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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Bout of Books Overall Progress

For our last day of the Bout of Books read-a-thon I decided to not only include my progress of today but of all the days. This was my first read-a-thon that I have ever taken part in and I really enjoyed it, I can't wait for the next one where I aim to read for longer and read more ;) Today I spent 30 minutes reading, and finishing, Intangible (review on Tuesday) and also chose to pick up Intuition, may as well as I have all that time left over.

14.05
Books Read:
Specials
Pages Read: 153
Time Read For: 1 hour 30 minutes

15.05
Books Read:
Specials
Pages Read: 155
Time Read For: 1 hour 17 minutes
Overall Books Completed: 0
Overall Page Count: 308
Overall Time Read For: 2 hours 47 minutes

16.05
Books Read: Specials, Intangible and Channel Zero
Pages Read: 107 + 19%
Time Read For: 1 hour 34 minutes
Overall Books Completed: 1
Overall Page Count: 315 + 19%
Overall Time Read For: 4 hours 21 minutes

17.05
Books Read:  Intangible 
Pages Read: 
24%
Time Read For:
1 hour 2 minutes
Overall Books Completed:
1
Overall Page Count: 315 + 43%
Overall Time Read For: 5 hours 23 minutes

18.05
Books Read: Intangible, Channel Zero and Batman: The Killing Joke
Pages Read: 151 + 22%
Time Read For: 1 hour 38 minutes
Overall Books Completed: 2
Overall Page Count: 466 + 65%
Overall Time Read For: 7 hours 1 minute

19.05
Books Read: Intangible and Channel Zero
Pages Read: 168 + 6%
Time Read For: 51 minutes
Overall Books Completed: 3
Overall Page Count: 734 + 71%
Overall Time Read For: 7 hours 52 minutes

20.05
Books Read: Intangible, Intuition and Pandora Hearts Volume 1
Pages Read: 14% + 241
Time Read For: 1 hour 21 minutes
Overall Books Completed: 6
Overall Page Count: 975 + 85%(224ish pages)
Overall Time Read For: 9 hours 13 minutes

When I first made my goals post for Bout of Books I aimed to read 4 books, which I more than achieved. I ended up reading different books than selected due to reviews needed and getting my hands on graphic novels that I didn't expect to have for a lot longer. Below I'll include synopsis' of the books I read.

Specials by Scott Westerfeld: Special Circumstances. Tally though they were a rumor, but now she's one of the them. A Special. A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn'tbetter than anything she's ever known. Tally still has memories of something else. But it's easy for her to tune that out—until she's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same. (full series review to come once I've read Extras)

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore: The Killing Joke, one of my favorite Batman stories ever, stirred a bit of controversy because the story involves the Joker brutally, pointlessly shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine. This is a no-holds-barred take on a truly insane criminal mind, masterfully written by British comics writer Alan Moore. The art by Brian Bolland is so appealing that his depiction of the Joker became a standard and was imitated by many artists to follow.

Channel Zero by Brian Wood: 
Special interest groups have bullied the government into passing the Clean Act, effectively killing freedom of speech and silencing the country into submission. TV and God become one and the same as America wages its own holy war against its citizens. Meet Jennie 2.5, media slut turned info-terrorist, out to save the country from itself, and restore free will and self expression. Hailed internationally as ground-breaking work in the field of sequential art, Channel Zero challenges and tests the limits, combining current events and no-future shock into a dark, paranoid, deep-ambient visual narrative. (review to come)

Intangible by J. Meyers: 
Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift. Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it. (review to come)

Intuition by J. Meyers: Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it. On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain. (review to come)

Pandora Hearts Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki: 
The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessaliuss coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he know nothing. Thrown into the Abyss - an eternal prison from which here is no escape - Oz meets a young girl named Alice who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or will Alice provide him with some shred of hope?


Specials (Uglies #3) Batman: The Killing Joke (Batman)Channel Zero
IntangibleIntuitionPandora Hearts, Vol. 1 (Pandora Hearts, #1)

59 comments:

  1. It has been a great event. Happy to see you did well. hope to stop by if you decide to join them in august.
    http://sidnereading.blogspot.com/p/bout-of-books-read-thon.html

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    1. It really has been, hasn't it! I do plan to join in the August one too and hopefully push myself even more.

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  2. congrats on reaching your goal. I watched the Pandora Hearts anime. I absolutely love the art for that manga!

    Bout of Books Wrap-up
    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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    1. Oh I'll definitely have to check out the anime at some point as the manga is beautiful, and confusing at first.

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  3. Glad you had fun and reached your goal!

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  4. Thanks for the book recaps. Nice touch.

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    1. I thought it would be handy in case people were unsure of what some of them where about.

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  5. Ooh I need to check out those J.Meyers books! Congrats on your readathon success!! :)

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    1. I've just posted my review of them, they're really good reads.
      http://northernplunder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/review-intangible-intuition.html

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  6. I loved Intuition and Intangible! Congrats on the completion of your goal! :)

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  7. Great job on the read-a-thon! It's great that you surpassed your goal. I have the entire Uglies series, but haven't got around to reading them yet. I've heard good things about them.

    I host four, week long read-a-thons a year, one in each season. My next one, High Summer Read-a-Thon, is July 16 - 22. I haven't posted the sign up yet because I have a poll up at my blog about it. I'm trying to decide if I should have a dedicated blog for the read-a-thons. Stop by and read my post about it and vote in the poll, if you like. I would love for you to join me for the read-a-thon.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. I do recommend the Uglies series but definitely wait in between each book otherwise you may pull your hair out a little.

