Bout of Books Read-a-thon 16 – Goals

May 8, 2016 Special Feature 1

bob16Welcome to Tea in the Treetops, and Angelya’s goals list for yet another Bout of Books Read-a-thon!

Here’s a bit of information about the read-a-thon:

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


Time for another read-a-thon! There’s nothing special about this week for me, but I’ll try my best to get plenty of reading done. You can see all my updates as I progress further down on this post.

Only three books on my list this week. I’d love to get through all of them – if I do I’ll add some more!

Edit: Yep, already adding… I picked up Saga from the library today.

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I’m also listening to Corruption on audiobook!

Edit: next, The Gift on audio.

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Day 1: Monday 9th 

Books read: The War That Saved My Life: p44-316 (end), Saga part 1: 160 pages (end), Listened to Corruption (9 chapters)
Pages read: 432
Page total: 432
Comments: I loved this book! I had a lot of trouble putting it down once I got to work – I just had to find out what happened to Ada and her little brother Jamie! Basically, Ada and Jamie are evacuated with the other children from London at the outbreak of the Second World War, but as Ada has been kept inside one room all her eleven years due to her clubfoot, the trip away from London is the first time she’s ever seen grass, or trees, or much of anything, really. This story is about Ada’s journey of discovery, both of the world outside London, and of herself as a person rather than a ‘cripple’. The mother in me was heartbroken and sad, but I can’t help feeling like middle graders would find the historical parts of this book fascinating.

I took a break tonight to watch the latest Game of Thrones episode (oh my gosh! No spoilers!) but after that I read all of Saga as well. Loved it!

Day 2: Tuesday 10th 

Books read: Riders: p1-126, listened to Corruption chp 19-end
Pages read: 126 + 270
Page total: 828
Comments: I’m guessing the number of pages for Corruption here, since it was an audiobook. I enjoyed it, but it all got a bit too lovey-dovey towards the end. Perhaps I was just annoyed with the audio – I’m not sure. I did like listening to it, but it wasn’t my favourite.

I started reading Riders this morning, and I’m enjoying the four horsemen of the apocalypse premise! I also like the conversational tone with Gideon actually telling the story. Looking forward to reading more tomorrow.

Day 3: Wednesday 11th

Books read: Riders: p127-362 (end), listened to The Gift chapters 1-4 (out of 43 chapters, total 494 pages)
Pages read: 235 + 46
Page total: 1109
Comments: Riders was awesome! And, surprisingly, stand-alone. There is room for another story afterwards, but I’m not sure if one is planned – it all wraps up neatly. A very enjoyable apocalyptic demon-slaying story.

I’m also enjoying the start of The Gift on audio, even though the lady reading it has such a lovely voice it is lulling me to sleep. There’s a lot of descriptions going on after the initial action, and I’m hoping the pace picks up soon.

Day 4: Thursday 12th

Books read: The Lyre Thief p1-107, listened to The Gift chapters 5-11 (about 80 pages)
Pages read: 187
Page total: 1296
Comments: I feel like I actually read more of The Lyre Thief than 100 pages, but it’s a large-format paperback so there are more words on each page! So far, so good: very political with a touch of dragons thrown in. I haven’t read any of Jennifer Fallon’s previous books and while I feel like I am missing some back story for a few of the characters and stories, it’s mostly making sense so far.

Tomorrow is a day at home with both my little ones, so I’m really not expecting much reading to be done. We’ll see!

Day 5: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 13-15

Books read: The Lyre Thief p107-178, listened to The Gift chapters 12-13 (about 23 pages)
Pages read: 94
Page total: 1390
Comment: As I expected, I had a very busy long weekend planned with the kids and had very little time to spend reading. I feel like I made up for it during the week though – 1400-odd pages is a respectable total!

I hope you had a great reading week!


Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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