Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bout of Books 12.0

It is my second time participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon, hopefully this time around I'll be
more successful. In May my happy, blissful reading streak was interrupted by an unexpected cannonade of life. Why does this keep happening anyway? Can't life understand that reading gets the priority? Ugh. Hopefully, this time I can get life reined in, especially because I have a relatively free week (well... "relatively" being the key word) so I should be able to get some glorious reading time under my belt.

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About the 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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
My possible TBR:

1. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

2. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
3. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

The entirety of the Ruby Red Trilogy comes to 1148 pages, so I think that's good enough for now. Yet if I finish early, I'm inclined to pick up "The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern" by Lilian Jackson Braun, or "Timequake" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Time devoted to reading:

I am off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, which sounds good; however, I do have to cram some social obligations and work at home in there, as well as studying for the following week, so sadly, it's not as much time as it seems.

My goals:
  • Read at least a thousand pages. The TBR above is over 1100 pages, and I'll probably read more anyway.
  • Track progress at the end of every day

Monday, January 5th

236 pages of "Ruby Red"
Total: 236

Tuesday, January 6th

115 pages of "Ruby Red"+ 40 pages of "Sapphire Blue"= 155 pages

Books finished: "Ruby Red"
Total: 391

Wednesday, January 7th

317 pages of "Sapphire Blue"
Books finished: "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue"
Total: 708

Thursday, January 8th

250 pages of "Emerald Green"
Books finished: "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue"
Total: 958 

Friday, January 9th

47 pages of "Emerald Green"
Books finished: "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue"
Total: 1,005

Saturday, January 10th

152 pages of "Emerald Green", 68 pages of "The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern"
Books finished: "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue", "Emerald Green"
Total: 1,225

Sunday, January 11th

117 pages of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" (this page count is a little bit iffy, since it's a play. The 117 pages is my clothbound edition, and that's what I read, but it takes up about 20 pages in my anthology edition of Shakespeare's plays, so that's how the page count is not necessarily solid. But... let's count it, why not)
Books finished: "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue", "Emerald Green", "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
Total: 1,342

This was an amazing read-a-thon! Definitely my best Bout of Books experience so far, and the most exciting part of it was the fact that I read some really good books. I never expected to like a YA trilogy so much, I usually try to steer clear of YA with fantasy elements, but the Ruby Red trilogy was SO GOOD. This series became a very big part of my life for a week, and upon finishing it I was feeling befuddled because I missed the characters so much already.
I'm really happy with how this read-a-thon went, and all there is now is to hope that you guys had a similar experience, and that 2015 will be abounding in some more great reading events!


  1. Love Kerstin Gier and her books :) One of my favorite series :) Keep up the good work and hav a great bout of books :)

  2. Ooh that's a good series to choose! I still have to read the third book at some point though. Good luck and have fun!

  3. Great choice for a series to read during the read-a-thon. How are you liking it?

    1. I really like it so far! I went into it expecting to have some problems, since it's YA with fantasy elements - not something I'd normally go for. But the characters won me over!

  4. I've heard only good things about that series. Well done for hitting your target. Here's hoping you finish the books too.

    1. Thanks! And yes, 4* for book one and 5* for books two and three from me! (and my 5* ain't cheap! :)

  5. I've never read this series. I've heard there's a movie for the first one. Good luck on the rest of the readathon!

    1. I do recommend it, especially if you like books with memorable characters! I sort of want to see the movie, but then I'm not sure; I think I liked this trilogy too much to risk ruining it!

  6. I see you finished the whole trilogy, congrats! I really love those covers. Happy reading for the final day :)

    1. Thanks! And yes, the art on these covers is ON POINT!