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Bout of Books 23: Updates

I am doing this again! La La

For the uninitiated, here you go.

Bout of Books

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. 

 Goals

  • Read atleast two books

  • Visit 5 blogs each day
  • Participate in all daily challenges

Challenges

Day 1: Introduce Yourself #insixwords
Book hoarder, librocubicularist, adventurous, traveler, passionate
Day 2:  Book Plot Emoji
Tell the plot of a book (recent read, favorite, whatever) with emojis.

  🍾👗🔫👨‍⚖️

Day 3: Literary Villain: Who are your favorite literary bad guys? Can be a villain, a not-so-good-guy, or anti-hero.

Can’t really think about anyone but I didn’t like Imogen from Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.

Finished reading 

Day 4: Book Trip: Share books set in places you want to visit. Make a road trip of settings in the US or a dream vacation. Or you can think outside the box and choose fantasy, paranormal, historical, or sci-fi setting. Like Hogwarts!

Ireland!

Started 

Day 5: Bookish Playlist: What’s a song that always reminds you of a certain book? Is it something the characters listen to? Do the lyrics remind you of the plot? Make a list of at least three songs and match them each with a book.

          1. 1. This might be cheating but this song (“Will you still love me“) from the same movie always reminds me of The Great Gatsby.

    2. “I will always love you” reminds me of P. S. I love you. 

  1. 3. “Bonfire heart” reminds me of

 

Day 7: Stretch Goal: Look at the goals you set for the week and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them.

Gonna try to read half of my second book if not all. Today being a major festival, this might be a bit of a stretch.

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Bout of Books 22: Goals and Updates

I am doing this yet again!

For the uninitiated, here you go.

Bout of Books

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

Wrap Up:

  • Finished reading The Gift of therapy
  • Finished 5 audio chapters of Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour store (out of total 7)
  • On the last chapter of The Hate U Give
  • Participated in daily challenges on 5 days

Reading Goals:

Finish reading

Start and finish reading

Participate in all daily challenges.

Challenges

Monday 5/14
Introduce yourself #insixwords
Librocubicularist, bookaholic, procrastinator, itinerant, food connoisseur

I read a bit of The Gift of therapy and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore.

Tuesday 5/15
Year of You
1987 – Norwegian Wood. A book that’s been on my TBR since forever.

I read a bit of The Gift of therapy and listened to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. Started Reading The Hate u give.

Wednesday 5/16
Show Me Your Precious

My precious The first John Green I read, my very first audiobook and my most favorite YA book ever! Ah, Alaska…

I read a bit of The Gift of therapy (10 pages), listened to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore (30mins) and started The Hate U Give (95 pages). 

Thursday 5/17
Read Alikes

If you liked try

I read The Gift of therapy (10 pages), listened to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore (20 mins) and read The Hate U Give (60 pages). 

Friday 5/18
Space Scavenger Hunt

Mercury – Favourite short story/novella – The ones who walk away from Omelas
Venus – Favourite book with female protagonist – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Earth – Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Mars – Favourite book with a red cover  – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Jupiter – Favourite tome over 500 pages – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Neptune – Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water – Salt to the sea by Ruta Septeys
Pluto – Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover – Marley and Me
Sun – Favourite book set in summer – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I finished reading The Gift of therapy. Read a bit of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore and Auroville.

Saturday 5/19
I just read some more of The Hate U Give. This was a busy day, I was working and then attending a film fest.

Sunday 5/20
I am almost through The Hate U Give (read till the very last chapter).

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Bout of Books 21 Updates

Wrap-Up

I didn’t happen to read a lot as it was a super busy week but I did happen to buy 18 books from the World book fair! Oops. I finished two books I had already started and started reading a couple more. But I participated in almost all the challenges. Yay!

Day 6 Challenge

Book Spine Poetry
Stack books so that the book titles make a sentence or a short poem. Funny, serious; anything’s good!
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If I had to tell it again,
here I am.
Beware of pity.
At the same time,
carry on
the age of innocence
to the moon.

Day 5 Challenge

Newspaper Headline
Create a newspaper headline for your favourite story/book. You can also create a clickbait title if you like!

The Painted Veil by Somerset MaughamAn Affair that shook their marriage

Day 4 Challenge

ALL THE FAVORITES!

