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text 2019-01-14 15:04
Bout of Books 24 Wrap Up!
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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



This weekend I was in full on reading mode and managed to finish Lost Island as well as make a huge dent in The Bride... as much as I had trouble reading both books.  No... I take that back.  The books were easy to read, easy enough to fly right through.  But both books... ugh.  Reviews will be coming soon as I mull over how to present them.

Anyway, I'm including The Bride in my 'Books Read' section because I really AM finished reading it, even if I technically didn't finish it until a couple hours after midnight.  It just also makes my stats look nicer!  =D

So, as far as totals go:
1)  I read four books (even if only three to completion)
2)  I read a total of 1141 pages
3)  I listened to 50 minutes of audio book

I probably could have clocked more minutes from The Neverending Story this past week, but I just wasn't quite feeling like audio book, which is a shame, cause then I'd be further along in the book, and my "number of minutes listened to" would be a little more impressive.  As it stands, I still have about eleven hours of the audio to finish before the end of the month.

In truth, aside from not really updating regularly as I'd wanted to, I would actually call this time's Bout of Books a smashing success!  I reached my goals of reading at least three books, and I'm pretty certain I managed to clock at least two hours of reading each day.  The weekend saw me pretty much doing nothing BUT reading, especially on Sunday.

AND I discovered a new author I will be following.

 

 

 

Books Read

 

The Anatomist's Wife
by Anna Lee Huber
386 pages / 89 pages read pre-readathon /
297  pages read during readathon
Progress:  Completed on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 132 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 148 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019

 

 

With This Ring
by Amanda Quick
384 pages / 46 pages read pre-readathon /
338 pages read during readathon
Progress:  Completed on Friday, 01/11/2019
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 12 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 46 pages read on Wednesday, 01/09/2019
-- 23 pages read on Thursday, 01/10/2019
-- 259 pages read on Friday, 01/11/2019

 

 

Lost Island
by Phyllis A. Whitness
250 pages / 30 pages read pre-readathon
220 pages read during readathon
Progress:  Completed on Saturday, 01/12/2019
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 0 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 0 pages read on Wednesday, 01/09/2019
-- 0 pages read on Thursday, 01/10/2019
-- 30 pages read on Friday, 01/11/2019
-- 59 pages read on Saturday, 01/12/2019
-- 131 pages read on Sunday, 01/13/2019

 

 

The Bride
by Julie Garwood
388 pages / 0 pages read pre-readathon
268 pages read during readathon
Progress:  Completed on 01/14/2019
-- 47 pages read on Friday, 01/11/2019
-- 0 pages read on Saturday, 01/12/2019
-- 221 pages read on Sunday, 01/13/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books I'm Currently Reading

 

The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende | narrated by Gerard Doyle
822 minutes / 89 minutes listened to pre-readathon
Progress:  89 of 822 minutes listened to
-- 0 minutes listened to on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Wednesday, 01/09/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Thursday, 01/10/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Friday, 01/11/2019
-- 0 minutes listened to on Saturday, 01/12/2019
-- 50 minutes listened to on Sunday, 01/13/2019

 

 

Lethal White
by Robert Galbraith
656 pages / 0 pages read pre-readathon
Progress: 33 of 656 pages read
-- 33 pages read on Friday, 01/11/2019
-- 0 pages read on Saturday, 01/12/2019
-- 0 pages read on Sunday, 01/13/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/01/bout-of-books-24-wrap-up.html
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text 2019-01-07 02:35
Bout of Books 24 - Starter Post
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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



In a few hours, Bout of Books 24 will be starting (in my time zone, at least), but I will be fast asleep with an early morning shift to contend with.  HOWEVER, once I'm off work, I will be jumping into this!  As with previous readathons, I will only be reading and probably won't participate in any of the challenges... just because.  I'm going to try to update as regularly as I can, but I'm not sure that will actually happen.  More than likely, I'll have a mid-week update and a wrap up.

Meanwhile, I've been out of town and away from my computer for the past couple days, but checked into BookLikes every so often to see how everyone was doing, though I haven't commented on anything.  It looks like I've missed a lot of things, most significant being the charities chosen by Themis-Athena, Murder by Death, and Moonlight Reader for the 24 Festive Tasks.

First of all, I'm super impressed and proud about how many points and how much participation we all managed this year, and would love to thank our hosts as well as everyone for all the fun I had for the holiday season.  I didn't do a wrap up post, so didn't really comment on the game overall, but it was tons of fascination and fun reading everyone's responses to all the non-book tasks!

On that note...

Happy reading to everyone!  And let's all have a great reading week!

 

 

Main Goals


I only have two simple goals for this January 2019 Bout of Books Readathon

1)  Read 3 books.
2)  Update daily... or barring that, as regularly as possible.
Bonus Goal:  Read for at least 2 to 5 hours daily, or on average

 

 

Books I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/01/bout-of-books-24-starter-post.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-05 22:15
December 2018 — A Wrap-Up

 

 

After I had done the yearly overview, I realized I had yet to review the books I read in December. Granted, not much reading was done, but here they are:

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I really wanted to love this one. I’m even collecting all the books in the series. But with all the amazing UF novels that I’ve already read, this one paled in comparison. Even if there hadn’t been so many issues with the characters like the protagonist was supposed to be a witch. But all she did was mess up and whine. Then there was her partner, a vampire. She was supposed to be on a no-blood diet. However, every time the protag even breathed, the vamp would be on her throat. They were aided by a pixie whom they treated like dirt even when he regularly risked his life for them. Finally, a new character was introduced in a highly suspect manner who made the worst decision ever. But the protag just went and trusted him.

