It’s that time again! I honestly love this week of reading mayhem. Sure I don’t get much sleep and I put myself into a reading/review frenzy, which ironically isn’t a lot different than the norm. The difference is that I’m doing it with a whole bunch of great bloggers and readers that are doing the same thing. Plus, there’s no competition, no pressure and a whole lot of silliness and shenanigans thrown into the mix. I get to visit blogs, meet new bloggers and even find new reads to add to my TBR list. What could be more fun?
Just in case you’re new to Bout-of-Books, here’s the official Blurb direct from Kelly and Amanda:
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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Now for the fun part! I get to list my goals 😉 Okay, it’s confession time (once again.) I did manage to do a little bit better this time, but I still have 2 books left over from my Bout-of-Books 7.0 list. They’re back and since at least one of them is a leftover from Bout-of-Books 6.0, I’d love to say I will definitely get it read this time, I’m making no promises. I will do my best though. I’ve discovered from previous Bout-of-Books that this list is subject to change. It’s Bout-of-Books week so anything can happen!
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (404 Pages)
- Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)* by Larissa Ione (400 Pages)
Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen (703 Pages) The Shadow of Mudflap (Foxtrot Team #1) by Christi Snow (215 Pages)
- Endure (Protector #4) by MR Merrick (340 Pages)
- Exhale (Just Breathe #2)* by Kendall Grey (344 Pages)
Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8)* by Jennifer Estep (404 Pages)
- Dance with the Devil (Dark Hunter #4, Were Hunter #1)* by Sherrilyn Kenyon (362 Pages)
- Asylum (Causal Enchantment #2)* by KA Tucker (252 Pages)
- Lover Enraptured (Thieves of Aurion #2) by Jodi Redford (306 Pages)
Sacrificed in Shadow (Ascension #1) by S.M. Reine (290 Pages) Carnipunk: Parlor Tricks Elemental Assassin #8.1) by Jennifer Estep (45 pages)
Yes, that’s a lot of books and no, I don’t plan on reading them all. A lot of these books are on my Seriously Series Challenge* list. If the mood hits or if I’m in need of a short, sweet late night read I might even throw in a book or novella and add them to my Why Buy the Cow? Challenge list. I love multi-tasking!
This is my 8th Bout-of-Books and I’ve learned a lot. Up until Bout-of-Books 7.0 I had always given everyone a specific number of books that I planned to read. During the last Bout-of-Books I decided to take the ‘whatever happens, happens’ kinda read-a-thon approach and it worked. I read more during the last read-a-thon than I have read in any previous Bout-of-Books so far. So, once again I will read as much as I can. Visit as many blogs as I can. Do as many Challenges as I can but most importantly, have as much fun as I can. If I happen to read more books than last time or tear through more pages, that’s great. In the mean time though, I’m not going to sweat it. The only real goal that I am going to stick to is my promise to review books as they’re read. I have to stick to that or I’ll go totally crazy and worry about whether I’ll get the reviews done or not (or more importantly remember what exactly I read.)
So, are you participating in Bout-of-Books 8.0? Do you have goals? If you are and you do, run over to the Bout-of-Books home page and link them up!