Posts Tagged: Bout of Books

Bout of Books 9.0 – Wrap-up

January 14, 2014 Fun Stuff 1

Bout of Books

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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So how’d I do?

I certainly didn’t go out with a bang.

But I had fun, and I did what I wanted to do rather than what I felt pressured to do. So overall I call that a win.

Recap

  • I read 4 books! I had 10 on my list, but reading 4 is perfectly respectable. 3 of the 4 were from my Netgalley queue, so that’s definitely a win! What did I read? The Unseemly Education of Anne MerchantHeartbeatThe Chance You Won’t Return, and To Tuscany with Love. A bonus is that 2/4 of those books got reviews written!
  • I participated in 4 challenges and hosted 1. Challenges are tons of fun and a great way to kindle creativity. I had so much fun reading the entries to my Create a Story challenge!
  • I managed to be present for and participate in all three Twitter chats! That has never happened. Apparently the stars converged and planets aligned. It will likely never happen again.
  • I didn’t do as well on the commenting side as I’d have liked. I was vocal on Twitter, and responded to folks there a lot – but I didn’t visit as many blogs as I would have liked to. Next time I’ll do better!

Overall, I count the week as a win. Fun times were had, new friends were made, and good books were read. You can check out my tracking post for specific notes each day.

What more could I possibly ask for?

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Bout of Books 9.0 Create a Story Challenge (& Giveaway!)

January 10, 2014 Fun Stuff, Giveaways 21

Bout of Books

Update: A winner has been selected! Congratulations SaraRose! Check your email for details!

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Welcome to Day 5 of Bout of Books!  I hope you’re all having as much fun as I am. Are you on track with your goals? Been doing lots of challenges? I hope you’re ready for a super fun Bout of Books challenge today – Create A Story.

The rules are simple:

  1. Open your current book to the last page you read.
  2. Using the last word of every line, create a poem or story. You must use every word (but they do not have to be in order), and you may add punctuation as necessary. If a word is split between the end of the line and the beginning of the next one, you may choose whether or not to use it.
  3. Create a post (or tweet or video) that showcases your masterpiece. If you don’t have anywhere else to post it, you can add it as a comment here and use the comment link as your entry.
  4. Add it to the linky on this post.

Example:  Page 199 of Revealed by P.C. and Kristin Cast. My words are: for, name, What, repeated, said, lesson, him, but, here, one, the, gown, together, are, he, it, chest, look, her, cruel, me, his, together, it, was, body, punish, and to.

My story:

His body was said to punish; the lesson repeated cruel.
What name but one, together for me.
He, him, it. Together are speaking here.
Her gown, chest – before it – look behind.

It’s a bit like magnetic poetry in the way that it can get nonsensical – but it’s so much fun! As you can tell, I really got stuck on that last line with the leftover words I had. But I still created something. And now I want to go dig out my old magnetic poetry tins!

This challenge will be open for 24 hours (from midnight to midnight CST), and one lucky participant (who is also signed up for Bout of Books) will be randomly selected to win:

a book of their choice (up to $15) from Amazon or The Book Depository.
Winner can specify physical copy or e-copy.

Remember that the winner must have an entry in the linky AND be listed on the official Master List of Bout of Books participants. This giveaway is open internationally, to countries that these vendors ship to.

Contest Terms & Conditions:

  • You must be at least 18 to win the giveaway.
  • The giveaway begins at 12:00AM CST on January 10, 2014 and ends 12:00AM CST January 11, 2014.
  • Winner will be announced on Never Too Fond of Books and contacted through email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • To win, you must be registered for Bout of Books 9.0 and have a linky entry on this challenge.

 

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Bout of Books 9.0 – Goals and Tracking

January 2, 2014 Fun Stuff 16

Bout of Books

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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ve been thinking about what I want to get out of Bout of Books this time around for awhile now. It’s always so daunting! I want to do it all. I want to read ALL the books! I want to do ALL the challenges! I want to do ALL the chats! <— That’s a new one for me though! I’m not scared of Twitter chats anymore!

Ultimately, my goal is to read and have fun. The first time I did BoB, I focused solely on the books. But now? I love interacting with all of the other participants! Yes, I definitely use the time to read more than I do in a normal week, but the focus is no longer solely on books. It’s a read-a-long, not just a read-a-thon.

I love you guys.

Goals

Reading – My biggest reading goal is to knock out some of the books that have been clogging up my Netgalley queue. I currently have 20 books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet. I won’t read all 20, but I’d like to make a dent in that list (so I can start requesting new ones again!).

Challenges – I’d like to participate in at least five challenges over the course of the week. And this time I’m hosting a challenge too (on Friday)!

Comments – I was an expert in 8.0 so I was much better at commenting each day. I’d like to continue with that, even though I’m not an official expert this time. I love getting comments, so giving them should be just as amazing!

Chats – I would love to do all three Twitter chats, but that’s just not going to happen. I will definitely do one, and hopefully two. And I’d really like to get jailed this time. 🙂

Books to Read (subject to change at my fancy)

  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
  • The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello
  • To Tuscany with Love by Gail Mencini
  • Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre
  • The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
  • Portrait of a Scandal by Annie Burrows
  • The Swiss Affair by Emylia Hall
  • Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
  • The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
  • Running on Empty by Colette Ballard

Updates

1/6

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Challenges from today: Book Buying Spree @ Bookish Comfortsmy wishlist screenshot. Mad Libs @ Cheap Thrillsmy Mad Libs in the comments. Both challenges were loads of fun!

