Aug 26 2019

Exquisite Readathon #boutofbooks 26 Wrap-up and #BookReviews #ODFS

Bout of Books
Bout of Books 26

I was “birthday kidnapped,” and as such, I fell behind on update posts. Here’s a wrap-up!

Exciting Readathon #Reading #insixwords Day 1 Recap #boutofbooks 26

#WEPFF #WEP #Poetry and #BoutofBooks 26 Day 2 Recap with Adaptations and Favorite #books


Wednesday 8/21
Recreate Your Favorite Book Cover

Thursday 8/22
If This, Then That

Friday 8/23
I Want This Book

Saturday 8/24
Leave a Review

Sunday 8/25
Stretch Goal

#bob26igphoto #boutofbooks

Total number of finished books: 3
Titles of finished books:
The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin (ARC)
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

My GOALS during Bout of Books 26:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Enjoy my birthday
  5. Find a book where the MC returns to hometown

Book Reviews:

ODFS 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner


#DebutAuthor Author I Haven’t Previously Read

There’s music included in this cookbook. That alone makes it especially interesting. I love that Jordon mentions things like time estimates. “I don’t know how fast you chop.” There’s a great bit of humor nestled into these pages. “You’re looking for a solid dough that holds together but isn’t too sticky. You may need to adjust the amount of water due to factors like weather, altitude, moon cycle, etc. (maybe not moon cycle, but it’s easy to blame that for things since we’re all in touch with our inner werewolf).”

The tarts all seem mouth-watering to me. And I’m excited to try those pesto sauces! Grilled Pineapple & Banana Salad sounds tasty, creative, and different. There’s a rule in the book against store-bought salad dressings, but I didn’t see instructions on making ranch, Russian, or hot bacon dressing. (There were other salad dressings, but not those, which are favorites among my group.) I had to do a search to find out what pepitas are (pumpkin seeds without the shell). And I learned that wild leeks, or spring onions, are also called ramps.

Sea-bass, cod, salmon, halibut, shrimp, and tuna meatballs were all fish under main dishes. Other main dish meats included chicken, steak, lamb, duck, and uni (sea urchin roe). There are also a few meatless options. I like that there are quinoa recipes offered. Plus, there are drinks and desserts. It’s a good mix of recipes for the slightly-experienced home cook.

The book is very entertaining, and the author comes off as an authority. It has a lot of visual appeal. The book comes alive from the combination of food, wine, music, humor, quotes, and great pictures. I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. I do not know the author, but will be interviewing for a blog post later.

The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin (ARC)

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#SpecFic #DebutAuthor #WeNeedDiverseBooks Author I Haven’t Previously Read

This was a good dystopian book. I like that it reveals the cause of the dystopian change in the world. The relationship between the orphaned brother and sister was realistic and well-written. It’s a tragedy in that a main character dies (though that’s not the end of the person’s story, not by far). The book is somewhat realistic fiction, as it’s easy to imagine this happening to our world. There’s a thin layer of romance. There was a good amount of plot twists, and the story felt original.

In this story, the “afterlife” has been discovered. Religion is outlawed because it caused too many wars (as a result of evidence proving what is “accurate”). “Why didn’t they just stop when they saw they’d destroyed everything?” That’s a deep, philosophical question. What’s especially interesting about this book is the author’s creation of the underworld. The description of the underworld was haunting at times. The religious aspects may be controversial for some people.

“The emblem looked like a piece of fruit someone had taken a bite out of.” That’s a great way to show a future with a Mac product that people don’t recognize anymore, showing it’s our same world but in a broken future. It reminds me of how Divergent and Red Queen revealed the same truth. Books like this are in my favorite genre.

Thinking of the stars as guns was an unusual spin. “He pictured a million tiny guns all hanging in the heavens, pointed at the earth, ready to rain down fire at any moment.”

My favorite character was Irem, a mute goddess. “It’s as if Dohv cut the cord between her mind and her lips.” Representation for those who can’t speak is so important. There’s also a similarity between her and the legend of Cassandra, the princesses of Troy. Can everyone be redeemed if they truly make the choice to change? That seems to be the main theme. The book wraps up the story, while also leaving an easy opening for a sequel. I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. I do not know the author, but will be interviewing for a blog post later.

Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #BeatTheBacklist Classic book

This was a very erotic and sensual book of poetry, focused on male feelings for a female. The poems were considered controversial when published originally because of the overtly sexual nature. “If You Forget Me” was my favorite poem in the book, especially the line, “as long as you live it will be in your arms.” This is a fun book to share with someone your passionate about.


  1. Got a bit confused with the ‘leave a comment’ things that turned out to be Instagram – hope this place is still commenting on your post!
    But all I really want to say is… I hope you had a good birthday! 😀
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