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Monday, 12 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - Wrap-Up


The first Bout of Books of 2015 comes to an end. Congratulations to everyone who participated. As always, I hope had as much fun as I had. Nothing is better than reading books and entering in bookish challenges. 

My goals for the read-a-thon were:
  1. To read every day;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day.
To read every day? Check. To participate in two challenges? Check. To write at least one blog per day? Check. I fulfilled all of my goals. =D

About my readings:
  • read every book I propose myself to at the beginning of the Bout of Books. I'm so happy that I finished "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs (book which I started reading before the Bout of Books started), read three books and a very short-story
  • The day I read more was January 11th (Sunday) and the day I read less was January 5th (Monday). On Sunday I read 227 pages and on Monday I read 131 pages
  • From January 5th to January 11th I read 1297 pages from five different books (three physical books, one eBook and one short-story ).


About the challenges:
My Progress & Challenges

The next Bout of Books will be in May (I wish it was sooner). I hope we meet again in five months. :)
Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 11th

Pages read today: 227  pages of "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"
Total of pages read: 1297 pages
Books read today: "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman
"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver
"Harry Potter: The Prequel" by J.K. Rowling
"To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han

Challenge(s): My (dysfunctional) Book Family hosted by Auggie Talk

Out of all the books you've ever read and all the characters you've ever known who would you choose to be in your family?


The directions

  1. Select your characters and give each of them a title (mom, dad, sister, uncle, cousin). Get goofy or be super serious. Up to you!
     
  2. Tell me a little bit about WHY you'd choose these characters for their spot in your fam!
     
  3. Now have a bit of fun and tell me (in a short sentence or a long paragraph) HOW is your family dysfunctional. ;)

There is only one character I'd like to be in my family. I choose Albus Dumbledore to be my great-great-great-grandpa. Why? Because it mean I'd be a Hogwarts student and no more Muggles. A dream come true. =P

#insixwords Challenge hosted by Falling Down the Book Hole

The point of this challenge is to choose 2-3 books whether you read them this week, they are a few of your favorites or they were just the easiest ones to come up with something for. For these books you choose to use for this challenge, you must summarize/share your thoughts or feelings about the book in just six words! They can be funny or serious, positive or negative, it is all up to you!

"To All The Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han #insixtwords 
"Goodbye letters are beautiful love letters". 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 10th

Pages read today: 165 pages of "Pandemonium"+ 4 pages of "Harry Potter: The Prequel" + 50 pages of "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"
Total of pages read: 1070 pages
Books read today: "Pandemonium", "Harry Potter: The Prequel" & "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman
"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver
"Harry Potter: The Prequel" by J.K. Rowling

Challenge(s): Literary Quote Challenge hosted by Gone with the Words

Share an image of a quote in your current Bout of Books read wherever you’re updating your Bout of Books status/updates, or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (so long as your account isn’t private and we can all view it). And be sure to use the #boutofbooks hashtag so we can all check out your creations!

I just started reading "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han. This quote is from the beginning.


Rewrite the Story hosted by A Daydreamer's Thoughts

Taking a book from your TBR pile for bout of books, use the title to write your own story (250-500 words) or new synopsis which is in no relation to the actual book itself.

This challenge just isn't my cup of tea. But I hope that everyone who participated had fun. 
Friday, 9 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 9th

Pages read today: 160 pages of "Pandemonium"
Total of pages read: 851 pages
Books read today: "Pandemonium"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman

Challenge: Describe Your Book in Pictures hosted by The Book Monsters

To enter this challenge, you must do the following…
  • Think about a book you finished or are currently reading.
  • Create a series of images that describe what is going on in the book and post them somewhere, tumblr, your blog, twitter, instagram, etc. Use #boutofbooks so everyone can see!
I finished reading "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman. As Shadows" by Patricia Briggs is collection of short stories and I have just began reading "Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver, I choose it for the challenge. I'm describing one of the scenes. I don't claim any of the images as my own. 





Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 8th

Pages read today: 153 pages of "The Princess Bride" + 50 pages of "Pandemonium"
Total of pages read: 691 pages
Books read today: "The Princess Bride" & "Pandemonium"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman

Challenge: The Synopsis Challenge hosted by LuLo Fangirl

Sometimes it only takes a couple of sentences to determine whether a person will read a book. But nowadays, some of the synopses on the back of books are too long.

Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to:
Create your own synopsis. In 3-5 sentences.
For any of the books you have read or plan to read during the read-a-thon!
You can be as creative as you’d like!

Today I finished "Princess Bride" by William Goldman. So, I chose it to create my own synopsis. 

Two lovers. One mad prince. 
Three outlaws. One evil Count.
A story of love, adventure and madness. 
Who shall win the hand of the Princess Bride?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 7th

Pages read today: 200 pages of "The Princess Bride"
Total of pages read: 488 pages
Books read today: "The Princess Bride"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs

Challenge: Character Coupling hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

I’m hosting a Character Coupling Challenge. Here is how it works –
  1. You must take two characters from two different books and put them together in a relationship. Make sure you list the book and author that the characters comes from.
  2. You must explain why you put them together.
  3. The relationship is up to you (friendship, romantic, parental, etc.), let’s just keep it appropriate, please.
  4. Characters must come from different books and series. Same author is okay with me as long as they aren’t in the same series or a companion series.

