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Monday, 13 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - Wrap-Up

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And Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon is over. It was a fun experience - trying to read as many pages as it was possible and participating in the challenges. Last week, my goals for my first ever Read-a-Thon were:
  1. To read every day (one day I may only read ten pages and then on the other day one hundred pages. As long as I read, I'll be happy);
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day. 
I did read every day. I did participate in two challenges - in fact, I participate in more than two challenges. And, I did write one blog per day. I completed all my goals. I think it isn't bad for my first Read-a-Thon.
  
About my readings: 
  • I finished reading "Raven Flight" by Juliet Marillier - which I had started reading before 6th January. "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan and "The Suicide Shop" by Jeán Teulé were two readings started during the challenge that I able to finish.
  • I started reading "Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language" by Bill Byrson, but didn't complete the reading (read 77 of 244 pages). Sadly, I only read 4 pages of "The Swan Kingdom" by Zoe Marriot. 
  • The day I read more was January 12th (Saturday) and the day I read less was January 10th (Friday). On Saturday I read 213 pages and on Friday I only read 43 pages
  • From January 6th to January 12th I read 850 pages from five books
The books I propose myself to read at the beginning of the Read-a-Thon and the ones I actually read. 



About the challenges: 
  • Of the 11 challenges I participate in 8 challenges
I hope you enjoyed Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon as much as I did. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving commentaries. I'm hoping to participate in the next Read-a-Thon. Hopefully, I'll read more pages next time and meet more bloggers. Bye bye.
Sunday, 12 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 12th

Pages read today: 50 pages of "Mother Tongue" + 159 pages of "The Suicide Shop" + 4 pages of "The Swan Kingdom"
Total of pages read:  850 pages (637 + 213 )
Books read today:"Mother Tongue", "The Suicide Shop" and "The Swan Kingdom"
Books read: "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan
"Raven Flight" by Juliet Marillier 
"The Suicide Shop" by Jeán Teulé

Note: "The Suicide Shop" by Jeán Teulé wasn't part of the list of books I was planning to read for the Bout of Books. I have only decided to read it today.


Have you ever read a book and thought, "Man I wish these people were real?  I would be best friends with them in real life". Well, I made a tag on my BookTube channel called The Bookish Wedding tag.  It's all questions about which of your favorite characters you'd invite to your wedding if you were to marry your top book boyfriend/girlfriend.

Here are the questions 
(remember to have fun and tell us why you picked these characters)

1. Which fictional character would you marry?
2. Who would be your Maid of Honor or Best Man?
3. Which fictional world would you want to get married in?
4. Who would you pick to play the music at your wedding?
5. Who would be your photographer?
6. Who would you sit at the singles table (and hope they'd fall in love)?
7. Who would be your flower girl or ring bearer?
8. Who would you want to plan the bachelorette/bachelor party?
9. At the wedding, who would be the first on the dance floor?
10. Who would give a speech or toast?
11. Who would catch the boquet or garter?

This challenge isn't for me. I may wish Mr. Darcy was real, but I would never marry him. He belongs to Lizzy. Now, if it was someone who was very alike Mr. Darcy I would probably consider him for myself... Well, I could never break up my favourite couples - any character I could choose I think that it's perfect with whom he ends up or is with on the book. So, I'll have to pass the last challenge of Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon.
Saturday, 11 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 11th

Pages read today: 54 pages of "Raven Flight"+ 26 pages of "Mother Tongue"
Total of pages read: 637 pages (557 + 80)
Books read today: "Raven Flight"and "Mother Tongue"
Books read: "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan
"Raven Flight" by Juliet Marillier


Description: You know how real estate agents will stage an apartment to attract potential buyers?  Well, that’s what you’re going to do to a book!

Rules:  Take a picture of a book you’re reading today, or any book you have lying around.  In the picture you should have the book in a setting, or surrounded by items, that represent the book.  It can mimic the cover, or represent characters/events/etc from the story.  Basically, make us want to read the book based on picture alone.

This must be a picture YOU take and upload. Simply stage the book, and upload a picture to your blog, Twitter or Goodreads account. 

"Raven Flight" by Juliet Marillier

To explain the reason that I chose this items to represent the book I would have to share a few spoilers if you hadn't read the first book of the series "Shadowfell". But if someone wants to make a question, I'll be glad to answer. :)

Friday, 10 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 10th

Pages read today: 43 pages of "Raven Flight"
Total of pages read: 557 pages (514 + 43)
Books read today: "Raven Flight"
Books read: "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan


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.
For this challenge I chose the book "The Swan Kingdom" by Zoe Marriot. The last page I read was page 166. My words are: go, you, watch, and, had, time, of, wouldn't, eyes. Once again I wrote something that doesn't make much sense, but it was the best I could do with the words I was given.

And wouldn't you had time of...
Go! Eyes watch. 


For this challenge,  use books you currently have available, and arrange the spines to make a poem. Then take a picture, and share it with the web!

As much as I would like to participate, I'm feeling a bit tired of poetry. It's the third challenge poetry related! Unless I feel very inspired, I will not participate. Good luck to everyone who participated in this challenge or is going to participate.
Thursday, 9 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 9th

Pages read today: 23 pages of "Raven Flight" + 178 pages of "Sweet Tooth"
Total of pages read: 514 pages (313 + 201)
Books read today: "Raven Flight" and "Sweet Tooth"
Books read: "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan


You must pick two books that you would recommend someone read together (like a double date!) and explain your reasons for the recommendation. You can recommend the books because they are in the same genre, one is a retelling of the other, they deal with the same issues, or maybe they're complete opposites, whatever you want as long as you can explain why they should be read together. Just one exception: they cannot be books from the same series.


