Bout of Books 18 | Daily Updates

As you might have seen from my sign-up post yesterday, I’m participating in this week’s Bout of Books readathon! If you’re at all interested in my TBR, you can find it in my sign-up post – otherwise, this post will be for my daily updates so I’ll be updating regularly with the daily challenges and my reading progress over the next few days.

Day One

9.00 am – Welp, it’s Monday, it’s a Bank Holiday (which means I’m not in work), so that seems like the perfect time to kick off the readathon for me! My parents kindly brought me back to Liverpool last night and they are leaving this morning so I’ve now got nothing else planned for my day other than unpacking, tidying, washing, and reading. Liz is at work today too so there’s no one else in the house – definitely all conducive to me getting wrapped in a blanket with a book and not moving for a good few hours. We’ll see though, since I slept terribly last night and I don’t know how long I’ll last before crashing tonight (especially since I’m back at work tomorrow and so not looking forward to that).

11.00am – I forgot to mention that, since I couldn’t sleep until like 5am, I did a little bit of reading in bed via the Kindle app on my phone. However, I’ve already deviated from my TBR (quelle surprise), as I’m reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and RosesI’ve heard this novel/series is better than the Throne of Glass series (I’ve got stuck on Heir of Fire twice now), although I’ve also watched/read a lot of reviews which have started to put me off her writing so I’m going into this a bit warily.

One thing that is bugging me is something that Paige from Enchantology pointed out during her reading of Empire of Storms (Disclaimer: please, I implore you, do not read ahead if you wish to continue to enjoy Maas’ writing happily, because once you notice this, you can’t not notice it, and it’s already affected my reading of it)

… Sarah J. Maas loves lists of three, to the point of her over-using them and the writing feels clunky and a tad sloppy, if I’m honest. Case in point:

“focus on surviving the week, the day, the hour ahead”
“strange folk spotted in the area, tall and eerie and deadly”
“border towns left in splinters and bones and ashes”
“shapes down on paper or canvas or cottage walls”
“those times were hungry and empty and sometimes cruel”
“most of them small and sickly and hidden”

All those examples are all within the first five pages of the book. I mean, editing is your friend, right? Is she being paid by the word? Because, really, I don’t think all of them are strictly necessary (and, yes, that’s rich coming from me). In fact, I also now see why her books are so unnecessarily long. Yeah, I said it. I’m trying to reserve judgement, though, since I’m only 35% of the way through, but that little quirk of her writing style is really starting to bug me.

The actual story itself though? It’s entertaining enough. I’m not the hugest fan of first-person narrators so… Feyre is starting to irritate me a little tiny bit, but I really do want to give this book a proper chance since so many people do love this series! I’ll report back…

3.00pm – Well, I’ve showered, got dressed, put on one load of laundry, blog hopped a little and read some. I’m at 43% of A Court of Thorns and Roses… but I’ve also started a list of bug bears I have with this book and it’s already one side of A4 and getting longer with each chapter I read. So… um… yeah, that might make for an interesting review once I finish it. Sorry/not sorry!

5.00pm – Whoops, I just fell into a booktube hole for like 2 hours and didn’t read a thing. But I was still thinking about books, which is half the battle… right? riGHT? Ugh, yes, I know, I’m going back to reading now, will sneak in an hour or two more before I think about what to cook for tea.

Daily Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords

The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.

BONUS: Share a picture of your smiling face or your bookshelves! (You can learn a lot about a person from their bookshelves!)

 Ravenclaw bibliophile. Coffee lover. Cynical romantic.

room(My bookshelves, when I first moved into this room – they’re a lot less tidy now!)


Day Two

2.00pm – First day back at work of 2017 and wow is it a struggle. Nothing is particularly busy but it’s just an adjustment after more than a week of blissful nothing-ness! As far as reading goes, I didn’t get up early as I had (foolishly) planned in my own head, and I didn’t read on the train so I have only been able to sneak in a quick 20 minutes at lunchtime whilst I gobbled down a sandwich and grapes. I managed a couple more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses in that time and, if I’m honest, I’m still having major problems with it. However, I’m at about 60% and I can’t believe it’s taken 60% of this book for the deed to be done between certain characters… I won’t say any more but I’m sure you know what I’m insinuating. I’m really hoping to read a little on the train journey home and then sneak in an hour or two before teatime tonight. We shall see!

5.00pm – I decided to listen to an audiobook I had checked out from my library via Overdrive so I’ve listened to a little of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on my walk to the train station and train home. Again, not a book on my TBR… I seem to be struggling to actually read books from my set stack – something I’m not surprised about tbh, it always happens.

