Bout of Books 23 | Sign-up and Progress

Sorry I disappeared for longer than planned, but I will be back with reviews soon. I’ve been having a bit of a reading slump for the past couple of months, but hopefully this Bout of Books will kick me back into gear. Thank you to everyone who has stayed with me. 💕💕

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 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So I only have one goal this week, and that is to finish reading HERO AT THE FALL by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m over a hundred pages in and really enjoying the story so far, but for some reason it’s just not translating into actually sitting down and reading. 🤷‍♀️

Bout of Books 23 TBR

If you’re taking part in this Bout of Books let me know in the comments, I’d love to know what your goals are and how you’re progressing.

Monday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Time Spent Reading: 0
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: Instagram Currently Reading challenge (here)
Notes: To be honest I didn’t expect to read a lot today as I had things going on, so I’m not disappointed.

Tuesday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Time Spent Reading: 0
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: I had to complete some chores today (that ended up a bust) that took a lot more time and effort than I planned so nothing got done.

Wednesday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Time Spent Reading: 0
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: I crashed. I just crashed.

Thursday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Time Spent Reading: 0
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: Procrastination strikes!

Friday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Time Spent Reading: 0
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: Procrastination strikes: Part 2…

Saturday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 32
Time Spent Reading: 14m 54s
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: I know it’s not a lot, but I actually managed to sit down and read. I really enjoyed the thirty-two pages I read. Fingers crossed on Sunday I’ll manage to get some more pages in.

Sunday

Book(s) I’m Reading: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Number of Pages Read Today: 93
Time Spent Reading: 26m 4s
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: I’m really pleased I managed to read two days in a row! And I’m still enjoying Hero at the Fall despite my slow reading pace.

Wrap Up!

My only goal for this Bout of Books was to finish reading Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton and I failed. That being said I did manage to read 125 pages or for 40m 48s which I will admit isn’t a lot, but I’m very happy with this as it is more than I have managed to read for weeks. So I’m very pleased with Bout of Books 23, and I’m hoping to carry the momentum forward. If you took part, then I hope you had  a good Bout of Books too.

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Bout of Books 22 | Sign-up & Progress

I’m back, and taking part in the twenty-second Bout of Books. Fingers crossed this will help me get ahead with my review schedule – sorry about missing last week, there will definitely be a review up this week.

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, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

– From the Bout of Books team

I’m hoping this Bout of Books will be better than my previous one in terms of the amount of reading I get done. With that in mind, here are my goals:

  • Read 700 pages
  • Read for 10 hours
  • Take part in the Saturday Twitter Chat
  • Complete 2 challenges
  • Keep up with updating my progress.

Most of all I want to have fun.

My progress:

Monday, 14 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: None
Number of Pages Read Today: None
Time Spent Reading: None
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: introduce yourself #insixwords, show my TBR pile
Notes: As usual I’m running a little late, but I managed to sign up in time. I introduced myself in six words, and I showed my TBR pile. Unfortunately I didn’t get any reading time in. Ah well.

My physical To-Be-Read pile.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: None
Number of Pages Read Today: None
Number of Pages Read Total: None
Time Spent Reading: None
Total Time Spent Reading: None
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: Today was more than a bit of a fail.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading:None
Number of Pages Read Today:
None
Number of Pages Read Total:
None
Time Spent Reading:
None
Total Time Spent Reading:
None
Book(s) I’ve Completed:
None
Challenge I’ve Participated In:
None
Notes: Today I realised how far behind I was with my Bout of Books goals, and still didn’t manage to get any reading in. Instead I buckled down and wrote the review meaning I will have no excuse tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: None
Number of Pages Read Today: None
Number of Pages Read Total: None
Time Spent Reading: None
Total Time Spent Reading: None
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: Another day of procrastination. Oops.

Friday, 18 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: Wolf Children Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda with art by Yu
Number of Pages Read Today: 550
Number of Pages Read Total: 550
Time Spent Reading: 42 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 42 minutes
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Wolf Children Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda with art by Yu
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: So there was reading…

Saturday, 19 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: None
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 550
Time Spent Reading: 0 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 42 minutes
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Wolf Children Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda with art by Yu
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: So I was going to take part in today’s Twitter chat, but I totally missed it. Fail.

