Bout of Books updates…

…reorganized-reading style.

I’m always coming up with new ways of logging information about my life, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is my third method of logging my progress for Bout of Books.

Now, if you followed this blog around the time of its rebirth (around Jan 2018), you might remember that I was updating my BoB progress here.

But in another twist, to remain interesting & offer some splashes of color, I decided to combine the two things this blog is really about. My love of bullet journaling & books.

So here we go. I give you the first of 7 excerpts from the pages of my bujo, including little fun facts about me, pages read, books I’m on (and hopefully books I will complete). Also, check out my TBR list for this year’s Bout of Books on my bookstagram (well, it’s not just strictly books, but books dominate it quite a bit).

BoutofBooks Goals & Day 1

How did everyone else do for Bout of Books? Are you signed up? Make sure you sign up & make it official, so you can participate in the cool giveaways & prizes that will arise!

 

#whatsinthebox18 Wrap Up! And Coming Reads!

That’s all folks!

I have completed the #whatsinthebox18 week long readathon. It was such a fun readathon, and I really did challenge myself to read more in a week than I normally would.

The original goal was 4 reads, and I am pleased to announce that I read 3.5 books! I definitely swapped out a monster length book for a shorter, more manageable one for my last reading sprint. (I will be discussing each of these reads in my live wrap up on Instagram that will take place in approximately 30 minutes.)

I definitely will participate in this readathon again. And hopefully by then I will have a couple more connections in the #bookstagram community that I will feel more comfortable in participating in the giveaway events (I felt weird just ‘making new friends,’ and then tagging them tbh).

But no complaints on not wining anything, really. I went into this with the mindset of wanting to finish some BOTM books that have been sorely neglected, and I did just that! I also wanted to meet and connect with some more people in the #bookstagram community, and I was successful in that also.

So all in all, it was a great experience! So if you’re looking to break into the bookish community on Instagram, or just want another week long readathon, participate in this one!

Seriously, wherethereadergrows & book.happy were AMAZINGLY generous hosts for this readathon. They were super active, and encouraging to everyone, even to a newb like me. And you don’t always have that in readathons, so I really felt welcomed in and included. Thank you for all your hard work ladies!

So now that I have finished up the following reads, what is next for reorganized-reading? Well, I am going to be doing another Best Friend Book Club read with my Belgian Bestie. A classic that has been on both of our TBR’s forever: The Book Thief!

I know, how behind the times are we on this one? It came out ages ago, right? But anyway, we’re both really excited to have another read to experience with one another. And also, there will be two giveaways this time! One when we meet the halfway mark, and the other when we sprint to the end. Stay tuned for more details on my Twitter & Instagram accounts!

And I will also be announcing my last Throwback Thursday Classic this coming Thursday, but I need your help in deciding which read to go with! Stay tuned as I will announce via Twitter & Instagram two options for you to choose from.

Thanks again to everyone who has made my reading experience so enjoyable thus far! I really am grateful to have had the chance to connect with some amazing individuals!

Until next time bookworms!

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#whatsinthebox18 Readathon Update!

Saturday afternoon I was perusing bookish hashtags on Instagram for inspiration & to find other awesome book bloggers out there when I happened upon this reading challenge. And of course, me not really having any major plans this weekend (except for a trip to the dog park, some catch up cleaning, groceries, & mass, you know my usual stuff), I thought why not join in?

And here we are on Tuesday, halfway(ish) through the readathon, so I figured I would make a post about my experience with this readathon so far.

Some of you must be wondering, what is #whatsinthebox18?

It’s a week long readathon (from April 14-April 21) created by wherethereadergrows & book.happy, intended to knock off those books that arrive through any monthly subscriptions you might have. And it looks like most (if not all) of the giveaways included in this readathon are either a subscription box from various providers, or a book from a subscription box. Oh, and they are everyday giveaways so if you’re into that it is really fun!

I haven’t really participated in the giveaways, with the exception of doing the photo challenges. But those are really just so I can practice taking pictures as my photo skills are weak af. I also thought doing this readathon would be a fun way to kind of reach out to the bookstagram community, and probably most importantly, knock off some of my BOTM books that have pretty much taken over my TBR shelf.

Seriously it’s bad how behind I am with reading these books. (I think I have 2 unread from 2016 still, and something like a dozen between 2017-2018. Yikes, right?) In fact I’m considering temporarily halting my subscription in June, just so I can buckle down and catch up. I’m sure my bank account & my hubster would love if I did that, but I just don’t know if I can fully commit to it because I love discovering new books through the monthly selections! If you’re reading this, sorry babe!

Anyway, now that you know a little bit about the #whatsinthebox18 readathon, let’s talk personal progress. I feel pretty good about my progress so far for this readathon.

So far, I read two books. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaimen, which was a random read that I started before discovering #whatsinthebox18. And then a selection from my BOTM TBR shelf, The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Below you can see my star ratings & favorite quotes from them. 

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I also started reading another one of my BOTM books from last year The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy. It’s started out kind of slow, but definitely holds an air of mystery that makes me want to know more. You aren’t really sure exactly what is going on with the protagonist, Mary, although I feel like it might be something really sinister based on the clues we’ve been provided. And then I have another read that I am targeting to finish, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I love learning about different cultures, particularly from a historical viewpoint, and also if they come into contact with another conflicting culture. That whole idea is just fascinating to me and always makes for a rich read, so I have high hopes for this one.

And beyond these four, I don’t really see myself finding time to start another one. But hey, stranger things have happened 😉

As far as reviews of these books goes, I chose to do mini-reviews since I saw mostly everyone was updating their progress on Instagram. I figured I would be easier to give quick snapshots of my thoughts there, but I also wanted to track my progress over here, and talk a little bit about this fun & exciting readathon. I will probably also do a wrap up next Sunday here on my overall experience/progress, so stay tuned.

Anyone else do a subscription book box? Any others to recommend aside from BOTM? Do you have BOTM? What are your feelings about it? Let me know!

Until next time, bookworms!

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