Bout of Books #15: Wrap Up

This has been a slow readathon for me. I managed to read We Should All Be Feminists on the 6th, and the rest of the week I was trying to finish All the Light We Cannot See. I only managed to get a little over half way through the latter.BoB15-200x200 It’s a great read and very captivating, it’s just lengthy. I do like that the chapters are short because it feels like I’m getting through it at a good pace. I’m still going to try to finish it this week and read Of Mice & Men by tomorrow (wish me luck).

I’m looking forward to participating in Bout of Books #16 in May, along with any other readathons that fit my schedule. What is your favorite readathon to participate in? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bout of Books #15

I’m ready to participate in Bout of Books #15! I participated in this readathon back in August and really enjoyed it for it’s laid back nature and all the support and encouragement that is offered throughout the readathon week.

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 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

– From the Bout of Books team

My Goal & TBR – Recently I’ve been reading 2-3 books each month, so I’d like to focus on finishing a read for this challenge, and reading 1 or 2 shorter books. Here’s my TBR:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
  3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I need to finish reading All the Light We Cannot See for a book club meeting on the 10th, and Of Mice & Men for a book club meeting on the 12th. We Should All Be Feminists is very short and I think it’ll be a nice little boost for my reading this week. If (and that’s a big if) I have extra time left during the week, I’d love to get started on volume one of Bitch Planet.

Are any of you going to participate in Bout of Books #15? What does your TBR look like? Let me know in the comments below!

Bout of Books #14: Wrap Up

I have officially completed my first readathon! I chose to participate in Bout of Books for my first readathon because of its laid-back nature, and I think it was a great choice for me. I started off the week strong by reading Speak on Monday and finishing it on Tuesday. I then went on to read Ms. Marvel on Wednesday in its entirety. Other than reading 18 pages of Pride & Prejudice on Saturday, I didn’t get any more reading done for the rest of the week because I drove to my hometown to visit family that I haven’t seen in over a year. Considering I usually read one book a week, I’m happy that I was able to complete two books and start a third in this one week. Furthermore, the two books I completed were great books. Speak was an amazing read and it was really difficult for me to put down. Ms. Marvel was refreshing and funny so it was easy to read it in one sitting.

I’m looking forward to participating in Bout of Books #15 in January, along with any other readathons that fit my schedule. If you’d like to recommend any readathons that are friendly to someone with a full-time job and other responsibilities, please let me know in the comments below!

Bout of Books #14: What to Read Next Challenge

I thought this challenge would be a fun one to participate in. Who doesn’t like learning about great books from fellow book lovers? These are the instructions for the challenge posted on Sarah Reads Too Much:

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.  If you can, say a short little something about why you recommend these books.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – This was my first time reading anything by Margaret Atwood but I’d heard great things about her writing. I now see why. I was both fascinated and frightened by the story because I’m positive that people certainly exist with the mindset of those who created a new society in the United States. Basically, the premise of the book is generally believable. I didn’t even realize the book was science fiction until after I finished reading it because there is nothing that is extremely science-based and out of the question. I recommend this book if you like being sucked into utopian/dystopian worlds, especially those that are realistic and get you to think about what you would have done in that situation.
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Adichie does an amazing job at creating rich stories and rich characters. This is the story of Ifemelu and her life in Nigeria as a child, going to school in the United States, and then returning to Nigeria as a cultured and educated woman. Interwoven throughout is the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, her first love in Nigeria. I recommend any of Adichie’s writing, but this story is a great one to start with.
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – I just read this book about a week ago and it has been on my mind. Many have read and recommended this book, and I feel ashamed for barely getting to it. This is the story Melinda just starting her freshman year of high school, but she’s not off to a good start. All her friends (or ex-friends) are mad at her, and she finds herself alone with her thoughts. The story unravels the consequences of a party gone wrong and how Melinda slowly works through her fear and guilt and is finally able to come to terms with what happened to her and talk about it. Speak is one of those books that everyone should read if only to expose oneself to the gripping emotions of a young girl who has experienced a something traumatic.

What are three books you’ve read in 2015 that you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Readathon newbie: Part 1 (Bout of Books 14.0)

I’m very excited to participate in my first readathon this week. I specifically chBoB14-200x200ose Bout of Books as my first readathon because of it’s laid-back nature. Most other readathon’s I’ve noticed challenge people to read a book a day. Bout of Books is more about getting to know the bookish community and having fun while reading. That’s my kind of readathon!

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, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

– From the Bout of Books team

My Goal & TBR – I usually read a book a week, so my goal for this readathon is to read anything more than that. I have three books on my TBR:

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

To be honest, I’ll probably start with the comic book to give me a confidence boost for the week, and I’ll probably end with Pride & Prejudice so I have more time to read it over the weekend (though I am going out of town so I don’t know how that’ll work out; I might have to add an audiobook to this TBR…). These are three books I’ve been meaning to read for a good while now. In fact, I started reading Pride & Prejudice for fun right after I graduated from high school, but never finished it. Like I said before, I’m excited to participate in Bout of Books as my first readathon and I can’t wait to meet all the great people who love books as much as I do.

Are any of you going to participate in Bout of Books? What’s your favorite readathon to participate in? Let me know in the comments below!