Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bout of Books read-a-thon (My first!)

Well, I did it!!  I made my goal of reading three books in one week.  I read two of my original three choices plus Murder is Academic by Lesley Diehl.  I started a fourth book, wrote three reviews, and participated in a twitter chat and the "Spell it Out" challenge.  I feel like it was a pretty good reading week and I'm proud of how much I accomplished.  I will definitely be joining the Bout of Books readathon next time.  Loads of fun! Thanks!

This will be my first year participating in Bout of Books.  I'm excited about it!  If you don't know much about it, here is the description.  It seems fun and low pressure and allows me to do a lot of what I love, read!!

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My list for the week includes these three books.  I work full time and have two very active children so I'm hoping to get all three done in one week (which is about double what I can usually manage).  I plan to retire to my room as soon as my little friends go to bed and read while I hang out during their afternoon sports, etc. :)  


  • Monday, May 12, 2014:  Read Bloodspell, wrote a review, posted it, participated in a crazy fast twitter chat that I could barely keep up with, and began reading my second book, The Warrior by Victoria Scott.
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014:  Started reading Murder is Academic (forgot to add this to the original list).
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014:  Finished Murder is Academic, wrote the review, participated in the twitterchat, updated this post.  A pretty good day!  On to The Warrior!!
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014:  Read half of The Warrior, participated in the "Spell it Out" challenge.
  • Friday, May 16, 2014:  Busy day.  Continued reading The Warrior, finished my blog tour post for Murder is Academic.
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014: Posted blog tour review and giveaway and continued reading The Warrior.
  • Sunday, May 18, 2014:  Finished The Warrior by Victoria Scott.  Wrote the review and posted.  Started reading A Witch Before Dying.
For the spell it out challenge, I decided to use the month of my birth.  All of the books are books I have read in the last year.  :)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The by Michelle Hodkin
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Uninvited, The by Heather Graham
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



  1. The most important thing is that you have fun, even if you don't end up reading all three. Good luck! :)

  2. The twitter chat was pretty insane. So fast!
    Well done on getting your first book done.

  3. It appears you like ghost novels, too. I loved The Night Circus. I keep seeing Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Perhaps it's time I read it.

  4. Congrats on meeting your goals!! It was my first one as well, such great fun!!