Bout of Books 13 Roundup

Yay! I managed to do a fair amount reading during Bout of Books 13!  Not as much as I would like, but you know, life happens!

I finished 2 books:

  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – 4 stars – you can read my review here
  • Summertime (aka Under a Dark Summer Sky) by Vanessa Lafaye – 5 stars.  Seriously.  Loved it!

I started Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne (literally just the first chapter or so)

I listened to 41% of Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

I entered the haiku challenge and the favourite book challenge.

I commented on quite a few blogs, linked up with twitter peeps and participated in the twitter chat.

I didn’t read This Is Not Your City.  Never mind!

This was so much fun.  Thank you to the organisers! Can’t wait for Bout of Books 14 coming in August 🙂

Bout of Books Challenge: A Haiku!

Today’s Bout of Books challenge is hosted by Kristina Horner.  Kristina has asked us to write a haiku based on the book we are reading!  I know a traditional haiku obeys strict rules about number of syllables per line, etc, but I’m a rule breaker (i.e. that’s too hard!).

I’m currently reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.  Here’s my haiku:

Tragedy.  Mystery.  Tension.
The beach provides welcome escape.
Something is coming.

A masterpiece, no?! 🙂

A Bookish Survey

Today’s Bout of Books challenge is run by WritingMyOwnFairyTale and is a fab little bookish survey!  I can never resist this kind of thing, so here we go:

1.  How do you organise your shelves?
I try to keep my books organised alphabetically, but my shelves are full up and I keep buying books.  So they tend to pile up randomly around the house, much to my husband’s horror!

2.  What is one of your favourite books that is not in one of your favourite genres?
YA is not my favourite genre, although I do read YA occasionally.  I did really enjoy The Hunger Games trilogy, however, and would count this as one of my favourites.

3.  What is the last 5 star book you read?
*checks Goodreads*  It was The Road by Cormac McCarthy (which I’ve just posted a review for here!)

4. What books are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
I can’t wait to get started with I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, and will be starting it this evening!

5.  What book do you recommend the most?
This would probably be Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.  I don’t hear many people talking about this book, but it is such a wonderful read – I recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Bout of Books: Wrap Up

Oops! I forgot to post my wrap up for the Bout of Books readathon!

I started and finished 3 books: Dead Wrong by Cath Staincliffe, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry and 0.4 by Mike Lancaster.

I finished 1 book I’d already started: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

I started and did not finish 1 other book: How To Be Good by Nick Hornby

I reached my goal of completing 3 books, so that is good!  I don’t really think the readathon made me read more than I usually do, but it was fun to interact with other participants on twitter and find some new blogs to stalk!  Thank you to the organisers of this readathon, I will no doubt join in again!

Bout of Books Update: Day 6

Saturday was quite a busy day, so not a huge amount of reading done.  I managed to finish 0.4 by Mike Lancaster, which was a quick, easy read (quite eery and tense, but didn’t really live up to the freakiness of the cover!) and then read another short story from The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.  I’ve been reading this book all month, in between other books, and have been really enjoying being able to dip in and out of this!

Pages Read Today: 85 pages of 0.4 (finished!) and 22 pages of The Interpreter of Maladies = 107 pages
Total Pages Read: 623
Total Books Read: 3

Bout of Books Updates: Days 4 and 5

Oops! Didn’t get round to updating yesterday!

Thursday Summary:
Pages Read: 51
Total Pages Read: 409
Books finished:  1
Currently reading: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Friday Summary:
Pages Read:  105 of The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry – finished! And 82 pages of 0.4 by Mike Lancaster = 187 pages
Total Pages Read:  516 pages
Books Finished:  2
Currently reading:  0.4 by Mike Lancaster

How’s this for a freaky cover?!