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Monday, January 7, 2013

My First Bout of Books Read-a-Thon!


Bout of Books 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

My goals for the read-a-thon are as follows:
  • Read at least 200 pages a day. I can't really set a book/day goal because of the varying lengths of my choices.
  • Watch a maximum of 1 hour of television a day.
  • Read at least two hardcopies from my TBR shelf instead of cozying up to my Kindle the entire week.
I'm going to list ten possible books to read this week because I want options, but I'm only aiming to read around five. These are my choices:


1. The Innocent Mage

2. The Midnight Mayor
 

3. A Game of Thrones
 
 
4. The Hunchback Assignments
 

5. The Blade Itself
 

6. The Way of Shadows
 
 
7. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
 
 
8. Assassin's Apprentice
 

9. The Name of the Wind
 

10. Lord Foul's Bane
 

 
Happy reading!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School Read-a-Thon: Day 1 Updates

Back to School Read-a-Thon

Updates:
Static by Tawny Stokes (5 zombies!!)
  • Started reading at noon-ish.
  • Currently 4% into the book (Kindle copy).
  •  50% at 2-ish. This book is kind of awesome.
  • 75% at 3:39pm. I'm so in love. I don't want this book to end, except that I'm doing a read-a-thon, so at the same time, I can't wait for it to end. That didn't make sense. 
  • Finished at 4:41pm. That book was freaking awesome!




The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels
  • Started at 5pm.

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Back to School Read-a-Thon

    Back to School Read-a-Thon

    I'm going to be doing a little read-a-thon this weekend with Jai from Bored Books so that we can get a few more books in before school starts, which is Monday for him and next week for me. It's not a huge deal if we don't end up doing a lot of reading, but there's some stuff I'd really like to get in before I return to the land of homework and late night cramming. I don't dislike school, but two English classes in one semester (yay for college!) is going to mean a lot of non-pleasure reading, so I won't have as much time to read from my TBR pile.

    I may continue my part of the read-a-thon through the next week since I don't have any obligations before school starts on the 29th.

    If anyone else wants to join in, you're all welcome to post what you plan on reading in the comments or on your own blog and give us as many updates as you want! Updates give us an excuse to stop reading for a few minutes XD I love books, but my attention span is not what it could be.
    So, here are a few of the books I'm hoping to read between whenever I wake up on Saturday morning through whenever I go to sleep on Sunday night/Monday morning:

    1. Finish Static by Tawney Stokes (5 zombies)
    I already started reading this one on Friday night (unless you count the two percent I read on Thursday), but I'd like to finish it as part of the read-a-thon.

    2. Finish Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn
    I started this one about two weeks ago, but then I had to read a bunch of tour books, so it kind of got abandoned.

    3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
    This one has been staring at me from the bookshelf for a while now, and I can't wait to start reading it!

    4. Between by Jessica Warman
    Haven't heard much about this, but I got an ARC and it looks cool, so what the hell.

    On the slim chance that I get past four, these are a few other books I'd like to read in the near future:

    5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    6. Crushed by K. C. Blake

    7. Thin Air by Lynn Seresin

    8. The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels (I can't believe I still haven't read this! I bought a signed copy at the OC Children's Book Festival last October, and then it got lost on my TBR pile.)


    I'd love to hear what you guys are planning on reading soon, even if it isn't for my little weekend read-a-thon!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011: Den Třetí

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





    These are my plans so far for the third day of the read-a-thon:

    • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
    • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them (or not).
    • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
    • Browsing through participating blogs.
    Today, I hope to finish only one book:

    1. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - 289 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

    Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




    UPDATES:
    Hounded by Kevin Hearne
    • Started Hounded @ 10:37 PM Monday night.
    • I got absolutely no reading done on day 2 because real life hates me :'(


    Mini-Challenges:
    • Wicked Awesome Books challenged us to play matchmaker and pick two characters who should be together.
      • My choices are Niko from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series and Cassie from Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series because they both hate being lied to and because Niko could possibly make Cassie a bit less of a scatterbrain XD
    • Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing challenged us to recommend two books, which I will post in the near future.
      • Book 1: A book that I would recommend just because is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Part psychological thriller, part paranormal romance, Mara is non-stop action and impossible to put down. I loved the characters and the fantastic plot, but my favorite part was unraveling the mystery of what really happened in the prologue.
      • Book 2: The read-a-thon book that I would recommend is Chimera by Rob Thurman. Chimera is the literary version of a comic book, with the craziest possible twists and turns, but still believable. I would like to call it urban sci-fi in the sense that it really reminds me of an urban fantasy where the fantasy aspect isn't exactly fantasy. Any fans of stories exploring family relationships will love this one, and anyone who likes a good, fun action thriller.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011: Jour Deux

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





    These are my plans so far for the second day of the read-a-thon:

    • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
    • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them (or not).
    • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
    • Browsing through participating blogs.
    • Watching Teen Wolf. What? I can't help it.
    Today, I hope to read two books:

    1. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - 289 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

    Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




    2. Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson - 256 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

    A ghost story in which a young girl's parents ship her off to a boarding school where, after some snooping around the gothic old estate, she meets a group of similar outcasts that can finally relate to. Unfortunately, her new friends turn out to be the ghosts of students who died in a horrible dormitory fire. Things go from weird to worse when her new ghostly schoolmates start disappearing and she realizes that she is the only person, living or dead, who can help them. 








