Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 8.0 is over! =( Did I meet or exceed my goals this time around? I think I met them and did pretty darn well.

Let's recap, shall we:
Time Devoted to Reading
I dedicated my entire week to the readathon. Also, I started writing a book.

My Goals
I was aiming for 10 books read (pretty much my default number for my BoB goals, come to think of it) and I read 19, so... YAY! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! I was at all the chats, including the impromptu one, AND Amanda and I did a mini read-along to a naughty erotica book on Twitter. SCORE!

Books Read
  • Seriously Series reads: 
    • Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare - Read 08/20
    • Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare - Read 08/25
    • Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett - Read 08/21
    • The Calling by Kelley Armstrong - Read 08/24
  • Review requests:
    • The Artist's Inheritance by Juli D. Revezzo - Read 08/22
    • Caitlin's Book of Shadows by Juli D. Revezzo - Read 08/23
    • Blood and Stone by C.E. Martin - Read 08/19
    • New Beginnings by Brandy L. Rivers  - Read 08/19
    • (Mis)fortune by Melissa Haag - Read 08/20
    • Three Ways to Wicked by Jodi Redford - Read 08/19
  • Random Reads:
    • Any reread book on my Seriously Series list.
      • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong - Read 08/21
      • One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Read 08/21
    • Books I'd love to dive into if times allows...
      • Ethan's Mate by J.S. Scott - Read 08/19
      • A GLA to be named later - Read 08/22 
      • Taste of Candy by Shoshanna Evers - Read 08/22
      • Snatched by the Greys by Alexandrinha Abbott - Read 08/23
      • Stone Soldier by C.E. Martin - Read 08/24
      • Stone Soldiers: Catching Fire by C.E. Martin - Read 08/24
      • Wild Card by Moira Rogers - Read 08/25
Books I didn't get to:
  •  Seriously Series books:
    • With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent (09/04/13)
    • Prophecy of the Female Warrior by K.A. Young
  • Review requests:
    • Diavolino by Steve Emmett
    • The Keepers by J.L. Block (08/28/13)
    • Kiss of the Butterfly by James Lyon
  • Seriously Series rereads:
    • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
    • Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
    • Firelight by Kristen Callihan
  • Novella bridges for Seriously Series:
    • Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook
    • Tethered by Meljean Brook 
  • Random Reads:
    • Enforcer by Lauren Dane (08/29/13)
    • Super Bad by Vivi Andrews
    • Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
(I'm going to try to get all these books that I didn't get to read over the next week or so. We'll see how that goes.)

Updates 8/19
Number of books I’ve read today: 4
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books read: Three Ways to Wicked, Blood and Stone, Ethan's Mate, New Beginnings
Today #insixwords:  Four books and a hot day.
Things I learned on Twitter: When I tweet too much, my wrist hurts. Oooooouuuuuch. I attempted to convince @bookpairing that a Stiff Dick is REALLY a drink, not just a naughty body part. Also, it's hotter than Satan's ball sac here in the Bay Area. SERIOUSLY, I don't like sweating this much.
Final Tally: Three naughty lovers, a shapeshifting giant, one vampire who found some hot lovin', and a psychic werewolf trying to hold onto her mate.

Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 6
Books read: (Mis)fortune, Three Nights with a Scoundrel
Today #insixwords: Where did the day go? Anyone?
Things I learned on Twitter: Uhh... I wasn't really on Twitter today. That's the unfortunate side effect of having a sister who's a teacher and who REQUIRES your assistance helping her get the last minute things done in her classroom for the first day of school tomorrow. So... *waves sadly at Twitter* I'll be around tomorrow, though. I think.
Final Tally: One traumatized young lady and the wolf who wants to protect her and a historical couple who don't follow all of society's rules.

