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 Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
I’m trying to get through series on my shelves so this is my tentative TBR. The Mark of Athena I am currently reading this, I’m in a rush to finish this because I’m really excited to read about Nico. I read some spoilers, they can be motivating sometimes. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson I was disappointed by the second book, in fact I can barely remember it but I still want to know how this series ends. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness I think I had this on my TBR last readathon, its about time I pushed aside my dread and finish this series.
My first day started off strongly, optimistic and satisfied with the progress I was making in The Mark of Athena I was sure I would complete my book by the end of the day. Then shitty things happened because life is an unpredictable asshole and this readathon has become a distraction from thinking.
Character Face Off
Ronan Lynch vs. James Carstairs
Who: Razor sharp raven boy from The Raven Cycle series.
Pros: Wild, adventurous, sarcastic
Cons: dangerous, rude, scary
Who: Shadowhunter from The Infernal Devices
Pros: Sweet, kind, loyal
Cons: Stubborn, self-sacrificing
Winner: James Carstairs.
I think I enjoy reading about Ronan a little more because he is so unpredictable and I love getting to know all those hidden traits but James wins my heart. He is gentle and lovely and ultimately I’ll feel way better around him. These boys have completely opposite personalities
This challenge is hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale. 1. How do you organize your shelves?
I recently reorganised my bookshelf, my tallest shelf has most of my series, my second short shelf has my TBR books arranged in a rainbow colour (only the first row) and my third shelf has a mix of my favourites and TBR. I know pictures would give the best visual but I’m a little lazy atm. 2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I adore this book though I don’t usually read historical fiction. 3. What is the last 5 star book you read? The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. 4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
Monsters of Men, I’m both terrified and ecstatic to get to the conclusion of this trilogy. 5. What book do you recommend the most? The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, it is my favourite series, I love all the characters and Melina Marchetta’s writing is perfection!
It’s my favourite and first readathon of the year. I’m definitely looking forward to crossing some books off my TBR and meeting lots of lovely new readers!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Trinidad and Tobago. 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I didn’t plan out my TBR, I’m just going with the flow. 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I don’t really have much snacks I eat throughout the readathon, maybe something sweet in the later hours to give me a burst of energy. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I love writing my favourite quotes from books on my bedroom wall, its comforting associating my experiences with the words written. 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
This year I am finally free from exams as I graduated last year and I don’t have a job so I have no weekend preparation. However, I am the least prepared, I didn’t plan anything out the books I’m reading. I don’t think I’ve ever given myself so much flexibility in a readathon, I’m excited!
1. What are you reading right now?
I am trying my first audiobook, Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Its fun and lets me cheer and browse other book blogs. 2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve read one book: The Wicked + The Divine. 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I think I’d want to read Maus next, I’ve heard really good things. 4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
So many interruptions, I had quite a few errands to run. If I had to do something around the house I listened to the audiobook. Some were just unavoidable, I just remembered that I can participate in as many hours as I want to and not stress out. 5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
The challenges! They’re new and creative, I don’t remember ever doing some of these and I’m having so much fun. I actually want to do a Saga themed birthday party now.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 21, my brain was fried at that time, I couldn’t keep my eyes open and before I knew it I was fast asleep while Yes Please by Amy Poehler continued in the background. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels for sure, The Wicked + The Divine, Saga, I Kill Giants, Locke & Key. Also, short books and poetry books help. I definitely recommend audiobooks, especially autobiography audiobooks to cheerleaders or those who have lots of errands to run. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think it would be awesome to have a forum on dedicated to finding reading buddies for next readathon. Its really fun having a partner to read along a particular book with you. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheerleaders were amazing, I never got so many cheers on my blog in all the years I’ve participated. How many books did you read?
3 What were the names of the books you read?
1. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
3. Maus Volume 1 by Art Spiegelman Which book did you enjoy most?
Yes Please by Amy Poehler, it was funny and insightful and she gave good practical advice Which did you enjoy least?
Maus Volume 1 by Art Spiegelman, maybe it was because I was sleepy, my eyes burned a whole lot and the small text just irritated them more. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
For tumblr blogs it’d be good if participants linked their ask page, sometimes it was a little challenging finding their ask box on their site. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’d definitely participate, I’ll be a reader and a cheerleader. I always wanted to host a mini challenge but I’ll see when that time comes.
Draw It Out
This challenge is hosted by Ellie at Lisa’s World of Books. I’m no artist but this is my sketch of Amy Poehler doing improv comedy in her early days. I’m not sure about the content of her skit but the crowd seems to love it. ^^;
Best of Your Reading Year
This challenge is hosted by Lisa at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm . Best Book of Your Reading Year: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Millers – This books was so beautifully written and I ached over the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles. Best Main Character of Your Reading Year: Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I love that Francie is ambitious and so active in her agency to be educated. She’s very determined, hardworking and resourceful. Best Author of Your Reading Year:Gillian Flynn – I read Dark Places and fell in love with her twisted portrayal of fucked up people. I immediately knew I needed more of her work in my life.
