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Bout of Books 8.0: Goals

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books is on again! It starts this coming Monday and there’s still plenty of time to sign up.

Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon:

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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books team

This time will be the revenge of the sequels for me – almost every book on the list is a sequel or prequel! I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress.

Make sure you visit the official blog to see all the events that will be going on around the blogs and on Twitter this week!

My Goals

  • Comment on some participating blogs. I say this every time but it’s the most important part of the read-a-thon! Apart from the reading, that is.
  • Spend at least two hours each day reading.

 

Book list

Realistically there’s no way I’m going to get through all of these books, but it’s nice to have a bit of a selection listed so I can see what I feel like next!

 

Updates

19th
Today’s progress: The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon – page 380-480 (end). The Assassin and the Underworld, Sarah J Maas – first 69% (about 70 pages)
Total pages so far: 170
Comments: I didn’t quite get to finish The Bone Season over the weekend so I polished it off today – such an awesome book! I do recommend it to fans of YA dystopia, even though this isn’t being released as a YA book.

I picked up the third and fourth Throne of Glass novellas last week and am so enjoying being back with Celaena, even if it is before all the events of Throne of Glass 🙂

20th
Today’s progress: The Assassin and the Underworld, Sarah J Maas – 69% to end (about 30 pages), The Assassin and the Empire, Sarah J Maas – all (about 94 pages)
Total pages so far: 294
Comments: It was all Throne of Glass novella today! I quite enjoyed The Assassin and the Underworld, but the Assassin and Empire didn’t quite catch my fancy. I’m not sure if it was because I knew it would end tragically before I started, but it just didn’t grab me and I felt a bit like it should have been put onto the end of the previous novella and condensed somewhat.

Not a huge reading day today but hopefully I can make up for it tomorrow!

21st
Today’s progress: Siege and Storm (Grisha #2), Leigh Bardugo – page 1 to 148
Total pages so far: 442
Comments: I was hoping for more opportunities to read today. Sadly, other people filled up my schedule and I really didn’t get much time at all, apart from when my lil boy was going to sleep. I was happy to get stuck into Siege and Storm and back with Alina and Mal. Wow, action from page 1!

22nd
Today’s progress: Siege and Storm (Grisha #2), Leigh Bardugo – page 148 to 259
Total pages so far: 553
Comments: Once again, not a day with a lot of reading opportunities. It doesn’t help that I’ve been spending my spare evenings this week on a secret blogging project… but stay tuned for more about that 😉

23rd
Today’s progress: Siege and Storm (Grisha #2), Leigh Bardugo – page 148 to 381 (end)
Total pages so far: 786
Comments: The end of Siege and Storm was soooo good, I made sure I sat down and read the end of this tonight before going to bed! Great stuff 🙂

24th
Today’s progress: Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2), Jay Kristoff – pages 1 to 92
Total pages so far: 874
Comments: I never have much luck with reading on Saturdays. I’ve barely started Kinslayer though, and I already love it – I’d forgotten how much I love Jay Kristoff’s writing style. I don’t want to take long to read this one, but let’s see how tomorrow pans out.

25th
Today’s progress: Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2), Jay Kristoff – pages 93 to 164
Total pages so far: 945
Comments: I am completely loving Kinslayer! I was so sad that I didn’t get a chance to read it much today, and I would have tonight, but being Sunday I had a raid to go to (yes, I’m still playing Wow). I always read more on work days so it won’t take me much longer 😉

In total, a pretty average week for me in terms of reading volume. I found some lovely new blogs which is why I still love to join in with these events even if I can’t devote a lot of time to reading. I hope everyone had a great week!

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 4.0: Goals

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I’d like to take a brief break in my Aussie Fantasy month to let you know that the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is on over the next few days, from July 8 to 10!

The read-a-thon is hosted by Angela & Loretta at Reading Angels, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and Lori at Pure Imagination. You can find out more information and sign up at Pure Imagination, and keep track of twitter happenings by following @OUReadathon!

I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress. All the books on my reading list are part of my Discover Aussie Fantasy feature this month, so if you’re interested in them, check back soon to see my review!