Number of books I’ve read today: 3
Total number of books I’ve read: 9
Books read: Binding the Shadows, One Silent Night, The Gathering
Today #insixwords: I HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT!
Things I learned on Twitter: I jailed myself at the 45 minute mark of the chat. Boom! Better than Amanda! (because she jailed herself 3 minutes after the chat was over. HA!) I announced that I have a book coming out soon. Soon-ish, at least. Which reminds me... OMG! I HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT SOON-ISH! I confessed my undying love for a certain amethyst eyed hunk of vampire. *swoons in Rehvenge's general direction* All in all, it was a good day!
Final Tally: One devilish couple who kick some ass, one villain who I love to hate, and a group of kids with extraordinary abilities.

Number of books I’ve read today: 3
Total number of books I’ve read: 12
Books read: Bad erotica for GLA, Taste of Candy, The Artist's Inheritance
Today #insixwords: Tentacles, ghosties, and gargoyles! Oh, my!
Things I learned on Twitter: I found the most winningest winner of a pic that would make an EXCELLENT tentacle erotica cover. Mostly safe for work. Mostly. We snuck in a bonus, impromptu #boutofbooks chat after evening announcements (THANK YOU, SHARON!) and I got to talk about how many books I've read this week. Niiiiice.
Final Tally: One case of badly visualized erotica, a rocker who dominates his lady friend, and a good, old fashioned ghost story.

Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 14
Books read: Snatched by the Greys, Caitlin's Book of Shadows
Today #insixwords: More writing than reading. That's okay!
Things I learned on Twitter: Ha! Oh, the #boutofbooks #gla was FANTASTIC. So many people reading the same bad erotica book at once! *high five* Want to see the tweets? We have a Storify for that! Other than our awesome GLA, I wasn't on twitter much. Why? you ask. Oh, that would be because I've started writing book 2 in my demon/werewolf series. The opening scene popped into my head fully formed this morning and I KNEW I had to get it down. So... I was writing. Word count for the day: 5,012 words. Boom. I <3 this story.
Final Tally: One chick getting boned by a massive alien baton. Or two. Yeah, you read that right. Their love guns were primed and ready to go off. Oh, and a woman haunted by an evil imp. Which is a different story from the alien love gun. Seriously.

Number of books I’ve read today: 3
Total number of books I’ve read: 17
Books read: The Calling, Stone Soldier, Stone Soldiers: Catching Fire
Today #insixwords: Holy crap, I'm tired. Sleep needed.
Things I learned on Twitter: I was online for the chat this morning and that's about it. And now I'm too tired to think. So... yeah.
Final Tally: One skin-walker, one upstanding soldier, one fire elemental looking to make things burn.

Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 19
Books read: Wild Card, Any Duchess Will Do
Today #insixwords:And #boutofbooks draws to a close.
Things I learned on Twitter: I was not on Twitter today. I was everywhere BUT Twitter, in fact. I do kind of wish that I was able to squeeze one last book in so that I can say that I doubled my reading goal but... *shrug* I'm cool with reading 19 books this week. TOTALLY COOL.
Final Tally: Two dirty werewolves and a Duke who needs a good woman.

Final Thoughts: I read some great books, had some great Twitter chats with folks and just had a lot of fun in general. I am THRILLED with how many review books I managed to get to this time around. That might seem minor, but knocking those out makes me feel accomplished. YAY!

Thank you to everyone who commented and cheered, read and chatted! I had a great time!
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  1. You did AWESOME! And for once I think I read the same amount as you! :) I love how you break down the books you're planning to read ... so organized!

    1. I also started writing book 2 in my demon/werewolf series. I HAD A GOOD WEEK!

  2. You read AND wrote. That's AWESOME. Keeeeeep going! :D

    1. My goal is to hit the halfway point in my WIP today. *crosses fingers*

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    1. *buffs nails* It's my gift. My... curse.


      No, it's just my gift.

  4. Wow. Just... wow. *bows down to Kelly's amazing Bout of Booksing skills*

    1. *bats lashes* If I could write half as fast as I read... *brain explodes*

  5. You are the awesome, you must also have amazing focus I've decided. Even if I coyld read that fast or spend that much time, I would get distracted by everything!

    1. I get SUCKED in and can't surface until I've finished a book. Seriously. It's kind of creepy.