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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 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Yey it’s finally here :D *hops around excitedly* All right, so my reading list is changing a bit since I decided to join in the Clean Sweep challenge and therefore want to read all review copies! I also was very lucky and a certain awesome friend of mine gave me a lot of ARCs (old and newer) that she didn’t want to hold on to. I therefore have lots of ARCs to read, yey! I’m also lucky enough to be able to take a couple days off this week and go to my mom’s graduation which is a 12-hour drive away. My boyfriend prefers to drive and I prefer to read, so that’s 24+ hours of reading right there :D.

Note: I didn’t wisely plan lots of posts ahead of time and so I will not be posting anything besides Bout of Books things this week until Friday (when you can check out my review of Through the Ever Night :D). However, I will be updating this posts every day and entering in the challenges, yey! 

There are some books that I accepted for review many many months ago that still need to get some love. Those will be first, though I’m not promising that I’ll read in any order, haha:

  • The Breeders
  • The Order of Dimensions
  • Tavern on the Edge of Time
  • Carlousia

And then I have a couple of NetGalley books that I need to read so NetGalley doesn’t get mad at me:

  • Gameboard of the Gods Finished 5/13/13 (4 Stars!)
  • Some Quiet Place
  • Through the Door
  • Playing Tyler
  • Mist

Then a couple of the old/new ARCs that I just really want to read and they totally count right?

  • Siege and Storm (omg, so excited) Amazing – 5 stars
  • Colossus Rises
  • Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom
  • Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
  • The Wells Bequest
  • Winterling
  • Summerkin
  • Spellbinding
  • Different Girl
  • Rush

Finally, I have one short book that I borrowed from a friend and so will throw in if I’m craving it ;-)

  • Searching for Dragons

Still a very long list, but I’m not actually expecting to get all of them read, I just like lists, haha.


I’ll cross books off up above when I finish them, but here is where I’ll also put everything for each day.

Monday 5/13
Number of books I’ve read today: 3 (finished Legion on audio and Gameboard of the Gods eARC; started Siege and Storm)
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Goal: Finish Gameboard of the Gods (4 hours left according to my Kindle!) -> Completed!

Tuesday 5/14
Number of books I’ve read from today: 2 (made progress on Siege and Storm and started Through the Door)
Total number of books I’ve finished: 2
Goal: Significant progress in Siege and Storm and start Through the Door (to keep my friend’s copy of Siege and Storm nice and safe when I’m running errands and want to read!) -> on page 159 of Siege and Storm and 10% through Through the Door (it’s on Kindle), yey!

I also visited some blogs today which was fun, but I want to try to make a Twitter chat still and find some new sci-fi/fantasy blogs!

Wednesday 5/15
Number of books I’ve read today: 2 (finished Siege and Storm, 47% through Through the Door)
Total number of books I’ve finished: 3
Goal: I’ll be driving for 9 hours today so I want to finish Siege and Storm and Through the Door; I’ll start Winterling if I have time! I’m also going to try to make the Twitter chat while riding in the car if it works out with my iPhone Twitter app -> I finished Siege and Storm but it took longer than expected, so I didn’t make as much progress on Through the Door (really liking it though)

Thursday 5/16
Number of books I’ve read today: 1 (90% through Through the Door, didn’t have enough time to finish it D:)
Total number of books I’ve finished: 3
Goal: Finish Through the Door on the three hour drive to my hometown (my Kindle says it should be less than that, yey!); Start Winterling on the three hour drive to my boyfriend’s hometown (no Twitter chats are going to work while I’m on the road it seems D:) -> didn’t quite make it since I napped during the road trip today! I’ll finish tomorrow and start Winterling, yey!

Friday 5/17
Number of books I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:
Goal: Finish Through the Door for real (90% through!) and finish my Wheel of Time read-a-long reading! Maybe start Winterling if I have time ;-)

Saturday 5/18
Number of books I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:

Sunday 5/19
Number of books I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:

Are you participating? What are your goals? :D

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A


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  1. I ended up putting my blog updates on hold for Bout of Books too. I figured I’d end up having so many reviews to write anyway. ^^;

    It looks like you’ve been making excellent progress. Good luck with your final day! I hope you meet all your goals. :D

  2. You’re making great progress. Love your book choices and I totally understand the list thing. I don’t necessarily like making them but for Bout-of-Books I like to have lots and lots of choices. Happy Reading! ;)

    • Yes, all the choices! I needed to make a list especially so I knew what to bring in the car ride, haha

  3. Anya, nice book list, love all the books in your list. I’ve also got Some Quiet Place in my list. Btw how do you get the hours from your Kindle? I’ve got a Nook and would love to know roughly how much longer it’ll take before the book is finished.

    My Bout of Books goals.

    • The Kindle software updated recently to track your reading speed and estimate how long it will take you to finish, isn’t that cool? I don’t know if Nook does something similar, but I’m sure it will soon ;-)

  4. You’re doing great so far :) I still haven’t finished anything. Keep up & happy reading!

    • I got lucky between having already gotten really far through one of them and then the other was a novella on audio ;-).

  5. Ooo, it looks like you’re doing a great job so far! I like to have a list of books to choose from too. I think my list has, like, 16 books.

    • Thanks :D Hehe, yeah, even though I know I’ll never get through them all, I like to have a plan and lots of backups, haha

  6. oh man, that’s an awesome pile of books! I definitely need to pick up the Hero’s Guide books because i’ve heard a lot of great things about them! best wishes on the read-a-thon!

  7. Good luck on all your goals! Here’s hoping you can appease the NetGalley gods, too! :p

    • Exactly! I hear that getting everything read and reviewed helps a lot ;-) and then I won’t feel guilty any more!

  8. Good luck on all your goals!!! I didn’t get as many books done today as I wanted. Of course now I am blog hopping instead of reading!!! lol… oh and I had to quite requesting from Netgalley because I just can’t get to the books!!

    My Bout of Book Goals

    • Hehe, I keep being conflicted between visiting blogs and reading more! I’m definitely going to have to take some time today to visit all the fun blogs participating :D

  9. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Wow, lots of books to pick from! I like lists too, but didn’t make any for Bout of I’m just going to mood read ;)

    Good luck!

    • Hehe, that totally works as well. I had to pick the books I was taking on my road trip mostly ;-)

  10. Good luck and you’ve got quite a diverse selection of books which should keep things interesting!

  11. Hannah @ Once Upon A Time says:

    Nice stash of books! Good luck with ALL OF THE CHALLENGES! :D

    • Hehe, I am so bad at challenges honestly, but I will definitely try this time around! Which are you doing??

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