Bout of Books

Bout of Books … I’m Joining In…

Bout of Books

…late, of course. But that’s okay, right? I mean the sign up link is still open 🙂

Anyways, I decided to join in because everyone (and I do mean everyone) is in on the party and I felt left out, lol.

I’ve done one Bout of Books before a while ago and didn’t even make it the whole week. But I’m going to do better this time. … Right? Sure! Ha!

Anyway what is 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, 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

And what are my goals? Well I’m going to keep them pretty low key.

  • Read at least 100 pages each day.
    • Load my recently acquired e-galleys onto my Nook and start at least one of them.
    • Make some more progress on my current read, a 750+ page chunkster! (I’m on page 335)
  • Participate in at least 1 challenge.
  • Visit at least 5 new blogs each day. And comment 🙂

Here’s where I’ll be keeping my progress:

Monday Jan. 6 

  • Time read: Approximately 45 minutes
  • Pages read: 38
  • Challenges: 0
  • New blogs visited: 0

Tuesday Jan. 7

Wednesday Jan. 8

  • Time read: 2 hours 36 minutes
  • Pages read: 153
  • Challenges:
    • Doing Dewey asked us to introduce someone to our favorite genre. Here is how I answered:
    • My favorite genre is mystery/thriller/suspense. So where would I suggest you start?

      Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (first in the Alex Cross series)
      The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
      The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
      The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (first in the Rizzoli/Isles series)

      I know that I’ve probably raised some eyebrows by including James Patterson on this list, but in all honesty his early Alex Cross series books are by far the best (my personal fave in the series is “Violets are Blue”) The more recent installments are just “eh” for me, but those first 10 or so – awesome! Also the Rizzoli and Isles book series is nothing like the TV show, so be forewarned before going into the books. Jennifer McMahon is a new find for me, but I’ve enjoyed her so far. And “The Lincoln Lawyer” was really a great book; if you’ve seen the movie, it stayed relatively true to the book.

      I’m sure I could come up with some better selections, but those were just the first few that popped into my head.

  • New blogs visited: Doing Dewey / Unbound Books / Reading Until Proven Innocent /

Thursday Jan. 9

  • Time read: 37 minutes
  • Pages read: 38 pages
  • Challenges: 0
  • New blogs visited: 0

Friday Jan. 10 

  • Time read: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Pages read: 81 pages
  • Challenges: 0
  • New blogs visited: 0

Saturday Jan. 11

  • Time read: 55 minutes
  • Pages read: 53 pages
  • Challenges: 0
  • New blogs visited: 0

Sunday Jan. 12

  • Time read:
  • Pages read:
  • Challenges:
  • New blogs visited:
First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #11


Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts this meme.

The Hostage

Today I’m featuring a book from my shelf that I’m currently reading for the TBR Challenge. 

As an American, Jean-Paul Lorimer was always annoyed or embarrassed, or both, every time he arrived at Vienna’s international airport. The first thing one saw when entering the terminal was a Starbucks kiosk.

The arrogance of Americans to sell coffee in Vienna! With such a lurid red neon sign!

This is a humongous chunkster (750 pages) that I wanted to get off of my shelf and get it out of the way first, ha! I will admit that the above excerpt does not do justice for getting a feel of the book. Because of that I will also leave you with the blurb from the back of the book:

An American diplomat’s wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband murdered before her eyes. She is told her children will be next if she doesn’t tell the kidnappers where her brother is – a man who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning United Nations/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, and an awful lot of hands are reaching up to grab it, and some of those hands don’t mind shedding as much blood as it takes – even if that blood comes from Charley Castillo…

I will say that I’m 300 pages into this book and enjoying it, but I don’t think it’s going to be a book that I can recommend to everyone. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading this week 🙂