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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

B.O.B. 20

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Bout of Books 20
I can't believe that Bout of Books is moving into the 20th cycle of this reading challenge!  That's insane...and it just keeps growing in participants.  Kudos to Kelly and Amanda for one kick ass read-a-thon.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.  It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team I have been completely absent and non-blogging for a little over a year.  Yikes!  I was so incredibly burnt out on all things blog related and checked out hardcore.  There have been a lot of new developments outside of blogging over the past year and my attention was focused …