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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.

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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

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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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 

trapped 

in the

black city.

Inescapable

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).

Wrap-up

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