Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bout of Book 9.0 Goals and Challenges



 Bout of Books


I am going to participate again in this read-a-thon!  I really need to get caught up on some books andwhen I saw others participating in it I knew it was perfect for me.  It starts on the 13th!

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, Jan 6th and runs through Sunday, Jan 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.


Don't forget to use the #boutofbooks hashtag when updating on Twitter and follow boutofbooks.
I will be updating my progress here on my webpage and on my my twitter page. 
I will only be updating to this page so check back here. I also will be doing my challenges on this link so scroll down to the bottom to see them!

Time Devoted to Reading
 I would like to try to read 2 hours a day at least.

 My Goals:

I would like to participate in a twitter chat.  I participated in one last time around and it was a lot of fun and a GREAT place to get advice from other people.   

Books I would like to read are Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler for my Young Adult Book Club,  catch up on some comic books: Batwoman Vol 3, Nightwing Vol 2, Jack of Fables Vol 2, Justice League Vol 3, Batman Detective Comics Vol 2, and Superman Action Comics Vol 2.  So I have plenty of those to read.  All books are from the library and will be do back soon so this readathon is perfect for me.





Updates

Monday
Number of books I've read today: 2 Novellas.  Ok so that wasn't part of the plan.  But I happened to get Phoenix Overture by Jodie Meadows and A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor on ebooks from my library today so I went ahead and just read them.  After updating my blog I am going to start reading Allegiant.  I am also watching Emperor's New Grove for my Project Disney this week.
Name of book: Allegiant
Total number of books I've read:
Number of hours read: 3 hours (the Novellas are quite long)
What else I did: went to the gym! I also did 4 challenges tonight.  I did the two for today and the two for Tuesday.  Might as well get what I can done.  I am also working on my Project Disney post for this week.

Tuesday

Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read:0
Name of Book: Allegiant
 Number of Hours I've read:4 hours... 200 pages + blog posts.
 What else I did: I think I've visited like 60 blogs so far. I am done with that for the rest of bout of books.  Sorry people... my awesomeness must take a break from this.  It is time consuming that's for sure.  I am still planning on participating in the twitter chat tomorrow.   I also posted up my Project Disney post for this Friday. Wondering if I should do reviews of the 2 novellas I read or not??? hummm... I also did the challenge for Wednesday which was a lot of fun to me.

Wednesday

Number of books I've read today:1
 Total number of books I've read:1 + 2 Novellas
 Books:Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Number of Hours I've Read:4 1/2 hours!  pushing it out tonight... hoping to finish this book in the wee hours of the night.
What else I did: I pretty much just read today.  I did participate in the twitter chat for about Half and Hour but that's about it.  It really had a lot of people in the chat so I didn't stay the whole hour.  I just didn't feel like I was meeting bloggers through it this time.  Too much going on I guess.
Edit:  OK it's 12:23.  Just finished Allegiant in two days.  Ummm. what did I just even read?  Review will be written tomorrow. 

Thursday

Number of books I've read today:0
Total number of books I've read:1
 Books: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Number of Hours I've Read: 1
What else I did:Today I wrote the review for Allegiant which will post Saturday. That was a tough review to write. I did a challenge this morning too. It is getting to the part of Bout of Books where I start petering out.  ZZZZzzzzz. 

Friday

Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read:1
Books: Why We Broke Up
Number of Hours I've Read:1 hour
What else I did: Today I .... commented on some blogs, commented on my own blog.  Read a little bit of my book.

Saturday

Number of books I've read today:
Total number of books I've read:
Books:
Number of Hours I Read: 
What else I did:

Sunday

Number of books I've read today:
Total number of books I've read:
Books:
Number of hours I read: 
What else I did: Not sure if I will do anything today because it's playoffs and the Denver Broncos are playing!

Challenges:

Monday 1/6
Book Buying Spree -- Bookish Comforts
The challenge here is that I have a $100 gift card to spend... I go to the Book Depository to pick out books that meet $100. So my list.... If I had $100 I'd go big.  I'd buy Madonna's Sex book because I have always wanted it 49.95 but they don't have it and I was going to put the Harry Potter special edition set but for some reason it's $100??  That is way overpriced. So I'll pick The Walking Dead Volume 1  and Volume 2 $48.37. These are my choices.  Go big or go home right??  I am actually at $108.11 but... I would just pay the 8.11 out of my own pocket is that cheating???  I noticed though with this challenge that Book Depository is actually kind of expensive.



