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Monday 29 April 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books

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 is the second time I'm participating in Bout of Books (#BoB) and I'm so excited as I didn't do real well in the last one, so I'm hoping to redeem myself, which is also perfect timing as I've got a gazillion books to get through!

To sign up, do a sign up post like this one include the official blurb (block quoted above) and the event banner/button, these are both available in the Bout-of-Books official website, and link your post here. Link your Goal post here. Daily, check out the Bout of Books official website for new linkys where you can add your update posts. Your Sign Up, Goal and Update posts can all be the same post (like I've done) just add the same link daily. For more info check out the FAQ page which is very detailed and very helpful, it also gives you contacts if you have any questions that weren't answered on the website.

Bout of Books 7.0 Schedule 


Challenges I Participated In

Mon, 5/13: Book Spine Poetry hosted by Escape Through the Pages 
Tues, 5/14: Book to Music hosted by Medusa's Library 
                  Alternate Titles hosted by The Book Barbies 
Wed, 5/15: Create a Cover hosted by I Talk Books! 
Thurs, 5/16: Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog 
                    Personify a Book hosted by Kimberly Erskine 
Fri, 5/17: Resummarize a Cover hosted by Queen Ella Bee Reads 
Sat, 5/18: Book Spine Poetry hosted by Smash Attack Reads! 
Sun, 5/19: If You Like...Then You'll Enjoy... hosted by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd 

Twitter Chats 

(chats last approximately one hour) 
TZC = Time Zone Conversion 
Participated in these chats

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)


Read for at least 4 hours/day OR 150 pages/day
I completed this but one day, Thursday when I only read 71 pages. However, the other days I either read 4hrs worth which is approximately 120 pages for my reading pace or I read over 150 pages. I was a lot closer than I realised to my goal, I actually thought I failed miserably after seeing all the >150 but when I worked out my pace which I timed several times through the read-a-thon it seems I wasn't far off.

Participate in at least 4 challenges
I participated in exactly 4 challenges, check out the Challenge section below where my challenge replies are.

Participate in at least 1 Twitter chat
I participated in 1.5 Twitter chat, the first one which was very overwhelming for me, I just couldn't keep up with the Tweets, and the second one I participated in the last half hour.

Visit & Comment on at least 50 blogs
I wish I had continued to count but when I had done at least 50 I just stopped counting, it was hard to also count because I'd visit some blogs that I already had visited and commented on, on different days, but those blogs I counted as one visit only.

Book List

These are the books I'm choosing from, I probably won't get through all of these books, and it is subject to change if I'm not feeling any of it:-

I'd like to also finish the following:-


Book Spine Poetry by Escape Through The Pages

The Last Sacrifice Marked with Blood Promise,
created for Destined, Chosen Ones…the Misguided Angels.
Fallen from the City of Lost Souls.
Revelation from the Prophecy of the Sisters

Alternate Titles by The Book Barbies 

My New Title ~ Secrets at the Masquerade 

Acrostic Poem by Harley Bear Book Blog

I did mine on Dualed by Elsie Chapman…pic to come shortly.

Unexplained World
Altruistic Character
Live or be Killed

If You Like…Then You'll Enjoy… by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd

For this challenge, Snarky Bird is asking that we recommend books. I do a lot of book blog tours and many of these books aren't very well-known but are absolutely fantastic so I'm going to concentrate my recommendations on lesser known books.

If You Like ~ Recommendation

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood ~ Residue by Laury Falter
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ~ I Am Alive by Cameron Jace
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (or any fairytale retellings) ~ Blood & Snow by Rashelle Workman
Harry Potter ~ The Templar Chronicles by Jeff Gunhus
Vampire Academy Series ~ Chronicles of Kerrigan by WJ May


Monday 13th May 

Book/s Read ~ Venom by Fiona Paul (20 pages) & Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown (100 pages)
Total Pages Read ~ 120
Challenge ~  Book Spine Poetry hosted by Escape Through the Pages
Notes ~ Finished Venom by Fiona Paul, but I only had 20 pages to go. Started Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown as I'm part of the blog tour. I've visited some blogs and commented on people's goal posts.

