Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Wednesday Update

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Another day gone and only a little bit of reading done again. Yesterday I got caught up in planning - a birthday party and a trip, woo!

I continued reading The Passage last night and I've started to finally feel like I'm making headway. Only took me getting half way through it. Still not sure how I feel about this book though.

Number of Books Read Yesterday:

About 15% of one

Total Number of Books Read So Far:

2 and a little more than a bit!

Books Read So Far:

Unbreakable Stories: Lucas by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Shatter by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot
The Passage by Justin Cronin - 20%

I still have a few things to do before I can get to reading today, but I'm hoping I can get The Reader read. Aiming high!

How's your Bout of Books read-a-thon going?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I'm going to love...

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication Date: 7 February 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon | The Book Depository

Following up her acclaimed debut, Because You'll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?
(summary from Goodreads)

Oh, yes, I'll definitely love this one. I did the first book, Because You'll Never Meet Me, and I have missed Ollie and Moritz. I can't wait to read what's new with these two.

Have you read Because You'll Never Meet Me? What book has you eagerly awaiting its release?

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Tuesday Update

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Not much reading done yesterday, I'm afraid. Instead I was watching! I went to the movies and caught up on some television shows. Tsk!

Number of Books Read Yesterday:

Just a few chapters. About 5% according to Kindle.

Total Number of Books Read So Far:

2 and a bit.

Books Read So Far:

Unbreakable Stories: Lucas by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Shatter by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot
The Passage by Justin Cronin - 5%

It's a slog to get through The Passage. Last night I read 4 or 5 chapters and it took me longer than it usually would - at least, that's what it feels like. It's not that I find the book boring, it's certainly interesting, just it's definitely a slower pace. I have two weeks to get it finished and I still have about 65% to get through. It's taken me a week just to get through 35%, so I can do it. Think I'll need to make sure I read it for an hour or two each day!

How did your reading go yesterday? Are you on track to meet your Bout of Book goals?

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Challenge: Mix and Match

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I completely forgot about this challenge last night, but better late than never, right? It's a Mix and Match, thanks to The Nickster, and hosted at Bout of Books.

Here's what you have to do:

"Pick out 10-15 books from your shelf, from your local library, or from a local bookstore. They can be any genre, any language, and any length. In each book, flip to a random page and pick the 1st word (articles such as "the", "and", "an", "or", etc. don't count as the 1st word). Use all these 1st words to try to create an actual sentence. If the books are in different languages, feel free to translate them to all one language or leave them as they are! Also, you can add in some articles, such as "the", "and", "an", "or", etc., if you want to make the sentence flow better."

Very creative! So here's the books I picked, plus a couple of eBooks not pictured, for a total of 15, and below is the sentence I created. The underlined words are the ones selected from the books. 

"Hi," the mysterious masked English Captain smiled. "Why sleep now? Much to hear, things to gather. Christmas is beginning."

Bit of a weird one, but I liked that it made a sentence at least! Wonder what kind of book this would be in?

If you completed the challenge, please share your sentence with me! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf (or TBR) Since Before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf (or TBR) Since Before I Started Blogging

What a scary topic. Pretty sure I could do this list a few times over, eek!

Most of these are from before I first started blogging in 2011, before I had a break and then started blogging AGAIN. How depressing. All is definitely lost when it comes to my TBR!

What books have been sitting on your shelves unread from your pre-blogging days? Have you read any of the above? Do you recommend I get moving and read a particular one right now?

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Monday Update

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Day one of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon sped by and with it a couple of books read! Though not any that I'd planned to read...of course. Still, books read, yay!

Number of Books Read Yesterday:


Total Number of Books Read So Far:


Books Read So Far:

Unbreakable Stories: Lucas by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Shatter by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot

Definitely not the books I planned to read, but I hadn't realised more from this series had been released and so couldn't resist buying and reading them asap.

How has your reading on day one of the read-a-thon gone? There's still time to sign up if you're interested!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Challenge: Book to Movie Adaptations

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The first day of Bout of Books 17 is underway and here we have our first challenge, thanks to Writing My Own Fairytale.

It's an easy one! Simply share your most favourite and least favourite book to movie adaptations and be sure to enter at Writing My Own Fairytale to win.

My Most Favourite Adaptation - Bridge to Terabithia

It's pretty much exactly the book and I love that. I watch this movie every time I see it on...and bawl and bawl. It's beautiful.

My Least Favourite Adaptation - My Sister's Keeper

I read the book in one sitting and it destroyed me. The movie was going well until they totally chickened out and ruined the ending. The thing that made the book so original and brilliant was it's shocking ending, so sitting through that movie only to be blindsided was a joke. All the emotion was lost.

So how about you? Tell me your most and least favourite book to movie adaptations.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bout of Books 17 Read-a-Thon: Sign Up & Reading Goals

Bout of Books

Where does the time go? We've got another Bout of Books Read-a-Thon happening already! Woo!

The need to know:

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 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's simple and a lot of fun! I hope you sign up, there's still a couple of days to do so.

This read-a-thon I've decided to aim to get 5 books read. I usually aim for a book a day, at least, but I know I've got some plans this week that will likely cut too much into my reading time. Boo. But alas. If I can get 5 books read though that will be brilliant!

As I'm signing up so close to the beginning of the read-a-thon, I figured I'd share my reading goals here too.

Books to Read:

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Reader by Tracy Chee
Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I've also been working my way through Justin Cronin's The Passage for book club, so if I can get more of it read, that'd be perfect too. 

Alright, here's to another Bout of Books Read-a-Thon!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (104)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

Just a couple new books this week. These are the book club picks for the month, along with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Woo!


The Passage by Justin Cronin (eBook)


Disruption by Jessica Shirvington (eBook)

I have some reading ahead of me, I hear The Passage is a long one. But it has some pretty rave reviews, so I'm intrigued. Have you read it? What did you think?

What books did you buy or borrow this week?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: Favourite Opening Scene

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured blogger! Also, don't forget to pop back over in a couple of days to vote for next week's featured blogger.

What is your favourite opening scene? 

Oi, what a hard one! I can't think on the spot about things like this. Really gotta learn to plan ahead! Plus, I don't think I have a favourite, exactly. Just some that I like.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone comes to mind as once I started I did not put that book down.

"Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense." - J.K. Rowling

There's also The Night Circus which I reread recently. It exudes wonder from page one!

"The circus arrives without warning."

"'The Circus of Dreams,' comes the reply. The girl smiles delightedly.
Then the iron gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter." - Erin Morgenstern

The Raven Boys had an interesting start too, very foreboding!

"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love." - Maggie Stiefvater

There's also the whimsy of Magonia.

"I breathe in. I breathe out. The sky's full of clouds. A rope is looping down from above, out of the sky and down to earth. There is a woman's face looking at me, and all around us, hundreds upon hundred of birds. The flock flows like water, surging up and into the air, black and gold and red, and everything is safe and cold, bright with stars and moon.
I'm tiny in comparison, and I'm not on the ground.
I know everyone has dreams of flying, but this isn't a dream of flying. It's a dream of floating, and the ocean is not water but wind.
I call it a dream, but it feels realer than my life." - Maria Dahvana Headley

I'll stop there. I could keep going on if I pick up every one of my favourite books! Though there is one other opening that stands out, but unfortunately I can't remember the book. It was a romance I read many, many years ago and began with a double entendre about a rooster. Something about grabbing a big cock. Very immature of me, but I remember cracking up laughing. I've yet to read another book that began in quite the same way!

Do you have a favourite opening scene? Do you like any of the above too?