Bout of Books 2019 Wrap Up

I planned to have this written up on Monday, but I was a little busy finishing Omega’s Homecoming (Book 5 in the Hemlock Wolf Pack Saga.) It’s been a long road, but I’m thrilled that Blake and Jonah’s story is moving onto the editing process!

Originally I hoped to read 7 books, but in the end I only managed to read 4. Of those 4 only 1 of them was on my original TBR. Two were non-fiction research books which I won’t be talking about here because spoilers and privacy. Though, I’m usually good to manage a book and a half or two a week. So, Bout of Books went great for me this year! I’m now two books ahead in my GoodReads Goal of 100 books this year.

Rainbow Islands by Devin Harnois

Rainbow Islands

This book was sort of dystopian. No, it was dystopian, but it was done in such a way that it didn’t feel like the normal dystopian. Parts of this narrative were whimscial (Griffin Riders) and others parts dealt with serious issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. I loved this book to be totally honest. It was a little out there. Okay, a lot out there, but the writer did an incredible job at being inclusive. For me, it was whimsical, but a ‘feel good’ read. So, naturally, the second book I read for Bout of Books was also by Devin Harnois. I blame him and Rainbow Islands for my sudden change in plans. lol

Not My Apocalypse by Devin Harnois

Not My Apocalypse (Alex Holden, #1)

In this book, Devin Harnois’s voice carries over with the same in your face diversity and mostly likeable characters. It’s not as whimsical as Rainbow Islands and definitely has so much darker parts, but he carries on with nothing being sacred except human and animal rights. The main character thumbs his nose at his less than desirable ‘destiny.’ Even if he has to use his demonic powers along the way to be free of it. I enjoyed Alex’s (the main character) dirty mouth and headstrong attitude. It’s the normal teenage angst but with a supernatural and divine twist.


Bout of Books Readathon TBR

I’m on track for my Good Reads reading challenge, but I don’t want to fall behind while I’m busy writing book 5 of the Hemlock Wolf Pack Saga. So, when a friend asked if I was participating in Bout of Books I knew I was even when I said I wasn’t sure I’d have time. Like everyone, some days I get so busy I forget why I started writing. I started writing and continue to do so, because of my love of stories.

For those of you unfamiliar with Bout of Books you can check out the full information here.

Bout of Books is a readathon to encourage readers to read more than they normally would through the week of 5/13/19 to 5/19/19.

The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by [Kirkman, Robert]

I never quite stick to my TBR for readathons. I’ll likely read the combined volumes of the Walking Dead Comics during the readathon. I’m on the second volume and really enjoying finding out where my favorite television show came from. They’re really different, but I’m loving them! If I haven’t devoured them by the time Bout of Books roll around I’ll likely spend the week finishing them up. There are 33 volumes. I’ll likely still be working my way through them.

I’ve also picked up a few novels in case I want to change things up during Bout of Books.

Rainbow Islands by Devin Harnois. I’ve wanted to read this alternate world LGBT book for a while.

Rainbow Islands by [Harnois, Devin]

The Devil Between Us by S.C. Wilson

The Devil Between Us by [Wilson, S.C.]

Let me know in the comments if you’re participating in the Bout of Books Readathon this year!