Like This, Try This Bout of Books Challenge

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Bout of Books

I’m so excited to be hosting a challenge for Bout of Books again! I couldn’t host one for 10.0 but I have hosted challenges before and they are so much fun! At least I think so. I really hope you guys are enjoying them as well. It’s Day 4 of the Read-a-Thon so I hope you’ve been able to spend at least a little time reading. I haven’t made nearly the dent in my reading pile that I always hope to by this point but I’m still having fun. And that’s really the point of this whole thing, isn’t it? But I don’t think you guys are here to listen to me talk. You’re here for the challenge. Here it is!! For my challenge, I decided to do a Like This, Try This challenge. It’s pretty self-explanatory. The rules are as follows:

  • You must recommend a book based on another book, movie, tv show, etc similar to this: “If you liked _____, you should try _____ because _____.”
  • Any genre and reading level is fine and you may use any set-up you like, so long as you’re recommending a book based on something else and explaining why.
  • Post your recommendation wherever you are posting your read-a-thon updates.
  • The challenge and giveaway will be open for 24 hours from midnight CST to midnight CST Thursday, August 21.

Here is an example:

If you liked this….

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

You should try this…..

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Because both are very well written, engaging YA fantasy books about strong females who go on long journeys and become leaders, whether they want to be or not.

 It’s that easy!

Giveaway Rules

  • To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be a Bout of Books 11.0 participant who added their link to the sign-up post and complete the challenge.
  • The giveaway is open to INTERNATIONAL participants, as long as The Book Depository will ship to your country for free.
  • One winner will win their choice of book up to $15 USD from The Book Depository.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by Tuesday, August 26.
  • I am not responsible for items that get lost or damaged during delivery.
  • All entries will be verified.

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(Quick note: It’s okay if your number isn’t exactly right, I know they’ve been changing slightly. Just give what it is at the time and that’ll make it easier for me to find you among the 900+ participants. Thanks!)

Thanks so much for participating in the challenge! I hope you enjoy your reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Waiting on Wednesday: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse on June 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Retelling, Young Adult
Sometimes, there are no words… 

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life. 

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

It’s a contemporary retelling of The Little Mermaid. By Sarah Ockler. I need this. One of my favorites books is The Book of Broken Hearts. And growing up I was a huge fan of the Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. Put those two things together and I’m so intrigued by it all that I really cannot wait to get my hands on this book.


What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Bout of Books 11.0 Goals and Progress

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Bout of Books

Bout of Books starts today! Another great thing about today? My son started third grade! And tomorrow my daughter starts kindergarten! For the rest of this week, I’ll have at least two hours every day to myself. I’m hoping to devote much of that time to reading, though I will have some errands that will need to be run. But mostly, I’ll be trying to read as much as I can during those couple of hours.

Here is the post where I list my goals for the week as well as my progress and challenges for each day. Don’t forget that I’ll be hosting Thursday’s challenge here with an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! In order to be eligible for the prize, you must be a Bout of Books participant. You must declare your participation and add your link to the linky at Bout of Books Sign-Up to be a participant. If you haven’t done it yet, do it now! You have until Tuesday. This is one of the best read-a-thons out there and there are already over 800 participants!! So sign-up and spend the week reading with us!

This is me during Bout of Books…

When the kids find me hiding in my room reading…

When anyone tries to talk to me…

When the weather is nice…

When I’m reading Isla, if it comes this week…

My Goals

  • Read at least 3 books
  • Devote time to reading every day
  • Participate in one of the Twitter chats
  • Visit new blogs and leave comments
  • Participate in daily challenges


Books to Read

This is just a group of books I have as options. In order to read as much as possible, this week I will read what I feel like. These are the ones that are currently available for me.

  • The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  • Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (am currently reading)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (am currently reading aloud with my son)
  • The Clockwork Princess (graphic novel) by Cassandra Clare
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (if my copy shows up)
  • The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
  • Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini




Currently Reading: HP #6, The Beautiful Ashes
Pages Read Today:
Challenges: Recreate a Cover at Spines & Covers, Book Chain at Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Book Completed Today:
All Books Read: The Clockwork Princess, The Iron Trial


Currently Reading: The Iron Trial, HP #6
Pages Read Today: 23 pages of HP, 61 pages of The Iron Trial = 84 pages (588 for the week)
Challenges: IT’S HERE!!
Books Completed Today: The Iron Trial
All Books Read: The Clockwork Princess, The Iron Trial



Currently Reading: HP #6, The Iron Trial, Clockwork Princess Graphic Novel
Pages Read Today: 256 pages of Clockwork Princess, 64 pages of The Iron Trial, 13 pages of HP = 333 pages (504 for the week)
Challenges: Create a Sentence from Book Reviews from a Christian Gal

This is my sentence: The music was once my fire.

Books used: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen, Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott.

Books Completed Today: Clockwork Princess
All Books Read: Clockwork Princess


Currently Reading: HP #6, Fellowship of the Ring, The Iron Trial (hoping to finish the last one today!)
Pages read today: 67 pages of The Iron Trial, 9 pages of HP = 76 pages (171 total for the week)
Challenges: One True Pairing at Infinite Ink, Book Spine Poetry at My Little Pocketbooks

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

My OTP is Aria and Perry from the Under the Never Sky series. I love them so much. I love that they taught each other new things, showed each other that the world wasn’t exactly how either had been taught, and I loved that even though they weren’t always together physically, they were always true to each other. They disagreed but always loved each other. They are my OTP.


Since You’ve Been Gone Pushing the Limits
The Distance Between Us Altered.
All Our Yesterdays Gone Forever…
What Happened to Goodbye?

Books Completed Today:
All Books Read:



Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (starting on page 155), The Fellowship of the Ring (starting on page 201), and The Iron Trial (starting on page 47)
Pages read today: 15 pages of HP, 20 pages of Fellowship, 60 pages of Iron Trial = 95 total
Challenges: Book Scavenger Hunt at The Book Monsters, Playlist at LuLo FanGirl
Books Completed Today:
All Books Read:

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August New Release Giveaway Hop!

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The August New Release Giveaway Hop is here! Hosted by Book Nerd and running from August 15-31st, this month’s giveaway is Internation! The winner will get one book of their choice from those shown below.


Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) Deliverance (Defiance, #3) Dangerous Boys Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) Magnolia

Rules for the giveaway:

  • You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent’s permission to enter.
  • The contest is open to International readers, so long as The Book Depository ships to you
  • There will be one winner who will receive their choice of the books shown above.
  • I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
  • One entry per household.
  • I’m not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged during delivery.
  • I will delete entries that don’t follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don’t cheat.

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Head on over to Book Nerd to check out the rest of the blogs hosting giveaways on the Hop!

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Bout of Books 11.0 is Almost Here!

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Bout of Books
I absolutely love readathons and Bout of Books is one of my favorites. The 11th round is coming up just next week! There is still plenty of time to sign up, you have until August 19th. Here are the rules from 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
The readathon officially starts on the 18th. If you have any time next week, you should sign up. The best part? I’m hosting a challenge for this one! But you can only enter the giveaway if you participate in the readathon. Even if you can only read for one day, you should consider joining. And you can join without a blog. You can participate on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, or YouTube. Just as long as you have somewhere that you can update your progress. I promise, it’ll be fun! So check out their site and think about joining us!

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