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Bout of Books 16: Wrap-Up

Bout of Books

Reading Completed:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – entire book
Breakable by Tammara Webber – entire book
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (audiobook) – 252 minutes listened
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells – 12 pages
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – 43 pages

Goals:

Read every day: 7/7 days!!
Participate in half the challenges: 3/6 challenges!!
Write reviews for each book completed: 2/2 books!!

Goals completed 100%

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Posted by on 05/16/2016 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 16: Day 6 Progress

Bout of Books

Reading Completed:

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey: 10 pages

Running Total: 832 pages read, 252 minutes listened

Plans for Today:

Continue Caliban’s War and A Storm of Swords

Progress on Goals:

Read every day: 6/6
Participate in half the events: 3/6
Write reviews for each book completed: 2/2


 

 
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Posted by on 05/15/2016 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 16: Day 5 Progress

Bout of Books

La de da~

Reading Progress:

Breakable by Tammara Webber: 191 pages (Finished it!!)
Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey: 14 pages

I decided to start a new book instead of picking up The Time Machine. Honestly, not sure if that book will happen before the end of the readathon at all.

Running Total: 822 pages read, 252 minutes listened

Plans for Today:

Keep reading Caliban’s War
Keep listening to A Storm of Swords

Progress on Goals:

Read every day: 5/5
Participate in half the challenges: 3/5
Write a review for each book completed: Uprooted, Breakable


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/14/2016 in Books, Readathon

 

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Book Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)Breakable by Tammara Webber
Contours of the Heart, Book 2

Read May 12-May 13, 2016
361 pages
New Adult

I went into this knowing I’d fly through it. I tend to do that with new adult books, whether or not I actually end up liking the thing. There’s just something about them that’s… intoxicating, I guess. Perfect for readathons.

This book is the sequel to Easy, which I read and reviewed and loved last year. This book is the same story as that one, though told from Lucas’ perspective instead of Jacqueline’s. It follows the two of them through themes stressing consent, self-defense, and respect. This book opened the background story of Lucas, who while we saw some of his history in Easy, we really didn’t get much character development or true reasons why he was how he was. In this book, everything was made much clearer.

On one hand, I really enjoyed this book. As mentioned above, it stressed consent, self-defense, and demonized victim-blaming. If you want a book that’s steamy and has good morals to boot, read this series. It read as a split timeline – one time line was the current one, the one that was present in Easy while the other flashed back to Lucas’ teenage years delving into his past. Both were entertaining to read and both I feel put a lot into the story. The writing was quick-paced and addicting, and I loved Lucas’s character (I loved him in Easy too, but it was really nice seeing past the enigma he was portrayed as in book one and reading his thoughts as the plot events unfolded).

On the other hand, I don’t think I loved this book like I loved Easy.  For one, a lot of the details of the story were skimmed over. In Easy, conversations happened and we got to read the dialogue. In Breakable, that happened sometimes, but more often than not, Lucas would say something like ‘and then I told Jacqueline about…’ blah de blah. On one had, I understand why the author did this – it would have been the exact same content in both books, so quickly explaining conversations that the reader would have already read had they read book one was logical. But unfortunately for me, it’s been about a year since I read Easy, so I found myself pausing, trying to remember how the interactions went and what Jacqueline’s thoughts were on the situations. It didn’t really take away from the story, but it did pull me out of it here and there enough for me to be like ‘wait, what happened there again?’

And my only other complaint goes for both books: These covers are awful. What is it with new adult covers, man.

So, if you were a fan of Easy, I recommend this book – it really adds to the story from Lucas’ end of things – explains his thought processes and actions and how he just happened to be in the right places at the right times. I thought it was a good supplement to the story arc. But if you haven’t read Easy and want to read this, read Easy first or you’ll be so lost.

Overall, good stuff. Want more. I heard there’s another book in this series following a side character in these books. Me wanty.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 05/13/2016 in Uncategorized

 

Bout of Books 16: Day 4 Progress

Bout of Books

Day 4 done!

