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Monday, May 20, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Wrap Up

Another good Bout of Books!! I completed my loose goal of 14 books, finishing 15 on the week. Would have been more, if I hadn't been sucked into a game, but Rage 2 is soooooooooo much fun. :) The books were good too and it was a good time of reading. Now, I can game more and get back to writing too.

How did you do? Leave me a link and I'll come visit your wrap-up!

I visited every blog (sorry Twitter people, I don't do Twitter) listed before mine so far, and will visit every blog posting today. But I can't comment on blogs that just have the "google account" sign in to comment. I'm not sure why, probably one of my privacy settings, but it won't let me. I wish I could, I love commenting on all the blogs. :/

Bout of Book 25 Stats

  • I completed 15 books
  • I read 2,607 pages
  • I read 4 books on my Kindle
  • I listened to 11 books as audiobooks
  • I read 6 Novels, 6 Novellas & 3 Short stories
  • I read for approximately 31 hours 40 minutes (9 hrs 20 min on Kindle, 22 hrs 20 min on Audio)


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr 15 min / 71 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 1 hr 10 min / 140 pages
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 15
Current Book: Big City Magic
Pages Read Today: 211
Total Pages Read: 2,607
Time Read Today: 2 hrs 25 min
Total Time Read: 31 hrs 40 min


Started, but did not complete:

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 6

Got back to reading some for DAy6, finished up two that I started Day 5 and read a short story. Will likely finish up the book started early this morning for the last book of the week, but maybe I'll do more. We'll see.

I visited sites until Day 5 but haven't discovered any new ones. Here are some bookish sites I like in general.

FictFact - Unfortunately has just closed it's doors. It was the best way to keep track of series. If you were a member, you can still sign on to download your book info. Gonna miss that place, it was the BEST way to keep track of series - I tracked over 200 of my series I read on there.
Fantastic Fiction
BookSirens - new-ish review site - like NetGalley only way smaller
Booksprout - Ditto
BookLikes - a variety of stuff going on here, haven't played around with it fully yet
r/booksuggestions - I'm always on here, recommending books


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr / 63 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hr / 311 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 50 min / 100 pages
Number of books I've read today: 3
Total number of books I've read: 14
Current Book: Big City Magic
Pages Read Today: 411
Total Pages Read: 2,396
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 50 min
Total Time Read: 29 hrs 45 min
Today's Completed Books:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 5

I didn't finish a book today, for the first time this read-a-thon. I wanted to play some games instead. I played a little Rage 2 - which is fun but has tons of problems and a little poker on Red Dead Redemption 2. Other than those, I didn't do much else, only reading before I went to sleep, continuing one audiobook and starting a new ebook.

I had an unofficial goal of reading 14 books this week and even with taking the day off, it will be easily doable with 2 days left, probably even hit it on Saturday, so I don't have to worry about reading much on Sunday, when my Hubby will be off.


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 40 min / 32 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Kindle reading time / pages: 35 min / 55 pages
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 11
Current Book: Titanborn, Midnight Blood
Pages Read Today: 87
Total Pages Read: 1,985
Time Read Today: 1 hr 15 min
Total Time Read: 24 hr 55 min
Today's Completed Books:

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 4

Another light day of reading with 2 books completed. Not too bad.

I love the "If you like this, try that" Challenge. I'm going to copy/paste mine from the last BoBs so I don't take time to do it again. Mine focuses on Time Travel (my favorite genre), Middle Grade and LitRPG/Virtual Reality/Gaming.


If you like _____ , then try _____

If you like TIME TRAVEL, then try

  • Chronicles of St Mary's series by Jodi Taylor
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly
  • Chronos Files by Rysa Walker
  • Rewind Agency series by Jill Cooper
  • Future Shock trilogy by Elizabeth Brings
  • The Drafter by Kim Harrison
  • Timewaves series by Sophie Davis
  • Rewinder trilogy by Brett Battles
  • Hexad series by Al K Line
  • Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
  • The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
  • The Rise & Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (more of a time loop)
  • Place in Time duology by Wendy Nikel
  • The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