Mad Libs -- Cheap Thrills
This is where I create a fun Mad Lib! I decided to do mine with comic book names since majority of my book this readathon are comics I am catching up on.

Batman The New 52 DC
Green Lantern The New 52 DC
Catwoman The New 52 DC
Birds of Prey The New 52 DC
Detective Comics The New 52 DC
Suicide Squad The New 52 DC
Red Hood and the Outlaws The New 52
Wonder Woman The New 52

I just read the greatest book!
This guy BATMAN ends up in the middle of a/an GREEN conspiracy. Turns out his/her ancestors were pirates, and he/she might be the key to finding the WONDER BIRDS. It’s a mythic artifact that disappeared centuries ago, and now a shadowy group of DETECTIVES are looking for it. No one knows what uncovering it might do, but these guys are willing to (commit) SUICIDE for it.
I won’t say anything else. But believe me, if you like RED stories with SUPERMAN(s) and SUPERGIRL(s), you have to read this one.

Tuesday 1/7
Reading Tactics List -- Sarah Says Read
How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?
I really try not to have anything on TV that takes any attention.  For example... right now I am watching I am Britney Jean (I love Britney!!). But I don't actually have to pay too much attention. It's too bad I can't stand audio books or I would listen to them while I'm at the gym!!

Audiobook Cast -- Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
In this challenge we cast an audio book.  I picked one of my favorite fantasy series .. Drizzt by RA Salvatore.
So I am going to cast the RA Salvatore Drizzt book series (based off Dungeons and Dragons games). The main character Drizzt is a dark elf, I would cast Wesley Snipes. He isn’t in many films anymore but he would be perfect. Catti-bree I would cast Emma Watson, Wulfgar who is a Barbarian would totally be Chris Hemsworth! Those are the three main characters I would cast!!


Wednesday 1/8
Introduce Someone to Your Favorite Genre -- Doing Dewey
This challenge is going to be fun to keep checking back at all day and read the answers.  Here is mine:  A genre I love huh???  Well let's be honest... lately I have been very into graphic novels/comics.  People tend to think of them as just superheroes like DC/Marvel.  But they are much much more.  I read an amazing one last year called The Arrival (http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-arrival-by-shaun-tan-graphic-novel.html) the artwork in that book is beautiful.  I also read and finished the Locke and Key series by Joe Hill (http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2012/09/locke-and-key-volume-1-welcome-to.html) who is Stephen King's son.  The story will suck you in, it's about a house that uses all these keys that do different things (heal you, make you large, change your sex).  Imagine reading a wonderful story and seeing beautiful art work while reading.  If you haven't given graphic novels a chance thinking they are for teens/kids give them a chance!!


Thursday 1/9
Double Date Book Challenge -- Writing My Own Fairy Tale
 The challenge has us pairing up two book that we think would go together that people should read. 
 This is fun and a great idea.  I love pairing up books! This is fun.. I would pair Ready Player One by Ernest Cline with 1984 by George Orwell. I think these two books would be great to read together. Both are about computers and people being controlled by them. Of course Ready Player One is an excellent book so read it no matter what!

Poem Challenge -- Pen in Her Hand
I am not much of a poem person.  Never have been.  I don't know what it is... the challenge does look fun though and neat.  I see that there is a book spine poetry coming up too.  AYE!  POEMS!!!!

Friday 1/10
Create a Story -- Never Too Fond of Books
Book Spine Poetry -- The Book Spines

Saturday 1/11
Book Staging -- Midnight Book Girl

Sunday 1/12
Bookish Wedding -- Harley Bear Book Blog


Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

44 comments:

  1. I will also be reading Allegiant during this readathon. I have heard so many good things about Why We Broke Up. I hope to read it this year.

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    1. EEK! I am getting excited about starting!

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  2. Great that you are participating in Bout of Books. This will be my 2nd one and the last one was great. Double check your dates though -- the current one starts on the 6th-- I wouldn't want you to miss it!

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    1. Oh crap! You are right I have up the wrong picture! LOL! I copied this format from one of the previous bout of books I participated in.

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  3. Good luck my friend, and I am loving your graphic novel picks!

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    1. I love graphic novels. I have been getting more and more into them now the DC has the new 52. Before I just didn't know where to begin in the stories and now for each arc I have a starting point.

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  4. Good luck with Bout of Books. I'm skipping it for the first time in ages just because of bad timing. I have to ease myself back into work and reading after a long (for me) break!

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    1. At least you are working! Finding a job is hard. I haven't been able to find one for a while now and it is a bummer.

