Bout of Books 14: Days 4 + 5!


Hello to all! I missed yesterdays post thanks to youtube stealing all my attention (it had nothing to do with me, I swear!) but I’ll get to play catch up here. Without further adieu…

Day 4 Updates:

The day 4 challenge, which was interestingly enough the 4 seasons book covers challenge, was hosted by Kim over at KimberlyFaye Reads. Here are my books for my non-official entry!

wpid-2015-08-20-22.30.57.jpg.jpegWinter: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay – Winter is right in the title, so…
Spring: The Awakening by Kate Chopin – I had a really difficult time finding a spring book, so I chose this based on the fact that plants are coming back to life or ‘awakening’ in spring
Summer: Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn – Please tell me what says summer more than that adorable Jack Russell in the grass, hmm?!?!?
Autumn: A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger – This cover just screams autumn. It’s gorgeous.

As for reading, I read the last 215 or so pages of Blood Rights by Kristin Painter (promptly followed by me purchasing the next 2 books in the series).

Day 5 Updates:

I’m not sure if I’m going to do today’s challenge because I wouldn’t really know what to pick, but I’m going to think about it and come back to that…

As for reads so far, I finished the last 110 pages of Alpha by Jasinda Wilder. I had started this before Bout of Books began and decided it needed finishing.

I also started The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall and read the first 40 or so pages.


Bout of Books 14: Day 3

BoB14-200x200Hello errbody! We are firmly entrenched within the Bout of Books 14 festivities. I’ve been making slow but steady progress with my reading, but it’s still more than I was doing a few weeks ago, so it’s a win for me! That said, let’s get to the specifics.

Day 3 Challenge:

Today’s challenge is hosted by Sarah over at Rocky Top Real Talk and is a walk down memory lane for me. I am the definition of 90’s kid, so when I saw today’s MASH challenge… let’s just say the nostalgia has been with me since. I’ll admit that I went a bit crazy with the categories, but that’s all good.

Most of the options in my categories come from books or movies though some were just random inserts, like the superpower category that came out of nowhere….


For those of you who have no desire to attempt to read my chicken scratch, here’s my future as determined by MASH:

I live in a house in Seattle with my significant other Eric Northman and our seven children (curious…). I’m a bounty hunter that gets around via horseback. My BFF is Mercy Thompson and I have a Velociraptor for a pet. My superpower would be talking to animals and if there was a zombie invasion, I’d be the third person to die.

At least the superpower would help with the pet, eh? Please let me know how your MASH turned out! I’m loving the throwback to adolescence!

Reading Progress:

I’ve been reading Blood Rights by Kristin Painter today. So far I’ve read about 110 pages, but the day is not over yet!

Bout of Books 14: Day 2!



Day 2 of Bout of Books has almost come to an end, so it’s time to talk about all of today’s bookish stuff!

Day 2 Challenge:

Today’s challenge is a scavenger hunt hosted by Kristen over at The Book Monsters. I adore doing the scavenger hunts so let’s get to it.

A book that begins with “B” (for Bout of Books)
It’s also blue, so bonus points maybe? LOL



 A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
One of my current reads is:


Blue Book(s)
I decided to go with a few different shades of blue for this one – all from the same shelf no less!


Books from your favorite genre!
I never would have started reading romance if I hadn’t started blogging so I picked the top shelf of my romance bookshelf (b/c yes, I organize by genre). Also… holy bowed shelf! XD


A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves
At any given time at least half of the books I own are unread, but I can’t stand the thought of separating by read/unread so I just took a picture of a very unread portion of a shelf.


So those are my entries for the Bout of Books scavenger hunt. Please, share yours with me! I want to see all the lovely books. =]

Reading progress:

I only got to read before going to sleep last night, AKA this morning. That said I did finish The Countess Conspiracy (FINALLY) and loved it. I don’t know the exact page count, but I’ll guesstimate 70 pages.

Let me know how you guys are doing and if you’re having a blast with Bout of Books! Until next time, Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 14: Day 1


Bout of Books 14 is officially underway! If you’re new to the party check out this site with all of the details. It’s a blast and the sign-ups are open until midnight Wednesday!

Day 1 Challenge:

Today’s challenge is being hosted by Leann at Between Library Shelves! The challenge is to pick 3-6 books that take place in a country other than the one you reside in! Let’s get to it!

I picked all of my books today based on them happening in different periods of history from medieval to present day (of course I stacked the books backwards for the photo though).


  1. Born in Ice by Nora Roberts: Modern Ireland
  2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons: WWII Russia
  3. Germinal by Emile Zola: 19th Century France
  4. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny: Renaissance Italy
  5. Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell: Medieval England

Those are my books for the day 1 challenge, feel free to share yours with me!!!

Reading progress for day 1:

I started reading Blood Rights (House of Comarré, #1) by Kristin Painter, so far I’ve read 70 pages.

Not a lot of reading progress, but there’s still a little time left in the day so I might as well get to it!

Let me know how your progress is going and until next time Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 14: Goals!


Hello everyone! We interrupt our lack of regularly scheduled programming for another BOUT OF BOOKS! I’m so psyched for this go around because Bout of Books is always a total blast. I love it! Let’s get to my goals!

