Bout of Books 14 ~ Goals and Updates


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Participant: jen7waters
My sign-up post

So the Bout of Books starts tomorrow and I’m so excited!—though I’m a bit sick at the moment and it’s always difficult for me to focus on whatever I’m reading while my head is pounding and I have to blow my nose every other minute. Still, I’m gonna do my best to read every single day of the read-a-thon, participate in the challenges and hopefully finish a couple of books.

The first two I’m already reading and I really want to finish them. After that I’ll probably start The One Thing by Marci Lynn Curtis, that I got from NetGalley.


Monday 08/18
Books read: read 6% of Spinning Starlight
Challenge: Between Library Shelves — Fictional World Travel

“…list 3 to 6 books of fiction that take place in countries other than the one you currently reside in. Some countries are easy to find books set in them, but possibly the more challenging of picks will be the ones that intrigue the most.”
Okay, so I live in Portugal, which means that it’s really easy for me to pick books set in different locations, still, I’m gonna pick the most unusual places, as opposed to, say the USA or the UK, both common settings for so many of the books I read (it would be hard to choose). And here are my picks—these are ALL favorites of mine:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set mostly in Prague, Czech Republic.

Cinder is set in a futuristic new Beijing, China.

Wildwood Dancing is set in Transylvania, Romania.

Cybele’s Secret is set in Istanbul, Turkey.

**BONUS** Fairest is set in Luna, the actual Moon—a futuristic Moon. 🙂

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Tuesday 08/18
Books read: Finished Spinning Starlight
Challenge: The Book Monsters — Book Scavenger Hunt

  1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
  2. A book your planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
  3. Blue Book(s)
  4. Books from your favorite genre!
  5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

Behold my Scavenger Hunt finds!

I just realized I own lots of blue books so I had to stop myself from listing just those three. And please note that the book that begins with “B” and my current read are also blue. (•⊙ω⊙•)

My favorite genre is fantasy, but I’m gonna pick a sub-genre because it’s my favorite within the favorite, and that’s fairytale retellings! Basically I love, love, love books with extraordinary heroines who go through a lot to save something or someone they love, plus themselves, and this happens a lot in fairytales, so yeah, I’m addicted.

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Wednesday 08/19
Books read: Finished Uprooted. Started The One Thing.
Challenge: Rocky Top Real Talk — MASH

Here’s my game of MASH:

So I’m going to marry Mr.Darcy, we’re going to live in a shack in Rio de Janeiro, have four kids and we’re adopting a bunny. Perfect. 😀

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Thursday 08/20
Books read: Read 10% of The One Thing.
Challenge: Kimberly Faye Reads — 4 Seasons Book Covers

“Find a book cover to represent each season – spring, summer, fall and winter.”

Okay, I decided to use the Penguin Classics for this challenge because those covers are out-of-this-world gorgeous and they fit this challenge nicely, I think. So I got flowers for spring in Sense and Sensibility, sea waves for summer in The Odyssey, red leaves for fall in Jane Eyre, and snowflakes for winter in A Christmas Carol. (◕‿◕✿)

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Friday 08/21
Books read: Read 11% of The One Thing.
Challenge: Blue Books and Butterflies — Character Soulmates

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Saturday 08/22
Books read: Read 9% of The One Thing
Challenge: Steph in Wonderland — Book Road Trip

“For this challenge, I’d like for you to come up with a list of the top 4-5 states/places you’d love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.”

My Book Road Trip:

  • Brittany, FranceGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. (It takes place there.) It has so many medieval attractions, cathedrals, forts, castles, I love that kind of thing.
  • Prague, Czech RepublicDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. (It takes place there.) I’ve mentioned this book earlier in another challenge but I have to talk about it again because I’d really love to visit Prague, in my mind it’s so mysterious and full of exciting secrets. It’s also beautiful. Look at all the bridges… *O*
  • London, England — Harry Potter series. (It takes place there… kinda… sometimes.) I know, I know, I’ve never been to London. I’m pretty sure I’d be a total living cliché and marvel at everything HP related.
  • Cornwall, England Poldark series. (It takes place there.) So I watched Poldark…( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) … can Aidan Turner be there wearing his Poldark outfit and with his magnificient hair blowing in the wind if I visit someday? I also have the books to read.

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Sunday 08/23
Books read: Read 5% of The One Thing
Challenge: Sarah Reads Too Much — What to read next?

“For this challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great—something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall. If you can, say a short little something about why you recommend these books.”

F U N !

Here are my recommendations:

  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers — You guys, I’m in awe of Robin LaFevers, and I still can’t believe I only started reading this series this year when it has been around for sometime now, plus I read it almost by fluke and not because I was expecting great things (preposterous!!). So please don’t make the same mistake I did, wait no longer! Get your copy of Grave Mercy n o w and get ready for an extraordinary heroine, glorious romance and a totally unique story about assassin “nuns”!
  • Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil — Do you love extremely adorable and nerdy characters? Heroes who crush on someone they think will never in a million years like them back? Heroines who effortlessly bring others out of their comfort zone with hilarious results? Flawless writing? Then please try Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. I highly recommend it for fans of Rainbow Rowell. ^^
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — This book deserves the hype, it’s fantastic and scary and it kept me reading like a madwoman for hours and hours and hours, until my eyes felt like they were bleeding and that I was going to pass out of dehydration and hunger. I was in awe of all the twists and turns and how the author kept the suspense rolling until the very end. This is without a doubt one of the books of 2015, if not The Book of 2015.

Note: Know that all my recommendations are love triangle free*** 😀


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