Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bout of Book #17

Hello everyone! I'm back again for Bout of Books, and I'm excited to have an excuse to read a little more than normal. I've got two books that are due for review (oh, and a few ebooks too, crap), plus 23 books checked out from the library. Between those and the ones I'm currently reading, I for sure won't have a problem finding something to read! Choosing, however, is always a fun problem to have. 

No massive goals for the week. I'd like to read 5 books, and 5 graphic novels, for a total of 10. It's a busy week at work, which is good in theory, but not for my energy or physical self, so I'm hoping that I can find enough time to both recover and read a whole bunch. 

Wondering what Bout of Books is all about?
 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
Like last time, I'll use this one post as my update spot for the week. I'll also be on Litsy (a lot - I'm LauraBrook) and on Instagram (laurareadsandreads) too. Can't wait to see what you all read!

Days 1, 2, 3

I managed to finish my first two books, which is saying something with how busy I've been. 

Books finished: "Sex With Shakespeare" by Jillian Keenan (review copy) and "Murder in the Mews" by Agatha Christie. Both were 3-ish stars out of five. 

I saw the challenge for the day (#3) and wish I could have photographed every place I keep books, but that would be practically my entire house - not kidding! It was a lot of fun to see everyone else's shelves, though, I love a good shelfie.

Reading now: "Eating for England" by Nigel Slater. Was totally inspired to pick this up based on Ellie's re-read of it for Bout of Books! And seeing as it's little essay-lettes on different kinds of food and food traditions in Britain, it's perfect for a read-a-thon. Don't know why I didn't open it up and look inside sooner!

Day 4

I have the day off today and it's like my Saturday. That means a lot of laundry and house cleaning needs to get done (or as much as possible until my energy runs out - based on how I'm feeling now, it won't be that much). Reading-wise I'm hoping to finished Eating for England, and maybe another library book or two. And I'm trying to resist the urge to buy a coloring book from Barnes & Noble. They're on sale and I'm a sucker for a beautiful coloring book. Will check in later!

Days 5, 6

Lots of time spent working on Friday, only managed to get a handful of pages read before I fell asleep. And Saturday I hung out with a good friend, watching the last few episodes of Outlander and eating pizza and talking. Was fun, but I still wish I could've gotten my concentration in order and read for awhile.

Day 7

So far, I'm actually getting some pages in! Yesterday I managed to read "You Only Had One Job" by Beverly L. Jenkins. That makes book #3 out of 5, so I still have to read 2 more books today, and 5 GNs/comics. If I can stop watching reruns of "30 Rock", I think I can manage it! 

8:00PM - I finished two more books, completing half of my goal! "Curious Minds" by Janet Evanovich, which was a lot of fun, and "Eating for England" by Nigel Slater, which made my mouth water. "30 Rock" is still on (I can't help myself) but I'm going to get started on the graphic novels right now!


  1. Hi Laura! Glad to see you're doing Bout of Books again. I had hoped to participate this time but alas, the week is too busy. I'll be checking on you, however! I also read your previous post and hope you're doing well, health-wise.

  2. Hi Sherry Ann! I am, though a bit oddly since it's a busy week for me too. Health-wise it's still not great. I met with that endocrinologist, and she didn't listen to anything I said, didn't like that I knew some things about my health issue (and words like "pituitary"), and diagnosed me with things that not only do I not have (per one month old bloodwork I brought in with me), but things that I had no symptoms for. Frustrating! So I'm dragging myself along as usual. Hope you're doing well yourself! Will head over to check in on you this morning.

  3. My TBR is a conservative 4 books and I am already behind so kudos to you for your goal of 10.
    Great to meet you and I'll be following you to see how you progress.
    My post here:

  4. I didn't get much reading yesterday either. Lots of other stuff to do. Today is an early evening and am looking forward to finishing one more of my reads.