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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Hurt Your Heart

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly  meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Feature Characters Who Hit You Right In The Feels.  I'm not normally an emotional reader, but these ones really worked a number on my heart :(

Liesel Meminger and Rudy Steiner from The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak
Dobby from Harry Potterby JK Rowling
Rue from The Hunger Gamesby Suzanne Collins
Ove from A Man Called Oveby Fredrik Backman
Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Parkby Rainbow Rowell
Rosie from Water for Elephantsby Sara Gruen
Fantine and Jean Valjean from Les Miserablesby Victor Hugo
Pi from Life of Piby Yann Martel
Oliver from Oliver Twistby Charles Dickens
Emma from A Series of Small Maneuversby Eliot Treichel
I'm aware that I cheated and did some double characters, but it's my blog so I make no apologies!  So, what ar…

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Ten Books On My Fall TBR.  Since I'm continually adding to my (daunting) TBR and I never really map out what I'll be reading, this will be an evolving/changeable list of ones I'd like to get read in the very near future and will include both published and soon-to-be published options :)

In no particular order:

Hardcore Twenty-Fourby Janet Evanovich (Publication: November 21)
While I'm getting a little weary of Stephanie Plum's antics, I can't abandon this series...

Year Oneby Nora Roberts (Publication: December 5)
I know...I know.  Every single book is the same formula, but when you want something mindless, easy, and quick, Nora is your girl!

Renegadesby Marissa Meyer (Publication: November 7)
I just love Marissa Meyer and have re…

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback To The Beginning

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Throwback Freebie!  Because this is such a wide topic, I'm going to go with ten books I loved when I first started blogging (between 2006-2010).  My early blogging days were very sporadic...and so was my reading and recording of that reading.  That's all gotten better over the years...kind of.  Thank you, Goodreads and blogging communities!  Regardless, here are my top ten books from that time period:

2006 Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
2008 The Nonexistent Knight & The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino
2009 Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
2010 The Red Tentby Anita Diamant
Midwives by Chris Boh…

Top Ten Tuesday: Struggle Bus

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!

This week's topic is:  Ten Books that Were a Struggle to Get Into But Turned Out Awesome.  I have always been a champion for books that start out difficult.  My thinking was that they had to get better at some point; push through and give it a fighting chance!  I rarely, if ever, DNF a book...though I've allowed myself to finally embrace the DNF in the past year or so...

Regardless, here are ten books that resided on my struggle bus until they became pretty awesome:

Life of Piby Yann Martel
Once you get past the first 100 pages, this is a fantastic book and it's now among my favorites.  I wish I could read it again without knowing how it ends...it's that magical.

Heartlessby Marissa Meyer
I think I was expecting the awesome that is The Lunar Chronicles when I pick…

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!

This week's topic is:  Hidden Gems In...  I've gone with books in the Retelling/Inspired By Genre.  

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski ... a retelling of Hamlet

Cinderby Marissa Meyer ... a retelling of Cinderella
Heartless by Marissa Meyer ... a retelling of Alice in Wonderland
Warm Bodiesby Isaac Marion ... a retelling of Romeo and Juliet
Going Bovine by Libba Bray ... a retelling of Don Quixote
The Hoursby Michael Cunningham ... a retelling of Mrs. Dalloway
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova ... a (loose) retelling/continuation of Dracula
The Claiming of Sleeping Beautyby A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) ... a retelling of Sleeping Beauty
Wide Sargasso Seaby Jean Rhys ... a (loose) retelling/prequel of Jane Eyre
Madame Bovaryby Gustav Flaubert ... a retelling of Don Q…

B.O.B. 20: Days 5, 6, and 7 Progress and Final Thoughts

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Coming at you with three days of updates today!  Hot dog!





Here are my stats:

Day 5, 6, and 7
Current Read:  Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler (audio book) and March: Book Threeby John Lewis
Pages Read:  828 and 1 hour and 15 minutes of audio
Total Pages Read:  1726 and 2 hours and 15 minutes of audio
Books Finished:

The Melody of SecretsAmerican Born ChineseThe Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the DarkThe Complete PersepolisSaga, Volume 7BlanketsMarch: Book OneMarch: Book Two
Challenges:  None over the weekend.  I worked late on Friday night and then spent all day Saturday snapping and canning green beans, then went to a friend's house to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight...yay...
Thoughts:  I am SUPER pleased with my Bout of Books activity this round!  While I'll admit that reading graphic novels makes the page count go through the roof, I still feel pretty accomplished with my results AND I knocked a ton of books off my TBR because of it.  Score.  I am s…

B.O.B. 20: Day 4 Progress

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Happy Friday!  Yesterday was a super busy day, but I did get a fair amount of reading under my belt.








