Bout of Books: Goals

Bout of Books: Goals

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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books Read-a-thon is about to start on Monday the 14th! If you’re interested in taking part I believe you can still sign up. Head over to the Bout of Books blog to see the schedule for the events planned for each day of the read-a-thon.

My to-read pile is in desperate need of some attention! I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress.


  • I average two books in a normal week, so I’m aiming for five books- anything after that is a bonus!
  • I need to get through the library books I borrowed recently.

Books To Be Read

Extras (if I get to them – the rest of the library books)



Yoshi helps to keep the Pile steady

Today’s progress: Started and got to 60% through Kingdom, Anderson O’Donnell
Total number of books I’ve read: None yet!
Comments: Wow, this is a very dark story… explicit, violent and really kind of depressing. I really hope it’s building up into something beautiful and profound, otherwise it might go in the bucket with American Gods – beautiful and witty writing but depressing as hell!

I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped today, but my in-laws stay with us on Monday nights after looking after the Sprout, so reading time is limited. The rest of the week should be better!

Today’s progress: The last 40% of Kingdom, Anderson O’Donnell, plus the first 5% of Birdie Down, Jim Graham.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: The end of Kingdom was great – very tense! My review will be part of a blog tour in June, so keep an eye out for that. It’s e-book only at the moment so I don’t have a page number count.

Today’s progress: 5 – 90% of Birdie Down, Jim Graham.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: Today was an odd day in that I was up with the Sprout at 3:30am. By the time he went back to sleep at 4:45 I didn’t think it was worth going back to sleep since my alarm is at 5:45 so I stayed up and read for a couple of hours before going to work. By the time I got home I was so shattered that I just putzed about on the computer for a bit before crashing! I did enjoy Birdie Down though. I’ll post a review soon, maybe tonight.

Today’s progress: Finished Birdie Down and the whole of Cinder!
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Comments: Today’s mammoth effort was entirely down to the fact that I couldn’t put Cinder down! I read some at lunchtime and on the train, but then I just got comfy in the evening and read the second two thirds of it. Fantastic!

Today’s progress: About 30% of Talisman of El, Alecia Stone
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Comments: It’s back to the Kindle today… I was at home on babysitting duty in the morning, then working in the afternoon – not much of a chance to read until tonight. It’s going to be a busy weekend – we’ll see how much reading time there is.

Today’s progress: The second 70% of Talisman of El, Alecia Stone, plus the very start of Across the Universe, Beth Revis
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Comments: I had a busy day today with my Sproutling, but I got a couple of hours reading done in the afternoon while he was napping, and the rest this evening. Talisman of El was quite an exciting read, but it didn’t flow as nicely as I would have liked. I think it might be all the mythology and history of Arcadia that had me a little confused.

Today’s progress: 119 pages of Across the Universe, Beth Revis (about 30%)
Total number of books I’ve read: 4.3
Comments: Despite my best intentions, I didn’t quite get to sit and finish Across the Universe tonight. I’m very pleased with the amount I read this week though!

I’ll have a wrap-up post up in the next day or so 🙂

34 thoughts on “Bout of Books: Goals

  1. Hannah says:

    Ooh I see Tigana in that pile! I really really really want to read his stuff, I’ve heard he’s amaaazing.

    Good luck with your goals! Hope you enjoy the week 😀
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  2. Leeanna says:

    Yoshi is so cute on top of the pile!

    Cinder is such a great read.

    I have a habit of going crazy at the library too, and what’s worse is I’m there everyday, so I don’t need to have 20 books out at a time, but I do anyway.
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  3. Best of luck with reading five books! That is my goal, too. 🙂
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  4. Karen says:

    A fellow library lover! I also want to read Across the Universe…I’ll get around to it someday. Good luck!
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  5. Kelsey says:

    I need to get my hands on Cinder and Across the Universe and read them at some point. Good luck reading 5!
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    • Angelya says:

      I was pretty surprised the library had them considering how new they are 🙂 Thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. Good luck with your goals. You’ve got a great list to choose from!
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  7. Ange says:

    Thats a huge pile!! Good luck with getting through as many as possible. Across the Universe is an awesome book and I can’t wait to read Cinder! Enjoy =)
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  8. Becky says:

    I want to read Cinder so bad!! GOOD LUCK =D
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  9. I’m a little bit haunted by a huge pile of library books too, although I’m only planning on getting to the one that’s been in my house a ridiculously long amount of time because I’m too excited about reading the end of The Hunger Games trilogy :-s

    I’m excited to see what you think of Cinder and Across the Universe – I’ve been meaning to get them for ages but just need something to really kick me to do it!

    Good luck! 🙂
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  10. I love your stackage! I hear Cinder is a great read! I know from personal experience that AtU and Delirium and Wither are wonderful! Good luck!

  11. Sarah E. says:

    Lots of great books in that pile 🙂 Good luck with your goals!

    I love the Yoshi – I have one that my 4 year old has pretty much laid claim to. She carries it with her everywhere!

  12. Great progress so far! Enjoy the rest of the week!
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  13. […] Day 2 of the Bout of Books is over (for most of the world, anyway). How are you progressing with your goals? My updates for the last couple of days are on my original goals post. […]

  14. Awesome progress! Hope you are having as much fun as i am …love read-a-thons!
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  15. Aneeqah says:

    You’re doing fantastic so far!! I would hate to have to wake up that early though, I think waking up at 6:45 every morning is hard enough as it is. I really liked Cinder alot, so I hope you enjoy that one! It’s really addicting, so it’s perfect for a readathon.

    Good luck, and keep on reading! You’re doing great. =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life
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    • Angelya says:

      Thanks! Yeah it’s awful to have to get up so early, but if I go to work early I get to come home early and play with my lil boy before bedtime!

      Cinder looks great from the first chapter 😉

  16. Well, finishing Cinder in one day is a good enough recommendation for me! Good luck with the rest of your reading!
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  17. […] Cinder is loosely based on the fairytale of Cinderella, so I was expecting to enjoy this book before I started. And enjoy it, I did! The fast-paced story drew me in completely and I read the whole thing in one day as part of the Bout of Books. […]

  18. sinde says:

    you are doing great! I hope this weekend you are able to meet your reading goal. new follower by linky.

  19. Sarah E. says:

    You’ve done really well this week!! 🙂

  20. […] really enjoyed the Bout of Books read-a-thon so I had to sign up for this one as well. My goals this time are pretty similar – get through […]

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