Bout of Books 15.0 Wrap Up

Bout of Books
And it’s over! The bout of books 15.0 readathon has finished and I feel like I did really well in participation this past week.


I completed four challenges:

I completed four books:

  • Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
  • Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I started (but have not yet completed):

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

If you are interested, here is my daily update post for the readathon.

So overall, I got to starting all the books on my original TBR, completed three of them, and read a graphic novel on top of that. So I think I did rather well. 😀 I’ll go into more detail of my thoughts of the buggers in my January Wrap-up. If you participated in the bout of books readathon, let me know how you did!

Bout of Books 15.0 Challenge: Scavenger Hunt

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Hello! This is my entry for the Bout of Books 15.0 Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Well, this is the collection of my entries. My official entries can be found on my instagram, since that’s the preferred platform. But I liked what I came up with, so I’m putting them here too! This challenge was hosted by The Book Monsters and was a lot of fun. :”D So here we go:

Hunt #1: Book Shelves

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Hunt #2: A book you’re currently reading/planning to read for Bout of Books

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Hunt #3: A Book and a Beverage

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Hunt #4: Blue Books

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Hunt #5: Cozy Reading Spot

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That’s all for today! Happy reading

Bout of Books 15.0 Challenge: Would You Rather

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This is my entry for the “Would You Rather” challenge hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale. This is the second challenge in the Boutofbooks readathon. The first challenge, I did through twitter and if you’re interested, you can find that tweet here.

Otherwise, onto challenge 2!

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

Dog-eared page person for sure. At least I can get the pages straight again. A line in a page is forgivable but cheese dust is just cruel. That still will never come out.

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

Probably meet a character of my choice. Can’t decide which one off the top of my head, but there are a lot of characters in my character closet that I feel I could be friends with. So one of them. They can draw straws.

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

Never be allowed in a library again. I love the bookstore too much. Amazon is great and all, but there’s nothing like buying a book of the shelf and sniffing it all car ride home. I mean what.

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

Obviously I’d rather have them break up. I mean I know they’re just fictional characters but I’d rather have them be fictionally sad than fictionally die.

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

This one is hard to answer. I didn’t particularly care for Twilight but I’ve never read The Scarlett Letter. I don’t know if I’d like it or not. So considering I didn’t hate Twilight with a passion or anything and there is still the chance that I would hate The Scarlett Letter, I’m going to pick Twilight. I’ll take the known dislike over the possible hate.


And that’s it! This was a fun challenge. :”D Until tomorrow.

Bout of Books 15.0 Progress Post

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I’ll be updating this post daily with my readings throughout the bout of books readathon! Wish me luck!

Monday 1/4

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie: 141 pages
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas: 87 pages
Daily total: 228 pages
Overall total: 228 pages

Tuesday 1/5

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie: 100 pages
Daily total: 100 pages
Overall total: 328 pages

Wednesday 1/6

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie: 93 pages
Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill: 168 pages
Daily total: 261 pages
Overall total: 589 pages

Thursday 1/7

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas: 83 pages
Daily total: 83 pages
Overall total: 672 pages

Friday 1/8

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas: 31 pages
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: 49 pages
Daily total: 80 pages
Overall total: 752 pages

Saturday 1/9

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas: 159 pages
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: 75 pages
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas: 34 pages
Daily total: 268 pages
Overall total: 1020 pages (woot)

Sunday 1/10

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: 98 pages
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas: 55 pages
Daily total: 153 pages

Overall total: 1173 pages

Bout of Books 14 Wrap-Up!

It is over! After seven days, the bout of books 14 readathon is over. I got off to a really rocky start, but I feel like I did really well towards the end. To avoid deja vu later when writing my monthly wrap-up, I’m not going to go in depth of what I read. Just gonna mention it.

First off, here is my participation announcement and goals post and my progress post that I kept up throughout the readathon.

And here is what I managed to read during this past week:

Audiobooks:

1 hour of The Martian by Andy Weir – I finished this book! Here is my review
5 hours 4 minutes of Yes Please! by Amy Poehler – I have about two hours or so of this one left to listen to.

