[Miscellaneous] – Bout Of Books 10

Miscellaneous is the tagline to store my random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. It’s more for consistency sake so I can have an itty-bitty picture to follow suit with the post.

Bout of BooksThe 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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 


Initial Thoughts:

What Is It?

Bout of Books is a low-pressure read-a-thon which runs from May 12th-18th in whatever time zone you live in.

The Sales Pitch

Usually read one novel a week? Challenge yourself to more.
Fancy the sports column in the newspaper? Try reading arts for a change.
Laughing at an xkcd or cyanide and happiness comic? Why not consider a lengthier graphic novel, comic book, or manga for a change?
Already participating in a read-a-thon? Kill two endeavours with one book.

If you’re involved in any form of reading, you’re pretty much indirectly participating anyways—but let’s shine some positive magical dust or [shrug goes here] whatever you call it—on all of this. While Bout of Books is focused on its namesake, one might even consider dabbling in alternative avenues of reading as well. I mean hey, you’ve already lived hundreds of lives through varying sets of eyes in the texts you read–what’s another flip through a newspaper column or a comic book for that matter? There are also daily challenges you can join in on to be around like-minded people, share some thoughts, and enjoy the community.

What’s more important to know is that the idea behind setting achievable goals, while stimulating when attained, is not the be-all and end-all of this challenge. I would say that one of the greatest achievements from any read-a-thon is the value in being more informed. So as a reader of any form of text, you’re already consuming the knowledge that would qualify you to be participating anyways…so why don’t you just head over to Bout of Books and sign up anyways!

Always experience, think, and learn.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #18 – Top Ten Books If You Enjoy Literary Gastronomy

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.

This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books If You Enjoy
Literary Gastronomy


 Initial Thoughts:

Do you like food? I like food. Love, even.

…Did I really just open up this post with that prompt. Oh dear, well there’s only going up from here—I hope.

What a potentially questionable choice of mine to take this route. This week’s theme is based on “books you would enjoy if you like X” subbing the variable for anything of entertainment. My focus considers foodie moments in non-food/culinary-centric novels. I mean, I’m sure we’ve all gone through a love/hate relationships with people who eat food on screen because it’s food. For readers who don’t know, gastronomy is just a fancy term for, as defined by Merriam-Webster: the art or activity of cooking and eating fine food. And no, I’m not detailing cookbooks…but rather memorable scenes with the involvement of food. The only cookbook I use is Google anyways.

I’m sure we’ve all come across mouth-watering scenes involving food or maybe just we were hangry (that’s hungry + angry; especially when anger results from hunger) during the read that sparked the need to feed and find sustenance. When I look back on some novels, I’m actually perplexed at the fact that sometimes…there’s no indication that they’ve eaten food. I guess it doesn’t come across as interesting but the inner foodie in me says otherwise.

I apologize in advance if you are starving and begin to salivate as this entire post is talking about food.

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[Music Monday] – #6 – Jason Walker – Keep Me Watching

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by the Total Book Geek. The purpose of this bookish variant is to match a book with a particular song; whether it is character defining, a narrative element, or just an overall book defining track.

So why am I doing this? Well if I had to choose to only have one of the five traditional senses, it would be sound perception above all else. And hey I think it’d be neat to share music I listen to on a daily basis!

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This Week’s Song:
Keep Me Watching – Jason Walker

Book Selected:
Nearly Gone – Elle Cosimano

 


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