      I voted on your poll and look forward to the next read-a-thon, I'll definitely take part.

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  8. Wow, 6 books is awesome! Many congrats on surpassing our goal. :D

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  9. These are a lot of books (and pages) Congrats for reaching and passing your goal! I used to love Pandora Hearts but then I just stopped reading it. Also I really need to start reading the Uglies series.

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    1. Its so odd, I only have the first 4 so I'll have to save up some money to purchase the rest.

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  10. I really need to try reading Uglies again, I tried a few years back and got busy and never went back to it.

    Congrats on going over your goal!

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    1. They're such short and easy reads you could probably take a day out to read each one - though spread them out a bit :P
      Thank you.

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  11. Great job on this read-a-thon! Looks like you had a lot of fun. :)

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  12. I have seen that a lot of people are reading the Intangible series. I'd forgotten about The Uglies, so I want to check that out as well. Is the Pandora Hearts a manga? My 12 year old is really into anime and manga. Would it be appropriate for her?

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    1. Intangible is definitely a series to pick up, as is Uglies.
      Pandora Hearts is a manga, its rated Teen 13+ and is a Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Comedy (thank you google). I'd say it's completely up to you, its very Alice in Wonderland gone mad
      If you want to take a look at the first part before making a decision its available to read online - http://www.mangareader.net/350-24630-1/pandora-hearts/chapter-1.html

      Personally I'd allow a 12 year old to read but everyone is different.

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed it! You read a lot!

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  14. Awesome you had a great week..i read Intangible and want to read Intuition. I just love read-a-thons :)

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    1. I love them too now, can't wait for 5.0 :)

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  15. Wow, looks like you had a fabulous week of books! Can't wait to see what you thought of Intangible, I really liked it and am looking forward to book 2!
    Thanks for stopping my blog too today :) Happy reading!

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    1. I adored it too and can't wait for book two either - my review is here: http://northernplunder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/review-intangible-intuition.html

      No worries :)

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  16. Good job surpassing your goal! ~dixie

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  17. Wow! Great job at reading more than your goal. I hope you had a great time!

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    1. I did indeed have a good time :) thanks.

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  18. You did great! I hope you participate in more of the read-a-logs.

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  19. Hey, you read a Batman book too! :) I'm really impressed that you were so consistent with keeping track of your stats. I started, then stuff came up and I had to squeeze reading in where I could so didn't bother to track my times or pages. I'm glad you were able to get so much read and have fun! I can't wait for the next one!

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    1. I did indeed, it was great. I love keeping lists so it was pretty easy for me to keep up, though it was a pain to constantly be keeping track of time. Look forward to seeing your reads next time round.

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  20. Congratulations on reading so much. And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog as well

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    1. Thank you, absolutely no worries at all :)

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  21. Yay for first read-a-thon and reading lovely books. How were Intuition and Intangible?

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    1. They were great, I've posted my review here :)

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  22. Wow, congrats on surpassing your goal! I've heard about Pandora Hearts but I've never read the manga or watched the anime. It sounds really interesting so I'll have to look it up sometime. And I can't even tell you how long I've been planning on reading the Uglies series. Hopefully this year though.

    Thanks for the follow, I'm returning the favour ;)

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    1. It really is interesting, for the first couple of pages you're literally sat there like "...what the f*ck is going on right now?" it's pretty crazy, imagine Alice in Wonderland on a lot more drugs.
      Its definitely worth reading the Uglies series, I had been planning for ages too and then a group I'm a part of on GR picked it up and I was like "it's about time I got to that!" and now I'm almost done with it.

      Thank you.

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  23. Hey! It's great that you reached your goal! I'm really curious about Pandora hearts (seeing it everywhere right now), but I'm totally new to the genre - would that series be right for a beginner?

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    1. I wouldn't say its a hard series to get in to and its an easy read but you are left feeling a little "what the hell just happened" the first anime I read was Hellsing and thats just as crazy though :')

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  24. You did great! I might have to pick up Intangible myself; it sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  25. Congrats on reading so many books and pages and passing your goals! I have Intangible on my list of books to read next, I'm glad you had fun and I can't wait for the next one too!

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    1. Thank you, you should pick it up soon ;)

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  26. Congrats on your progress! 6 books is awesome! I hope you enjoyed Specials, it was a great book! And I need to find myself a source for Intangible, it looks amazing! Glad that you had a great time on your first read-a-thon, and enjoy the many more to come! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you, I did indeed enjoy it. Amazon now has it in stock :)

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  27. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You read a lot of books! =D I love Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. =D I need to go back and re-read them soon. Also, I have Intuition on my Kindle! I'll have to read it soon.

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    1. Oh you really should read Intangible soon. I love Westerfelds series too, I hope to pick his others up too.

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  28. GO YOU FOR GOING PAST YOUR GOAL!! I know when i passed my goal for my yearly goal on goodreads.com it felt great, so i know you must be ecstatic!! Hope you participate again next time =D

    -Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

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    1. Thank you! It really was great and I can't wait until next time :)

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  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog (Muse Books) and congrats for surpassing your goal. It is a nice feeling.

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    1. & thank you for stopping by too! It really was a nice feeling indeed

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