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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 2017-05-02 15:36
April in books


Four months checked. Eight still to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers April reads and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge.


I finished 17 books in April. I have to credit the start of the booklikes-opoly game and some time off for letting me ramp up my reading. In previous months, I've only managed 11 or 12.. continue reading



Wild Seed - Octavia E. ButlerHexed - Kevin HearneYarned and Dangerous - Sadie HartwellRivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel



I finished just 2 books this month. Pretty poor, but I'm slogging through 2 long ones and have had a lot of real life interrupting my reading time.I have, however, made good progress towards clearing the samples, despite continually adding more. I'm down to 69, from 115! I'm trying to read at least one a day, keeping in mind that I don't get further than a page or two on some... continue reading



10 Books Total for the month of April (3,331 Pages)... continue reading


Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie RyanQueen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. FicklinUnknown - Wendy HigginsThe Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles


If you've missed April wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts, feel invited to read and join :) If we haven't included your post, let us know in the comment section below.



BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:


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text 2017-05-01 15:05
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- April 2017

In April, my reading slump seems to have finally hopped out the window and I managed to get a lot of books read.  Of course, there are a lot of books that were on my immediate TBR that got shoved aside thanks to the newest reading game!  Booklikes-opoly, with all it's fun and excitement, has managed to side-track some of my TBR.  I don't know how to feel about that, but I'm having fun and reading lots and blogging lots, and honestly, that's all that matters to me.


Meanwhile, this was my reading buddy this Saturday, April 29th.  Even though I didn't officially participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon, I still spent the morning reading.  It was raining out and so Baby had to come down into the basement for shelter away from the terrible, noisy thunder.  So here he is, all tuckered out, tired from hiding out from the storm.

Anyway... moving right along...



April Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!



Currently Reading



April Reading Stats


Total works read: 14

  • 7 print/e-book novels
  • 3 audio books
  • 3 novellas
  • 1 short story

Average rating: 3.29 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  Etched in Bone by Anne Bishope // 4.5 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis // 2.0 Stars

Series I started reading:

  • The House of Steele by Addison Fox
  • Veronica Sloan by Leslie A. Kelly
  • Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan


Series I completed:

  • None


Series I have made progress on:

  • The Others by Anne Bishop
  • Aftershock by Jill Sorenson
  • Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn
  • Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis
  • Fairy Tales by Eloisa James



Favorite reads:  Obviously I'm in love with Anne Bishop's The Others series and immensely enjoyed the last book in the Meg story arc, Etched in Bone.  Arroo!  Then there was also A Perilous Undertaking, Badlands, and my Freefall reread.

Disappointing reads:  My biggest disappointment is probably The Sugar Queen, despite how much I DID enjoy most of the book.  It just wasn't as magical as The Girl Who Chased the Moon had been, so I probably went in with higher expectations than I should have.  The lowest rated book this month, Rescue My Heart, was a big disappointment as well, but after sitting back and thinking about it, to be honest, I never really go into a contemporary romance expecting incredible results.  False Memory was also a bit of a disappointment if only because Dean Koontz is always a personal favorite author, even if I don't always read his books.

But as I state in my review of False Memory (to be posted soon), I either like a Dean Koontz novel, or I don't.  This time, I didn't.



Reviews & Notable Posts


(Note: Some of the links listed do not go to a Booklikes page because they were originally posted to my main book blog site and I never cross-posted to BL.)


Reviews Written



  • Did not Meme this month!


Other Posts


Coming Up In May


Tentative TBR



Other Stuff

I don't even know why I've got a tentative TBR for the month of May.  Most of my reads, aside from the Reading Assignment reads, for the next months until the end of July will totally be decided upon based on Booklikes-opoly.  After all, I'm invested in this game, and I'm invested to win!  =D

Of course, the first three books are books I've already rolled for and will have to read before moving onto my next roll for BL-opoly.  Fortunately, they are all three books I've been meaning to read, and Before the Storm is one of my Reading Assignment books.  The last four books are simply books that have been on my TBR since the beginning of the year and really just need to get read.  Maybe the dice gods will take pity on my and let me roll something that gives me a chance to read these books.



2017 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/monthly-reading-wrap-up-april-2017.html
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text 2017-05-01 12:32
My April 2017
Tote Augen: Thriller - Karin Slaughter
The Lying Planet - Carol Riggs
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - cr Crystal S. Chan,Rudyard Kipling,julien choy
Der Augensammler - Sebastian Fitzek
True North - L.E. Sterling
Tote Augen - 4 stars
The Lying Planet - 5 stars
We Should All Be Feminists - 5 stars
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - 5 stars
Der Augensammler - 5 stars
True North - 2 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: We Should All Be Feminists, The Lying Planet, Der Augensammler


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Immortal Writers, The Castaways


6 books, I'm actually really happy with that result. I'm still far ahead of my reading challenge, so that's also very very good. I read lots of really good books this month, three of them that really impacted me in some way and that I still think about lots.

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text 2017-04-30 18:04
April Wrap Up and Challenge Update part 2
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris

I've just finished The Breakdown by B A Paris so I can add that to my wrap up for April. This was another one that I found on Booktube. I like a good psychological thriller so this sounded right up my street. I wasn't disappointed and I enjoyed it much more than The Girl on the Train. I doubt whether I would read it again but it was fast paced and very readable. I can't say the ending was hugely surprising but getting there was very satisfactory. 4/5 stars


Challenge update: 3 books behind,

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