Bout of Books 10: ‘This’ Made Me Think of ‘That’

May 14, 2014 Uncategorized 95


So, it’s the Bout of Books this week. If you are one of the 1,200 intrepid participants, it means you’ll have room on your shelves for some new books next week. Okay, here’s a chance to replenish your TBR pile before the covers are even cold on the books you finish this week.

Just think about the book you are reading now, or one you’ve read before, and tell me something you think goes with it and why.

The something can be another book, a movie, a song, a ballet, a drink, a special food or meal…no need to get Proustian about it, but if madelines are involved, it’s okay.

If you’re like me, books always make you think of other experiences, real or fictional. For example, over the past two days I’ve been finishing up Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian, and as I’ve read it’s become closely tied to my memories of Ron Howard’s 1995 film, Apollo 13. The two not only share a focus on a space mission gone wrong, one fictional and one real, but also a love for engineering geekery and problem solving. It’s not the most original pairing — it’s in the Goodreads blurb and other marketing material — but it’s a powerful one nonetheless. If you’ve seen the film, I guarantee it will come to mind as you read The Martian!

I’m quite sure the rest of you will be more original.

Take a break, free associate and let the world know what your bookish loves bring to mind.

The Rules

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.

That’s it. I’ll be using a random number generator to pick a winner.

Prize? Right, the prize. A $30 gift certificate to my local indie bookstore, Main Point Books, in Bryn Mawr, PA. They can get just about anything and ship it anywhere.

95 Responses to “Bout of Books 10: ‘This’ Made Me Think of ‘That’”

  1. Leonor (Ner)

    This was a very interesting challenge. Thank you for hosting it :)

    I published it on my blog here. And the tweet is here.
    I’m signed-up as Ner @A Cup of Coffee and a Book (#154)

    XX Ner

    PS: not entering the giveaway but thank you anyway πŸ˜‰

  2. p7

    Here is my entry. Thank you for hosting, it’s been a fun read-a-thon, and I enjoyed the challenge. πŸ˜‰

    My participant no. is currently #888, listed under “p7 @ Bookeater/Booklover”. That number went down a little since the read-a-thon started, so it might happen again, I guess. :S

  3. Plethora

    Thank you for hosting today’s challenge question.

    Here is my post with my pairing.

    Venture forth to see what I paired with Kafka’s The Trial.

    Last checked sign-up number was: 727 ~ Plethora

  4. thestarlightshelves

    I went with songs. Super fun challenge! I’m number 658 in the signup linky.

    Ran out of space to explain myself on my Goodreads status. I should have just done a whole post.

    The weird one is the song I picked to go with The Elite, which I haven’t even read yet, but it’s the mood I wish it would have, though I know from reading other reviews, I know it absolutely does not.

    And the other two are just songs that were popular when I was reading the book and have a line or a feeling that match the book for me.

  5. CaroG

    This is a very nice challenge!.Here is my post
    My registration number is 551 at the Sign Up post. Have a nice rest of the week.

  6. Cataluna6

    I’ve also added this to my update post, here is my answer:

    Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis goes perfect with a tall glass of milk and double chocolate chip cookies! And having the next book, (Once in a Lifetime) on hand, ready to start :)

    Here’s my update post :)

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