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Bout of Books 18

Bout of Books 18 is here, and I’ll be participating.  It’s sad that I can pretty much copy and paste the first Bout of Books sign up for 2016, but it’s true…

Last year, I didn’t read very often or keep up with this blog, but it’s a new year, and I’ll hopefully be able to devote more time to reading and blogging.  We’ll see.  I feel like this read-a-thon is a great way to get back into both.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011*. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

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  1. Read every day.  No time limits, but I’m hoping to read for at least an hour.
  2. Complete 2 books.  If I complete more, go me!
  3. And as always, have all the fun!

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The TBR!

I am under no illusions that I’ll actually complete all 6 of these, but these are the first 6 books that I’ll be reading in 2017:
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One   The Absolute Sandman, Volume Two   The Absolute Sandman, Volume Three

The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four   The Absolute Sandman, Volume Five   The Sandman: Overture


T5W – Anticipated 2015 Releases

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There are so many wonderful books coming out in 2015, it almost feels blasphemous only picking five.  But, that’s the challenge, so I’ve decided to just pick the ones that if given the opportunity, I would want in my hands this very second.

1.  Predator One by Johnathan Maberry

Predator One (Joe Ledger, #7)

Joe Ledger is back, and I’m assuming as BAMF-y as usual in the 7th book of the series.  There will be drones, and I’m sure that I will be terrified of all the uber-freaky technology (both real and imagined by Mr. Maberry) in this book.  As usual for me with this series, I will be both reading and listening to this simultaneously.  Ray Porter IS the voice of Joe Ledger for me at this point, and I need his voice during my reading adventures.

2.  The Wicked + The Divine #7, #8and on…by Kieron Gillen

The Wicked + The Divine #7 (The Wicked + The Divine, #7)  The Wicked + The Divine #8 (The Wicked + The Divine, #8)

This comic series has been magnificent, brilliant, and stunning in writing, plot, and artwork.  I’m so happy that I discovered this when I did, because I’ve wanted to try collecting single issue comics for a while now and being able to start with this comic has made the collecting process a very positive experience.

3.  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

Judging covers alone would have A Darker Shade of Magic as one of my most anticipated books of 2015.  Look at that gorgeous cover.  Look at it!  I’m pretty new to Victoria Scwab’s writing, having currently only read Vicious, but I thought that book was fantastic, and I’m really hoping that I’ll continue to love her work.  A Darker Shade of Magic sounds like a book that’s right up my alley, and I can’t wait to read it.

4.  The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

The Unnoticeables

I’ve judged another book by its cover, but this is definitely #4 on my list.  It sounds really good with the angels/demons plot, and based on the cover, I’m really hoping for this book to be dark, deranged, and epic in every single way.

5.  Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is #5 on the list because, while I’m super stoked about it coming out, its release date has already been pushed back once.  I believe that was only because of Fairest also being released in 2015, but since I don’t know if that was the only reason, this isn’t going any higher (even though it’s probably the book I’m most excited for).

Bout of Books 12

I will be participating for the second time in the Bout of Books read-a-thon  It’s a full week starting today (the 5th) and going through January 11th.

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011*. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.

  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.

  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.

  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.

  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I wish I could remember if I did well during the last Bout of Books, but I can’t.  I’m pretty sure I did relatively OK with how regularly I was reading, and I think I met my personal goals.  Now that I have a blog though, I’ll be able to keep track of goals like this.  Yay!

My personal goals for this read-a-thon:

  • To complete 3 books:

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)       Beautiful You       The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

  • To start:

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)      Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)

We’ll see on Maus at least.  I’m waiting for my reserved copy at the library.

  • To attempt the challenges!  They all look like a lot of fun, and now that I have this new shiny, fancy…ish blog, I’ll have a place to put my responses!

I’m definitely looking forward to participating this year, and I’m really hoping that I complete the 3 books that I want to.  If you’ve stopped by and are doing the read-a-thon, I wish you happy reading and much success!