Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Starting Line & Updates (#BoutofBooks)

Bout of Books Readathon

Well, this is it folks.  The start of Amanda’s read-a-thon is fast approaching.  If you decided to participate, good luck!  Looking forward to seeing what you guys are able to accomplish.  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for my Bout of Books Grab Bag Giveaway!

My Starting Line

Read-a-thon Goals:
Try to read at least 3 books.  (Yes, I know that’s not a very big number but, I’m not sure my week will allow much else.  =/ )

Books to Knock Out:
  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Enclave by Ann Aguirre *This selection was changed to appease my Smashy Poo*

Other Books I’d Love to Get to:
  1. You Dropped a Blonde on Me by Dakota Cassidy

How Much Time I Intend to Read:
I’m going to try my best to read for a couple of hours once I get home.  I ‘d say I’d try to read before going to bed but, I have been strongly advised not to read these books before bedtime.  Something about possibly nightmares and/or making you stay up waaay past your bedtime.


Book read today:  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Total number of books I’ve read:  I've made it to the halfway point so I guess 1/2.
Challenges:  N/A
Today #insixwords:  Can't put the damn book down!
Side note:  Managed to put in about an hour and a half to two hours of reading today.

Book read today: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Total number of books I’ve read: Um, I've got maybe 3/4 left.
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: President Snow is a friggin' a-hole!
Side note:  Didn't have to cook dinner so I managed to get a solid two hours of reading time. Woohoo!

Book read today: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Total number of books I’ve read: I only have 6 chapters left!
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: I can't read this fast enough!!!
Side note: Still trying to figure out what took me so long to start this series. It's been balls to the wall the whole way through!

Book read today: Finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Total number of books I’ve read: Finally finished 1. Woohoo!
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: This book is an emotional rollercoaster!!
Side note: Despite the stupid drama I had to endure last night, I managed to finally finish reading this book!

Book read today: Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James (Book 3 in her Rough Riders series)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1 and a couple of chapters
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: Lorelei knows how to write smut! *fans self*
Side note: Put in an hour of reading time. Was hoping to get to Mockingjay last night but, realized I had my copy loaned out and by the time my friend from work was able to Kindle lend me hers I was ready to catch some z's.

Book ready today: Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James (Book 3 in her Rough Riders series)
Total number of books I've read: Managed to finish my second book today.
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: Loved Cord and AJ's story. Next!
Side note: Need to take a break from the intensity of Catching Fire so I decided to finish reading this instead. So glad I did. Love me some cowboy smutty goodness.

Book read today: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Total number of books I’ve read: Final tally is 3 books!
Challenges: N/A
Today #insixwords: Holy shit what a crazy ride!
Side note: I'm going to need at least a day to wrap my brain around this series!

Wrap-up Post


  1. Good Luck and yes, these books will keep you up reading through the night. I'm starting my read-a-thon right now! Well, after I finish typing these words.

  2. I bribed my boyfriend into participating in Bout of Books by buying him Catching Fire and Mockingjay, so those are on his list to read, too. :)

    Happy reading!

  3. Hey Jen! Yep Definitely wear the Bump It;) LOL! Good luck with the read-a-thon =)

  4. Yea, those books will definitely keep you up way past your bedtime. I hope you enjoy the heck outta them. I wish I saw Enclave on your

  5. Hope you love the rest of the series as much as I did. I cried almost all the way through the final book. Good Luck. Stop by if you get a chance

  6. @Actin' Up w/ Books - Thanks! LOL! Good luck and happy reading!

    @Amanda - LOL! I love a good bribery story.

    @Steph - LMAO! I'll have to get on that STAT. Thanks! You too!

    @My Smashy Poo - LOL! You know what? Because I <3 you I'll change Night Veil to Enclave. There's nothing that says I can't change my selections, right?

    @Amy - Oh, I do believe I'll cry throughout the series like you did. I'm thinkin' maybe I should have picked happier books. ;-)

  7. Good luck and happy reading! I hope you enjoy those Hunger Games books, they're fantastic!

  8. @Sarahsayread - Thanks! That's what I keep hearing so I decided to use the read-a-thon to scratch them off my list. Good luck to you too!

  9. hehe. I love to read right before bed. Of course, I know the downfall is not being able to stop, and feeling pretty tired in the mornings.

    And Yay for The Hunger Games books. Hope you like them.

  10. This is probably hella weird but, I only read in bed when I'm having a hard time falling asleep. Something tells me I'll definitely enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Ooo a read-a-thon that last a whole week! What a good idea! I always wonder how in the world people can do those weekend ones. They are something. And so are you Jen for doing this one. You go girl! Best of luck. I'll be rooting for you.

  12. I LOVE your today #insixwords comments! :) Catching Fire was definitely a GREAT pick for a read-a-thon; it's one of those books you don't want to put down! Good luck in the homestretch!

  13. @Julie - Aww thanks Julie! I needed something to get me out of my reading slump and this did the trick! Thanks for cheering me on!!

    @Julie (K and S) - LOL! Thanks! I like to make them a little festive. Totally couldn't put down Catching Fire or Mockingjay. What an emotional roller coaster! Thanks for stopping by!