  • Series – Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren, The no.1 Ladies detective series by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Bookish blog – Lotz in Translation
  • Bookish Item – Bookmarks (I collect them on all my travels)
  • Book to Movie – The Great Gatsby
  • Book – Anna Karenina
  • Author – Leo Tolstoy, John Steinbeck
  • Vlogger – Zoe

Day 3 Challenge

Book Spine Rainbow
Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow!
Here you go-
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Day 2

Finished reading and

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2018 Reading Goals

Ah. New year, new goals.
  1. Read at least 40 books (Goodreads goal)
  2. Read more classics (at least 15)
  3. Read more owned books (at least 20)
  4. Read huge books (at least 3) – Shantaram, Gone with the wind and one more
  5. Re-read two favorite books – Anna Karenina and Thirteenth Tale
  6. Read more non-fiction/ memoir/ autobiography (at least 10)

Phew, well those themselves total to almost 50. I think I should stop here and not make more tall claims. :p

But here’s one more challenge I am doing this year.

2018 ultimate reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fic book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer
  9. A book that became a film
  10. A book published in the 20th century
  11. A book set in your hometown/ region
  12. A book with a name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book based on a true story
  15. A book someone else recommended
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A personal growth book
  22. A memoir or a journal
  23. A book by someone from another country
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll visit this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A book you read in school
  27. A book with a character with your first name
  28. A book with a place in the title
  29. A book set in the future
  30. A play
  31. A scary book
  32. A funny book
  33. A book of short stories
  34. A trilogy or series
  35. A bestseller
  36. A book you own but haven’t read
  37. A book about philosophy
  38. An epic poem
  39. A Victorian novel
  40. A book of poetry
  41. A book with a colour in the title
  42. A book with an appealing cover
  43. A book about psychology
  44. A book about science
  45. A graphic novel
  46. A self-published book
  47. A book from a different culture
  48. A young adult book
  49. A book of non-fiction essays
  50. A book by an author you haven’t read before
  51. A book set in a country you’ve never been to
  52. A book set in the place you live today
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Bout of Books 21

I am doing this after so, so long. But I really need something good to happen in my life. The new year hasn’t been kind so far. So I am going to do something about it. And this is it!

For the uninitiated, here you go.

Bout of Books

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

Hop on and join me. Let’s read away.

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Bout of Books 12: Goals & Updates

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Goals

  • To read at least 5 books
  • To check out other blogs
  • Participate in at least 3 challenges
  • Participate in twitter chat
  • Write at least 3 reviews

Possible book choices-

 

Day 1 : 5 January 2015

Books read: 15 pages of The Road, half hour audio of Queen of Someday and 25 pages of She.

Pages read: A dismal 40 pages and half hour listening.

Total Books read: 0

 Challenge:  Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

This challenge was so amazing. Here’s a picture from my bookshelf
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Find a book with the following criteria on a bookshelf:
1. Find an author with the same initials as you (P.S.)
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it
4. Find a book with a female protagonist
5. Find the longest book you own
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated)

Summary: Got busy visiting blogs, commenting and tweeting and reading took a backseat. Gah!
 

Day 2 : 6 January 2015

Books read: She, The Room of Lost Things

Pages read: 125 pages

Total Books read: 0

Challenge: Top 10 Recommendations

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. An Unknown Woman by Alice Koller
  3. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  8. The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
  9. Invisible by Cecily Paterson
  10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Summary: With a friend being ill, other’s Dad being ill and another meeting with an accident, I had a frantic and worrying day. Reading was nowhere on my mind.

 

Day 3 : 7 January 2015

Books read: She, Polarity in Motion

Pages read:95

Total Books read: 0

Challenge: Character Coupling Challenge

I would like to pair Nawra from 

and Bethia from  together as friends. Both of them are compassionate and always up for learning and would make for great best friends, and can teach one another a thing or two.

Summary: Been feeling a bit under the weather and not feeling great mood-wise as well, managed just a little reading despite taking an off from work. 😦

 

Day 4 : 8 January 2015

Books read: Polarity in Motion, Queen of Someday

Pages read:  21 pages, 1.5 hours listening

Total Books read: 0

Challenge: Create your own synopsis. In 3-5 sentences.

Synopsis of Watch The Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

Do you believe in signs? Do you realise the impending doom? Are you making arrangements to flee? What if your Dad can read the signs, your sister can’t speak and you aren’t allowed to make friends? What would you do?

