Bout of Books 15 | Sign Up, TBR, Updates

Bout of Books 15I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to sign up for Bout of Books 15 for a couple of weeks, but I had to. I always have an absolute blast, especially with the Twitter chats, and even though I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading, that’s not what matters. As long as I’m reading a little bit, that’s what matters. Don’t know what Bout of Books is?

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 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m keeping my TBR and goals super low this year so there’s no stress AT ALL. If I read more than this, GREAT. If I don’t, that’s cool too. My goals are pretty much non-existant. Basically, my whole outlook for this Bout of Books is HAVE FUN NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. 🙂

TBR

  • Continue my reread of the illustrated Harry Potter book, one chapter a day
  • SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo
  • One single issue comic a day

GOALS

  • Read for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • If I can’t read that long, don’t worry about it!
  • Have fun.
  • If I can, do one Twitter chat and one challenge.

UPDATES

Monday & Tuesday

(I’m combining the updates for these two days because I forgot to update on Monday)
Pages read today: 166
Total number of pages: 166 (87 of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; 44 of Siege and Storm; 35 pages of the illustrated Harry Potter)
Read today: Two chapters of the illustrated Harry Potter; Siege and Storm; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Total number of books I’ve read: Parts of 3
Challenges participated in: I did the Would You Rather challenge hosted by Lori at Writing My Own Fairytale.
Notes about today: So I haven’t really read that much because my mind has been a little preoccupied. But I’m finally getting into the swing of it and getting more reading done. The best part though? I’m not stressing about it.

Bout of Books 14 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 14I can’t believe Bout of Books 14 is already over! My fourth time participating in the week-long readathon was a blast, as always, and I’m sad to see it go! BUT now I have a reason to look forward to January! I’m going to do a little wrap up of what I read and the challenges I participated in this week.

Total number of pages read: 1,354 (WOOOO!)

What I read this week:

  • The Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
  • Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • These single issue comics: Robin: Son of Batman #2, We Are Robin #2, Prez #2, Thor #8, Bat-Mite #1 and 2

My favorite read of the week: Hands down, The Rose Society. It’s almost not even fair to the other books.

Challenges participated in this week:

Other notes about the week: I’ve got to say, I’m pretty impressed with how much I read this week while working a full-time job, a part-time job, blogging, going to a book festival, and sleeping. I’m also really happy to say that I liked every single book I read, which is awesome. All of the challenges I participated in were super fun and different. I got to participate in the Twitter chat on Saturday, which was overwhelming and wonderful, as always. I can’t wait for the next round of Bout of Books.

If this is the first you’re hearing about Bout of Books or you want to learn more, make sure you go follow the Bout of Books blog because that’s where all the info is about the readathon and where they’ll update us on upcoming events.

Bout of Books 14: TBR, Goals, & Updates

IT’S HERE! Bout of Books 14 has officially begun! I am super excited, as I always am, and I can’t wait to get reading and interacting with everyone else who’s participating! In this post, I’ll be sharing my goals, the pile of books and comics I’ll be reading from, and my daily updates.

MY TBR: (Not pictured: The Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano – on my Kindle)

Bout of Books 14 TBR

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche / 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith / The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich / and lots of comics I am behind on reading

This is not an official list, nor do I think I can read all of this in one week (though it’d be awesome if I did). I like to have a variety of books and comics to choose from, because I’m a mood reader. I am excited to read all of these books though, so we’ll see. I might power through all of it.

GOALS

Bout of Books 14– To read – as much or as little as I have time for. I am not going to give myself a certain amount of pages or books to read this week. The only set goal I’m going to give myself in regards to reading is:
– Make time (at least 30 minutes) to read each day this week
– Participate in at least TWO challenges because I always love doing them
– Participate in at least ONE of the two Twitter chats – I probably won’t be able to do the one tonight, unfortunately

That’s it. No other expectations or goals. Just have fun and read. 🙂

UPDATES

MONDAY

Pages read today: 70% – 168 pages
Total number of pages: 168
Read today: A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Total number of books I’ve read: 70% of 1
Challenges participated in: I did the Fictional World Travel Challenge over on Twitter. I loved finding books set all over the world.
Notes about today: I am LOVING A Curious Tale of the In-Between and I probably would’ve finished it yesterday if I didn’t go to a friend’s house for dinner and Teen Wolf. I’ll finish it today though. 🙂 I missed the Twitter chat, which I’m pretty sad about, but I’ll be at the one on Saturday!

