Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

Well, my blogging has been off lately. Last week passed without me posting a thing because (1) I forgot to post this update and (2) I didn’t feel like blogging. I was hooked on the books I was reading, or speeding through them so I could return them to the library. I hate returning books unread.

Bout of Books is one of my favorite readathons and is usually the only one I participate in. For this one, I assigned myself four goals and 10 books, mostly comics, to accomplish in the week, May 8-14. But was I successful? We’ll see. Of my goals —

Read books checked out from the library, or at least start them.

Read comics.

Read everyday.

Read at home and before bed. No electronics.

I did all except one — no electronics before bed. I think I did that for one night, but there were a couple events on Sims Freeplay that I didn’t want to pass up sooo I had to play before bed. However, I was surprised that I read at home and got started on my library books.

As for the 10 books I listed to read, I only read two. HOWEVER, I did read three other books that were not on my list (which proves that I should stop making TBR lists). Here are what I read and my ratings, starting with the two books from my list:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I gave this 2.5 stars, rounded to 3 stars on Goodreads. It’s a YA fantasy novel about a girl who must save her sister from becoming the Goblin King’s queen. I liked the writing and the first half of the story. The second half had too much romance, which made me lose interest.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)

I gave this 3 stars. It’s a fantasy comic book about a six-year-old girl who’s stuck in Fairyland and has lived there for 30 years without physically aging. It was okay. I wasn’t as impressed as many others who’ve raved about it. I started this during the readathon, but didn’t remember to complete it until the readathon ended. I’m still counting it.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

I gave this 3.5 stars, lowered to 3 stars on Goodreads. This is Mastromonaco’s memoir about how she became deputy chief of staff at the White House during President Obama’s administration. It was a good read with great advice and I was hooked the entire time, but all the names and nicknames confused me.

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer

I gave this 3 stars. This is a reread by audio book, which I think is the best way to consume these books because otherwise Jordan’s prose becomes tedious and the dialogue repetitive and annoying. I started this during the readathon and just completed it, but I’m counting it anyway.

Of all these books, I own only one, I Hate Fairyland. The others are library books. I read a comic book and I read everyday and at home, so I’ll consider Bout of Books 19 a success!

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4 thoughts on “Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

  1. Wow. Jordan in audio format. How long are those book exactly? Gotta close in on 30 hours. Quite a commitment, I usually don’t do well with books that last longer than 15 or so.

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    • Pretty long. I forgot how many hours, but I didn’t even notice because I listened while at work or doing chores around the house. It did take a while to get through it though n I play it at regular speed.

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