I read The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi. It was one of those books where you like some things, and then you don’t like other things… and then you get to the end and a murderous rage comes over you and you want to through your iPad. But that’s all I’ll tell you until I actually review it.

I also participated in the first of the Twitter chats today! It was crazy fast. I met lots of folks I didn’t know – including someone who lives not far from me right here in NC!


1/7

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Challenges from today: Reading Tactics @ Sarah Says Read

I read The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanne Wiebe and the plot seemingly came out of left field! Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed it. I just didn’t expect what happened to happen. And then it turned out to be the first book of a series.

In her challenge, Sarah asked the question, “How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?” My answer was simple:

I read during my lunch break at work. I read instead of watching TV at night. I read before bed. It’s just read, read, read for a week!


1/8

Number of books I’ve read today: 0 – BUT I DO NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT THIS.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Challenges from today: Introduce Someone to Your Favorite Genre @ Doing Dewey

For the challenge, I picked Urban Fantasy and introduced everyone to Kevin Hearne and the Iron Druid Chronicles. ATTICUS AND OBERON 4 LIFE.

There was another epic Twitter chat. I feel like the ones at night always get a little more rowdy than the ones during the day. Anyone else feel that?

I also managed to write and schedule (for April) a review of one of the books I did read for BoB already. That’s progress, right? It wasn’t in my original goals to keep up with the reviews, but I think it’s just good juju.


1/9

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Challenges from today: None

This was just not a good day for me. I ended up going to bed at 8:30PM with a massive headache. I did start my next book – To Tuscany with Love – but I read maybe 10 or 15 pages.


1/10

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Challenges from today: None

Today I hosted one of the challenges – Create a Story. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING. There were some awesome and amazing and hilarious entries in the mix.

I did some more reading in To Tuscany with Love but I’m not even a third of the way through it yet. The weekend will be my Bout of Books comeback!


1/11

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Challenges from today: None

Today I read To Tuscany with Love by Gail Mencini and guys – this book was amazing. It should be a movie.


1/12

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Challenges from today: None

Today I read Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. I fully expected to cry big heavy snot tears.. but I didn’t shed a single tiny baby tear. Is there something wrong with me?

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Bout of Books 8.0 – Wrap Up

August 26, 2013 Fun Stuff 2

Bout of Books

Another week of reading like crazy is over. And phew! What a week that was!

You can see all of my daily updates here but I wanted to take the time to reflect on the week as a whole.

Goals

Reading

I exceeded my reading goal. I read ten books this week! I was hoping for seven at best, but I honestly thought I’d hit closer to five. And I actually enjoyed the books I picked too! My favorites? The Survivors series by Amanda Havard and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. 

Commenting

I failed at this goal. I started out so strong! The first half of the week, I was visiting so many blogs every day! But as time passed, I found myself sticking more and more to Twitter to interact with people, rather than commenting on update posts. This is an area for me to work on next Bout of Books.

Twitter Chats

I participated in two out of the three “official” chats – so that’s a clear win! I had made it a tiny little side goal to get jailed during one of them, but that didn’t happen. Bummer. One day though. One day. I also participated in the impromptu social hour chat and the special edition #GLA read-a-long chat that Amanda and Kelly did (read the Storify here).

Challenges

I hadn’t made these specific goals originally, but I actually ended up participating in several of the challenges this go around! Usually I am so focused on the reading that I don’t do much else. But challenges are fun! I did my very first (ever!) Book Spine Poetry, Bookish Mad Libs, the TBR List Challenge, and the Pairathon.

I think my favorite parts of the week are twofold. First – I got to hang out with (virtually, of course) some pretty amazing folks. I met a lot of new people I hadn’t talked to before and found several people who have reading tastes similar to my own. Second – I got to gush about Amanda Havard’s books TO Amanda Havard. One of my favorite things about Twitter is that people (and our favorite authors are just people) are so accessible. Even when we fangirl over them. 🙂

Here’s to a fabulous week and a fabulous read-a-thon!

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Bout of Books 8.0 – Day 4 Mad Libs Challenge

August 23, 2013 Fun Stuff 5

I haven’t been creating separate posts for the challenges I’ve participated in. Unless you count the instagram photo for Book Spine Poetry.

But today’s Mad Libs Challenge just screams for its own post!

First, we are asked to make a list of books, using the following categories (and no peeking further down to find out why!):

A. Place name or type (from a book title) can be a proper name or noun like Italy or mountains
B. Fave Villain (from a book – list title/series)
C. Adjective (from a book title) (hot, cold, dark, etc.)
D. Number (from a book title)
E. Noun (from a book title)
F. Fave Hero/Heroine you wouldn’t mind spending a LOT of time with (from a book – list title/series)
G. Dessert (from a book title)

Here are mine (I’ve shaded the actual words to use in the made libs in orange italics):

A. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
B. Eldest – Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
C. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
D. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
E. Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
F. Jericho Barrons – The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
G. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Now – what kind of story has Shaunie created for us to fill in the blanks with? LETS FIND OUT!

The Mad Lib

Help! I’m being held captive in the City of Fallen Angels, by Eldest!
It is very tiny here!
He is demanding thirteen redshirts to set me free!
I have just discovered that Jericho Barrons was captured too!
On second thought, please send Lemon Cake, and don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for awhile!

Much Love,
Mandi Kaye

Captured with Jericho Barrons? Yep.

I’d be so okay with that.

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