Bout of Books 21: Goals and Updates for the week

Bout of Books button with determined woman in yellow looking tired and surrounded by books.Getting ready for Bout of Books 21! This is my post outlining my goals and plan for the week, plus a section for my daily updates across the week. A week spent with a focus on reading and letting myself relax and fall in love with characters and stories I both love and those I haven’t met yet sounds wonderful right now. I’m so excited and can’t wait for midnight!

Goals

I’m going to keep this simple and in alignment with all my other reading goals for 2018:

  1. Spend time reading and enjoy it. Ideally I’d like to spend at least an hour a day reading during this week (minimum).
  2. Read from my TBR list – hopefully 3 books.
  3. Participate and connect with others online also joining in with #boutofbooks.
  4. Have fun (the entire point of doing something like this).

Books

I don’t think I’m going to decide on too much ahead of time, but I’m keen to tackle my considerable TBR list that I track via Goodreads. This is also part of my participation in a couple of other challenges, yay for multi-tasking!  However, a sneak peak at what’s high on my to-read list:

An attractive blond woman with blue eyes body facing sideways with her face forward and a wicked looking knife strapped to her shoulder is in the foreground with the title 'Throne of Glass' ona blue shimmery background

Finish this book (I’ve barely started it) – it’s been on my TBR forever and it’s a buddy read in one of my book clubs.

A starscape background features an attractive blonde woman in the foreground on the left hand side wearing a black dress, hands on hips looking composed with title text 'Tempt the Stars'

I’ve been meaning to continue with this series for ages (and put it in my ‘currently reading’ shelf to remind me, but haven’t started it yet).

There is a burning ship with dragon mastheads in the background, there is a small male figure in the foreground with his back to the reader looking out on the ship, there are knights in the background also watching the burning shift. The title 'Traitor's Moon' is in the foreground in dark red text.

I started rereading this series last year, but got distracted at the third book, I am rereading so that I can read the later books in the series I haven’t read yet with the story fresh in my mind.

 

A fair-skinned hand hangs fingers downward, palm up with the title text 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' on her wrist, hovering over a dark blue background.

This is a buddy read that I’m starting this week too, I’ve had this book on my TBR forever too (and why – I adore Holly Black’s books!)

Updates

Monday 8/1/18

Progress:  

I finished ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas, which was overall a silly book but fun enough in a junk-food kind of way. I started ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black – gosh I love her writing!

Challenge: Introduce yourself #insixwords

I couldn’t really improve on my 6 word intro from last year, so here it is again: Whimsy personified, midwife, feminist, avid reader

Tuesday 9/1/18

Progress:

I started reading ‘Traiter’s Moon’ by Lynn Flewelling, this is a reread of this book in preparation for reading the last books of the series that I haven’t read yet. I love these characters *so* much!

Challenge: Share your 2018 reading goal(s)

My 2018 reading goals (in a nutshell): 101 books total, 50 from TBR, 15 read and reviewed for Australian Women Writers Challenge #aww2018, join in with book clubs and reading challenges like #beatthebacklist and #boutofbooks

Wednesday 10/1/18

Progress:

I finished ‘Traitors Moon’ by Lynn Flewelling and am keen to start the next one. But I also started ‘The Boy Who Lost Fairyland’ by Catherynne M. Valente.

Challenge: Book spine rainbow

Thursday 11/1/18

Progress:

I started ‘Shadows Return’ by Lynn Flewelling and have been deeply immerse in that.

Challenge: ALL THE FAVORITES!

A couple of tweets for this challenge:

Friday 12/1/18

Progress:

I finished ‘Shadows Return’ and started ‘The White Road’ by Lynn Flewelling – I’m so enjoying this series and the past two books are the ones I haven’t read yet so are a delight.

Challenge: Newspaper headlines

I’ve gone tabloid style for  this..

Newspaper headline for current book… Is it a Dragon? Is it a Homunculus? Turn to page 3 to find out! #boutOfBooks

Saturday 13/1/18

Progress:

I am still reading ‘The White Road’ by Lynn Flewelling – slow going because yesterday was a high pain day.

Challenge: Book spine poetry

No book spine poetry for me today – I was struggling a bit too much to manage. Everyone else’s look great though!

Sunday 14/1/18

Progress:

Day 7 and by the end I managed to finish ‘The White Road’ by Lynn Flewelling which makes it 4 books I finished during the readathon! YAY! What a week – hopefully I can participate in the next one too! Thank you to all the organisers and experts for making it a glorious and fun week!

Challenge: Leave a book review

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