Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0: Day 4 Challenges + Update

For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

There were two challenges today:


Double Date Book Challenge!
Hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale 

The Rules for the Challenge:

You must pick two books that you would recommend someone read together (like a double date!) and explain your reasons for the recommendation. You can recommend the books because they are in the same genre, one is a retelling of the other, they deal with the same issues, or maybe they're complete opposites, whatever you want as long as you can explain why they should be read together. Just one exception: they cannot be books from the same series.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford
Rebecca is the classic tale of an unnamed main character who marries a rich widower and soon comes to learn that she is replacing the man's dead wife.  Replacing Gentry is a modern retelling of Rebecca with its own twist.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and Phantom by Susan Kay
To know where the famous musical came from and to read a good classic, read the original novel by Gaston Leroux. The original brought many unanswered questions about Erik the Opera Ghost and Susan Kay wrote a book to answer these questions.  Many people prefer Susan Kay's book more than the original. Read the classic first then the retelling and compare the two.

Found Poem Challenge
Hosted by Pen in Her Hand

Just choose a novel from any genre, print or ebook, that you’re reading or have finished. Pick a number between 1 and 10, and you’re ready to start! I picked the book, An Unlikely Pair by Monya Clayton

1. Flip to a page at random. Using your trusty number (for example, let’s use 7) count down 7 lines. Then count in 7 words. Write that word down. Repeat this process until your have fourteen words. I used 8. Here are my words: where, them, bent, in, name, hands, stroked, boat, thought, knelt, need, still, them, she.

2. Delete two words and add in two words of your own. I deleted the words them and them. I added the words the and was.

3. Now arrange your words any way you like to finish your found poem.

Here's my poem:

Where the boat she knelt still,
bent in need,
name was thought,
hands stroked.

Hmmm...that came out a little naughty, lol.


Number of pages I've read today: 183
Number of minutes listened to today: 203
Books Finished: 0 (pretty closed to finishing Dragon Fire)

Number of pages I've read today: 68
Number of minutes listened to today: 56
Books Finished: 1 (Dragon Fire by Dina von Lowenkraft)

Number of pages I've read today: 96
Number of minutes listened to today: 133
Books Finished: 1 (Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake audio)

How are you doing?


  1. Your going good with the challenge!! I've read one book so far and I really wish I could finish one more before the read-a-thon is done.

    I haven't heard of Rebecca, but it sounds really good. I'm going to have to check it out along with it's re-telling!!

    Happy reading :D

    1. Don't worry how many books you've finished. At least you got one completed!