Reading list

 

Updates

8th
Today’s progress: Long Lost Song, Stephen C. Ormsby – pages 36 to 123 (large format)
Total pages so far: 87
Comments: An interesting read so far! As a self-pubbed work it does have some typographic errors, but on the whole a very well-put-together story and building up to something very exciting.

A usual Monday for me today for most of the day, until the evening when my computer decided that booting Windows wasn’t worth the effort. More reading time for tonight, but I think I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow night now… :-/

9th
Today’s progress: Long Lost Song, Stephen C. Ormsby – pages 124 to 242 (end)
Total pages so far: 205
Comments: My copy of Long Lost Song is a large-format paperback, so even though there aren’t many pages, they have a lot of words! I really quite enjoyed it – a great end-of-days type story.

10th
Today’s progress: Aurora: Darwin, Amanda Bridgeman – first 6%. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling – pages 180-230
Total pages so far: 287
Comments: A proper sci-fi this time – Aurora: Darwin is very interesting at the start. A group of three women join the all-male crew of a space ship for a mysterious mission to a distant colony near Mars. Looking forward to getting stuck into this one properly! Didn’t get a lot of time to read today, except for when I was putting my little one to sleep – managed to fit a bit more Harry Potter in then 😉

In total, not a great three days’ worth of reading, but not too shabby. I hope everyone else enjoyed the read-a-thon 🙂

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon: Goals

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Okay so I totally had this on my calendar and everything, then I was home sick all last week and hardly touched my blog or calendar at all. But I am going to try to make up for lost time since I did actually read quite a bit over the weekend!

The Wicked Wildfire read-a-thon is hosted by April and Pabkins of My Shelf Confessions and runs from June 7-14. Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon:

The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

I’ll be attempting to update this post each day with my progress.

Make sure you visit My Shelf Confessions to see the challenges that will be going on around the blogs and on Twitter this week!

My Goals

  • Because I’ve started late, my only goal is to read more than I would have otherwise. No harm in aiming low, is there? 🙂

Book list

 

Updates

I’m starting late and can’t separate days over the weekend, so the first update is for:

7th – 10th
Today’s progress: Crown of Midnight, Sarah J Maas, pages 1-417 (end). The Scrivener’s Tale, Fiona McIntosh, pages 1-85. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling, pages 275-495
Total pages so far: 722
Comments: Not bad for a long weekend’s reading, eh? Actually my husband is away for a couple of weeks so I’m looking after my two-year-old on my own, so it is kind of an accomplishment to get that much read in between trying to keep him out of mischief!

Crown of Midnight arrived in the mail on Friday and I couldn’t help but start reading it right away. I couldn’t put it down but didn’t get a chance to finish it properly until Saturday night. Soooo swoony and fantastic! If you haven’t read Throne of Glass, get yourself a copy right now so you’re ready for this second one to be released in August!

I haven’t read much of The Scrivener’s Tale yet but it seems like a very complex world. I realise it is building on another existing series by Fiona McIntosh that I haven’t already read, but it seems quite compelling so I’ll stick with it.

I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series while putting my little one to sleep at night and since I’ve been on my own this week I’ve been getting through the Order of the Phoenix quite quickly. It’s been a long time since I saw this film and I couldn’t remember a lot of the details, so I’m really enjoying this re-read!

11th – 14th
Today’s progress: The Scrivener’s Tale, Fiona McIntosh, pages 85 – 210. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling, pages 495 – 766.
Total pages so far: 1288
Comments: Here’s another half-week’s worth of update. What on earth has this week been like? I did do two and a half day’s work this week, but had to go pick up my sick little boy on Thursday afternoon. I’m still sort of recovering from being sick myself during last week so looking after a sickly little one isn’t really a bucket of laughs. By the time he was asleep in the evenings I occasionally found the energy to play a bit of Wow, but otherwise, I crashed and didn’t read a thing. Note though, that I did finish off Harry Potter – perhaps an indication of how long I spent in the little one’s room waiting for him to fall asleep.