Physical books:

25 pages of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – this book was making me slumpy. Will resume it now that the readathon is over.
216 pages of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I finished this one too! Didn’t write a review though. Thoughts will be in monthly wrap-up.
204 pages of Legend by Marie Lu – I feel that I’ll finish this one up today.
6 pages of Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams.

Totals: 6 hours, 4 minutes of listening, 451 pages read.

The challenges I completed were:

The Four Seasons Book Cover Challenge
The Book Road Trip Challenge
The What to Read Next Challenge
The Book Scavenger Hunt Challenge

My goals for this readathon were:

– Read at least 100 pages every day
– Finish at least 3 books
– Participate in at least half of the challenges

Well, totally didn’t do the top one – I had 0 pages read for the first two days. I’m hoping I made up enough for it in the last five though from all the audiobooks and stuff I added in.

The second one, I was close. I finished two books and am close to finishing a third.

And the bottom one, I COMPLETED. WHOO. I DID 4 OUT OF 7.

So yay, I’m calling this readathon a success :”D I can’t wait for the next one.

Bout of Books 14 Challenge: What to Read Next

I’m participating in the What to Read Next challenge for the Bout of Books 14 readathon. This challenge is hosted by Sarah from Sarah Reads Too Much. To make an entry, I need to recommend three books that I’ve read this year and say a bit about them. If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ve probably seen me gooing and gaaing about these books earlier in the year. So here we go~ :”D

Trigun: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!! # 1 (Trigun, #1)My first recommendation was a reread for me this year and is for those who have recently discovered they like graphic novels, maybe have read through two or three series and now aren’t sure where to turn. If you’re in this situation, I highly recommend you check out Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow. This is a manga that is set in the future on a desert planet colonized by humans. It follows the main character Vash the Stampede, who is a wanted man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head for the destruction of several towns and cities. It seems no matter where this man goes, chaos follows, earning him the nickname ‘The Humanoid Typhoon’. The funny thing is though, through all the ruin and rubble, Vash has never taken a life. It turns out he’s a goofball with a donut obsession. A sharpshooter and a teddy bear. Always alert and always hungry.

The genre for Trigun is a mix: Sci-fi, western, comedy, action… it has a bit of everything. Aside from those just getting into graphic novels, I also recommend this series to anyone who has been into them for a while and is just looking for the next thing, fans of Firefly, fans of spaghetti westerns and fans of comedy. Trigun is considered a classic by manga standards and it certainly earns its’ title. It also comes in anime form, so if you’d rather check that out, go for it. Both the show and the manga are of excellent quality.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

My second recommendation is a book that a lot of people have probably already read but I just got to earlier this year. It is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This is a classic sci-fi comedy about a man named Arthur Dent who is whisked aboard as stowaway into an alien vessel when Earth is destroyed to make way for a new super highway across the galaxy. Apparently the plans had been in the Galactic meeting hall for hundred of years and none of us humans had though to check on it.

This book is full of quick wit and dry humor. Often times a joke is delivered before you realize it’s being set up. Arthur Dent is a wonderfully bleak character and in combination with his friend Ford and his copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that has the large words ‘DON’T PANIC’ written on the front of it and the super depressed and cynical robot named Marvin, the book is filled with colorful characters that drive the plot forward. To give you an idea of some of the humor in this book, read this excerpt from it:

Another thing that got forgotten was the fact that against all probability a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence several miles above the surface of an alien planet.

And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.

This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment it began its life till the moment it ended it.

Ah … ! What’s happening? it thought. Er, excuse me, who am I? Hello? Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Calm down, get a grip now … oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It’s a sort of … yawning, tingling sensation in my … my … well I suppose I’d better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let’s call it my stomach.

Good. Ooooh, it’s getting quite strong. And hey, what’s about this whistling roaring sound going past what I’m suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that … wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do … perhaps I can find a better name for it later when I’ve found out what it’s for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! What’s this thing? This … let’s call it a tail – yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good can’t I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesn’t seem to achieve very much but I’ll probably find out what it’s for later on. Now – have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?

No. Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, I’m quite dizzy with anticipation … Or is it the wind? There really is a lot of that now isn’t it? And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.”

