Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-Thon

Bout of Books

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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 6.0 Read-a-thon Goals & Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

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

Goals

I want to read at least four books for the read-a-thon. It doesn’t sound like many but after participating in quite a few read-a-thons last year I realized I always set my goals too high. The books I plan on reading are:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.R. Salinger
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I also want to comment on more blogs, I think it’s time I be less of a lurker and more active in making friends with people who love books. :)

Updates

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Comments: Eeek, I loved it! I didn’t love the story but I feel so much towards those characters. I also commented on about 6 blogs but I’ll try to visit more in the future! :)

Tuesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1/4 of a book
Total number of books I’ve read: 1 1/4
Books: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Comments: I’m only about 130 pages into the book, I am having mixed feelings towards it so far, I think the main character is interesting but sometimes I get a bit annoyed with the writing style. I did two challenges today but I failed at commenting on any blogs. =/

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1 and 1/4
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and I about 120 pages in Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Comments: It was an okay book, I liked the concept but at times I had to push myself to read it. It dragged and even when there was action I wasn’t really interested in it. I also started The Catcher in the Rye but Holden gave me such a headache that I put the book down.

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Comments: OH MY GOD. I adored this book. I knew I would love it but I was still a bit weary. I had no reason to be, sure the book has flaws but dammit I loved this book so hard. I want to reread it and savour and just get to know the characters all over again. I’m fangirling. Read it! This book totally wasn’t on my list but I have been wanting to read this book since I first saw the cover and read the synopsis.

Saturday
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Comments: I tried reading, I pulled off five different books from my shelf but I couldn’t get into any of them. Eleanor & Park was still on my mind so I wouldn’t have been giving any new books a fair chance. Not only that but my allergies were terrible yesterday so all I wanted to do was sleep. I did write about 3 reviews so at least I did something book related!

Sunday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 5
Books: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Challenges

Scientific Discovery

Scientific Discovery Challenge is hosted by The Book Barbies.
Challenge: You have made a scientific discovery (who knew you were so good at science?!) on how to bring fictional characters to life. The problem? The method still isn’t *perfect,* so you can only bring two people to life, and they must return to the land of fiction in 30 days. Who will you choose as your bestie and your love interest for that one splendid month?

Response: For my book bestie I would choose Anna from Anna and the French Kiss. She’s funny, a great friend and we both share a mutual love for film. As for my love interest I would choose Jem from The Infernal Devices series. He’s such a sweetheart, lovely and kind and just asjskjggodrj (fangirl moment).

The Page 48 Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Booking In Heels.
Challenge: Here’s how to join in:
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!

Response:
From my current read, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini:
“So why am I depressed?”

So why am I depressed? It’s difficult to pinpoint, to place the reason for my depression on a singular event but I can tell you that it started with a sandwich. There were no tomatoes on my sandwich. I love those red fruits, they add such spark and flavor and wonder to the taste of a satisfying sandwich. So I left it on the counter for flies and ants and whatever else creature lived in my kitchen and I lay on my bed staring at my ceiling. I do that a lot, stare. I stare at people, at clocks, at books and shelves. I stare at the tiles on my bathroom and my computer screen even when it’s blank. It’s an annoying distraction because when I’m supposed to be finishing something, the staring starts and it’s all I’ll do for a while.

Comments: It’s difficult not to be influenced by a book about depression especially when I only now finished it and the above was inspired by my craving for a sandwiched stuffed with tomatoes and my inability to stop staring at things because laziness takes over for a while.

Rewrite the Synopsis Challenge

This is hosted by A Daydreamer’s Thoughts.

Uglies

Challenge:
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to take any of the books that you have read for this read-a-thon (or plan to read over the last three days), and re-write the synopsis just from the books cover. The aim is to make it sounding completely different from the original synopsis!

I chose Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

My Synopsis:
Tally Youngblood is unlike any 16 year old. Behind those pretty eyes and chilling smile lies a dark secret, a monster so twisted and broken it consumes her.

When a horrific crime shatters the peace of her small town she knows it was the monster.

But Tally is about to face something more terrifying than the demon within and when the truth is revealed, hell is unleashed.

Book Crack Challenge

This is hosted by Book Goonie.
Challenge:
It is a new year and everyone is reflective. Reflecting on their goals for 2013 and possibly resolutions or things they want to change from 2012. We are going to reflect, but no resolutions here today. I don’t want to stain my year with the failure of goals I can’t stick to. So I want you to reflect and identify your deepest, darkest addictions. What is your Book Crack? What can you NOT SAY NO to? What bookish things make you blissful?

My Response:
Book Depository. It’s so easy and convenient to order books and the free shipping is irresistible. I especially love pre-oders for paperback copies of books, most times I would prefer paperback to the hardcopy and the reduced price just makes me happy. 😛

I also cannot resist books if there’s a sale at my local bookstores, sometimes they would have a 20% off sale which reduces the prices to bookdepository prices and I don’t need to wait a month for the books to arrive.