Monthly Wrap Up & TBR | Apr-May 2016

Wrapup & TBR imageKia ora everyone. It is the 1st of May!

Honestly, the time is just flying this year. I feel like I haven’t accomplished much at all.

Luckily, I can’t say the same about the amount of books I’ve read. Pretty happy that I am keeping the book count up.

Bout of Books is happening this month, 9-15th. As of writing this, there were 145 people signed up. I will post my TBR for that next week. It’s a relaxed week long readathon. I highly recommend it!

I have 3 assignments due this month, 2 are due within the first week. Once I’ve knocked out those, I hope to get some serious reading in.

Books I read in April:

  1. Never, Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
  2. Too Late by Colleen Hoover (available for free on WattPad)
  3. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel, vol. 3
  4. The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell
  5. The Winter Train by Susanna Isern
  6. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel, vol. 4
  7. Rahui by Chris Szekely
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audiobook, narrated by Stephen Fry)

Books to be read in May:

  1. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. Nimona (graphic novel)
  6. Lumberjanes (graphic novel)

Currently reading:

  1. Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (audiobook)

Bout of Books 15.0 | Daily Updates

BOB 15 - Jan 2016

TBR

Finish books I’ve started: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (audio) & Playlist for the Dead

To Be Read: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

That’s all I’ve got so far!

Day One – Monday

My biggest excuse is I’m packing up my house. It’s taking longer than I expected. Needs to be sorted by the end of this week.

I finished the Harry audio & I read all of Hello, Goodbye &. Everything In Between!

Page count: 80 + 248

Day Two – Tuesday

I missed the Chat! I had put it in my calendar & didn’t even hear the alerts. Reading has been slow. I finished Playlist for the Dead. Not sure what I’m gonna read tomorrow.

Challenge: Would you rather?

Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers? Dog ears. This question makes me cringe!

Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice? Character, because authors are people and there is already potential to meet them. Characters are fictitious, so would be amazeballs to meet one. Don’t ask me who, I don’t know.

Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again? Hands down Bookstore. I love the library.

Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book? Death seems a little harsh… so I’m gonna say Break up. Could you imagine if Edward really broke up with Bella?

Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life? I’ve never read The Scarlet Letter. I really want to, it’s on my TBR. I’ve read Twilight, so I guess that will be my pick.

Page count: 90, brings total to 418.

Day Three – Wednesday

Nothing to report. I managed to pack a box today. So it wasn’t totally uneventful.

 

Day Four – Thursday

I started reading The Sister Pact, which was a little depressing. Allie feels like she has been left behind by her sister Leah, who had overdosed and died… Not sure if I like the story, but I’m willing to stick it out and see where the end takes me.

Page count: 20, brings total to 438.

 

Day Five – Friday

I started Hold Me Closer:The Tiny Cooper Story. I’m finding hard to get into because its a musical novel. I would prefer to listen to how Tiny wants the lyrics sung, rather than guessing how they’d sing them. Is this out on audio?

Page count: 28, brings total to 466.

Day Six – Saturday

I read Pale Kings & Princes from the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. Will it’s a short and ticks the READ box, I’m not sure if I can keep up with the story. There are sooo many spin-offs! The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, Bane Chronicles, Shadowhunter Academy and now The Dark Artifices… Maybe I can wait until all the books have been published before continuing.

Page count: 40, not very good… but brings the total to 506.

Day Seven – Sunday

I read an entire book today, but I feel it makes up for my lack of effort throughout the week.

I knew On The Fence would be good. I like Kasie west’s writing. It’s easy to follow. The story feels real. Like I can picture all of the events and characters. Although the very start, Charlie speeding, I don’t think matched the rest of her character.

Page count: 296, brings the total to 802. I’ve still got a couple hours left… so will see if I can get another few pages in before I succumb to sleep.

Bout of Books 15

BOB 15 - Jan 2016

It’s almost upon us! Our first readathon for the New Year: Bout of Books! I’ll be participating & have signed up to be a BOB Expert throughout the week. Check out my cool badge → in the sidebar . So go forth and sign up on the Bout of Books blog! You won’t regret it. If you’ve got any questions, ask or tweet me @sharlenesays.

Not heard of Bout of Books?

Bout of BooksThe 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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Well, what are ya waiting for? Sign up!

Bout of Books 14 TBR & Progress

#boutofbooks

MY GOALS

  • To read/listen to 3 whole books
  • To read at least 750 pages
  • To visit at least 2 blogs per day
  • To tweet someone new per day

BOOKS TO READ

UPDATES
Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Number of pages I’ve read today: 188
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: I had to finish The Selection before I could move on to my TBR. The final hour was by far the most interesting. I’m 188 pages into The Elite. It’s much faster paced but now there are less girls and the competition is becoming fierce!

Challenge: #FictionalWorldTravelChallenge

#fictionalworldtravelchallenge I live in NZ. I came up with 5. #boutofbooks

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I live in New Zealand and most books I read aren’t from here. I selected:
Fairest by Marissa Meyer – The Moom (how far away can you get?)
Un Lun Dun by China Miéville – alternate London
No Place Like Oz – Kansas & Alternate World Emerald City
Clockwork Angel – Old London
The Selection – Futuristic United States

Tuesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 4
Number of pages I’ve read today: 135+67+65+120 = 387
Books: The Selection series

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Number of pages I’ve read today: 188+164=352
Books: The Graveyard Book graphic novel adaptation, volumes 1 & 2

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Books: Rise by Amanda Sun

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 91
Books: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Saturday & Sunday
Number of books I’ve read today:
Number of pages I’ve read today: 161
Books: Yes Please by Amy Poehler (currently reading)

In Total:
Total number of books I’ve read: 8
Total number of pages I’ve read: 1249

I would probably say this has been my most successful #boutofbooks, in terms of books read. I know that they were mostly novella, but a book is a book! I didn’t manage to visit 2 blogs a day but I was on Twitter at least once a day and I even managed to complete a challenge and visit a couple of blogs. BOOM!

I’m ready to take on the next one. Make sure to write this in your diary!

4-10 January 2016

Bout of Books 14

Bout of Books

It’s almost that time. It comes but three times a year. Can you guess what it is? Of course you can because you’re smart & you’ve read the title of this post. That’s right! The #boutofbooks readathon is just around the corner. Go forth and sign up! I am.

Never heard of #boutofbooks? Here is the official blurb:

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 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Most of the action happens on Twitter, so sign up and make sure you follow @boutofbooks & me @sharlenesays

I’m bound to post a pic or two on Instagram so follow me there too. Happy reading!

final love sharlene