I also participated in the first Twitter chat! Oh my, it gave me a headache, I just couldn't keep up! I used the Twitter app and even though I paused, and changed the refresh to every 1 minute I still couldn't read the Tweets fast enough!!! I was thrilled to have been able to participate though.

Tuesday 14th May

Book/s Read ~ Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown (73 pages)
Pages Read ~ 73
Total Pages Read ~ 193
Total of Finished Book/s ~ 1
Challenge ~ Alternate Titles hosted by The Book Barbies
Notes ~ Did very poorly today :( I really should change my goal to 50 pages/day but that may not challenge me enough. I've visited several Bout of Books participants and commented, so lets see if I get close to my 50 blog visits.

Wednesday 15th May

Book/s Read ~ Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown (77 pages) Cinder by Marissa Meyer (43 pages)
Pages Read ~ 120
Total Pages Read ~ 313
Running Total of Finished Book/s ~ 3
Notes ~ Finished Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown, just in time for my blog tour tomorrow. I also finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer, but I only had six chapters of that to go. I also participated in half an hour of today's Twitter chat, didn't set my alarm and only remembered when it was already half way in. I've already crossed off 2 out of my 4 goals.

Thursday 16th May

Book/s Read ~ The Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan (71 pages)
Pages Read ~ 71
Total Pages Read ~ 384
Running Total of Finished Book/s ~ 3
Challenge ~ Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog

Friday 17th May

Book/s Read ~ Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington (174 pages)
Page/s Read ~ 174
Total Pages Read ~ 558
Running Total of Finished Book/s ~ 3
Notes ~

Saturday 18th May

Book/s Read ~ Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington (153 pages)
Pages Read ~ 153
Total Pages Read ~ 711
Running Total of Finished Book/s ~ 4
Notes ~ Absolutely loved Between The Lives, this is the second book EVER that I've cried about. This is definitely one of those life-changing, always keep books! My review will be posted this Friday the 24th as part of blog tour.

Sunday 19th May

Book/s Read ~ Prophecy Girl by Cecily White (72 pages) & The Heiresses by Allison Rushby (48 pages)
Pages Read ~ 120
Total Pages Read ~ 831
Running Total of Finished Book/s ~ 4
Challenge ~ If You Like…Then You'll Enjoy by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd
Notes ~ I missed out on the last few days Challenges due to the time difference, so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to make that goal, but so glad I was able to complete the last #BOB challenge, which allowed me to tick of my challenge goal.


Final Summary 

Total No of Pages Read = 831
Total No of Books Finished = 3
Challenges Completed = 4 check out the Challenge section above for my Challenge responses
Twitter Chats = 1.5

I finished the following books:-

Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington - Review on Friday 24th for tour
Darkness of Lighy by Stacey Marie Brown - Review
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Venom by Fiona Paul

I read the following books but still reading:- 

The Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan
Prophecy Girl by Cecily White
The Heiresses by Allison Rushby


Unknown said...

I can't wait for this read-a-thon!!

Ellie said...

I have so many books to get through too, here's hoping the read-a-thon can help us kill our TBR piles! :) xxx

Danielle Annett said...

Just joined in too! This will be my 1st but it sounds like loads of fun!
New follower and I grabbed ur button :) bc its so cute lol

Milka said...

I can't wait for this one!
And I must say your blog is simply beautiful! :)

shaunesay said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your blog design it's very pretty! The Twitter chats do get hectic but are a lot of fun, I hope I can make one too, darn day job! Those are all new titles to me, I will have to look into them, love the Venom cover! Good luck this week and enjoy your reading!

Jasprit said...