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)And finally, my third recommendation is for those who like weird, dense fantasy and it is Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. If you’ve never read anything by this author before, I recommend starting here. Perdido Street Station is the train station that sits in the city of New Crobuzon, which dwells in the middle of the giant ribcage of some long-dead creature. This book I feel is more about the city than the characters. The characters are definitely interesting, don’t get me wrong – a mad scientist, an ambassador from hell, a woman with a beetle for a head, multiple creatures with wings, and a garuda – a large bird-like creature that has appeared in both Hindu and Buddhist writings – that has lost his wings and his honor. But I feel these characters would be nothing without the complex, winding city the book takes place in. New Crobuzon to me feels like a bazaar, always busy, always foreign yet at the same time, enticing and foreboding. There are a couple subplots that happen throughout this book that tie in together in a way that is fascinating and bizarre. Reading this book is like blowing life into this city. You’ll think about it when you’re done, you’ll pine to wander its streets. I read this book back in January, finished it on the 2nd or 3rd of the month, and I still think about it. I miss this book, if that makes sense. So yes, this is my third rec. Hope you enjoy.

Bout of Books 14: Progress Post

Instead of making a fresh post every day, I’m going to post my progress here and just update it daily. At the end, I might make a wrap-up post – it depends on how well or poorly I do, haha.

Monday Aug 17: 0 pages (off to an awesome start, lemme tell ya)

Tuesday Aug 18: 0 pages (crickets) But! I did complete today’s book hunt challenge! :”D I swear, I’ma read tomorrow. I’m not planning on leaving the house – there’s a skunk outside man. I don’t want anywhere near that thing. SO I’M GOING TO READ WHILE I COWER IN FEAR 😀

Wednesday Aug 19: 25 pages of Beauty Queens, 38 pages of A Monster Calls. 63 pages total. Look, I read. I switched over to A Monster Calls last night when I felt myself getting slumpy from Beauty Queens. I like Beauty Queens, but for some reason I can only read 5 or 10 pages at a time of it. So I switched so I don’t dawdle there for the whole readathon. I’ll probably pick up back up again if I finish the other books. I also completed the

Thursday Aug 20: I listened to a bunch of audiobooks today. 1 hour of The Martian by Andy Weir, 2 hours 43 minutes of Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. So, not sticking to my TBR at all, but I’ve made decent progress for once. Yayay. I also completed the four seasons books challenge.

Friday Aug 21:  More audiobook today: 2 hours 17 minutes of Yes Please! by Amy Poehler, 178 pages of A Monster Calls.

Saturday Aug 22:  96 pages of Legend by Marie Lu, 4 minutes of Yes Please! by Amy Poehler, 6 pages of Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Sunday Aug 23: 108 pages of Legend by Marie Lu

Bout of Books 14 TBR

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It’s about that time, people. Bout of Books 14 starts Monday! I previously made a post stating my intention to participate, and now I’m gonna type out my TBR for this coming week. The dates of this readathon are perfect. 8/17 is the middle of my vacation. I’m going to Niagara Falls and since the internet in my hotel is gonna suck, guess what I’m gonna be doing in the evening instead of socializing like a normal person. You guessed it – being forced to socialize as I sigh repeatedly about being interrupted over and over again while passive aggressively holding my book up in front of my face.

Just kidding, I’ll willingly talk sometimes.

And 8/23 is the Sunday before my classes start again for the fall semester. So what better way to begin that then staying up all night the evening before, trying to finish the last book on my TBR?

It sounds like I’m complaining about both these dates, but if you know me, you know I’m not. I’m really looking forward to this! :”D

So my TBR for this week will be as follows:Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This is my fifth Libba Bray book, and the humor in this one I know for most people is gonna be hit-or-miss. For me personally, I love it. I’m about 80 pages in already and each page I find myself sighing and shaking my head or laughing or talking to the book like it’s being a silly child. It’s so great, I love it :”D Don’t judge the book by its cover on this one, for sure.

Legend by Marie LuLegend (Legend, #1)
And this on the other hand will be my first Marie Lu book. I’ve heard rather good things about this book, but not too much of it (I think I came to the book community after the fad from this book had passed) so I don’t think it’s been over-hyped for me, which I’m thankful for. And the best part is, other than it being a dystopian of somekind, I know absolutely nothing about it. I’m looking forward to this book!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I. Am. So. Excited. For. This. Book.