5.30pm – Just arrived home and snapped my photo for the daily challenge. Now I know I should get straight to reading but a quick check of my emails turned up one from Netflix which told me the first episode of Shadowhunters season 2 is available now… no, bad Emma, bad, don’t watch the trash show, read your TBR instead! (spoiler alert: I’m probs gonna watch the trash show tonight)

8.30pm – Sooo I made bolognese and fell into another booktube hole whilst cooking it. It happens, ok. Come on Emma, read, read, don’t turn on Netflix. Do Not Do It. DO NOT.

11.30pm – I turned on Netflix.

Daily Challenge: 2017 in a Picture

Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

Everything in this represents one of My 2017 Resolutions:
1. to blog more regularly (calendar)
2. to plan out reviews more thoughtfully (journal)
3. to read more classics (Brideshead Revisited/Hard Times)
4. to finish series I’ve started (The Raven King)
5. to continue series I love that have books to come this year (The Mime Order).

Day Three

9.00am – After once again not getting up early to read (who was I kidding thinking I might possibly do that?!) I managed to sneak in a chapter or so of Goblet of Fire via audiobook whilst I was getting dressed etc. this morning so I feel a little better knowing I’m heading to work with some (if not a lot) of reading done already. I’m at about 10% of it now which, considering what a behemoth this book is, isn’t too shabby at all.

1.45pm – Just got back from dinner and I got through a few more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses whilst I was eating. The big reveal (I presume) just happened, about the nature of the curse and what the deal is with Amarantha etc. etc. – I still find the pacing of stuff in this book a little odd, I don’t know if that’s my personal problem or something other people feel. Only time will tell, I guess, since I should really wait until I’ve finished the story to start criticising its pacing.

11.00pm – My bullet journal came this afternoon so clearly I’ve just accidentally spent hours looking up bullet journal blogs and designing what I need in mine. It happens, ok?!

Daily Challenge: Book to Movie

Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

adored this book as a pre-teen. It features the idea of ‘talismans’ which allow individuals to travel back to an alternate-universe 16th century Italy, called Talia. These individuals are often unhappy or unhealthy in their lives now. The first book in the series, City of Masks, sees a very ill teenage boy named Lucien be given a marbeled notebook as a gift, fall asleep holding it, and wake up in Bellezza, Talia’s equivalent of a Renaissance-era Venice, a city state ruled by a beautiful and imperious Duchessa. He is a Stravagante, a traveller between worlds, and to be one is a dangerous thing – there are some in Talia (cough the Medicis, I mean uh the di Chimicis) who would try to steal his talisman and power for themselves, to disastrous consequences for Lucien. Whenever a Stravagante is “awake” in this alternate world, they appear to be sleeping in our world, which is all well and good until Lucien’s parents find his seemingly comatose body and he is rushed into hospital, with him remaining blissfully unaware as he wanders the streets of Bellezza.

I think this book would make an amazing film, it’s so visually suggestive and the fantastical storyline at its heart makes for an exciting narrative. It has time travel and assassins and political intrigue and body doubles and a quasi-scientific magic system and all the good stuff that would make for such a thrilling film! It also has sequels so, you know, commercial potential for a franchise.

Whilst reading the book, I’d already fancast some of its principal characters. However, since I read it some 10 years ago, it’s possible quite a few of these actors are now too old to play these characters! But, for the sake of this challenge, I’m going to pretend am a time-traveller too (ha!) and just tell you my fancast for City of Masks’ principal characters (and, yes, some have a few options because I’m indecisive):

Rodolfo Rossi – Jeremy Irons (forever and always)
Silvia, Duchessa of Bellezza  – Kate Beckinsale/Sofia Vergara
Arianna Gasparini – Hayley Atwell
Lucien (I struggle with) – Andrew Garfield/Tom Sturridge, please and thanks
Guido – Eddie Redmayne (always)

Day Four

9.15am – I listened to about an hour of Goblet of Fire getting ready/on the way to work this morning, so that’s definitely some good audiobook progress. As previously, I plan to read a few more chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses when I have my dinner break.

1.45pm – I’ve read a few more chapters of ACOTAR. One thing I will say, because I’m so frustrated with this book right now: if the answer to Amarantha’s riddle turns out to be what I instantly thought it was (a thing that Feyre can’t puzzle out despite the fact she’s fucking FEELING IT right now and thought about this very fact only moments before the riddle), this book is not even getting 3 stars, it’s getting 2, regardless of whether or not the last 25% of it manages to somehow redeem the first 75%.

