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I love to read!!! Books, are the best thing ever!!! I go to Borders two or three times a week!

Bout of Books #10 – DAY 1 UPDATE

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

I made some progress today!!! I finished a book and made some progress on another. My first accomplishment is that I finished read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. This book was a re-read for me. It was my first or second Sarah Dessen book and it made me fall in love with her as an author. I know a lot of people don’t view it as one of her bests, but because it was one of my firsts of hers, it is one of my absolute favorite books ever. After I read this book for the first time (back in college right when it came out) I wanted a key necklace SOOOOOOO bad. I used to search all over stores to find one, but I never could find that perfect key necklace. I still see it in my dreams sometimes and hope to some day find it.

Anyway, after finishing Lock and Key, I started The Luxe by Ana Godbersen, but alas, I am having the same problem with it that I was having the first time I tried to read it just shortly after it was published. It is just so historically incorrect. The characters do not act properly for the time period and because of that, I just cannot handle it. It is the same reason I cannot handle Moulon Rouge. My sisters love it, but I cannot help but see the historical fallacies in it. I wish I could put that all aside, but I just can’t. Anyway, I got to about chapter two of The Luxe before I had to put it aside.

From there, I picked up That Summer by Sarah Dessen. This is one that I haven’t read before. I heard that this is the first book that she wrote, and you can tell. It just doesn’t capture the audience like some of her other books do. I will read it because it is a Sarah Dessen and I want to read all of her books this year. However, I just don’t see myself loving it like I do so many of her other books. These are some of the few contemporary novels that I will read and I cannot wait to read more of them. I might try to squeeze The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen into this Bout of Books. I haven’t read it yet. I bought it on the day it came out but it somehow got accidentally pushed to the back of the shelf and you know what they say… “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”

 

How is Bout of Books going for you all so far? I hope well! Until tomorrow, hope you pick up a book and read!

 

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Bout of Books

 

Bout of Books #10

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

I haven’t really participated in a Bout of Books read-a-thon before so I am excited to do it this time. I normally come home from work and put on tv and then watch and cross stitch or crochet until I go to bed. This week, instead of doing that, I am going to read. I hope to read a minimum of five books this week. I am also going to try to post at least five blog posts during this week.

Here are a few books I hope to read this week:

 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Bout of Books

 

Hours 17-20

readathon

 

Hour 17:

Reading Status:

Got lost in the world of wikipedia. This hour was a bust!
 
 

Hour 18:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 0 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (37 pages)
Pages Read since last update:37 
Total Pages Read: 255 + 305 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Spanish Deli Meats
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 630 minutes


Hour 19:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 0 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (0 pages)
Pages Read since last update:0 
Total Pages Read: 523
Foods Consumed this Hour: None
Books Started: Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Total time read: 630 minutes
 

Hour 20:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: School for Good & Evil – Soman Chainani (60 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 523
Foods Consumed this Hour: Cheese
Books Started: Secrets – Francine Pascal; School for Good & Evil – Soman Chainani
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Total time read: 630 minutes

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hours 13-16

readathon

 

Hour 13:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (152 – 182); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 182
Foods Consumed this Hour: none
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 420 minutes
 

Hour 14:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 60 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 182 + 265 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Lasagna and Rosemary bread
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 480 minutes


Hour 15:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 10 minutes); Secrets – Francine Pascal (36 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 36
Total Pages Read: 218 + 275 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: Gummy Bears; Butterscotch Beer (non-alcoholic)
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 540 minutes
 

Hour 16:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes) – got distracted reading a wikipedia page
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 218 + 305 minutes audio
Foods Consumed this Hour: nothing
Books Started: Enders – Lissa Price; Secrets – Francine Pascal
Books Finished: Double Love – Francine Pascal
Total time read: 570 minutes
 
 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hours 9-12

readathon

 

Hour 9:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (89 – 123); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 20 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 34
Total Pages Read: 122
Foods Consumed this Hour: Rooibos Tea 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes


Hour 11:

