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Monday, August 25th 2014

1:41 AM

Bout of Books 11 Goals & Updates

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 11 has started! My goal is to read:

  • Sacred Bloodlines (The Guardians Bk1) by Wendy Owens
  • Cursed (The Guardians Bk2) by Wendy Owens
  • The Prophecy (The Guardians Bk3) by Wendy Owens
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy

These books have been sitting on my shelf for a while now. Maybe I'll read from my huge ebooks pile if I actually finish all 4 books. I also plan to participate in some of the challenges.



Monday 8/18
Pages read: 203
Total page count: 203
Total books read: 0
Challenges: Scavenger Hunt
Notes: I noticed frequent grammatical errors while reading Sacred Bloodlines that I was easily taken out of the story. Also, the author jumps to a different character's point of view for a second then reverts immediately to the main protagonist. Very jarring and puzzling when it happens specially since it has always been about Gabe's thoughts from the beginning of the story. The book is reminiscent of Harry Potter.

Tuesday 8/19
Pages read: 113
Total page count: 316
Total books read: 1
Challenges: OTP & Book Spine Poetry
Notes: I finished Sacred Bloodlines. It was a decent read and I'm curious enough to continue reading the series. I didn't read as much as I planned because I got distracted by some shiny tech.

Wednesday 8/20
Pages read: 235
Total page count: 551
Total books read: 2
Challenges: Create a Sentence
Notes: Started Cursed and the frequent grammatical errors persist but at least the word sight was finally correctly used. The author seems to have a problem with homophones.

Thursday 8/21
Pages read: 377
Total page count: 928
Total books read: 3
Challenges: n/a
Notes: Cursed ended with an interesting twist that I had to dive into the next book. The Prophecy finally includes a longer point of view from another character besides Gabe. The book is also edited better because I encountered less grammatical errors. I enjoyed this third installment the most but I'm not in a hurry to finish the rest of the series. So happy I accomplished 3 out of my 4 reading goals.
I started Ironweed and I can tell I'm not going to speed through this one.

Friday 8/22
Pages read: 164
Total page count: 1092
Total books read: 3
Challenges: Book Chain
Notes: I guess I was wrong about Ironweed because I zipped through it. I encountered a lot of new words this time too. The author utilizes interesting storytelling mechanisms like character introspection, second-person narrative from time to time, and flashbacks. There are many surreal instances that I wonder if it's real or just the character's imagination.

Saturday 8/23
Pages read: 24
Total page count: 1116
Total books read: 4
Challenges: Spell It Out
Notes: Finished Ironweed and would read it again in the future.

Sunday 8/24
I decided that I was finished with the read-a-thon and didn't pick up another book once I finished Ironweed since my goals were met.

It was my first time joining a book challenge and to think I just signed up on a whim (at the last minute too) after landing on Laurie Here via a book search. I would love to do this challenge again and visit other blogs which I didn't do this time around.

Bout of Books 12 begins on January 5, 2015.

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Saturday, August 23rd 2014

7:05 PM

BoB 11: Spell It Out

Bout of Books

The Spell It Out Challenge is hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads. The goal is to spell out a word using the first letter of book titles. I chose to spell out my zodiac sign and my picks are again PNR novels that I want to read.

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Friday, August 22nd 2014

5:17 PM

BoB 11: Book Chain

It's another Bout of Books challenge called Book Chain which is hosted by Christian Bookshelf Reviews. The aim is to link the last word of a book's title to the first one of another book. My choices are all PNR. I haven't read the last two books but they are on my TBR pile.

Kade's Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso
Embrace Me at Dawn by Shayla Black
Dawn of a Dark Knight by Zoe Forward
A Knight to Desire by Gerri Russell

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Wednesday, August 20th 2014

6:17 PM

BoB 11: Create A Sentence

Bout of Books

It's the third day of Bout of Books 11 and I entered another challenge which is hosted by Book Reviews from a Christian Gal. The challenge this time is to construct a sentence using the first 2 words from a collection of books.

What if, in the organized chaos after ten, Rachel clutched the audience.

