I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.
You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)
Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:
Seasons of Books
Choose 4 books, each representing a different season. Spring, summer, winter, and autumn. What was your reason for choosing each book? Color of the cover, title, character attitude, setting, or overall theme/feeling of the work? Share your selections using the hashtag #seasonsofbooks and #boutofbooks.
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, She Says Murder: A Short But Sweet Mystery
Summer’s Favorite Dessert Cookbook: 30 Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes of All Time
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Plot Your Book In A Month…With Scrivener
MY DAY 5 PROGRESS
This book is the love story of Luis and Jase. (Jase being the Virgin Billionaire, and owner of a company called Virgin, so it’s a double entendre.) I really liked Luis. He picks a favorite word and then works it into conversations. His train of thoughts felt like Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye, which intrigued me. He’s exactly the sort of gay guy that one expects in NYC. (Before you lecture me, watch Sex and the City. “Cliché for a reason.”) The best part of Luis is his heart; he does things to have money to send to his uncle who is HIV positive, even though the uncle sends the money back.
Luis is obsessed with a blog. There’s a section where he tells Jase about commenting on the blog, and it really hit me. It’s just brilliant. I’m not sure why I haven’t heard others say something along these lines, but it feels like it ought to be a popular quote. “Elena wasn’t getting paid to write these excellent blog posts. She was doing it because she loved it, and Luis liked to compliment her as much as he could so she’d keep her blog going forever.”
What I disliked, or just found difficult “suspension of disbelief” wise, was the world these two men live in. It’s not just that there’s an unbelievable amount of acceptance everywhere, but the uncanny amount of men (of any/every sexual preference) that are attracted and flirty/ accept flirts. The book seeps into Fantasy there, in my opinion. Luis says that no one cares if you’re gay nowadays, and Jase asks what planet he lives on, “The Planet of Celestial Hope and Goodness?” Granted, NYC has a considerable amount of open-mindedness (or general lack of giving a f…), but the book felt like it skirted over the line just a bit. Maybe that was intentional, making the setting a dreamy character for the reader to lust over.
I felt on-the-fence about Jase’s character. On one hand, it felt accurate. On the other hand, his thoughts about being glad that Luis takes on a feminine role… it just struck me wrong. More the way he thought it than that he thought it, if that makes sense.
The editor only missed six typos (knew/new, hip/up), so I feel I can say the author’s writing is good.
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field
Does anyone else find it funny that I rarely read romance or erotica, yet ended up reading THREE of them this week? I swear it wasn’t planned. All five actually have love stories as big part of the plot!