[Bout of Books] Day Four Update & Day Five Challenge

Okay, I know it’s only been a little over 12 hours since my last update on this readathon, but I finally have time to write this during my usual preferred writing time. (Hooray for the boss being out!) As of now, the Bout of Bookers are five days into this week-long affair and it’s absolutely just blowing by quicker than I anticipated. I can’t believe it’s almost over!

As I say that, I come to realize that this has been one of the most successful Bouts that I’ve yet to participate in, at least when it comes to my goals. I made great headway on the book I was reading last night and hope to keep up the pace with the book I started this morning. Even though I took a Lyft to work yesterday, I still had enough time on the Metro leaving work — and later, leaving Barre class — to continue reading Now, Please. I wasn’t anticipating on finishing it until maybe today or tomorrow, but I knocked the rest of it out last night while I was doing a face mask! Fuck yeaaaaaaahhhhhh~ Because of that, I picked up another book today for a future Xpresso Book Tour, Rise of the Sea Witch. We’ll see how that one goes over the next few days!


Today’s blogger challenge is: Book Spine Rainbow

Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bookspinerainbow and #boutofbooks, or share your picture in the comments below!

Thanks to Liz Whitehouse for today’s challenge.

Again, since I’m working with ebooks for this particular Bout, I decided to keep along that theme and use not physical book spines, but screenshots of covers of a few books in my expansive ebook collection. While I didn’t have a cover for every color of the rainbow (fuckin’ indigo), I still think this is a beautiful array. Also, one of them is cheating due to iBooks hosting public domain books, but I’ll take it because I’m lazy. (Guess how many of these I’ve actually read. Hint: two.)

Red: Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen, Orange: Soulless – Jacinta MareeYellow: Firefly Hollow – T.L. Haddix, Green: Vindication on the Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft, Blue: Demon Princess – Kassandra Lynn, Violet: The Faerie Guardian – Rachel Morgan


Bout of Books Progress:

Day 1:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one started on: 0%
Day one ended on: 51%
Number of books completed: 0

Day 2:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one ended on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Number of books completed: 1

Day 3:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one ended on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Now, Please – Willow Summers
Day three started on: 0%
Day three ended on: 52%
Number of books completed: 1

Day 4:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one ended on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Now, Please – Willow Summers
Day three ended on: 52%
Day four ended on: 100%!
Number of books completed: 2


Are you participating in Bout of Books 19? How did you do on day four? Let’s chat in the comments!

[Bout of Books] Day Three Update & Day Four Challenge

Happiest of Thursdays to all who read this! Sorry for the lateness in posting this today; work was back to back with meetings and I just had a crummy day overall. Regardless, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m participating in Bout of Books 19 this week! The past few days have been so refreshing to me since it’s been a long, long time since I’ve deliberately carved out time beyond commuting to read. I hope everyone else is feeling the same way!

I seem to be impressing myself day over day with this particular project. As you might have seen, I’ve already finished one book and as of yesterday, I’m on track to finish a second tonight if I’m lucky. This second book is actually quite aggravating, but it’s so short that I might as well have it completed. Additionally, it’s the second in a series (the first of which I should have a review of up tomorrow or Saturday) that I received from Xpresso a million years ago, so here’s hoping.


Today’s blogger challenge is: Character Dating Profile

Create a dating profile for your favourite literary character. Where are they from? What are they looking for? What are their likes and dislikes?
Thanks to Liz Whitehouse for today’s challenge.
 
One of my favorite book characters of all time is, bar none, Remus Lupin, from the Harry Potter series. Yes, I know, he ends up marrying Tonks, having a baby, then dying soon after, but he was single for a long time before he hooked up with her! Just imagine this dating profile is in the personals of the Daily Prophet sometime before the First Wizarding War.
Single young wizard seeking witch that doesn’t like to dance by the moonlight. Must be able to keep secrets, be an excellent caregiver, and like dogs. Lovers of chocolate are always welcome. Headstrong, brave witches are preferred, but let me make a patronus or two every once in a while. Gryffindor houses more than just lions, you know.

Bout of Books Progress:

Day 1:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one started on: 0%
Day one ended on: 51%
Number of books completed: 0

Day 2:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day two started on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Number of books completed: 1

Day 3:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one started on: 0%
Day two started on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Now, Please – Willow Summers
Day three started on: 0%
Day three ended on: 52%
Number of books completed: 1


Are you participating in Bout of Books 19? How did you do on day three? Let’s chat in the comments!

