Bout of Books 17.0 starts tomorrow and will run until the next Sunday. As promised in my Bout of Books 17.0 Read-A-Thon Announcement post, I now have a list of books from which I will choose what books I read this week. The first thing I did when I returned to Dallas is visit the on-campus library, so my little “haul” will feature in this post along with the few books I ended up bringing with me to Dallas.
I have a pretty good idea of the order in that I will start with, but I like to have some flexibility just in case which is exactly why I have so many books to share! In the comments, let me know if you’ve read any of these books!
From the Library
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t want to buy this book, because I really disliked Fairest which is a kind of short story. But I still miss having stories to read about Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter so I thought this would be an excellent read for a read-a-thon! I’m able to zoom through Meyer’s work so I figure it’s a smart selection as well to start of the week right.
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. I think this will be my second read during the read-a-thon! I read The Wrath and the Dawn in spring (and wrote a rare review) and wasn’t too happy with the cliffhanger ending, so I wasn’t sure if I’d pick this one up. I think I remember the first book well enough that I can jump right back into this world and story without much confusion. I’m expecting great things, so hopefully this isn’t a disappointment!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I’m in a little bit of a mood to read WWII literature right now so I’m expecting this will be just the right book to read this month. It also does not look like it will take much time to finish either.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I feel like everyone reviewed this book when it came out and it sounded to me like it would be worth seeing what all the hype was about. As I’m trying to write my first book, I like to read books like this, even if I’m not sure if I’ll like them or not, just to see what can be learned.
Books I Brought With Me
Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud. This is the final book in the Bartimaeus trilogy. I’ve been reading this series all year and I’ve decided once and for all to complete it. I thought it would be a breeze, but I found it difficult to stay emerged in the story with all the changes in perspective. I actually finished it already and cannot lie: I’m a little disappointed.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I brought this and its sequel Rebel Springs with me hoping that this series would be captivating enough to propel me through the read-a-thon. I don’t really know what to expect, so I’ll be going into this series blind. I’m really excited to see if it’s worth buying the next two books in the series, as I currently have a shopping cart I’m trying to fill so I can get free shipping!
Consent of the Networked by Rebecca MacKinnon. This is a non-fiction book that I had hoped to read before coming to Dallas. I think it’d be a good backup read for the read-a-thon if I get a book hangover from all the fantasy I’ll be reading.
I think I’m most definitely going to start with the books from my library haul, specifically Stars Above and The Rose and the Dagger, but I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood to read most immediately after, probably Salt to the Sea or Falling Kingdoms.
And as I mentioned in my previous post, I am planing to do daily blog posts with read-a-thon updates. I think they will go up the day after, however, as I do not have internet in my Airbnb place and “the end of the day” for me usually comes after midnight anyway. So you can expect my first update on Tuesday! Good luck to fellow participants!