Bout of Books 21 Read-A-Thon

Posted December 25, 2017 by Minx

Bout of Books 21I am very excited to be participating in the Bout of Books 21 reading challenge coming up in about two weeks. This will be my second time around and the first time was a blast! There are only two challenges per day and in order to be considered an active participant, meaning eligible for the grand prize, you only need to have two updates out of the seven days. I like the sound of that!  For those of you who are unfamiliar here is a little bit about it:

 

Bout of Books 21 Blurb
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

If you are interested in doing a short-term read-a-thon then please join us! It is going to be fun!!


Bout of Books 21: Day One

The challenge for the day was to introduce yourself #insixwords. Here is a copy of my tweet:

Day 1!!! Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself so here I go: !

So as far as that challenge went, I nailed it! Whoop Whoop!! Ha ha ha, I know it doesn’t seem like a huge “challenge” but it was because life has been crazy busy for me! I am just getting to doing today’s post and it is already well into the evening, completely not like me either.

As this is a reading challenge where we are supposed to read as much as we possibly can, I have come up with a list of books that I plan to read from today until the end of the challenge. Here is a list of the books I plan to read for this week:

  1. The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  2. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  3. Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard
  4. The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen
  5. Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
  6. Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne
  7. Five by Jane Blythe
  8. The Night Market by Jonathan Moore
  9. Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
  10. Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge
  • Total pages to be read: 2,844
  • The books highlighted in blue are advanced reading copies so you can expect a review to be coming on those soon.

 

Progress on day 1 of the challenge:

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

 

Total pages read as of day 1: 645/2,844

 


Bout of Books 21: Day Two

 

Today’s challenge is to share my 2018 reading goals, so here is my list:

  1. I plan to read 365 books in 2018

  2. Read 12 nonfiction books

  3. Increase my bookish posts not related to reviewing

  4. Review more action and adventure books

  5. Review more mystery and thriller books

 

Progress of day 2 of the challenge: 

I am in 3 other reading challenges right now and on day 2 I ended up reading for those challenges as well. So I am adding a few books to my list that I read to meet the challenge requirements.

 

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages

The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages

 

Total pages read as of day 2: 1,259/3,458

 


Bout of Books 21: Day Three

I have such fun with this challenge! The challenge for today was to make a Book Spine Rainbow. The idea was to take a selection of my favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Here is my contribution to this challenge:

Book Spine Rainbow 2018. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

On day three I added on another book due to another reading challenge, lol, I hope that I can get to my original list before this read-a-thon is over. 🤨

 

Progress of day 3 of the challenge: 

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages

The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages

Killing Cupid by Laura Levine, 273 pages

 

Total pages read as of day 3: 1, 532/3,731


Bout of Books 21: Day Four

Today’s challenge is about all the favorites!

ALL THE FAVORITES!

We all have our bookish favorites so why don’t we share? Share with us! Here’s a list to get you started. Answer as many or as few as you like.

  • Audiobook narrator
  • Illustrator
  • Series
  • Bookish blog
  • Vlogger
  • Favorite library (librarian)

 

This might also be my most favorite challenge ever because it came from me!! Yah! Shameless self-promotion at its best! 🤩


My Top Three Favorites: 
  • My favorite audiobook narrator is an easy one:

Narrator Lorelei King

Lorelia King!

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today. She has appeared in numerous film and TV shows, and is a well-known voice on the radio. She is a multi award-winning narrator of audiobooks, a writer, script editor, and co-founder of the digital publishing company, Creative Content Ltd.

Loreli has just an amazing range when it comes to her characters, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Darynda Jones and Patricia Briggs, among others. When I listen to her audiobooks I am all in to the story and feel that each character is unique.

Website / Twitter / Facebook


My favorite Illustrator is Bob Kehl. One of my favorite covers was done by him and I do enjoy his other work as well. Here is a little bit about him:

Ascension: The Dragons of Kendualdern by Sam Ferguson. The Genre Minx Book Reviews.
This cover art is gorgeous!

Bob Kehl!

A little about me… Well, I am a freelance Illustrator working out of south Florida.  I generally stick to the fantasy genres, but stray from time to time.  I love the ocean, pirates, dwarves and most things epic and awesome.

Most of my work is either for private commission or book covers with a sprinkling of personal illustration.

I do take commissions, so if you are looking to contact me for work please email me at Bobkehls@gmail.com

 

Website / Tumblr / Facebook / Twitter



My favorite series of 2018 is a TOUGH ONE! Seriously, who asks this kind of question? Ha ha ha, oh that’s right – ME!

 

Favorite Series!

