Monday, 7 January 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 6.0 Starting Line and Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

You were going to read that week anyway, right? Read with us.

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 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, run from 12:01am on Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in.
  • Bout of Books is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required. Co-hosts are there to facilitate blog hopping and interaction between participants.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

You can join the fun and sign up HERE.

And see the mini-challenge schedule HERE.

And here is my Goal Sheet (get yours from Bout of Books):

My Time Devoted to Reading

As I will be once again working all week my reading time will be limited, I'm planning to read on the way to and from work on the commute.


My Goals
  • Read at least 5 books
  • Update my reading progress
  • Participate in the mini-challenges

Books To Read - This is just a pile from which to choose, otherwise I would forget which books are on my immediate TBR list
  1. The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace DONE
  2. Once Burned by Dee Carney
  3. Her New Worst Enemy by Christy McKellen
  4. The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
  5. Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk
  6. Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman - started reading
  7. Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan
  8. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris DONE
  9. The Reluctant Wife by Bronwen Evans

Updates

1/7

Number of pages I have read today: 102
Number of books I’ve read today: the last novella, 30% of Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky


1/8

Number of pages I have read today: 94
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books:

1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris


1/9

Number of pages I have read today: 48
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books:

1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris


1/10

Number of pages I have read today: at 52% of The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books:

1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris


1/11

Number of pages I have read today: at 64% of The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books:

1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris


1/12
Number of pages I have read today: 0 - I cooked and baked and what time I had left I spent it doing a Lois&Clark marathon ;-)
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books:

1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris


1/13

Number of pages I have read today: read 36% of The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace and 42% of Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3.5
Books:


1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris
3. The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace



Mini-challenges

The Page 48 Challenge

  • Turn to page 48 of your current book, or 48% if you're using an e-reader.
  • Take the first complete sentence on that page and copy it.
  • Now you're going to continue the story! Ignoring the real plot or anything else you know about that book, add four new sentences of your very own. You can morph the plot completely, kill everybody off or go off on a huge tangent - anything goes!

I'm reading The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace right now, so here is the first sentence at 48%: "I know."


and my continuation:

"I know." She said and sighed. 
Knowledge was truly what had started everything. If her mother had died without uttering those four simple words, which since have completely turned her life upside down: "You have his eyes", she never would have known. But whose eyes? She never knew him. Never even heard of him. And yet, after 28 years her mother just told her that she had his eyes. Her father's eyes. Who was not the man who brought her up and whom she loved like her dad. No, her father was a stranger, but one she was determined to learn more about.


The Favourite Vamps Challenge

So, WHO are your favourite vampires? And WHY??
I want everyone to name one guy vamp and one lady vamp (and the books/series they are from, just so everyone knows), and explain why they have a place in your heart as your super most favourite vampires everrr.

For male I would pick Spike, he made me crack up so much on Buffy. First of all that peroxide blond updo with his long leather duster coat and those blazé lines, he was such a memorable character! (and loved when he got all sweet and starry-eyed about Buffy :-D) And boy could he sing.. So he was one of the best characters of the show :-)

As for a female vamp is Caroline in Vampire Diaries. Her transition and how she tried to master her urges and power at the beginning was just so funny and entertaining :-D


The Book Crack Challenge

What is your Book Crack? What can you NOT SAY NO to? What bookish things make you blissful?

Bookish deals, especially free Kindle deals. I can't stop myself from clicking, even some books I'm just mildly interested in, I tell myself who knows, maybe one day I would want to read it and since it's free right now, I should get it right now :-)


The Bookish Dress Up Challenge

You know when in a book an author painstakingly describes what a character is wearing? Not only is this usually quite annoying, it gets even worse if the character’s fashion sense makes you want to smack your head against your wall. What if you could dictate what the character was wearing? What would you put on them – something ridiculous, or something that would make them look wonderful?

Gwen Frost, the heroine of Jennifer Estep's YA urban fantasy series, Mythos Academy series is described as always wearing jeans and hoodie sweatshirts, I don't mind her sporty style, but she never dresses up or changes her wardrobe, not even for Halloween!

Source: Cszmurlo

So for once in a while I would be glad to see her step out of her comfort zone and change things up a bit, by for example dressing up as a wood nymph like this for Halloween, it would enhance her long hair and her feminity:


and a close up to see the flowers in the hair and the leaves:

Photos from Charmed: Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun

Wrap Up

Number of pages I have read in total: about 516 - which sounds much more impressive than the sense of satisfaction I feel about what I've actually gotten around to read  
Total number of books I've read during the event: 3.5
Books:


1. Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Catherine Mann, Kathie Denosky
2. Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris
3. The Billionaire's Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace
4. and 42% of Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman

As for my goals:

  • Read at least 5 books - only read 3
  • Update my reading progressdone
  • Participate in the mini-challenges - partially done

Once again I realized that I was way too optimistic or even a bit unrealistic when aiming to read 5 books during a week where I was working 5 days full-time and spending 1 day (Sunday) at a training until the afternoon. Aiming for only 3 books would have been much more feasible and realistic. Hopefully next time I'll do better.

ps. the winner of the New Year Resolution Challenge will be posted later today. Thanks for the great participation! I'm so glad to see you all had so much fun with it! :-D 

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