I’m a Little Rusty But Here It Goes…

Between some serious seasonal depression, new job/coworkers, and settling back into life with my beau, it’s been hectic to say the least. But with BEA and Bout of Books coming up, I really wanted to get back in the swing of things. So here I am, announcing to the world, I’m back bitches and stronger than ever!

Just last night, I was lying in bed thinking about my undergrad thesis. I graduated from Pratt Institute’s creative writing program. To complete the program, every undergrad had to write a 60 page work of fiction with a 10 page introduction. Yeah, that’s right, 70 pages total thesis for an UNDERGRAD program. Pratt don’t play when it comes to art. I was thinking back and remembering how little time I spent on revising and how much I’d love to go back and polish it up. Then I thought, well you have a blog dummy, go write something on that first.

It’s funny how things work out that way. I’ve missed you guys. I’ve missed writing. But most of all, I’ve missed reading. Here is my pledge to read every day, no matter how much, and to reach out more. The book blogging community is filled with such kind and passionate people. I definitely want to put names to faces when I see most of you at BEA next month!

  

Bout of Books 11.0 Wrap-up

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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

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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.

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Bout of Books: Bookish Battle Royal Challenge

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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

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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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Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap-up

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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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

 

I have completed my third Bout of Books *throws confetti* So how did I make out with my personal goals? Was it a “successful” read-a-thon? Well you’ll just have to keep reading to find out!
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#BoutofBooks 9.0 Challenge: Found Poem

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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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Challenge hosted by Pen in Her Hand.

Just choose a novel from any genre, print or ebook, that you’re reading or have finished. Pick a number between 1 and 10, and you’re ready to start!

1. Flip to a page at random. Using your trusty number, count down that many lines. Then count in that many words. Write that word down. Repeat this process until your have fourteen words.

2. Delete two words and add in two words of your own (I decided not to do this and just work with the words I found).

3. Now arrange your words any way you like to finish your found poem.

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