 "Darkness Before Dawn" by J.A. London and "Fallen" by Lauren Kate. 
Read together because not only they have very similar covers - two beautiful covers - but they are also both Young Adult novels that talk about an impossible love that was meant to happen.


Just choose a novel from any genre, print or ebook, that you’re reading or have finished. I used Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison. Pick a number between 1 and 10, and you’re ready to start!
  1. Flip to a page at random. Using your trusty number (for example, let’s use 7) count down 7 lines. Then count in 7 words. Write that word down. Repeat this process until your have fourteen words. Here are my words: have, general, darkness, week, sit, all, do, because, my, the, secret, what? says.
  2. Delete two words and add in two words of your own. I deleted the words general and my. I added the words pause and then.
  3. Now arrange your words any way you like to finish your found poem. Here’s my poem:
All week sit, do, put, have—
Then pause because…
The secret darkness
Says what?

This challenge wasn't easy because I'm far away from being a poet. Today I finished reading "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan, so choose it for this challenge. I used the number 7 because it's my lucky number. 

My words are: spoke, had, letters, it, mind, her, the, hundred, I, was, air, take, fingertips, floor. I deleted the words I and was and added blood and on

The poem doesn't make much sense - truth be told it doesn't make any sense. It was the best I could come up with.

Had floor blood,
Hundred letters on air,
The fingertips take it.
Her mind spoke.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 8th

Pages read today: 70 pages of "Raven Flight" + 100 pages of "Sweet Tooth"
Total of pages read: 313 pages (62+81+170)
Books read today: "Raven Flight" and "Sweet Tooth"
Books read:


Bout of Books is a great way to interact with new bloggers so I thought it would be a fun chance for us each to introduce other bloggers to a genre we love. For this challenge, pick a book or a few books that you think would make a great introduction to your genre of choice.


After some thinking, the genre I decided to choose was Urban Fantasy

To fall in love with urban fantasy you have to read the "Mercy Thompson" series by Patricia Briggs. She's a kick-ass heroine - excuse my words. The books take place in a urban environment full of supernatural beings. Did I mention she can transform into a coyote? A kick-ass coyote. In my opinion, Mercy is the heroine of all the heroines. But there's another series of urban fantasy that may do the trick for youl: the five books of the "Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning. MacKayla Lane is too funny - you can't read five pages without laughing. She's your usual girly-girl that has to face the shadows of the city of Dublin after her sister is murdered. And, you also have the mysterious Jericho Barrons - the name Jericho Barron says everything! Oh, and if you like to listen to music while reading then you can find the official soundtrack for the "Fever" series: "Bloodrush" and "Shadowsong" by Neil Dover.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 7th

Pages read today: 21 pages of "Raven Flight" + 60 pages of "Sweet Tooth"
Total of pages read: 143 pages (62+81)
Books read today: "Raven Flight" and "Sweet Tooth"
Books read:


 How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Books? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?
 
For example, I try to listen to more audiobooks, or read more at night instead of watching tv.

This is a tricky question. I decided to participate in this Bout of Books because this month I've more free time than it's usual. I have replaced classes with reading - even though I still have to study - and I can read more hours at night before going to bed. However, I haven't changed my schedule that much. I want to keep things balanced.  


 Welcome to Bout of Books 9.0: Cast your Book Challenge! If you were listening to the book being acted out over the radio waves who would you want being the voices of your favorite characters!

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The rules are simple:

  • Pick your favorite book
  • Cast your “radio” show
  • Follow the Rafflecopter Rules Below
Example:

This seems a fun challenge. But it's difficult to pick my favourite book, I've sooooo many! How can I choose one?! Well, I think I'll go with "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Mooning, the first book of the Fever series, to create a cast for the "radio" show. MacKayla Lane would be Emma Stone - her southern accent in "The Help" was so lovely - and Jericho Barrons would be Colin Farell.


Monday, 6 January 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - January 6th


Pages read today: 30 pages of "Raven Flight" + 32 pages of "Sweet Tooth"
Total of pages read: 62 pages
Books read today: "Raven Flight" and "Sweet Tooth"
Books read: -




Imagine if you will: you’ve just received some FANTASTIC news! You have won a $100 book buying spree! Now comes the hard part though: what books will you buy?! For this challenge, you’ll be creating your book buying spree wishlist, and sharing it in the comments.

Bookish Mad Libs by Cheap Thrills


This is one that I had a lot of fun with last time around – Bookish Mad Libs! Here’s how it works:

  1. I give a list of words I need from you: noun, verb, adjective, etc.
  2. You pick words from book titles. (Share title and author so we can learn about new books!)
  3. Use those words to complete a short story.
I would love to participate in this challenge, but sadly the titles of the books I chose don't have the necessary words to complete the short story. Maybe a next time... :(

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-a-Thon - My Goals



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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

This will be my first ever Read-a-thon. I've heard of it before, but I never participated until today. I'm kinda excited! I've a few books that I must read until the next weekend, so, hopefully, this challenge will help me to finally read them.

My goals are:
  1. To read every day (one day I may only read ten pages and then on the other day one hundred pages. As long as I read, I'll be happy);
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day.
Now, these are the books that I would like to read. I could have added a few more books to this pile, but I'm not sure if time will allow me to read more than four books - I kinda feel that I won't have time to read all these books.

  • "Raven Flight" by Juliet Marillier (Portuguese edition)
  • "The Swan Kingdom" by Zoe Marriott
  • "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan
  •  "Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson 

Good luck to everyone who is participating. :)