Bout of Books 21 Sign up and updates

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


I love Bout of Books and I pretty much always take part, so this is no exception. I’ve actually just finished my current read last night so I’m not sure what I’ll be starting with this week! I’ve just borrowed a variety of books from the library though so I have plenty to choose from.  Last Bout of Books I smashed my target and hit 2000+ pages, but I’m working 6 of 7 days this week, so I’m setting my goal at 1000 pages.


  • Read 1000 pages
  • Finish 2 books
  • Visit other blogs 🙂

Possible TBR:


Well I didn’t stick to my possible TBR at all – only one of these books (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) featured in my reading this week!

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (audiobook)
Started at: 37%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 202
Time spent listening: ~7 hours

The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 480
Time spent reading: ~5 hours

Truly Madly Guilty
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 415
Time spent reading: ~ 4 hours

Mythos (audiobook)
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 10%

Total pages: 43
Time spent listening: ~ 1.5 hours


Total pages read: 1140
Total books completed: 3
Total time reading:
~17.5 hours

Sbooktacular readathon TBR

The Sbooktacular Readathon Adventure is a ‘choose-your-own adventure’ style readathon that runs from the 25th-31st of October, and is hosted by Novel Thoughts.

For this readathon, you choose a pathway through the map, and end up joining 1 of 5 teams. I went on a library splurge yesterday, and the Team Witch pathway happened to fit the best (I think) with what I picked up, so that’s the team I’ll be joining.

Team Witch

  1. Read a book of your choice
    S.T.A.G.S (back up duplicate: One Dark Throne)
  2. Read a book set in the past
    Dragon Teeth
  3. Read a book with magic in it
    A darker shade of magic (backup duplicate: One Dark Throne)
  4. Read a book with orange on the cover
    Skitter (backup duplicate One Dark Throne)
  5. Read a book only after the sun has set
  6. Read the first book in a series
    A Natural History of Dragons (backup duplicate: A Darker Shade of Magic)
  7. Read a fantasy novel
    A Gathering of Shadows (backup duplicate: One Dark Throne OR A Darker Shade of Magic OR A Natural History of dragons)

The readathon has a house cup element as well, and you earn points by:

  • Posting YouTube videos about your readathon experience. (20p)
    Can be: TBR videos, reading updates, daily or weekly vlogs, wrap up videos.
  • Posting blogs about your readathon experience. (20p)
    Can be: TBR posts, reading updates, wrap ups.
  • Posting photos of your TBR or reading progress. (10p)
    Post with the hashtag #sbookyreads and your team hashtag so that we can find your posts.
  • Tweeting about the readathon. (10p)
    Tweet with the hashtag #sbookyreads and your team hashtag so that we can find your posts.
  • Participating in Twitter sprints. (5p)
    Tweet with the hashtag #sbookyreads.
  • Finishing books. (100p)
  • Completing readathon challenges. (100p)
  • Completing your entire readathon path. (200p)

I’m not sure how many books I’ll get finished, but I’m going to do my best to at least finish the full 7 challenges and get the 200 points for finishing my pathway. You can use 1 book for more than 1 challenge on the same pathway, which is why I’ve picked out duplicates for more categories, so if I am short on time I can still fit everything in. You can also move onto additional challenges/pathways after you finish your own, so I might do that too if I can!

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

The Reading Quest is a readathon hosted by Aentee (with awesome character art by CW of Read, Think, Ponder) which runs from Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017.  I’ve selected to play as a Knight (it had to be Knight or Mage!), but I might try and finish a few extra side quests too! I’m still tweaking my TBR, and since I’m a huge mood reader it might change anyway, but here’s what I’m planning at the moment.

Level: 2
Overall XP: 80
Overall HP: 115

​The First Book Of A Series: ​
​​A Book With A Verb In Its Title: When Dimple Met Rishi *
​A Book With A Weapon On Its Cover: ​One Dark Throne *
​​A Book With A Red Cover: Wonder Woman: Warbringer *
A Book That Has A TV/Movie Adaptation:  Everything, Everything *

​A Book With A One Word Title:
​A Book That Contains Magic:
​A Book Based On Mythology:
​A Book Set In A Different World:
​The First Book Of A Series: ​

A Book That Has A TV/Movie Adaptation:  Everything, Everything *
​A Fairy Tale Retelling: Lost boy
​A Book Cover With Striking Typography:
​A Book Translated from Another Language:
A Banned Book:​

​A Banned Book:
​A Book Cover With A Partially Obscured Face:
​A Book with <500 Ratings On GoodReads:
​A Book Published By A Small Press:
​A Book With A One Word Title:

Side Quests:
​Potions – A book Concocted by 2+ Authors:
Multi-player – Buddy read a book:
Grind – A Book With 500+ Pages:
​Time Warp- A Book Set In Either The Past Or The Future: ​Spirit Walker
Open World – Read whatever you want!: Death Note 2
Respawn- Read A Book You Previously DNF:
​Expansion- Read A Companion Novel or Short Story:
​Mini-Game- Read A Graphic Novel, Novella, or Poem Collection: Ms Marvel volume 2
Animal Companion- Book Referencing An Animal in The Title:

* Marginalised author

Harry Potter Month readathon progress & goals

As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and – new for this year – we have the Harry Potter readathon element!

