Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Excerpt Reveal

I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of coming here. Who is this boy? Who are these people? I may not want these answers. Whatever illusion I had been weaving about this being a normal family can’t be true. This is a family, yes, but one putting on an elaborate show to appear to be something they are not. “Everyday life can’t be so bad,” I say lightly, eager to change the subject before I start luring myself down a hole. “You have a beautiful home, a nice family. You’re popular at school. Kiera Shaw certainly likes you.”

He turns his gaze to me, slowly. “Kiera Shaw? You think I like her?”

“I don’t know what you like.” I don’t blink. I don’t look away. “I know only what I’ve seen.”

Reece leans close, gently entering my personal space. Close enough to put me on edge, but not close enough to intimidate. His voice is silk on gravel. His narrowed eyes glitter down at me. “And what, exactly, have you seen, Angie?”

Shivers race up my skin. I want to defuse this so badly, but I feel like this is a challenge I can’t lose. “I’ve seen and heard things that don’t make sense. Things I can’t understand.” I shift my gaze to my crow sitting on a branch above my head. It watches me with an intensity that would scare me if I wasn’t accustomed to it. “Tell me about the crows.”

He shakes his head. “Sorry. Either you know about them, or you don’t.”

My jaw tightens, even as I step toward him. I can feel his body heat. His clean, guy scent fills my senses with a unique magnetism that draws me close. Closer still. “I will find out.”

His gaze sweeps my face, lingering on my lips. “I hope not.” His breath warms my temple, sending a shiver under my skin. “There are worse things out there than a few watchful birds.”

“Like what?” I’m breathless, damn him. My words are barely audible.

His lashes fan low over his eyes. The narrow space between us crackles with tension. “Oh Angie, you don’t want to know.”

Look for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 9/5!

August 2017 | TBR

This is a little late in the month, but I guess not too late. I had posted this on instagram and twitter, but decided I would make a post as well. Here is my reading plan for August. It may be a little ambitious, but since I just did my bookshelf in rainbow I thought it would be fun to make a rainbow TBR. Here is to reading a lot in the month of August!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Lover Revealed by J.R Ward

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Stray by Rachel Vincent

The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Hello? by Liza Wiemer

What are you planning on reading this month?

June/July 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Odd & True by Cat Winters

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

♠ The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #13

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | June Update

♠ Let Freedom Ring | Quotes

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

June Book Haul | 2017

Book Best Friend | Reading Nook Edition 

TV Watch List 

Gillian Flynn | Author Exploration 

Series Serial Reader | July Update

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July Update

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Krystie @ YA and Wine – Anthologies 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- YA for Different Ages

Emily @ Books and Cleverness- What Does YA Stand For?

♠ Sakina @ A Forest Of Books And Memories – How To Tamora Pierce : A Reading Guide

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- Lets Talk About Unhauling Books

♠ Kat @ Life and Other Disasters- Blogger Identity

♠ Liv @ Arctic Books – Why You Should Use Your Local Library More Often 

♠ Kel @ Booked Til Tuesday- How To Make a DIY Book Subscription Box

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ My Move to NE!

Book Blogger Shout-Out | Sam @ Spines in a Line

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So if you have been around on my blog you will know of my new feature: Book Blogger Shout-Out! The purpose of this is to showcase some awesome book bloggers! This month I reached out and asked Sam @ Spines in a Line  if she would be so kind to participate and be featured for my Book Blogger Shout-out! Her blog is awesome and she has a ton of different features. She has anything from reviews to some great author interviews. So make sure you go over to Sam’s blog and say hi!

Hello everyone and thank you to Ashley for having me on her blog! I’m Sam and I’ve been book blogging for a little over a year now over at Spines in a Line. I’ve always loved reading and since I began tracking my books on Goodreads (almost obsessively), it was only a matter of time before I started my own blog. I’m heading to grad school in the fall for a Master’s in library science and I’m really excited about finding all new ways to engage with books! Thanks for reading!

