Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 7.0 is over. :( Did I meet and/or exceed my goals. For the most part... YES!

Let's recap, shall we:
Time Devoted to Reading
I dedicated the entire week to the read-a-thon and I don't regret a minute of it!

My Goals
I was aiming for 10 books overall this week. Well, umm... I hit 10. In fact, I tripled that goal. Which boggles me. As awesome as that is I didn't find a #NakedWerewolf to love or save a kitten from a tree. DAMMIT!

I did read a few books, though.

Books Read
  • Seriously Series reads: 
    • Gone by Lisa McMann - read 05/14
    • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - read 05/19
    • 'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall - read 05/18
    • Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning - read 05/14
    • Rhyn's Redemption by Lizzy Ford - read 05/16
  • Review requests:
    • Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed - read 05/13
    • Kiss Across Time by Tracy Cooper-Posey - read 05/15
    • Vampire in Design by Dale Mayer - read 05/19
    • Lover Enraptured by Jodi Redford - read 05/17
  • Random Reads:
    • Any reread book on my Seriously Series list.
      • Devil's Gate by Thea Harrison - read 05/16
      • Hunter's Season by Thea Harrison - read 05/16
      • Fade Out by Rachel Caine - read 05/18
    • Novella bridges for Seriously Series
      • Ember by Kristin Callihan - read 05/13
      • Two Ravens and One Crow by Kevin Hearne - read 05/13
      • Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne - read 05/14
      • Life Before Legend by Marie Lu - read 05/15
      • Endurance by Ann Aguirre - read 05/13
      • The Darkest Prison by Gena Showalter - read 05/13
      • Old Habits by Melissa Marr - read 05/14
    • Books I'd love to dive into if times allows...
      • Mercenary Abduction by Eve Langlais - read 05/15
      • B785 by Eve Langlais - read 05/14
      • Lion and the Falcon by Eve Langlais - read 05/16
      • Lover Enslaved by Jodi Redford - read 05/13
      • An unnamed GLA book (review to go up 05/21) - read 05/14
      • Foundlings by Diana Peterfreund - read 05/15
      • Alex and the Werewolf by K. Matthew - read 05/17
      • Wild Instincts by Claudia King - read 05/17
      • Kiss of Flame by Madelene Martin - read 05/17
      • Sian's Solution by Dale Mayer - read 05/17
      • Pack Justice by Michelle Fox - read 05/18
Books I didn't get to
  • Review requests
    • Return by Charity Santiago
    • Burn Baby Burn by Shannon Donnelly
    • Diavolino by Steve Emmett
  • Reread books from Seriously Series
    • Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine
    • Next Dark-Hunter novel by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Updates
    5/13
    Number of books I’ve read today: 6
    Total number of books I’ve read: 6
    Books read: Lover Enslaved, The Darkest Prison, Ember, Two Ravens and One Crow, Surrender Your Love, Endurance
    Today #insixwords: *stares at the books I read*
    Things I learned on Twitter: I don't like bugs. Today's chat was INSANE (in a good way). I was heartily disappointed when Amanda didn't jail herself, btw. I have driven people to drink (totally not my fault). Bout of Books peeps are pretty awesome!
    Final Tally: One sexy fae, two gods, a magical mystery tour, a #NakedDruid, two people who can't quite get on the same wavelength, and two people who keep battling on.

    5/14
    Number of books I’ve read today: 6
    Total number of books I’ve read: 12
    Books read: B785, Old Habits, Into the Dreaming, GLA, Grimoire of the Lamb, Gone
    Today #insixwords: That's a whole lot of books!
    Things I learned on Twitter: Who has time for Twitter? It's all about the books! Okay, that's not quite true. I chatted from the Bout of Books handle about writing reviews immediately vs. waiting and letting the thoughts percolate. I found a books called Ectojism and had to share it with the world. Because... ECTOJISM. And... umm, maybe that's it.
    Final Tally: One sassy cyborg, two dead sexy fae, a Highlander, some scary sex shit, a #NakedDruid with a lot of enemies, and a girl who falls into dreams.

    5/15
    Number of books I’ve read today: 4
    Total number of books I’ve read: 16
    Books read: Mercenary Abduction, Life Before Legend, Kiss Across Time, Foundlings
    Today #insixwords: Today was a reading slow down.
    Things I learned on Twitter: Twitter chats are crazy (I already knew this!). I've still managed to stay caught up on reviews (16 in 3 days!). Books, books, books! Oh, and I took some time out of my reading to do some actual work today. GO FIGURE!
    Final Tally: One purple merc, two brilliant opposites, a time traveling vampire menage, and twins in hiding.

    5/16
    Number of books I’ve read today: 4
    Total number of books I’ve read: 20
    Books read: Lion and the Falcon, Devil's Gate, Hunter's Season, Rhyn's Redemption
    Today #insixwords: Boom! Successfully doubled my #boutofbooks goal!
    Things I learned on Twitter: I didn't *learn* this on Twitter but I did announce that since my sister won't tell me my soon-to-be born niece's name, I'm going to call her Watermelon. Poor kid. Also, I <3 @Rehvenge_BDB.
    Final Tally: A playboy lion and a sassy falcon, a medusa and a vampire, one sweetly quiet love story, and one fiercely defiant demon.

