Bout of Books 7.0 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books

 
Bout of Books 7.0 is over! I managed to meet all but one of my goals, which is super exciting for me. I am looking forward to returning to a more leisurely pace, however!
 
Time devoted to reading: I read both ways on my commute and before bed every weekday. I even managed to find good chunks of time on the weekend, which is rare for me. I did better on Sunday than Saturday, and still managed to sneak in a trip to the ballet Sunday afternoon.
 
The goals I accomplished:
  • Read five books total
  • Finished the two books I started prior to the readathon
  • Read at least 1,000 pages
  • Updated Twitter at least three times per day – well, I averaged 3/day

Books read:

  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Total pages read: 1,614

Challenges completed: 0 – ran out of time for these

Thank you Amanda and Kelly and all the challenge hosts for a great Bout of Books 7.0! I had a great time, as always. Looking forward to 8.0!

 

Bout of Books 7.0 – Goals and Updates

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 7.0 is here! I’ll be participating here and on Twitter (@loganturner). For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

-From the Bout of Books 7.0 team

Time devoted to reading: I want to read at least 2 hours every weekday and 3 hours each weekend day.
My goals for participation:
  • Read at least three books
  • Finish the two books I started prior to the readathon
  • Read at least 1,000 pages
  • Update Twitter at least three times per day – well, I averaged 3/day
  • Participate in a few challenges (view the Official Schedule) – ran out of time

Books to read (subject to change):

  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Updates:

5/13
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 185
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 185
Books read today: Phoenix Rising (finished) and The Twelve
Today’s tweet: First book down! Now on to that behemoth I keep pretending I’ll finish: THE TWELVE.

5/14
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 106
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 291
Books read today: The Twelve
Today’s tweet: I’m falling behind on my #boutofbooks tweet goal! I need to get reading and cover 140 pages to make my daily quota. Gulp.

5/15
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 178
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 469
Books read today: The Twelve
Today’s tweet: Dang! I missed tonight’s chat! FINE. I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO READ. #boutofbooks

5/16
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 272
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 741
Books read today: The Twelve and Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Today’s tweet: 2 books down! Hope to finish one per day from here on out. #boutofbooks

5/17
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 235
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 976
Books read today: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Today’s tweet: Whee! Done with book three! #boutofbooks

5/18
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 128
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,104
Books read today: Splintered
Today’s tweet: I always overestimate my weekend reading time. #boutofbooks

5/19
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 510
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,614
Books read today: Splintered and Only the Good Spy Young
Today’s tweet: Book 4 done. Can I push it to 5 by midnight? #boutofbooks

Challenges: None this round.

 

Bout of Books 7.0 Sign Up Post

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 7.0 is coming up! Join me here and on Twitter (@loganturner) from May 13-19. For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:
 

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

-From the Bout of Books 7.0 team

 
Want to join in the fun? Visit the Bout of Books 7.0 sign up page for all the details, create a post, and link up. It’s that easy!
 
C’mon. You know you wanna.
 
 
 
 
 

Bloggiesta – March 2013

It’s time for the spring Bloggiesta! Founded by Maw Books Blog, Bloggiestas are scheduled weekends where you catch up on long-ignored blog tasks. Now it’s being run by It’s All About Books and There’s a Book.

Bloggiesta is running this weekend, March 22-24. There will be 7 mini-challenges, focused on some exciting ways to get our blogging butts in gear. You can check in and offer advice for other bloggers and join discussions on Twitter during three scheduled chats. (Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta, and come find me @loganturner!)

If you’d like to join up, click on the button for more information.

Here’s my to-do list:

  • Participate in at least 3 mini-challenges
  • Join at least one Twitter chat
  • Write 6-8 reviews and schedule posts
  • Check style sheets and update or create heading tags
  • Backup blog
  • Delete duplicate images from media library Knocked out a bunch, will need to revisit
  • Save bloglovin footer button to draft templates
  • Update widgets
  • Write 2 Writing Wednesday posts
  • Buy and read Language Management’s Blog Smarter toolkit
  • Schedule meme posts through April
  • Create blog organization notebook
  • Update review links on pages
  • Update cheat sheet
  • Change password
  • Clean up categories and/or create links page

Mini-Bloggiesta #1

It’s time for the first ever Mini-Bloggiesta! Founded by Maw Books Blog, Bloggiestas are scheduled weekends where you catch up on long-ignored blog tasks. Now it’s being run by It’s All About Books and There’s a Book.

This Mini-Bloggiesta is running this weekend, February 2nd and 3rd. There will be 4 mini-challenges, focused on the little things that we let slide when we get swamped. You can check in and offer advice for other bloggers and join discussions on Twitter. (Be sure to follow @Bloggiesta.)

If you’d like to join up, click on the button for more information.

Here’s my to-do list thus far:

  • Catch up on outstanding reviews
  • Update widget counters
  • Participate in mini-challenges
  • Prep meme posts for the month

Bout of Books 6.0 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

 
Bout of Books 6.0 is over! It was amazing how much I was able to accomplish this week thanks to this incredible event that I love to death. I’m sad that it’s come to an end, but there will be another one soon enough. *waits on edge of seat*
 
Time devoted to reading: I managed to meet, and some days exceed, my goal of reading 1 hour each weekday, and 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday. 
 