I love your Book Spine Poem Angelica! You've used so many great books! Good luck with keeping on top of your goals! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for you support on the BoB challenge. :) You're doing a great job and keeping such detailed records of what you've done. :)

Samantha Stewart said...

I love your new name for Venom! It makes me want to pick it up and read it even more now!
Good luck with the readathon, I hope you get to complete your goals :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by! I am not too bummed about not enjoying a book. A couple of years ago I gave myself permission to not finish books (I used to slog through books I hated just for the sake of saying I finished) and it feels great! If You Find Me has gotten wonderful reviews and I am sure many will continue to love it. It just wasn't for me. As for audio books, yes, my mind wanders occasionally, but it doesn't tend to be a problem. I can only listen if I am doing something else-walking the dog, driving, doing house or yard work. Sitting still is for reading with the eyes! Finally, I really enjoyed The Rules for Disappearing-it's a quick read! Perfect for a readathon. Phew, my novel is over, keep up the good work and have fun!

Aleksandra said...

You're doing great :)

I haven't read Venom, but I love your alternate title :) I also love your poem.

Happy reading!

Camila said...

Oh, it's my first read-a-thon ever, and I'm kind of going crazy. Like, now I realize I should have prepared some stuff beforehand, and many other things. But it's ok, fun so far. I got lost in reading and I only got to participate in the last 10 minutes of the Twitter chat last Monday, but it was crazy! I could refresh fast enough!
Anyway, thanks for passing by. I hope you a happy reading :)

Stephanie said...

The Rules of Disappearing is one I've been excited about, I hope you get around to it! Good luck with the rest of the week!

Unknown said...

Good luck with the challenge! And do let me know how you like Prophecy Girl, I'm curious about that title.

April (BooksandWine) said...

77 pages? THAT is great! I bet you'll totally rock out Bout Of Books. <3

Celine said...

Hope you enjoyed Cinder! It's one of my favourite books (:

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your goals (and don't get discouraged if you don't reach your daily goal on some days)

Ellie said...

Popping in to cheer you on in turn! I like your alternate title - I'm a sucker for anything masquerade so getting it in the title would be a definite winner for me. Anyway, you are ROCKING this thing so far - hope you have a fantastic rest of the week and keep up the rampant reading and happy challenging! :)

@MelissaJoLynn_ said...

Love your acrostic poem! Live or be killed sounds intriguing. I gotta read that one of these days. Thanks for participating!
-Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

Victoria Hooper said...

You're doing so well with your goals and the mini-challenges, well done! Love your two poems. :-D Hehe, the twitter chat was overwhelming wasn't it? Fun though! Hope you have a fun reading day tomorrow and keep enjoying the read-a-thon! :-)

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

You've done great!! I loved your mini challenges.

Anonymous said...

Great spine poem, and I really love your alternate title for Venom! Your DUALED acrostic poem intrigues me (I've actually never heard of hte book, so now I'm curious), and you have some great titles in your If You Like Recommendation lists. Glad to see all these challenge entries!

I'm really impressed how you've managed to participate in all of these things, including chats, AND stay on top of your reading! Good luck on your final day!

Lisa Pottgen said...

Your book spine poem was awesome. I sadly didn't do as many challenges as I would have liked, but I have camera issues, so I wasnt able to do anything that required photos! Congrats on meeting goals. See you next time!

Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader

Laura said...

Hey there! I love your selection of books- really wanted to read Venom, too -and for the longest time :) Also, congrats on sticking to your goals! 150 pages a day is a LOT (for me, at least).

Abbi Hart said...

Nice job!

Victoria Hooper said...

Woo, you did great on the read-a-thon! :-D

Anonymous said...

The Twitter chats are SUPER crazy. At the beginning it's hard not to have the silly idea that you can read EVERY. SINGLE. TWEET. When I realized I couldn't the whole thing got a lot easier. Still super fast-paced, though. Haha.

Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings said...

Nice job on the challenges! I completely failed at them this time around :(


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