If you like MIDDLE GRADE books, then try

  • The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
  • The Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Island of Dr Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • Cragbridge Hall series by Chad Morris
  • Oldies but goodies: Trixie Belden series and Nancy Drew series
  • Ulysses Moore series by Pierdomenico Baccalario
  • 39 Clues series & spinoffs, first is Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  • Voyagers series by various authors, first is Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale
  • Tombquest series by Michael Northrop
  • Infinity Ring series by various, first is Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
  • 13th Reality series by James Dashner
  • Ever After High series by Shannon Hale
  • The Magic Misfits by Neal Patrick Harris
  • George series by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
  • The Librarian series by Eric Hobbs
  • The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
  • Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
  • Stranded trilogy by Jeff Probst
  • Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Grimm Legacy trilogy by Polly Shulman
  • Mysterious Benedict Society & The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

If you like VIDEO GAMES, then try

LitRPG: (read & loved)

  • Chaos Seeds series by Aleron Kong
  • Play to Live series by D. Rus
  • The Gam3 series by Cosimo Yap

LitRPG: (haven't read yet but on my personal TBR)

  • Awaken Online by Travis Bagwell
  • Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko
  • Divine Dungeon by Dakota Krout
  • The Dark Herbalist by Michael Atamanov

Virtual Reality: (read & loved)

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Solarversia by Toby Downton
  • Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner
  • The Leveller by Julia Durango
  • The Game is Life series by Terry Schott
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel

Other books a gamer would enjoy:

  • Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
  • Insignia trilogy by S.J. Kincaid
  • Tag, You're Dead by J.C. Lane


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr 15 min / 81 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hr 30 min / 334 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: -----
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total number of books I've read: 11
Current Book: Titanborn
Pages Read Today: 415
Total Pages Read: 1,898
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 45 min
Total Time Read: 23 hrs 40 min
Today's Completed Books:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 3

Just like Twitter, I hate "emoji" or any kind of chat speak. We do not have cell phones (no, we're not barbaric - we have no need or want of them) and even if we did, I'd never ever use chat speak. Putting in a smilie face is the extent of my emoji / chat speak. So, no challenge for me today.

Yesterday was a lighter day of reading. We've never figured out why, but I don't read when my Hubby is here, even when He's doing His own thing. I didn't read during the day at all yesterday, just some before going to bed in the early morning and before bed last night. Still, got two books read, so can't complain!


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hrs / 210 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Kindle reading time / pages: 1 hr 15 min / 152 pages
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total number of books I've read: 9
Current Book: -----
Pages Read Today: 362
Total Pages Read: 1,483
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 15 min
Total Time Read: 18 hrs 55 min
Today's Completed Books:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 2

Day 2's challenge was favorites. I could go on and on about my favorites about all manner of bookish things, so I decided to share just two - my favorite Narrators (being a big audiobook lover) and favorite books.

Can't wait to see everyone's favorites - link your below!

Favorite Narrators

Jim Dale
R.C. Bray
Nick Podhel
Gildart Jackson
Sean Mangan
Luke Daniels
Jeffrey Kafer
Ray Porter

Favorite Books


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hr 30 min / 235 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 3 hrs 40 minutes / 366 pages
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total number of books I've read: 7
Current Book: Rescuing Kassie
Pages Read Today: 601
Total Pages Read: 1,121
Time Read Today: 7 hrs 10 min
Total Time Read: 14 hrs 10 min
Today's Completed Books:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 1

A good start to Bout of Books - some short books read for today to get me into the swing of things. How did your BoB start off? Read anything great?

I HATE Twitter, so I didn't do the Introduction, but just to join in, me in 6 words :
Naughty little reader, writer and gamer!


Night Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 4 hr / 258 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 3 hrs / 262 pages
Number of books I've read today: 5
Total number of books I've read: 5
Current Book: Permafrost / The Dark Prince
Pages Read Today: 520
Total Pages Read: 520
Time Read Today: 7 hours
Total Time Read: 7 hours
Today's Completed Books:

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Sign Up

It's that time of year again, time for Bout of Books 25. I'm signing up!

After spending my April writing (my first time ever, writing creatively, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote over 60k words) I'm ready for a week of reading! Not sure what I'm going to read for the week, but I have a few books in mind so far.

Who is joining me? Let me know if you have a blog and I will follow you!