Reading Goals:

I’m going to shoot for 3 books for the week. I’m finally coming out of this reading rut that I’ve been in, for like all year, so I want to get some good reads and keep up the momentum. I’m horrible at sticking with TBRs, but I do have a pile of books I’m going to try to pull from.

  1. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
  2. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  3. Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
  4. The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  6. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

And two other possibilities because my curiosity got the best of me and I might just read some random YA books…

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Social Goals:

  1. I want to visit at least two other blogs a day
  2. Be more active on Twitter. I’ve never been big on the twitter outside of Bout of Books chats, so I want to try to get more in the habit this week.
  3. Participate in at least 4 challenges. The reality is, I have to work 5 of the 7 days so I likely won’t be able to do everything, but I want to try to remember to take time for some of the challenges.

Those are my goals for the week. They are all very doable if I just make myself sit down and do them, lol. Let me know what your goals are for the week if you’re participating! Also, any recommendations on reads? In particular for We Were Liars vs. Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Month in Review: July 2015

Hello errr-body! Here we are again for another month in review post, this time for July which is extremely flabbergasting to me. The year is flying by in a haze of reading slumpiness and general life unrest (for lack of a better term). I’ve been starting and not finishing books like its my job. I’ve also been knitting more than usual and spending far too many of my waking hours watching youtube videos. That said, my wrap-up is a little lackluster, but I’m going to do one anyways.

Books Read in July:

  1. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  2. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

A whopping two books. Not my best month, but hardly my worst month either. Both books were quite good, so at least quality wasn’t a problem. I also started reading Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig in July, but again… starting books and not finishing them.

In other bookish news, July bought with it new bookshelves! I’ve been wanting to replace this one shelf I’ve had for sometime now because I just didn’t love it for a bookshelf. I gave that shelf to my uncle and replaced it with four beautiful new shelves from IKEA. Eventually I’ll get some photos up of them. They really are quite purtay.

There was virtually no blog activity in July, which is what is is so I have nothing to share on that front. I do however have a bit to share on the watching front.

July in TV:

I started the month off watching more of The X-Files, however that didn’t last long. Here’s the thing, I’m struggling with the show because I don’t love certain developments, namely Doggett. I think my main issue with him, besides him being in Mulder’s place, is that every time I look at him I see him from his roles in Terminator and The Faculty. Basically, the great X-Files watch has come to a screeching halt for the time being.

I also watched a show called Star-Crossed, not realizing it was a CW show that didn’t make it past episode 13. I’m thinking about actually giving this show a post, because while it is obvious why the show was cancelled, it still had a lot of potential and there’s a part of me that loves it and wants to talk about it.

NCIS. Oh yes. So I went up to the Cape for vacation at the end of July and because me and the friend I went with are not beach people, we basically spent a week watching Netflix. Please and thank you. We watched the first 3 seasons of NCIS in full and started season 4. In a week. LOL. I’m now in season 6. I totally forgot just how much I love that show.

As far as July knits, I didn’t get a TON done, however I did finish my moms scarf which was one of my goals. I also got a huge chunk of my cardigan done while I was on vacation which makes me very happy.

July also brought me attending a show for the first time in… a very long time. I went down to Providence with my mom and a friend of ours who we took to see Amanda Palmer for her birthday. Some of you may know Amanda Palmer is married to Neil Gaiman. Who was there. And who did some readings. And SANG A SONG. Basically it was a ton of fun and I’m really glad I went. I haven’t had a chance to do something like that in forever. Stupid job and adulting.

Other happy news for me, I got one of my birthday presents a bit early this year. I’ve been whining about how slow my laptop was, it literally took forever for stuff to load on that thing. My mom, who is the best mom ever, got me a new computer for my birthday and didn’t even make me wait until my birthday! Oh, do I love it…

I’m not really sure what’s going to be going on in August. I feel like I want to read, but then I also feel like I want to watch youtube videos all day as well. It’s crazy and rather annoying. I made a list of all (I think!) of the books I’ve started and not finished in the last year or so and there are over 20 books on that list. It’s not even that they aren’t good books, I only called one a DNF, which was very, very overdue. I just have sucked at reading lately.

Anywhoodle, the whole reason I started talking about that is because I’m going to try to start finishing some of these books I’ve started recently. It’s past time.

The one for sure thing happening in August that has me dancing is BOUT OF BOOKS 14! I’m so pumped for this. I. can. not. wait.

I think it’s safe to say I’ve rambled on long enough for tonight, so I’m going to call it here.

Let me know if there are any good ‘get my ass out of a reading slump’ books out there, would ya? And, until next time, Happy Reading!

Let’s Talk Bout of Books 14!



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, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As some of you may know, Bout of Books 14 is fast approaching! I’m super psyched because during my last reading slump BoB was a savior for me. I’m very much looking forward to participating again. It is an absolute blast! Here’s to reading our bookworm hearts out!!!

If you’re curious about Bout of Books or want to participate, all of the info is HERE.

See you on Aug. 17 for some read-a-thonnin’.