Bout Of Books 16.0 – Wrap It Up!

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Bout Of Books 16.0 is now officially over, and it’s time to review the numbers. This turned out to be yet another successful and fun read-a-thon… Yay! I managed to finish no less than 7! books, read a total of 2.399 pages and I even read all the titles on my original Bout Of Books TBR as well, which is a small miracle as it is haha. I liked some books better than others, but overall I’m happy with the books I’ve read. And even though I only participated in one challenge this time around, it still means I’ve completed my Bout Of Books goals as well. 😀 Thanks again to the hosts for hosting another fun read-a-thon!

BOUT OF BOOKS 16.0 GOALS

  • Finish at least three books
  • Read at least 1.000 pages
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • But above all: have fun!!!

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DAY 7: SUNDAY MAY 15th 2016

# Pages read today: 332 (Dumplin’)
# Total pages read: 2.399
# Book continued: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
# Books finished: All The Rage by Courtney Summers // Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira // The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent // Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult // Stars Above by Marissa Meyer // See How They Run by Ally Carter // Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

BOOKS I’VE READ:

1. All The Rage by Courtney Summers. (3/5)

2. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. (3,5/5)

3. The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. (4/5)

4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. (4/5)

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. (4/5)

6. See How They Run by Ally Carter. (4/5)

7. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. (2,5/5)

 

I hope you all had a great time during this read-a-thon!  😀 ❤

Bout Of Books 15.0 – Wrap It Up!

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Bout Of Books 15.0 is now officially over, and it’s time to review the numbers. I haven’t read nearly the same amount of books and pages as last Bout Of Books, but overall I’m more than happy with the results. I managed to read six books from start to finish, and read the last 20% of Neverwhere and about 50% of Dark Places as well. I started all three books I had originally planned on my Bout Of Books TBR and threw in some mystery/thriller reads as well I’m happy about. All in all I think this read-a-thon was a great success! 😀

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DAY 7: SUNDAY JANUARY 10th 2016

# Pages read today: 50 (Dark Places) + 112 (Never Always Sometimes)
# Total pages read: 1.818
# Books continued: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn // Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
# Books finished: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman // Dead Wood by Dan Ames // Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty // All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry // Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro //Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl //  Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

BOOKS I’VE READ:

1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. (5/5) My new favorite Gaiman novel; a magical realism story mixed with urban fantasy and the right dose of humor. Simply brilliant!

2. Dead Wood by Dan Ames. (3,5/5) An entertaining enough read if you like a good crime story with some interesting music references.

3. Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. (4/5) Very good middle grade story that has a good mix of fantasy and scary elements and I really liked the prose.

4. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. (4,5/5) I was more than pleasantly surprised by this historical fiction novel. Such an original, beautifully written and emotional story!

5. Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson. (4/5) It’s the first time I read a Patterson YA novel, but I flew through the pages and it was a really entertaining read.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. (3,5/5) He is one of my favorite childhood authors and I always love rereading his work. This is not my favorite, but still good.

7. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. (3/5) I can’t say I was impressed by this one. It wasn’t terrible but there were some parts that really bothered me.

 

I hope you all had a great time during this read-a-thon!  😀

Bout Of Books 14 – Wrap It Up!

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The Bout Of Books 14 read-a-thon has now officially ended and it’s time to review the numbers. (Participant nr. 35) I managed to finish Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Port yesterday and bring the total to no less than TEN books. I’ve also read 42% of All Fall Down by Ally Carter… Remember I made a TBR last Sunday with ten titles saying that I wasn’t pretending that I was actually able to read ten books? I guess I was wrong haha. Two of them are actually novellas, but still with over 2.900 pages in one week I’m not complaining. 😉 I didn’t exactly follow my original TBR, although I managed to read 5 out of 10 books on the list… And I will start reading The Girl On The Train later today or tomorrow.  All in all I guess this read-a-thon was a great success!  Woohoo! 😀 😀

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  • DAY 7: SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd

# Pages read today: 306 (Anatomy Of A Misfit) + 134 (All Fall Down)
# Total pages read: 2.939
# Book started: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
# Book continued: Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Port
# Books finished: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher // The Martian by Andy Weir // Fairest by Marissa Meyer // My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga // The Death Cure by James Dashner // Joyland by Stephen King // The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith // Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews // Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher //  Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Port

BOOKS I’VE READ:

nevernever1. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. I’ve had my eyes on this novella for a while now and decided to pick it as my first read-a-thon read to get things going. I’m seriously intrigued by this story and that cliffhanger ending! Lucky for me I had the sequel waiting for me on my kindle.

themartian2. The Martian by Andy Weir. A lot of people have been reading this one lately and I can definitely understand why. This book is simply brilliant and without doubt one of my favorite reads so far this year. The plot, main character, prose… I loved every single bit of it even though I’m normally not really into stories set in space.

fairest3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. To make the wait for Winter a little less painful, I decided to read this one next. Levana is not one of my favorite characters, but I ended up enjoying it anyway because the writing is just as good as the rest of the series. It also gives you some idea of what might happen in the fourth book…

myheartandotherblackholes4. My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I’ve had my eyes on this one ever since I first heard about it, and not just because of the beautiful cover. I’m glad I finally read it, because it was just as good as I was hoping for. Interesting characters, prose, plot… And the author described depression really well.

thedeathcure5. The Death Cure by James Dashner. I’m trying to finish some of the series on my TBR and decided to read this one based on this exact reason. I’m not a big fan of The Maze Runner trilogy, and I found this last book even less satisfying than the first two. I felt it lacked a proper plot and I wasn’t a fan of the ending…

joyland6. Joyland by Stephen King. It’s been a while since I’ve read any of his work and I’ve had a copy of this one on my shelf for a while now, so I decided to read it. I loved the 1973 carnival setting and the prose was interesting as always. I didn’t see the ending coming for sure! An entertaining read with a fast pace and just the right dose of paranormal.

