Bout of Books Wrap-up

I love this readathon and one of these weeks I’m going to not have a release scheduled, I’m going to not have my computer crash and have to reinstall Windows and every program under the sun, and I’m going to not have a bazillion other things get in the way of what the goal is…Reading.

Better planning is the key and I shall do so for future Bout of Books readathons.

But, I did finish 2 books and I did find some others that I plan on reading and have 1 started.

Finished: 

Finished: 

Started: 

Almost finished:

Overall, I learned things, made new connections on Twitter, and really enjoy the reading community that readathons provide. We don’t all read the same books or the same genres, but we all do read and have a love of the written word and that is what it’s all about.

~lissa

 

I’ve Got My Reading and Writing On!

So, #boutofbooks started today (at midnight) and I’ve done some reading. I have had a stack of books to choose from that I’ve been collecting for just this week. I won’t get all of them read, but I’ll get a few of them finished.

This is what I’m reading:

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (I started this last year, but I’m determined to finish it this week)

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

and

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

Did you join Bout of Books? Have you ever participated in a readathon? If I organized one, would you participate?

The other part of my post title… About Getting My Write On? Yeah, I’ve been doing that, too. I have started Mac, Simple Need, book 4. Vinter will re-release later this week, with the other Simple Need books coming out every 3 weeks until Mac is finished and released!

I’ll have a cover for you soon!

Have a great week and stay warm!

~lissa

Hour 23 – If This Was Your Last Day To Read For A Year…

Hi Y’all! Lissa Matthews here! I’ll be holding things together for Hour 23… We’re in the home stretch!

Does the title make you curious? Make you a little anxious? Make you want to wring my neck for planting the mere idea in your head of not reading for a year? I get it… But… What if TODAY was your last day to read a book for a year? That starting after you turn the final page today you’re not allowed to read another book for 365 days… What book would you choose to be the last one? What book would so capture your mind and imagination that you believe it would have the power to hold you over until one year is over? Inquiring minds want to know.

Me? I’m still struggling with this answer, but ever since I came up with this question, the one book that’s been sticking in my head is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Of all the books I’ve read this year, this is the one that my brain keeps going back to…

Hopefully you’re still here, pushing through to the very last word on the pages. Maybe you’re even looking forward to a nice long nap and some eye drops. I know I am. But honestly, this has been great and I’m so thrilled to be part of it and hosting one of the mini-challenges!

So, please, leave a comment here with your choice of book that would be your last one if you couldn’t read for a year. I’m very curious at what people choose.

If you choose to answer on social media, don’t forget to use the #readathon and specifically for this mini-challenge #lastbookforayear And if you’d like to tag me as well, I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @lissamatthews

I will also be offering up a prize for this challenge… A $20 gift card to In The Wick of Time or up to $20 for a book of your choice from BookDepository.com

~lissa

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Readathon Sign-Up

I mentioned a bit ago that I would be participating in a 24-hour Readathon on October 21st and I wanted to give all of you the chance to sign-up for it, too. ALL the details are HERE as well as the sign-up form.

As it states, you don’t have to read for the whole 24-hours, but it’s fun to try and read as much as you can. Part of the fun is in the planning. Snacks, naps, location, and especially what books you’re going to crack open. Novels? Graphic novels? Box sets? A series you’ve been dying to read?

That last one is me. A series I’ve been dying to read. There are two that I am flirting with and I’ll likely end up flipping a coin to see which one will get my attention. Whichever one is put off, I’ll pick it up during the other readathon in January.

For now, though… Please consider signing up for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Meet other readers on social media. Find new authors and books to try. Connect over a love of reading.

~lissa

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Mark Your Calendars for the October 21st #readathon

Back in April, I joined in on a #readathon on Twitter organized by 24hourreadathon.com. I came into it late with no plan of what books I was going to read, snacks, what to do with the family so I wasn’t disturbed, a good night’s sleep before so I could stay awake for 24 hours, etc… I read 2 1/2 books. Some were reading graphic novels. Some were reading novels. Some were reading novellas. Some were reading a combination of these and other things. It was fun and it sort of jump started or re-jump started my desire and wish and want to read more this year.

I’m telling you all this so you can mark your calendars for October 21st. There is another 24 hour #readathon happening on Twitter and the more people reading and connecting, the better.

The sign-up isn’t up on their site, yet, but when it is, I’ll post here for any of you who might want to join in.

~lissa