I think Cassia from "Matched" by Ally Condie and Lena from "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver would be good friends. They both grew up in dystopian societies and love opened their eyes to the truth. These two girls have lots in common. They would understand each other - they know how it's to be afraid of a controlling society; how it is to love someone you can't - and build a unbreakable friendship.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 6th

Pages read today: 80 pages of "Shifting Shadows" + 77 pages of "The Princess Bride"
Total of pages read: 288 pages
Books read today: "Shifting Shadows" & "The Princess Bride"
Books read: "Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs

Most booklovers dream of working in a bookstore or a library, so let’s make that dream come true for a day!
The Challenge: You’ve just started to work at a bookstore (or library) - what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?
Prompts:
  • You may select any TEN BOOKS of your choice. These books can be from a specific genre, or you may like to choose a few books from various genres.
  • Make a list of the TEN BOOKS that you’ve selected. Make sure to include the title and author of each book.
  1. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs - The first book of one of the most amazing urban fantasy series that I've had the pleasure to read. It's a must read for urban fantasy lovers - well, for any fantasy lover. Plus, no one writes werewolves like Briggs does.
  2. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier - For everyone who loves fairy-tales retellings. It's the best book I've ever read based on "Beauty and the Beast". 
  3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - For fantasy lovers. Also, the protagonist isn't a teenager and that is a plus when most fantasy books are rated young adult (not that I mind).
  4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - For fans of dystopian books (and dystopian movies; and dystopian TV series, etc.). It makes wonder what would be the world like without love.
  5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - The perfect book for Greek mythology and fairy-tales lovers.
  6. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - Dark fantasy. Anne Bishop. Enough said!
  7. The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malziu - As it was written in a review, "a fairy-tale for Tim Burton admirers". The perfect words to describe this book are "cute" and "heart-breaking".
  8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I may not consider it a good representation of the fanfiction world, but Rowell's characters and writing style are adorable.   
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Everyone has to read at least one Austen romance. The romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy inspired - and stills inspires - many writers. 
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - A coming of age novel that may help dealing with many issues. A lesson of how it's to grow up. 
Monday, 5 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - January 5th

Pages read today: 131 pages of "Shifting Shadows"
Total of pages read: 131 pages
Books read today: "Shifting Shadows"
Books read: --


It’s a bookshelf scavenger hunt! Find a book with the following criteria on a bookshelf:
1. Find an author with the same initials as you
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it
4. Find a book with a female protagonist
5. Find the longest book you own
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated)
Bonus: Find something on your shelf that isn’t a book.


1. Find an author with the same initials as you: Trudi Canavan. I really thought I wouldn't find an author with the same initials as I. It was a nice surprise.
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it: "The Panem Companion"
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it: Daniela Sacerdoti
4. Find a book with a female protagonist: "Night Broken" by Patricia Briggs. I chose this one because it's part of one of my favourite series. But finding a book on my shelf with a female protagonist would never be difficult.
5. Find the longest book you own (the longest book I own is on my Kobo)
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it: The map is from the book "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman.
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated): "Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver
Bonus - Find something on your shelf that isn’t a book: I've a cat on my shelf. In fact, I've a lot of cats on my shelf - once awhile you can find a real one.


Whether you have made reading resolutions or want to use general life resolutions you have made over the New Year holiday, pick books with titles that relate to each of your resolutions. You can post as many or as few as you would like. 

I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I don't like to make them - when a year ends and I look back and realize I didn't do anything I wanted to, I feel very depressed. But then I saw this book and... well, it's perfect to represent a bookish resolution.

"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver because my bookish life this year will be a pandemonium as I promised I'd read 70 books. Choosing books, finding time to read them, completing and starting series... It will be a big pandemonium - a big emotional pandemonium. 
Sunday, 4 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon - Sign Up & My Goals


"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 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
The first time I participated in Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was back in January 2014. I'm so happy that one year later I'm now taking part in my 4th Bout of Books. One year of great readings. One year meeting extraordinary bookworms. 

My Goals (even though goals aren't an official part of the read-a-thon this time, I'm still publishing them because they help me keeping me focus on my readings) 

My goals for Bout of Books 12 Read-a-Thon are:
  1. To read every day;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day.
This time I found easier to choose my readings for the read-a-thon. As there are a few books I've been wanting to read for a long time, I decided to create a list with the books I desperately want to read during the first months of this new year.

"Shifting Shadows" by Patricia Briggs
"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver
"The Princess Bride" byWilliam Goldman

"To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han
"Harry Potter: The Prequel" by J.K. Rowling

I wish everyone the best of luck and great readings. Now, let the readings begin! :)