I would have to say that my favorite series changes as the seasons of my life changes. What was once my favorite fades with time. One series though that I always look forward to is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I love all the characters and 10 books later they still amuse me and evoke emotions with their struggles. I crack up with every book AND if I so choose to listen to an audiobook it is narrated by my favorite narrator, Loreli King. Match made in heaven!

 

 

 

On day 4, I added one more book from the other reading challenges I am in but I also managed to read a book from my original list!

 

Progress of day 4 of the challenge: 

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages

The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages

Killing Cupid by Laura Levine, 273 pages

The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley, 320 pages

 

Total pages read as of day 4: 2,165 /4,051

 


Bout of Books 21: Day Five

 

Today’s challenge was actually quite fun to take part in! Here is what was required of us on day 5:

Newspaper Headline

Create a newspaper headline for your favourite story/book. You can also create a clickbait title if you like!


Here is my contribution to this challenge:

 

HEADS ARE GOING TO ROLL!

City of Endless Night

RED ON HEAD? HIDE UNDER BED!

The Devil’s Song

ANUBIS WALKS THE STREETS! ARE WE CURSED?!

A Treacherous Curse

 

So, I am losing hope that I will finish any of my other original books. I have 3 challenges all ending at the same time, so I am pushing myself to finish all the books I can for these challenges. I added two more books to my original list to reflect the books I read yesterday.

 

Progress of day 5 of the challenge: 

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages

The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages

Killing Cupid by Laura Levine, 273 pages

The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley, 320 pages

Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black, 280 pages

Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur, 418 pages

 

Total pages read as of day 5: 2,863 /4,749

 


Bout of Books 21: Day Six

Another fun challenge today! This one made me wish I read more books with the words “and,” “is,” and “my” in the title. Food for thought on that one. Here was today’s challenge:

 

Book Spine Poetry

Stack books so that the book titles make a sentence or a short poem. Funny, serious; anything’s good!

 

Here is my photo of my book sentence:

 

Book Spine Poetry. The Genre Minx Book Reviews
A Plague of Giants, Spoonbenders, and Death’s Mistress, one of us will be dead by morning.

 

In case you can’t read the caption, my sentence is meant to say:

 

A Plague of Giants, Spoonbenders, and Death’s Mistress, one of us will be dead by morning.

 

On day 6, I read three books for the reading challenge I am participating in over at Goodreads. Basically all I am reading now is for that challenge because we are in the last 24 hours of that challenge.

 

Progress of day 6 of the challenge: 

The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages

Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages

The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages

Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands, 384 pages

Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne, 340 pages

Five by Jane Blythe, 250 pages

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore, 304 pages

Derailed by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, 100 pages

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge, 270 pages

Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages

The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages

Killing Cupid by Laura Levine, 273 pages

The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley, 320 pages

Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black, 280 pages

Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur, 418 pages

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler, 436 pages

Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy, 217 pages

The Merry Wives of Maggody by Joan Hess, 304 pages 

 

Total pages read as of day 6: 3,820 /5,706

 


Bout of Books 21: Day Seven

Well today is the last day of this read-a-thon and tomorrow will be the final entry for the books I have read during this week. Fun! The challenge for today is:

 

Leave a Book Review

Did you know? Book reviews help other readers discover new books. For today’s challenge, we encourage you to write a review of a book you’ve read during the readathon (or recently) and publish it where other readers make their purchasing decisions (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.). Be sure to share it with us.

 

I have reviewed all the books I read on Goodreads, the 2 books in pink were also reviewed on this blog as well as at Amazon. The reviews range from short to long depending on how much time I had, ha ha ha, which was not a lot this week.

 

 


Bout of Books 21: Wrap Up

Whewww! What a week, it went by so fast! I did not meet all my reading goals unfortunately but I certainly was no slouch on reading. Here is a final list of all the books I read for this Bout of Books.

 

  1. The Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, 320 pages
  2. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, 325 pages
  3. Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard, 313 pages
  4. The Prince of Korin by Melody J. Bremen, 238 pages
  5. Dark Legend by Christine Feehan, 406 pages
  6. The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch, 208 pages
  7. Killing Cupid by Laura Levine, 273 pages
  8. The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley, 320 pages
  9. Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black, 280 pages
  10. Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur, 418 pages
  11. Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler, 436 pages
  12. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy, 217 pages
  13. The Merry Wives of Maggody by Joan Hess, 304 pages
  14. The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 229 pages
  15. My Feline Protector by Shelley Munro, 184 pages
  16. Dead Body Language by Penny Warner, 288 pages
  17. Tenth of December by George Saunders, 272 pages

 

Total pages read During this Bout of Books: 5,731 

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Not too shabby indeed! See you in May for Bout of Books 22!

 


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