Bout of Books Goals & Updates

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

I can’t believe it’s already here. My week looks full of so many other things, I am not sure how much I will be able to read.

I plan to read-

and finish reading


Yep, lots of book there to give me some choices. I hope to read at least 6 of these.


Day 1 : 7 January 2013

Books readBecause It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin

 Tidal by Emily Snow

 Manless in Montclair: Love, Loss, Excessive Dating  by Amy Holman Edelman

Pages read:  80 + 64 + 100 = 244

Total Books read:  0

I managed to read some and bake some (kiwi cake). 🙂

Day 2 : 8 January 2013

Books readHeart of the Ocean  by Heather B. Moore

Manless in Montclair: Love, Loss, Excessive Dating  by Amy Holman Edelman

Pages read: 33 + 60 = 93

Total Books Read: 0

Bad day for reading, fell asleep at 9pm. 😦

Day 3 : 9 January 2013

Books readManless in Montclair: Love, Loss, Excessive Dating  by Amy Holman Edelman

Heart of the Ocean  by Heather B. Moore

Pages read: 150 + 50 = 200

Total Books Read: 1 (Manless in Montclair: Love, Loss, Excessive Dating  by Amy Holman Edelman) Read my review.

 The Page 48 Challenge at Booking in Heels.

  •  Turn to page 48 of your current book, or 48% if you’re using an e-reader.
  •  Take the first complete sentence on that page and copy it.
  •  Now you’re going to continue the story! Ignoring the real plot or anything else you know about that book, add four new sentences of your very own. You can morph the plot completely, kill everybody off or go off on a huge tangent – anything goes!

I wiped rainwater from my eyes and saw dark trees and the sky. The light was fading fast and my destination was still a mile away. I put one foot in front of the other as quick as I could. I had no source of light and was likely to lose my way in the forest if I didn’t get out of there soon. I fished in my pocket to find something, anything to give me solace.

– Flesh, Khanh Ha

Day 4 : 10 January 2013

Books readHeart of the Ocean  by Heather B. Moore

Pages read: 250 + 94 = 344

Total Books Read: 3  – Finished Heart of the Ocean  by Heather B. Moore (Read my review) & Tidal by Emily Snow.

Book Spine Poem Challenge

And I found a poem in my books that I chose for Bout of Books Goals. 🙂

Queen of dreams 


in the

black city.


rot and ruin.

The sense of an ending.

Day 5 : 11 January 2013

Books readBeautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings, #1)  by Kailin Gow  (Read my review.)

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin

Pages read: 288 + 20 = 308

Total Books Read: 4

Rewrite the Synopsis Challenge

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to take any of the books that you have read for this read-a-thon (or plan to read over the last three days), and re-write the synopsis just from the books cover. The aim is to make it sounding completely different from the original synopsis!

Sophia was obsessed with her weight. She was beautiful and everything a man would love. But she was never satisfied with her looks. Gym was where she spent most of her time, burning off the minimal calories she ingested. This is the story of how she lost several potential husbands with her insecurity and obsession and where it lead her in the end.

You can read the original synopsis here. It’s nothing like the one I made up. I loved the book, it’s hilarious.

Day 6 : 12 January 2013

Books read:  Finished Bad Apple  by Barbara Morgenroth (Read my review here.)

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin

Pages read: 166 + 100 = 266

Total Books Read: 5

Book Crack Challenge

What is your Book Crack? What can you NOT SAY NO to? What bookish things make you blissful?

Well, apart from the $3.99 and less on Amazon Kindle, I am also a big fan of review copies as they come free. So I am frequently seen to put myself in misery by taking on a lot of book tours, requesting tons of books from Netgalley and Edelweiss and then panic about posting on time. Also, I am known not to bias between all the free Kindle books up on Amazon and thereby overcrowd my Amazon Cloud and at times my Kindle without knowing if ever I will want to read most of them. But I try, you know!

Bookish Dress Up!

I would love to know which character you would dress differently, and how!

