Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0- Goals and Updates

Bout of Books
It has started! I have been super busy these past few days and I would get busier this week. BUT...I am determine to get some reading done!

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

I am also participating in The Book Rat's "Austen in August" event, so I have to get my Jane Austen books read. I have been doing horrible with this so I am hoping that this read-a-thon will help me get my reads accomplished.


  • Finish reading Sense and Sensibility
  • Finish listening the audiobook to Pride & Prejudice (re-read)
  • Get halfway done with Mansfield Park
  • Get halfway done with Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
  • Finish Finding Sheba for Blog Tour (not Austen related)
  • Participate in 1 challenge
  • Write reviews for all finished reads

I'm going to do my best to get these challenges done and I'll try to update every-other day on my progress.


Pages read today: 42
Pages read so far: 42
Hours of audio today: 1 hour
Books completed so far: none
Mini challenge: 1 completed
Quote of the day: "A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others."- Sense and Sensibility, Ch. 31
Thoughts: A little slow today. I was too distracted and busy with work. I also couldn't get myself into S&S until I reached the revelation behind one of the suitors. I had to switch to reading Finding Sheba for a lighter and more entertaining read.
Pages read today: 55
Pages read so far: 97
Hours of audio today: 1 hour and 22 minutes
Hours of audio so far: 2 hours and 22 minutes
Books completed so far: none
Quote of the day: "The Yemenis profess Bilqis was their queen, ruling over the region of Sa'ba. The Ethiopians claim her as their Makeda and say that her son was a product of her union with King Solomon. And of course, there's the thesis you're working on--that the queen was the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh." Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore, page 34
My thoughts: Okay, I read a tad bit more today. I thought I wasn't going to get the chance to read since Tuesdays are my longest work days and I have dance rehearsals on these days. Slowly getting through...I haven't been able to start Mansfield Park for group discussion over at The Book Rat, which is frustrating me.
Pages read today: 88
Pages read so far: 185
Hours of audio today: 45 minutes
Hours of audio so far: 3 hours 7 minutes
Books completed so far: Sense & Sensibility
Quote of the day: "The world had made him extravagant and vain - extravagance and vanity had made him cold-hearted and selfish. Vanity, while seeking its own guilty triumph at the expense of another, had involved him in a real attachment, which extravagance, or at least its offspring necessity, had required to be sacrificed. Each faulty propensity in leading him to evil, had led him likewise to punishment."
- Sense and Sensibility, Ch. 44
My thoughts: I finished S&S!!! Woo hoo! It was tougher than what I thought. I heard Mansfield Park is Jane Austen's toughest book. I'm not sure I'll be able to get into it.

Pages read today: 25
Pages read so far: 110
Hours of Audio: 30 minutes
Hours of audio so far: 3 hours and 37 minutes
Books completed so far: Sense & Sensibility
Quote of the day: None
My thoughts: Argh!
Pages read today: 67
Pages read so far: 177
Hours of Audio: 0
Hours of audio so far: 3 hours and 37 minutes
Books completed so far: Sense & Sensibility
Quote of the day: "You have murdered my father and left our people to rot on the desert floor, yet you will not die because of my desire for vengeance." She kept her gaze steady, ignoring the foul stench permeating from the men. "You have taken the young girl and destroyed her virtue--which is graver than taking life itself."
Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore, page 120
My thoughts: It was super hot today and I got sick. My head could not tolerate any audio listening but I was able to get some reading time towards the end of the night.
Pages read today: 103
Pages read so far: 280
Hours of audio: 0
Hours of audio so far: 3 hours and 37 minutes
Books completed so far: Sense and Sensibility & Finding Sheba
Quote of the day: "I believe everything happens for a reason," his grandfather said. "Life continues on, pain lessens, and new legacies are born." He touched Alem's chest. "Look, inside yourself, and you'll see who you really are. What's important is how you represent your own name."
Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore, page 442
My thoughts: Oh I tried so hard to get more reading done but I got really sick. It's been super hot here in California and we don't use the A/C. I had migraines, I was nauseous, and I had vertigo. At least I finished Finding Sheba in time for the blog tour.

Pages read today: 56
Pages read so far: 346
Hours of audio: 1 hour and 23 minutes
Hours of audio so far: 4 hours
Books completed so far: Sense and Sensibility, Finding Sheba, Pride and Prejudice
Quote of the day: Elizabeth was much too embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” Elizabeth feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand, that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure, his present assurances.
Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 58
My thoughts: The read-a-thon is over and I didn't do as well as I hoped. I wanted to get more Austen books read during this time but life just got in the way. Oh well...better luck next time.


  1. Glad to see you participating ^^ you have all my support ^^
    teh challenge for today are easy and don't take long so you could reach at leats one of your goal already

  2. Lovely TBR list. I adore Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite. I recently read Emma and it was not so much my thing. Best of luck with your goals.
    -Dilettantish Reader