My Fave Female Characters of 2017

I signed up for a reading challenge this year where you pledge to read books by female authors, with different levels like Super Girl and Wonder Woman based on the number of books you read. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do but so far more than 50% of my read shelf has been written by women (and I’ve hit that Wonder Woman goal)!

So in honour of this challenge, and surpassing my expectations, I’m sharing some of my favourite female characters from my reads this year, from books written by women of course!

1) Puck from Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

The title character, Puck, is very like her play counterpart – spunky and troublesome and just generally creating chaos in her wake. In this incarnation though, she’s a teenager so she brings a lot of that teenage sass and is just a delight in this story (that’s only slightly sarcastic :P)!

 

2) Anne from Persuasion by Jane Austen

I was in a Jane Austen book club this year so I read a lot of Austen’s book for the first time and I’ve gotta say, Anne has been my favourite heroine thus far. Though she seems quiet and timid, she really shines as a strong, independent woman. Despite the persuasiveness of her family and friends, Anne knows her own mind and I like that she gets the chance to make her own way.

 

3) Melody from Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French

This is probably my favourite series right now and a lot of that is down to this MC! She’s hilarious and super awkward (which probably makes her more funny)! She’s also a huge clutz and that’s just super relatable so it’s always fun following her story.

 

4) Cara from Or Best Offer by Beck Medina

Another awkward character, it’s hard not to love Cara! She’s got grand ideas of love and a stubbornness about her that’s actually really endearing, as she’s determined to stick with it no matter how hard the troubles may be.

 

I’m looking forward to adding more to this list before the year is out! Who are some of your fave female characters from this year?

 

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I would love to hear thoughts on this feature or if you are interested in being featured. If you have any questions or comments for Sam  make sure to leave them here or head over to her blog! Look out for the next book blogger!

June/July 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.

Odd & True by Cat Winters
“Tell me the story again,” I urged my sister in the nighttime blackness of our attic bedroom.

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
“Ah, hell, V, you’re killing me. ” Butch O’Neal mined through his sock drawer, looking for black silk, finding white cotton.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers- the girl with the guitar and the easy smile.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
No one wears white wedding dresses anymore.

 

 

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [My reading is finally beginning to pick back up. I have read 19 books so far.]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have quite a list building up of those large books I want to tackle and it is going to happen very soon]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I have been able to read 14 books from my TBR so far!]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have some new features that I have worked on, but it is still a work in progress.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Series Serial Reader| July Update

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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. To check out my full first post click here.

 

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
◊2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
◊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

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read
♦ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger {started}[1/5]
♦ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {started}[2/6]
♦ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♦ 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
♦The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel {started} [1/2]
♦ Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie

Series I Need To Catch Up On
♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward {working on it} [2]
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start
♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

[1/45]

I have only completed one series but I am working on many others! 

New Beginnings | Quotes

I am about to make a move across the country for a new job and thought these quotes were fitting for where I am at in my life right now.

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go.”
― Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”
― Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“Love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element.”
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“Some people, they can’t just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me… I don’t know. I didn’t want to fix it, to forget. It wasn’t something that was broken. It’s just…something that happened. And like that hole, I’m just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time. ”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.”
― Nicole Sobon, Program 13

“You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”
― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls

Friday Reads | Moving Edition

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 I am currently still reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This book has been taking me awhile to get through, but its because I haven’t had the time to fully dedicate to it. I am enjoying it and really hoping to finish it before the end of the month. As for what other book I am going to pick up or read after this one I have no idea. There are so many books I have been wanting to read. I have had such a great desire to read just haven’t had the attention span or time. After I make this move this weekend, I have one full week before I start my job. I am hoping to get some reading in before I start my job as I get settled into my new place. I also really want to make sure I set aside time every night to do some reading because I need it in my life.

What are you reading this weekend?