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Bout of Books 14.0 Readathon TBR

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Earlier in the month I participated in the #booktubeathon readathon and enjoyed the experience so much that I thought I'd take part in another that runs from Monday 17th August - Sunday 23rd August. Bout of Books is a pretty chilled out readathon with the idea being to simply read as many books as you would like and whatever titles you would like to within the time frame. There are no challenges or strict guidelines to follow. Your 'to be read' pile is left entirely up to you! If you'd like to find out more, you can head over to the #boutofbooks blog.

Even though I read 7 books during my last readathon, I've decided to only pick out a few this time because I've got lots of boring admin bits to get done and I want to read these particular titles at a much slower place. Here are the books that I'm going to be reading over the next week. If you've read them, leave me a little review of them in the comments! 

perfume by patrick suskind   This book was sent to me for review purposes. 

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in a Parisian slum and abandoned on the streets, discovers he has an extraordinary - near superhuman - sense of smell. As he sniffs his way across France, this gift is exploited by Grenouille to make the world's most marvellous perfumes. Yet in seeking perfection in his experiments, he realises that a vital ingredient is missing for the perfect scent: innocence. And in order to get the ingredient he needs, he must capture it - whatever the price. 

I read The Pigeon at the start of last year and I have been meaning to read this book ever since. I'm currently 50 pages through this already and I'm hoping to finish it within the next couple of days as I think it's a book that deserves to be read within a shorter period of time. Suskind writes so delicately about even the most menacing of things so I have every faith that I will love this book. 

beloved by toni morrison

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. 

I am incredibly ashamed to say that I am yet to read anything by Morrison but I've decided that now is the time to rectify that mistake. Everyone speaks so incredibly highly of Morrison and I'm really hoping that I, too, will become one of those people! 

siddhartha by hermann hesse

Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, through the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation. 

The beautiful Nina sent me this book a year, maybe two years, ago and I promised myself I would read it once university was up. I read the first chapter a few months ago and enjoyed it so this should be a quick read to end the week with. I actually own another of Hesse's works, Steppenwolf, that I've yet to read so I'm looking forward to finding out what he's all about. 

Are you going to participate in the readathon? If so, let me know what books you're going to read. If not, what books would you have picked if you were able to take part? 



  1. I really want to take part in one of these 'readathon' events - I used to read so much and now I struggle to read a book a month! Siddhartha sounds lovely. xo

    Abby | Eärendil

  2. I've just posted my TBR, a bit last minute haha! I'm hoping to get four books read but that might be a little ambitious for me.

    I read Beloved last year and it's definitely one you need to take a little more time over, it wasn't my favourite book ever but it definitely was beautifully written and narratively brilliant. Good luck with the readathon! I'll be posting updates on Instagram and Twitter and I'll keep an eye out for yours :)

    Sarah's Chapter

  3. YES PERFUME! I've yet to read The Pigeon but Perfume is a book I absolutely adore!

  4. Gorgeous collection!! Hope you enjoy : )

    Faded Windmills

  5. I love love love Perfume. I read it in German and it's one hell of a rollercoaster, every word is important and has meaning. So glad you're planning on reading Siddhartha, you've got a good couple of German reads going on this summer!

  6. I just finished the #5Books7Days readathon and it was so much fun!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

  7. I love Hesse and Steppenwolf is my favourite book of his, I really recommend it! I didn't get on so well with Siddartha though. The Glass Bead Game is another good one of his :)

  8. I've come here to read about all the things that you've read because I still can't bring myself to read another book after A Little Life, not even Harry Potter (!!!) and I don't know when this is going to end! x

  9. Ooo, these all sound like really interesting books. I love the idea of this readathon as well - how relaxed it is.

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  10. Ooh, I really loved Perfume! So sinister - I adore a book that concentrates on an anti-hero. I came to it after watching the film and thought it was really excellent - so sensual and creepy! Hope the readathon went well :) x

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure


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