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  5. That's so cool you're doing this readathon! I wanted to take part, but I start school again next week, so I didn't think I'd have the time. Why We Broke Up sounds pretty good, and I'm curious to see what you'll think of Allegiant. Good luck with all your goals :)

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    1. Thanks!! It should be fun again... I think it's my 4th time so lots of fun. Especially the Twitter chat.

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  6. Good look with your reading goals for the Bout of Books 9.0 Read-A-Thon! I look forward to reading your updates. :-)

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  7. Aren't twitter parties amazing? I love them so much. :)

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    1. Yes... the ones on bout of books are super fun too!

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  8. I'm so excited you are doing this. I really wanted to take part in the event but I just don't have the time this coming week so I will sit this one out.

    I haven't read the Nightwing series since new 52 started. I really need to because he is a favorite of mine. Can't wait to see what you accomplish. Good luck.

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    1. It is hard when Bout of Books occurs and you are super busy. I've had to miss out before because of this. One year I should be a Bout of Books expert and help others out. I might apply next time.

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    2. I think you would be great at that. I am looking forward to following your progress with this. I'm going to shoot for participating in the next one.

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  9. I have Allegiant sitting on my shelf. I've had it since it came out, but I've been putting it off. I'm afraid of being disappointed. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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    1. I am just ready to get started. Speaking of.. I should be in bed right now sleep so I can get Bout of Books started. Though technically it just turned midnight, so perhaps I should stay up all night and start reading since now it's the 6th. Hummm....

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  10. Oh God, Allegiant! I finished it about a week after it came out- still not ready to accept that it's over. I hope you enjoy anyway, and the rest of your books too! Good luck :D

    x Ely

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    1. Thank you!! I still haven't started. I thought I would tonight but a few other books jumped in the way of course!

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  11. I hope you enjoy the read-a-thon. I'm super excited to start daily updates and get a tonne of reading done.

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  12. I still need to read Insurgent so I can start Allegiant. 2 hours a day is a good goal. I never thought about set a goal of reading time, that is a great idea! Good luck and happy reading!

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    1. I made it today too!! 2 hours! A lot of people will make a goal of page numbers but I prefer a time. I squeeze 2 hours in here and there throughout the day.

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  13. A Twitter chat sounds fun! I haven't added that to my goals list yet - this is my first read-a-thon so I'm still feeling my way. I'd like to pick a challenge to do this evening though, when I've made some progress on my first book. :-)

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    1. I totally missed the twitter chat. I was at the gym!! So that is at least something good I was getting done. I am about the do the challenges right now.

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  14. Good luck with the read athon! You've got some cool books there. :) I've never done a readathon before but they look like a lot of fun.

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    1. It's super fun!! Tomorrow I would like to dedicate more time to reading then today (even though I did get books read that I wanted to ).

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  15. Good luck on your goals. I hope you like Allegiant. Enjoy Bout of Books!!

    My Goals & Updates

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  16. Oooo Allegiant. Can't wait to hear your thoughts lol

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    1. That seems to be the book that's got everyone reacting!!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so glad someone else searched for Harry Potter set for that Challenge. I did the same thing but the hardcover set it still over $100!
    Two novellas down! Good luck for Day Two :)

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    1. Sheesh.. they don't even come in hard cover. Only paperback! $100 forget about it!!

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  18. Hope you are enjoying all your books! Good luck the rest of the week! :)

    New Follower! :)

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate
    my Bout of Books goals & updates

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  19. Allegiewnt was the last book I read in 2013. Hope ate you looking it so far?

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    1. I like it so far. I am about 200 pages in... it took a lot of time though for me to remember things. I had to look up recaps of the first book I had forgotten so much. Now I am back in the swing of things.

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  20. You are doing really well. My goal was 5 books and I've only finished one. But any reading I get done is awesome, so I'm just enjoying myself. And commenting on blogs...loving that too!

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    1. That's great!! I find this time around there aren't as many people blog hopping as before. I am on to the next book today after I write a review for Allegiant!

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  21. Good luck! I hope you enjoy your reading, and I hope you like Allegiant better than I did.

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    1. Ughhh it was alright. I am glad I finished the series though.

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  22. I still haven't read Allegiant, even though I own it. I'm so scared! I hope you had fun during the read-a-thon. And yay for the Broncos! We watched the games yesterday too. One of the reasons the weekend wasn't very productive for me reading wise. But I don't regret it. :-)

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