Daily Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

A perennial favorite is back! Go hunting through your books and unleash your inner poet! Use the titles of your chosen books to create a poem. Snap a picture of your creation and share it with the hashtags #BookSpinePoetryBoB and #boutofbooks.

Falling kingdoms – vicious, soulless, heartless.
The madness underneath these vicious masks, the darkest minds.

Now is the time…

The girl who played with fire,
An ember in the ashes,
Daughter of smoke and bone,
The One. 

Day Five

As you can see… I didn’t do much today, to the point where it was pointless to update throughout the day. Basically, same story as yesterday, I listened to some Goblet of Fire during my train journey and whilst on the treadmill at the gym (yep, you read that right, the gym, ugh). I’m also still making my way through A Court of Thorns and Roses and I just can’t believe this last 25% is the last 25% – the pacing of this book is so off.

Daily Challenge: If You Like This, Try This

Since we all love recommending books, here’s your chance to share the love. Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series. Make sure you use the hashtags #BoBIfYouLikeThis and #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.

Day Six

12.00pm – After a gorgeous breakfast at The Tavern I am now happy and full and planning to do nothing more than sit in the living room in a blanket and read. If I don’t finish A Court of Thorns and Roses soon I’m going to scream. I should also probably get a few blog posts written ready for next week because I sense it’s gonna be a busy one at work. Let’s do this.

2.30pm – Halle-fucking-lujah, I’ve finished A Court of Thorns and Roses. What I thought about it? Well, I think you might have guessed but, a quick review is thus:

I would have given this book one star, but Rhys and Lucien earned it another one. Great concept which was ruined completely by inconsistent and lazy writing.

Yep, I think that about covers it. Here’s to better books, let’s move on!


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Bout of Books 18 | Stating My Intentions

bob18Yes, it’s that time again, it’s the Bout of Books readathon! Bout of Books is such a low-key, friendly, and fun readathon that I always look forward to its next round.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Last time I participated was back in August during Bout of Books 17 (you can see my TBR and Daily Updates from then, if you’re interested) and even as that round finished, I couldn’t wait for the next Bout of Books. Not only is it very low-key and low-commitment as a readathon, the daily challenges aren’t too tricky or time-consuming, meaning maximum time can be devoted to reading and connecting with fellow Bout of Books-ers! I certainly hope to get more involved and chat more during this round of Bout of Books, as well as completing the daily challenges.

However, first things first, let me state my intentions towards this readathon. I have constructed a very loose TBR stack to choose from, since I am mostly a mood-reader, and hopefully I have covered enough genres and formats to also always have some form of book I want to read “to hand” at any given moment during the week.

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So, that’s my TBR to choose from for Bout of Books 18. I’ll be updating a Daily Updates post with my progress throughout the readathon and I hope that it will well and truly kick off my reading for 2017.

Are you participating in Bout of Books 18?
Please comment below if so and let’s chat readathons!


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Bout of Books 17 | Updates Post

For those who have no idea what’s going on, see my recent Stating My Intentions post. As with most intentions, these ones are good, and I hope to participate in the Bout of Books 17 readathon as much as I can this week.

(Caveat: I have an interview Thursday morning so I’m very sure that Wednesday and Thursday will be spent panicking as opposed to reading, but we’ll see how I do.)

This is my updates post which I’ll (hopefully) be updating daily to chart my progress (or lack thereof) throughout the readathon. If I do the wonderful daily challenges, I’ll also post those here. Understood? Good. Let’s just go…

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Bout of Books 17 | Stating My Intentions

That’s right, you read the title correctly – it’s Bout of Books time again!

I took part in the last round of this readathon (Bout of Books 16 funnily enough) and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, so I thought why not commit myself to it again? If nothing else this low-key readathon is very much my speed due to its low commitment nature and lack of TBR requirements – and I consider it a success when I just read during the readathon week, to be honest. For those who are unaware of the readathon, here’s a handy blurb for you:

YKdCOt4The 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

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Bout of Books 16 | Stating My Intentions

bob16It’s Bout of Books time again!

The last time I participated was in Bout of Books 11 – and I didn’t realise so many rounds of the readathon had happened since then. Life, it turns out, really does get in the way.  Bout of Books was my first concerted effort to participate in a readathon so it will be fun to see if I can repeat the relative success I had before. I do remember the sense of community and cheering each other on was really what made this readathon so much fun – as well as the daily challenges which I’m looking forward to again.

For those who don’t know, here’s a handy dandy blurb to catch you up:

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

So I think we’re all on the same page, this is me officially declaring my intentions to participate. As previously mentioned in my May TBR, I have quite a few library books to get through, along with some new releases from the past couple of months, so this readathon comes at a great time for me to try to clear some of that ever-growing TBR pile. Fingers crossed anyhow.

