Bout of Books '14.


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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team



 Bout of Books
My goal:
-Visit (every day) 10 new blogs.
-Read at least these 4 books.
-Join at least two challenges/giveaways.
-You can follow my progress on Twitter with the hashtag: #dailyboutofbooks


MONDAY.
-Pages read: 148.
-Total number of books read: 1, I finished Cammie McGovern - Say what you will. Fantastic book!
-I joined the Twitter party + visited more than 10 blogs.

CHALLENGE:
If you like to read one of the best fairytale retelling there is, you should try Wildwood Dancing from Juliet Marillier.


TUESDAY.

-Pages read: 82 pages in 'In the shadows of blackbirds'. I really like it so far.
-Total number of books read: 1.
-Visited more than 10 blogs.


WEDNESDAY.

-Pages read: 451 pages; finished Cat Winters - In the shadow of blackbirds. 15 pages in 'The castle behind thorns' an eARC from Merrie Haskell and also read 43 pages in Philippa Gregory - Changeling.
-Total number of books read: 2.
-Visited more than 10 blogs.


THURSDAY.

-Pages read: 274 pages; finished Merrie Haskell - The castle behind thorns.
-Total number of books read: 3.
-Visited more than 10 blogs.

-Total pages read so far: 1013.


FRIDAY.
-Pages read: 288 pages; finished Jenni James - Rumpelstiltskin. Started in Kasie West - On the fence. (25 pages)
-Total number of books read: 4.
-Didn't visit any blogs, but I followed the hashtag on Twitter.

SATURDAY.
-Pages read: 295 pages; finished Kasie West - On the fence. Started in J.A White - The thickety.
-Total number of books read: 5.

SUNDAY.
-Pages read: 74 pages in The thickety and 50 pages in Changeling. I fell asleep in the sun, haha.
-Total number of books read: 5

Success! I even read 1 more book than my initial goal :)

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60 comments

  1. Have fun with the challenge. BTW, that pants are awesome!

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  2. Have fun! I don't really have time for a read-a-thon this week, but I hope you enjoy your books!

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  3. I really loved the Winner's Curse despite the slow start - I hope you do too! :) I wish I could participate as well this time, but I'm just way too busy with my studies at the moment. Happy reading! :)

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  4. Looks like lots of fun, I really love your geeky pants as well hehe! Good luck with the challenge!

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  5. Girl, I love your tights! You have some great goals. I'm going to be working full time next week but I want to read at least 100 pages a day. My post will probably go up tomorrow. Happy reading!

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    1. I hope you can read at least 100 pages :) Good luck!

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  6. I love your trousers/ leggings/ tights! :)

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  7. Cool books! Good luck with the read-a-thon!!

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  8. I've never done a read-a-thon, though I'd like to take part in one sometime soon. Best of luck with your books - I really want to read In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Winner's Curse!

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    1. It's really fun :) and this one is so easy, you can set your own goals and you can never fail!

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  9. Unfortunately I'm still in school so I don't have enough time for Bout-of-Books, which is so disappointing because I really wanted to do it!! Looks like you picked out some great books, The Winners Curse sounds so good! Also, I looove your leggings!!!! I'm a big Marvel fan, too. Good luck on the read-a-thon:)

    Emily from Blue-Eyed Bibliophile

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    1. Awhhh, perhaps next time! :D And thanks, I'm a Marvel fan too!

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  10. Goals are always such great motivators, and I think you made some great ones here! Hope you achieve them all! Besides The Winner's Curse (which I absolutely loved!), I haven't read any of the books in your haul, but I'll definitely be adding them to my TBR list if you end up enjoying them! :D

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with the readathon and your goals! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  11. Goodluck with your goals! I hope you are able to complete them.
    Rubi x
    The Den

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  12. Hi Melanie you have great goals for this Bout of Books. I recently read The Winners Curse and absolutely loved it!

    Happy reading and I hope you meet all your goals.
    (ps. I adore your tights!)

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    1. I've heard great things about The winner's curse, so I can't wait!