thegeographyofyouandme7. The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith. This one was my newest TBR jar pick I decided to read straight away. It took me way too long to read the last one, so I wanted to make up for it. It was an ok read, but not as good as I thought it would be… I liked the idea of postcards and everything, but some scenes just were too cheesy for me.

meandearlandthedyinggirl8. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.  I’ve heard mixed things about this read and I can understand why. I’m still not sure if I like it or not myself… This book is highly original when it comes to both plot, prose and characters and is about as far away as the typical The Fault In Our Stars cancer-themed stories as you can get. But I’m not sure the humor didn’t go too far at points… Or if I actually liked some of the main characters.

neverneverparttwo9. Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. I couldn’t wait any longer and had to read the second part next. This part was even better than the first and unfortunately ended with a big cliffhanger as well. And now the painful wait for the third part starts to find out what is going on with the main characters… Because I honestly don’t have a clue.

anatomyofamisfit10. Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Portes. I wasn’t sure what to read next and then my eyes fell on this novel. I’ve had it on my TBR for a while now and it ended up to be ok. I didn’t exactly like most characters and the fact that it’s yet another YA novel with an annoying love triangle is actually quite frustrating. The ending felt a bit forced as well.

 

I hope you all had a great time during this read-a-thon!  😀

Bout Of Books 13 – Wrap It Up!

BoB13-200x200The Bout Of Books 13 read-a-thon has now officially ended and it’s time to review the numbers. I managed to finish two more books yesterday and bring the total to six (if you don’t count the fact that I was already 16% into Angelfall when the read-a-thon started). I managed to read a total of 1.927 pages and four out of five books on my TBR… The other two being a TBR jar pick and a sequel I just HAD to read straight away. All in all I guess this read-a-thon was a great success!  Woohoo! 😀 😀

DAY 7: SUNDAY MAY 17th

# Pages read today: 103 (The Wicked Will Rise) + 210 (Falling Into Place)
# Total pages read: 1.927
# Book continued: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
# Books finished: Angelfall by Susan Ee, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire, World After by Susan Ee, The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

 

BOOKS I’VE READ:

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1. Angelfall by Susan Ee. This is the first book of the Penryn & The End Of Days series and I absolutely loved reading it. I instantly became a Penryn and Raffe fan and without doubt I will be adding this one to my all-time favorite YA series list.

unwind2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This is the first books of the Unwind Dystology I will definitely be reading more of in the future. Although the plot in a way was quite disturbing, I liked the main characters and really want to know how things continue. Unwholly is already waiting for me on my TBR shelf…

donttellmummy3. Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire. I needed to read a memoir for various challenges and this one immediately caught my eye. I knew this was probably going to be a tough read since the blurb already shows the author had a pretty rough childhood… Now I’ve read it, I cannot help but feel sorry for her and think how brave she is to write down all those horrible facts.

worldafter4. World After by Susan Ee. The second book of the Penryn & The End Of Days series. This one wasn’t originally on my read-a-thon TBR, but I just couldn’t help myself and needed to know what would happen to Penryn and Raffe. No need to say that it was awesome and I will be trying to get my hands on a copy of the third book ASAP!

thewickedwillrise5. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. The second book of the Dorothy Must Die series. After reading the first book last month and already owning the sequel, I decided to read it while my memories of Dorothy Must Die were still fresh. There was quite a lot more action in this second book than the first, and it’s a shame the wait for the third will be a long one…

fallingintoplace6. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I wasn’t sure I was actually going to finish this one on time, but it turned out to be quite a quick read. I cannot say I really liked the characters, but the book does have a strong message and there are some interesting plot twists in there. The ending does feel a bit forced though.

 

I hope you all had a great time during this read-a-thon! 😀 ❤

The Monkeys Reviewed It’s All About Book’s 2014!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for It’s All About Books! Woohoo! Thanks to everybody that followed my blog, showed support and commented my silly ramblings. You guys simply rock and I’m glad to be a part of this book blogging community!

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I know it’s not midnight yet, but I’m taking this opportunity to wish everybody a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2015! May there always be enough books, health and happiness in all your lives. 😀

Here’s an excerpt of the annual report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Winter TBR Wrap Up

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This June 17th I posted my Winter TBR with all the books that I wanted to read during the cold winter months. Now that Spring has come with that all those lovely Spring days, flowers and kayaking, it is time to look back and see what has come of the Winter TBR. Have I actually read all those books on the list? Did I like them? Which ones do I still have to buy and/or read?

Ithenameofthewind‘ve managed to read six out of the ten books on my Winter TBR, which is not too bad if you take into account I haven’t looked much at this list since I posted it. It’s actually close to seven books, because I’m going to read Black Roses as soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading… On to a list with the titles, link and rating:

mountainsI have copies of the following three books, but I still haven’t read them. Black Roses is next on my list, and I will start reading this novel by Jane Thynne as soon as I finish Mr. Mercedes. I really don’t understand why I still haven’t read And The Mountains Echoed yet; I know I will love this book, but I guess I just haven’t blackrosesbeen in the right mood to truly appreciate it. Shatter Me doesn’t attract me as much as before, and to be honest I don’t think I will read this one any time soon…

  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Black Roses by Jane Thynne

I still didn’t buy a copy of Winter In Madrid and probably won’t any time soon. It’s not that I’m not interested in the book; I just have way to many books on my TBR pile already to keep buying new ones.

  • Winter In Madrid by C.J. Sansom