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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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). 


    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

      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!

    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

      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!

    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...

      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!

    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

      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.

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

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

    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!

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

    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 ;)

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

    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 :)

      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.

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

      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!