Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bout of Books 13- Goals (and daily Updates)

B.O.B is back!  

And so am I. 
(Find all daily updates on this post)

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, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I'm a BOUT OF BOOKS EXPERT this go around. 

You'll be seeing a lot of me around on twitter and on your blogs. If you've got any questions ask away!

It's been a really rough time lately, but my brother was super proud of me and this blog so I don't plan on letting it fall to ruin anytime soon. It's super important that I honor his memory by keeping on with the things that bring me joy. B.O.B is one of those things.

Day #1 Update: Ugh! I didn't get as much read as I wanted because I was too busy socializing with my B.O.B community. Not that socializing is a bad thing.  Only 147 pages in. I'm behind!  (But twitter chatting and blog perusing is SO FUN).

Day #2 Update: It took me WAY longer than I thought to get through "Ready Player One".  Not that I didn't enjoy the book. I really really did! It was just super slow in a few places. Prompting me to give it a 4.5 stars (though I gave it a 5 on Goodreads because they don't let you do half stars).  I highly recommend the book! Got home last night and was having kind of a hard evening, so I busied myself with getting things hung up on the walls in the new place so I didn't get started reading until around 8. Finished RP1 at about midnight. 347 pages down! Need to read around 250 a day for the remainder of the week to hit my goal!

Day #3 Update: Nooooot a whole lot going on today. I did do the oh so fun Book Haiku challenge and I visited some nifty blogs. I worked until 9pm so I didn't get much reading done.

Day #4 Update: 45 pages. Yesterday our little Sheltie got spayed. It was awful! She seems to be okay with it, but this cone on her neck is breaking my heart! I got her home with full intentions of letting her sleep off the anesthesia and then getting some reading in. That's not what happened. Gave her her pain pill and then Baby dog STOOD IN ONE PLACE for hours. She wouldn't lay down or sit down. She kept falling asleep on her feet and nearly falling over. We couldn't get her to rest. So I'm nearly in tears, trying to figure out ways to help her relax, and the last thing I'm thinking about is books. FINALLY around 10pm she sits down in her little pen/nest we made for her in the bedroom. Then, slowly, she lays down and goes to sleep.

By that point I was so exhausted from worrying I just went to bed too.

Day # 5 Update: Started "Matilda". I  worked later than expected then received a bit of emotional news so I ate pizza, watched Dr. Who with Man Thing, and was in bed by 9.  

Day # 6 Update: I finished Matilda. We ended up running around for HOURS yesterday chasing after connector cables and remotes for a Wii, so I lost quite a bit of reading time. But made up for it during bed-time reading. Woot.

Day # 7 Update:


Read 1,500 pages.


 Participate in 3 Challenges
1. Book Survey

2. Book Haiku 
I left a comment with my Haiku which was: 

Moments of magic

Brilliant immagination
Forever alive

3. Color Cover

Join the Twitter Chats! 
Twitter Chat # 1
Monday Night's twitter chat was HILARIOUS (as usual) and so much fun getting to know all of the B.O.B readers. I JUST LOVE YOU GUYS!

Currently Reading: 

Books Finished:


So what's your goal for this B.O.B go'round?  Can't wait to start cheering everyone on! 

Find me screaming about #boutofbooks on twitter @Odrah. 

Until next update, 
Read on!  

Monday, May 11, 2015

B.O.B 13 - Bookish Survey Challenge

Bout of Books

First challenge of the read-a-thon! Way-hay!
Hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves?

I've weeded a ton of my books because, well, moving (books are flippin' heavy!). So I'm down to two bookcases and a few bookshelves (which I haven't had a chance to hang up yet).

On the left! The books I want to read right away are on the top. The books in the middle are study/research books and other books I eventually want to get to. The books on the bottom are Children's books (for my future wee ones) and then some MISC. Mostly books I want to keep but don't know why.  

On the Right! Books/authors/series that I love with a fiery and somehwat obsessive though not yet unhealthy passion are featured together on the top shelf (Harry Potter, Diana Wynne Jones, Charlaine Harris). Neil Gaiman would be there too if I actually OWNED any of his physical books (curse you eBooks! No, I'm kidding. I love you. But seriously. ). Books that I REALLY want to read ASAP go on the 2nd shelf and then descend in priority from there with books I've already read and want to keep on the bottom. 

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

Hrm. One of my favorite books of all time is "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck.

I love historical fiction, but I'm not normally a classics reader (shame shame) so this one falls perfectly into the category of outlier.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

"Illusionarium" by Heather Dixon

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

Hard question! I've got a few I'm really looking forward to. But I think I'm going to try to finish "Merlin Conspiracy" by Diana Wynne Jones. Really looking forward to that one! 


5. What book do you recommend the most?

Another hard one! I definitely recommend: 





Was that more than one? Oops! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

In Memoriam

Dear Book Family

We buried my baby brother yesterday. He was taken from us by a sudden illness this past weekend. 

I want to write a memorial, I want to tell you all about how wonderful and incredible this man was. But there isn't enough space on the internet to hold everything that should be and could be said. 24 years of life was all it took for him to change the world and touch so many lives. He supported me and encouraged me, and surely told me how it was when he disagreed or had reservations because he loved me unconditionally. He was a passionate and beautiful person with a fiery spirit.

He was an intense athlete and the strongest man I ever knew. CrossFit and Cross Country were his loves... but he was a gigantic geek too. For example, we shared a passion along with our older brother for Supernatural. I wanted to share all of that with you a little bit in this small memorial post, the post that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of who my little brother was and how much light he brought to the world.

He was a warrior in this life. 
He is a warrior in the next. 

 I love him. I will miss him. So incredibly much.