Bout of Books Read-a-thon day 4


Jan 4th – Jan 10th – Sign up here.

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 16 – 5/9/2016 — 5/15/2016
Bout of Books 17 – 8/22/2016 — 8/28/2016
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

I may be behind on my read-a-thon updates but I am not on my reading! Yesterday I read fun book about travel and Cruises called OH SHIP! by Lori A. Moore for a Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour. (

I finished reading Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore. This was a beautiful and damaged story of a young woman’s quest for meaning in a harsh post 9/11 world. Sexually explicit and frankly uncomfortable at times, the book is not for everyone. But this is a writer to watch.  Descriptive and introspective. My highlighting feature went nonFromstop.  I received my copy from NetGalley.

From the Publisher:  A boldly candid, raw portrait of a young woman’s search for meaning and purpose in an indifferent world

Decisively aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels stuck. She has a tumultuous relationship with an abusive boyfriend, a dead-end job at a newspaper, and a sharp intelligence that’s constantly at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution.

An auto-didact who prefers the education of travel to college, Elsie uses an inheritance to support her as she travels to Paris and Sri Lanka, hoping to accumulate experiences, create connections, and discover a new way to live. Along the way, she meets men and women who challenge and provoke her towards the change she genuinely hopes to find. But in the end, she must still come face-to-face with herself.

Whole-hearted, fiercely honest and inexorably human, Wreck and Order is a stirring debut that, in mirroring one young woman’s dizzying quest for answers, illuminates the important questions that drive us all.

I started reading Working it Out by Abby Rike. Rike is a former Biggest Loser contestant who had lost her family in a tragic car accident. This is her story of learning to cope with the loss and her lifestyle changes after appearing on the show. Biggest Loser started this week and I apparently didn’t get enough! I am looking for a bit of inspiration and motivation here. What kind of books inspire and motivate you?