Hello lovely people! I hope your year has been going great so far; mine has been busy the way it has been for months. I do finish exams in a couple of weeks though, and I’m hoping I can manage being more active on the blog. I was quite disappointed by the end of the year stats; apprently, I’ve only made 24 posts throughout the whole year, and that’s a shame. I’ve read great books (coincidently, 24 as well) and didn’t get the chance to tell you all about them or have anything concrete to remember them by or reference later on. I hope this remorse will fuel my dedication to reviewing throughout the next year, even if I’m busy.
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 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Because Bout of Books was smack dab in the middle of my exams, I didn’t get the chance to do much with it. So I was really, really glad I came upon this one! And I’m thrilled that it goes on for a long while; I need to get lots of reading done –I blame NetGalley.
Here’s what this is all about!
So I came upon this challenge at the beginning of the year, but with the fuss of the ongoing exams back then, I forgot to include it in the challenges post. I find this challenge quite interesting and versatile, and I admire that it includes re-reading books. It’s hosted on Tuesday Wednesday, if you want to check it out. Here’s my list! I tried, as much as possible, to put in books that I already own so I can conquer my massive TBR list.
I have been procrastinating this for days because I didn’t want to procrastinate studying for my midyears. But here I am!
This year, I plan to participate in just 2 challenges this year, and so I can, hopefully, leave some space for several readathons and readalongs throughout it.
Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Recently, I’ve seen several people doing this challenge. And having been unable to update my blog as frequently as I hope to, I thought this would be a good way to engage in daily posts and discussions about books. So let’s see how far I’ll be able to go with this. Hopefully, I’ll manage to post on all 30 days.
Okay. So by now you probably think that I’ve given up on this because I haven’t brought it up. But guess what? I’m still on it! Things are going a bit slow, but I’m at peace with that. On day one, I finished the second half of the Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket which was nicer than the first book in the series. And I read 20 pages ahead in the Catcher in the Rye. I was already on page 60-something.
Yesterday, although I had plans to finish the Catcher in the Rye or almost do that anyway, I kinda got distracted I didn’t. Actually, yesterday was a lot of fun. I woke up in the morning, put my contacts and some makeup on even though I wasn’t going anywhere, and then I watched 4 episodes of Broadchurch. The FUN. By the time I picked up the Catcher in the Rye again, I had come to the realisation that I’m a lot like Holden. Putting on a hat at home just because I felt like it… Who even does that? But yeah… Currently, I’m on page 134, so I have like 80 more pages to go.
I hope everyone is doing well –hopefully better than I am– and that they’re having fun. See in the next update.
I’m starting to realise that being a book blogger may not be very healthy or sane. Because: a. It makes you buy loads of books and b. because it makes you do crazy things like read-a-thons in the most inappropriate of times. But does this kindling realisation get in my way of participating in the activities that make this community thrive? Hell no. For example, I have a TOEFL exam on Saturday. Also, my finals start on Saturday. But does this discourage me from joining the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon. For about a week, it kinda did. But now that that the read-a-thon is starting in less than an hour in my timezone, joining is sort of inevitable. And if you wanna know what Bout of Books is, scroll down or click here to find the read-a-thons official site.
The thing is, you see, I keep saying I have no time for things but I don’t actually do anything. I do things like start watching Broadchurch and playing Subway Surfer for, like, two consecutive hours. And I don’t read because “I have finals coming up”. Nonetheless, I do believe that if I narrow down my entertainment options to JUST reading for the marathon, then I might actually get some studying done. It’s twisted logic, but it actually works for me. Or I hope it will anyway.
So what is Bout of Books?
“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, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”
Sounds like fun, yeah? The only problem now is that I don’t have any books. Okay, I do have unread books but I’m saving them for the summer. But I do have three books that I started and didn’t finish. I might abandon one of them along the way and its substitute will probably be And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I need to get into this marathon while I’m prepared. So let’s make a list.
1- The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
2- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (which I might abandon)
3- The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (which I started in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon)
4- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (just in case)
Let me know if you’re joining this marathon so we can encourage each other and do fun stuff. We can also complain about it and such. Wish me luck!
So now that we’re past midnight here, I’ve decided to start a new post for my updates! I’ve just had my best, least interrupted reading session of the day. I made myself my own recipe of egg taco, drank a can of Pepsi, and almost forgot to pick up the food because I was too engrossed in a specific part of the book I was reading –the Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides.
—1:40 Pm —
This one has Becky from Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic written all over it. I’d seen her first post on it a few weeks ago and had completely convinced myself that I will have no time to do it. Then she posted about it again last night and I was like, “To heck with that! It isn’t like I’ve done anything the past few days so I might as well use up the day productively in SOME way.” And I went and signed up for the event and all.