Bout of Books 10 Day 2 + Perfect Pairings Post

BoB10-200x200The 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. – From the Bout of Books team

First, here’s my progress for Tuesday. Like I thought, it was way less impressive than Monday because two classes got in the way, plus I was really struggling over whether or not to put my current read in the DNF pile.

This is my third time participating in Bout of Books and I always love a good challenge. For this week my goals are pretty simple:

  • Read as much as I can as often as I can.
  • Complete the books you voted for me to read on my previous post/NetGalley books.
  • Find time to participate in all of the Bout of Books activities/giveaways.
  • Review several books that you voted for.

Books to Read:

  • Shattered Veil by Tracey E. Banghart
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston
  • Creators by Tiffany Truitt 


Number of Books Read Today: 2
Total Number of Books Read: 2
Books read during week: Shattered Veil and Split Second
Participated in: Nothing yet 😦
Feelings: I absolutely was in awe of Shattered Veil, wow, what a beautiful, powerful protagonist and the introspection and self discovery was so incredibly raw and brilliant. Loved it. I gave it 5 stars. The review will be out today. I’ll attach it later. Split Second, in my opinion was so much better than Pivot Point, which I rated as 3 stars. Split Second flips between Laila and Addie and each section is something entirely different and just full of personality. I became so wrapped up in Laila’s story, I kept speeding through, I didn’t sleep last night/this morning until I finished.

Blog Posts: Bout of Books Goal PostAll About Jessica Gibson Teaser PostRelease Day Blitz: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. LynnBook Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Love, Lucy by April Lindner


Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 2 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil and Split Second, 1/2 of No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Nothing yet 😦

Feelings: I’m trying so hard to like this book but the main character is overly obnoxious and eccentric, she’s kind of an idiot. The whole story is awkward in that embarrassing, weird way that sort of feels like the story is either being told by a 10 year old or someone much older trying to sound like what they think a teenager would. It’s really slow. The introduction into the story is awesome, it’s full of mystery and a horrific murder and what’s really keeping me going is the need to know how it ends. Therefore, this is a really snails pace read for me because I have to push through but I WILL prevail!

Blog Posts:ARC Review: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. BanghartBout of Books 10 Day 1

 Bout of Books Read-a-thon has daily challenges with prizes. I’ve never participated before but thought I should try to interact more this time around. Today’s challenge is presented by My Overstuffed Shelves:


1. Choose a book and something to pair with it.
2. Share your combination and why you think the two go together on your blog, Facebook, twitter, or Goodreads.
3. Link to your posting in the comments, with your BOB 10 participant number so I can verify your registration.
4. If you tweet about this challenge (and I hope you do) make sure to mention me, @KnittingGromit, and use the hashtag #boutofbooks.

+++If you would like to participate for this prize, you would head on over to My Overstuffed Bookshevles for number 3. It’s hyperlinked above. 

Shattered Veil is set in a dystopian world but the city that the main character Aris hails from is on the coast. Aris and her beloved Calix have a secret cave where they go to spend time together. Some of the most romantic scenes in the book take place in this cave physically or through letters about memories had in the cave. Calix often speaks poetically about Aris’ flowing tornado of dark locks and the scent of the ocean breeze. When the times of war get their most harrowing, Calix fantasizes about a reunion in that cave, eating a perfect mango and taking in the smell of the ocean. What I imagined as the perfect pairing for this particular aspect of the book is a mango pina colada 🙂 

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Mango Pina Colada Recipe

Split Second rarely talks about food except to toss out a vegetarian selection during a Thanksgiving party. In honor of that lost food, I’ve paired Split Second with a vegetarian selection of Thanksgiving norms.

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Food and Wine have an entire vegetarian Thanksgiving menu that looks delicious. Here’s the link: Vegetarian Thanksgiving

No One Else Can Have You is set in a tiny town called Friendship where their main diet is meat. They’re constantly eating italian sausage, brats, or hotdogs. But because I’m just a little dark, I’ve decided to focus on corn because a corn field was the scene of the murder. 😉 A bratwurst with corn relish. Bratwurst w/ Grilled Corn Relish