Hooked To Books Reading Challenge: It’s A Wrap! @Hookedtobooks

Anitya from Hooked To Books is hosting the The Hooked To Book Reading Challenge 2017 this year; a challenge all about reading as many books as possible during the twelve months of 2017. You can participate on four different levels and there are some pretty awesome rewards to win!

There is still time until September 15th to sign up!!

Levels Books Read & Reviewed Number of Rewards Rewards
Keen Reader 30+ 1 $50 Amazon Gift Card
Avid Reader 70+ 1 $75 Amazon Gift Card
Bookaholist 120+ 1 $100 Amazon Gift Card
Bookworm Extremist 200+ 10
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1 Kindle Paperwhite
$150 Amazon Gift Card

I personally signed up for the 120 books: Bookaholist level… And last month I somehow managed to reach that goal already (way earlier than expected). I knew I should have tried the 200 goal instead haha. But happy to be finishing this challenge!! 😀

Now on to a long list of the books I’ve read and reviewed this year so far… WARNING: there are a LOT. xD  Didn’t review two of these, but there are still 120+ reviewed titles here like the challenge asks for.

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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – It’s A Wrap!!

I can’t believe Bout Of Books 19.0 is already over!! I had a blast during this readathon and read way more than I thought I would be able to… No less than six finished books and four reviewed as well; definitely a new record. (Or at least I *think* so…) I also participated in three challenges (day 1,2,3), participated in the first Twitter chat and posted six readathon-related bookish photos on my Instagram… All in all a lot better than I hoped for!


DAY 7: SUNDAY MAY 14th 2017

# Pages read today: 192 (Manipulated Lives)
# Total pages read: 1.974
# Book continued: Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue (5/5 stars) // Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison (3,5/5 stars) // Liar by K.L. Slater (4,5/5 stars) // Aurabel by Laura Dockrill (1,5/5 stars) // Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel (4/5 stars)


As for the wrap up: I managed to read 3 out of 5 titles on my original readathon TBR (actually reading the fourth today), so that’s definitely better than I hoped. And even better: I managed to complete all my goals as well! 😀

  • Finish and review 3 books
  • Read 150 pages each day
  • Join a challenge
  • Most importantly: have fun!!

BOOKS I’VE READ:

1. Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) REVIEW

 I was looking forward to read Enchanters, but I ended up having mixed thoughts instead. While I liked the worldbuilding, plot and general idea behind this story, I still think it was also overlong and even dragged at points. That might just be because the dialogue didn’t feel all that natural and I didn’t really like some of the characters in the first place though. The pace did pick up in the second half and there was a lot more action… All in all an interesting read, although I did have my problems with it.

2. Room by Emma Donoghue (5/5 stars) REVIEW

I still can’t believe it took me years to finally pick up my copy of Room, but it is without doubt one of my new all time favorites. The story itself is already both dark, shocking and powerful, but what makes Room even more special is that it’s told from the POV of a 5-year-old boy. Jack is a truly fascinating and unique character and having the opportunity to follow both him and Ma is a true blessing. This story will definitely stay with me for a long time! As you might have guessed, I can highly recommend this story.

3. Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW

While not as strong or twisted as the first book, I still very much enjoyed Roses Of May. Especially the final part had a very fast pace and the writing style is very enjoyable to read. The serial killer and plot itself are both intriguing and the chapters with the killer’s thoughts added another level of suspense. I also might or might not have squealed when I saw my name mentioned in the story (doesn’t happen often, trust me!). The plot twists are interesting as well, although I did find out the killer’s identity early on. Without doubt still recommended though!

4. Liar by K.L. Slater (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW

Liar turned out to be another excellent psychological thriller read full of surprises. I found myself literally flying through the pages as I kept wondering about the chapter the story started with… Because Liar both started and ended with a bang. This is unreliable narrating at its best, and I loved every single minute of the ride. More than recommended for fans of the genre!

5. Aurabel by Laura Dockrill (1,5/5 stars)

I really wanted to enjoy this one and I still love the cover, but unfortunately I just couldn’t. I felt like it was as if I were reading in a foreign language I could only barely understand for most of the ride and I had a REALLY hard time finishing this one. In fact, I would probably have DNFed it if it wouldn’t have been an ARC. A little note: after some investigation, I found out this is actually a sequel and it becomes clear as you are reading Aurabel that a lot of both background AND essential information is missing if you don’t read the first book. That said, I don’t think this story has convinced me enough to actually try and read the first book. Unfortunately it ended up being a quite painful experience reading Aurabel.

6. Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel (4/5 stars)

 I have been wanting to pick up this collection of short stories about different characters dealing with the consequences of manipulators for a long time now, especially since I’ve seen various glowing reviews in the past. And I’m definitely glad I finally picked it up, because I really enjoyed reading them. Every story deals with a different angle and the stories are truly fascinating. My favorite story would be between the second and the third story; my least favorite probably either number four or five, but this doesn’t mean they were still good. If psychology fascinated you or you enjoy realistic fiction in general, Manipulated Lives is definitely a great read.

Did you join the Bout Of Books readathon and how did it go? Feel free to add your links! 🙂


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 6 Update

I can’t believe it’s already the last day of Bout Of Books 19.0!! I’m not sure how much I will be able to read today, but I’m already happy with the results so far anyway. No less than five books finished and four of them reviewed as well; definitely more than I was expecting!!

DAY 6: SATURDAY MAY 13th 2017

# Pages read today: 259 (Aurabel) + 82 (Manipulated Lives)
# Total pages read: 1.782
# Book continued: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue(5/5) // Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison (3,5/5) // Liar by K.L. Slater (4,5/5) // Aurabel by Laura Dockrill (2/5)
# Book started: Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 5 Update

The first five days of Bout Of Books 19.0 have literally flown by! I’ve already made more progress than I hoped for and I’m close to meeting my goals (I just need to read 150 pages both last days and that’s it): I finished another book yesterday (Liar) and I decided to continue with Aurabel even though the worldbuilding is quite confusing. I ended up not sticking to my original TBR at all, but I kind of had already expected that to happen haha.

DAY 5: FRIDAY MAY 12th 2017

# Pages read today: 205 (Liar) + 20 (Aurabel)
# Total pages read: 1.441
# Books continued: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill // Liar by K.L. Slater
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue(5/5) // Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison (3,5/5) // Liar by K.L. Slater (4,5/5)

BOUT OF BOOKS 19.0 ON INSTAGRAM

This is my first time participating the Bout Of Books readathon with both an Instagram and Twitter account, so I might have gone a little crazy haha. I love love bookstagram and in between reading I’ve managed to post five bookish photos so far. And here they are: *drumroll*


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 4 Update

Bout Of Books 19.0 day four might just have been the slowest reading day yet, but I did manage to finish another title and that brings the number of finished books to three. Not that bad at all! I also wrote three book reviews last night, so that explain why I had less time to read as well. I’ve now completed my first goal of this readathon of reading and reviewing three books! 😀 And I’m hoping to finish Liar by the end of today…

DAY 4: THURSDAY MAY 11th 2017

# Pages read today: 63 (Roses Of May) + 98 (Liar) + 0 (Aurabel)
# Total pages read: 1.216
# Books continued: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill // Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue(5/5) // Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison (3,5/5)
# Book startedLiar by K.L. Slater


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 3 Update

I wasn’t really feeling all that well during most of Bout Of Books 19.0 day three, so I didn’t get as much reading done as the previous two days… I’m still happy with the progress though and even managed to join for yesterday’s challenge as well. Looks like I will be finishing book number 3 today!

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY MAY 10th 2017

# Pages read today: 237 (Roses Of May) + 10 (Aurabel)
# Total pages read: 1.055
# Book continued: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue (4,5/5)
# Book startedRoses Of May by Dot Hutchison


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 2 Update + Day 3 Challenge

Bout Of Books 19.0 day two is done and dusted, and I managed to finish Enchanters like suspected. I also started Aurabel, but I had to put it on hold because I had a really hard time making sense of the worldbuilding. I picked up Room instead and it worked: I literally flew through the pages and finished it in less than a day! I’m glad I finally picked up my copy, it was SO good.

DAY 2: TUESDAY MAY 9th 2017

# Pages read today: 124 (Enchanters) + 15 (Aurabel) + 321 (Room)
# Total pages read: 808
# Book continued: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue (4,5/5)
# Books started: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill // Room by Emma Donoghue

DAY 3 CHALLENGE: SHELFIE

Share Your Shelfie

Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks


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