Music is Muse
This challenge is hosted by Holly at Catch These Words.
I read The Wicked + The Divine, when I think of music for this volume I instantly think about captivating performances and it brings me back to when I was younger and in love with kpop and idols. SHINee did this cover of Internet War by Seo Taiji. Its flashy and insane and kpop idols are worshiped, they’re a little bit like the Gods in this series.
Just an extra, I love browsing 8tracks for playlists related to books and I am obsessed with The Raven Boys. I searched through my liked list and I found Maybe I Dreamt You for Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch, my two favourite characters from the series. The tracks are haunting and beautiful and you should definitely check it out!
In 100 years
This challenge is hosted by The Girl Who Loved to Read.
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – This is a beautiful coming of age book, I feel like it’d become an LGBT classic. It defied tropes, the friendship was so genuine and the characters well and naturally developed. I cant just see this book being passed on from reader to reader for years.
2. The Kite Runner – This book is powerful and brutal and it definitely stays with you long after reading, I feel like its messages of identity, culture and war will stand the test of time.
3. The Name of the Wind – I haven’t read this book but this books gets so much positive reviews, I’ve never actually seen that high of ratings on goodreads. I feel as if this would definitely become a fantasy classic.
Plan a Bookish Party!
This challenge is hosted by Christina at Christina Writes.
One of my favourite graphic novels is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. For snacks I’d include tree shaped spaceship icing cookies and star shaped cookies, I’d have a cake the colour of their moon and I’d have lots of fruit salads since Marko is a vegetarian.
As for the signature drink, it’d probably be Viniq galaxy vodka, I’m trying to stay close to the out of space theme as much as possible. Just look how pretty this drink is. Obviously there’ll be non-alcoholic drinks as well.
As for the games I’d have something inspired by Lying Cat where I list three crazy facts and people try to guess which one is the lie and maybe a slightly crazy game of paintballoon. Paintball is illegal in my country so I’d fill balloons with paint and separate everyone into teams, this is inspired by all the different groups of people hunting Marko and Alana.
For the party favours, I’d give away harlequin romance books since that’s the inspiration behind Alana’s rebelling and posters with the beautiful artwork by Fiona Staples.
On Food and Books
This challenge is hosted by Caro at A Girl That Likes Books.
I recently finished The Wicked + The Divine and the book just made me think of decadence and divine goodness so instantly I thought of chocolate. I’m really bad at coming up with my own recipes, it’d probably go something like this:
1 bar of dark chocolate
1 bar milk chocolate
2 scoops of ice cream
1 cup of milk
1. Melt dark chocolate with the milk.
2. Grate or cut milk chocolate in thin strips.
3. Mix or sprinkle chocolate bits into the ice cream.
4. Drizzle dark chocolate mixture over ice cream.
5. Add whip cream.
Basically, all the fatty goodness. But I found this recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes and it seems so rich and tasty and ideal for the craziness that is Wicked and the Divine.
Book Spine Poetry
This challenge is hosted by Gail at Ticket to Anywhere. Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem at least three “books” long/tall.
All the light we cannot see
Hopeless between shades of gray
All our yesterdays
In dark places
Chasers of the light
In a hollow city
This challenge is hosted by Irene at Boghunden. Find a book with one of the listed items on the cover.
Tree: Willow by Ann Brashares
Snow: Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Weapon: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.
4 Seasons 4 Books
This challenge is hosted by Darren at Bart’s Bookshelf.
Convey the four seasons in four book covers, by colour, title, author, cover, or something a little less obvious. I did mines by the content of the cover.
Spring: Jellicoe Road, when I think of spring I think of bright flowers.
Summer: Since You’ve Been Gone, I think of hot days and hanging out with friends.
Autumn: I think of orange and falling leaves and pumpkins, I thought I’d have an R.L Stine book with pumpkins but I didn’t so I went with Halloween.
Winter: Between Shades of Grey, snowy ground.
Classic Words of Wisdom
This challenge is hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyessy. The challenge is to create a post highlighting your favorite “Classic Words of Wisdom” and then explain their meaning to you.
I recently read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and this quote really resonated with me. It’s contracted from the following passage:
“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
It reminds me to be aware of my choices and the way I live, not to just move through the actions without feeling anything. This sort of enthusiasm for living felt very inspiring at the time I read it, it sort of uplifted me and I read it every time I feel like my response to life is crawling into bed and hiding beneath my blanket.