Bout of Books 11+Progress

Bout of Books

OMG Booklovers!
It’s almost time to get our readathon on again! I didn’t do very well in my first #booktubeathon this month so I really wanna give my all for Bout of Books.

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 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It sounds awesome right? So if ya wanna join, Go sign up RIGHT NOW! no pressure…

1 August – Evening Update

I’ve signed up & visited 5 blogs who had signed up just before me. Already giving people motivation & just being social. It’s not all about the reading…


  1. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) read 13 Aug
  2. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)
  3. Pivot Point
  4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  5. The DUFF
  6. Harrow by Amanda Troyer


  • I want to read 5 books. I will aim for 2 books in the weekend so that leaves me with 3 books throughout the week. That’s gotta be achievable?
  • I want to spend at least 30 mins everyday on twitter & catching up with #boutofbooks
  • I want to complete all of the reading challenges.
  • I’ve gotta try & convince the hubby to cook every day this week 🙂
  • I hope to get 8 hours of sleep each day… depends on the book! You know what I mean! When its good, I won’t put it down.
  • To post my daily progress here too.

I might even do a Booktube video… who knows? This is gonna be so fun! WISH ME LUCK!

Progress Updates

Monday – Day 1
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Number of pages: 74
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)

Tuesday – Day 2
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Number of pages: 50-ish
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)
Challenges: OTP by Infinite Ink

Wednesday – Day 3
Got too busy with work…

Thursday – Day 4
Read a few pages…

Friday – Day 5
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Total number of pages: 503
Books: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)

Saturday – Day 6
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read:
Number of pages: 208
Books: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel
Challenges: Spell it out by Kimberley Fay Reads

I used books that I have read this year. You can see my Goodreads Challenge here
Looking for Alaska
Blood Promise
Roar and Liv

Sunday – Day 7
Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 5
Number of pages: I have no idea…
Books: The Duff by Kody Keplinger, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling and a little bit of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen To Paper is a book blog hop where we post about one book that is on our wishlist that we can’t wait to get on our bookshelf!

I wanted a book meme that lets me share a ‘Just Released’ or ‘Upcoming New Release’ that I really want. There is nothing more exciting for a book blogger than a new book!

Without further ado, I dedicate my very first Wishlist Wednesday to…

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Pre order Now!

Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, New Adult
Atria Books
Release Date:
 5th Aug 2014

Length: 336 pages (pbk)

I’ve already spotted an alternative cover on the UK edition. I don’t really know how the underwater air bubbles fit into a story line about being in love with a pilot, but I can’t wait to uncover its meaning!

» Book Blurb

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

» Why is it on my Wishlist?

Because everything Colleen Hoover is FANTASTIC!

I have read both the Hopeless and Slammed series. Both are epic romances. Dean & Skye from Hopeless have a love story like no other and I’ve heard of poetry nights but never read anything like Slammed. I would love to see Slammed poetry performed live. It sounds so personal and moving, like each performer are giving a piece of themselves to the crowd.

Maybe, Someday is another great love story. It’s a new experience, listening to the lyrics as they are written, while you read them. Especially when the story gets emotional. This isn’t a playlist the author listened to while writing the book. Colleen Hoover collaborated with an artist to write the lyrics and put music to her characters. It really brings them alive. I felt like I could understand what the characters were going through that little bit more.

I’m sure Ugly Love will be the same.

» Recommend to:

It’s hard to say who I would recommend this book to as I haven’t read it myself, but I would imagine if you love a good love story, that Colleen Hoover books are an excellent choice.

Have you got it Ugly Love on preorder or were you lucky enough to receive an ARC? I can’t wait to read this. Colleen Hoover hasn’t let me down yet!

Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section!

» Wanna join Wishlist Wednesday? Click the image below for instructions.

Swoon Worthy Saturday #3

SWSSaturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday, hosted by staybookish, is a weekly meme where we present a fictional character who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy!

There is no shortage of fictional heartthrobs. This week’s #SWS, in light of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released yesterday, goes to:

~ Mr. Christian Grey ~

» The Gist
Before I mention physical characteristics, this man has achieved great things at such a young age of 27. He is first introduced to us readers as the CEO of Grey Enterprises, and a major benefactor to the university that Anastasia Steele attends. To put it lightly ‘he’s rolling in it,’.

“I employ over forty thousand people, Miss Steele. That gives me a certain sense of responsibility – power, if you will. If I were to decide I was no longer interested in the telecommunications business and sell up, twenty thousand people would struggle to make their mortgage payments after a month or so.”

This sounds so arrogant out of context but Christian has built his organisation ground up & this highlights the responsibilities on his shoulders and he is very aware that his decisions have a huge impact.

Let’s get to what you wanna know. When Ana first meets Christian, he is wearing an impeccable gray suit. Just imagine a crisp white shirt that looks like it’s never been worn before and an expensive black tie in the perfect knot. Christian is tall. If you were barefoot, the kind of height you’d have to tippy-toe to kiss.The author wrote Christian with unruly dark copper hair but I can’t picture that. I see perfection. Don’t forget the blazing bright gray eyes that will make your panties drop! Doesn’t he suit his name?