The goals I accomplished:
  • Read six books (planned on three!)
  • Wrote a review for one of the books I read this week (coming tomorrow)
  • Read one graphic novel
  • Updated Twitter at least three times per day
  • Participated in two challenges

Books read: 6

  • Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising #1) by Susan Cooper
  • The Dark is Rising (Dark is Rising #2) by Susan Cooper
  • Greenwitch (Dark is Rising #3) by Susan Cooper
  • Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1 by Conor McCreery
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day (started prior to challenge)
  • The Athena Project by Brad Thor (added to list 1/12, started prior to challenge)

Total pages read: 1,253

Challenges completed: 2

Thank you Amanda and Kelly and all the challenge hosts for a great Bout of Books 6.0! I had so much fun and this was by far my most successful readathon ever. I can’t wait for 7.0!

 

Bout of Books 6.0 – Goals and Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

 
Bout of Books 6.0 is here! I’ll be participating here and on Twitter (@loganturner). For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:
 

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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

-From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

 
Time devoted to reading: This is a busy week for me, so I’m going to try and read 1 hour every weekday and 3 hours each weekend day.
 
My goals for participation:
  • Read three books
  • Write a review for at least one of the books I read this week
  • Read one graphic novel
  • Update Twitter at least three times per day
  • Participate in a few challenges (view the Official Schedule)

Books to read (subject to change):

  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  • Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1 by Conor McCreery
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • The Athena Project by Brad Thor (added to list 1/12)

Updates:

1/7
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 248
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 248
Books read: Bared to You and Over Sea, Under Stone
Today’s tweet: Middle grade books are an excellent choice for readathons. I feel blazing fast!

1/8
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 202
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 450
Books read: Bared to You (finished!) and Over Sea, Under Stone
Today’s tweet: The problem with ebook series sets is that I never have any idea how far I am through individual books.

1/9
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 77
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 527
Books read: Over Sea, Under Stone (finished!) and The Dark is Rising
Today’s tweet: @soulswallo Literally every time you pull out the finger guns, I laugh out loud.

1/10
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 116
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 643
Books read: The Dark is Rising
Today’s tweet: It’s bad when no matter the time of day, your book puts you to sleep.

1/11
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 117
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 760
Books read: The Dark is Rising (finished!) and Greenwitch
Today’s tweet: Treated to donuts at work this AM. So now all I have to do during lunch is read! Hoping to finish book 3.

1/12
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 272
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,032
Books read: Greenwitch (finished!), Kill Shakespeare (finished!) and The Athena Project
Today’s tweet: Thank you SO MUCH guys! This event never fails to inspire me.

Challenges:

Name Your Book Crack, hosted by Bookgoonie

The thing that drives my book addiction the hardest is a new release in a series. I feel compelled to preorder them, even if I’m woefully behind on my reading in that series. I feel like I have to keep up, and I Just. Have. To. Buy. the newest book so that I can say I have it. Somehow, in my mind, owning the most up to date book means I’m a true fan. I like to acquire them right away, so that when I am ready to sit down and catch up, the whole set is right there in my possession.

What this usually means, however, is that I buy the book and then feel no urge to read it. I own it, so it can sit on my shelf forever, right? I bought it, so I don’t have to keep thinking of it in my TBR list in my head. Once I own it, I don’t have to track it, or so it goes in my backwards mind. This is why I have TONS of books on my shelves and in my Kindle that are unread, while I plow through books at the library. I have the addictive urge to own books, but not necessarily to read them right away. It’s like I’m worried I’ll forget about them if I don’t run out and buy them right away. It drives my husband crazy, and makes me feel like a weirdo when people ask me my thoughts on the books on my shelves and I have to say I haven’t read them! Hee. So yes, the need to have the newest and shiniest books is my book crack.

1/13
Number of pages I’ve read today: 221
Total number of pages I’ve read: 1,253
Books read: The Athena Project (finished!), Insurgent and Beautiful Creatures
Today’s tweet: Finished another one for #boutofbooks! Just in time to watch the Globes, too!

Challenges:

New Year’s Resolutions, hosted by Ex Libris

Since I just finished Bared to You, I’ll pick Eva from that book. Her resolutions would be to buy new underwear (since Gideon keeps ripping them off), get a promotion at work (since she loves her job), and to not run away from her problems and fears (as she is wont to do).

Bout of Books 5.0 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

 
I survived Bout of Books 5.0! It was a great week of reading for me and I’m so glad I decided to participate. For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:
 

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 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th 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 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 5.0 team

 
Time devoted to reading: I managed to meet my goal of reading 3 hours each weekday, but fell far short of my planned 6 hours on Saturday and Sunday. It was a lot harder to avoid errands than I thought it would be!
 
