Bout of Books Wrap Up

Bout of Books is over.  Here is my wrap up on how the week went.

Goal: Read 2-3 books over the course of the week.

I finished two books and started a third book.

Ways to Accomplish Goal:
Turn off tv, internet, and stop wasting time.

Overall I did ok with not wasting time, I could have done better, but such is life.

The Books: 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry finished

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein started

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher finished

Extras:

Post at least two updates on my progress. (check and I want to do a wrap up) check

I enjoyed participating.  I normally finish one book a week.  This read-a-thon was excellent at making me read more.

Did you participate in Bout of Books?  How was your reading week?

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Bout of Books Update #2

We are two days in Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am doing ok.

Goal: Read 2-3 books over the course of the week.  

I finished Pushing the Limits and am halfway through Thirteen Reasons Why.  Something tells me I will only be finishing two books (hopefully.

Ways to Accomplish Goal:
Turn off tv, internet, and stop wasting time.

Turn off tv (check), internet (I found myself wasting a load of time on the internet yesterday), and stop wasting time (not really).

The Books: 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Extras:

Post at least two updates on my progress. (check and I want to do a wrap up)

Have you had success with this read-a-thon?  

Bout of Books *Update #1

We are two days in Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am doing ok.

 

Goal: Read 2-3 books over the course of the week.  

I am halfway through my first book Pushing the Limits.  I feel like celebrating, but my mind is telling me that is a bit premature.

Ways to Accomplish Goal:
Turn off tv, internet, and stop wasting time.

Turn off tv (check), internet (weelllllllllllll), and stop wasting time (sort of).

The Books: 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 

Extras:

Post at least two updates on my progress.

 

Are you doing Bout of Books?  How is it going so far?

 

Top Ten Books That Deal With Tough Issues

This week at the Broke and the Bookish the top ten is dealing with tough issues.

 

I noticed most of the books I picked are non-fiction books.  Here is my list in no particular order.

 

1. Columbine by Dave Cullen

2. 102 Minutes by Jim Dyer and Kevin Flynn

3. Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen

4. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

6. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

 

omnivores dilema rape of nankin columbine a child called It glass castle My Sisters Keeper102 minutes survival in auschwitz

 

I guess that is only eight, but they are all great books.  If you can handle tough issues, I recommend you pick them up.

 

Bout of Books(ish)

Bout of Books Readathon

 

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

 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in this read-a-thon.  On one hand it will be over one week instead of one day.  The other hand it is during a week that I don’t have a ton of time.  My rationale is that I should just do it.  It is a low pressure read-a-thon.  I mean all I have to do is read more than I normally do.  I average one book a week.  Can I read more than one book a week?  Sure.  That just means I need to make an effort not to spend so much time on the internet, watching tv, or on the phone.  I can do this.  So, I am in.

 

Goal: Read 2-3 books over the course of the week.

Ways to Accomplish Goal:
Turn off tv, internet, and stop wasting time.

The Books: 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Extras:

Post at least two updates on my progress.

 

Are you participating in Bout of Books?  What is your goal and how are you going to accomplish it?

Top Ten Light and Fun Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week is top ten books when you want something light and fun.  Years ago I read so many light and fun books.  To find a light, fun book that is written well can be a challenge.

1. Anything by Sophie Kinsella.  All of her books are light and fun, even when dealing with issues like amnesia and death.  I love her stand alone books.  However, her Shopholic series is definitely a fun read too.

2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Beauty queens stranded on a desert island.  What could be more light and fun than that?

3. Anything by Meg Cabot. I have read only a few books by Meg Cabot.  When I think of her books, I think light and fun.

4. Anything by Jen Lancaster.  Her memoir books make me laugh.

5. Fly me to the Moon by Allison Noel. I really enjoyed this book.  I know a lot of people don’t really enjoy this one, but I did.  I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read one of her series.  I do have to say that the reviews scared me off on those.

6. Meeting Mr. Wrong: The Romantic Misadventures of a Southern Belle by Stephanie Snowe.  This book is so short, but it is great.  What it lacks in length, it gains in hilarity.  The perfect book for the beach or a hot summer day.

7. Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch by Haywood Smith.  I love books set in the south.  This one is fun and the main character has a great attitude.

8. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.  Road trip!!!

9. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  Most of Nicholas Sparks deal with heavy issues and I would not consider light reads.  This one is an exception.  This would be a great book to read on a plane.

10. Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham.  This one just came out, but it is definitely light and fun.  The 90’s and fast story.  Win and win.

What light and fun books are a must read for you??