Sunday, 20 May 2018
Book(s) I’m Reading: None
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 550
Time Spent Reading: 0 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 42 minutes
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Wolf Children Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda with art by Yu
Challenge I’ve Participated In: None
Notes: I just didn’t feel like reading again today.

Please let me know if you’re taking part in this Bout of Books.

Good luck to everyone taking part!!

Wrap-up: So as far as my goals went, this Bout of Books was an almost complete fail. I did manage to take part in two challenges (although both were on day one) but everything else was a miss. However, I did manage to start and finish a book so I’m pretty happy. Thank you for all your support.

Bout of Books 21

A day late . . . but here I am signing up to take part in the twenty-first #BoutofBooks! I just couldn’t resist, plus hopefully this will give me a reason to be a little more active in my reading.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As per the last couple of times I’ve taken part in Bout of Books, I’ve combined the sign-up post and the update post into a single post. If you want to see how I’m progressing through the week then be sure to come back and check this page.

Bout of Books 21 goals: to finish Warrior Witch by Danielle L Jensen, and  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve started both books, but just seem to be stalling with them for some reason.

You can keep track of how I’m doing below.

Tuesday January 9th
Book(s) I’m Reading:
Number of Pages Read Today:
Number of Pages Read Total:  –
Book(s) I’ve Completed:
Challenge I’ve Participated In:
Notes: Today might have been my first day, but I didn’t actually get any reading done. Despite my excitement for signing up to Bout of Books I just wasn’t in the mood to read. And isn’t that just typical!! Ah well, there’s always tomorrow.

Wednesday January 10th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total:  –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Thursday January 11th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total:  –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Friday January 12th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total:  –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –
Notes:
So I’ve done it again… 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hopefully I will actually manage to pick up a book tomorrow. 🤞

Saturday January 13th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Number of Pages Read Today: 52
Number of Pages Read Total: 52
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –
Notes: I actually managed to read something. Wow. But in all seriousness, I’m very happy with those fifty-three pages. I also took part in the Twitter chat, which was fun.

Sunday January 14th
Book(s) I’m Reading:
Number of Pages Read Today:
Number of Pages Read Total:
Book(s) I’ve Completed:
Challenge I’ve Participated In:

Bout of Books 20

Today marks the start of the twentieth Bout of Books.  I decided I wanted to take part a while ago, but somehow I never actually got round to signing up. I don’t think this will be a particularly brilliant Bout of Books for me in terms of amount of reading I’ll get done, but as Amanda and Kelly often point out Bout of Books is not about the amount you read but the fun you have. After the last several months I definitely need some fun! Bout of Books 20 came at the perfect time.

If you’re new to Bout of Books then here you go:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As I did with Bout of Books 19, I’ve decided to combine my sign up post with my progress post – so don’t forget to check back here to see my progress as the week progresses.

The books I intend to read during Bout of Books 20 (+ a snack and a drink).

For Bout of Books 20 my goals are simple. I want to read as much as I can. I want to complete at least one challenge, and I want to take part in a Twitter chat if possible.

Good luck and happy reading to everyone else taking part.

My Progress…

Monday August 21st
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: Describe yourself #insixwords

Tuesday August 22nd
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Wednesday August 23rd
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: –
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Thursday August 24th
Book(s) I’m Reading: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Number of Pages Read Today: 22
Number of Pages Read Total: 22
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Friday August 26th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: 22
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Saturday August 27th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: 22
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Sunday August 28th
Book(s) I’m Reading: –
Number of Pages Read Today: –
Number of Pages Read Total: 22
Book(s) I’ve Completed: –
Challenge I’ve Participated In: –

Bout of Books 20 Wrap-up

I’m sitting here writing this late on the 10th of September. You could say Bout of Books 20 was a bit of a disaster for me in terms of page count, and that is totally true. I read nowhere near the amount I wanted to, nor did I get any motivation to read. I did manage to take part in the Twitter chat on the Sunday, and I did complete one challenge – I also read something, which is a LOT better than nothing. August was not a good month for me, here’s hoping that September will be better.

Bout of Books 19 | Sign up & Progress

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As I’ve left this so late, I’ve decided to combine the sign up and my progress into a single post. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to sign up – I believe sign ups are open until midnight on Tuesday/Wednesday, but go check the blog to make sure.