I’m having a lot of trouble getting into The Scrivener’s Tale. That makes me sad because this is a very complex and already well-developed world and I feel I should be giving it more love than it’s getting. I can’t help but feel that perhaps I should have picked up the Quickening series first before reading this one. I’ll press on, though.

On the whole, not my best read-a-thon week, even though I did get some reading done. Mr Ang is back from his field trip this weekend so things should more or less return to normal very shortly. But first, I will sleep. *collapse*

 

Bout of Books 7.0: Goals

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books is on again! It starts this coming Monday and there’s still plenty of time to sign up.

Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon:

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books team

This will be the fourth BoB I’ve participated in! I’ve really enjoyed it each time, especially all the twitter chat and discovering new blogs to read. I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress.

Make sure you visit the official blog to see all the events that will be going on around the blogs and on Twitter this week!

My Goals

  • Comment on some participating blogs. I say this every time but it’s the most important part of the read-a-thon! Apart from the reading, that is.
  • Read at least one book that has been on my shelf for a while, one review book and one library book.
  • Spend at least two hours each day reading.

Book list

 

Updates

13th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 1 – 65
Total pages so far: 65
Comments: I had such grand plans for reading tonight, but then the lil boy didn’t want to go to sleep, and when he finally did we had no choice but to watch the latest Game of Thrones episode 😉 Still, between reading on the train and on my lunchbreak, 65 pages isn’t too bad.

Locke Lamora is great so far – such beautiful descriptions of the city (feels a bit Venice-ish) and very exciting early on.

14th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 65 – 126, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – pages 300 – 370
Total pages so far: 196
Comments: Of course, the read-a-thon curse has decided to strike early this week. A mixture of busy-ness and feeling unwell has kept my totals low so far 🙁 On the upside, i got to the yule ball part of Goblet of Fire and couldn’t put it down long after my lil boy was asleep 🙂

15th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 126 – 196
Total pages so far: 266
Comments: The curse continues. Tonight was raid night (yes, I’m still a Wow player), so no reading to be done.

I am quite enjoying Locke Lamora though – I hope one of these days I can devote some time to finishing it! There are quite a lot of devious machinations going on so the pace is a little slower than I expected, but the descriptions, the snarky characters, even the food is amazing in this book. The story jumps back and forward in time which gets confusing from time to time (so to speak).

16th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 196 – 294, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – pages 370 – 405
Total pages so far: 399
Comments: After a reasonably good reading session at lunch and on the train, I was determined to get Locke Lamora finished tonight. Once the Sprout was asleep I snuggled up in bed early to read, and promptly fell asleep. Sigh.

17th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 294 – 371, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – pages 405 – 480
Total pages so far: 551
Comments: Just your usual Friday today. A bit here, a bit there. 

18th
Today’s progress: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch – page 371 – 530 (end), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – pages 480 – 583
Total pages so far: 813
Comments: Sat in the sunshine today and finished

19th
Today’s progress: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – pages 583-636 (end)
Total pages so far: 866
Comments: It was a very busy Sunday around here today, but I managed to squeeze in the last few chapters of Goblet of Fire. Wow, what an ending! I’d forgotten how raw it is 🙁

In all, it was a busy week for me and I didn’t get to get stuck into reading as much as I would have liked. 866 is a respectable total though, so I’m happy enough 🙂  I hope you had a good reading week!

 

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge – Goals

 

The Clean Sweep ARC Challenge runs between May 1 and 31. It’s hosted by Kimba and Kimberley, and allows us to clean up those ARCs that may have been sitting around for a while. There’s still time to sign up if you’re interested in joining in!

It’s definitely time for a little autumn cleaning around here – I am so far behind on my review books that some of them were published almost a year ago (*blush*).

Here are the review books I’ll be trying to read this month. Almost all of them are e-books:

Then there are these that I received from the authors for review after they were already released. I’m counting them as part of the challenge, since they’re review copies.

I think fourteen books is a high target – if I can get to ten I’ll be stoked.

Best of luck with your clean-up goals!

Random Read-a-thon: Goals

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It’s My Shelf Confessions’ blogaversary and they are having a mini-read-a-thon as part of the celebrations!

