Monday, May 18, 2015

Bout of Books 13 Wrap-Up

The Bout of Books 13 Read-a-thon is over! It finished yesterday but I finished up today. Since today is a holiday and technically still the weekend, I'm counting it as part of the week-long read-a-thon.
There aren't strict rules to Bout of Books so I can bend the time frame however I want to meet my own goals, right?

My goal for the week was to finish a physical book, an audio book, and an e-book, and I did it!

The physical book I read was A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I read this one a little bit each night and finished it on Thursday. I enjoyed the book, but I'm not sure it was a great choice for a read-a-thon. The chapters are essays that are pretty stand-alone so it's not the type of book that you feel you have to keep reading to find out what will happen. It was cool reading it after having visited Paris because I could picture the setting accurately. 

For my audio book I listened to The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I listened to this one each day on my commute to and from work, then finished it on Sunday. It was a long audio book but enjoyable. 

The e-book I read was The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I read her other book, I'll Give You the Sun on my kobo a while ago and really enjoyed it. I started this one on Friday and finished it today. (I didn't read at all on Saturday, though.) It was a beautiful story with really unique, human characters. I have really enjoyed her writing and can't wait to see what she does next.

Overall I think I did pretty well at the read-a-thon. I read more than I usually do in a week, and it was a busy week at work and a busy weekend, as well, so I was happy I made more time to read. I enjoyed all three of these books and I had a lot of fun participating in the daily challenges that went along with Bout of Books.

The next one is in August, and I will probably participate because I had a great time.

Check out my challenges from the week:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bout of Books: Cover Color Challenge

Today's challenge for Bout of Books is to find four books that have the same or similar colors on the cover. I had fun with this one. I made 2 - one baby blue and one lime green. 

Clockwise from top right: Falling Man by Don DeLillo, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Clockwise from top right: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

See my other Bout of Books challenges here:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bout of Books: Book Haiku & Modern to Classic

I am having a lot of fun participating in Bout of Books this week!
I did not do the challenge on Tuesday, but yesterday's challenge was to write a haiku about one of the books you're reading for the read-a-thon. I submitted my haiku as a comment on the post, but wanted to share it here, as well.
I am 7 hours into the audio book of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith and that's the book  I wrote my haiku about.

Missing person case.
Detective Strike strikes again.
Where is Mr Quine?

Today's challenge is to choose a book published in or after 2005 and give two reasons why you think it will be a classic in 100 years.

I think The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (pub. 2008) will be considered a classic in 100 years.

My reasons are:
1. The book is set in the future.
People love to read old books that are set in the future to see how well the book predicted the future and how society has changed, what's alike and different, etc. 1984 and Brave New World are considered classics 70-80 years after their initial publication. The Hunger Games series re-launched the dystopian future genre.

2. The book is about young people.
Books that are considered classics are often taught in schools and teachers usually try to choose books they think students will relate to. Many classics have characters who are children or teenagers: Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye. 

People's responses to this challenge are really interesting, so I recommend you check out the comments on the post here. 

I am going to finish my physical book tonight and maybe start my ebook!
I decided to read A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I bought it in Paris in July 2013 and have never read it. I am really enjoying it. I have about 80 pages left. So I'm off to do that!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bout of Books: Bookish Survey

Today is the first day of Bout of Books! The challenge today is hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale and it's a bookish survey. One winner gets a free book of their choice from The Book Depository, an awesome online book store that I love. Below are my answers to the 5 survey questions.

1. How do you organize your shelves? 
By genre, then alphabetically by last name of author (or subject in the case of bio)

2. What is one of your favorite books that’s not in one of your favorite genres? 
Unbearable Lightness
 by Portia de Rossi isn't the kind of book I would typically pick up, and I read it a few years ago before I got more into biographies so it was something different for me. I bought it before I had my e-reader, when I was on a trip and had read everything I'd brought and I just loved it.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read? 
The last book I rated 5 stars on goodreads was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
I started the audiobook of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith this morning and I'm excited about that because I finished The Cuckoo's Calling yesterday and really enjoyed it. 

5. What book do you recommend the most?
This is hard because I used to work at a bookstore and make recommendations daily, and I've recommended a lot of books to students over the years. I tend to make recommendations based more on the person's personal taste or what they are looking for but I think I've recommended Paper Towns by John Green a lot, to students especially, so I'll go with that.

Check out some of my past book recommendation posts here and here. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I'm Participating in Bout of Books 13!

I am going to participate in my very first read-a-thon next week. In their own words:

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Bout of Books

Basically, the point is just to make an effort to read more during that week. It's not necessary to set goals to participate in the read-a-thon but I want to. I want to finish an audio book, an e-book, and a physical book.

I am currently listening to The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith on audio book during my commute. I want to finish this one and start The Silkworm, the next in the series. 

I also want to read The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, but might have to wait on that one. I have an e-book copy on hold from the library so if it becomes available by next week I'll read that one.

and I want to read a physical book but I'm not sure which one right now. I have been reading through a lot of the books I own that I hadn't read, and there's nothing I'm too excited about left in my "to be read" pile so I don't want to commit to anything just yet, I'll wait and see what I'm feeling like next week. Lately I've been very into mysteries and graphic novels so I might try to pick up something in that vein this weekend.

There are some challenges next week that go with the read-a-thon so I might participate in some of those, and I'll definitely post an update next week and once the challenge is over.

If you are interested in participating with me, check out the post to sign up here.