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Bout of Books 21 | Announcement

Hello, Happy Writers! I hope 2018 is treating you well so far. (Or at least not battering-you-about-the-head as much as 2017 did…) I have a boatload of resolutions this year, mostly around productivity and positivity, and one of them is — surprise, surprise — to read more books. That’s why I’m participating in the 21st round of Bout of Books!

Bout of Books is a low-pressure readathon where you can set whatever goal you’d like, meet other readers and bloggers, and generally spend a week making an effort to read a little more than you might’ve done otherwise. I always have a ball participating in the 24 Hour Readathon, but I’m definitely looking forward to a little more casual affair this time. (Sitting down and reading for 24 hours straight is tough, you guys.)

Here are some of the books I’m hoping to finish (or at least make a sizable dent in) this week:

Cover to Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

From the GoodReads description:

Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals.

The Cover to the Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins

From the GoodReads description:

[…] Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.
As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.
But Carolyn has accounted for this.
And Carolyn has a plan.
The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Salt to the Sea Book Cover

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys

From the GoodReads description:

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept…


Are you participating in Bout of Books this week? I’d love to know what books you’re planning on devouring! Drop me a comment, let’s chat!

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 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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  • Reply Happy Writer - My 2018 Bookish Goals! ~ Happy Writer

    […] has all wrapped up! I can’t say I did amazingly at reading last week. My ambition to complete three books wasn’t quite fulfilled, though I did finish Wide Sargasso Sea and — er — start […]

    January 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm
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