Bout of Books 22 Grand Prize Winner

Why yes, I am doing things a little backwards, but I’ve never been accused of doing things the “normal” way. What fun would that be. Our Bout-of-Books 22 Grand Prize winner was Rachel at Rachel is Writing! She decided that she wanted bookmarks and the image for them is below!

Be sure to stop by one of her favorite hangouts and offer her congratulations. You can find her on her blog (linked above) or at

InstagramTwitter Pinterest @racheliswriting 😉 

The next Bout-of-Books is January 7-13. You can find out more about the read-a-thon on the Bout-of-Books blog. 😉

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Bout of Books 23 Grand Prize Winner

Whoops! I almost forgot! I’ve got a Grand Prize Winner that has artwork that needs to be shown off! (Actually I have two, but we’ll discuss that later 😉 )

Emma at Emma Reads Things was our Bout-of-Books 23 Grand Prize Winner and she decided that she wanted to dress up her blog and her Twitter profile page @emmareadsthings

Be sure to stop by one of her hangouts and offer her congratulations. Stay tuned for news on our Bout-of-Books 22 Grand Prize Winner – coming soon!

Bout-of-Books 23 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 23 so it’ll be easy for everyone to see how I’m doing. I don’t really have a plan, but I do have a couple of books that I know I’m going to read. I re-read a book recently to make sure I was ready to pick up the newest book in the series – that one will definitely be on my Bout-of-Books 23 list. Then… because I don’t always look closely before I request an ARC, I have at least one that I requested that’s the 2nd book in a series – but I haven’t read the 1st. Therefore, I purchased the 1st book in the series to read during this Bout-of-Books. Other than that, I have no idea exactly what I’ll pick next. It may be another ARC, it may be an actual physical book that I own and have neglected recently, or maybe one of the hundreds of unread books on my Kindle just waiting to be read. Who knows?

I really hope I get around to at least a couple of the Challenges during this Bout-of-Books because some of them sound really cool. I also plan on taking part in the Twitter Chats on Monday and Saturday, because they are a blast!

You have until Tuesday, August 21 at 11:59 pm (CST) to join in on the fun… after all, you were gonna read anyway, right? Why not join in on the epic craziness? You can sign up on the official Bout-of-Books site.

8/20
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: (Approx. 130 pages)

  • Continued The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson (Approx. 90 Pages)
  • Started Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune (Approx. 40 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (Approx. 130 pages)
Today’s #insixwords Challenge: I Read More Than I Thought
Books:

  • Continued The Long Way Around 
  • Started Ravensong (Green Creek #2) 

8/21
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
(1 Book, Approx. 220 pages)

  • Finished The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson (Approx. 180 Pages)
  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune (Approx. 40 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read:  (1 Book, Approx. 350 pages)
Today #insixwords: Road Trip, Wolves, Magic – Oh My!
Books:

  • Finished The Long Way Around 
  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2) 

8/22
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: (Approx. 117 pages)

  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune (Approx. 56 pages)
  • Started The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10) by JL Bryan (Approx. 61 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (1 Book, Approx. 467 pages)
Today #insixwords: Hmmm… I Thought I Read More
Books:

  • Finished The Long Way Around 
  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
  • Started The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10)

8/23
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: (Approx. 111 pages)

  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune (Approx. 44 pages)
  • Continued The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10) by JL Bryan (Approx. 67 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (1 Book; Approx. 578 pages)
Today #insixwords:
Got Some Catching Up To Do
Books:

  • Finished The Long Way Around 
  • Continued Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
  • Continued The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10)

8/24
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: (1 Book; Approx. 240 pages)

  • Finished Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune (Approx. 220 pages)
  • Continued The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10) by JL Bryan (Approx. 20 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (2 Books; Approx. 818 pages)
Today #insixwords: Wolves, Omega and Pack, Pack, Pack!
Books:

  • Finished The Long Way Around 
  • Finished Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
  • Continued The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10)

8/25
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
Total number of books & pages I’ve read:
Today #insixwords:

Books:

8/26
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: (2 Books; Approx. 259 pages)

