Bout of Books 17

boutofbooks-august-2016This is me officially signing up!

I always try my hardest to take part in two readathons, Bout of Books Readathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Because BOB spans a week, its super low pressure and this time, I am going to include all the books that I read with my nephew for his homework!

Like always, 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 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So make sure you go ahead and join us! I’ll be posting my TBR sometime soon, with my goals for the readathon week.

Ciao for now,
Shaz xo

Daily Progress | Bout of Books 16

Let’s do this!

Time Devoted to Reading

I haven’t finished both of the assignments due, so during the day, aside from work, that will be my focus. That leaves me an hour or two each night dedicated to reading & catching up on the Bout of Books challenges.

My Goals this week

  • Finish and post my review of The Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  • Read at least 500 pages
  • Finish 2 books

Here is my TBR pic


I’m starting with Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. I’ve read a few of the novellas but I really wanna get to the end of the Lunar Chronicles series.

Monday (posted on Tues)

Number of books I’ve read: 0
Total Pages Read: 212
Total Time Read: about 4 hours
Title of Books Read: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes
Daily Challenge: Introduce myself #insixwords


Number of books I’ve read: 1
Total Pages Read: 258
Total Time Read: about 5 hours
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1
Currently Reading: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, Soundless by Richelle MeadMy loaned copy of Stars Above expired! so I’m back on the waiting list.
Daily Challenge: #shelfie4boutofbooks

Wednesday (POSTED ON thurs)

Number of books I’ve read: 2
Total Pages Read: 293
Total Time Read: I’ve lost track!
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1
Currently Reading: Soundless by Richelle Mead


Number of books I’ve read: 3
Total Pages Read: 560
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1Soundless
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes vol. 2

Bout of Books Readathon | May 2016

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, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I really love Bout of Books readathon because it’s so relaxed. All you have to do is read. You pick the books and every page counts. Plus it’s week long, and low pressure.

I have no idea what I want to read, but I need to stop by the library and pick up a few graphic novels or short stories. Those are a great way to keep me motivated.

Also, follow the official hashtag #boutofbooks because so many people take part. You’re bound to find a new book to add to your TBR.

Sign up here, I really recommend it.

See you there!

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)

Progress | Dewey’s #Readathon | April 2016

Hour 24 | We are the Champions!

Can’t believe I made it til the very end. I gave up on reading & just cheered my little heart out. I made it to all the #TeamEmu members. Unfortunately couldn’t leave comments for everyone. Either on Tumblr, Private or non-participating were the main reasons you wouldn’t have heard from me.


  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It’s always around Hour 4. That’s like 4 am in New Zealand and I can never stay awake.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Graphic Novels, Short stories & Comic Books. Short or quick reads just to keep you really engaged.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Perhaps send a few cheerleaders to try reach those non-Twitter participants. I know there are so very few of us, but it felt we were leaving out so many people. I tried to make it through the list Andi gave a link for, and only made it like 25 people.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? In saying that above, I think the Teams worked well this year. #TeamEmu all the way!
  5. How many books did you read? I finished a book that I had already started prior, and started 2 books that I will continue to finish this week.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the car with my husband. It’s the most he’s been involved in my reading. Second most is The Revenants.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Order of the Phoenix. I had already read the good parts.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I say I should sign up just to be a cheerleader, but I love reading too much. Will see how my assignments are holding up in October before I make my decision 🙂 Thanks everyone!!!

Hour 23 | 2 Hours to go

Today has gone so fast. I wish I had been more prepared but I have been pre-occupied with work, study and family.

I have read another 26 pages of Revenant. It’s taking me forever to get through it. Currently on page 166 of 297. Not gonna finish it tonight. Might just spend the last 2 hours cheering. It seems to be where I have been most productive today.

All the best to everyone on the final legs of the #readathon. #TeamEmu has been AMAZING! Wrap up entry to come.

Hour 21 | The End is Near!

Spent about 10 minutes watching The Life of Pi. I’ve listened to the audiobook but I know the movie is amazing.

Spent 30 minutes cheering for #TeamRogue participants. It looks like a number of them aren’t participating or perhaps gave the wrong link. grrr. time wasters.

The last 15 minutes I’m gonna read!

Hour 20 | 4 Hours to go

Since the halfway mark, I’ve been on the road, late night shopping and getting dinner. On the road I did manage to download Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

Reading Progress: We listened to the first 3 chapters, approx. 10% on the book. I really liked the set up to this book. Listening to the prequel conversations with the Muggle Prime Minister and the Minister of Magic. Then the scene with Narcissa, Bellatrix & Severus Snape. Really sets up the scene to how severe the situation has been since the Minister announced the return of Lord Voldemort.

I also read 4 pages of Revenant before I hit the road. It was the saddest 4 pages. Betsy witnesses a suicide of one of the patients.

