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Bout of Books 9.0 Recap

Bout of Books

Well it was fun while it lasted, but this edition of the Bout of Books readathon is over! I hope you all had fun with the twitter chats, challenges, and bookish goodness this past week! For me it was a resounding success, easily the best I’ve done in one of these readathons so far. I read a total of twelve books (two of which were novellas) getting me to a total of just over 3,000 pages! I got to experience new authors, continue some series I love, and have a blast with the twitter chats. I didn’t do any challenges, but that’s fine, my focus was on ze books. Now, without further ado, here are the books I read!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5/5 – reviewed it here!

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – 5/5

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – 5/5

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – 5/5

Unhinged by A.G. Howard – 4/5 – reviewed it here!

Giggles by Michael Crane – 2/5 – reviewed it here!

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan – 5/5 – review coming on Thursday!

The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple – 5/5 – special review coming on Friday!

Scorch by Gina Damico – 5/5

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney – 4/5

The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple – 3/5

Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp – 5/5 – review coming next Monday!


Overall I’m pretty happy with the reading I got done despite having two days where I didn’t complete a book, one of which I didn’t read altogether. The readathon was a blast as always and I can’t wait to participate in the next Bout of Books as well as plenty of other readathons in the near future. The next semester of college starts today so it is back to the grind, and it is events like this that help me get ahead on the blog, I can’t thank Amanda and Kelly enough! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Bout of Books 9.0

Bout of Books

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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love the Bout of Books read-a-thon, it’s definitely a favorite of mine and probably the best there is for read-a-thons longer than 24hrs. There are always great prizes, fun challenges and of course, the amazing twitter chats! I’ll be visiting my grandma for the majority of the readathon, so I don’t know if I’ll get to as many books as I’d like, but I love it too much to pass completely, so I will try and fit as much reading time as my schedule (and politeness) allows. As always the challenge updates as well as updated stats will be below so look for that, and the books listed are only some of what I may or may not read, enjoy the read-a-thon!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Horde by Ann Aguirre

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Pressure by Jeff Strand

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West



Currently Reading:

Books Finished: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline,  The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Giggles by Michael Crane, Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan, The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple, Scorch by Gina Damico, The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney, The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple, Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp

Pages Read: 3,013

Snacks Eaten: Coke, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Hostess Cupcakes, Yogurt, poptarts, and pizza!

Random Sunday Is Random

Pretty Pictures!

So, if you have visited my blog in the last few days you might have noticed something pretty freaking awesome. I have new images to go with my brand new features! Huzzah! The only one I don’t have is something for Sunday and that’s because it is just a standard review and I don’t really have a name for a “feature” for that anyhow. It may not get one, but I’ll still post the review, at least most of the time. However! This Sunday, aka today, shall be random and filled with my brand new wonderful images!

Where did I get these? Who made them? Why it was Kelly from Reading the Paranormal, one of the brilliant minds behind Bout of Books and one of the writers of a favorite feature of mine, GLA reviews! I asked Twitter if anyone would be kind enough to make me a few images for the new features on the schedule and she was generous and accepted! I paid of course, I’m no mooch or anything, but I am soooo happy with them! Thank you Kelly!!! ^.^ Without further ado, or squeeing, ok maybe some more squeeing, the new feature images!


Mini Review Monday is all about my Hobbit Sized Reviews where I give you a short and sweet dose of what I think about the latest book I read. What is one of the main reasons I like to do these? I can get out all of the feels in review form without spending time I don’t have on perfecting a full length review. That doesn’t mean I skimp on the good stuff! I just compact it a little and share my overall emotions. What do I try and do with the time I save by writing a mini-review? See those stacks of books? Yep, I read more. That’s basically what my wall looks like right now, stack after stack of books waiting to be read!


Squeee! This one is my favorite of the new images! Kelly went for the random items to match the name and that plus the color scheme works perfectly for me. I feel like there could be historical documents or something in that pile! Weeee, loooove this! Embrace the random!


Isn’t it preeeeeetty?! ^.^ I looove the scroll, it’s almost as fabulous as the cool art display going on behind it! I need something bright and cheery sometimes and this image does the trick. Plus the lighthearted theme goes well with the usually-lighter YA books. ^.^

Frodo's Frisky Friday

Last, but certainly not least, Frodo’s Frisky Friday! I love having an adult/mature content feature after being so YA heavy in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I love my YA books, they still make up the majority of my reads, but every so often I need to get naughty or at least read about people that have made it out of high school. Kelly was so sweet in letting me use the image that has been used for Doin’ It Dirty and tweaking it a bit for my feature! It’s sexy without being over the top and just perfect. Yay!

So those are the lovely new pictures for the features on the new schedule! I hope you like them as much as I do! Thanks for the umpteenth time to Kelly for making these for me! Enjoy your weekend. ^.^

Doin’ It Dirty

Doin’ It Dirty


All ze naughtyness shall be had! I can haz schmexy reads? Why yes you can! Also you can apparently have a bunch of made up words, huzzah for you! (I wrote this while I was really tired and about to collapse, my apologies.) So what is this? A READATHON!!! All about sexy, dirty and naughty stories meant to set your body on fire (well not literally) and to give you a break from all those other types of books you normally read. Unless you read erotica type stuff all the time, which is totally cool, basically keep doing that.

Anyhow! It’s for one day, 12 hours (of which I’ll be available for about 8 of after work) and there is sexy reads to be had, an awesome twitter chat to join and even drinkage (if you are old enough) so you should join up! If you want to take part click the sexy picture above! Now, onto my goals! I saved a bunch of Leigh Wilder’s work so I’ll be reading ALL of that stuffs. Other than hers who knows?! I have a few things on my kindle I can/will read, a sexy book to finish by Tina Folsom in print and I’m sure I could be roped into buying some stuff if you have suggestions! So without further ado my list (of potential reads that I won’t likely get to all of):

Addicted to the Bite by Leigh Wilder

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

Saturday Night by Leigh Wilder

The Beauty and the Beast by Leigh Wilder

The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder

Brian is Gay (and so am I) by Leigh Wilder

Boy by Leigh Wilder

Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Wicked Lustful Tales Volume 1 by My Writing Den

Restored to Love edited by Antonia Adams



Currently Reading: The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder and Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Books Finished: Addicted to the Bite, Saturday Night and The Beauty and the Beast – all by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 59

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 35 minutes

Snacks: Pizza!