TUESDAY:

Pages read today: 336 – 30% of A Curious Tale of the In-Between (72 pages) + 264 pages of The Dead House
Total number of pages: 504
Read today: I finished A Curious Tale of the In-Between (4/5) and started The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (AH!)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1.5
Notes about today: No challenges today because of work, but I got completely engrossed/terrified by/enchanted/creeped out by The Dead House. This book is absolutely amazing and also ridiculously creepy. It’s great.

WEDNESDAY

Pages read today: 196 – 148 of The Dead House + 48 of The Day the Crayons Came Home
Total number of pages: 700
Read today: I finished The Dead House (Holy crap, you guys) and all of The Day the Crayons Came Home (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Challenges participated in: I did the MASH challenge, which was so much fun and super nostalgic. Plus, apparently, I will live in an apartment in Henrietta with my hubs, Cricket, our 2 kids & our pet, Chainsaw, assassinating people on my broom.
Notes about today: I finished The Dead House which was so wonderfully creepy, and I finally got to read The Day the Crayons Came Home, which was everything I was hoping for! Loved it.

THURSDAY

Pages read today: 168 – 32 of Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller (a really adorable picture book) + 136 of The Rose Society
Total number of pages: 868
Read today: See above – I’m feeling lazy today
Total number of books I’ve read: 4.2
Challenges participated in: I did the #4SeasonsBooksCovers challenge hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads over on Instagram. We had to choose a book/cover that fit each season either literally or figuratively. That was fun!
Notes about today: I totally changed my TBR because I got The Rose Society and I could NOT stop myself from reading that right away instead of what I “should” be reading. I got chills 2 pages in, so I think I made the right decision.

FRIDAY

Pages read today: 82 – 32 of Rosie Revere, Engineer + 50 of The Rose Society
Total number of pages: 950
Read today: Rosie Revere, Engineer (recommend by the wonderful Emma at Miss Print) and The Rose Society (which I am LOVING)
Total number of books I’ve read: 5.5
Notes about today: I didn’t read that much today. Had a not-so-great day at work and was feeling SUPER stressed. I actually left work early because I was NOT feeling well. I read the 50 pages of The Rose Society after I got home, but just couldn’t keep going. 😦

SATURDAY

Pages read today: 80 pages of The Rose Society
Total number of pages: 1030
Read today: The Rose Society (still loving!)
Total number of books I’ve read: 5.75
Challenges participated in: I did the Road Trip Challenge over on Instagram! I love finding books set in places I want to go!
Notes about today: I got to participate in teh Twitter chat. YAY! That was so much fun, like always. After, I went to the first-ever Mississippi Book Festival, which was wonderful and SUPER packed! I’m hopeful that next year’s will be even bigger! That’s why I only read 80 pages yesterday though. I was so exhausted by the time I got home (and a little sunburned).

SUNDAY

Pages read today: 324 – 132 of The Rose Society + 6 comics at 32 pages each (yep, counting pages with ads)
Total number of pages: 1354
Read today: Finished The Rose Society and read six comics: Robin: Son of Batman #2, We Are Robin #2, Prez #2, Thor #8, Bat-Mite #1 and 2.
Total number of books I’ve read: 6 + 6 comics
Challenges participated in: I did the What to Read Next Challenge hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much and recommended three books I think everyone should have on their fall TBR.
Notes about today: I’m so sad it was the last day of Bout of Books. I always love this week, so I’m really looking forward to January now! I finished The Rose Society and YOU GUYS I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS AND I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW.

Bout of Books 14

That’s right! Bout of Books is back! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love this week long read-a-thon full of super fun challenges, amazing Twitter chats, and all the laid-back reading that I love. And, like I have for Bout of Books 14the past 3 Bout of Books challenges, I’ll be participating! If you haven’t been following my blog for a while (HI!!!), then let me tell you a little more about 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, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ll post about my TBR and goals a little closer to the start of Bout of Books 14. If you’re interested in signing up but want to know more, feel free to ask me any questions, or check out the Bout of Books blog!

