Friday, August 22, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Day 4 Update & Day 5 Challenges

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
Revolutionary by Krista McGee (298 pages)
Dualed by Elsie Chapman (102 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
Revolutionary by Krista McGee
Pages Read Today: 400
Total Books Finished: 6 (4 novels 2 novellas)
Total Pages Read: 1,512

My Thoughts About Today
Not quite as much as I was hoping but nothing to sneeze at either! I ended up watching an episode of a show and a movie with my sis which took up a chunk of my day, though it was fun enough that I didn't mind!

 Recreate a Cover Challenge
Hosted by: Spines and Covers

"For this challenge, all you have to do is directly link to a cover that you have recreated.  Any genre or book can be used. Also, remember, it isn’t about being an artist. It is about creativity and FUN!!!"

I am horribly uncreative and the best I could think of was to remove the guy in the background of one of my favorite covers since I think he kinda ruins it!

The Original

My Version

Book Chain Challenge

"You must link four books by using the last word of the previous title to the first word of the next one. To start, pick a book (ANY book; your choice!) and start linking! A, An, and The don't count, so if your book starts with one of those, just use the next word. To make this challenge tougher, you can decide to only use books you've read within the last twelve months - but that's not a requirement."

The Pelican Bride by Beth White
The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgeson
Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller

Friday Memes 8/22

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won't be stopping back to read your reply so you don't bother?

My Answer:
I used to not reply unless there was a question but one of my goals this year was to be better about that and I try to reply to each comment. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get around to it but I don't think I've missed one this year!

Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

I've buried nearly everyone I love.
That's the thought that keeps crossing my mind as I sit in the restaurant, picking at the seam along my sleeve where it's starting to wear thin.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  My Thoughts
That first sentence definitely hits hard!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Day 3 Update & Day 4 Challenges

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
The Selection by Kiera Cass (250 pages)
Finding June by Shannen Crane Camp (52 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Pages Read Today: 302
Total Books Finished: 5 (3 novels 2 novellas)
Total Pages Read: 1,112

My Thoughts on Today
I didn't get as much read as I was hoping to due to the fact that my sister-in-law and my two nieces were here for most of the day (not that I minded) and I have a head cold that is sapping all energy and brain thought. So with all that going on I guess I should be glad I got what I got! I just hope tomorrow is better!

Like This, Try This Challenge
Hosted by: Writing My Own Fairytale

"You must recommend a book based on another book, movie, tv show, etc similar to this: “If you liked _____, you should try _____ because _____.”

If You Liked...


They both have a very similar plot line, though admittedly The Selection's was a little more intense!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Day 2 Update & Day 3 Challenge

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas (318 pages)
Overkill by Ronie Kendig [a novella] (73 pages)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (77 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Overkill by Ronie Kendig
Pages Read Today: 444
Total Books Finished: 4 (2 novels, 2 novellas)
Total Pages Read: 810

Create a Sentence 
Hosted by: Book Reviews from a Christian Gal

"For this challenge, I want you to pick some awesome books out and make a sentence with the first two words from each of your books."

"I'm told one year, now that it was my head."

The Books:
Origins by Jessica Khoury
So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
Matched by Ally Condie
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Revolutionary by Krista McGee

Waiting on Wednesday #126: Tried & True

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Tried & True by Mary Connealy
Bethany House-August 26, 2014

About the Book
Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future? 

Why I Want It
I have loved every Mary Connealy book I've read and this one sounds like it's going to be just as good!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Day 1 Update & Day 2 Challenges

Bout of Books

Books I Read Today:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Tremors by Bonnie S. Calhoun (Novella)
Books I Finished Today:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (318 pages)

Tremors by Bonnie S. Calhoun (48 pages)
Pages Read Today: 366
Total Books Finished: 2
Total Pages Read: 366

My Thoughts on Today
I finished exactly what I set out to read today and that made me happy! I was a bit busy so I was surprised I actually made my goal! I really enjoyed both stories!


One True Pairing
Hosted by: Infinite Ink

"For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP.  Tell me why you ship them.  Tell me how perfect they are for each other.  Vent about how frustrating it is that the author paired them with other people.  Give me proof about why they are actually canon, but nobody knows.  I want to hear it all."

I've never really been the OTP type but I'll give this a shot. My couple that I'm picking is one that I think is absolutely perfect for each other and they are one of my favorite-ist couples ever!

Sean O'Conner and Emma Malloy
from A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman
It's really hard to put into words this couple's perfectness for each other if you haven't read any of the books! They just fit together so perfectly and since they do end up together there's not much else I need to say!

Book Spine Poetry 
Hosted by: My Little Pocketbooks

"Take a minimum of 3 books put them in a pile to make a poem."

Forbidden Secrets
Hidden Places
Nowhere to Turn
No One to Trust
Until I Found You

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
The Blood of Kings Series by Jill Williamson
Night Song by Tricia Goyer
My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay
Replication by Jill Williamson
Trade Winds Series by Linda Lee Chaikin
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Coming Home by Tracie Peterson

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Day 1: Challenges

Bout of Books

Book Scavenger Hunt
Hosted by: The Book Monsters

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)

2. A book that has been made into a movie/tv show

3. A series you love

4. An anthology of poems or short stories

5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

Hosted by: LuLo FanGirl

Make a playlist centered around at least ONE of the books you plan on reading during the read-a-thon.

I chose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green which I just finished reading! I'm pretty bad at this but here goes!

Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons
Time of Our Lives by Tyrone Wells
Rubik's Cube by Athlete
My Immortal by Evanescence
Ever Enough by Rocket to the Moon

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #135

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I was pretty happy with the reading that I got in this week, though I will admit that most of it was in the last two days since I was rather busy the first five days of the week!

What I am currently reading:
I literally just finished both Love's Awakening and Appalachian Serenade and haven't had a chance to start another!

What I hope to read this week:
I am once again participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I'm hoping to read at least 7 books! You can see my choices on my goals post HERE!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #134
Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read
Waiting on Wednesday #125: Destined for Doon
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Goals

Bout of Books

My goal for this read-a-thon is to read at least 7 books though I am hoping to get closer to 10! I'm not exactly sure which ones I'll end up reading but it will probably be some of these!