Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books Read So Far 2017

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books Read So Far in 2017. I have not read that many books so far this year so my list will not have 10 books listed. This was hard for me to do because there have been really good books I have read so far, but I really havent come across that “AMAZING” book(s) yet.

♥ Soulless by Gail Carriger 

 

♣ Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

 

♣ Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell 

 

♣ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

♣ Roseblood by A.G Howard

 

What are some of the best books you have read so far this year?

Odd & True by Cat Winters | ARC Review

ODD & TRUE BY CAT WINTERS

Genre: YA, Historal Fiction, Paranormal

Source: Netgalley in return for an honest review

Publication Date: Sept. 12, 2017

Synopsis:
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Goodreads | Amazon 

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

I do not know how this is my first Cat Winters book. She has been on my radar for awhile and I have only heard amazing things about her books and writing. When I saw this on netgalley I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I want to state it at the beginning of my review that what really sold me on this book was the ending.

I loved the time period in which this book took place, it was absolutely perfect for the story and gave something extra to the overall atmosphere of the story. I was also greatly pleased that Winters focused on the relationship between sisters and made that the large focus. So much in YA lately there is such a huge dedication to romance. I believe there is more to life and sometimes more important relationships that should be focused on and spotlighted to let those young adults know it is not all about a love interest. The relationship between the sisters is what really what drove the story and made me love this novel.

At the beginning of the book I felt myself losing interest, it did take a little while to really get the story and characters to grab me, but it was worth it to complete to book. I felt like there was great character growth throughout the book and really enjoyed seeing it slowly take place as the story goes back and forth between present time with Tru and the past with Od. I found that Winters did a fabulous job with incorporating Tru as a disabled character. Winters showed that Tru was able to persevere and not let her limited mobility keep her from going after what she wanted. I thought it was really important that Tru never let it hinder her. It was really inspiring. The sisters were so full of life and imagination.

Overall I found the story to be heart warming and full of whimsy. It had some really important messages that Winters really drove home at the end that many people can find guidance in. Od and Tru are some pretty kickass sisters who never give up. This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. I will for sure be reading Winters other works and cannot wait for this book to be published.

Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #13

 

BOOK GOOGLING-2

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*disclaimer: I have not altered these phrases. They are exactly as they appear on my stats page. These are search terms of real people*


The weirdness has seemed to disappear from my search terms, but that does not mean I no longer come across a few strange phrase that are searched and lead to my blog.

good night hd sexy kiss pic

Well I do not think I was able to provide them with what they searched for. Do people really type this into search bars. This is some shit for tumblr not google. Get it together people.

what are major events in the book sanctum by roux

Well I will never understand why people search things like this either. Why dont you read the book and then you will know what the major events that happened were. Unless you were trying to refresh your mind before reading the next book in the series, but for that you should be searching for a summary, but most people who write reviews do not write summaries. I wish them the best of luck. I know in Sanctum they go into the basement and madness ensues!

kissing on boobs and sunk image with boyfriend

I really start to question my blog and the things I write when I seen this phrase has been used to lead someone to my site. I just don’t even know what to say about this by why?What was this person looking for? I am sure they were completely satisfied when then stumbled across my blog. 

when did madeleine roux go to college

I am sorry, but I do not know this answer. I am curious as to why this person was searching for this? Was it out of per curiosity, was there a purpose? I am never one to do much research on authors so I am just curious as to how much and how often people research authors.

Current Reads | Hectic Life Edition


I have had a crazy busy few weeks. I have been traveling all over for work, working long hours and have finally started to acclimate to the craziness. I have been trying to make sure I put aside some time each day to get some reading done. Recently I have been reading and quite enjoying Odd & Tru by Cat Winters. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. I have always wanted to read Winters other books, but have not gotten around to it. Odd and Tru is quite interesting. It is about sisters in the 1900s whose family hunts monsters. I am loving the sister dynamic and seeing Tru deal with a disability. I feel like you do not see that too much in YA. I am also listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman on audiobook. I have not made it very far because I listen to it in bed at night and always fall asleep within 5 minutes. I am so far intrigued by the story and excited to see where it goes because I have heard good things about it. I have always heard amazing things about Gaiman too, but have only read 1 other book by him.

What are you reading this week?

 

May 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:

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand

♠ The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

♠ Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

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

♠ Making It Through Hard Times | Quotes

♠ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Book Tag

♠ Books I Would Like To Reread

 Ode to Mothers | Quotes

Free Kindle Loaning Library

NonFiction Books I Want To Read

Books Best Friend | Bookmarks Edition

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

11 Completed YA Series You Should Definitely Binge Read This Summer

♠ Caffeinated Bibliophile- The New Disney Princess Book Tag

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds – What are Problematic Books?

