Bout of Books 10 Goals and Updates

Bout of Books

Tomorrow is the start of Bout of Books and I'm sure there will be very little reading on my Monday I am planning a trip to the library. I might include that in my update for Monday just to make that update interesting. So make sure you check back to see how our trip to the library goes. I'm really excited about participating. The last time I participated in this was in August of last year and I was kind of reserved in my goals. If I have learned one thing about these events, it's that the only thing that matters is how much fun you have, not if you beat your goals and grind them into dust. The overachiever in me is hoping to crush my goals.

I have a bunch of graphic novels I need to read so I can catch up to where I should be in my Graphic Novel Reading Challenge 2014. I pledged to read 52 graphic novels this year which is one a week. That hasn’t happened. So I plan on trying to get several read.  For Comics, I want to finish Batgirl Vol 4: Wanted, The walking Dead Vol 7&8, and Batman and Robin Vol 4: Requiem for Damian.

Since I can listen to Audio books at my day job I have two that I want to get to this week. I hope to at least finish The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye by Joseph, and start Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs.

What I am really excited about and this tops my to-read list is the release of Jeffery Deaver’s new book, The Skin Collector. I have been waiting for this book for a little over a year and it will be delivered to my door on the release date this Tuesday. I have had this pre-ordered since it first popped up on Amazon. I can’t wait to read this one.

Ok, wish me luck and I will keep you up to date with how things are going throughout the week. I can’t wait to see how all of my blogging friends are doing on their challenges this week also. Good Luck to all who participate.


Today my family and I went to our local library to meet Llama llama in his red pajamas. My son loves these books by Ann Dewdney. There were crafts and games as well as relay races for the kids while they waited to get their picture taken with him. It was really cute and everyone had fun.

Today I finished Batgirl Vol 4, but I started a book not on my goals. Just this morning I got approved for the ARC of Batman Vol: 4 Zero Year-Secret City. I'm super excited, butt I only have till the end of the day tomorrow to read this. You better believe I'm going to uses every free second I have to get this read before it's gone. I took part in the If you like X then Y challenge over at The Book Barbies and recommend that if you like suspense novels with amazing twists then try anything by Jeffery Deaver. They are some amazing books.  


I haven’t had as an exciting day today as I did yesterday. I worked a whole lot. I did however start Wrath of the Bloodeye on audio and I finished the second disk of eight so I’m roughly 25% finished. I finished Batman Vol 4 and will work on writing my review in the next few days. I also started Skin Collector while at my night job. I didn’t get much read at all. I was only able to read the first chapter which was 9 pages. Woo Hoo 9 PAGES!!! I feel like I should have just waited till tomorrow and read more. Oh well, I was excited and I have begun.
Not a bad day reading wise. I have a disk and a half left of Wrath of the Bloodeye, and I am halfway through Walking Dead Vol 7. I didn’t get to read The Skin Collector today which is a bummer but I’m taking some time to relax and catch up on recorded TV with my wife tonight. Hope I have more to report tomorrow.  
I haven’t participated in any challenges the last two days because I’m not making blog posts for them, and I’m not on twitter so it makes it hard to link back something to participate. If I wasn’t so busy I would definitely write up a post each day to take part in the challenges and really have some fun with this challenge. Maybe next time.
What a day, reading wise I kind of crushed it. I finished Wrath of the Bloodeye and Walking Dead Vol 7 and 8. I can’t believe how much I got accomplished while at work. I have put The next 2 Walking Dead books on reserve at my library but they won’t be in before this event ends so I am moving on to the next comic on my list. I hope to start that tomorrow. Still didn’t participate in any contests or events today, I just didn’t have time. I didn’t even visit the hosting blogs and I at least try to check out their posts and goals and stuff.  
Yesterday was so impressive that today just feels like I fell short. Wrath of the Bloodeye was so good and the ending had a bit of a cliffhanger so I decided to skip Break no Bones and move right into the next Last Apprentice book: Clash of the Demons. Thankfully I already had the audio book on my computer so I just had to move it to my iPhone and I listened to a disk and a half today. That is the extent of the reading I have done today. I might try to get started on the Batman and Robin comic, or read more in Skin Collector before bed. I was busy all day and all evening so I might just crash instead, we shall see.   
Woo hoo!!! I read 20 pages in Skin Collector today. I really wish I had more time to read this book. So far it is really good. The killer in this book kidnaps his victim, drugs them, and then tattoos a picture and a few words on her. This is possibly the start of a message which means more victims will be needed to convey the message. Plus the tattoo isn't done with ink but possibly done with poison. 4 chapters in and I'm really excited about this. 
I kind of finished my Challenge on Saturday. I had two days off a both jobs on Sunday and Monday so I don't touch my blog or my books. I enjoyed some time with the family. I had a blast doing this and I really hope I can find time to participate in this on the next go round coming up in August. I will say that I did finish the Audio Book I started in place of Break no Bones. I finished Last Apprentice : Clash of the Demons today (Tuesday5/20). Had a lot of fun and I have to thank the wonderful ladies who put this challenge on.


  1. Great job today already!! How fun that you read Llama Llama today!! hahah!! I find that so entertaining. I love when my library does neat things for their patrons.

  2. I love some of the library programs. This one was a lot of fun and my son had a blast. I did have a good reading day today and I see you are already doing well as a Bout if Books Expert.

  3. Seriously ... you did really good. I probably won't be an Expert next time around. I didn't think it was all that fun. No one really notices and it's not like you get a tag or anything saying you are an expert. So no one really knows you are visiting them for that reason. Plus I petered out the last two days.

  4. Thanks! I wish I would have had more time to read and really cleared out my TBR pile. I kind of ended the challenge on Saturday because I didn't read or touch my blog for the last two days. I will write my Sunday update/wrap up today.

    I wondered how it was being an expert. You are so great about stopping by people's blogs alread I figured you would be perfect for this. Oh well, at least you can say you did it.


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