Gonna do some cheering for the rest of this hour & then get some more reading in. Ciao for now.

Hour 12 | Halfway!

My husband left for church through the last hour. I told him to pray for the #readathon 🙂

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Revenants: The Odyssey Home. There is an excerpt available online here via the author.
2. How many books have you read so far? Cheekily, I finished the last 6% audio of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Revenants. It’s just so mysterious.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I tried a pre-readathon this time and woke up just for the start. I felt a little groggy for the first hour and then got into it. I crashed again after 4 hours, but I only slept for 3 hours. That’s been my biggest interruption so far. But in an hour I will be on the road with my hubby. Gonna have to download an audiobook because I don’t wanna waste the few hours we will be travelling.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Just the sheer amount of people who are taking part! It’s amazing. Did we hit 2000? I hope so!!!

Hour 11 | #TeamRogue

I dedicated my 11th hour to #TeamRogue. There are like hundreds of readers who don’t have a Twitter account. I managed to hit 20 blogs, grams, tumblrs (wish I had a tumblr, because I couldn’t leave a note!)

Hour 10 | Don’t lose your mind

This hour, I discovered @BookyWookie, a #newbie to Dewey’s and on #TeamEmu. Deb hadn’t started reading because she was still waiting for the Start Time in her hometown. LUCKY! She had been reading anyway, so she will continue Harry Potter now 🙂 Love cheering for new ones. Go visit her.

Currently listening to the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I want to finish something soon for a boost and I think Revenants is too long. I might not even finish it for Dewey’s.

Hour 8 | After a nap

I managed to sleep for 3 hours. Woke up right in time for Hour 8 and I have been cheering ever since! #RahRahREADATHON!

Hour 5 | Time to read & do all the things

But not this girl, cause she is going to bed!

Reading Progress: I’m up to page 136. This vet upstairs is being more of a mystery. American who fought with Canada, morsing his story to Bartholomew and Betsy. What does this man have to do with Congressman Hanna? related perhaps? I don’t know! Will pick it up again when I wake.

HOUR 4 | Where are you now?

Another hour gone. It’s 3am and there IS NO COFFEE IN MY HOUSE!!! I’m fading fast and sleep has never looked so sweet.

Reading Progress: I read 12 pages in Hour 3. I made myself a cuppa, had a slice of feijoa cake and sent so many tweets.

I aim to visit everyone listed in #TeamEmu before the end of this Dewey’s. I CAN DO IT!

I submitted my postcard for the Taco Roadtrip Hourly Challenge before I could copy+paste it here. Durrr… sleep deprived an barely keepin my eyes open. One more hour! (and then maybe 4am is a good time for sleep…)

HOUR 3 | We’ve only just begun!

I absolutely LOVE that song!

I’m gonna try get a photo on Instagram before Hour 6 for this hourly mini challenge. Wish me luck. I’ve gotta go find some books.

Reading Progress: In the last hour, I managed to get in 26 pages. Not bad for 30 mins reading time. Currently on page 99 of Revenants: The Odyssey Home.

HOUR 2 | I’ll be out all day

The hourly Mini Challenge is to link 5 books with childhood memories.

This is gonna be a struggle for me as I did not grow up reading a lot of books. The library was my nemesis. I forever lost books and had library fees.

  1. I do remember The Babysitter’s Club. I think I forced my parents into buying me one of the books.
  2. Milly Molly Mandy is a book title I can remember from my childhood but I couldn’t tell you when I read it, nor why I have fond memories of the title?
  3. I don’t know what the titles were, but those short novels that let you pick the direction of the story at the bottom of every page. They were filled with so much action and some pages, the story would abruptly end, so I found myself sneaking back to the previous page and taking the second path.That’s all I can think of. It’s 15 mins in and I need to get in some reading for Hour 2. Will post my progress during the next hour. Happy reading!

    HOUR 1 | Doin’ a happy dance!

    I missed the starting minute. That is crucial Cheering Time! So I dedicated my first hour to visiting some of #TeamEmu. There are 105 members including myself and I have been gettin’ my tweet on & even threw in a few GIFs, which is so unlike me. But hour 2 is hot on my tail and I wanna get in some reading before I CRASH. It’s so early on in the piece, but it’s now 1am in NZ and after a long day (5am start) I’m feeling sleepy….zzz…

Opening Meme | HOUR 0!

Good Evening. I had a 2 hour sleep which has made me so tired. It is 11:58pm. I’ve got 2 minutes to submit my Pre-Readathon update before we get STARTED.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? New Zealand
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Revenants: The Odyssey Home
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Feijoa Cake
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m so unprepared! This isn’t my first readathon so I don’t know why I didn’t prepare?! This is my seventh Dewey’s. I need more sleep. Dancing may be required to keep me awake.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? More reading! I say that but I already want to go cheer my butt off on Twitter. It’s 12:01am. Let’s get READING!!!