    5/17
    Number of books I’ve read today: 5
    Total number of books I’ve read: 25
    Books read: Alex and the Werewolf, Wild Instincts, Kiss of Flame, Sian's Solution, Lover Enraptured
    Today #insixwords: Getting closer to my ultimate goal!
    Things I learned on Twitter: The mere words "dragon erotica" intrigue people. The nipple penis is a picture I'm never going to scrub from my brain. My sister STILL hasn't had baby Watermelon.
    Final Tally: One pack of rapey werewolves (no like!), a submissive who needs more than she's given, a dragon who takes what he wants, a vampire who risks it all, and a stubborn sex fae who has to be beaten over the head with the stick of love. That's not a euphemism.

    5/18
    Number of books I’ve read today: 3
    Total number of books I’ve read: 28
    Books read: Pack Justice, Fade Out, 'Til the World Ends
    Today #insixwords: Three books, two naps, almost done!
    Things I learned on Twitter: Awesome final chat. As an aside, I really love the chats but they SAP the energy out of me. Meaning that I had to take two naps today. Which leads to the fact that I'll probably be up all night. Wheeee!
    Final Tally: A trio of naughty werewolves, one determined girl, and a world on the edge of dying.

    5/19
    Number of books I’ve read today: 2
    Total number of books I’ve read: 30
    Books read: Hex Hall, Vampire in Design
    Today #insixwords: *incomprehensible mumble* #boutofbooks *flail* *fall down*
    Things I learned on Twitter: I wasn't on Twitter much today. Well, there was that one point where I as psyching myself up to read book #30. Oh, and I got to see @FuckinTorin talk about his manly bits. That's ALWAYS fun. But mostly, I was away from the computer.
    Final Tally: One powerful witchling and one throwback vampire.

    Final Thoughts: I think I set a new record for myself with books read. I DON'T KNOW HOW I DID IT! Seriously. I'm thrilled with my numbers, but I have no clue how it happened. In other news, this is also officially the most successful Bout of Books that Amanda I have run to date. Without all you fabulous people, it wouldn't be a fraction of the awesome that it was!


    Thank you to everyone who commented and cheered, read and chatted! I had a great time!
    Make sure you're following the Bout of Books blog so you know when the next Bout of Books rolls around (and also so you know when the mid-break chat is being held). 

    24 comments:

    1. Okay, that is some seriously amazing reading! I got 6 in. Thinking I need to include some shorter books for next time!

      Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader

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      1. I did read a bunch of novellas this time. They'd been on my wishlist for ages and I needed a *reason* to read them. BOOM! Bout of Books!

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    2. That is an impressive amount of books! You must read FAST and choose some really short ones! I can barely read 30 books in 3 months! So congrats!
      And I really think this was a grand Bout of Books! I managed to accomplish ALL of my goals which NEVER happens and so many people participated! It was awesome! :D
      Can't wait for August! Thanks so much for hosting this! :D

      Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts

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      1. Yes to both of those things. I do read fast and I did choose some short ones.

        SWEET! Well done with accomplishing all your goals. Amanda and I will start planning 8.0 soon-ish! I'm glad you're excited for it!

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    3. Okay, just let me...let me...take this in. I got that right, yes? You read 30 - 30! - books within 7 days? No kidding? Oh. My. God. Hehe, are you some sort of reading genius? :D I'd like a bunch of tips and advice, please!!! Maybe you should start teaching reading courses or something! Okay, anyway. Awesome accomplishments, really! I'm impressed...

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      1. Lol! I don't really have any tips, other than: have access to a book at all times so you can read whenever the opportunity presents itself. Oh, and don't sleep. Lol!

        Thank you!

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    4. OMG Kelly did you read ALL those books? I'd like to know on average how many pages you read per min Lol

      My Bout of Books

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      1. Umm... I want to say I can read about 100 pages in an hour but it *really* depends on the book. And my mood.

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    5. 30 books!?!? GO Kelly!! You rock!

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    6. You kicked serious ass, beebs. I knew you could do it!

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    7. Nice job! I can't imagine reading that many books in 7 days! I was pretty pleased with my 11 books but 30 is incredible!

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      1. Thanks. I really don't know how I did it. Congrats on your 11!

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    8. I don't know how you did it either. There was some serious reading mojo going on this week. Serious! Glad you're still coherent ;)

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      1. Am I coherent? Sometimes I can't tell. Lol! Thanks, Shirley!

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    9. Ummmm so you read for me right? I can steal some of those?

      Cause I so was not a good read-a-thoner last week!

      Though I did get to meet Colin Ferguson (HOT and SWEET--EUREKA), Adam Baldwin, Andrew McCarthy, and Ernie Hudson :)

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      1. Man, I was already reading for Amanda! FINE! Take some of my books. TAKE THEM!

        I'm a little jealous of all the people you met. Wow. And... wow.

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    10. Wow, that is a TON of reading, even taking into account the novellas. All that, AND running the event? Major kudos.

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      1. Thank you! I have so much fun running and participating in these!

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    11. That's seriously impressive! This was my most productive read-a-thon too (though WAY less than you read, hehe), was a really successful one all round by the sounds of it. :-) Except for #NakedWerewolves.

      Thanks for hosting, can't wait for the next one!

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      1. Those DARN #NakedWerewolves! They like to hide!

        You're welcome! It's not too far away!

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    12. Per usual, you rocked it girlfriend! It looks like you had a pretty good time. ;)

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      1. I had a GREAT time! I love all the people who show up and get involved in this event. It's so fun to connect!

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