It’s taken me a while to write this post, so there’s a video of my TBR up on YouTube if you want to check it out:

Or you can just look at the pic below:

My TBR for #BoutofBooks 19

This year my goals, apart from reading the six books above, are to participate in one of the Twitter chats (probably Saturday’s) and complete at least one of the challenges. I’ll be keeping track of my progress below, so be sure to check back if you want to see how I’m doing or just leave a comment to let me know if you’re taking part.

Thanks for stopping by.

My Progress

Day 1: May 8th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Turn by Kim Harrison [Book Depository]
Number of Pages Read Today: 90
Number of Pages Read Total: 90
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None today.
Challenge I’ve Participated In: #insixwords

My day: A slow start, mostly because I decided late on in the day to actually participate. Happy with the reading I did, and pleased I completed a challenge.

Day 2: May 9th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Turn by Kim Harrison [Book Depository] and Doing It by Hannah Witton [Book Depository]
Number of Pages Read Today: 318
Number of Pages Read Total: 408
Book(s) I’ve Completed: The Turn by Kim Harrison
Challenge I’ve Participated In: I didn’t take part in today’s challenge.
My day: Well I got a lot of reading done. I’m actually really happy about that. I’m also really happen that I’ve finished The Turn and drafted a review for it.

Day 3: May 10th
Book(s) I’m Reading: Doing It by Hannah Witton [Book Depository], The Song From Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold [Book Depository], Tsubasa World Chronicle volume 2 by CLAMP [Book Depository], Tsubasa World Chronicle volume 3 by CLAMP [Book Depository], and The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK]
Number of Pages Read Today: 762
Number of Pages Read Total: 1,170
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  Doing It by Hannah Witton, The Song From Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold, Tsubasa World Chronicle volume 2 by CLAMP, and Tsubasa World Chronicle volume 3 by CLAMP
Challenge I’ve Participated In: Share Your Shelfie (though not officially)


My day: I don’t even know what to say, other than it was a fantastic day for reading. I read a lot more that I thought I would. I’m kinda proud about it to be honest. It reminded me how amazing reading and books can be. Fingers crossed some of the momentum will carry across into day 4, even if I don’t read as many pages. 🤞

Day 4: May 11th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK] and an ARC of Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Book Depository]
Number of Pages Read Today: 172
Number of Pages Read Total: 1,342
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None today.
Challenge I’ve Participated In: I didn’t take part in today’s challenge.
My day: It was not a good day, but I did manage to get some reading in which I’m proud of. I might not have read as much as I did for day 3, but then I didn’t expect to. I’m pleased with that.

Day 5: May 12th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK] and an ARC of Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Book Depository]
Number of Pages Read Today: 221
Number of Pages Read Total: 1,563
Book(s) I’ve Completed: None today.
Challenge I’ve Participated In: I didn’t participate in today’s challenge.
My day: I didn’t spend a lot of time reading, but I’m happy with what I managed to put in around daily life.

Day 6: May 13th
Book(s) I’m Reading: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK], an ARC of Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Book Depository], Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman [Book Depository], and The Raven King by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK]
Number of Pages Read Today: 285
Number of Pages Read Total: 1,848
Book(s) I’ve Completed: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic, and Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
Challenge I’ve Participated In: I was tempted to take part in today’s challenge, but in the end I didn’t.
My day: Today might not have been my best reading day, but it was a good day. I had lots of fun taking part in the Twitter chat – it was pure chaos, and all the more fun for it.

Day 7: May 14th
Book(s) I’m Reading: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman [Book Depository], and The Raven King by Nora Sakavic [Amazon UK]
Number of Pages Read Today: 487
Number of Pages Read Total: 2,335
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and The Raven King by Nora Sakavic
Challenge I’ve Participated In: There wasn’t a challenge today.
My day: I ended up reading to the bitter end (and actually a bit over, I didn’t actually check my time until I finished the final book). This Bout of Books has been amazing in terms of the amount of reading I have achieved. Honestly it kind of blows me away.

Bout of Books 18 Wrap Up

So this post is, to quote, a day late and a dollar short. Or to be more accurate, eleven days late. 🙈 I was supposed to write and post this the Monday after Bout of Books 18 finished. Instead, I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon eleven days late which means I’ll be twelve days late by the time you read this on Saturday. I can only apologise. For some reason January seems to be getting away from me. I am at this moment behind on everything.

