[BOUT OF BOOKS 14] Challenge 5: Character Soulmates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

So today’s challenge is one that I’ve struggled with massively. We have to ship characters that belong in separate series and justify why we think they would be perfect together… sigh.

I’m so not the person for this challenge! I’m really indifferent to the vast majority of romance subplots in scifi, fantasy and dystopia and for me, most books would be better off just cutting it out completely. I’m definitely not the fangirl type. If romance isn’t done well then it just reads as cliché, makes me cringe and ultimately serves no purpose – if you want a great example of romance done well, check out SKIN by Ilka Tampke and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven! There have been so many books I’ve loved until I hit the love triangle.

I will gladly be beaten by this challenge and just give you guys an update!

I’ve finally finished Skin – I put off the last few chapters because I just didn’t want it to end. It’s utterly magical, uplifting and powerful – go read it now!

I’ve also started ANNIHILATION by Jeff Vanderman. It’s giving me a real creeping unease and it’s one of those books I’m simultaneously dreading and looking forward to picking up again. I’m really liking his style, it’s very factual and that definitely adds to the weird feeling.

Let me know how you’re getting on with Bout of Books 14!

Charlotte x

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[BOUT OF BOOKS 14] Challenge 2: Scavenger Hunt

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

Todays challenge is a good old scavenger hunt! I’ve searched through my shelves to find a book that fits each of the below categories. Let me know which ones you chose!
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1. A book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
Okay so we’re not counting the ‘The’, right?
2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
I’ve been TERRIBLE today and barely managed to squeeze any reading in at all. I’m currently in the final few chapters of the stunning SKIN by Ilka Tampke and I’m really looking forward to taking on this vibrant copy of ANNIHILATION by Jeff Vanderman next.
3. A book with a blue cover
Turns out ALL of my books for yesterdays challenge had blue covers! How weird is that?! I have an absolute tonne of books with beautiful blue cover art, but had to go for the gorgeous 20th anniversary edition of NORTHERN LIGHTS.
4. A book from my favourite genre
At the moment I’m moving out of my dystopia phase and I’m feeling some classic high fantasy. It was tough to choose just one book to represent this genre but I feel that a well-thumbed copy of Robert Jordan’s THE EYE OF THE WORLD sums it all up!
5. A book on my TBR shelf
I thought why not just take a picture of my whole TBR pile for you guys! There’s a good mixture of books I bought and books that I received for review. There are some started already and some that just keep getting bumped down the list the more I buy! This isn’t even the half of it… my mental TBR is never-ending!
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Charlotte x