I just finished reading  Bad Apple  by Barbara Morgenroth and even though Neal can not afford nice clothes instead of not wanting to wear them. I really want to dress her up.

Her on-stage dress options –

What do you think?

Day 7 : 13 January 2013

Books read: Finished Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin

Pages read: 60 

Total Books Read: 6

 The New Year’s Resolution Challenge!

Pick a book and choose one or several characters from it and make up what would be their New Year’s resolutions if they made any. No need to be realistic, the wilder the better!

I am making New Year’s Resolutions for Anya from Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin.

1) Not get a family member/friend killed.

2) Not end up in Liberty Prison.

3) Decide what to do with my life (career choice).

4) To figure out who’s good and who’s the villain amongst my family.

5) To make hot chocolate

6) To make chocolate legal

Sounds good, huh? I hope she can keep up with these in Untitled (Birthright, #3).


Finished my goal of reading 6 books

Pages read – 1515

Books Read – Manless in Montclair: Love, Loss, Excessive Dating  by Amy Holman Edelman – Read my review.

Heart of the Ocean  by Heather B. Moore – Read my review.

Tidal by Emily Snow

Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings, #1)  by Kailin Gow – Read my review.

Bad Apple  by Barbara Morgenroth – Read my review here.

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2) by Gabrielle Zevin

68 thoughts on “Bout of Books Goals & Updates”

      1. haha pesky PhD! What’s up with that? =)

        I am really enjoying Game of Thrones on Audio. I love the narrator–he is super great at making each of the billion characters in this novel vocally unique. I would definitely recommend the audio version to anyone interested in reading this book, but I know it is probably super hard to listen on the metro. But the story itself is great too! A lot of characters, but it’s manageable!


      2. lol rightly said, pesky, it is! I always have a hard time with a lot of characters especially since I have atleast 4-5 books on the go at once. Good luck with your 50% goal, I will probably try the next books on audio if I like this one enough.


  1. 6 books is an ambitious goal, but it seems you are well on track for it 🙂
    I can sympathize with requesting too many books on Netgalley & Edelweiss. I have done that occasionally on Netgalley. I am now trying to be very conscious about what I request. Maybe one day 😉
    Good luck for the last day of Bout of Books!


  2. I request so many from Netgalley & Edelweiss too. Then I panic because I have 10 to read in a month and no time to read other books and swear I won’t do it again. And then next month comes… haha. Vicious cycle. I am not biased to free books too… in fact I have found some of my favorite series through the free Amazon books. The problem is I don’t know if its possible for me to read all the ones I have obtained :S


      1. Ok! I’ll be waiting for it. 🙂

        Oh noes! I forgot the NetGalley book crack! I do that too. Request too many stuff (I can’t help but click the request button) and then when they are almost all approved I panic. xD


  3. Wow that is a lot of books you have up on your reading list! I still have yet to read Black City, but I’ve heard amazing things.

    Keep up the great work! Happy reading!


  4. Wow, awesome choices! Best of luck with your goals! 🙂

    This is completely unrelated, but I’ve been wondering about it for awhile now. Why do a lot of blogs say in the comment section that they are an ‘award-free zone’?


    1. Thank you! Well, about the award-free. A lots of awards keep making the rounds – best blogger, awesome blog etc and then you have to answer around 10 questions and pass on the award to another 10 blogs while asking them questions. Since it is time consuming so most of us withdraw from wanting an award of that kind.


  5. Pragya, you have some awesome books to choose from! I went for a lower target, just three books, I start back at work tomorrow and things maybe a little hectic! Good luck with your goals! 🙂


  6. Six books is a challenging goal, and I wish you luck with it! =) But you’ve got some fabulous books on your list, like Black City. I’m really interested to see what you think of that one! Isn’t the cover so gorgeous?! 😉 I’ve also heard great things of Finnikin of the Rock, and about Melina Marchetta in general. She’s like the YA book goddess!

    Good luck with your goal, and happy reading! ❤


    1. I am really liking Black City so far. I know, everybody has loved Finnikin of the rock. I have only read Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, so I’m looking forward to this one. Thanks for stopping by.


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