It’s always nice to have some (admittedly vague) goals for any readathon, so…

Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week, for at least 40 minutes a day. I’m off Mondays, Tuesdays, and weekends, so really I have no excuse for not reading quite a bit more on those days. However, my train journey to/from work (I only work Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) is about 20 minutes, therefore even on days when I am at work I should get at least 40 minutes read, not even including the bit of reading I usually get done in the break room whilst I’m scoffing down my dinner.

My Goals
Apart from the amount of time I wish to read every day, I would also like to participate in every one of the daily challenges.

I would also like to interact on Twitter with fellow Bout of Book-ers – I think I did a little bit of that in previous readathons but I find balancing the chatting with the actual, oh you know, reading to be a challenge sometimes!

Books to Read
You may recognise the following books as basically my May TBR – I’m nothing if not consistent in my reading goals. I obviously don’t expect to get to all of these books, but this is the pile of books I should be choosing from over the course of the week:

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  1. Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – Owen Jones
  3. The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
  4. Shylock Is My Name – Harold Jacobsen
  5. Glamour in Glass – Mary Robinette Kowal
  6. Without A Summer – Mary Robinette Kowal
  7. The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
  8. Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

 

Like I said, there’s no possibility in the slightest that I will complete any one of those books, let alone all of them, but I like to have a variety to choose from so that selection is certainly that. If absolutely nothing else, Shadows of Self must be finished by Tuesday anyway because someone has reserved it at the library so I have to return it. That will be returned fully read, it will be – see, manageable goals!

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Have you previously? If not – consider it! Let me know in the comments if you are because I’d love to see your TBR and cheer you on throughout the week.


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Bout of Books Day 7

The final update post for the Bout of Books 11 Read-a-thon, it’s day 7, aka the final day, the end, the home stretch etc. etc. I’m not sure how I feel about the progress I’ve made but I will say this has helped show me how I can blog about books and join a community of fellow book lovers on the internet. To anyone who has commented on my blog, liked my posts, or popped by even just to read, hi and thank you for the interaction – I hope to continue to talk to you once the read-a-thon is over!

Now… my updates for the day, you know the drill by this point…


Updates:

6pm – thanks to a 2-hour train journey I managed to make some progress with Notes from an Exhibition, 93 pages to be precise, which isn’t as much as I hoped but considering I was surrounded by distractions, namely drunk people whose voices are about 10 times as loud when you’re trying to read a novel about an artist and Cornwall. I hope to read some more tonight before the deadline but I’m not sure if I’ll manage to finish this novel before then. Fingers crossed though!

11pm – once it became clear I was too distracted by the sounds of my dad watching NCIS and CSI: Miami on the living room tv, I decided to end on a positive note which is participating in a wonderful read-a-thon that was perfect for what I needed for my first time participating in such an event. The challenges have made it super fun and it’s reminded me of my love for books and for reading so no matter how much I did (or didn’t!) stick to my proposed TBR/goals for this week, I think the important thing to take away from it is that I did participate and enjoyed myself doing it, despite the tricky week for reading that it turned out to be – c’est la vie!


Wrap Up:

My (admittedly tentative) TBR read as follows:

  1. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
  3. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – John Ford
  4. King Lear – William Shakespeare

 

What I actually ended up reading was as follows:

  1. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro ( 4/5)
  2. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer (3/5)
  3. Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale (incomplete)

Total read:
Finished 2 novels, started 1 more.
258 pages + 314 pages + 93 pages = 665 pages

All in all, when you break it down to the bare statistics, it’s not bad for a disrupted week’s reading, in my opinion of course!


Challenges:

Five Book Challenge @ Falling Down The Book Hole

It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?

I’d like to think any post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels I have read would be committed to memory now (The War of the Worlds, The Hunger Games, The Road to name a few) so there’s really no need to waste precious book spaces on those now, is there? :p

  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – one of my favourite books and the suspense is never dampened on a re-read, I know I will always enjoy this book.
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – witty, engaging, and an easy read, I don’t think I could ever tire of the adventures of Lizzie Bennet and the trials and tribulations of her family.
  3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I think technically this should count as one book since I have the movie tie-in edition that has all of them (justification over haha). I love the story, Tolkien is a genius at world building, and I think it’d be nice to escape the real-world perils for those of Frodo and the One Ring travelling through Middle Earth.
  4. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – I felt obliged, because of my love of the bard, to pick a play but which one to pick is always going to be a struggle – seriously ask me to pick my favourite Shakespeare play and I will um and ah for hours. I settled on Much Ado purely because it’s the first Shakespeare I studied and loved.
  5. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – in the tough, post-apocalyptic world I think everyone needs a laugh and the dream team of Pratchett and Gaiman definitely deliver on that front.

