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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I made some progress today!!! I finished a book and made some progress on another. My first accomplishment is that I finished read Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. This book was a re-read for me. It was my first or second Sarah Dessen book and it made me fall in love with her as an author. I know a lot of people don’t view it as one of her bests, but because it was one of my firsts of hers, it is one of my absolute favorite books ever. After I read this book for the first time (back in college right when it came out) I wanted a key necklace SOOOOOOO bad. I used to search all over stores to find one, but I never could find that perfect key necklace. I still see it in my dreams sometimes and hope to some day find it.
Anyway, after finishing Lock and Key, I started The Luxe by Ana Godbersen, but alas, I am having the same problem with it that I was having the first time I tried to read it just shortly after it was published. It is just so historically incorrect. The characters do not act properly for the time period and because of that, I just cannot handle it. It is the same reason I cannot handle Moulon Rouge. My sisters love it, but I cannot help but see the historical fallacies in it. I wish I could put that all aside, but I just can’t. Anyway, I got to about chapter two of The Luxe before I had to put it aside.
From there, I picked up That Summer by Sarah Dessen. This is one that I haven’t read before. I heard that this is the first book that she wrote, and you can tell. It just doesn’t capture the audience like some of her other books do. I will read it because it is a Sarah Dessen and I want to read all of her books this year. However, I just don’t see myself loving it like I do so many of her other books. These are some of the few contemporary novels that I will read and I cannot wait to read more of them. I might try to squeeze The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen into this Bout of Books. I haven’t read it yet. I bought it on the day it came out but it somehow got accidentally pushed to the back of the shelf and you know what they say… “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”
How is Bout of Books going for you all so far? I hope well! Until tomorrow, hope you pick up a book and read!