BOUT OF BOOKS here I come

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


book-a-thon 2014

Wench: 290 Pages

The Postmistress: 350 Pages

The Christmas Wedding: 261

Where We Belong: 372

Total: 1,273 Pages

That is 181 pages a day, maybe I can do it, but that is not my goal. I have all of then on audio as well, so I hope to listen to them in the car and when I'm out running. With a baby around I will need all the audio books I can get. I will have to prepare some meals in a crackpot, or just have my boyfriend cook. I don't think he'll mind. I have cleaned the house top to bottom this weekend, so that there isn't much cleaning needed over the week. And off I go. This might be tough. I used to read a book a day, than I got a full time job and a baby, now I read a book a month. So this, I'm hoping will speed things up. And the books I chose are kind small. I just need to get some off my TBR shelf. So, I actually own all these books in print, but I got them on audio from the library, so I will not report these in time spent listening and time spent reading. I will just find the page in the actual book and say that I read so and so many pages. Because once I'm not in the car I will actually read the real book.

• Read at least a 100 pages a day. 150 would be ideal.

• Finish at least 3 of the books.

• Update my progress daily

• Of course have fun (reading always is)


Monday Number of pages read: 258 Books: Where We Belong
I listened to a lot of it, but I also got into the hot tub and actually read after the baby was asleep. Yey I'm past my goal. I think I can do this. I think I will finish on Tuesday and start another one.
Tuesday Number of pages read: 144 Books: Where We Belong and Postmistress
I finished up Where we Belong and loved loved it. Review coming soon. I started Postmistress and am a little confused. So many characters.
Wednesday Number of pages read: 197 Books: Postmistress
It was a little difficult to understand at first. Too many characters. But now it's pretty good. Not great yet.
Thursday Number of pages read: 249  Books: Postmistress and Christmas Wedding
I didn't really care for Postmistress and Christmas Wedding seems good, really fast read.
Friday Number of pages read: 131 Books: Christmas Wedding
Finished up the book, and I hated it. So bad.
Saturday Number of pages read: 290  Books: The Wench
Sunday Number of pages read: none Books: none I finished all of them
Total  Number of pages read: 1,273 Books finished: 4

should I read these 10 books?



Once again I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is "Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren't sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren't sure about --- basically any book that has you going, "TO READ OR NOT TO READ?""


So here is my list, I own all these books, I don't know why, I'm a bookahilic and should not be allowed in bookstores, because I binge shop. Yes, I will buy 10 books at a time, some just because they sound good at first, and once I'm home I realize that I don't really care for some of them. But that's just me. So if any of you have read these books, please tell me what you thought of them and if I should or should not read them.

I will be checking your blogs too, and maybe discover something new. Enjoy !


38296The Last of the Mochicans 3.66 Stars on Goodreads

The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has madeThe Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.


I am pretty sure I saw the movie in school, years ago, and my boyfriend tried reading this book a few months ago, and he said it was very hard to follow. That it was written in sort of old english and difficult to understand english.



11857408Fiftly Shades Darker 3.94 Stars on Goodreads

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.


I hated the first one, and I own the whole series, I've been thinking about reading the rest, but I'm just going to kick myself in the butt if I read it. I did not like it at all.




3257136Dewey 3.81 Stars on Goodreads

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa


Ok I do love cats, I have one (no longer lives with me) but I don't think I want to read about one. Can someone convince me to read it? I think it might be cute, but I've had it for over 4 years, and don't see myself reading it anytime soon.






10990Lord John 3.56 Stars on Goodreads

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society — and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything — or nothing.

I'm already tired to Diana Gabaldon, I read 7 of the Outlander books and I just can't stand to read more, Lord John is one of the characters that bug me in Outlander, so I don't think I want to read more about him.



870321Secrets of the Code 3.17 Stars on Goodreads

Secrets of the Code, a five-month New York Times bestseller, is a sweeping tour, guided by renowned experts, through the many provocative ideas raised in The Da Vinci Code. With excerpts from many original works, all-new material, and interviews with prominent scholars exploring the novel’s underlying themes, Secrets of the Code will satisfy your curiosity, engage your imagination, and provide you with insights to better understand the historical and religious issues of the novel.


I got this as a gift, and I don't know if I want to read it or not. I did enjoy The Da Vinci Code and the sequel, but I'm just over that whole topic.






18626864The Art of War 3.92 Stars on Goodreads

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.


I don't know why I have this book, I am so not interested in war or the art of it. It's stupid and useless. So please tell me why I should read this.



9410421Chasing Fire 4.05 Stars of Goodreads

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive fire-fighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home - even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is among the strongest ever - and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kid's arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule. 

Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull - any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn't find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.


I'm just over Nora Roberts, it bugs me that she has that many books out. If you can write 6 books a year then they are probably no that good.



5043The Pillars of Earth 4.26 Stars of Goodreads

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.


That is all I know about this book, I know it's supposed to be good, but I still have no idea what it's about. So I'm a little hesitant about reading it, it's pretty big too. I hate to start a book and never finish it, so I just avoid to start it in the first place.







99152Life on the Mississippi 3.85 Stars of Goodreads

A stirring account of America's vanished past...
The book that earned Mark Twain his first recognition as a serious writer... 

Discover the magic of life on the Mississippi. 

At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, Life on the Mississippi is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 


I guess if they made me read this book in high school I would probably enjoy it, but now, not so much. I read Hucleberry Finn and loved it, but this might be a little too much.

It seems like it's more about the river itself than about his life. Just weird.




9282The Smoke Jumper 4.01 Stars or Goodreads

In a searing novel of love and loyalty, guilt and honor, the acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Horse Whisperer gives his millions of readers another hero…
His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.
In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…


I have no idea why I bought this book, it just doesn't interest me anymore, and can't figure out that it ever did.