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text 2017-08-07 16:35
Bout of Books Cycle 20 Tea, Rain, Book Sign Up

Bout of Books

 

 

First, the mandatory blurb:

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

 

If you have a FB account, there is now a (closed) group just for Bout of Book-ers. If you prefer Twitter, there is the @boutofbooks handle or the #boutofbooks hashtag. The Bout of Books blog also has an Instagram account.

 

Since the last COYER read-a-thon (ebooks and audiobooks only) starts one day before BoB 20, I am going to just read off my list for both read-a-thons. My list is dwindling fast, but I don't want to add anymore books to the pile this late into COYER.

 

I am so determined to participant in the challenges this time around. I didn't sign up to be an expert because I will be busy that week doing PTO board stuff and getting ready for the first day of school on the 28th.

 

Come join the fun!

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text 2017-08-01 12:00
August 2017 Reading List
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

COYER continues until September 8th, so my list will last until then. I'm having a hard time getting into the Jeannie Lin books; the pacing is just too slow for my taste. The Bootlegger's Daughter has a heroine who is an entitled twit and I can't stand her. I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet with these books, but I may wait until I get other books done before tackling them.

 

I am looking forward to reading longer romances (A Promise in Daylight and Emma and the Outlaw), a category romance set during the Reign of Terror/French Revolution (Falling for the Enemy), a category romance written by a fellow military vet and military spouse (Special Agent Under Fire) and the last Allie Pleiter book (Mission of Hope) I have in my personal library.

 

The last Twitter party for COYER is Sunday, August 27th at 4pm EST; the last read-a-thon (ebooks and audiobooks only) is August 20th-27th, which is the same dates for Bout of Books Cycle 20. There is also an COYER Instagram photo challenge that starts today and runs through the 31st.

 

The most important date for me right now is August 28th - first day of school! My little boy is a first-grader!

 

August Reads:

1. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

2. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

3. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin

4. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

5. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson

6. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger by Carole Mortimer

7. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine

8. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings

9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

10. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

11. Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis

12. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

13. Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller

14. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge

15. Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter

16. Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

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text 2017-05-16 03:47
Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up and Weekend News!
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, 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

 



I was out of town for the weekend starting Friday, and after so much activity and driving around, I'm worn out.  Sometimes road trips and vacation can be so exhausting!

 


At least Baby thinks so.  He probably slept a lot more this weekend than anyone else did though, AND he got a nice toy out of the whole ordeal!

 


The little one was dragging that thing around like a new security blanket, feeling perfectly content to having it just hanging off of him, when he normally doesn't even like having anything bulky or clumsy hanging off of him like that.  He must really love the new toy!  Mom thinks it looks like a noose though, so she's been removing it; however, it seems a bit heavy for him to drag around in his mouth, so it kept ending up back around his neck.

Anyway, the weekend was busy with my cousin's graduation from Pharmacy school (!!!), and some shopping, and lots of eating.  I ended up completing my mission of needing to find a nice outfit for my brother's wedding (!!!) coming up in about a month.  And yes, I DID put off shopping for clothes for a long time because, a) I'd been hoping to lose some weight so I could wear something nicer, and b) I just don't like going shopping because it's so exhausting and I suck at fashion trends and stuff anyway.

Needless to say, losing weight is not one of my better skills, so I just had to find something that looked nice on me, but also didn't make me look bigger than I already am.  With my mom's help, we managed somehow.

And in the meantime, I continued my penchant for NOT losing weight by enjoying any and all food:

 


We went for a go at this new place that made rolled ice cream, which was delicious.  Unfortunately, being lactose intolerant, I paid for it later, even with the help of Lactaid.  Apparently, I'm very good at making poor life decisions, even with my resolutions to quit making myself miserable by eating things I shouldn't.  But it was vacation, and rolled ice cream, and there are bananas on my rolled ice cream, and that should count for something... right?

Other food choices included an all-you-can eat Italian buffet called Cinzetti's which was fabulous!  The dessert and crepe station was even more fabulous!  The Sangria Blanco also hit all the right spots!

We also had appetizers for lunch at a chic little bar, but the food wasn't all that great.  I'd never seen a more pathetic looking loaded fries.  Then after my cousin's graduation ceremony, my aunt invited everyone out to an Asian Bistro where she proceeded to ply everyone with food and drink because she was so happy for her daughter's achievements.  And because we were all so happy for her, we indulged!  There might have been some Sake and Sashimi involves well.

 

 


At some point in time we stopped for an early dinner wherein I  ended up seeing the word "scallops" and "risotto" in the same menu item description and got really, really happy.  Also, there's a really good Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer my family and I couldn't pass up, even though my youngest brother and I are the only ones who enjoyed it.  Mom ate off of the salad on the side.

At least there were a lot of green veggies on my plates!

That being said, the weekend was very long and very busy and very tiring, which didn't leave me a whole lot of time for reading except during those moments at the beginning of the day when you're sitting around and waiting for everyone else to wake up.  Since I'm such a light sleeper, I'm usually one of the first ones up, so I was at least able to get some reading accomplished, even if not what I'd hoped for.

And so, that brings us, finally, back to the Bout of Books update!

 

 

Update for Days 5, 6, 7 and a Summary
(Fri. 5/12, Sat. 5/13, Sun. 5/14)

 

  • End of Week Reading Status
    • # Books Read:  0
    • # Pages Read:  151

 

  • Running Totals
    • # Books Finished:  2
      • Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler | 336 pages
      • The Thing About Love by Julie James | 380 pages
    • # Pages Read:  951

 

 

 

Books I'm Still Reading

 

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton | 244 of 468 pages
Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond | 15 of 255 pages
 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls I Didn't Get To

 

 

A Brief Summary

 

So I didn't quite reach my goal of four books and reading for at least four to eight hours each day.  I still feel like I made some good progress, but I was really hoping to do better, as well as finish my books before the weekend was over.  That being said, my hopeful plans of rolling once again for Booklikes-opoly by tomorrow, 5/16/17, is probably not going to happen.

That's fine.  I DO have two books I'm still finishing.

And while my entire body is still a little stiff from driving all day, and then falling asleep in a very awkward position upon arrival at home, I think this weekend has been a pretty successful one in terms of personal life necessities.

At least I got a cute new pair of dress shoes to show for it, and Baby seems to be a lot happier to be home as well!

 


Anyway, cheers, everyone!

 


This morning before returning home, Baby decided to make himself quite comfortable on my brother's couch, squeezing in right next to me while I was reading, between a stack of blankets, curling up just small enough to fit into the little space.

 

 

Previous Update Posts and Other Links

 

Bout of Books 19 Participation Announcement
Bout of Books 19 Starter Post
Bout of Books Day One Update
Bout of Books Midweek Update

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/bout-of-books-19-wrap-up-and-weekend.html
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text 2017-05-14 02:12
Reading progress: 5%.
Blackveil - Kristen Britain

*snicker*

 

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text 2017-05-14 00:27
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Blackveil - Kristen Britain

*grumble* glad to finally remember to get around to reading this one.  I love this series but with 3-4 years between books ... *ack*

 

I'm lucky to remember heroine's name.  I made myself wait until either more were published or author announced the series was finished.  Then kind of forgot about it until fictfact.com's next in series list reminded me I meant to read it.

 

Not really on topic for anything but his cover in thumbnail always looks like the old covers of Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens to me.  I think it's the tree roots and "blonde" bipeds.

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