    UPDATES:
    Hounded by Kevin Hearne
    • Started Hounded @ 10:37 PM last night.


    Mini-Challenges:
    • The Bookish Type's challenge was to write a fake synopsis for one of our read-a-thon books based on the cover.
      • Hounded by Kevin Hearne: Half-man, half-goat, this sword-wielding red-head is really Irish. Red is generally a nice dude, but he takes himself a bit too seriously and is on an epic quest to get laid so that he can stop staring sulkily into the distance. Also, he would like a razor to get that long goatee under control. Can he do it all before those ominous storm clouds start pouring bunnies and budding flowers? The world may never know.
    • YA Bliss' challenge is to list your top three love triangles.
      • Marc v. Jace from Rachel Vincent's Shifters series,
      • Will v. Jem from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series,
      • and Delilah v. George from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series.

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Día Uno

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





    These are my plans so far for the first day of the read-a-thon:

    • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
    • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them.
    • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
    • Browsing through participating blogs.
    Last year I made the mistake of picking some longer books just because they looked interesting, but this year all I'm trying to do is get through as many books as possible, so I picked the shortest books off of my bookshelves that I thought could hold my interest right now. Hopefully I made good choices!
    If you're participating in the Read-A-Thon, then leave a link and I'll be sure to drop by and comment on your posts :D Happy reading!
    The first book of the read-a-thon shall be:

    1. Chimera by Rob Thurman - 337 pages - GoodReads - Amazon
     
    New from the national bestselling author of Roadkill

    A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...

    What makes us human...
    What makes us unique...
    And what makes us kill?


    Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him . . .

    Has anyone else read this? I've read and loved Thurman's Cal Leandros series, and I've been meaning to get to this one for quite some time, but just never did. It looks like it's right up my alley, and it isn't all that long, so I figure it was a pretty good read-a-thon choice :)

      UPDATES:
      Chimera by Rob Thurman
      • Started Chimera @ 12:02 AM. Will read for an hour or two and then go to bed.
      • 2:14 AM: 25% into the ebook. I'm gonna get ready for bed now, probably won't get any more reading in until morning.
      • 3:04 PM: 50% through. I knew I shouldn't have slept in. Oops. Chimera is really good so far, though.


      Mini-Challenges:
      • 3 covers left to find for The Musings of ALMYBNENR's challenge. This is a hard one!
      • 2:24 AM: Finally finished my first challenge of the read-a-thon! This time I'm actually going to go to bed. 
      • IB Book Blogging's challenge is in two parts.
        • Part 1 - What is your favorite type of myth? I love Norse mythology, and Native American comes in at a close second.
        • Part 2 - What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it? Oddly enough, Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Greek mythology is usually one of my least favorites, but DBH was just so awesome that it had to be my favorite.

      Friday, July 8, 2011

      Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011

      Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
       
       
      Starting Monday, I will be participating for the second time in the fabulous Once Upon A Read-a-Thon. I had so much fun last year, and I couldn't help but do it again this year!

      Last year, I posted my usual reviews and memes alongside the read-a-thon updates, and that was kind of weird and cluttered, so I don't think I'll be doing that this year. I'll just post my min-challenge entries, updates, etc., and hopefully it won't be so wacky this time around.

      I'm going to have a list here of the four books I'd like to get read during the read-a-thon, but that is definitely subject to change. I am ashamed to admit that, out of the four books I had on my original list last year, I still haven't read two. I fail at life XD

      So, here are my four read-a-thon books for this year:





      1. Chimera by Rob Thurman - GoodReads - Amazon
       
      New from the national bestselling author of Roadkill

      A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...

      What makes us human...
      What makes us unique...
      And what makes us kill?


      Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him . . .


      2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby - GoodReads - Amazon

      From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

      I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

      Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

      While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.










      3. Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson - GoodReads - Amazon

      A ghost story in which a young girl's parents ship her off to a boarding school where, after some snooping around the gothic old estate, she meets a group of similar outcasts that can finally relate to. Unfortunately, her new friends turn out to be the ghosts of students who died in a horrible dormitory fire. Things go from weird to worse when her new ghostly schoolmates start disappearing and she realizes that she is the only person, living or dead, who can help them.
      4. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - GoodReads - Amazon

      Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




      I hope that all of you who are joining me have a great read-a-thon!

      Wednesday, December 29, 2010

      Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon Intro

       
       Today is the start of the Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon and I'd like to put together a loose schedule for myself because if I don't, then the entire time I'm supposed to be reading, I'll be staring at all the pretty books on my shelves, trying to pick one. So, without further ado, here are my choices:

      Books to Finish:
      1. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
      2. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
      3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

      Books to Read (start to finish):
      1. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
      2. Dante's Journey by J. C. Marino
      3. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

      While I probably won't end up finishing all six books, I'd like to have a list because I am a very list-y kind of person.

      I'll be posting a couple times a day to update everyone on my read-a-thon status :)