Reading Progress:

Breakable by Tammara Webber: 170 pages
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin: 47 minutes

Running Total: 631 pages read, 252 minutes listened

Challenge Completed: The If You Like This, You Might Like This challenge

 Plans for Today:

Continue A Storm of Swords (I swear, this is the longest audiobook in the world. I’m 20-something hours in and only just passed the half way point)
Finish Breakable. 
Maybe start a new book or continue The Time Machine

Progress on goals:

Read everyday: 4/4
Do half of the challenges: 3/4
Write a review for each book completed: 1/1


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/13/2016 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 16: Day 3 Progress

Bout of Books

Day 3 is done. My ears, they bleed.

Reading Completed:

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: 8 pages
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin: 175 minutes listened

Running total: 461 pages read, 205 minutes listened

If you notice, I didn’t finish The Time Machine like I intended. I started it and even though it’s really short, I might just put it down for now. Not ‘not-finish’ing it by any means, but I feel like if I sit down to read this, it’ll slow down the rest of my reading, if that makes sense. I like the book, but I don’t feel like it’s good readathon material. Woop.

Challenge Completed:

My Favorite (Heart-Stoppers)

Plans for Today:

Continue A Storm of Swords
Attempt to continue The Time Machine, but pick up another book if it’s not happening
Participate in today’s challenge

Progress on goal:

Read every day: 3/3
Participate in half the challenges: 2/3
Write a review on each book completed: 1/1


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/12/2016 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 16 Challenge: Favorite Heart-Stoppers

Bout of Books

Today, a challenge! The prompt for today is to list your five favorites. Five favorite books, favorite characters, favorite whatevers. You pick, just list your top five. I chose heart-stoppers because when a book has that element, that ‘I need to put this book down because I need to go and restart my heart’ element, I tend to looove those books. So if you’re looking for a book or series that will send your heart into palpitations, look no further! And as a side-note. I’m going to list entire series instead of individual books. That way, you can’t guess when the moment(s) will hit you. 😛

5. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)This series, if you haven’t read it, focuses on a young man who comes across a notebook. When you write a person’s name in that notebook, that person dies. This is probably one of the best thrillers I’ve read and manages to keep it interesting for all 12 volumes. There are multiple instances of ‘WHAT WHAT WHY’ in this series, and I highly highly recommend it.

 

 

4. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This series follows the apprentice of a ‘mad scientist’ of sorts, who hunts and documents monsters. This series is gritty, dark and heart-pounding. Don’t read it while you eat because it will put you off your meal. It’s really enthralling and I wasn’t able to put it down.

 

 

 

3. Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 1I keep wanting to say ‘and this series is another good one that you should read’ because they all are, dammit. If you haven’t read this one, it follows two beings – one from a planet and the other from its moon, who have a child together. Unfortunately, the planet and the moon have been at war for years, and this child is sought after by both sides. Imagine Star Wars combined with Romeo and Juliet (only with real love). It. Is. Awesome. The art, the characters, the plot twists. Everything. My heart, it goes crazy when I read this one. The artist really knows how to position frames so you get the full-impact of a situation, so your heart jumps into your throat when you see the next picture on the next page. It’s. Wonderful.

2. The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)This is my newest obsession. It’s been so long since I read a book that made me stop and take a breather so many damn times because I couldn’t stand to read it all without falling into cardiac arrest. This is an action-packed sci-fi thriller horror action adventure space opera with bits of humor and romance thrown in here and there. I loved this book so much that I didn’t mind that it probably took two years off my life reading it. Currently have the second one, gonna hop into it very quickly here.

 

 

1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)This series, man. This one. I think this might be my all-time favorite series ever. Maybe. If not, it’s definitely tied for 1st place. This series follows two young boys who through an alchemic disaster lose their body parts – the older brother loses an arm and a leg, and the younger, his entire body. His soul is bound to a suit of armor as a result. After this, their determination to get their original bodies back leads them through a series of events and adventures and conspiracies and danger and… I can’t even sum it up in a way that gives it its due credit.

The plot in this series is so rich, so full of surprises, so intricate, that it still gets my heart going every time I zoom through its 27 volumes. And trust me, you’ll think ’27 is a lot’, but then you’ll finish it and think ’27 is not enough’. This is another series where the author knows how to frame panels to maximize the shock-factor. You read it and you can’t put it down except when you have to for fear of adrenaline causing you to faint. This series. Auuuugh, I cannot stress enough how much you should read this. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it for the 6th time.

READ IT. DO IT. PEER PRESSURE. GO NOW SHOO.


:”D Happy reading

 
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Posted by on 05/11/2016 in Books, Favorites, Readathon

 

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