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Aug 27 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Read-a-Thon #RAT Final Post and Book Reviews

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m took part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You’ll find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

My goals for Bout of Books 20 were not just to read a lot of books (I aimed for 5, read 8!!!), but also to connect. I found a few more people.

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, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 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

MY DAY 6 and 7 PROGRESS

Book Reviews

HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self Publishing: Bestsellers: A Quick Guide. by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A lot of straight forward knowledge delivered quickly. It’s almost like an enhanced Internet search. The author relates some personal examples (without saying what the other books are). This seems like a good read for any indie author who plans to do some marketing in hopes of getting sales. Warning: cursing. (About as much as normally seems to happen when American guys hang out.)

There is one thing I don’t think was clarified. The part about BookBub probably, I’m assuming, is referring to the featured deal. Because just getting an author profile took me all of three minutes.
bookbub.com/authors/j-lenni-dorner





HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self-Publishing: Ready for Launch! A Quick Guide by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I’d recommend this to indie authors planning to use Amazon’s KDP. This is a good follow-up to the first book. It’s fast and easy to read. (Warning: cursing. Like hanging out with most regular, American guys.)




Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#DiversityBingo2017 – Visually Impaired MC

I really enjoyed this book. I’m a “Catcher In The Rye” fan, so mentioning Holden Caulfield instantly wins bonus points with me! And I’m from PA, so the mention of Hershey’s candy gets my chocolate heart all melty. But that’s stuff that appeals to me, personally.

The characters are all written and developed with care. The reader is smack dab inside Hutch’s messed-up head. He’s a kid with problems. (Drunk, abusive mom, absentee dad, poverty and hunger, reading issues largely due to a need for eyeglasses, etc.) All the teens in this book have problems, some which are only hinted at. How his friendship with Nyla began, that right there makes him a hero. I imagine some of the Nylas of the world (smart teen girls who prefer books to make-up and are outcasted because of it) reading this book to a few of the Hutchs (who would get all defensive and say it isn’t like their life, but it probably is).

If you enjoyed the movie Dangerous Minds, and would like a book told from the point of view of one of the students, here you go!

I’d also suggest requiring everyone in politics to give this book a read. Increase literacy! Reduce crime! The ideas for making a better society might slip into their minds.

There’s a lot of wisdom in these pages.

If I’d change one thing about this book, it would be at the end… I’d add “Maggie’s suggested reading list.”

(Disclaimer: Yes, C. Lee McKenzie and I do comment on each other’s blogs on a fairly regular basis. And yes, we are part of some of the same online communities. This did not influence my review.)

Challenge Progress

Finished

  1. Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
  2. Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
  3. The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée
  4. Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte
  5. War and Pieces by Tia Silverthorne Bach, Ferocious 5, N.L. Greene
  6. HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self Publishing: Bestsellers: A Quick Guide. by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders
  7. HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self-Publishing: Ready for Launch! A Quick Guide by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders
  8. Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

2 comments

  1. Nilanjana Bose

    Congrats on overshooting your target! I much like C. Lee McKenzie’s writing – Double Negative sounds very interesting.

  2. Patricia Lynne

    I’ll have to check out the Homemade Author books. They sound like they’d be useful.
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