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 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I definitely didn't read as much as I wanted to, but I also did decent. I got the books read that I needed to and one that I wanted to. Here are the books I finished (the first two are linked to reviews):
DAY 7: Sunday, August 23rd
Challenge: The challenge today was hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much about what to read next. I stuck to YA so that it made it easier to choose. Here are my picks (in no particular order):
1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. From my review: "The Orphan Queen is a fantasy full of complex characters, a mysterious magic, a rich setting, danger, adventure, betrayal, and a slowly-building romance that is both intense and sweet. It has everything you would look for in a story and more."
2. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. From my review: "It was sweetly romantic, set wonderfully, and had a great set of interesting characters and enough danger to make this one book that was impossible to put down."
3. The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham. From my review: "The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl kept me engaged, had me tearing up at one point, made me angry, had thrills, and some sweetly romantic moments that were also intense. I love it when stories can pull those emotions from me and this one definitely did!"
DAY 6: Saturday, August 22nd
I have not gotten even close to as much reading in as I was hoping to this point. It's been such a busy week when I thought it wasn't going to be. One more day...
Challenge: Missed it.
DAY 5: Friday, August 21st
Challenge: Character Soulmates over at Blue Books and Butterflies. This was where we match two characters from different books together. I picked Prince Nikolai from The Grisha series (because he deserves a happy ending and someone who will love him) and Winter from The Lunar Chronicles (I know she has a love interest, but I think with her background and how she can be sweet, sly, and fierce, that she'd be perfect for Nikolai and vice versa). We also had to pick a ship name and there wasn't really anything I liked, but I went with Winolai. :/ Kind of fits in a way: "Win o lie." Lol!
I'm behind where I'd like to be in my reading, but my mom just started a blog and I've spent the past two days helping her with it. Now that it's up and running I should have more time. *crosses fingers*
Rocky Top Real Talk. I haven't played MASH in over two decades so I really couldn't remember how to do it and I completely left out the category for kids, but oh well. I did have fun with it by trying to use things out of my books for the husband/love interest and vehicle categories at least. If you participated, how did you come out?
Read: Finished (~119 pages) This Quiet Sky
Read: 39 pages of This Quiet Sky