Bout of Books 26 – August 19-25, 2019

I’m gearing up for Bout of Books 26! After going on vacation and not reading at all, I am more than ready to get back to all my beautiful books. If you don’t know what the Bout of Books Readathon is, here is a description created by the hosts:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  1. Do at least 80% of the challenges.
  2. Finish 3 books.
  3. Read 800 pages.
  4. Read for at least 2 hours a day.

Here is what I will be reading:

If any of you are interested in participating in the Bout of Books Readathon, you can sign up here. It’ll be an amazing time!!!



Bout of Books 25 – May 2019

This week I participated in the Bout of Books 25 Readathon. Unfortunately, I had a busy week with work, house renovations, and family visiting, but I still made some time to read, though not as much as I would have liked.

Here are the books I read this week:


Total pages read: 1,069

Posts on Twitter: 10

Posts on Instagram: 7 (participated in the daily Instagram challenge #BoB25IGPhoto)

I am really looking forward to the next one. See below for the dates and hope that you all get to participate as well!

Dates of Next Readathon:

Bout of Books 26
8/19/19 – 8/25/19

Bout of Books 24 – Day 4 Update

As I just returned from my holiday vacation, I thought participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon would help me start 2019 on a good reading note. Plus, I always enjoy the Bout of Books read-a-thons. However, I have not made a lot of progress due to a lovely cold that I picked up on my travels home. I have one of those colds that causes horrible migraines, so reading has been a bit difficult. I have not completed any books yet, but I am hoping that the second half of this read-a-thon will be more productive.
Currently Reading:
Just Started: 
I started this audiobook, as I couldn’t read with my eyes at all yesterday.

The Library Book

32/318 (10%)
Starting Soon:
These are the three books I really want to complete by the end of Bout of Books 24. Wish me luck! Are you participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon? If so, how are you doing? What are your goals?


WWW Wednesdays – August 22, 2018


What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

3PKyE93This week I’m participating in the Bout of Books Readathon. I’ve set reading goals for my week that should help me make some progress on book club books and NetGalley ARCs that have been piling up. See my post for more information on this readathon and my readathon goals.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Chasing the Devil by Sheriff David Reichert


I’ve recently become a true crime junkie thanks to discovering Ann Rule at the beginning of the year and Michelle McNamera’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’ve also become a huge fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast. I often find myself wanting to read more about the cases they mention on the podcast and came across this audiobook on the Green River Killer via my Libby library app. This book provided a great overview of the crimes committed by the Green River Killer in Washington State in the 1980s and 90s. Some individuals, like the author of this book, Sheriff David Reichert, devoted much of their careers to searching for the Green River Killer and with advancements in DNA processing, were finally able to catch the killer. The killer was convicted of the deaths of 49 women, but many believe he could have killed up to 80. Sheriff Reichert really gives you an inside view of this case from the crime scenes to the collection of evidence. I will say that a few things bothered me about this book though. First, he gets extremely uppity when talking about the press/media and there “interference”. However, they have a job to do in reporting about someone who is terrorizing the area and killing women. It was stated multiple times throughout the book the affect this case had on Sheriff Reichert’s family, and while I think that was important to state once to show his unfailing commitment to this case, I felt like I was losing sympathy for him and his family the more he mentioned it, because there were still many victims and their families who had been affected too. Finally, my last issue was the fact that he seemed a bit defensive about the fact that some of the victim’s families turned on him when the police and prosecutor made a deal with the Green River Killer. They took the death penalty off the table in exchange for locating more bodies and potentially more victims. While I do believe this was probably the right move to help solve additional missing person cases, I think the victim’s families had every right to feel what they feel and the author should not be defensive about that. Overall, this book was so-so with a rating of 3/5.