There are no rules, just reading for this read-a-thon! I’ve got a stack of books to get through at the moment so we’ll see how far I can get in a few days.

Make sure you visit My Shelf Confessions to see all the guest posts they’ve got planned for this week, as well as enter some amazing giveaways!

I’ll be posting updates on my progress on this post over the weekend.

Book list

If I can get through these three over one weekend, I’ll be so happy!

 

Updates

19th
Today’s progress: These Old Shades, Georgette Heyer – page 142-250
Total pages so far: 108
Comments: Had a busy day at work today so I didn’t get much time to read during the day, but did get a fair bit of time this evening. Loving the characters in this book!

20th
Today’s progress: These Old Shades, Georgette Heyer – page 250-347 (end). The Seers: New World Order, M.D. Kaczowski page 1-58, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling – page 80-156
Total pages so far: 339 (231 today)
Comments: I’m re-reading Harry Potter books while I sit waiting for my Sproutling to go to sleep in the evenings, so I’m gradually making my way through HP3! I finished These Old Shades today – what a romp! I’ve read a couple of Regency novels recently and I’m fascinated by the eccentric people in both French and English society! This was a bookclub read so we’ll be discussing it next week. Certainly a lot more exciting and amusing than some historical fics I’ve read!

21st
Today’s progress: None!
Total pages so far: 339
Comments: So, today I went to the Supanova Expo at the Gold Coast, and thus got absolutely no time to read *ashamed*. I’m now so worn out I’m going to crash, but I think 340 pages is pretty good for me over a  weekend!

 

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-thon: Goals

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It’s time for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon, except this time, it’s called the Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-thon! You can still sign up until Monday Februrary 11.

Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon:

The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress!

(From My Shelf Confessions WWReadathon page)

I’ve only just recovered from the last Read-a-thon I took part in, but I love these events so I thought I’d sign up anyway. There’s always plenty to read!

Make sure you visit My Shelf Confessions to see all the events that will be going on around the blogs and on Twitter this week!

Many of the books I’ve listed are library books that I need to get through to take back. I have a problem with that place, I can never come out with just one book!

Book list

 

Updates

7th
Today’s progress: The Cypher, 78% to end (53 pages). Scarlet, first 6% (28 pages)
Total pages so far: 81
Comments: I am at home looking after Mr Ang after his surgery, and my Sproutling as well. It’s a busy week, but I am finding a bit of time for reading here and there.

8th
Today’s progress: Scarlet, 6-50% (204 pages)
Total pages so far: 285
Comments: I really loved Cinder last year when I read it but because I borrowed it from the library, I couldn’t go back to refresh my memory of what happened! The start of Scarlet picks up right away with very little reminder – I recommend re-reading the end of Cinder before you start this one. Still, it’s difficult to put down 🙂

9th
Today’s progress: Scarlet, 50% to end (232 pages). The Eyre Affair, pages 1 to 12.
Total pages so far: 529
Comments: I’m not so sure about Scarlet‘s page count – I read the kindle version and it seemed a lot shorter than 464 pages! In any case, I loved it 🙂 Made a small start on The Eyre Affair for bookclub.

10th
Today’s progress: The Eyre Affair, pages 12 to 107.
Total pages so far: 624
Comments: Today was another day at home trying to convince him that going on the toilet is easy. Apparently, it’s not *slump* Anyway, The Eyre Affair is quite clever, but I’m not sure I really like Fforde’s style.

11th
Today’s progress: The Eyre Affair, pages 108 to 231.
Total pages so far: 747
Comments: Back to work for a rest, but not a whole lot of time to read. I’m enjoying The Eyre Affair a lot more now – it’s getting exciting! Must try to finish it tomorrow.

12th
Today’s progress: The Eyre Affair, pages 232 to end (141 pages). Star Wars: Scoundrels pages 1 to 28.
Total pages so far: 916
Comments: The end of The Eyre Affair was great! It kind of grew on me as I went along… I’ll be looking out for the second in this series sooner or later I think. Made a start on the Star Wars book!