♠ Lauren and Megan @ YABOOKERS- Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week 

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ None yet

2017 Bookish Bucket List | May 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. [ I have just started reading again after taking some personal time. I am really far behind on my reading but I am trying not to be hard on myself. I have completed books 14 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 have completed one series so far this year out of the millions I want to complete check it out at series serial reader! There are a few I have made progress on. ]

♠ 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 not gotten there yet, but I have gotten close with a few, but definitely plan to tackle one in June.]

♠ 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 8 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 a whole long list of non-fiction books I want to complete this year (If this list is something people would like to see I will post it!) I have been able to complete 1 so far and it was amazing!]

♠ 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 a couple different things in the works, but haven’t gotten around to it yet since I took a break!]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Series Serial Reader| May Update

ssr

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

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

[1/42]

I have not completed another series yet, but have started two and I am working on some and plan to attack them more heavily in the coming months! 

May 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.

Anthem by Ayn Rand
It is a sin to write this.

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Most people would find being led into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
A few years ago, strange things started happening to me at church.

Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers

2015 BOOKS READ-5

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers. I figured everyone does post for the summer about the top summery reads and they always contain contemporaries. I know for some contemporaries are not for everyone, even I have a hard time with them. So I wanted to make a post about some good engaging reads to take with you this summer that are “easier”reads then epic fantasies. I recently also post some top summery reads for Top 5 Wednesday.

♦ Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (or really anything by Flynn)

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

♦ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

♦ The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 

♦ Cinder by Marissa Meyers (or really any of the Lunar Chronicles)

♦ A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas

♦ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas 

♦ The Martian by Andy Weir

What are some of your top summer reads?

Books Best Friend | Bookmarks Edition


I have decided to do a series on my blog dedicated to where to find those all amazing things that book lovers need in their life or things based on books that we love. I am always spending time lost on the internet searching for cute bookish things and I thought I would make it a little easier for others and share the cute things that I have found. This first post is dedicated to those things that I would not be able to read a book without. I am not one for dog earring pages and although I so many times use whatever is available to me, cute bookmarks always making reading books that much better! (Also sorry ahead of time most of them shown are Alice in Wonderland, but I mean what did you expect from me.)

♥ ribonitachocolat on Etsy 

 ribonitachocolat has a few cute little book characters and the rest of the bookmarks are just absolutely adorable little creatures and characters. There bookmarks are custom made and their prices are reasonable, but they are based out of Portugal.

6 Piece Alice in Wonderland Characters- $16.70 +shipping
Single Bookmarks varying in size but on average 6″ – $2.25-$3.30 +shipping

 ReadandWonder on Etsy 

ReadandWonder has a wide variety of bookmarks based on bookish characters. They have both magnetic bookmarks of characters and quote bookmarks. Their bookmarks are custom made and hand drawn. Their prices are very reasonable as well as their shipping, they are based out of Australia.

Quote Bookmarks- $1.92 +shipping
Magnetic Bookmarks Singles up to Sets of 6-  $1.53- $9.20 +shipping

♥ TheWrigglingBookworm on Etsy 

TheWrigglingBookworm has super adorable designs of book characters plus just beautifully done designs of animals and flowers. They are digital prints so no need to pay shipping or wait for your order to arrive in the mail!

Set of 4 Bookmarks- $4.99

♥ Boookmarky on Etsy 

Boookmarky has a large variety of bookmarks based on a great selection of books. They have designs and quotes on them. Some bookmarks come with the option for a small amount more (like cents more) to add the mini bookmark or a charm. They are a little pricer.

Single Bookmark- $4.31+shipping

♥ BeyondthePages19 on Etsy 

BeyondthePages19 offers some more unique options then other stores I have found. They have characters from books that others do not make like Great Expectations and War and Peace. They also have some super cute hipster animals and these awesome Queens and the Wizard of OZ. They also offer quote bookmarks, some of my favorite ones being those quoting Gilmore Girls!

Magnetic Queen Set of 4- $7.67 + shipping
Magnetic Singles to Sets of 6- $2.30- $10.74 +shipping
Quote Bookmarks – $1.92 +shipping

 ♥ Target 

Target in my opinion has some awesome bookmark selection too and are even starting to get magnetic bookmarks. They have these awesome bookmarks that have a clock and you can record the time you are reading.

Mark My Time Bookmark- $8.99

NerdyGrlDesigns on Etsy

NerdyGrlDesigns characters are absolutely adorable. I love their use of pastels and they have a wide variety of options. They have both magnetic and regular bookmarks. I love their Disney designs (especially Moana) and their unicorns! They even have quote magnetic bookmarks which I haven’t seen anywhere else yet. They have very reasonable prices.

Alice in Wonderland Set of 6- $10.00 +shipping
Single to Set of 8 Magnetic Bookmarks- $3.25- $12.50 +shipping
Quote Bookmarks – $1.85 +shipping

There are many amazing shops that you can find adorable custom made book character bookmarks. All the ones I have listed have great options and make awesome products. I could keep going with this list, but if you would like to see another post in the future featuring more let me know! Let me know what some of your favorite shops for bookmarks are!