» Swoon Worthy Moments
FSOG is written from Ana’s perspective so everything we read about Christian is from her eyes, so of course we all fall in love with him. Before we get too far into the book, Ana is almost side-swiped by a cyclist. This is one of the “sweeter” moments:

Are you okay?” he whispers. He has one arm around me, clasping me to him, while the fingers of his other hand softly trace my face, gently probing, examining me. His thumb brushes my lower lip, and I hear his breath hitch. He’s staring into my eyes, and I hold his anxious, burning gaze for a moment or maybe it’s forever… but eventually, my attention is drawn to his beautiful mouth. Oh my.

Christian is like a thesaurus and says things like ‘pressing his suit’. I mean I understand what he meant by it because Jose was making his unwanted moves on Ana but who actually says that?

Oh and don’t forgot his sweet departing words, you’ll wish your man says it:

“Laters, baby.”

Once we get past the pleasantries in the first few chapters, Ana’s inner monologue is screaming for more & there is a lot of R-rated dirty talk!

“He grabs me suddenly and yanks me up against him, one hand at my back holding me to him and the other fisting in my hair.
“You’re one challenging woman,” He kisses me, forcing my lips apart with his tongue, taking no prisoners.

There is sooooo much more where that came from!

» Dreamcast
I know that Jamie Dornan has already been cast for the movies, but I think his face is too soft. Check out the trailer below. You’ll understand if you’ve read the books. It’s just not what you picture in a dominating man. They need to lighten his hair a little too. It looked more unruly in Once Upon A Time. They haven’t quite matched him with this earlier photoshoot either. He looks convincing in this image:

But I want the strong jaw line of Superman & the body of a God. I still go with my original casting, Matt Bomer. Cam Gigandet could’ve pulled it off. He definitely does in Burlesque! I heard Ian Somerhalder & Alexander Skarsgård’s names were thrown around by fans. I can understand A-listers might’ve been hesitant to take on such a role, but it could’ve been worth the risk!

So tell me, who gets your knickers in a twist? I mean, who would you like to see play the role of Christian Grey? Boyfriends & Husbands not included. You can tell me. We’ll keep it between friends.

Blogwarming Winner Announcement!

It’s been a busy few weeks since launching sharlenesays & I’m doing my best to line up posts & be as prepared as I can. I got a little distracted this week with Booktube & it’s readathon, Booktubeathon. But I am back on track.

I wanted to end the first month with a bang so I hosted a giveaway. Entrants had to either follow me on twitter, tweet aboutethe giveaway or leave a comment on the giveaway post and I am happy to announce…

~ Alysia Allen ~

who has won an audiobook of her choice from
Alysia, I have sent you an email. Please let me know what book you would like.

I know July hasn’t ended so expect another post this week. Make sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss out on the flash giveaways!

I am so excited. My own blog brings new opportunities, so expect more soon.

final love sharlene

Review: Ink by Amanda Sun & GIVEAWAY

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)Title: Ink by Amanda Sun
Series: Paper Gods #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Japanese Fiction
Harlequin Teen
Release Date:
Length: 369 pages (paperback)

» Book blurb
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. When Katie meets aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team, she is intrigued by him… and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they’re near eachother, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life. Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami – powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan – and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions… and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.

» First sentence
I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realized I was still wearing my school slippers.

I had to comment on this. It sounds so random but we are introduced to Katie’s new life in one sentence. She brings in learning a new culture from this get go.

» Summary
The story is narrated by Katie, the main character, in the first person. The book is set in Shizuoka, Japan. There seems to be quite a lot of detail in the setting, from the school, gardens, shops, local transport. Of course, these might be fiction (I’ve never been to Japan) but it’s written really well.

Japanese culture was a main feature in the book as Katie learns new customs and the language, we learn with her. I took Japanese for a couple of years at high-school so I recognised the phrases and it made me appreciate how the author has included some simple words, like:

Go and come back safely.”

The use of Japanese mythology in young adult fiction isn’t something I have read before. It’s really interesting to learn a new culture and it’s stories. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the story progresses in the next instalment, Rain.

I don’t know much about the author. I believe this is her only series. I would compare this to the likes of Percy Jackson, just because it’s YA mythology. That’s probably where comparisons end. I haven’t read anything like this before.

I really loved this book. She makes a couple of friends at her new school & once a boy comes on the scene, she puts all her attention into it. People might tell you that isn’t the case, but really it is. She lies to her Aunt that it’s a different boy, one that she might approve of. The story seems realistic.

I would guess that the locale is pretty correct too. Lots of people, Sakura not lasting long, the transport, even the not so good side of town. Every city has one of those suburbs don’t they?

There is an emotional side of the book too. Katie feels a connection through the loss of parents and she gets the best advice from the least expected place, when she really needs it. This was one of my favourite moments.

“They tell you you’ll forget how it used to be. You’ll get used to it, that it’s better to move on. They don’t realize you can’t. You’re not the same person anymore.”

Secondary characters really play a big part in giving you information. Like her BFF’s brother who works at a monastery, and Jun, the Kendo champ. All the characters have a role to play. No-one is unnecessary, right down to the pregnant girl drawn on the page.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book. Ink was really easy to read, even with the use of Japanese, it’s simple to understand and the culture shines through. I have a secret Japan crush. I wanna go there one day.

I would encourage people who want to try a different mythology to read this book. Also people who have lived in their own country who have a secret passion for travel, read this. I do think this is best suited for young adults, or early teens. Older readers might not enjoy or appreciate the high-school crush story as much.

» My rating

5 Leaf
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