Bout of Books 11.0 Wrap-up

Bout of Books

This read-a-thon went surprisingly well for once! Yeah, yeah, flailing not failing, but I never could help the feeling that I could have read more after Bout of Books was over. But for this go-around I felt strangely focused and simply made time for reading throughout the day. It probably had to do with my extended vacation mentality, get through what you have to do in order to start something you WANT to do. Without further ado, here is the break down…

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Bout of Books 11.0 Day One Update & OTP Challenge

Bout of Books

So my progress from yesterday was a little…sporadic to say the least. I think that my official tweet says it all:

After coming back from a week on vacation, all my unread blog posts numbered in the five hundreds. I was proactive! I buckled down the first afternoon back while I waited for copious amounts of laundry and reduced it to about three hundred. Enter Bout of Books, which by no fault of its own, required book reading not blog posts. But I reasoned that I can read whenever, these blog posts are only going to grow exponentially. Smarter people (not myself) would say just cut back on the number of blogs you follow. Those people would be correct but when was doing the right thing ever fun, right?

Then, THEN, I was going to write a whole post about the OTP Challenge hosted over at Infinite Ink. But I couldn’t write anything until I got back from work around 7:30pm. So…

Procrastination for the win!

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Bout of Books 11.0 Playlist Challenge

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The beauty of not creating a TBR is that I could choose anything I wanted to read this morning. I gave myself SOME limitations by only picking from the numerous ARC titles that I still haven’t read OR reviewed <– bad, bad book blogger.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction/fantasy so going along that same vein I started…. Continue reading

Bout of Books: Bookish Battle Royal Challenge

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

 

Welcome, welcome, one and all, to the Bout of Books Bookish Battle Royal. I’m ridiculously excited to be hosting my first ever read-a-thon challenge. But enough about me, let’s get down to the challenge. A battle royal is a no-holds-barred fight that includes three or more combatants and continues until only one is left standing. Maybe I’m a little sadistic but I instantly thought: “I should pit fictional characters against each other!”

The Rules

  1. Choose three or more fictional characters as combatants – they can be haphazardly picked or themed (for example, I went with badass classic literature protagonists)
  2. List three strengths and weakness for each contender (feel free to skip this step if you’re using social media to participate in Bout of Books i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads…)
  3. Determine who would come out victorious and give a little explanation why you think they would win – get creative with the outcomes!
  4. Link in the comments and if you tweet about this challenge make sure to use the hashtag #bookbattleroyal in addition to #boutofbooks because I want to see all your dueling characters!

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Bout of Books 10.0 Goals

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

 

For this round of Bout of Books I’m going to keep my goals low-key because…

I’M A BOUT OF BOOKS CHALLENGE HOST!!

Pretty much it went like this:

Even with my challenge post written and ready to go, I still can’t believe it. Bout of Books is what started my YouTube channel and then this blog – I will be forever in debt to this amazing read-a-thon.

Goals
  • Finish at least one book
  • Write one full review
  • Host a kick-ass challenge
  • Complete at least one other challenge
  • Participate in a Twitter chat (probably Saturday @ 10am)
  • Have FUN!

What are some of your goals for Bout of Books? Are you excited to participate in challenges and discover more awesome blogs? Do you have a read-a-thon TBR or just winging it like me? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mash-Up!

So this challenge has to do with mashing together another hobby or interest with books. Since I’ve been on a music kick lately, I figured that I should make a book playlist. These are surprisingly hard to make by the way. But I think that this playlist is not only super chill to listen to by itself but reflects the book pretty well. So without further ado, here it is for your enjoyment!

The book is Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple which I have borrowed from my local library and it’s currently three weeks overdue…

And now for the book playlist!

If you’ve read the book, do you think that the songs match up pretty well? If not, what do you think of the playlist on its own? Does it make you want to read the book? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mad Libs

This was a very strange mad libs…usually you’re given a list of verbs, adjectives, etc. required to fill in the story and then you plug them in afterwards. Being given the story along with the words made it difficult to choose words regardless of context (which kinda defeated the purpose of mad libs). Therefore, to ensure that I didn’t cheat, I used random word generators for most of the entries. I’m not very good with the honest system :(

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Love-a-Thon Kickoff Interview Swap with Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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Welcome to the official start of the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Katelyn @ Tales of Books and Bands and Alexa @  Alexa Loves Books! I’m so excited to meet all new book bloggers and share the love around our awesome little community. To kick things off here at My Life in Books, I was paired with a veteran book blogger, Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia to do a interview swap. Check out the great interview answers she gave me and then go visit her blog!

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