I managed to:
  • Read 3 books (and get halfway through another and a good start on a fifth)
  • Finish 3 library books
  • Finish one Austen book (and start another)
  • Update Twitter every day
  • Participate in 2 Twitter chats and 3 challenges

Books I read:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • The Yard by Alex Grecian – not finished
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – not finished

Total pages read: 750

Challenges completed: 

This was probably my most successful Bout of Books, if only because it got me back in the reading groove and connecting with bloggers again. I had a lot of fun, read way more this week than in any previous week this year, and am just happy to be enjoying my reading life. Thank you Amanda and Kelly and all the challenge hosts for a great Bout of Books 5.0!

 

 

 

 

Bout of Books 5.0 – Goals and Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

 
Bout of Books 5.0 is here! I’ll be participating here and on Twitter (@loganturner). For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:
 

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 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th 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 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 5.0 team

 
Time devoted to reading: I’m going to try and read 3 hours every weekday and 6 hours each weekend day.
 
My goals for participation:
  • Read seven books
  • Finish four of my library books
  • Knock out two Austen books
  • Read ten books from my backlog of comics
  • Update Twitter at least three times per day
  • Participate in one Twitter chat and three challenges (view the Official Schedule)

Books to read:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – in progress
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • The Yard by Alex Grecian – in progress
  • Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (or another UF/PNR fun book)

Updates:

8/13
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 145
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 145
Books read: Finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns); started The Yard

8/14
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 117
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 262
Books read: Still reading The Yard; started Northanger Abbey

8/15
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 144
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 406
Books read: Finished Northanger Abbey; still reading The Yard
Challenges completed: 2

8/16
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 94
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 500
Books read: Started The Westing Game; still reading The Yard

8/17
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 94
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 594
Books read: Finished The Westing Game; started Pride and Prejudice

8/18
Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 54
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 648
Books read: Still reading The Yard and Pride and Prejudice
Challenges completed: 1

8/19
Number of pages I’ve read today: 102
Total number of pages I’ve read: 750
Books read: Still reading The Yard and Pride and Prejudice

Announcement: Austen in August at Roof Beam Reader

I’ve been in a crazy long reading funk lately. I haven’t been interested in anything I own, my review copies are aggravating me and stressing me out, and the pressure of library ebooks popping up randomly with their availability has left me frazzled. I’m all over the place, and nothing can get me to focus.

Enter Adam at Roof Beam Reader.

King of all things literary fiction, master Tweeter, and all around super awesome fantastic nice guy; I should not be surprised that he may yet turn out to be my summer reading savior. Just when I needed something to read that was pleasant, comforting, and full of equal parts light and depth, he announces a superb event focusing on books with all of these qualities. Tongue-in-cheek humor? Check. Not-so-subtle feminist rantings? Check. Swoony romances? Check. Kickass ladies sticking it to dudes who think they’re all that? Check. Added bonus points for encouraging summer reading that is not typical chick lit “beach reads.” 

C’mon folks. We can read Jane Austen at the beach. We’re all intelligent peeps that dig intrigue, right? So how about some gossip served up by bitchy old ladies in stuffy ballrooms at lavish parties? (That’s my kind of party, y’all.)

So a big thank you to Adam for hosting this event. It will definitely help me knock out some books for my sadly neglected goal in Midnyte Reader’s Dusty Volumes Challenge. Want to join me? Here are the details:

  • Sign up in the comments on the Austen in August: Sign-Up Post! at Roof Beam Reader. (See how awesome Adam is? You don’t even have to create a post. Just leave a comment. Because summertime = nice and easy.)
  • Read books by, about, or based on the works of Jane Austen. Biographies, retellings, mash-ups – they’re all good. Some recommendations on Adam’s post and comments include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Austenland, Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, The Jane Austen Book Club, Shades of Milk and Honey, and All Roads Lead to Austen.
  • Post reviews of the Austen-related books you read during the month of August in order to win prizes.
  • Post discussion posts (if you’re interested in guest posting or hosting giveaways, talk to Adam!), enter giveaways, visit other blogs, and generally get into the spirit of things by enjoying Austen and sharing that enjoyment with the rest of us.
  • Be a dear and spread the word – post the button, tweet (the official hashtag is #AusteninAugustRBR) or post about the event, and talk it up to your reading and blogging friends! 
  • Sign-ups are welcome during the event, but to be sure you’re eligible for early giveaway prizes, sign up by July 31st.

My plan is to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. I’ve started all of these, but can’t remember if I ever actually finished them. If I have, it was so long ago that I’ve since confused the books with the movies, so I’m overdue for re-reads.  If I finish those, I’d like to try one of the retellings or mash-ups. They look like fun, but I’d probably enjoy them more coming fresh off the source material. The ones that look most intriguing to me are Amanda Grange’s Heroes series (Colonel Brandon’s Diary, Mr. Darcy’s Diary, etc.) and faux sequels like Willoughby’s Return.

I’ll be posting updates and reviews as I go, and be on the lookout for potential movie comparison posts. I will use any excuse to watch Ang Lee’s brilliant and beautiful Sense and Sensibility again. If there’s not a hashtag yet, I’m sure there will be one, so look for tweets of my thoughts as well. It’ll be nice to read and review some books where I feel fairly certain the author will never see my comments. Who’s up for a drama free August?

It’s going to be a blast!