A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon


What does one read when they need a break from reading about the Green River Killer? Clearly the answer is a steamy romance ARC from NetGalley! I really enjoyed this romantic story of two people so in love that time, careers and life can’t keep them apart. Chase Ferguson thought he could bury his summer love affair with Mimi Andrix in the past, but ten years later her picture resurfaces as part of a smear campaign by his opponent in a mayoral race in Dallas, Texas. After taking a vacation to Mimi’s hometown in Montana and by chance being snowed in with her for a weekend alone, he quickly realizes that while he wants to protect Mimi from the press, he also does not want to let her go again. You could feel the passion and love between the two main characters. The ending feels a bit like Maid in Manhattan, but it was well done. I also enjoyed the little mentions of Chase’s sister that keep you wanting to read the next book, which will be her story.

Reading Next

These books are all books that I’ve put down to read other things, and now I am determined to finish them.

What are y’all reading right now? Do y’all read one book at a time or do you have multiple books going like me?

Happy Reading!!!!

Bout of Books 23 – August 2018

Bout of Books
Time for another readathon to make some more progress on my summer reading!!! This will be my second time participating in the Bout of Books readathon. I participated in this readathon back in May. See my post on this here. To join me and many other avid readers, go sign-up!


August 20 – August 26


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. From the Bout of Books team


  1. Read for 20 hours.
  2. Read a total of 1,000 pages.
  3. Finish 3 books.
  4. Participate in some challenges and update status on social media.

TBR Books 


Completed My First BoB Readathon


As part of my attempt to continue my reading life while working a full-time demanding position, I decided to try to participate in as many readathons, readalongs and book club meetups as I could. I am happy I found the Bout of Books readathon. This was a week-long readathon.


My main goal for this readathon (stated in this previous post) was to read 700 pages (an average of 100 a day). On a normal day, I tend to read an average of about 50 pages a day, so I thought this was going to be a real challenge, but I surprisingly accomplished this goal without a problem. I actually read a total of 962 pages and completed 2 books (see picture above). I also have started and made progress in The Dry by Jane Harper, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (see picture below).


I had the privilege of attending a book talk and signing event for one of the books that I read during this readathon. Paula McLain, well-known author of The Paris Wife, came to my local independent bookstore to discuss her new book Love and Ruin, another historical fiction about one of Hemingway’s wives and their love affair. Here are some pictures from the event:


Overall, I had a fantastic week of reading. It was just what I needed to help me catch up with my reading backlog, prepare for upcoming book clubs and relax before a very stressful work period. Bout of Books will be hosting another readathon in August, so maybe I’ll see y’all then.

Until the next readathon….

WWW Wednesdays – May 16, 2018


What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I decided as part of Bout of Books challenge week, I would also join in on WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

Currently Reading

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain


I am halfway into this novel by Paula McLain, author most known for The Paris Wife. I admittedly own The Paris Wife but have not read it yet. I received Love and Ruin from NetGalley. This book is about Martha Gellhorn’s life and especially her love affair with Ernest Hemingway. From the start of this story, you immediately feel engrossed in Martha’s life and her ambitions. You feel the Spanish War like you are there observing the shelling of Madrid with Gellhorn, Hemingway, and others. I am very invested to find out what the second part of this story has in store for me. I am also excited to have an opportunity to see Paula McLain present this book in a couple of days at my local independent bookstore, Brazos Bookstore.

 Recently Finished

In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson


I just finished listening to the audiobook narration of Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country. It is a memoir of his travels in Australia. I personally love travel memoirs, and no one quite does it as well as Bill Bryson in my opinion. His mix of history, culture and sarcastic humor keeps you entertained for hours. I think almost everyone would enjoy this adventure story unless you are from Canberra, love cricket and/or work at the hotel where Bryson stated that he would “sooner have bowel surgery in the woods with a stick” than ever stay there again. I’m ready to hop on a plane to Australia right now!

Next Read

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


I will be reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones for local book club. It was published this year, and I’ve read a lot of positive reviews. I’m very excited to get started on this one.