Friday Reads | Work All Weekend Edition

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I have to work all weekend and have been feeling so run down lately so I am not sure if I will get to much reading this weekend. I was able to finish 2 book this week and neither of them were ones that I started last week and needed to finish. Therefore I still have close to 100 pages left to read in  Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I started The Luxe by Anna Godbersen as an audiobook, but I think I might have to put it down and come back to it at a later time.

I want to start listening to The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, the second book in The Thousandth Floor trilogy. I just recently borrowed it from the library and want to get into after finishing the 1st book a week ago! I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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Friday Reads | Catching Up on Bookish Things Edition

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The New Year has started off great! But for some reason I haven’t given much time to reading and blogging lately. I have been sucked into The Vampire Diaries binge watch and the internet. I really need to get some review written, books completed and the rest of my read-a-thon announcement post put together. I am hoping that due to the cold weather and the fact that I need to go to the gym this weekend will keep me curled up on the couch able to get a lot of that stuff done.

I literally just finished The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee and it was so much better than I was expecting, the ending shocked me and I need the next book in the series. I also am hoping to complete Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I am really hoping to read the whole series this month. I do not know why I have waited so long to read this series as well as the rest of the books by Tamora Pierce. These books are amazing young adult fantasy books with a great female lead, intriguing magic and a world in turmoil. I know if I put some time aside I will fly though the rest of the book this weekend. I am not sure what audiobook I am going to start next there are quite a few I have on a list to start. I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce. I am thinking of also possibly picking up Final Girls by Riley Sager ! But who knows what will happen.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

5 Series I Want To Read in 2018 | 2018 Goals

I have been asked by a couple of people what series I plan on reading this year. I have the overall goal to complete 10 series this year (that doesn’t mean start to finish, just completing). I also have a long list of series I need to read and I am working on with my Series Serial Reader Challenge. The 5 series I want to read are going to be the ones I want to read from start to finish!

The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce

 

The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

(Half A King is a reread)

 

The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy by Frank Beddor

 

The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

 

The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence

 

What are some series you are hoping to read in 2018?

 

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake | Book Review

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD BY KENDARE BLAKE

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Series: Anna Duology
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)

“I’ve seen most of what
there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth,
the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the
light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget
are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination.
Imagination has a poor memory; it       slinks away and goes
blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.”
― Kendare Blake, Anna Dressed in Blood

Synopsis:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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So I am trying to go back through some of the books I have read and write reviews, I read this back in Oct. and figured it was time.

Kendare Blake managed to write a unique story that was dark and gory, but yet still had me rooting for character you shouldn’t. I enjoyed that this books has unexpected twists and had some deeper and more moving moments. ‘

This was my first time reading a book with a ghost that was done well. Blake did not sugar coat the death and horror. It had me yelled at the book like I do when I watch horror movies. It was so interesting to learn about Cas’s back story and the world of hunting that he lives in. I would have loved to learn more because it was fun to learn about different ghost he had hunted. I did think the way the book began was absolutely perfect and really set the stage for the rest of the book.

Cas was a very likable character and much like any cocky teenage boy. He is the lonely boy that rides into a different town all the time and sometimes makes some silly decisions. Cas’s mom was my favorite character, she was that kooky witchy type. Then of course there is Anna, who is the ghost that Cas heads into Thunder Bay to kill, only it would not be that easy for him. I thought her story really made this book, she is such a complex character and one you cant help, but cheer for.

Overall this book was dark, gory but ultimate a phenomenal original story. It is the first real horror YA book I have read that I actually enjoyed. The atmosphere was perfect and definitely had that spooky, cabin in the middle of the woods vibe. It deals with some deep issues, love, family and friends! This  book is so suspenseful and pulls you right in, its such a quick read and I could not put it down. It completely surprised me and I liked the book a lot more than I thought I would. It deals with some deep issues, love, family and friends. I am excited to see what happens in the following books.

Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Books I Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to in 2018! ) AKA: The Top 10 Books I Want to Read in 2018! There are so many great books that I had put on a tbr in 2017 or received in 2017 that I did not get the chance to read, but are at the top of my list for 2018!

♣ City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett 

 

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel 

 

♣ The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 

♣ Slaughthouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

♣ The Magician by Lev Grossman 

♣ Half A King by Joe Abercrombie (reread)

 

♣ The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

♣ Legend by Marie Lu

 

♣ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

What are some book you planned to read in 2017 but never got around to but you are making a priority for 2018? 

#BoutofBooks 21 | Read-A-Thon TBR

Goals:

♠ Make more time for reading

♠ Interact with others participating

♠ Read 700 pages

 

TBR:

Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (audiobook)

 

Are you participating?  What are your goals? What are you planning on reading?