13th
Today’s progress: Star Wars: Scoundrels pages 29 to 98 (69 pages).
Total pages so far: 985
Comments: Work sprung a surprise BBQ lunch on us today so no lunchtime reading, but I got a little done on the train each way. Not the most successful end to the week but 985 pages ain’t bad!

 

Bout of Books 6.0: Wrap-up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books 6.0 is over! How did you go with your goals?

Once again a big well-done and thanks is due to the organisers of the event, Kelly and Amanda. Sit down and put your feet up, ladies (and read a book?)!

I surprised myself this time around by getting much more time to read than I thought would be possible. I got through five books, plus a novella – a grand total of 1763 pages! My full list of goals and daily updates are over at my goals post, if you’re interested.

I didn’t get much of a chance to twitter this time, but I did visit quite a few new (to me) blogs. I love how many people get right into the read-a-thon spirit! Thanks to everyone who visited and left messages over the last week!

And now, I have a mountain of reviews to get through. Look out for reviews of these books coming very soon!

Books I read

 

Under the Never Sky roarandliv throughevernight
lastdragonslayer graceling The Gathering Dark

So… when’s the next one? 😀

Bout of Books 6.0: Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books is on again! It starts this coming Monday and there’s still plenty of time to sign up.

Here’s a bit of info about the read-a-thon:

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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

This will be the third BoB I’ve participated in and this time, I’m really looking forward to reading some books that have been on my pile for a while. I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress.

Make sure you visit the official blog to see all the events that will be going on around the blogs and on Twitter this week!

My Goals

  • Comment on some participating blogs. I say this every time but it’s the most important part of the read-a-thon! Apart from the reading, that is.
  • Read at least one book that has been on my shelf for a while, one review book and one library book. The list below is just a list – I have no intention of getting through all of them, a few of them are over 600 pages!
  • Spend at least two hours each day reading.

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Book list

Add-ins

 

Updates

7th
Today’s progress: Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi – page 60 to 376 (end).
Total pages so far: 316.
Comments: I certainly had trouble putting this book down, so.. I didn’t 🙂 I read for about 4 or 5 hours today, at lunch, on the train and at home after my Sproutling was asleep. Theoretically I cheated slightly by starting this book last night 😉 Awesome stuff!

8th
Today’s progress: Graceling, Kristin Cashore – pages 1 to 201.
Total pages so far: 517
Comments: I had a bit less time for reading today but still managed to fit in 3 hours or so. I was so looking forward to reading Graceling since so many people have recommended it to me, but so far, I’m not loving it. The romance is quite swoony though, and hopefully the action picks up in the second half.

9th
Today’s progress: Graceling, Kristin Cashore – pages 201 to 352 (end). Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) – 64 pages
Total pages so far: 732
Comments: I actually finished Graceling on my way home from work today, so I gave myself a night off. It didn’t work though – I couldn’t stay away from the Under the Never Sky novella and finished the whole thing. I love Roar, Perry and Liv! I’d love to start the second book tomorrow but I think I’ll have to write a review for UtNS first, otherwise I’ll get mixed up!

10th
Today’s progress: The Last Dragonslayer, Jasper Fford – pages 1 to 119
Total pages so far: 843
Comments: Only managed to spend a couple of hours reading in total today. Also, The Last Dragonslayer hasn’t grabbed me – it’s a bit Harry Potter wizarding world, but also rather silly and not always in a good way. Hopefully it’ll pick up soon.

11th
Today’s progress: The Last Dragonslayer, Jasper Fford – pages 120 to 281 (end). Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), Veronica Rossi pages 1 to 60.
Total pages so far: 1064
Comments: The Last Dragonslayer… just didn’t do it for me. The story did get much more exciting as it went on, the characters were just a little flat. I got stuck straight into TtEN once I was finished – nice to be back with Perry and Aria and Roar 🙂

Getting a little reading burn out, but hopefully reading something I can’t put down will fix that!

