Bout of Books 12 – Progress Report

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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. 

Bout of Books

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Monday, 1/5
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: none
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 10% of Book 1
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 2% (gotta Kindle look-up)

Tuesday, 1/6
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 23% read
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 25% read
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: ? again i forgot to do the kindle conversion

Wednesday, 1/7
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 15% read, started Stolen
In-Progress: 40% read, The Girl With All the Gifts, started Stolen
Challenge: 55% or better with first book
Total Books Read:0
Total Pages Read: 

Thursday, 1/8
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts, 120 pages Stolen
Challenge: 148 pages in Stolen, 10% more in The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Friday, 1/9
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress: 150 pages, Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 175 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Saturday, 1/10
Books Read Today: 0
Completed:0
In-Progress:165 pages Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 220 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Sunday, 1/11
Books Read Today: 1 
Completed:1
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: finish Stolen and start back with The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: ? 525 …guestimate of Kindle and physical pages

Books that I’m aiming to read for Bout of Books 12 Challenge are (in no specific order):

Bout of Books Goals:

  1. Read as much as I can. . . . . this is always a goal of mine but it’s still necessary to list
  2. Get off to a good start in 2015! . . . . . can’ slack off already
  3. Tackle my shelves. . . . . . . I have so many that I need to read but they hang out on my shelves. Not anymore.
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Bout of Books 12 ….Happy Reading in 2015!


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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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. 

Bout of Books

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/5
Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt — Caught Read Handed
New Year’s Resolutions — The Book That…

Tuesday 1/6
Top 10 Recommendations — Trees of Reverie

Wednesday 1/7
Character Coupling — Writing My Own Fairy Tale

Thursday 1/8
The Synopsis Challenge — LuLo Fangirl
Create a Playlist — Daring Damsels

Friday 1/9
Describe Your Book in Pictures — The Book Monsters

Saturday 1/10
Literary Quote Challenge — Gone with the Words
Rewrite the Story — A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Sunday 1/11
My (dysfunctional) Book Family — Auggie Talk
#insixwords Challenge — Falling Down the Book Hole

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Books that I’m aiming to read for Bout of Books 12 Challenge are:

Wish me luck!! A big goal but I’m ready to get my read on! xx Linz aka The Kid

Anna, Me, & Films

Hi All!! Hope everyone is enjoying the readalong so far! You all still excited that #IslaIsComing?! To help close things out with the first novel by Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss, I’m here to bestow upon you my great film knowledge….or rather, my love for film.

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One of the many things I related to, while reading the novel, was Anna’s love for movies! Movies are pretty much my thing. I can quote them. I can tell you who that obscure looking fellow was behind the desk in that one cop movie or tv show. Basically a walking IMDb and I’m more than okay with that. Anna’s dream and passion is film and after she finishes her senior year at SOAP in that beautiful, gay Paree, she hopes to become the next Roger Ebert…in female form.

I absolutely geek out at the part where she discussed her love for the classics! Hoping to become a Robert Osborne from Turner Classic Movies–not gonna lie, totally a dream of mine too– she is able to view some classics back on the big screen all thanks to her first stroll in Paris with the SWOONIEST Étienne St. Clair, BFF and love interest, who informed her that Paris has a strong appreciation for films. No matter the genre, year, country origin–France will show it in their thousands of movie theaters across cities! Anna while extremely excited by this revelation decides she’ll practice her review skills and ventures out into the city to watch what she can. Accompanied by others or alone, Anna gets a new movie-watching experience like no other!

Some of the awesome films mentioned throughout the novel are:

Rushmore
It Happened One Night
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Danny Boyle film fest
A Hard Day's Night
Lost in Translation
Roman Holiday

 

I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing a handful of these ALL the way through but I can tell you, from this list alone Anna was on the right track. Diverse films should make for a well-rounded critic for sure 🙂

On the subject of film and being that the story takes place in Paris, I wanted to share with you my top three favorite French films!

 

Un film:

I have a soft spot for Audrey Tatou and this film is so whimsical and breathtaking, Amélie will whisk you away on her journey to help those in need and to find love in the silly process! It’s definitely my number one favorite foreign film. It’s a tad on the longer side but worth it. Audrey’s performance is fantastic and the cast of characters are always fun to watch. Definitely check it out!
IMDb: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain



Deux film
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Another film Audrey performed beautifully in. A tragically, beautiful love story set during World War I that shows the path of two friends who become lovers and soulmates during a difficult time. Audrey’s character searches for her missing fiance while looking back at their lovely memories together. The film is so gorgeously shot as well as there being some delectable eye candy, you’ll definitely want to watch this.
IMDb: A Very Long Engagement

Trés film:

This movie is so hilarious! I was so disappointed in Hollywood when they APPALLINGLY remade this classic film…dumbed it down and made it unbearable to even enjoy. The Dinner Game has a kind of terrible storyline where a group of male friends host a dinner party with one another but there is a catch. The catch is each friend attending must bring a guest with them…the guest has to be…well, stupid. Foolish. Someone the men can have camaraderie over insulting the guest after they leave. One of the friends has been having back pain and has to miss a dinner but fortunately, or unfortunately–however you’d like to look at it, he had already picked up his idiot for the dinner game so he’s stuck alone with a night full of complete mishap and hilarity! I actually randomly found this movie on IFC or was it Sundance(?) but regardless, I thought it was the funniest and even got my mom to watch a bit of it. (She’s not a foreign film fan)
IMDb: Le dîner de cons

Honorable Mentions….these two films are great as well and they have Americans you’ll notice make appearances in the films! Check them out as well!
Le Divorce via IMDb ….sisters face cultural differences and customs while dealing with love, romance, sex, and family drama
Paris, je t’aime via IMDb ….a series of short films expressing the different ways to fall in love with Paris

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On a side note fellow readers…the most beautiful thing came in the mail the other day and I finally opened it!

Hope you guys have enjoyed the readalong so far and are looking forward to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door! SOON….#IslaIsComing…SOON! Don’t forget to hashtag on twitter and join the party!

xx Linz

Isla Is Coming…Isla Is Coming!!

Can you believe a book we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! On August 14, 2014, Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After will hit bookshelves and I’m jumping for joy! The longly awaited and highly anticipated novel will now complete her companion series that starts with Anna and the French Kiss (my personal favorite) followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door. So….are you ready to get your Happily Ever After, readers??

Recently with all the anticipation mounting a few bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you fun Stephanie Perkins goodies! A readalong, fun posts in retrospect to the books, oodles of joy, maybe even giveaways? Let the fun begin! I’ll be joined by Judith from Paper Riot, Andi from Andi ABCs, Meg from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog, and Jamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner. We are so looking forward to the release that we’ve decided to do a blog tour and would love for you all to participate in helping with the readalong of the books before Isla gets into our hands! The readalong starts on July 31 and ends August 20. Don’t forget if you’re following along to make sure you use the hashtag on Twitter #IslaIsComing Also fellow bloggers will be doing guest posts as well…all in good preparation, people! The tentative schedule starts with Judith hosting the Anna and the French Kiss readalong, Meg hosting the Lola and the Boy Next Door readalong, to then end with Jamie hosting the Isla and the Happily Ever After readalong (the one we’ve all been waiting for!!)

If you want in, add your name to the link-up below and add the button that Meg made to your blog linking back to one of us. Time for all of us to get our Happily Ever After on.

 

 

***Please give credit to Andi for the Readalong schedule if posting, as well as Meg via the awesome graphics