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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. –From the Bout of Books team
- time spent reading: 3.5 hours
- finished The Sixth Station
Phew! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get that one done. My goal was just to read as much as I was able this past week, but I would have hated to end the read-a-thon with my last book still in-progress (because I’m crazy like that).
Unfortunately it was an extra struggle because the book just wasn’t a great one. I didn’t have the best luck choosing books this time around. Someday, Someday, Maybe was a really fun read, but my other two just fell flat. Here are some quick mini-reviews:
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
I tried to temper my high expectations — The Thirteenth Tale is one of my all-time favorite books — but even without comparing it to Setterfield’s debut, I’m still fairly sure that I would have been underwhelmed by this novel. Maybe I just didn’t get it, because it seemed like there should have been more to it. But at the end of the book, I didn’t feel anything… other than disappointment, and an overwhelming desire to go and re-read The Thirteenth Tale.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
This was a fun and quick read. The shenanigans are a lot more realistic than a lot of chick lit, but in spite of the realism (or maybe because of it?) I wasn’t really into the story at first. At some point, though — I couldn’t tell you when it happened — it transitioned into something with so much heart, and I was really rooting for Franny to find what she was looking for. I completely identified with her awkwardness and the way she was always over-thinking everything. In the end, I really enjoyed it. Well worth the read.
The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi
I’m a fan of religious thrillers, but this one didn’t do it for me. The conspiracy was interesting. It had its share of exciting moments. On the whole, though, it just fell flat. I wasn’t invested in the chase, I found myself getting tired of the main character (a common downfall with first-person narrators), and though it had a lot of potential and kept me turning the pages, it just never really came together or delivered the punch I was waiting for.
Between some sub-par reads and the craziness that is my life right now, my second Bout of Books was not my greatest. But… the social aspect was fun, as always. I did a couple of challenges (which I hadn’t done last time), and two of the Twitter chats (which was two more than I was expecting to be able to do). So… success? I guess…
Definitely looking forward to the next one, though.
How did everyone else fare this week?