 

Aside from those issues, the plot wasn’t making much sense either. I will be reading the next one in the series to see if things get better though.

 

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I’m still in the process of collecting all the books from this series. Just got this one last month and was going over it all excited. Suddenly, I found myself flipping its pages. Within no time, I had read the whole book! That is the magic of the Lemony Snicket books. They are funny but profound, and perfect reads for kids and adults alike. 
I do have a kind of project in mind for this series. Let’s see when I can make it happen!

 

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The first time I came across this series was a long time ago. From the joke cracked in it about teenage vampires (can’t recall if they were of the sparkly variety or not), I was sold. While I am still collecting all the books in this series. I thought it was time that I started reading the ones I had managed to snag. This is the second book in the series and it didn’t disappoint. Fowl is still his serious precocious but brilliant self and you know my love for Flavia. Butler can still kick ass and will do anything to keep his charge safe. I am also becoming fond of the fairy characters, including the butt-flap-opening farting Mulch. Will keep devouring book after book now that I have begun!

 

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I couldn’t make myself wait, so I started this one almost immediately. We begin to see changes in Fowl’s personality. The kid who has always been smarter than other kids his own age has spent his life being alienated. Now, he realizes the importance of friendship and connecting with others, even his parents! 

 

Holly is a strong female character who doesn’t shy away from danger, speaking her mind, or doing the right thing.


I was sad when I thought Butler would be out of commission now that he had aged 15 years. But he isn’t going to give up without a fight, is he? Typical Butler!

 

Root and Foaly bicker all the time, but they are fun to read about. 


P.S. I don’t think I can stop reading these books until I have read em all now.

 

This was what I read in December. How did you do?

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-03 05:19
Looking Back at 2018

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 2, 2019.

 

Another year has come to an end. If you ask me, there is NO way that 2018 had 365 days. At least, that’s not how I felt! Even though time passed quickly, I did manage to read more than twice the books I had planned reading.

 

Okay, so this is how this review is going to go. I have separated this year’s books into several categories. Shall we?

 

 

Old Favorites

 

    


Cheyenne Clark Series by David Wellington

Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

The Hathaways Series by Lisa Kleypas

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

Milkweed Triptych Series by Ian Tregillis 
Walker Papers Series by C.E.Murphy

A Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell

Flavia de Luce Series by Alan Bradley

Vlad Taltos Series by Steven Brust
Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde

Darko Dawson by Kwei QuarteyThe Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

The Forever War Series by Joe Haldeman
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 
Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

 

Special Mentions

 

These are books from series that have been consistently good to read for me. How are they different from Old Loves you ask? Even Old Loves had installments that were a hit and a miss. These series didn’t!

 

 

Ms. Marvel Series by G. Willow Wilson

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Everwild by Neal Shusterman

 

New Loves

An Unkindness of Magicians Series by Kat Howard
Karen Memory Series by Elizabeth Bear 

Damned Series by Chuck Palahniuk
Johannes Cabal Series by Jonathan L. Howard

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

Leningrad Diptych by Catherynne M. Valente
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Once Upon a Time Machine Volume 2 by Andrew Carl 
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Pleasant Surprises

 

These were books from series that had previously left me unimpressed. I had even considered abandoning them but decided to give them one last try. Yaay! These series just got a whole lot better!

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh 
Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

Shadows Linger by Glen Cook

 

So, I have included the books that I liked in this overview. There were some that obviously weren’t for me, but why dwell on those. Right? Here’s hoping the coming year would be even more fantabulous for all readers and non-readers alike!

 

Happy New Year!

 

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text 2019-01-02 22:30
December 2018-That's A Wrap!
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs
Scapegoat - Adam Howe,James R. Newman
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume Three - Charles Beaumont,J.B. Priestley,James Purdy
Becoming - Michelle Obama
Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell
In the Night Wood - Dale Bailey
Mourning Jewelry - Stephanie M. Wytovich
Husk - J. Kent Messum
Saga Volume 9 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

I read 13 books in December!

 

Audiobooks

 

BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama 5*

WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell 4*

MOURNING JEWELRY by Stephanie Wytovich 4.5

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens 5*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY by John Hornor Jacobs 4.5*

SCAPEGOAT by Adam Howe and James Newman 4*

IN THE NIGHT WOOD by Dale Bailey 4*

HUSK by J. Kent Messum 4.5*

THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, V.3 edited by James Jenkins and Ryan Cagle

 

Total: 5

 

Random Reads

 

THE TRAVELING VAMPIRE SHOW by Richard Laymon 2.5*

 

Total: 1

 

Graphic Novels

 

SAGA, VOLUME 9- by Brian Vaughan 5* YOU BROKE MY HEART!

SANDMAN: OVERTURE by Neil Gaiman 5*

KILL OR BE KILLED, V. 1 by Ed Brubaker 4*

 

Total: 3

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

 

(I failed but had fun trying!)

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

Running Total: 157

Total Goal: 150

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