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  13. Yay, I also just signed up! =D

    P.S. Your tights are the Iron Man of tights. Heh, I hope that made sense.

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  14. Can I just say that those leggings are really freaking awesome! Never seen anything like them. <3 Good luck with all your goals! :D

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  15. The Winner's Curse sounds SO good. I really want to read that. You should definitely tell me what you think about it when you finish it. All of these books sound great. Good luck with your read-a-thon!

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  16. Ohh! Awesome :D Have fun Mel. <33 The Winner's Curse & In the Shadow of Blackbirds are PERFECT. I hope you will love both books. Sigh. So good :)

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    1. I'm reading In the shadow now and I think it's very good so far :)

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  17. Yay Melanie, I'm so glad to see that you're taking part in this too, it's always fun when you can follow the progress of other bloggers too. I loved The Winner's Curse and heard brilliant things about In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Good luck with your goals!

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  18. Good Luck with your goals. Love your tights!

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  19. Good luck! Having a personal Bout of Books hashtag is a nice touch :)

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  20. Good luck, Mel!!! This is my first Bout of Books! :)

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  21. Is it that time again already! Goodluck and rock that book stack!

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  22. Good luck with the read-a-thon, Mel! All of the books you've picked sound amazing, and The Winner's Curse looks so pretty! :)
    Also, your leggings are so cool! Haha :)
    Hope that you have a great reading week and achieve all of your goals :) xxx

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    1. Oh yes, the cover is gorgeous! And thanks :)

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  23. I have been. Been loving today. Lots and lots of reading! Here's my current posting.

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  24. This challenge seems super fun and motivational. I've personally been in a bit of a reading slump lately so it seems like the perfect thing to encourage me to read again. Good luck (: You have some great books there. The Shadow of the Blackbirds was a wonderful historical read, it's so underrated. It made me cry D: But it was completely fantastic.

    Your leggings are also totally fantastic. I need them or something alike them in my life. Where did you buy yours? (:

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  25. I'm doing Bout of Books this week as well! Very excited for it. I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds and I hope you do as well! I'm definitely curious to read your thoughts on The Winner's Curse and The False Prince. Good luck!

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  26. The False Prince is pretty great. Hope you enjoy it! Good luck with all your reading.

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  27. First of all, your leggings are awesome! Also, you got off to a great start :)
    The Winner's Curse is such a fantastic book. A bit slow sometimes, but definitely worth it. You're doing really well with your goals so far and I hope you manage to complete them!
    Good luck, Mel! :D

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  28. I saw this picture on your instagram account and just love those tights! I am a huge comic book fan so anything geek is totally my style!!

    Angie
    My Bout of Books Goals and Challenges

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  29. I really like your leggings! :) and I really want to read The Winner's Curse. I heard it's soo good! I might or might not join BoB b/c although I want to read, I am graduating in like 2 weeks and I kinda wanna spend time with my friends right now.

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    1. You could always join and put 1 book as goal :) That is what I love about this read-a-thon!

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  30. First of all I love your pants/tights in that picture lol. And you've got a great selection of books too! Good luck reading more this week :)

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  31. Great TBR! I loved The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen (I just finished reading it last week), and I really, really want to read The Winner's Curse and In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

    Hope you're having fun! :D

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  32. I love that one of your goals is to visit 10 new blogs each day, that is a really great one. I have the Winner's Curse but I didn't put it down for this readathon. I haven't really been sticking to my original list this time though, so who knows.
    Enjoy those books and good luck this week!

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  33. I can't wait to get more of your thoughts on Say What You Will!

    Good luck, lady, and happy reading! Looks like you're doing great so far. :)

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  34. It looks like you are doing great so far! Keep up the good work :)

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  35. Wow! You are doing really well! Wishing I had had time off this week to read more. Will keep checking in :)

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  36. Your leggings are freaking awesome. Can't wait to hear all of your thoughts on In The Shadow of Blackbirds. I love that book. Good luck finishing out the week!!

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  37. I love your leggings. It seems like you're doing great! Keep it up :D Happy reading!

    Thanks for dropping by! ;)
    Fathomless Reveries

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