Summary: Not a very productive reading day again. Work got in the way, you know.

 

Day 5 : 9 January 2015

Books read: Polarity in motion

Pages read: 68

Total Books read: 0

 Challenge: Describe your book in pictures: Queen of Someday

 Summary: After a hard day’s work, and house cleaning, I leaned back, watched The Great Gatsby, wrote the movie review and then went on to write a poem. By the time, I got to reading, my eyes closed and I went into dreamland. *sigh*

 

Day 6 : 10 January 2015

Books read: Polarity in motion, The Improbably Theory of Ana and Zak

Pages read: 112  + 201 = 313 pages

Total Books read: 1

 Challenge: Literary Quote 

Mine is from Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

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Summary: I did finish one book today, was aiming for more but oh, well. I am 80% through another. 😀

 

Day 7 : 11 January 2015

Books read: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Pages read: 140 pages

Total Books read: 1

Challenge: #insixwords

(Beware! I am no good at this)

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak: Crazies with difficult past thrown together

All The Bright Places: Meaning of life different for all

Polarity in motion: Naked picture ruins creates a nuisance

Challenge: Dysfunctional Book Family 

As my sister, I want Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green: She is so full of life, vivacious and charming. Who wouldn’t want her for a sister? Life will be never boring with her in it.

Mother: Rosie from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. She knows the correct balance between fun and seriousness and how to interact and when and what to say. If she can make Don realise what love is, she can do anything. I want a mom like her.

Father: Polarity’s father in Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars. If he can handle a borderline personality disorder wife and a huge scandal relating his daughter, he can balance anything. He is very proactive, knowledgeable and knows how to get things done.

The family is dysfunctional because Alaska and Rosie might not get along. They both have strong personalities and the poor father would be trying to balance between both of them. And of course, I am not easy either. 😉

Wrap-up

Books read: Finished 2-  

80 % through 

 

In various stages of being read – 

Pages read: 802 + 2 hours of listening

Summary: Although I didn’t do as well on the reading front, I participated in all challenges except one (which is a first for me), I visited and commented on blogs every day, participated in two twitter chats, tweeted every day and followed lots of new blogs to me. I would say I have had a very successful Bout of Books!

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Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon: Goals & Updates

It’s been really long since I participated in any read-a-thons on the blog, so here I go.

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon

Hosted by Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery (formerly Bawdy Book Blog) and Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, for this read-a-thon you must read holiday themed or winter setting reads. Read-a-thon starts on November 6th 12:01 am (your time zone) and ends on November 11 at 11:59 pm(your time zone).

So here’s my goal post. I am already late in joining but hoping to read at least one book, if not more and tweet my progress using #HoHoHoRAT.

My TBR list

 

11/9
Pages I’ve read today: 19 + 25 + 18 = 52 pages
Total number of books I’ve read: 3 (short stories)
Books read

11/10
Pages I’ve read today: 219 pages
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books read

11/11
Pages I’ve read today: 146 pages and 50% through an audiobook
Total number of books I’ve read: 4 and a half
Books read

 

Wrap Up

Even though I didn’t finish all my books, I think I did pretty good. And started a book that wasn’t on the list earlier. 🙂

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Take control of your TBR Pile Read-a-Thon Goals

To help those who are taking part in the month long Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge  and anyone else who wants to catch up on some of those reads collecting dust, Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer is hosting a read-a-thon.  The only requirement is that the books read must have been published before March 2013.

 I have read 7 books so far for the challenge and am hoping to clear some more during the read-a-thon.

I hope to read atleast 3 books from-

What are your goals?

 

15 March 2013 

Read 98 pages of  After the Snow  by Sophie D. Crockett

 

16 March 2013

I got distracted by an ARC. Oops!

 

17 March 2013

Read 90 pages of After the Snow  by Sophie D. Crockett

Heard 15 minutes of Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn

 

18 March 2013

I read something like 2 pages today even though I took the day off. I had lots of thesis work and reports to be made. The day just flew by. 😦

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Review Copy Cleanup 3.0 – Wrap-Up


Hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea and Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews

So February is gone and it was a super-busy month for me. I had 19 books on my review list but sadly I only managed to read 13 of them. I have written 7 reviews, so I have to write 6 more.

I read

           

How did you do with the Review Copy Cleanup?

