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)
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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

 

Bout of Books 19 Grand Prize Winner!

It’s been about a month since Bout of Books 19 ended, so why am I still creating posts about the read-a-thon? The answer’s simple. I have a great time during Bout of Books, but my real fun starts after it’s over. That’s when I get to help the Grand Prize winner create a new look for their blog, social media or grab some bookmarks or business cards. The Grand Prize winner for Bout of Books 19 was

Rachelle J. from Fortified by Books

Since Rachelle decided she wanted bookmarks and she ended up liking the design we came up with so much, it turned into a whole makeover for her blog, twitter and Facebook! I love it when that happens 😉

Here’s a sneak peek at her brand new bookmarks:

 So, what do you think? If you get a chance, stop by some of the places that Rachelle J. hangs out and check out her new look and offer her your congrats.

Rachelle’s @ TwitterRachelle’s Fortified by Books BlogRachelle’s Facebook

The next Bout of Books is in August and it’s the 20th! Be sure to check it out and join in on all the fun and shenanigans. Who knows, you may even be the next Grand Prize Winner!

Bout-of-Books 19 Progress

BoutOfBooks-880x400-03As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books 19 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. I’ve got an eclectic mess this time, including at least one that I started prior to Bout-of-Books – stay tuned. 😉 I’ll also try my best to write reviews as I read… although I’m kinda behind on current reviews, so we’ll see. o.O

5/8
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 103 Pages

  • Continued Summer Stock by Vanessa North (Approx. 103 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: Approx. 103 Pages
Today #insixwords: Can’t Believe I Missed Twitter Chat 😦
Books:

  • Continued Summer Stock

5/9
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
1 Book; Approx. 149 Pages

  • Finished Summer Stock by Vanessa North (Approx. 117 Pages)
  • Started Believe in the Wish by Christi Snow (Approx. 32 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 1 Book; Approx. 252 Pages
Today #insixwords: Desperately Need a Reading Mojo Jolt
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Started Believe in the Wish

5/10
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 179 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 2 Books; Approx. 431 Pages
Today #insixwords: Evidently, It’s A Slow Reading Week?
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Finished Believe in the Wish

5/11
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 235 Pages

  • Finished Cat Scratch Fever by Sarah O’Rourke (Approx. 178 Pages)
  • Started Forest of Thorns and Claws by J.T. Hall (Approx. 57 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books; Approx. 666 Pages 
Today #insixwords:
Reads full of Big Bad Kitties 😉 
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Finished Believe in the Wish
  • Finished Cat Scratch Fever
  • Started Forest of Thorns and Claws

5/12
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: 1 Book; Approx. 190 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 4 Books; Approx. 856 Pages
Today #insixwords:
A Whole New Appreciation for Tigers ❤
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Finished Believe in the Wish
  • Finished Cat Scratch Fever
  • Finished Forest of Thorns and Claws

5/13
Number of books & pages I’ve read today: Approx. 156 Pages

  • Started Razr (Demonica #11.8, Demonica Underworld #4) by Larissa Ione (Approx. 46 Pages)
  • Started Necessary Medicine by M.K. York (Approx. 110 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 4 Books; Approx 1012 Pages
Today #insixwords:
Kinda Slow for a BoB Saturday
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Finished Believe in the Wish
  • Finished Cat Scratch Fever
  • Finished Forest of Thorns and Claws
  • Started Razr
  • Started Necessary Medicine

5/14
Number of books & pages I’ve read today:
1 Book; Approx. 165 Pages

  • Continued Razr (Demonica #11.8, Demonica Underworld #4) by Larissa Ione (Approx. 24 Pages)
  • Finished Necessary Medicine by M.K. York (Approx. 141 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 5 Book; Approx. 1177 Pages
Today #insixwords:
Another Successful BoB for the Win! 
Books:

  • Finished Summer Stock
  • Finished Believe in the Wish
  • Finished Cat Scratch Fever
  • Finished Forest of Thorns and Claws
  • Continued Razr
  • Finished Necessary Medicine

Bout-of-Books 19 (May 8-14, 2017)

Spring is in the air and so is Bout-of-Books 19 🙂

If you’ve never participated, you really need to consider joining in on all the fun. There’s always crazy shenanigans, opportunities to throw our gracious hosts in twitter jail and loads of ways to meet and interact with some crazy cool bloggers. 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, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

thebeastNothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself 
For Rhage the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart life was supposed to be perfect. Or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. But he can’t understand or control the panic and insecurity that plague him. Terrified, he must reassess his priorities after suffering a mortal injury. And the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his and his beloved Mary’s world… 

Gotta tell ya, Rhage scared me in this one. To be honest, he scared pretty much everyone who cared about him, including himself. He wasn’t quite sure where his head was or his heart, which was totally not like him since his Mary came into his life. So yeah, he scared me. Mary scared me and then they both totally broke me. *sigh*

It’s kind of hard not to know where things are going from pretty early on, but the journey is so totally worth it, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. Just know that a LOT happens in The Beast and not just to Mary and Rhage.

One of the things I like most about this series is something that some readers complain about, which is the multiple POVs. I love spending page time with familiar characters and the introduction of new characters. To me it gives this series a ‘family’ feel, which is exactly what the Brotherhood is. More than once in The Beast, the entire family was there physically for whoever was in need of their support.

There were tears – both happy and sad, life or death situations, more than a few nail biting moments, some jaw dropping revelations and alliances that were unexpected. Pretty much what faithful readers have come to expect from the BDB and more.

Needless to say I can’t wait until the next book in the series is released. I’ve been patiently waiting on the paperback versions for the last couple of books, but but I don’t think I can put off The Chosen (Layla & Xcor) that long. Plus, there are so many other loose ends left hanging at the end of The Beast. Waiting until April will be long enough.

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