Bout of Books

Wrapping Up Bout of Books 11!

Well, what a fun week I had last week! I read a lot more than normal 🙂 And I had a lot of fun! I think my only complaint with what I accomplished was that by Sunday I really ran out of reading steam. I just wasn’t in the mood. Which was a shame, because I had all Sunday to myself … hubs took Garrett up to his parents house for a visit and I was alone from 10am until 6pm. But after a pedicure and grocery shopping, the only thing I had enough energy for was a nap. Anyway, to quickly sum up my Bout of Books progress:

Total pages read: 626
Total time read: 10 hours 23 minutes

Monday August 18 

  • Time read: 121 minutes
  • Pages read: 124 pages
  • Challenges: Book Scavenger Hunt … that was a lot of fun! And my non-bookish friends on Instagram are probably hating me for blowing up their feed temporarily 🙂
    • Also today I finished Father of Fear by Ethan Cross … a review book that I’m scheduled for a review on 9/2. It was really good!!

Tuesday August 19

  • Time read: 162 minutes
  • Pages read: 186 pages
  • Challenges: 0

Wednesday August 20

  • Time read: 60 minutes
  • Pages read: 56 pages
  • Challenges: 0

Thursday August 21

  • Time read: 51 minutes
  • Pages read: 67 pages
  • Challenges: 0

Friday August 22

  • Time read: 84 minutes
  • Pages read: 90 pages
  • Challenges: 0
    • Finished Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro today.

Saturday August 23

  • Time read: 99 minutes
  • Pages read: 73 pages
  • Challenges: 0

Sunday August 24

  • Time read: 46 minutes
  • Pages read: 30 pages
  • Challenges: 0

I had a wonderful week, and I’m already looking forward to Bout of Books 12 … January 5-11, 2015!!

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Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, August 25, 2014

Two books this week. One review book:

The Tenth ChamberAbbey of Ruac, rural France – A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains – and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they’ve stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One “accidental” death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.


And one that I purchased new:

Sycamore RowOne of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?