It is Bout of Books time again! It has been a long time since I last took part in a readathon and just as that thought crossed my mind I noticed it was only one week until Bout of Books. Perfect timing!
If you don’t already know Bout of Books is a readathon that occurs multiple times a year. You simply have to read as much as you can during the week and there are mini challenges that you can take part in throughout the week. Here is an extract from there website for more info:
“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”
So next week I will be reading:
I doubt I will get through all of these books but I am at least aiming for Six Four and The Silent Companions to be finished by the end of the week. My Hairiest Adventure I can finish in one sitting and Smoke and Mirrors is just something for me to pick at throughout the week since it is a collection of short stories. It has been a while since I read a Gaiman book that wasn’t Sandman.
I will be Tweeting, Instagraming and Facebooking my progress throughout the event so if you want to following my reading progress you can find me at the usual places:
Facebook: Spine Cracker
GoodReads: Bernadette Donnelly
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
“When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure–a silent companion–that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition–that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.
A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.”
Page Count: 384
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
“Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.
For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case.
He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find. ”
Page Count: 643
My Hairiest Adventure by R.L Stine
“He’s having a really, really bad hair day. . . .
Larry Boyd just found the coolest thing in the trash. It’s an old bottle of INSTA-TAN. “Rub on a dark suntan in minute” – that’s what the label says. So Larry and his friends do. But nothing much happens.
Until Larry notices the hair. Dark spiky hair growing on his hands and face. Really gross shiny hair.
Hair that keeps growing back even after he shaves it off. . . .”
Page Count: 144
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
“In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion… and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman’s first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders — a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under “Pest Control,” and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality — obscured by smoke and darkness, yet brilliantly tangible — in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.”
Page Count: 365
Will you be taking part in Bout of Books next week? If so, what will you be reading?
There is still plenty of time to sign up if you want to join in.