The readathon is a brand new element for this year’s Harry Potter Month, and although I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like recently, of course I’m taking part! I didn’t plan out my July TBR particularly well for this – Clash of Kings at 750+ pages isn’t a great choice for binge-reading… – but I am hoping to join in with the 24 in 48 readathon so that should help, and I don’t mind taking half points for a couple of the graphic novels I’ve added to my TBR recently.

I’ve finished 8.5 books on average each month this year. If I managed that many this month, and they were all novels, I’d be looking at 160 or 180 points in total. Knowing I’ve got a few large books on my TBR though, and that I’m hoping to read a graphic novel or two, which are worth less points, I’m aiming for 150 points in total.

My possible TBR

[The logical thing to do would have been to pick books that fit the prompts…instead I’ve just picked the ones I’d already put on my July TBR and a few others I fancied, because I know that in all likelihood I’ll deviate from the list anyway, and I’m just hoping it’ll work out in the end…]

  1. Skin Game
  2. The Novice [20, 6th July]
  3. Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? [10, 9th July]
  4. Hawkeye v1: My Life as a Weapon
  5. One Dark Throne
  6. A Clash of Kings
  7. The Last One [20, 8th July]
  8. Fierce Kingdom [20, 19th July]
  9. The Inquisition [20, 18th July]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Completed all tasks [25 bonus points]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

  • Read a book where someone is wrongfully accused or punished
  • Read a book where a person hides who they are or wears a disguise – Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? (9th July) [10]
  • Read a book with time-travel

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

  • Read a book with sports
  • Read a book with dragons
  • Read a book with a contest of some kind – The Last One (8th July) [20]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

  • Read a book with a character you hate
  • Read a book which features a rebellion
  • Read a book with a prophecy
  • Read a book of 800+ pages

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

  • Read a book that you expect will make you cry  – Fierce Kingdom (July 19th) [I thought for sure there’d be a hard-hitting animal death, or a character you’d get attached to that didn’t make it so I expected to cry…but I didn’t] [20]
  • Read a book with an anti-villain (or someone who’s doing the wrong things for what they feel are the right reasons)
  • Read a book with a romance element

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

  • Read a series finale
  • Read a book with an anti-hero
  • Read a book with unrequited love
  • Read a book of 600+ pages

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them

  • Read a book with mythical or supernatural creatures (vampires, werewolves, dragons, magical animals all valid!)
  • Read a book that’s a spin off or prequel from something else
  • Read a book where the main character travels far from home

Current points total: 155

COYER: Summer Reading List Sign up

  1. Challenge starts on June 17th Midnight (your time zone) and ends September 8th. Review link closes on September 9th.
  2. You can read any format of book; Ebook, Physical, Audio, KU, Library, Borrowed, etc.
  3. You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and August 1st on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc.Yes, that means you can sign up until August 1st! Make sure to state whether you are doing the regular COYER or the Summer Reading List
  4. You must link that sign-up post below (don’t link to your blog, link to the sign-up post).
  5. You must review books somewhere & link the reviews to the review linky to be eligible for one of the two grand prize giveaways.
  6. If you want to join the Summer Reading List. Make a list in a Goodreads Shelf or your Blog of 30 books that you want to read. You must pick 30 and you must link it in your sign-up. This is your summer reading list (you do NOT have to read all 30 books, don’t panic) (the books added to your list must be books that you already have)
  7. You have from now until June 17th to make the list, when COYER starts you can not change the list. For every 5 books you read, you can add 5 more to the list (this is for all you mood readers). You can read as much as you want from the list. If you only read one, that is totally fine you can enter the giveaway at the end stating you only read one.
  8. The last grand prize giveaway will be how many books you read from your list. The giveaway widget will have levels of books with points the more you read from your list the better chance you have at winning.
  9. Have Fun!

I’m taking part in the Reading List side of the challenge, because I feel like otherwise I’ll just procrastinate.  Finding 30 unread books that I have and am in the mood for was more challenging than I expected it to be though!

  1. Goldenhand – Garth Nix
  2. One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake
  3. Avenged – Amy Tintera
  4. The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
  5. Godblind – Anna Stephens
  6. Lost Boy – Christina Henry
  7. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
  8. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin (re-read)
  9. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
  10. Rain – Amanda Sun
  11. Storm – Amanda Sun
  12. The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
  13. The Cows – Dawn O’Porter
  14. Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton
  15. Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth
  16. Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
  17. The Novice – Taran Matharu
  18. Perfect Prey – Helen Fields
  19. Carnivore – Johnathan Lyon
  20. Bee Quest – Dave Goulson
  21. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  22. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
  23. The Obsidian Throne – J.D. Oswald
  24. Blame – Simon Mayo
  25. The Red – Tiffany Reisz
  26. Magonia -Maria Dahvana Headley
  27. Ultraviolet – R.J. Anderson
  28. A Thousand Nights – E.K. Johnston
  29. Ivory Bone – Julie Eshbaugh
  30. Fallout – Gwenda Bond