#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 1 Update & Day 2 Challenge

Bout Of Books 19.0 day one is already over! I’m so excited to be joining this readathon again; it’s been too long since last time. I had a great time yesterday and managed to go through a lot of my current read Enchanters. I had read 20% already on Sunday, so I will be counting the pages from that mark. With 590 pages, there’s still plenty book left to count anyway haha. I even managed to do day one challenge (describe yourself in six words) on Twitter and joined the Twitter chat as well. Yay for finally having signed up for Twitter; it was a lot of fun! 😀

You can still sign up until tomorrow if you are interested in joining! Just visit the Bout Of Books blog and follow the instructions; it’s easy!

DAY 1: MONDAY MAY 8th 2017

# Pages read today: 348
# Total pages read: 348
# Book continued: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw

 

DAY 2 CHALLENGE: NOT A FONT

Share a book cover where illustrations are part of the typography of the title. Looking at the book cover, you know the letters cannot be recreated by simply downloading a font.

Today’s challenge was actually really easy because I remembered this cover straight away of an ARC I read a little over two weeks ago. This Is Really Happening by Erin Chack, a well written coming of age memoir. (4/5 stars) full review here.


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