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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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Bout of Books 24: Weekend Update
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



I had been hoping to stick with my tentative hopefuls (listed below) up until I got a notice from my library that my hold for Lethal White was available.  The truth is, due to a lot of real life constraints, as well as my determination to finish reading a bunch of other books back in October for Halloween Bingo, I bypassed the first time Lethal White became available for me via library e-book hold list.

So I am extremely happy that my turn came back around so quickly... although now I need to figure out how to insert all the other books I'm trying to get read, because I'd forgotten that I was still on the holds list for this book.  HOW I could even forget is a mystery to me, because Queen Rowling!  I've already jumped into the book, and already am looking forward to the rest of it... though I could do with less of the romance that seems to be building between Strike and Robin.  I kind of see where it's coming from, but I really feel like Strike and Robin make a better team as a platonic investigating partnership.

And I definitely could do with less Matthew, that prick.

Anyway, I've finished one more book and need one more to meet my goal of three books read for the readathon.  Three books was always a pretty realistic goal for me to read in one week, though I admit I'd been wary of how well I would progress based on the still lingering reading slump that's mocking me in the background.  But we're slowly battling that reading slump and climbing out of that ditch.

Lost Island is just a bit slow-going for me, even though it's rather easy to read, and written well, and DOES kind of draw you in.  I admit, this was probably not the Phyllis A. Whitney to start with, having never read her before--I'm having issues with the characters who are all coming off a bit over-dramatic.  I will maybe take recommendations on other books written by her.  I still have possession of The Ebony Swan, however, and am quite loathe to turn it into the library before reading it...

Meanwhile, as of the end of Friday night, I've read a total of 683 pages, and probably would have read more from Lost Island if not for the fact that the night was growing later and I needed to get to sleep.  Of course that didn't keep me from starting and flying through the first two chapters of The Bride by Julie Garwood...

Sleep is not my friend.

I'm really hoping to finish Lost Island before the weekend is over and to focus on that book... but reading moods are wishy-washy and I'm being drawn towards The Bride... no matter that our heroine is quite the Mary Sue (the annoying kind who's beautiful and smart and resourceful and can't even let herself to be upset with a good-for-nothing father, and just goes with everything he tells her even though it's obvious to EVERYONE that he's just a lazy bum who's been taking advantage of her angelic goodness and hard-working character).  And yet... I had to make myself put the book down before I lost more sleep, because I was totally going to just keep going if I didn't have a long work day ahead of me.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Lost Island
by Phyllis A. Whitness
250 pages / 30 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  30 of 250 pages read
-- 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

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

The Bride
by Julie Garwood
388 pages / 0 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  47 of 388 pages read
-- 47 pages read on Friday, 01/11/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-weekend-update.html
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Bout of Books 24: Mid-week Update
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



Why yes, I DID start reading four different books at the beginning of this month!  And apparently I hadn't gotten far pre-readathon.  But that's alright!  I think I made up for the lack of reading last week with the past couple days' progresses... sort of.  I managed to finish reading The Anatomist's Wife in the wee hours of early Tuesday morning, then turned to With This Ring... but have been sadly distracted by other things.

The pages read for With This Ring may change in my next update... assuming I make another update before the end of the readathon.  I plan on trying to make more progress with the book.

 

 

Books Read

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

With This Ring
by Amanda Quick
384 pages / 46 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  85 (22%) of 384 pages read
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- 12 pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019
-- 27 pages read on Wednesday, 01/09/2019

 

 

Lost Island
by Phyllis A. Whitness
250 pages / 30 pages read pre-readathon
Progress:  30 of 250 pages read
-- 0 pages read on Monday, 01/07/2019
-- x pages read on Tuesday, 01/08/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-mid-week-update.html
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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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text 2018-08-23 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Controversial Princess - Jodi Ellen Malpas

Started expecting it to be a contemporary romance book, ended up reading bdsm erotica...

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