I used these books for the sentence:

  • Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton
  • His Border Bride by Blythe Gifford
  • Kismet by Monica Burns
  • Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
  • Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks
  • Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
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Tuesday, August 19th 2014

8:59 PM

BoB 11: OTP & Book Spine Poetry

It's the second day of the Bout of Books 11 challenges and these were fun to do.

The OTP Challenge is hosted by Infinite Ink:
For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP. Tell me why you ship them. Tell me how perfect they are for each other. Vent about how frustrating it is that the author paired them with other people. Give me proof about why they are actually canon, but nobody knows. I want to hear it all.

My favorite OTP is Richard and Kahlan from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I love them individually specially Kahlan. She changes his life by demanding that the great wizard Zedd name a Seeker, which ends up to be Richard, to thwart off a threat that would end all life. Richard accepts the responsibility at first for revenge but it evolves into just keeping her safe. She becomes his great motivation for everything he does in the 11 books. He in turn opens up a new world to her mainly being loved for herself and not her title as Mother Confessor. She experiences the joy of being in love which is rare for a woman born only for duty. They both go through horrific situations but the only thing that stays the same is their love for each other.



The Book Spine Poetry Challenge is hosted by My Little Pocketbooks.

The Dark is Rising
Shadow Game with
the Lord of the Flies.
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Monday, August 18th 2014

8:59 PM

Bout of Books Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt challenge is sponsored by The Book Monsters.

1. Book that begins with B: A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands

A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands


2. A book made into a movie: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton


3. A series I love: The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind


4. An anthology of poems or short stories: Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, edited by Catherine Asaro


5. A book on my TBR shelf: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red edited by Joyce Reardon

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red, edited by Joyce Reardon
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Sunday, August 17th 2014

7:59 PM

Bout of Books 11 Read-A-Thon

Bout of 

I'm participating in the Bout of Books read-a- thon for the first time starting tomorrow. I have many books on my TBR pile and this sounds like a fun way to tackle them.

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 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th 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 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
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Friday, July 25th 2014

11:10 PM

My Desktop 2013

  • Apr 03: library at Biltmore
  • Jun 23: spring
    from Desktop Nexus Wallpapers
  • Jul 19: Glute Challenge
    Bret Contreras' version of the 30-day glute challenge. I didn't stick with it but I like the variation.
  • Aug 19: beach
    from Desktop Nexus Wallpapers
  • Dec 01: Kirito & Asuna
    Great Sword Art Online fanart which depicts the many scenes they have involving food.


[My Desktop '12]

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Sunday, July 20th 2014

2:46 PM

Jury Duty Parts 5 & 6

Both summons were on the same month but separated by a year. At last year's summons, I wore red to see if it would bring me luck. As the morning went on, I felt that I wasn't going to be lucky this time because five different panels were needed to be filled with two of the panels headed for another city. I kept myself busy after the litte break by reading Reader's Digest Mind Power. The wait was unusually long for the announcement of the potential jurors. As it turned out, all panels were not required any longer and everyone was dismissed. The red charm may have helped but I'm a bit skeptical. I ended up with a cold probably because of the coughing lady that sat nearby.

This year's jury duty was canceled due to the weather and I found out about it by watching the local news. Now, I'm not sure if I should expect to be summoned again this year or about the same time next year.

Jury Duty Part 4

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Thursday, August 22nd 2013

9:00 PM

My Desktop 2012

It was my first full year with Xubuntu and I didn't change wallpapers that frequently.

  • Jan 18: Penguindrum
    So surprised this was licensed for North America.
  • Mar 25: In Time With You
    My fanart for the Taiwanese drama starring Ariel Lin and Bolin Chen. So happy that it's streaming at Drama Fever.
  • Jun 17: blue
    Random landscape I stumbled upon on the net.
  • Jul 10: Doctor Who Simpsons style
    From Springfield Punx
  • Sep 01: Magda Searus
    Fanart of the cover for The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind.
  • Dec 15: Her Guardian Angel
    Cover art for Felicity Heaton's novel.


[My Desktop '11]

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