I’m chewing at my bits waiting to get at it. I put it purposely last on my TBR to encourage A Monster Callsme to actually read the other two books. I cannot wait to start this one. I love Patrick Ness and when I initially flipped through this book, I fell in love with the art. And I read the first line of the book and just… buh it pulled me in. It called to me. It said, ‘EMILY IGNORE THOSE OTHER BOOKS READ ME READ MEEEEEE’. So I really want to get to this book and it’s only by sheer will-power I’m going to wait until last to read it. I’m going to purposely leave it home from my vacation so I won’t be tempted there. Wish me luck!

Are you participating in the readathon? :”D

Bout of Books 14 – Participation Announcement

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Stating this now so I don’t forget because I’m silly. I’m participating in the Bout of Books 14 readathon! My TBR for this will be announced closer to the start date. If you’d like more info about this readathon, check out their blurb:

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 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

During the readathon, I’ll be posting here and doing updated through twitter (@embuhleeliest)

My goals for the readathon are:

– Read at least 100 pages every day
– Finish at least 3 books
– Participate in at least half of the challenges

So that’s all for now! Hope to see you join!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books of the Year So Far

So, take a minute and think about how 2015 is already half way through. Now tell me with a straight face that you’re not getting old, that you’re totally okay with the fact that Monsters Inc came out 14 years ago, that The Lion King came out 21 years ago. Were you even alive for the debut of Lion King? Don’t tell me if you weren’t, because then I’ll feel extra old. 😦

Anyway, that aside, it’s halfway through 2015 and this week’s Top 5 Topic is Favorite books of the year to date. So far this year, including manga and graphic novels, I have read 48 things, which is WAY WAY MORE than I read last year total (31 books). Honestly I think starting this blog has helped me keep up my reading pace. I get so excited to talk about the books with anyone who will listen that I guess I’m reading faster and more often to do it! 🙂

Anyway, my top 5 favorite books that I have read so far this year:

5. Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro WatsukiI’ve written a review on this series and I’ll say right now that if you haven’t read the original Rurouni Kenshin series, don’t start with this one. This series is a sort of ‘alternate events’ version of the story and is very shortened. The reason I love it so much is because it was seeing my favorite characters again and experiencing different events with them. That being said, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend the original. It and this series is a historical fiction set in Meiji Era Japan and center around Kenshin, who after being a manslayer during the revolution, has sworn off killing and is trying to make his way in the new era, despite those unwilling to forget his reputation. This is a series that has high action, comedy, adventure, and a tiiinge of romance of you squint. It’s super good.

4. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)I was very late to the bandwagon for this series. Honestly it was because I was intimidated by the sheer size of the books. I had originally attempted to read this is 2012 and got distracted by another book. And then I was afraid that I wouldn’t remember what was happening if I picked it back up, but at the same time I didn’t want all my effort to be erased by starting over… so I just kept not reading it and leaving the bookmark where it was. Good logic, I know 😛

Though when a friend gifted me a copy of all the audiobooks, I decided to listen to it instead from the beginning. The narrator was very good, aside from doing terrible voices for women (haha), and he kept me entertained. I listened while I cooked and drove and cleaned. I got through it after about a semester of classes and immediately went to buy the second book (which I’m reading right now, about 300 pages in)

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThis is another book I was late to the bandwagon to (by years and years and years). Though I feel like if I would have read it when I was younger, I wouldn’t have appreciate the humor as much, so I’m glad I waited. The writing in this book is wry and sharp-witted and oh my gosh, Marvin the depressed robot is hysterical. Go read this book because of Marvin.

This book I read out loud with my SO and I feel that enhanced the experience. We both made different voices for different characters and just had a ball with it. We’re currently on the third book, Life, The Universe and Everything, which I feel is also pretty damn good. Where else are you gonna read about a group of people chasing a run-away couch across a field in pre-historic Earth?

2, 1. The Ask and the Answer and Monster of Men by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessMonsters of Men by Patrick NessI put these two together as I don’t feel I can separate them. These are books two and three of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and my goodness, this has to be one of my favorite series of all time. I’ve written an individual review for book two and a series review for the whole thing when I finished book three. I don’t even know how to put these books into words man. I have never, while reading a series, been so emotionally compromised. Holy cow. Go. Read. Shoo.

Ta da 😀 All done