  • Finished The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10) by JL Bryan (Approx. 158 pages)
  • Finished Lovesong (Green Creek #2.5) by TJ Klune (Approx. 30 pages)
  • Started When Love Surprises (When the Mission Ends #6) by Christi Snow (Approx. 71 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (4 Books; Approx. 1077 pages)
Today #insixwords:
Another BoB Comes To An End! 😦
Books:

  • Finished The Long Way Around 
  • Finished Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
  • Finished Lovesong (Green Creek #2.5)
  • Finished The Monster Museum (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #10)
  • Started When Love Surprises (When the Mission Ends #6)

And this folks, is why I no longer make Bout-of-Books plans. They never, ever, ever work out the way they’re supposed to. That’s not a bad thing though. Especially since my plans were way-layed by two very generous authors who unexpectedly sent me ARCs this week. Those are the best kind of surprises! I did read the sequel to the book that I re-read last week – and then that author offered readers a free short story on his website. Sometimes the best plans are the ones that fall apart 😉 

Bout-of-Books 23 (August 20-26, 2018)

It’s almost Fall! I don’t know how the weather’s been where you are, but it’s most definitely been a hot, muggy summer here. Perfect weather to find a nice cool spot and curl up with a book (or two or three). Speaking of which, nearing the end of summer also means that Bout-of-Books time is here!

If you’ve never participated, you really need to consider joining in on all the fun. There’s always crazy shenanigans, fun challenges, some crazy fast twitter chats and loads of ways to meet and interact with some crazy cool bloggers. Did I mention it’s a CRAZY week, but in a good kind of crazy way? Oh, and it’s also a great excuse to read as much as you can for an entire week! No pressure, just plain fun! To find out more, read the official blurb below and follow the link to the Official Bout-of-Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Bout-of-Books 22 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 22 so it’ll be easy for everyone to see how I’m doing. No goals other than to read and have fun, no theme and pretty much no idea exactly what I’m going to read (except for a select few.) I’m dubbing this a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kinda Bout-of-Books. I am exceptionally far, far behind on my reviews, but I have promised myself that I will post at least 1 a day this week, 2 if I finish a designated Bout-of-Books read.

You have until Tuesday, May 15th at 11:59 pm to join in on the fun… after all, you were gonna read anyway, right? Why not join in on the epic craziness? You can sign up on the official Bout-of-Books site.

5/14
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 177 pages / .25 Books

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: Approx. 177 pages / .25 Books
Today’s #insixwords Challenge: A Very Productive First Reading Day! 
Books:

  • Continued/Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Started Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 

5/15
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
1 Book / Approx. 177 pages

  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) by Liz Long (Approx. 144 pages)
  • Started Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5) by J.L. Merrow (Approx. 33 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read:  1.25 Books / Approx. 354 pages
Today #insixwords: Page count’s the same today? Spooky!
Books:

  • Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 
  • Started Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5)

5/16
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 46 pages

  • Continued Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5) by J.L. Merrow (Approx. 46 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1.25 Books / Approx. 400 pages
Today #insixwords: Another round number? Pitiful reading day 😦
Books:

  • Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 
  • Continued Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5)

5/17
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 92 pages

  • Continued Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5) by J.L. Merrow (Approx. 92 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1.25 Books / Approx. 492 pages
Today #insixwords: Apparently my weird number streak’s gone?

Books:

  • Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 
  • Continued Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5)

5/18
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
Total number of books & pages I’ve read:
Today #insixwords:  
Books:

5/19
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book / Approx. 165 pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2.25 Books / Approx. 657 pages
Today #insixwords: Yesterday’s reading progress wasn’t post worthy 😦
Books:

  • Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 
  • Finished Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5)
  • Started Wash Out (Anchor Point #7)

5/20
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 71 pages

  • Continued Wash Out (Anchor Point #7) by L.A. Witt (Approx. 71 pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2.65 Books / Approx. 728 pages
Today #insixwords: Not too great – not too bad 😉 

Books:

  • Finished Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2) 
  • Finished Torched (Donovan Circus #5) 
  • Finished Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5)
  • Continued Wash Out (Anchor Point #7)

Bout-of-Books 22 (May 14-20, 2018)

Spring is in the air… or Winter… no it’s Spring – but wait – now it’s Summer! What ever season Mother Nature has decided to descend upon us this week, it’s most definitely time for a week full of reading craziness. That’s right folks, Bout-of-Books time is here!

