Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0: Goals & Updates

My Goals for Bout of Books 8.0

   • Read six of the following books
   • Discover some awesome new blogs and friends
   • Participate in at least two of the Twitter chats
      → GET INTO TWITTER JAIL ONCE. It will happen this time. I feel it!
   • Participate in four or more challenges

Books To Read

   01. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
   02. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
   03. Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
   04. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
   05. Five Summers by Una LaMarche
   06. Golden by Jessi Kirby
   07. A Legacy of Secrets by Carol Marinelli
   08. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves


Monday, 8/19
Books Read Today:
  Completed: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (258 pages)
  In-Progress: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (26 pages)
Challenge: Challenge #01, Bookish Bucket List

I want to go on an epic roadtrip like Amy and Roger in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour!

Challenge #02, #Pairathon Challenge

Sweet tea and The Scorpio Races is my pairing of the day!

Total Books Read: 1.06
Total Pages Read: 284

Tuesday, 8/20
Books Read Today:
  Completed: The Scorpio Races (378 pages)
  In-Progress: A Legacy of Secrets by Carol Marinelli (102 pages)
Challenge: N/A
Total Books Read: 2.55
Total Pages Read: 764

Wednesday, 8/21
Books Read Today:
  Completed: A Legacy of Secrets by Carol Marinelli (82 pages), Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams (352 pages)
Challenge: Challenge #01, Book Spine Poetry

Falling for you, hungry for you, dreaming of you.
At last, breaking away.
Wild awake.
This is what happy looks like.
Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 1,198

Thursday, 8/22
Books Read Today:
  Completed: Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles (288 pages)
  In-Progress: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (180 pages)
Challenge: I Spy Challenge

Snowflakes : A Bride for the Holidays by Renee Roszel
Flames : Divergent by Veronica Roth
A City Skyline : Dubliners by James Joyce
The Moon : One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
A Sword : Graceling by Kristin Cashore
A Wedding Dress : Vision in White by Nora Roberts
High Heels : Impossible to Resist by Janice Maynard
Fog : Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
A Christmas Tree : A Capital Holiday by Janet Dailey
Sunglasses : Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Lightning : Perfect by Judith McNaught
A Tattoo : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling*
Combat Boots : Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
Hand-cuffs : One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry*
A Road : Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

I failed at both tattoo and handcuffs! But I included the closest I could come up with. I'm also amazed at the variety of books this challenge brought out!
Total Books Read: 5.52
Total Pages Read: 1,666

Friday, 8/23
Books Read Today:
  Completed: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (167 pages)
  In-Progress: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros (101 pages)
Challenge: Bookish Mad Libs

Help! I'm being held captive in Azkaban, by The Darkling!
It is very scandalous here!
He is demanding 13 bees to set me free!
I have just discovered that Jericho Barrons was captured too!
On second thought, please send chocolate, and don't worry if you don't hear from us for awhile!

Much Love,


BAHAHA! I'd like to see The Darkling try to take on Jericho Barrons. After we spend lots of time enjoying the chocolate, that is. ;)

List of books used for the challenge:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Jericho Barrons from The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Total Books Read: 6.25
Total Pages Read: 1,934

Saturday, 8/24
Books Read Today:
  Completed: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros (306 pages)
  In-Progress: I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe (42 pages), Golden (6 pages)
Challenge: Bookish Wishes. (I'm answering Question 2.)

Once upon a time, I stumbled across this blurb:
What can a girl do when her brand new husband, a handsome, rich but slightly spoiled Laird, turns out to be much more than she bargained for? Tell him that he's boring and tiresome and lock herself in a tower until he mends his ways, of course!

The granddaughter of a duke but the daughter of an Oxford don, she has been raised with a very simple lifestyle, the dead opposite of the wildly rich laird. After running from her marriage, she spends 5 years living in a tower, doing important scientific work. What can a Laird do when, after years of searching, he finally finds his gorgeous young wife locked in a tower with only women allowed in? Why, discover the password and gain entrance to the tower dressed as a woman...

What could possibly go wrong?
It supposedly described Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James. Unfortunately, maybe that was the original pitch or something, but the book - while good - matched BARELY ANYTHING about it. But I am positively desperate to read this story! I would be willing to name my firstborn after anyone willing to write it for me. Unless your name is Phoebow or Sequoia. Then all bets are off. But I'll still bake you cookies!

Total Books Read: 7.13
Total Pages Read: 2,288

Sunday, 8/25
Books Read Today:
  Completed: I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe (92 pages)
Challenge: N/A
Total Books Read: 7.34
Total Pages Read: 2,380
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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - The Bout of Books team

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