Bout of Books Day 6

Another quick update post for the Bout of Books 11 Read-a-thon, day 6 is here and since yesterday I’ve done nothing more than enjoy my visit to Liverpool. On reflection, perhaps this week wasn’t the best week in which to do a read-a-thon but a low-key, low-fuss read-a-thon like the Bout of Books is perfect because you can still fit reading in around your commitments for the week – not that visiting some lovely people is exactly a ‘commitment’ or an ‘obligation’. In either case, it’s definitely made me remember how much I love books/reading which is a win, really, in any case.


Updates:

4pm – spent a lovely morning/afternoon in Liverpool, visiting Liz, BBQ tonight with university friends here so maybe I should get a bit of reading done in the lovely afternoon sun whilst chilling at Liz’s house. I accidentally on purpose bought three books in Oxfam book shop – Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare, Dave Boling’s Guernica, and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Ooops? Except not really, since I did restrain myself from buying about four different Penguin Clothbounds in Waterstones (and I could’ve bought practically every Penguin edition I could get my hands on) so I think that’s a suitable level of restraint, right?

10:30pm – after a brilliant BBQ (courtesy of Liz and her parents), I settled down to read The Shock of the Fall, curled up at the end of her living room to the sounds of Kisstory and The Hits – along with the occasional “oh tuuune” exclamation – which makes for interesting background noise to say the least. I have now, however, finished the book. I think I liked it, I’m not quite sure, I feel a little bit unsettled by it but I can’t deny it was a gripping story. Now, onwards? To Notes from an Exhibition methinks.


Challenges:

Spell It Out @ Kimberly Faye Reads

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Emma by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mad World by Paul Byrne
Archangel by Robert Harris

(All books courtesy of Liz’s dad’s bookshelf, one hell of a collection!)

 

 


How’s everyone doing this week? Almost the home stretch and yet I still have a book to finish and another one to complete if I can say that I’ve vaguely ‘done’ this read-a-thon well enough for my own liking.

Bout of Books Day 5

Another quick update post for the Bout of Books 11 Read-a-thon, day 5 dawns *cue dramatic music*


Updates:

2pm – having read on the train I added another 200ish words to my word count read in this week, suggesting that I should do all my reading on trains. Having said that, I have arrived in Liverpool for a weekend with friends so I don’t imagine there will be a particular opportunity to read.


Challenges:

Book Chain Challenge @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews

The Portrait by Iain Pears
The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett


Are you participating? How are your weeks faring? How have your books been, any surprises along the way?

Bout of Books Day 4

Another quick update post for the Bout of Books 11 Read-a-thon, day 4 dawns *cue dramatic music*


Updates:

2pm – I have officially read… precisely no more pages since yesterday on account of taking care of a very squirmy toddler who demands attention. I’m going out for a meal tonight which once again means reading will possibly be very limited today. I did, however, go to my local library and get my account reactivated so in terms of getting useful errands done, today has been great haha.

6:30pm – this video pretty much sums today’s progress up. I’m clearly quite bad at read-a-thons, but hey, at least the challenges make me think about books some more every day?


Challenges:

Like This, Try This @ 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 _____.”

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If you liked Dracula by Bram Stoker, you should try Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and/or The Monk by Matthew Lewis because:

  • Frankenstein mixes Gothic, thriller, romance and science into one fantastic tale of Dr Victor Frankenstein, a science student who meddles in the very business of creating life itself until, on being confronted with his creation, he backs away from what he has done in horror. It’s one of the most thrilling stories I have ever read and is a keystone of the Gothic genre which is the forerunner of the horror and science fiction genre as we know them today. It raises questions of life, what it means to be human, what consequences might be inflict by trying to play the creator, and what responsibilities do we have to our fellow man? And to think, Mary Shelley was only 18-years old when she dreamt up this novel!
  • The Monk is interesting, to say the least. It’s a tale that mixes a sinister Spanish monastic setting with murder, ambition, and incest. The monk of the title, Ambrosio, finds himself caught between his moral duty/vows taken and temptation/obsession which leads him astray. It’s a dark horror novel that is not only part of the Gothic genre but also somehow simultaneously parodies it in an almost ostentatious fashion. Salacious is another word that could reasonably be attached to Lewis’ novel – quite worrying, really, considering he too was a young author and wrote The Monk at age 19!

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