If you’ve never participated, you really need to consider joining in on all the fun. There’s always crazy shenanigans, fun challenges, opportunities to throw our gracious hosts in twitter jail during some crazy fast twitter chats and loads of ways to meet and interact with some crazy cool bloggers. Did I mention it’s a CRAZY week, but in a good kind of crazy way? Oh, and it’s also a great excuse to read as much as you can for an entire week! No pressure, just plain fun! To find out more, read the official blurb below and follow the link to the Official Bout-of-Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Bout-of-Books 21 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 21 so it’ll be easy for everyone to see how I’m doing. No goals other than to read and have fun, no theme and pretty much no idea exactly what I’m going to read (except for a select few.) I’m dubbing this a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kinda Bout-of-Books. For once, I’ve cleared the decks as far as reviews go, so keeping up with my promise to review as I read shouldn’t be a problem at all (in theory 😉 ) You have until Tuesday, January 9th at 11:59 pm to join in on the fun… after all, you were gonna read anyway, right? Why not join in on the epic craziness? You can sign up on the official Bout-of-Books site.

1/8
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:

  • Started Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3) by Charlie Cochrane (Approx. 222 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: (Approx. 222 Pages)
Today’s #insixwords Challenge: Mother, Grandma, Graphic Designer, Eclectic Reader
Books:

  • Started Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)

1/9
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book / Approx. 111 Pages

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3) by Charlie Cochrane (Approx. 111 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book / Approx. 333 Pages
Today #insixwords: Twin Babies + Toddlers + Work = Slow Reading
Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)

1/10
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 93 Pages

  • Started How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book / Approx. 426 Pages
Today #insixwords: Bursts of Laughter – Awkward Moments – Klune
Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)
  • Started How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune

1/11
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 91 Pages

  • Continued How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune (Approx. 67 Pages)
  • Started Relay (Changing Lanes #1) by Layla Reyne (Approx. 24 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book / Approx. 517 Pages
Today #insixwords: I might break 100 pages again 😦

Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)
  • Continued How to be a Normal Person
  • Started Relay (Changing Lanes #1)

1/12
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 116 Pages

  • Continued Relay (Changing Lanes #1) by Layla Reyne

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book / Approx. 633 Pages
Today #insixwords: Another “Must Read” Author Officially Added  

Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)
  • Continued How to be a Normal Person
  • Continued Relay (Changing Lanes #1)

1/13
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 2 Books / Approx. 261 Pages

  • Finished Relay (Changing Lanes #1) by Layla Reyne (Approx. 97 Pages)
  • Finished How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune (Approx. 164 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books / Approx. 894 Pages
Today #insixwords: Totally Worth the Book Induced Insomnia 😉 
Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)
  • Finished How to be a Normal Person
  • Finished Relay (Changing Lanes #1)

1/14
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book / Approx. 110 Pages

  • Finished To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances #1) by Danielle Hardgrave (Approx. 89 Pages)
  • Started Loving History by Chris McHart (Approx. 21 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 4 Books / Approx. 1004 Pages
Today #insixwords: Not Bad… Not Bad At All! 😉

Books:

  • Finished Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3)
  • Finished How to be a Normal Person
  • Finished Relay (Changing Lanes #1)
  • Finished To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances #1)
  • Started Loving History

Bout-of-Books 21 (January 8-14, 2018)

It’s time for me to commit to a week full of reading craziness. That’s right folks, Bout-of-Books time is here! Since I’m currently snowed in, taking time to go through my LONG TBR pile in search of the perfect reads for next week should be no problem at all.
If you’ve never participated, you really need to consider joining in on all the fun. There’s always crazy shenanigans, fun challenges, opportunities to throw our gracious hosts in twitter jail during some crazy fast twitter chats and loads of ways to meet and interact with some crazy cool bloggers. Did I mention it’s a CRAZY week, but in a good kind of crazy way? Oh, and it’s also a great excuse to read as much as you can for an entire week! No pressure, just plain fun! To find out more, read the official blurb below and follow the link to the Official Bout-of-Books blog.