12th
Today’s progress: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), Veronica Rossi pages 61 to 352 (end). The Gathering Dark, Leigh Bardugo 308 pages (end).
Total pages so far: 1663
Comments: Well, I fixed my burnout by getting through the rest of Through the Ever Night, then got stuck into The Gathering Dark so much that I finished the whole book. Fantastic stuff! I didn’t think I’d get much of a chance to read this weekend but it’s been an absolutely stinking hot one here so we’ve been bumming around at home in the air-con and trying not to move much!

13th
Today’s progress: Besieged, Rowena Cory Daniells – pages 1 to 90.
Total pages so far: 1753
Comments: I had a bit of a lighter reading day today but my little boy wouldn’t let me leave the room when he was going to sleep tonight so I got into this book. It’s a little different to read some epic fantasy after such a lot of YA – and quite telling when the first chapter is a bit harsh on my soft sensibilities. Harden up, Ang!

Overall I can’t believe how much I’ve managed to read this week! A true read-a-thon week for me! And now, I need a break!

Bout of Books 5.0: Goals

The Bout of Books Read-a-thon 5.0 is about to start on Monday the 13th! If you’re interested in taking part 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.

Here’s a bit of info about the event:

“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 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 5.0 team”

Even though I’m taking part in the Review Copy Cleanup this month, read-a-thons give a bit more of that much needed motivation! Plus, all the encouragement and general shenanigans on twitter is great fun too.

I’ll be updating this post each day with my progress.

Goals

  • This time I’m aiming for four books, plus the audiobook I’m partway through. Anything after that is a bonus!
  • I’m planning to visit and comment on as many blogs as I can!

Books To Be Read

Extras (if I get to them)

 

Updates

13th
Today’s progress: The White Thread, K.B. Hoyle – 26% to 81% (about 220 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: None yet!
Comments: I’m really enjoying The White Thread, but not quite as much as the earlier books I’m afraid. I wanted to finish it tonight but didn’t quite make it.

14th
Today’s progress: Finished The White Thread, K.B. Hoyle – 81-100% (about 75 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: As usual, the read-a-thon curse has struck and I suddenly have no time to read *aaarrrgh* At least I got this book finished like I wanted to. Was great, but might be suffering slightly from mid-series-itis.

15th
Today’s progress: Seraphina, Rachel Hartman – first 20% (about 65 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: Today was a public holiday in Brisbane for the Ekka. You might think this means I had more time to read. You would be wrong. Actually this was partly self-inflicted as once I got the Sproutling down for his nap I decided to do some housework (I know, what the hell is wrong with me?) and got about 1/2 hour to make a start on Seraphina before the Sprout woke up again. I am going to have to sit down and read this book in one go, I can see that now… what a fabulous world and premise!

16th
Today’s progress: Seraphina, Rachel Hartman – 20 – 45% (about 80 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: The Curse struck again today – very little time to read 🙁

17th
Today’s progress: Seraphina, Rachel Hartman – 45 – 78% (about 105 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: I really wanted to finish Seraphina today but I actually stayed home to babysit the Sproutling while Mr Ang had the flu. By the time I had time to read in the evening, it was a bit too late to get all the way to the end. So awesome though!

18th
Today’s progress: Finished Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (about 70 pages). Started India Black, Carol K Carr (34 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Comments: I loved Seraphina! What a gorgeous world, amazingly detailed characters and even though the story was a little slow to start with, it ended with a bang. Plus, it has dragons, music and a swoony romance – how the hell was I ever not going to love this book to pieces? 😀

I was reminded tonight that we have a book club meeting coming up next week and I hadn’t started India Black yet, so I got stuck into it!

19th
Today’s progress: India Black, Carol K Carr (85 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Comments: Sunday today and I had a sick little Sproutling who didn’t want to sleep and wanted to be attached to mummy all day. Still, I enjoyed a bit of the rather raunchier-than-expected India Black tonight!

Wrapping up…

This Bout of Books wasn’t quite as successful as the last one I took part in – only two books finished and another halfway through. In my defence, I did have a rather unexpectedly busy week. I took part in one twitter chat and surfed around a few blogs too, and I read around 730 pages. That’s less than half of my total for BoB 4, but I have excuses!

I hope you had a fun week and best of luck catching up on your reviews now!

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