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Enders by Lissa Price; Double Love by Francine Pascal
2. How many books have you read so far? None finished. Halfway through two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dreams of Gods & Monsters
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? No. My sister went out of town for the weekend so I had no plans
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Well, just sleep induced interruptions. And I slept. I am sleepy! I shouldn’t be, I slept a good while. So this sucked.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How many readers there are. I didn’t realize there would be so many as 800!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really. I wish it didn’t start so early in my time zone.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I would strive better to actually make myself go to sleep bed earlier on Friday so that I am able to stay awake better.
9. Are you getting tired yet? YES! I started 4 hours late and then I have already had to take an hour long nap!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Not really. But I could use some advice. Because I keep sleeping :-P

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: 0
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 122
Foods Consumed this Hour: Rooibos Tea 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes
 

Hour 12:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (123 – 152); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 30
Total Pages Read: 152
Foods Consumed this Hour: Gummy Bears, Chicken deli meat, Gouda cheese 
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 300 minutes

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hours 5-8

readathon

 

Hour 5:

Introduction Meme (Kate)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Fresno, California.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Double Love – Francine Pascal; United we Spy – Ally Carter; Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? All of my wonderful cheese. I love cheese!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a huge soccer addict and Bayern Munich (and the German National Team) are my life. When I am not obbsessing over them (or reading a million books) I am frequently found cross stitching or crocheting while watching more tv than can possibly be good for you.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I actually prepared fairly early for the readathon this time around and I got a decent amount of sleep last night. That is literally a first for me. I am usually coming into this on next to no sleep. I did sleep through the first four hours. I don’t regret it. I co-host the last few hours and I need to be on my A-Game

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (1-28); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 30 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 28
Total Pages Read: 28
Foods Consumed this Hour: Stawberries
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 60 minutes
 

Hour 6:

Six Word Celebration Challenge:

Good friends, good books, book community!

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (28-56); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 20 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 28
Total Pages Read: 56
Foods Consumed this Hour: Stawberries; Garden Salsa Sun Chips
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 120 minutes


Hour 7:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Double Love – Francine Pascal (57-88); Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 20 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 28
Total Pages Read: 88
Foods Consumed this Hour: Yellow Tomatoes
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 180 minutes
 

Hour 8:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Enders – Lissa Price (audiobook – 60 minutes)
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 88
Foods Consumed this Hour: Chicken Taquitos; Vimto (a soda that I used to drink while growing up in West Africa)
Books Started: Double Love – Francine Pascal; Enders – Lissa Price
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 240 minutes

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

READATHON TIME!!!!!

Read all day long

Read all day long

 

Guys, its that time of the year again. You know what time I am talking about… Readathon time! I am so so so excited. Lately I have been on a bit of a book slump. This whole year I have only read 7 books total. That is less than two a month. And I haven’t blogged at all since the last readathon. I am hoping that this readathon will turn that all around. I am going to try to be better at book blogging! I swear, I am. I miss it. Now lets dive into my basic game plan:

Snacks:

So, this week, my boss started pretty much the whole company on Beach Body workouts. I am doing the Power 90 work out with my sister. Since Monday, I have already lost 2.7 pounds. Because of recently starting this jump back into fitness, I am going to try to be better at what I eat during readathon this year. I am going shopping for groceries after work tomorrow, but I am going to try to steer clear of the chips and cookies and cake and all that unhealthy food that I love so much. I am still going to treat myself to a variety of cheeses and a salami tray. It is like the only time of the year I let myself buy salami and cheese. It is a readathon tradition. Aside from that, I am going to look at buying fruits. I may try to prepare them tomorrow night so as to not waste time on Saturday peeling kiwis or anything like that. I am going to look at getting some grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple, and apple slices. I will have a shakeology drink to start out with for breakfast and I haven’t decided yet for lunch and dinner. We will have to see when I go shopping.

Books:

This year, I am going to try to steer clear from too many heavy books…. maybe. I am a moody reader and I read what I am in the mood to read. Right now I am looking at some Sweet Valley Books. Maybe a little Nancy Drew. Here, in picture form, are some of the books I am thinking about:

 

Those are the main books I am looking at right now. Of course with me, nothing is a given and I could very well change my mind several times over and not actually read any of these books. I think I have several different genre’s represented here so I am pretty happy with my selection. What are you all reading? What are you eating? I hope, at the very least, you are joining in on the fun!!!! To get in at all the fun, visit Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and sign up! It is never too late to join in on all the fun!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 
 
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