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

 

Bout-of-Books 20 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 20 so it’ll be easy for everyone to see how I’m doing. Once again, no goals other than to read and have fun and no real theme to my reading either. As you can tell from my blog, I’ve been reading a LOT of review books lately. For the most part, I pick and choose them, although I do get the occasional request. The few that will be thrown into the mix this week are books that I would have begged for or purchased, but was lucky enough to be able to snag ARCs on. I’m hoping to sneak at least 1 or even 2 books from TBR pile that are ones that I picked up randomly and I might even try to sneak one in that I started a while ago, but haven’t been able to find the time to finish. We’ll see how well that works out by the end of the week. 😉  I’ve also promised myself to review each book as they’re read, but there might be a couple of other reviews thrown into the mix because I’m WAY behind in my reviews. I might even try to fit in a couple of Challenges. Creative Deeds Reads promises to be a very busy place this week. o.O

8/21
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1/2 Book/ Approx. 154 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1/2 Book/ Approx. 154 Pages
Today #insixwords: Solar Eclipse Monday – Perfect BoB Start!
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Started Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)

8/22
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
Approx. 89 Pages

  • Continued Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3) by SM Reine (Approx. 89 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1/2 Book/ Approx. 243 Pages
Today #insixwords: Tuesday’s Not My Normal Slow Day! 😦
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Continued Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)

8/23
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 101 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1.5 Books / Approx. 344 Pages
Today #insixwords: Picked Up A Little Reading Mojo 😉 
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Finished Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)

8/24
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 170 Pages

  • Started Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2) by L.A. Witt & Cari Z. (Approx. 170 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1.5 Books / Approx. 514 Pages
Today #insixwords:
Quality Time With Darren & Andreas ❤
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Finished Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)
  • Started Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)

8/25
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 113 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2.5 Books / Approx. 627 Pages
Today #insixwords: I Honestly Thought I Read More o.O
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Finished Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)
  • Finished Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)

8/26
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 147 Pages

  • Started & Finished White Collared (Wicked Pride #3)  by Kelly Apple (Approx. 121 Pages)
  • Started The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) by E.J. Russel (Approx. 26 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3.5 Books / Approx. 774 Pages
Today #insixwords: Cats, Bears & Fae? Oh My!
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Finished Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)
  • Finished Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)
  • Finished White Collared (Wicked Pride #3)
  • Started The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2)

8/27
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
Approx. 92 Pages

  • Continued The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) by E.J. Russel (Approx. 92 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3.5 Books / Approx. 866 Pages
Today #insixwords:
Not Stellar, But I’ll Take It! 😉 
Books:

  • Finished Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20)
  • Finished Cashing Out (Dana McIntyre Must Die #3)
  • Finished Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)
  • Finished White Collared (Wicked Pride #3)
  • Continued The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2)

Bout-of-Books 20 (August 21-27, 2017)

Fall is near, kids are heading back to school which means it must be time for Bout-of-Books  🙂 This Bout-of-Books is extra special, not because ALL of them aren’t amazing, but because this marks the 20th Bout-of-Books! *Arms Confetti Cannon* That’s right, 20! Which means it’s my 20th Bout-of-Books! (I might be just a little bit excited.)
If you’ve never participated, you really need to consider joining in on all the fun. There’s always crazy shenanigans, fun challenges, opportunities to throw our gracious hosts in twitter jail during some crazy fast twitter chats and loads of ways to meet and interact with some crazy cool bloggers. Did I mention it’s a CRAZY week, but in a good kind of crazy way? Oh, and it’s also a great excuse to read as much as you can for an entire week! No pressure, just plain fun! To find out more, read the official blurb below and follow the link to the Official Bout-of-Books blog.

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 12:01 am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team