Bout of Books 13 – Sign Up Announcement!

Bout of Books 13Hi, lovelies! I’m sure you’re all super surprised that I’m participating in Bout of Books 13, right? 🙂 This will be my FOURTH time participating in Bout of Books. I’ve just started a full time job so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read, but that’s one of my favorite things about BoB – no requirements for how much you read and no pressure to read ALL the books if you can’t. I love meeting people (virtually, of course) from all over the world and doing the Twitter chats (they’re the best even though they are NUTS). If you’ve ever thought about participating, or you’re interested now, I really encourage you to sign up. I haven’t looked back since I signed up for the first time. It’s super low-key and you get to set your own goals!

If you decide to sign up too, I would love to know what your goals are and what you plan to read! Link me up! Go sign up on the Bout of Books blog!

Some info about Bout of Books 13:

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I haven’t picked a TBR or goals or anything yet. I’ll be deciding on those this weekend when I have to think about a plan. Let me know if you’ll be participating too, so we can encourage each other and talk about our progress!

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge | Week Two Update

Week two of the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge was…not great. I’ve been under a lot of stress recently and I don’t know if it’s that or what I was reading, but I didn’t make much headway this week. As you might remember from last week’s update, I had started The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to DNF it. I read a little over a hundred pages, and I just felt like I had read it before, like it was similar to A LOT of other books I’ve read. So I took a break and picked up Compulsion by Martina Boone, which I really like, but it’s taking me SO long to read it. I also took a break from my Jackaby audiobook. Do you ever just have days (or weeks) where you really enjoy what you’re reading but you don’t really feel like reading? Does that even make sense?

BUT Thursday I raced through more than TWO HUNDRED PAGES in Compulsion and finished it up on Friday, so I think I’m doing better. Fingers crossed I’m not falling into a slump.

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Each week during the Challenge, we’ve chosen a topic to discuss during our weekly update. This week’s topic is:

Books you would like to suggest to your library.

Well, I feel a little bit like a cheater because I usually get to order a lot of the books that I want to read each month. I do all of the YA ordering at my library (as well as suggesting several adult titles per month), so, of course, my list is pretty much all books I either want to read or have found through other book bloggers as ones they’d recommend. Because of this, I’m going to share the list of YA and MG books I ordered in April. Because we’re a small library, we have a relatively small budget each month, but I think I did a pretty good job of getting a wide range of books. This list does not include the easy reader/picture books we ordered or the few non-fiction books. [All titles linked to Goodreads, of course!]

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

What books would you suggest to your library? Let me know so I can expand my collection!

LINK YOUR WEEK TWO UPDATE BELOW!

And don’t forget to enter the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge giveaway!

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Week One Update

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge

This was a short first week for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge – only four days! BUT I was able to read all of Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk and about 100 pages of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. Beautiful You made me feel really weird and uncomfortable and I’m not sure what I thought of it overall. Still processing. Orphan Queen is pretty cool so far. It took me a little bit to actually start it though; I read the first three pages several times before I processed what was happening. I think it was a side-effect of finishing Beautiful You. I’m also listening to Jackaby as an audiobook and I really like it. Nicola Barber is the narrator and she’s amazing with voices.

Beautiful You and Orphan QueenAccording to Amazon, I saved $33.40 by checking these books out from the library instead of purchasing them. Woo!

Each week during the Challenge, we’ve chosen a topic to discuss during our weekly update. This week’s topic is:

Tell us a little about your library (include a picture if you can!).

I work at a small library in a small town near central Mississippi. The population of the town is a little under 3,500 though not nearly that many people are registered at the library. We are part of the Central Mississippi Regional Library System, which comprises 20 branches in four counties. We’re pretty small, but we have a lot of amazing patrons, from kids to adults. We’ve got all your basic services, like faxing/copying/scanning, inter-library loan (though I’ve been here for 10 months and haven’t done one yet), computers, free wi-fi, newspapers/magazines, movies, and, of course, books. Some pictures? Like I said earlier, we are pretty small, so most of my pictures are from the same place because you can see almost everything from there.

