My Goals for the Bout of Books 9.0

Posted January 6, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Challenges, Reading Books

As part of Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal’s read-a-thon, Bout of Books 9.0, I’m to include my goals regarding what I want to accomplish in this glorious bout of reading, including the time I’ll set aside for reading and what I hope to have read by the end of Sunday, the 12th.

Time Devoted to Reading

I read every day—it keeps me sane. At worst, I read for a bit when I first wake up and when I go to bed at night. And during the night if I can’t sleep. At best, everyone leaves me alone, and I can luxuriate in enjoying a bit of a read during lunch and dinner. And maybe a few hours caught along the way! Then there are the moments caught in between. Standing in line for something or other. Waiting in someone’s office. On hold with the telephone. Waiting for my computer to complete a task. Or simply needing a mental break.

My Goals

Sadly enough, my goals are catch-up goals. Catching up with the library books that are coming due, the books I’m reading for a couple of read-alongs, the ARCs I’m reading from publishers, authors, and publicists, newly released books in series I’m following, books recommended by friends on Goodreads, and books I’m editing for clients. Um, no, I won’t be reporting on that last bit of reading. You’ll have to wait for those!

Part of my challenge to myself is to write book reviews on each book I read which I then post to my own blog, Goodreads, Amazon, and guest reviews at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! three times a week. So for this Bout of Books, my real challenge is to keep up with the reviews on each book I read with none waiting for its turn on Monday, the 13th. Eeek, what have I done…!

Lori Foster’s Getting Rowdy is part of her Love Undercover series I’ve been following, and I wanna know what happens to Rowdy!
C.E. Murphy’s Thunderbird Falls. It’s the second installment in her Walker Papers series and I’m caught by the twist Murphy has introduced on shamans, elves, and magic.

Kim Harrison’s White Witch, Black Curse as part of a read-along of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows—I do love Rachel Morgan and her friends adventures! Harrison writes an excellent tale of screw-ups and life, and after this one, I’ll be ready for the Tuesday start of Black Magic Sanction.

Margaret Frazer’s The Bastard’s Tale from her Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series. Combine anything with history…and I’m there.
Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Escape is part of my own re-read of the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series. I absolutely adore Cornwell’s tales of war and how he makes me feel everything!
Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is a recommendation from a Goodreads friends that I’m curious about.
Richelle Mead’s The Fiery Heart is the fourth in her YA urban fantasy Bloodlines series, and I’m anxious to start.
Louise Penny’s Still Life is the first in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series for a read-along on Goodreads.
M.C.V. Egan’s The Bridge of Deaths is an intriguing tale of time travel, history, and discovering one’s past.
Erin M. Evans’ Adversary is part of the R.A. Salvatore/multiple authors Sundering fantasy series, and I’m trying to understand it.