Bout of Books 20 | Day 5 Update

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Hello! Welcome to Saturday. :”D My last update was on Wednesday, so I have about three days worth of reading to cover.

Since then, I’ve read:

  • 5 chapters of fanfiction
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – audiobook: 6ish hours ~140 pages (finished it!)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 53 pages
  • Embassytown by China Mieville – audiobook: 2ish hours ~90 pages

So, not too much page-wise but 8 hours of audio in 3 days is a lot. :”D Hope anyone who’s participating is doing well! Happy reading

Bout of Books 20 | Day 2 Update

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Hello! Happy three-days-into-boutofbooks-day! I quickly realized that daily updates this time around aren’t doable for me… so every other day, every three days it is!

Progress:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – roughly 100 pages (3.5 hours listened)

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 20 pages

And actually… I picked up a fanfiction this week, something I haven’t done in years. I’ve read a whopping 20 chapters of that over the past two days… so that’s where all my reading time has gone, haha. Not goodreads trackable, but reading is reading! 😀 And I’m very much enjoying it.


And that’s it! See you all in a couple days. :”D

Bout of Books 20

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Gueeeeeess who’s doing a readathon starting Monday! It’s-a me! 😀 This also means that my posts for this coming week will (hopefully) pick up a bit over the normal three-per-week.

I’ve participated in the Bout of Books readathon every time it has happened since BoB 11, so… a few years, at least. This time around, I’m working full-time, so most of my reading will actually be listening – audiobooks are your friend when you commute 15 hrs/week.

The readathon starts on Aug 21st and runs through Aug 27th. There will be challenges and all sorts of fun stuffs.

Goals:

  • Listen to my audiobook(s) during every drive to/from work (10 drives)
  • Finish at least 3 books, one of them a physical copy

TBR:

I might also pick up another audiobook if I finish the first one. Not sure what, though.

If you’re participating, let me know! 😀 If you’d like to participate, click the BoB Banner at the top! Happy reading!

Bout of Books 16: Day 5 Progress

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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!

Bout of Books 16: Day 4 Progress

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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!

Bout of Books 16: Day 3 Progress

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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!

Bout of Books 16 Challenge: Favorite Heart-Stoppers

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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

Bout of Books 16: Day 2 Progress

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Day 2 has completed! 😀 I did well.

Reading Completed:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik: 210 pages (finished it!)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: 4 pages

Running Total: 343 pages read, 30 min listened

Plans for Today:

Finish The Time Machine
Listen to A Storm of Swords
Participate in today’s challenge

Progress on goals:

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


Happy reading!

Bout of Books 16 – Participation Announcement!

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Hello! Bout of Books is about to start again and this year, it couldn’t happen at a better time. My finals complete this coming Friday, the 6th, and then I have a week off before I start my fulltime internship on Monday the 16th.

Guess what week this readathon takes place. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s speaking to me.

For those unfamiliar, here is the blurb from the site itself:

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, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

And for those who would like to participate, here is the sign-up post!


My Goals:

  • Read every day
  • Write reviews for each book completed
  • Participate in at least half the challenges

Bout of Books TBR:

UprootedA Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)The Time Machine

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (assuming I haven’t finished it by then) – This is a book from my latest haul and I’ve already started it. I’m digging it so far. Hopefully it turns out to be really good. :”D

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (audiobook) – You need an audiobook in these things, I think. It helps get reading done even if you don’t have time to sit down and read, if that makes sense

The Time Machine by HG Wells – chosen partially because it’s really short and partially because the copy I’m reading is borrowed from a friend and I’ve had it forever. I should really read it and give it back to her.


And that’s it! Let me know if you’re participating! Happy reading!