Read-a-thon: Bout of Books

Considering I’m over ten books behind on my personal 2013 Goodreads challenge, and I don’t read as often as I’d like to, I’ve decided to participate in the upcoming Bout of Books read-a-thon. This will be the first read-a-thon I’ve ever done, so I am extremely excited (but also quite nervous). Feel free to join in!


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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, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0” information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

— From the Bout of Books Team

Time Devoted to Reading
I honestly want to read as much as I can every day, but by this, I mean I have to finish at least one book. I’d prefer to get through a book and a manga (since I have to include some of those), but my minimum is definitely one book, no matter how many hours it takes to get to it. I (sort of) have the time to do so right now, so why not, right?

I’d like to get through at least ten total books, preferably six books and four manga volumes. Any combination is fine by me, as long as I read more books than manga.

I’d like to choose between…

Abandon - Meg Cabot Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson An Abundance of Katherines - John Green Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
Epic Fail - Claire LaZebnik Meant to Be - Lauren Morrill Monstrous Beauty - Elizabeth Fama
Gakuen Alice 1 - Tachibana Higuchi Gakuen Alice 2 - Tachibana Higuchi Gakuen Alice 3 - Tachibana Higuchi
Skip Beat! 1 - Yoshiki Nakamura Skip Beat! 2 - Yoshiki Nakamura Dengeki Daisy 1 - Kyousuke Motomi Dengeki Daisy 2 - Kyousuke Motomi

I’ll be keeping track of how far I’m getting in the Read-a-thon over here on this page daily, noting which books I’ve read for that day, the number of books I’ve read (both YA and manga) for that day, the total number of books I’ve read in the read-a-thon thus far, and anything else of significance. I won’t review the books until after the read-a-thon in the following week(s). In the meantime, you can follow my progress on Goodreads and Twitter.



[Inner Senshi Book Club] Round 4: Laura Kinsale – Flowers from the Storm

The “Inner Senshi Book Club” is an online book club where five book lovers of different backgrounds and tastes across the world take turns at selecting and hosting a book each month. Individually, we are (in alphabetical order): Aimee, Angel, Meghan, Samantha Lin, and Samantha R. Together, we present you a whole range of books, complete with our responses to a rotating list of set questions.

A new book is selected on the 15th of each month, and our thoughts are posted roughly four to five weeks later. We hope you can join us in our reading shenanigans! (The book club derives its name from the five soldiers of love and justice from the Japanese manga and anime series, Sailor Moon. We are just as kickass, and if all goes to plan, twice as well-read.)

This month, our book choice is Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (as chosen by Angel)

flowers from the storm - laura kinsale

Samantha L wants you to consider:
Which person–real or fictional–do you think will consider this book one of their favourites? Why do you think this is?

Samantha R is interested in knowing:
Did you have a favourite character in the book? If so, what was it about this character that drew you to them? Or in reverse, were there any characters that you particularly disliked, and why?

Meghan is wondering:
If you could rewrite any part of the book, what would you change?

Angel would like you to ponder:
Was it easy or difficult to identify with the narrator and why?

Aimee‘s (my) question for you is:
How believable were the character relationships in the book?

This month’s host, Angel, has two bonus questions for you to choose from:

Flowers from the Storm isn’t the quintessential romance novel, what with its focus on disabilities, religion and tolerance. What do you think the romance genre added to the discussion of these issues as Kinsale wrote them?

One major theme in this story is the loss of control and agency, e.g. Jervaulx’s stroke rendering him unable to think and speak properly and Maddy’s role as a woman in the Quaker church preventing her from making certain important decisions. How well does the novel deal with the hurdles both characters face and (if you think the problems have been solved) does it make for a satisfying conclusion?

Our book club will be reading Flowers from the Storm from now until September 15. Our answers to last month’s questions, as well as our reviews of last month’s book, Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, will be up soon, so stay tuned to our blogs for the discussion posts!

Aimee @ Penmanship Smitten | Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books | Meghan @ Coffee and Wizards | Samantha Lin @ All Things Literary | Samantha Rea @ As Read By An Aspiring Receptionist.

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