So to get back to the point of this post: I’m supposed to be wrapping up my Bout of Books 18 experience…

Doing Bout of Books 18 was a great way to start 2017. It got me into the reading mood, and there was no pressure. It was really nice. ❤️

Between January 2nd and January 8th I managed to read three and a bit books – that’s one thousand one hundred and sixty-eight pages. I was really pleased with this. I could have read more, but reading these three books really helped towards my goal of getting more reviews scheduled for this year.

And although I did not set myself any goal apart from reading, I did manage to take part in the Saturday Twitter Chat (for a while anyway). This was just as much fun as I remembered from previous Bout of Books, and something I highly recommend for anyone taking part to try. It is pure chaos, but such fun!

The books I read during Bout of Books 18.

The books I read during Bout of Books 18.

And to wrap this post up, I thought I’d let you know that Bout of Books 19 is between May 8th and May 14th. You can find more details on the Bout of Books website, and I’m seriously thinking of taking part in it. Thank you so much for reading this far into this rambly, late post – you are awesome! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out you can find my review of Relativity by Antonia Hayes here. And I’ll see you soon with another review.

Bout of Books 18 |Progress?

This is where I’ll be keeping track of my progress with Bout of Books 18. Be sure to check back here if you want to see how I’m doing.

Day 1: January 2nd
Book(s) I’m Reading: I Was Here by Gayle Forman [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 102
Number of Pages Read Total: 102
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  n/a
My day:

Monday was the last day of the Christmas holidays, and I spent it with my parents. So I had quite a gentle start to this Bout of Books, as I didn’t actually spend a lot of time reading. It was nice. This no pressure thing seems to be working.

The first one-hundred-or-so pages of I Was Here were interesting, and I’m glad I decided to pick up this book.It seems like one I can just dip in and out of when things get hard to give myself a bit of distance.

Day 2: January 3rd
Book(s) I’m Reading: I Was Here by Gayle Forman [Goodreads], This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 189
Number of Pages Read Total: 291
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman
My day:

Today I was due for a blood test (because of the medication I take) so I had that first thing, which was why I decided to treat myself to a McD’s breakfast and then have a mooch around town. I also decided to use up the leftover bacon and have bacon and egg mayo cobs.

I was in a real reading mood today, so with a lot of breaks I managed to get quite a few pages in which I am super happy about. 😁

Tueday in pictures.

Tuesday in pictures.

Day 3: January 4th
Book(s) I’m Reading: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 74
Number of Pages Read Total: 365
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman
My day:

Today was medicine day, and to be honest I didn’t really feel like reading. So I didn’t really. Happy with what I did manage though. It was more than nothing. 😝

Day 4: January 5th
Book(s) I’m Reading: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 200
Number of Pages Read Total: 565
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman
My day:

Another good reading day. My best one this week so far. I didn’t really do a lot. A little cleaning, but I buckled down on the reading front. 🤓

Day 5: January 6th
Book(s) I’m Reading: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 101
Number of Pages Read Total: 666
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman, This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
My day:

Today I took the Christmas tree down and boxed everything up for next year – apparently you’re not supposed to put the tree up until today so that the three magi could deliver their presents. It took less time than I thought it would and was relatively stress free.

Of course I decided to start the day as I meant to go on, by actually making scrambled eggs for breakfast instead of just having toast. I enjoyed it.

I spent most of the afternoon with Mum, which was nice.

My breakfast.

My breakfast.

Day 6: January 7th
Book(s) I’m Reading: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir [Goodreads]
Number of Pages Read Today: 230
Number of Pages Read Total: 896
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman, This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
My day:

Today was a typical Saturday, apart from the fact that Mum went off to a tutorial. It was nice and relaxed, so I decided to make cakes. 🍰

I did manage to make a five-minute appearance in the Twitter chat. I was about half an hour late, and had to rush off to help make the stew. From what I saw, there were some interesting questions asked and answered. There were also some book recs that looked interesting, and I really enjoyed the discussion about what people would like to see more of in books.

My lunch.

My lunch.

Day 7: January 8th
Book(s) I’m Reading: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir [Goodreads], A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir chapter sampler.
Number of Pages Read Today: 272
Number of Pages Read Total: 1,168
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  I Was Here by Gayle Forman, This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Chapter Sampler.
My day:

Another nice and relaxing day. I slept in and managed to complete An Ember in the Ashes and read the chapter sampler for A Torch Against the Night. It has me intrigued.