[Bout of Books] Day Two Update & Day Three Challenge

Good morning readers — whether or not you’re participating in Bout of Books! I hope everyone made great progress on their reading goals over the last 24 hours. I know I have! (And it’s pretty great progress for me, for sure.)

Yesterday, I didn’t allow myself time in the morning and afternoon to read during the commute. I ended up taking Lyft to and from work yesterday due to some working from home pieces I had to get done that left me with time constraints. However, as soon as I got home from work, I had a singular goal in mind: finish Internet Famous. It was a daunting task, especially given that I had less time to read than I intended, but I sat down and buckled up for the ride. And yes, I achieved the goal. (:


Today’s blogger challenge is: Share Your Shelfie

Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

Admittedly, I forgot to take a shelfie before I left for work this morning (because I wake up at the crack of dawn and leave as the sun’s rising — literally). However, I thought a fun twist on this theme would be to share the shelfies of my ebook collection, especially since I’m focusing solely on ebooks for this Bout of Books! Behold: my iBooks shelfie! I’ve got a ton that I haven’t even touched that I accumulated while I was on hiatus last year. No wonder why my phone continually has no space, haha.


Bout of Books Progress:

Day 1:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one started on: 0%
Day one ended on: 51%
Number of books completed: 0

Day 2:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day two started on: 51%
Day two ended on: 100%!
Number of books completed: 1


Are you participating in Bout of Books 19? How did you do on day two? Let’s chat in the comments!

[Bout of Books 19] Day One Updates & Day Two Challenge

Greetings everyone! Happy day two to all of the Bout of Books participants reading this post! We’re officially 1/7th of the way through this particular readathon. If this is your first time getting in on the action, I hope it’s all going swimmingly and that you’re enjoying your time!

Yesterday, my reading was off to an amazing start! While, yes, I did have to work yesterday during my usual hours (yay 7:30 am – 4:00 pm), I did make sure to give myself some extra reading time when I got home from work instead of wasting my time scrolling through Facebook like I usually do. It paid off in droves! Additionally, I participated in last night’s Kick-Off Twitter chat with the rest of the Bout of Bookers, and it’s always exciting to mingle among the new and returning faces. (Twitter accounts, whatever.)


Today’s blogger challenge is Not a Font:

Share a book cover where illustrations are part of the typography of the title. Check out these examples: The Water Knife | Mamita
Looking at the book cover, you know the letters cannot be recreated by simply downloading a font.
Thank you to J. Lenni Dorner for providing today’s challenge idea.
To fulfill this challenge, I’ll be featuring the cover of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This cover definitely does not look like something rendered by mere typed text. Each letter appears hand-written and has its own shape to match the flow of the surrounding typography. Even repeating letters (like the RR in Carry) have their own style and shape. It’s truly a e s t h e t i c.
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 Bout of Books Progress:

Day 1:
Internet Famous – Danika Stone
Day one started on: 0%
Day one ended on: 51%


Are you participating in Bout of Books 19? How did you do on day one? Let’s chat in the comments!

[Bout of Books 19] TBR List

Good morning, everyone, and happy Bout of Books week to all that are participating!

I’m so thrilled to be able to hop back into the saddle with this readathon. While I usually have about an hour and a half a day of reading time in the morning and evenings during my commute to and from work, I really make sure to double down on the reading when I get home from work, too.

Because I tend to over-shoot my abilities for these readathons, my goal isn’t to hit a certain number of pages or percentage points read. I really just want to read as much as I possibly can accomplish. If I can finish even just one book this week, I’ll be completely jazzed, especially since I have a lot on my plate this month already with upcoming blog tours.

Before I get into the books I’ve selected for this Bout of Books, here’s my entry in today’s Daily Challenge:

Introduce Yourself #insixwords:

Feminist DC resident, loving YA novels

Without further ado, here are the three books from which I’ll be reading this week:

  • Internet Famous – Danika Stone
  • Now, Please – Willow Summers
  • Rise of the Sea Witch – Stacey Rourke

Are you participating in Bout of Books 19? What’s on your TBR list this week? Let’s chat in the comments!

