Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Tuesday Update

Bout of Books

Day two of Bout of Books 11...check.

Today was a rough one. I spent most of my day trying to remember that today was Tuesday. I don't know what day I thought it was, but for the life of me I could not remember that tomorrow (well..today by the time I publish this) is Wednesday. Just one of those days.

Work was busy and I completely forgot to take my book with me to work today. Failure on my part since that would've given me at least another 45 minutes of page time.

After I got home and dealt with dinner, I spent a bit of time watching Gilmore Girls and working on cutting seams for a rag quilt I should be finishing up tomorrow. I always watch Gilmore Girls when I sew a big project. It's a tradition for me, I suppose.

Once my hand started getting worn out from the constant squeeze of the scissors, I moved my evening and Darian and I hung out and read together for a bit before he headed off to bed. Tomorrow is his first day of 7th grade. Hard to believe that the little kid who used to refer to the Yeti as the "Barbie Doll Snowman" (abominable snowman in 4-year-old English) is now more than half way through his primary education.

In the end, he's still kicking my can at the current read-a-thon, but I now have a chance to do some catching up. He'll be at school instead of home lounging, so his reading time will be cut significantly. Depending on how much homework his teachers decide to assign during week one, he could be relegated to only his half hour reading time before bed. We'll see. Maybe they'll be nice...

Enough of this blabber. Here's where we are as of Tuesday evening...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Monday Update

Bout of Books

Day one of Bout of Books 11 has come to a close. It was a bit of a whirlwind of a day really...I'm not sure where all of the time went.

While I spent most of mine at work, Darian apparently spent most of his reading. As you'll see, he may have underestimated his abilities in this read-a-thon. I don't think he'll have any trouble making his goals at this rate, even with school starting on Wednesday.

I did get some reading in today. I also participated in my first challenge of the read-a-thon, the Book Scavenger Hunt hosted by The Book Monsters. Although I don't think all of my entries made it in before the Central Standard Time deadline (bummer), I still had fun finding books to meet the categories.


Scavenger Hunt Categories by photo: top left - collection of short stories, bottom left - TBR pile, top right - book starting with "B", bottom right - series you love, far right - book turned movie.

Tomorrow should allow me another decent day of evening reading. I'm working a full day, but it's just Dar and me tomorrow night while Collin teaches. That means that's probably the only thing other than dinner that will get done around here (except for maybe a little quilt work since I have one I'm planning to finish by Saturday). Just working to keep them stats going.

Ready to see how we did for day one?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Goals

Yay! It's here! Bout of Books 11 starts TODAY!!!


We are so ready to read! I actually meant to post this last night, but...I've been sucked into the QuizUp app and wasted a bit of time there instead. Oops. But...we are getting started today!!

For those of you not familiar with 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, 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
Let's talk goals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani


 Title : Virgin
Author : Radhika Sanghani
Series : N/A, Standalone
Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, New Adult
Number of Pages : 304
Publication Date : June 2014
Publisher : Berkley

Rating :


I received this book as a free copy from NetGalley. These books are given to me as review copies to read and evaluate. I am not obligated to write a review for any of the books I receive, but it is an encouraged practice. I choose which books I review on my blog and on my Goodreads profile. I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews. My reviews are always honest...I never lie about books. My opinions are my own and may be positive or negative depending on my feelings about a specific piece. Keep in mind, just because I may like or not like a book may not mean that you will feel the same way.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monster Read-a-Thon Wrap Up & BOTY Bracket Update


Another read-a-thon come and gone.We both did very well with this Monster Read-a-Thon. I'm pretty pleased with the results. We both made (and in most cases exceeded) our goals. Yay! Now we have a week off from read-a-thon madness until we take on Bout of Books 11 beginning on the 18th.

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, 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

Oh...and a little bonus today. After my stats, I'll be including the update to my 2014 BOTY Bracket. Darian was supposed to have his for posting as well, but he headed to his mom's place today without getting his randomization all finished, so his will have to wait until Bout of Books week.

But before we move on to the next read-a-thon, let's see how we stacked up with this one...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monster Read-a-Thon: Update 3


We made it through our 24-hour read with a few modifications. The biggest? We did get up and reading at a decent hour (10 a.m. as I predicted), but - as expected - Darian didn't make it very far and crashed out at 11:30pm. So we broke our 24-hour read up into two 12 hour reads, the second of which is currently underway. 

Even with the curtailed movement, we still busted out a lot of reading yesterday and had a decently good time. I got some ideas for our read-a-thon and even more ideas of how we can make a more fun read-a-thon next time. I'll be implementing those for our read-a-thon after Bout of Books 11, which I expect will be Season's Reading's Fright Fall Read-a-Thon.

We ate some junk food, did some outdoor reading at the park, and had a few other themed activities that I'm not going to share quite yet since I'm going to use them to design our read-a-thon fun for Fright Fall. At that point, I'll announce them and you're more than welcome to play along.

The goal for today is to...well...meet our goals. It's the final day of the Monster Read-a-Thon, so it's the final push. We're both doing pretty darned good. Darian has only his page goal left to make. He's hot on it's heels. I have my books and pages, but it's looking pretty likely that I'll hit one (if not both) of those goals as well. Yay for making reasonable goals!

Here's where we are as of this morning...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Monster Read-a-Thon: Update 2



And here we are, back again. It's now officially the weekend, so now the serious reading can begin. The last two days weren't quite as productive for me, but there was still movement on the reading front. Yay!

Darian and I plan to start our 24-hour read-a-thon phase tomorrow morning around 9 a.m.. (Knowing us...it really won't start until 10ish.)

I've been racking my brain to try and come up with some ideas for tomorrow to keep things fun, but I'm not doing well. Other than the fact that we have snacks and we'll be moving our reading to a few different locations, I haven't been able to come up with anything special that won't just feel like I'm making us do more work than reading. I still have a few hours to come up with something amazing, so we'll see. Oh well. It will honestly be nice just to relax and read for a while.

I've cleared the weekend pretty well for the read-a-thon. I got all of the sewing that I needed to have completed this week finished by dinnertime. That means that I really don't have to do any work on the quilt until Monday. Even better? I should still manage to be done about a week earlier than the planned deadline if things keep progressing properly.

Let's see where we're sitting heading into the weekend...

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