Bout of Books | Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up

Day 6 – Saturday

I read absolutely diddly squat. Unless you’d like to count reading a theater programme? No? I don’t blame you, I don’t count it either. You can read about all the fantastic things I did instead of reading, here.

Day 7 – Sunday

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)This was much better! I consciously put aside time for reading. Best of all, reading in the bath (quite possibly my favourite reading spot). I managed to complete The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan around 10pm.  This was one of the only books I had put on my TBR for this week that I completed. Moral of the story, don’t create TBR lists!

Wrap Up

Children’s Books

Image resultOi FrogCopy CatThe Lonely BeastImage result for topsy and tim babyImage result for children picture books new babyImage result for children picture books new babyplus a couple of others.

Graphic Novels

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

Novels

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)


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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

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Bout of Books | Day 5

I was awful yesterday and didn’t read a single thing.

No, that’s a lie, we re-read The Lonely Beast in literacy but I don’t think that really counts considering I read it the day before as well… I’ve just been so tired that I came home, ate and slept.

Today I didn’t manage to read any books to the class but I did read quite a few after school. A couple of my children are going to become older siblings in the next few weeks so I was finding lots of books I could read to them to prepare them a bit. I manage to find:

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There were a couple of others, which were actually better than these, but I can’t remember their names… It’s been that sort of day.

I’d like to think I’ll do so reading this evening but if I’m honest I probably won’t as I’m incredibly tired.


 

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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books | Day 3

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)I fell asleep before I updated yesterday, whoops. I managed to get a couple of hours reading in, so I’m about halfway through The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan. If you haven’t checked out any of his books already, I strongly recommend you do. He is one of the authors that I recommend to anyone and everyone. His books are incredible and he’s a really friendly person who welcomes and responses to e-mails from fans. Go, check him out now, I’ll wait.

The Lonely Beast5:40 pm: We did really well and read 2 books today in class. The first book was for our literacy lesson, The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. I’ve done a review on this book before here. Before reading the book we look at a picture of the beast first arriving at the city, with no text. The Beast is waving but all the people are running away. We then look at the front cover and spot at least 10 things on the cover and think of questions we would like to ask the creature standing on the cliff edge. They really enjoyed the story, and immediately started talking when they realised they had things in common with him (like eating cake) and when they realised he was waving because he was friendly. They loved him sinking and seeing the animals and thought it was hilarious that he hitched a lift from a whale.

Copy CatThe second book we read, at the end of the day, was Copy Cat by Ali Pye. Bella loves Anna so much that she keeps copying everything she does.  Eventually Anna gets annoyed and snaps, she’s had enough of Bella being such a copy cat and sulks off.  Bella is upset at first but then starts teaching herself to skip, like she had seen Anna doing. After practicing, and practicing and practicing, she gets really good at it. Eventually another person asks her how to do it and they work together. It’s a lovely little story about playground friendships and finding your own way. I hope some of my children take something away from it…

Current number of pages read: 556 pages

Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow


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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books | Day 2

5:30pm – We have a teddy called Aslan (yes, he’s a lion) who goes home with a different child each weekend. This weekend a child read Oi, Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Fields with Aslan, so today in school we read Oi, Frog!

The story is really good for rhyming as the cat is explaining what animals are aloud to sit on; cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, gofers sit on sofas. The children really enjoyed spotting the rhymes and then I hid the picture and they had to guess what the animal was going to sit on. They thoroughly enjoyed it, especially if they got it right. There are lovely, big and clear pictures which are, at times, very amusing.

Oi Frog

Current number of pages read: 394

Challenge: Share your 2018 reading goals.

I did a post on my goals here. But to summarise…

  • To read my pre-ordered books.
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more than 16,084 pages
  • To read at least 25 books I already own.
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.
  • To not buy any physical books until at least June, with exceptions of series continuations.

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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books | Day 1

It’s day one of my first ever readathon!

6:00pm – I’m finally home from work. As a class we read The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This was a really lovely book. It had very little writing on each page but some beautiful language and pictures to match. The story follows a little gardener who tries very, very hard but his garden just won’t grow, except one beautiful flower. He sends out a call for help but because he is so small, no one can hear him. However, one someone sees the beautiful flower. Exhausted from trying so hard all the time, the little gardener falls asleep for a month, when he finally awakes he finds his garden in full flourish. He’s only little but to his garden he’s everything.

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8:15pm – I’ve just completed Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t love this at first but definitely got into as the story progressed. An occultist attempts to capture Death to bargain for eternal life but instead captures her younger brother, dream. After 70 years of imprisonment, Dream escapes and hunts down his lost objects of power.

I really enjoyed that Death and Dream were related, I especially loved that Death was a female rock chick.

This was a lot darker than I was expecting. A particular image which I know will stick with me is Death going around and picking up a baby from the cot as the mother leaves the room to get milk.

Image result for sandmanI did feel like there I was missing something as I was reading as there were little mentions to DC. At one point they mention calling Batman but he’d be busy. There was also an odd character which had a small role, I just remember he started to rhyme in Hell. After reading it, it turns out Veritgo is DC Comics which explains a lot.

Also, is it me, or does Dream look a bit like Neil Gaiman?

Page count: 290 pages

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

11:00pm – I managed to get in a bit of reading before bed so I’m now on page 142 of The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan. I’m definitely going to finish it this week.

 

Pages read: 362 pages

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)

 

Challenge: Introduce yourself in six words #insixwords.

Tea drinking, Harry Potter loving teacher.


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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

I’ve decided that I’m going to take part in Bout of Books!

I’ve never done a readathon before. I’m in work all week but hopefully this will motivate me to read, even if it’s just a little bit, every day.

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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team


I’ve thought ahead and planned a TBR list already.

TBR List

  1. The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan – physical book – I’ve already started this and am on page 79.
  2. Children’s picture books in school – I’m aiming to read a least 3 to the class this week.
  3. Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin – Physical book
  4. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin- e-book
  5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle – e-book – 80% completed.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books?