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:

4 thoughts on “Bout of Books … I’m Joining In…”

  1. Great goals! That is quite the book you are working your way through. 🙂 College Basketball fan huh–I’m a college football fan 🙂 My season just got over and yours is just getting underway really. Good luck and thanks for stopping by Love. Life. Read!

    Happy Reading!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it’s great to find another mystery lover! I also like the early Alex Cross books, and I’m a big fan of the Women’s Murder Club series, although I’m doubtful James Patterson actually writes any of it himself anymore!

    1. I read somewhere once that he makes very detailed outlines and the Co – author writes the book. Which is a shame really because he’s a good writer, but now it feels like he’s too interested in making more money than writing great books.

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