Here are today's updates:

Current Read:  Blankets by Craig Thompson, Uganda Be Kidding Meby Chelsea Handler (audio book), and March: Book Oneby John Lewis
Pages Read:  302 and 20 minutes of audio  
Total Pages Read:  898 and 1 hour of audio
Books Finished:

The Melody of SecretsAmerican Born ChineseThe Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the DarkThe Complete PersepolisSaga, Volume 7
Challenges:  None yesterday...I had every intention of doing it, but time got away from me...
Thoughts:  I'm loving this round of Bout of Books!

Happy reading, fellow Bout of Bookers!

B.O.B. 20: Day 3 Progress

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Good Morning!







Here are today's updates:

Current Read:  The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler (audio book)
Pages Read:  178 pages and 20 minutes of audio
Total Pages Read:  596 pages and 40 minutes of audio
Books Finished:

The Melody of SecretsAmerican Born ChineseThe Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark(audio book)
Challenges:  Rainbow Spine...posted on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.  You can see my IG post here
Thoughts:  A fairly successful reading day.  I was struggling with a massive headache all day and wasn't really feeling up to doing anything, but I managed to get some reading done and busted out the challenge in the evening.

Happy reading, fellow Bout of Bookers!

B.O.B. 20: Day 2 Progress

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Hot dog...graphic novels should totally be my thing for reading challenges.  You really feel like you accomplish A LOT!  I may even finish all the books I currently have checked out and move on to a few audio books to finish out this round of the challenge.






Here are my stats:

Current Read:  The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Pages Read:  313 + 20 minutes of an audio book
Books Finished:

The Melody of Secrets by Jeffrey Stepakoff American Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangThe Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark by Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester (audio book)Challenges:  I didn't get around to completing yesterday's challenge...
Thoughts:  Overall, it was a great reading day.  I have enjoyed every book I've finished so far and am really liking my current read.  Though it is strange to only be reading one book and not my normal 2-3.

Happy reading, fellow Bout of Bookers

B.O.B. 20: Day 1 Progress

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Hello Hello!  Day 1 was a pretty decent reading day for me.  Time was taken out to view the AWESOME Eclipse as my town was in the path of totality.  So freakin' COOL!  Like, there are NO WORDS to describe how amazing it was and NONE of the pictures do it justice.  Seriously.  After that, we headed downtown to having some breakfast and wander around the park enjoying the last of the festival that the town put on.  Such a fun time.

Regardless, I did get a little reading done.


Here are my stats:

Current Read:  The Melody of Secrets by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Pages Read:  105
Books Finished:  The Melody of Secrets
Challenges:  I was an hour late to the Twitter Chat...sigh...
Thoughts:  I need to be a little more proactive in checking the BOB site earlier in the day...haha.  Also, I was super pleased with my choice of books.  I randomly found this book at a local Dollar Tree and thought the cover was intriguing.  And the book did not disappoint.  What a good find!

Happy reading, fellow Bout of B…

B.O.B. 20 Goals

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Bout of Books 20:  Goals and Whatnot
Inspired by a recent post from The Broke and the Bookish, I've determined that my reading goal for the week is to knock out some stellar graphic novels that have been residing on my TBR for a while.  They've all been requested through the library, so they should arrive before Monday (barring the horrific eclipse traffic that we're scheduled to have...curse you, tiny town that's in the path of totality!!!).





On the slate:
Marchby John Lewis (all three books)Watchmenby Alan Moore The Complete Persepolisby Marjane SatrapiBlankets by Craig ThompsonAmerican Born Chineseby Gene Luen Yang What I like about graphic novels is their fast pace and visual offerings.  I am pretty confident that I'll be able to get through these...and maybe even start on a "regular" novel, too.  The sky's the limit!

Possibilities:  Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler or Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

I will also be attempting to…

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Graphic Novel Recommendations.  While I'm fairly new to the graphic novel world (so I might not be able to recommend ten), I have become a huge fan.  Here are some of my faves:

Maus 1: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus 2: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 3 by Robert Kirman
Saga (Volumes 1-6...haven't been able to get my hands on 7 yet) by Brian K Vaughan
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Clearly I need to up my graphic novel game...perhaps that will be my goal for