April Bookish Month In Review & May Goals

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my Mexican and Mexican-American followers/friends out there! And a hearty happy May fifth to everyone else! April was quite a busy month for me between celebrating my anniversary with my partner, celebrating my best friend’s wedding, and putting my nose to the grindstone at work. However, despite the antics I got up to in my personal life, I still found time to finish six books in the month of April! Granted, that number does also include graphic novels, but it still takes a little bit to sit down and complete some of those.

In May, I have a lot of big things planned. I’m part of two blog tours with Xpresso Book Tours, so reviews for those books should be going up soon. I’ve also got a ton of travel this month as I head to Chicago for the first time! There’s going to be plenty of reading opportunities there while I’m in the air on the 15th and 19th. Finally, if you didn’t see last week, I’m going to be participating in Bout of Books next week, so there will be new content from me every day next week as I track my reading progress there! May’s going to be a great month, and I can’t wait to see how everyone does!

Books Completed:

  • Sunstone – Stjepan Šejić
  • Arclight – Brandon Graham
  • A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • Groupie – C.M. Stunich
  • Yes, Please – Willow Summers

Currently Reading:

  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women – Kate Moore

To Be Read:

  • Now, Please – Willow Summers
  • Rise of the Sea Witch – Stacey Rourke
  • Internet Famous – Danika Stone
  • Anything else I can do!

Reviews Written:

Reviews to Write:

  • Yes, Please – Willow Summers
  • Groupie – C.M. Stunich
  • The Truth About Happily Ever After – Karole Cozzo
  • Sunstone – Stjepan Šejić

[Book Blitz] Empty Threat – Danny Bell

Empty Threat
Danny Bell
(The Black Pages, #1)
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Book one of The Black Pages

Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.

All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don’t want the stories to change, and they’ll do everything they can to stop her.

If you had the power to change fate… to create a happy ending where there wasn’t one before… would you do it if it meant risking your own?

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EXCERPT:

My fears, by comparison, had always been irrational. The fear that someone will think my nose is weird. The fear that I’d hid in the bathroom too long or too many times and everyone at the party will notice. The fear that even my closest friends would one day leave or decide I wasn’t cool enough anymore. The fear that a group of strangers won’t like me, but then will only pretend to be nice to me, and I’ll never know it. They’d say something awful behind my back, and one of them would tell a lie about me, which would make someone else believe that lie, so they’d repeat it. Then two people would tell the same story, and the third and fourth people would also repeat it and then it would become something different, and soon entire groups of people I’d never met would be poisoned against me before we ever even had the chance to meet, before anyone knew I wasn’t some huge jerk, and—

My heart was pounding just thinking about that scenario. My breaths were hard and shallow, my fingers hurt from where I’d been clutching the steering wheel. At least I’d stopped crying.

My point is, that for as terrifying as my fears were to me, I’d always found a way to get past them and function. Even when I was so afraid that I almost couldn’t move, I could fake bravado. In a bit of irony, the fear of being seen as afraid made me move on as if I wasn’t. To do otherwise would mean to just stop, and I’ve lived that life before. Sometimes days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months at a time… and you don’t get that time back. So ultimately, you were afraid for nothing. If I could impart a piece of advice onto the world, it is that more than the crowds, more than fake smiles and unheard whispers, even more than our own base, loathsome selves, what we should really fear is stasis. Life will always move forward, whether we move forward or not. Even stumbling and flailing about, unable to find your balance and rolling down a hill head over heels is still moving forward. It might not be graceful, but at least you’re not stuck with whatever you were trying to move past.

 

Author Bio:

My name is Danny Bell. I want to tell stories and avoid writing author profiles. I read—when I should be interacting with people, I named my cat after a cat I liked in a book, I’m pretty sure I saw a ghost one time—though I’ll never admit it publicly, I’m too tall for the earth, and I’ve never eaten a vegetable. I lied about the vegetable part. Wait… is someone going to read this?

 

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[Cover Reveal] Anything But Real – Alex West

Anything But Real
Alex West
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Benjamin Walters and Reid Adams are good at walking away. Good at hiding the truth. So when Ben and Reid find each other again after years apart, they’re surprised when the last thing they want to say is goodbye. And when Ben’s sister gets engaged, asking Reid to be his wedding date feels like the right thing to do. In fact, everything about being with Reid feels right.

