Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #6

August 24, 2014

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

Day # 6

Currently reading: 
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
The Night is For Hunting by John Marsden
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
- Circle of Blood by David Mack

Pages read since last update: 408

Total pages read: 1,531

Thoughts/Notes: I managed to do pretty well today! I finished 2 books and made some more progress on Seraphina, which I am slowly making my way through. 
We are now on the final stretch, how is everyone going?

Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #5

August 23, 2014

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

Day # 5

Currently reading: 
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
The Night is For Hunting by John Marsden

Pages read since last update: 127

Total pages read: 1,123

Thoughts/Notes: I didn't read as much as I probably could have today... I spent a bit of time on YouTube and changing things up on my channel. PROCRASTINATION. I did, however, spend some of my day doing research for uni as well as some video stuff I need done before the weekend, so I was semi-productive.
Tomorrow is my only full day off this week, and I hope to take full advantage of it! Maybe. Hopefully. ;)

Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #4

August 22, 2014

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

Day # 4

Currently reading: 
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- The Night is For Hunting by John Marsden
- The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
- Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick

Pages read since last update: 222

Total pages read: 996

Thoughts/Notes: I have picked up a couple more books but haven't finished anything today. I am reading WAY too many books at once, and I hate it! Things are just getting a little hectic with uni work and review copies, so I'm trying to utilise this read-a-thon to get on track and maybe even a little ahead with all of the things I need to read.

Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #3

August 21, 2014

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

Day # 3

Currently reading: 
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
- Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick

Pages read since last update: 222

Total pages read: 774

Thoughts/Notes: I'm starting to stress a bit about required reading for uni and the channel, so I picked up one of the texts I need to read for next week in my Children's Literature course. It was easy to fly through, being written in verse, and a breath of fresh air from some of the more intense books I've read recently.
How are you doing so far? Almost mid-way!

Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #2

August 20, 2014

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

Day # 2

Currently reading: 
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers

Pages read since last update: 130

Total pages read: 552

Thoughts/Notes: I had work all of today and some uni work to do afterwards, so I wasn't able to get a huge amount of reading done. It'll probably be the same tomorrow as well, but that's okay, I have the rest of the week to power through :D

Bout of Books 11.0 Update | Day #1

August 19, 2014

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

Day # 1

Currently reading: 
-nothing eep-

Books completed: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers

Pages read since last update: 422

Total pages read: 422

Thoughts/Notes: Super happy with day one! I started and completed We Were Liars, and also read the last half of The Vanishing Game! I'd begun it in July and now it is finally complete, yay!

Shameless by Nina Lemay BLITZ & GIVEAWAY




Publication Date: August 18th 2014

Buy the Book: 
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~New Adult Contemporary Romance -- recommended for mature readers~
Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.
Nina Lemay About the Author
Nina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult...well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.

ninalemay.com | twitter.com/NinaLemay

Guest Post
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Thank you so much for helping me launch SHAMELESS into the world. Being a writer, especially an indie debut author, is often lonely and occasionally scary. All the support I’ve had with SHAMELESS just blew me away. You guys are amazing!

SHAMELESS is set in Montreal. Why Montreal, you ask? Montreal was the perfect setting for many reasons.

First... well, I’ve never read a New Adult novel set in Montreal. Actually, I haven’t read that many novels set in Montreal at all. It’s always a big city in the US, New York or LA or Chicago, and when the story needs a touch of exoticism, New Orleans. So I said to myself, how is Montreal worse than New Orleans? At least here we actually speak French, you know?



Montreal is a Canadian city, kind of on the small side (give or take 2 million people) and yes, it speaks French. French is the only official language of the province of Quebec, but in the heart of Montreal you can usually get by in English too. Montreal is known for a kind of libertine attitude and what we call joie de vivre—you gotta, when it’s freezing nine months of the year. I took this picture in the middle of April, after I woke up to a surprise snowstorm (surprise!).



Good music (Montreal is home to the giant outdoor Jazz Festival and several others throughout the summer), good food (and I don’t just mean poutine) and good nightlife is what it’s known for. It also has a sort of European feel to it. This is from when I lived on the Plateau, aka the French-speaking hipster neighborhood par excellence:



Coffee shop on the Plateau:



In the downtown core, the area is more English and more touristy. And I didn’t exaggerate: there really are strip clubs all along Ste-Catherine, the main shopping street of downtown Montreal. Here’s one right above a teen clothing store!




Quebec City, where Hannah and Emmanuel go for the long weekend, is one of the oldest settlements in North America and the provincial capital. About three hours by car to the north of Montreal, Ville de Quebec has the look and feel of a majestic European city.



I went to university with many people who moved across the continent to go to school here, and I always admired (and was kind of envious of) the courage it takes. So when I wrote Hannah, a girl who’s desperate to escape her high school years no matter the cost, I thought, what better place to run away to than Montreal?



  

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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

August 16, 2014

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Series: n/a

Released: July 24th 2012
Pages: 228
Source: Purchased
Buy it: The Book Depository (Free Shipping)

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter's senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.

Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.

This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.

The Short
Where Things Come Back is a powerful, shocking, unexpected contemporary that left me stunned. Whilst I found the beginning a little slow and it took some time for me to grow connected to the characters, the story progressed in intensity very quickly. The beautiful writing and the ending really stood out for me, making it well worth the read.

The Long

Bout of Books 11.0 Read-a-thon

August 3, 2014

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
It is here once more! I cannot wait! I have put together a list of books to read during the week, but I think some of these might change a little. Anyway, here is my TBR!



- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Circle of Blood by David Mack
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

July Wrap Up | 2014

August 2, 2014

The BOOKTUBE-A-THON happened this month! Some awesome books were read, oh yes ;)


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Reviews
The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss
- The Assassin's Curse & The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Additions to Reading Challenges
Saga Vol. 1 - Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge
Saga Vol. 2 - Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge
Saga Vol. 3 - Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - TBR Challenge
Fight Club - Adult Novel Challenge



Books Acquired:
- Rogues (Anthology)
- Endgame by James Frey
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss
- Hush, Hush by Becka Fitzpatrick
- Everneath by Brodi Ashton
- Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
- Noggin by John Corey Whaley



Books Read:
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- Saga Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan
- Saga Vol. 2 by Brian Vaughan
- Saga Vol. 3 by Brian Vaughan
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

/In Progress/
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
- Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
- The Vanishing Game by Katie Kae Meyers

July TBR:
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Endgame by James Frey
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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