Seraphina by Rachel Hartman)
Total: 6
Finished: 1 (Quiver)
Total: 5
Pages: 284
Total: 1074
Goal met? Yes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Day 4 Challenge: If you like this, try that...
#ifyoulikethistrythat or #Day4

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, try The Young Elites by Marie Lu. #boutofbooks #ifyoulikethistrythat #day4

Started: 2 (A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen; When My Name was Keoko by Barbara Sue Park)
Total: 8
Finished: 1
Total: 6
Pages: 334
Total: 1408
Goal met? Yes

Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 5 Challenge: Write a review
#boutofbooks #day5

For this challenge, I chose my favorite book from the readathon so far, Quiver by Stephanie Spinner. It is a lovely retelling of the story of Atalanta and the Three Golden Apples, fleshed out with humor and a dash of feminist flair.

Here's a link to the review on Amazon.

Started: 0
Total: 8
Finished: 0
Total: 6
Pages: 216
Total: 1624
Goal met? Yes

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 6 Challenge: LOVE to HATE
#boutofbooks #lovetohate

So many juicy villains to choose from! Here are a few that came to mind:

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl
Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones
Dracula (the Bram Stoker version)
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Annie Wilkes from Misery
Pennywise from It
Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind 

Started: 1 (The Midnight Star by Marie Lu)
Total: 9
Finished: 2 (When My Name was Keoko; Seraphina)
Total: 8
Pages: 490
Total: 2114
Goal met? Yes!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Started: 2 (Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman; Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez)
Total: 11
Finished: 0
Total: 8
Pages: 313
Total: 2427

Goal met? Yes


Books Started: 11
Books Finished: 8
Pages read: 2427
Avg Pages Per Day: 347
Goal Met? Yes

Bout of Books 21: January 8 - 14, 2018

Hope to see you there! 


Paperback Stash said...

It's definitely a fun thing - my second time participating this year.

Best of luck to you - hope you get several good books finished.

Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons said...

Great start! I've read She Wore Red Trainers by Na'aima B. Roberts--I may have to check that other one out!

Sarah Ellis said...

You are killing it page count-wise! WOOO!!

Debbie said...

I finally noticed that there were comments. I'm so used to exactly no one reading my blog. :)