But when an unexpected announcement turns them from second chance boyfriends to fake fiancés, their relationship ignites in lies. Soon, both Ben and Reid are faced with the ultimate decision, one that will define their lives forever. Is their accidental engagement worth losing a future together? Because even though a wedding may be easy to fake, Ben and Reid are beginning to realize their hearts don’t lie as easily.

Anything But Real is an unforgettable standalone romance from debut author Alex West that will make you believe in second chances and happily ever afters all over again.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble

On pre-order for 99¢ until release day only!

 

Author Bio:

ALEX WEST first fell in love with a boy in the sixth grade, one who was reading a book instead of playing tag. The romance lasted a deep and meaningful three hours before said boy refused to lend his book away. Since, there have been several boys, some even lasting more than a few hours, and lots of books to fill the spaces between those frenzied love stories. Many years later, Alex is happily living with a very kind man in a cozy house filled with too many books to count and endless stories to tell.

Alex West is the author of WATCH ME, book one in the Hart Boys series, and the standalone gay romantic comedy, ANYTHING BUT REAL.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

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[Book Blitz] Feel Me Fall – James Morris

Feel Me Fall
James Morris
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Secrets and survival in the Amazon

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.

Goodreads / Amazon

EXCERPT:

I have tried so hard to forget, but memory is a stubborn thing. Memories linger no matter what I do. They’re there all the time—and worse. Even my dreams aren’t safe. I have vicious nightmares, and they’re real—too real—and suddenly I’m back there. I can’t will them away, I can’t squeeze them away, and the more I try, the more they burrow in my head. I want to cut open my skull and dig my fingers into my brain and just pull them out.

I press the Call Nurse button.

This place, this room; it’s no better than a white coffin. Sometimes I feel like the walls are closing in on me and I have to remind myself nothing’s moving. Nothing at all.

Breathe, I tell myself. Just breathe.

A nurse enters. She’s got skin the color of rich walnut. She says, “It’s late, you should be asleep.”

“I can’t.” She tilts her head, knowing it’s a lie. The truth is I don’t want to. “Can I have some coffee?”

“You’ve got to sleep sometime, honey.” She walks over and gently grasps my bandaged hand. “Do you want me to stay with you a while?”

Usually my mom is with me, but she must’ve had to run home. Reduced to a little girl, I nod.

I close my eyes, but my mind runs and runs. Tubes and fluids enter my body, but there’s nothing to stop the anxiety. My heart pounds and sometimes I fear I’m on the cusp of crossing into whatever lies on the other side of sane. Being in the hospital makes it harder. The white walls and sick people only remind me that I am so far from normal. My mom’s apartment in Los Angeles is less than five miles away, but it might as well be a million.

The nurse, staff, doctors, everyone; they all know me for one thing. The thing that will define me for the rest of my life. I am a survivor. The only survivor of Air Brazil, the plane that crashed in the Amazon jungle carrying 134 passengers; 37 of them students, teachers, and chaperones from Riverdale Academy High. I used to hear about plane crashes and wondered how the victims felt in the seconds before impact, wondered what it was like to know you were about to die.

Now I know. And I’d give anything not to.

I knew those people from school. Every. Single. One.

They aren’t faceless names. They are people and they are dead.

The counselor didn’t help, either. She told me not to feel guilty. Survivor’s guilt, she called it. She warned I could expect to be angry and sad. I could expect to be confused. I wanted to tell her I was angry and sad and confused long before I got onto that plane.

My counselor told me to write my story down. By writing I could make sense of all that happened. I keep thinking if I remember everything the way I need to that the memories will fade away. That I can accept what happened. I can accept that I survived and everyone else died.

The laptop on my nightstand is waiting for me. I’m scared to touch it.

 

Author Bio:

James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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[Teaser Tuesday] The Radium Girls – Kate Moore

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This Week:

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women — Kate Moore

“Yet despite the lily-white innocence of Grace Fryer, it didn’t mean that any dirt kicked up didn’t stick. There was that old rumor — not even a rumor, a cold hard fact in black and white — printed on Amelia Maggia’s death certificate.”


Does the teaser pull you in? What’s your book teaser for the week? Let’s chat in the comments below!