Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bout of Books: Tuesday (#boutofbooks)

I'm aiming to post an update each day throughout the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon because I find them fun to look back over once it's all finished. I'll be including an update on my day (sometimes just about reading, other times about why I've not been reading), along with my thoughts on the books I've been reading and any challenge entries.

My Day

I didn't get as much reading done today as I'd have liked as I got caught up trying to clear my email inbox which took a lot longer than I expected. I did eventually get to curl up with my book and a very large mug of chai this afternoon. Still I'd have been much happier had I got more reading done, but it's only day two so I'm not stressing too much.

The Books

I managed to finish Frostbite today and I absolutely loved it. The strigoi are a more immediate threat and it's great to see Rose becoming more adult. She came across as a little bitchy at times in the first so I loved watching her grow, and her interactions with her Mum explained a lot about why she is the way she is. I also adore Lissa and Christian - sooooo sweet, and new guy Adrian is awesome!

As soon as I finished I jumped straight into Shadow Kiss. So far it's shaping up to be a great read. Rose is having some creepy issues, including seeing ghosts, and Adrian is still around campus (yay!). I'm really looking forward to seeing what's up with her (maybe something with the bond?) and how she does on the field training.

Books read today: Two-thirds of one, and a little of another.
Pages read today: 299

The Challenges

There are two challenges today :) The Guess the Cover challenge is hosted by Mandi @ Never Too Fond of Books which I've entered by email (click here to join in), and the Cover Love challenge is hosted by Tobe @ Ms. Bluff's Book.

I love looking at book covers and have talked about them a lot on the blog. Picking an overall favourite though - really hard! So I took the easy route and went with my favourite cover of the books I've seen recently.

I first saw Mystic City as part of Top Ten of 2012 when people were talking about their favourite covers. It was so gorgeous I decided to find out more and ended up treating myself to a copy with my Christmas money and it arrived this morning. I love the city in the background and the simple underwater feel to the girl. It's just beautiful :)

A funny cover was easier to pick. I don't own too many books with funny covers, but Curses! is hilarious as is the book itself. I really like how it shows Cinderella run over by her own carriage...as well as the bluebird that lured her to her death :)

You can enter this challenge by clicking here.


  1. Haha, I totally failed at coming up with a funny book cover! I'm always game for some gorgeous-cover fangirling though. :)

    You got loads of reading done today, I'm jealous! I tried, but reading a classic is slower going and I got distracted by the internet a LOT. I know what you mean about clearing your email inbox taking forever, mine seems to be an ongoing job and within days it's right back where it was before. TOO MANY SUBSCRIPTIONS. :D

    Have a great day tomorrow!

    1. Classics are way slower going than modern books! No matter how good they are, they always seem to take more time and effort.

      Thanks for stopping by Ellie :)

  2. Vampire Academy is one of my favorite YA series. I remember when I read Frostbite and the end nearly gave me a heart attack, lol.

    I've never heard of Mystic City but the cover is very cool :)

    Way to go and good luck on the rest of your Bout of Books challenges.
    Isalys / Book Soulmates

    1. I only heard about Mystic City through a post on covers lol! It sounds really good though. Totally with you on the end of Frostbite though :)

      Thanks for stopping by Isalys!

  3. Oooh the Mystic City cover is gorgeous! Great choice :-)


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