I should’ve taken some more pictures of the computer areas and such, but I forgot. Ooops. But as you can see, the library is rather tiny. But I like it. 🙂 It’s a wonderful place to work and I have an awesome branch manager.

Alright, so there’s my week one update for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge. Now it’s your turn! What did you read this week? Link up below!

THE #READINGMYLIBRARY CHALLENGE HAS STARTED!

Hello, everyone! Today is April 1, which means the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge has begun! And no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke! No worries if you haven’t signed up yet; sign ups are open until Wednesday, April 15, so you still have a whole TWO weeks to sign up. Also, don’t forget that you only have to read ONE library book to participate, and why wouldn’t you? If you’re already going to be reading books from the library, just sign up and enter for a chance to win our giveaway!

Here’s the beginning of my #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge! I started the audiobook of Jackaby yesterday (oops), and today I can’t decide if I want to read Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk or The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. You don’t need to remind me how ridiculously different those two are. I know. I just can’t decide which I want to start with. I’ll probably just pick right before I head to work – whichever one catches my eye first.

#ReadingMyLibrary ChallengeWhat are you going to read first?

A little more info on the weekly updates since we’ve had some questions. These updates do not need to be super detailed or anything. They’re not even required, but more of a fun way to see what everyone is reading! My posts will discuss (and probably contain pictures of) what I’ve read that week. I’ll answer the weekly questions and talk a little about the challenge. I will probably include how much money I’ve saved that week by checking out the books from the library instead of buying them. That’s it! If you want to just tell us what you’ve read and nothing else, that’s cool too! Up to you. Just have fun! Each week, I will include the linky in my own weekly update post, but it’ll also go HERE on the Weekly Updates page.

Once you create your sign up post, don’t forget to enter the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge giveaway for your choice of book up to $15 from The Book Depository!

Sign ups are open for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge!

Hi guys! So remember how last month I posted about the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge that Amy at Read What I Like and I were working on a challenge for the month of April all about libraries and reading library books? Well, it’s HERE and sign ups are open today! You might’ve noticed my brand new tab at the top of my page called “#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge” – no? It just magically appeared? Yeah, I’m good like that – where you can find more information about the challenge, including a schedule, rules, and a FAQ of sorts, even though no one’s asked any questions yet. 🙂 Continue reading

Calling all librarians!! #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge

Reading My Library Challenge

As a librarian, you see so many books come across your desk (either that you’ve ordered yourself or that your patrons are requesting) that you just don’t have time to read. Which sucks, honestly. Yes, you’ve ordered those books for your patrons, but let’s be honest: you’ve ordered them for yourself too. I order around 10-15 YA (and MG) books per month – remember when I said I’m at a tiny library? – all of which I want to read but end up just putting out into the library. As a library patron, I’m sure you have a LONG list of books you want to read, don’t you?

Well, Amy at Read What I Like and I have a solution for you! We’ve created the Reading My Library Challenge – a month long event in which we will try to read as many of those library books we’ve seen come in but haven’t had a chance to read yet! Sound fun? Join us!

Right now, we’re still in the planning stage, but we need help – from any other bloggers who work in libraries! This is what we know so far:

  • The Challenge will take place throughout the whole month of April (April 12-18, 2015 is National Library Week)
  • Anyone can participate as long as you have somewhere to share what you’re reading
  • You don’t have to exclusively read library books, as long as you are reading some library books
  • We’re going to have an EPIC Library Scavenger Hunt that will span all areas of a library and get you appreciating everything your library has to offer
  • We’ll have TWO giveaways – one for the Scavenger Hunt and one for participating in the challenge
  • We want you to have fun and save money – libraries are FREEEEE!

What we need right now is help ironing out all the details so we’re asking any bloggers who are also librarians to PLEASE sign up below (link will take you to a Google Form that will ask for your name and email). You can also feel free to send any questions or emails to caughtreadhanded [at] gmail [dot] com!

Librarian Sign up

And of course, if you aren’t a librarian, but this challenge sounds like something you might like, keep your eyes open for a sign up post sometime next month! Leave any suggestions in the comments below or feel free to email me too!

If you want to talk about the challenge before April or would rather tweet suggestions, please use the hashtag #ReadingMyLibrary so we can all see what you have to say!

[Learn more about National Library Week]