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Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon Goals & Updates

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

The #WWReadathon is back! But what is it about, you ask? The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun! In the meantime, Bex and April will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon!

My Goals

To read atleast 3 books (since I’m super busy organizing my sister’s engagement and a national conference both of which happen to be next week.)

and finish reading

Updates

Day 1: 2/7/2013

Book I read: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry

Pages read: 20% on Kindle (roughly 75 pages)

Day 2: 2/8/2013

Book I read: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry

Pages read: 18% on Kindle (roughly 60 pages)

The Dating game mini-challenge

 The idea is to choose two different book characters to go on a date. Although each character must be from two totally different books or series. Example: Edward Cullen (Twilight series) and Kaylee Cavanaugh (Soul Screamers series). Once you know who you are going to choose then your next step is to tell me where they will being going on the date. You are welcome to post a image of a certain place as well. Next, I need to know what they will be doing on their date and why you think both characters would make a great couple.

I’m thinking of sending Cooper from Tidal by Emily Snow and Echo from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry on a surfing vacation in Hawaii. They would make a great couple because Cooper is just awesome and someone who can take Echo’s mind off her worries and will take her away from her dad and stepmom when she goes to Hawaii to take surfing lessons from Cooper.

Day 3: 2/9/2013

Book I read: The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Pages read: 97

Day 4: 2/10/2013

Book I read: Finished Radiant by Christina Daley

Pages read: Unknown – not yet released ebook

Valentine’s Day Cover Ball

For this challenge and to receive your ticket using book covers show us your dress for the ball, your date and how you will arrive.(transportation)
Here is my dress, date and mode of transportation.

Love that dress, meet my date Marcello from the River of Time series and we’ll be arriving in a limo.

Day 5: 2/11/2013

Book I read: Finished Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry 

Pages read: 60% on Kindle (roughly 250 pages)

Total books read so far: 2

 Lines of Love

My challenge for you today should you choose to bandy words with me: Compile some Lines of Love to woo us, Or perhaps fill us with sadness, make our hearts bleed perhaps? Or nay give us a laugh that only comedic love can.

The challenge requirements, oh evil things that they are:

♥ In the current book you are reading flip to a random page

♥ Roll four dice, add each die’s number together, the total is your line number(aka line=sentence) [convenient website for dice rolling here]

♥ Make the line romantic in some way. (you don’t have to use the whole line, but at least half of it and whatever you add of your own can’t be more than half the total quote)

Book: The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Page: 153

Dice rolled – 1 + 1 + 4 + 3 = 9

Sentence: “He takes Esther’s hand in his.”

My take: “He” calls out her name. “Taking Esther’s hand in his”, he kisses it, barely there, a feather touch.

 

Day 6: 2/12/2013

Book I read: Read Primal  by D.A. Serra

Total books read so far: 2

 

Day 7: 2/13/2013

Book I read: Finished  Primal  by D.A. Serra

Pages read: 244 pages

Total books read: 3

 

Wrap-Up

Books read: 3 and a half

Pages read: More than 750

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Review Copy Cleanup 3.0 – Goals & Updates


Hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea and Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews

So February is finally here and I have lots of review books to read. Though this month is going to be super busy, I still have a huge list of books to tread through.

On my review list this month –

That’s a total of 19 books. Wish me luck!

What are your goals? Comment your links below and I’ll come visit.

Updates

2/1/2013 –  Read my review here.

2/2/2013 – 

2/4/2013 –  Read my review.

2/6/2013 –  Read my review.

2/10/2013 –    Review

2/11/2013 –

2/13/2013 –  Read my 4.5 stars review

2/17/2013 – 

2/20/2013 – 

2/22/2013 –  Review

2/24/2013 –


2/26/2013-  Review

2/28/2013 – 

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Take control of your TBR Pile Read-a-Thon

To help those who are taking part in the month long Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge (you can still sign up) and anyone else who wants to catch up on some of those reads collecting dust, Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer will be hosting a read-a-thon. Anyone can join in! The only requirement is that the books read must have been published before March 2013. Each day there will be fun challenges and prizes to help motivate you. You can link up using your blog, Goodreads, Facebook, or Tumblr account..or anywhere you can post your goals and results. This way we can cheer you on!

If you are interesting in hosting a challenge please contact Kimba at this email.

I love read-a-thons’ and have endless TBR piles. So to take account of this dire situation, I’m hopping in. Are you?