It’s only 19:28 as I write this, but I find myself read out which means I’m going to take a break from reading for the rest of tonight. So that means this is it for me for Bout of Books 18. I’ll be posting a wrap-up post tomorrow, but right now I’m really happy with how things went. 🤓👍🙌📚😴

One of the cakes I made yesterday. A lovely reading snack, even if I do say so myself.

One of the cakes I made yesterday. A lovely reading snack, even if I do say so myself.

Bout of Books 18 | Starting the year with good habits?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

With 2017 just starting, I thought I’d use Bout of Books 18 to begin the year as I mean to go on – with plenty of reading.

These are some of the books I'm thinking of reading for Bout of Books 18!

These are some of the books I’m thinking of reading for Bout of Books 18!

This time I think I’m going to be very book focused. Normally when I take part in Bout of Books I try and take part in at least one challenge and Twitter chat, but not so this time. The only goal I am going to set myself for Bout of Books 18 is this: read as many books as I can. Which is, I’ll be honest, pretty open but as I’ve leart from past read-a-thons it’s never a good idea to put too much pressure on yourself.

If you’re taking part in Bout of Books 18 please let me know in the comments. And if you want to see how my progress is going be sure to check my updates page (going up soon).

Bout of Books 17 | Keeping Track (My Progress)

Day 1: 22nd August

Book(s) I’m Reading: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Number of Pages Read Today: 110
Number of Pages Read Total: 110
Book(s) I’ve Completed:  n/a
Things I participated in:  I took part in today’s challenge which was to name my favourite and least favourite book to film adaptations (image below clicks through to my Instagram so you can read my answer if you wish).

Bout of Books Day 1 challenge response

Day 2: 23rd August

Book(s) I’m Reading: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, When We Collided by Emery Lord
Number of Pages Read Today: 261
Number of Pages Read Total: 371
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Things I participated in: I decided not to take part in today’s challenge, but I had a good day reading-wise so I’m happy. My review for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry went live; an “intensely complex book […] [that] explores the grey spaces of human nature in an interesting way.”

Day 3: 24th August

Book(s) I’m Reading: When We Collided by Emery Lord
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 371
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Things I participated in: Nothing. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you’ll know I had a bee come into the house yesterday and kind of panicked. It took me over two hours to get rid of it, and I just couldn’t settle after so no reading got done. To be honest it was a bit of a disaster, BUT as is so often said by the lovely mods – you cannot fail at Bout of Books, only flail. So although I didn’t actually read anything I’m not bothered. There’s always tomorrow.

Day 4: 25th August

Book(s) I’m Reading:  A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart and When We Collided by Emery Lord
Number of Pages Read Today: 196
Number of Pages Read Total: 607
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Things I participated in: Today was a much better day than yesterday. I got a LOT of reading done. I also took part in the challenge which was to create a “tabloid” headline for a book I’m reading/have read for the read-a-thon (image below clicks through to my Instagram so you can read my headline if you wish and can’t easily, it’s a bit spoiler-y for The Lynburn Legacy though).

Bout of Books Day 4 challenge response

Day 5: 26th August

Book(s) I’m Reading: When We Collided by Emery Lord
Number of Pages Read Today: 81
Number of Pages Read Total: 688
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, When We Collided by Emery Lord
Things I participated in: Life got in the way again, and although I managed to get some reading in I didn’t participate in the daily challenge. Ah well. I did managed to take a photo I quite like though (photo links to my Instagram for easier reading).

Where I spent some of Day 5

Day 6: 27th August

Book(s) I’m Reading: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Number of Pages Read Today: 262
Number of Pages Read Total: 950
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, When We Collided by Emery LordA Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Things I participated in: I read today, but that was it… I had planned on taking part in the Twitter chat which was around 4pm my time but I didn’t end up doing so. It’s the first Twitter chat I’ve missed in a while which makes me kinda sad. Still, I had a good reading day.

Day 7: 28th August

Book(s) I’m Reading: Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Number of Pages Read Today: 58
Number of Pages Read Total: 1008
Book(s) I’ve Completed: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan, When We Collided by Emery LordA Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Things I participated in: Nothing, I just read.

That’s it. The end of Bout of Books 17 😭. No more Bout of Books until next year, which is very sad. But there will be one final post from me where I wrap things up.