Bout of Books 13

I saw on Twitter that Bout of Books 13 is starting today, so I’m jumping in last minute! Here’s a description from their website:

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.

Goals – Books to Read

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Since I’m joining so late, I haven’t had much time to think about my reading goals. The books above make up my (tentative) goal list (Also, I apologize for the terrible picture, but it’s 10pm). I’ve had The Invisible Man by HG Wells, The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel, and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me edited by Kate Bernheimer out from the library for ages. And Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman was a Christmas gift that I am somehow only halfway through. This is my week to finish them!


I didn’t think I would do much reading today, as I finished Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller yesterday and I am still so so raw, but I managed to breeze through the last 218 pages of Sara Blaedel’s The Forgotten Girls. And also the 13 page Afterword section of Emma Donoghue’s Astray, which I read most of last week and loved.

Challenge: Bookish Survey from Writing my Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves? I go for an alphabetical approach by author’s last name. I don’t feel the need to organize by genre, as lots of books fall under multiple genres.
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? I don’t think I can answer this question! The only genre I actively avoid is horror.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? As I mentioned before, I read The Song of Achilles yesterday. It was beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough. The five star rating was a no-brainer.
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? I’m pretty excited to read My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, as I love fairy tales. But I’m hoping to be surprised by my other two books.
5. What book do you recommend the most? Of all time? Probably something by Melina Marchetta or Neil Gaiman. Or The Song of Achilles, since it’s still fresh in my mind and truly incredible.

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