Bout of Books 26 – Day 1

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Day 1 of Bout of Books is here! I’m so excited for this week of reading. I started preparing yesterday by making sure my two reading spots were clean and ready to go for reading time after work today. As I was doing so, I became curious about how other people like to read, if they have a special place in their home or if they prefer reading outside or in a coffee shop or library. So since my two spots were freshly tidied I thought I would share the two spots in my house that I do the majority of my reading.

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The first spot is in my home library. I love to cozy up in this chair with a candle, a book, and a kitty or two. Nika looks like she is also excited for some quality reading time this week! In the cart next to my chair I have my candle and TBR all set to go. It’s a loose TBR so if I end up not feeling like reading any of those books during the week, I’m going to choose something new from my shelves. The one exception is my re-read of Nevernight. That will continue 100%. I will have a close-up of the TBR stack a little farther down in this post.

The second spot is in the living room. These couches are so comfortable and so are the pillows, especially the buffalo plaid ones. I also have a candle ready for this spot and my iPad to do some Goodreads updates. I anticipate spending most of the reading week down in my library but wanted to have this spot ready to go if I needed a little change.

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Here is what I have for my loose TBR. I’m already in the middle of Nevernight re-read so I want to finish that one up before I choose any other book to read. I will be reading The Outsider as a buddy read with my friend Laura so this one will be probably read in small chunks. I wanted to read at least one graphic novel over the week so I chose two for my TBR to have some options.

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Monstress: Awakening
  • Marvel’s 1602

Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself in 6 words so here goes…

Sassenach, introvert, Ravenclaw, goofy, animal lover.


Where do you like to read? How would you introduce yourself in 6 words? What are you reading this week?

Bout of Books 26 Sign-Up!

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Next week is Bout of Books time again! This is my favorite readathon. I love being able to have an excuse to read all week long. The last round I only participated unofficially because I had been battling a reading slump but I’m 100% back in the reading game so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you haven’t participated or heard about Bout of Books and are wondering about it… check out this info from the Bout of Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. 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. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This round I’m only setting two goals for myself just to keep things a little more flexible. I want to read as much as I can but I know that things tend to come up so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment lol. I don’t really have a TBR set at this point. Me being a mood reader I probably won’t make one at all or I will wait until day one of the readathon to post one.

Bout of Books 26 Goals:

  • Read at least one novel and one graphic novel.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every night in addition to my lunch hour at work.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

Bout of Books 24 Sign-Up

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It’s Bout of Books time again! I love participating in this readathon. It is so low pressure and since it is a week long I feel like I have plenty of time to read without pushing myself to extremes. If you’re new to Bout of Books, check out the official blurb below…

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. 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. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

They host a week long readathon several times a year and I try to participate as best I can every time. Some rounds are better than others. I’ve really been in a reading mood lately so this round is hitting at the perfect time. I normally try to put a TBR together but lately my moods have been changing so much that I’m going to keep it open. I am still going to give myself goals to reach though.

Bout of Books 24 Goals:

  • Read at least an hour every day.
  • Read at least 500 pages.
  • Finish at least one book.
  • Participate in at least 3 daily challenges.

Are you participating in this round?

 

Bout of Books 23 Wrap Up

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Well, it has been a busy few days for me so I’m a little late on posting this. I feel like I had a really successful Bout of Books week which made me really happy since I was coming out of a reading slump before that. I started my new job on Monday so I’ve been a little stressed out with all of the changes so I haven’t read much since Sunday night. I finished four books and I ended up starting two others. I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor but then I ended up getting my hubby to watch the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie so I REALLY wanted to read the sequel. I ended up deciding to just splurge on the Kindle edition since my boxed set still won’t be here for another week yet.

Day 7 Update:

Pages Read: 176

Total Pages Read: 1,286

Books Read From:

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (48 pages)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (128 pages)

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7

Did you participate in Bout of Books?

Bout of Books 23: Day 7

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Another successful day of reading under my belt. We spent most of the day working on some house projects. Our entryway chandelier was SUPER ugly – brass and glass. We had bought a new one to replace it months ago but finally got a ladder tall enough to switch it out. We have really high vaulted ceilings in the entryway and living room.  Our new one is awesome and works so well with the decor theme we’ve got going on. We also finally got up my new ceiling fan in my library room. The old one that was there when I was growing up died a long time ago and my parents never got around to putting up a new one, which I’m kind of glad about because then I got to pick out the one I wanted. So now I’ve got some air movement in my room which helps to make it feel less like a basement room. The rest of the day I spent in my library doing various things and trying to think of what I was in the mood to read next. I wasn’t really sure what I was in the mood for so I ended up grabbing the next graphic novel volume of Saga and reading the whole thing. It was good but in my opinion not as good as some of the previous volumes.

Today is the last day of the readathon so I’m hoping to get in some good reading today. Still not quite sure what I’m in the mood to read though so I’ll have to figure that out first. If I end up not figuring out what I want to read and end up just leaving my stats where they are, I’ll still be happy because I exceeded my unspoken goal of reading at least 1,000 pages and I finished 4 books.

Day 6 Update:

Pages Read: 152

Total Pages Read: 1,110

Books Read From:

  • Saga vol. 7

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7