Library Sale | Book Haul

I finally made it to the library for the first time since I have moved here almost 6 months ago. There are like 6 different branches and I made sure to locate the one that has a library book sale the first Saturday of every month! I was a little overwhelmed because it is one of the bigger library book sales I have seen and they had so many titles to look through. There were also so many people there as well. I decided to pick up a lot of books in a series that I own some already of that way I can work on completing series! All of these books only cost me $15 and many are Hardcover in great condition, so it was a steal! I also picked up this awesome felt board that have been quite popular today at Target for $5!

The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Skandel by Lindsay Smith

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly

Raven’s Shadow by Patricia Briggs

Lover Reborn by J.R Ward

 

Have you gotten any books lately? Does your Library do a book sale? 

Friday Reads | First Weekend of the New Year Edition!

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With the New Year comes new goals and new books! I have a lot of goals for 2018 and so many books I want to read/series to complete. I have decided to start off with a book I have been meaning to read for quite some time. It was recommended to me by one of my best friends and she is rereading it this month while I read it too! Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce is the first book in the Immortals series and I really want to read this whole series soon, maybe binge read the series. I am also listening to The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I have not been able to sleep well lately and listening to audiobooks really helps on top of the fact that I am a multitasker by nature and need to read more than 1 book at a time. I am about half way through each of them at the current moment so I am hoping to be able to finish each this weekend and start some others! I am really loving Wild Magic, Pierce’s writing is so fun and the world of Tortall is so detailed and well thought out. I am enjoying seeing characters reappear from the Song of the Lioness Quartet! I am still unsure how I feel about The Female of the Species. It is a little bit darker, which I enjoy, but I am a little confused about the direction its going. We will see what I think as I continue and will be sure to share my thoughts.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

December 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell
” Apologies to the people who love it here, but Claremore, Oklahoma, might actually be a circle of hell.”

Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry
” There are lie in life we accept.”

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
” The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hang out from the top of my folder : Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And Sorry I could not travel both.”

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout
“I couldn’t move, and everything hurt- my skin felt stretched too tight, muscles burned like they’d been lit on fire, and my bones ached deep into the marrow. “

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“First the colors.Then the humans.”

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.”

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Olivia knows what they are doing is stupid.”

Jet by Jay Crownover
“Jet Keller was all kinds of temptation wrapped up in too-tight pants and with too many personal demons hidden in those dark, golden-rimmed eyes.”

Series Serial Reader| 2018 Reading Challenge

ABOUT


The past couple of years my life has taken me all over the country doing a variety of different things, but it has kept me from reading. Especially reading all the books that have been coming out and catching up on series I have started. I decided that I wanted to make this a year revolving mainly around series. I made the decision that it would be fun to create a challenge for myself and that is how Series Serial Reader came about. This will be my second year attempting this challenge. I did not do so well at it last year, but I know 2018 is going to be the year of series!

OBJECTIVE


The point of this challenge is:
♠ To get me to read series that have been completed and that I haven’t even started yet and are embarrassed to say I haven’t read yet.
♠ Finish series that have been completed in publication, but that I have not gotten to finished *cough Harry Potter cough*
♠ Finally catch up and understand what everyone in the book community has been talking about
♠ Have fun and get lost in new books

THE CHALLENGE


I am going to be following a tracking system that I have been using for the past couple years and that can be found in my 2018 Series Challenge. I will also be doing monthly updates on my blog and possibly update on my twitter @downthebookhole and on my Instagram @downthebookhole. I have been thinking that once I finish a series I might do some post including series wrap-ups and other little themes that might go along with the books (possibly even throughout the series). I would love to do buddy reads for any of the series I want to read this year. I also plan on binge reading a lot of these!

THE SERIES


The series I want to read fall under a few different categories:

Completed Series I Need To Finish
◊ Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
◊ Marked Men by Jay Crownover
◊ Misborn by Brandon Sanderson
◊ Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
◊ Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
◊ Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
◊ Asylum by Madeleine Roux
◊ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
◊ The Sparrow and The Wolf by Tim Stead
◊ Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
◊ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
◊ Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clark
◊ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
◊ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
◊ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read

♦ Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
♦ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
♦ Immortals by Tamora Pierce
♦ Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
♦ Legend by Marie Lu
♦ The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
♦ The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
♦ White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
♦ The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
♦ The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
♦ Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
♦ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
♦ Georgia Kincaid by Richelle Mead
♦ The Magicians by Lev Grossman
♦ All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
♦ The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
♦ The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Series I Need To Catch Up On

♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣  Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start

♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin
♠ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

GOALS


I know there is no way possible I can get all of these read this year but I really want to make it my mission to try and get through as many as possible. I want to complete at least 6 series this year but hoping for so many more!

JOIN


I would love for others to join in the fun of binge reading series this year. What series should I put at the top of my priority list? Are there any you have been meaning to read and want to do a buddy read with me? Are there any I should add to this list? I would love any input or interactions regarding this challenge. Make sure if you want to participate you link it back to this post so I can follow along with your progress!

Happy Reading!