Curious about my Camp NaNoWriMo journey? See my NaNo Wrap-Up Here!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Camp NaNoWriMo is Complete

It was a crazy month. I've never thought I would write anything and here I am, exactly two months (I think, I might be off by a day or two) after I wrote for the initial prompt. It's been so super crazy!

I knew I had the capacity to write 50k in a month, words are easy, and if it was letters to my penpals then I probably would have done it even sooner, though getting through 50k in less than 20 days is pretty good I think. It wasn't the words I was worried about, it was the ideas. I always said I wouldn't write because I lack imagination for it.

While I still find that true, I easily found the imagination for my work and, except for a missing point or two, it went so well for the month. But my main story BOOK wasn't all I wrote for. In total, I wrote 54,139 words for my main WIP, bringing the full book word count to 68,780 words. For those who don't know how much that would be in book form, it's roughly 170 pages. It sure seems longer when I read it. But still, not bad for a first attempt and I still have a lot of editing to do - only the first 3 chapters are edited. If I hadn't edited as much as I did, my word total would have been probably around 1-2k more, but I wanted to edit when I wasn't quite up to writing.

In addition to that, I wrote for two others. One day, the last chapter of what would be a prequel came to me and I wrote that - 1513 words. Then on the last day of Camp, I wanted to write a lot but didn't have that much more to write for my WIP, so I wrote a chapter and a half of what would be the next book - 5,310 words for that. So yes, three works-in-progress for Camp. I went from not even knowing there were Camps (though I new about regular NaNoWriMo) to writing for 3 separate books during it. CRAZY!! In all, in April, I wrote 60,962 words.

What's next?

My main novel needs editing. I only edited the first 3 chapters (let me know if you'd like to read them, they are available for critique) so the rest (20 or so chapters) need big big edits. That will come over May and June and I HOPE to have the edits done by the end of June. We'll see. Then, Camp is again in July! If edits are done and things are going well, I hope to pick up the 2nd book and continue with that, if I don't in the meantime. :)

Thank you to those of you who followed me through this. It wasn't many, but I appreciate those who did take the time to view my progress. You have my gratitude. If I do anything with this book of mine, I'd be glad to send you a copy, just message me on my email or Goodreads that you would like one and you followed my progress.

For now, Bout of Books is upcoming, and I need some time away from my book to write my penpals. Poor ladies have been so neglected this month. By the small stack of letters I have waiting on me, I might write another 50k in May after all. :)

For Camp NaNoWriMo I am challenging myself to write 50,000 words.

Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

Total for NaNo: 54,139 / 50,000 words
Story Novel Total: 68,780 words

  • Day 01: 2,105 words written
  • Day 02: 3,325 words written
  • Day 03: 3,483 words written
  • Day 04: 2,633 words written
  • Day 05: 5,937 words written
  • Day 06: Day off for Dewey's - 5 Books Read
  • Day 07: 4,327 words written
  • Day 08: 4,020 words written
  • Day 09: 2,615 words written
  • Day 10: 4,323 words written
  • Day 11: A day of Editing
  • Day 12: 1,513 words written (not on main project, but for a prequel)
  • Day 13: 2,401 words written
  • Day 14: 0 words written
  • Day 15: 3,425 words written
  • Day 16: 2,676 words written
  • Day 17: A day of Editing & Blurb writing
  • Day 18: 3,525 words written
  • Day 19: 1,370 words written
  • Day 20: 5,505 words written - hit 50,000 words for NaNo!
  • Day 21: 828 words written, light editing
  • Day 22: 805 words written, light editing
  • Day 23: A day of heavy editing
  • Day 24: 210 words written, heavy editing
  • Day 25: 626 words written, light editing
  • Day 26: 0 words written
  • Day 27: 0 words written
  • Day 28: 0 words written
  • Day 29: 0 words written
  • Day 30: 5,310 word written (not on main project, but for a sequel)

For anyone interested, my story is EROTICA featuring the following themes: F/F sex, FFM threesomes, BDSM & Polyamory. What I'll do with the story when it's done, I'm not sure.

I'd love to hear from anyone else doing Camp NaNo, now or if you have previously. Thank you for any interest you take in my accountability here.