November Wrap-Up

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For the good part of the month I was in a reading/blogging slump. I blame the weather. I hate the cold and the snow and it makes me want to curl up in bed and watch netflix! There is a definite theme with the majority of the books I read this month. I can read through contemporary really fast so I kept picking them up to try and help me getting out of this slump. The problem is I really want to read fantasy it just takes a long time and its hard to keep myself awake and off netflix. I have been working through the same big fantasy novel all month. The first problem was I started it awhile ago and had to set it down so when I picked it up this month I had to reread it. I am so sad it is taking me this long because I really love it! I am also so behind on reviews and really need to catch up soon because the end of the year is coming which means it is going to be packed full!

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Books I Read:

♠ Volition by Lily Paradis

♠ The Source by J.D. Horn

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

♠ Losing It by Cora Carmack

♠ Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Nov Stats

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

 ♠ Understanding Love| Quotes

The Fault in Our Stars | Movie Edition

How To….Rate and Review

TBR Tag 

Book Blogger Shout-Out: Emily @ Books & Cleverness

♠ #MMReadingWeek | Read-a-thon

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

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Third Sentence Thursday 

Friday Reads

Swoon Worthy Saturday 

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ 12 Days of Books Tag

♠ End of year specials and wrap ups!

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Book Review

17347382HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE BY J.K. ROWLING

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Series: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Synopsis:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.[Goodreads]

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This was by far my favorite one so far! I love the elements of the tri-wizard tournament and the other schools that you learn about throughout the book. I really wish we learned more about both Durmstang and Beauxbatons schools and characters. There is so much mystery still involved with their storylines and it was elements of the book I really enjoyed! This book was just packed full of excitement, adventure, trouble, character growth and lets not forget dragons! Since this is the first time reading it and I have seen the movie several times, since it is my favorite one, there were some surprising shocks and information that cannot be found in the movie. I really wish the movie would have incorporated more about the house elves because I just love Dobby and thought the sections of the books about him and the other house elves were so entertaining! Overall I truly enjoyed this books  (no surprise there) and cannot wait to continue on with the series, although I will be taking a bit of a break because I want to drag it out as long as possible!

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Swoon Worthy Saturday [11/29]| Double Feature

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

 

Ronan Lynch

from The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I am absolutely in love with him in this book! I mean he was swoon worthy in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, but he has totally stolen my heart in the book! He has the hard exterior and is definitely damaged, but the little things he does for the other guys and even the moment with the field mouse is just too much for me to handle. My heart was exploding with my swoons for him! He tries to remain so strong but is struggling with his own inner demons and I just want to snuggle him.

Wesley Rush

from The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Going through all of my past Swoon Worthy Saturday posts it is easy to figure out my type and Wesley definitely fits into that category! He comes off as a total asshole full of the sass, but he has his issue that lend to making him that way. Although a bit of a “man-whore”, he has a certain charm and creates all the swoons! The way he treats Bianca proves that he is totally swoon worthy!

Friday Reads [11/28]

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887877 I have had the week off. It seems though that sleep and netflix have been consuming my life. I am semi participating in a read-a-thon, but it hasn’t been really motivating me to do anything. I got my hardback copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and I think it will make continuing reading it easier. I love the book so far it has just become difficult to try and read the mass market paperback.

I have also been reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. 17347389I really enjoyed The Raven Boys ,but have found this one a little difficult to get into. The writing has really been bothering me and I am getting to the point in the book where it is becoming easier to read. I am still making my way through The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood on audiobook. I have to say I have been struggling to get through this because Clare Danes voice is so soothing and I fall asleep after like 10 minutes of listening so it is a slow go. I also started The Duff by Kody Keplinger yesterday because I needed a contemporary to read since for me they are easier to pick up and put down with the busy holiday yesterday! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!    

Bookish Bucket List |Update #8

It has been seven months months since I posted my Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List for 2014. I am continuing with my monthly update to show the progress I am making. I only have one month left to complete these goals. And I don’t know how much progress I can make.

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (2014)

1. Read (complete) at least 50 book.  (I am currently at 94 books read ! I have upped my goal to a 100 books! )

2. Finish Anna Karenina (The status on this still hasn’t changed yet. I am going to attempt to make a list of things I remember and the plot and such before I pick it up again)

3. Start the Harry Potter Series (I have complete the fourth book this month.So I will consider myself to have started the series!)

4. Complete all of my unfinished book reviews (I have fallen quite behind this month on my reviews. I have hit a slight rut and haven’t been wanting to do anything, but sleep and watch netflix)

5. Read at least one classic (I reread The Giver and read Brave New World!)

6. Step out of my comfort zone of YA Fiction and read at least one biography/nonfiction work (I read Confessions of a Working Girl which is an autobiography)

7. Complete at least 3 series (something with more 4 or more books)(I still have one more series to go since I have finished The Vampire Academy Series and The Song of the Lioness Quartet and I am in the middle of like a million more! I do not think I will be able to accomplish this goal since I have one month left and all the series I am currently in the middle of are mainly trilogies/unfinished publications or too many to read in a month)

8. Break into the adult fiction genre more. (at least 3) ( I read The Lies of Locke Lamora earlier this year and I am currently reading the second book in that series, Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I also just finished The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead which I am pretty sure would be considered Adult and The Wedding by Nicolas Sparks.)

9. Read more of the books on my shelves before buying more (I don’t think this will ever be accomplished.I have some serious problems.HA! This sounds like a funny joke. I have although slowed down on the book buying so I am making progress.With Christmas coming up there will probably be more books added to my shelf, but with upcoming events for me there should be a halt to the buying.)

10. Complete a book that is 800pgs or more (not including Anna Karenina) (There are multiple books that fit this, I just need to make time to read them, I was close with The Seventh Friend the was 700 pages!)

So it looks like 5/10 goals are complete so far! Not much has changed from last month except for the amount of books read.

What are you goals for this year? Have you been able to accomplish any so far?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Winter TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. I only got to 3 of the books on my Fall TBR and hope to really read and accomplish this list this winter! I have been really busy lately and come Feb. I will have a significant less amount time for reading so we will see what happens. I also could not come up with 10 because I have been mood reading lately so its hard to make a list.

Splintered by A.G Howard. I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and everything about it so I cant believe I haven’t read any of the “retellings” yet. I have heard such awesome things about this series and I really want to read it!

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. I have really been wanting to read more fantasy. This is a stand alone (as far as I know) and a book that I got for review so what better book to pick up!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I read the Vampire Academy series earlier this year and really want to get back into the world. Although I rather binge read the series I would at least like to read the first book.

♠ Wait For You by J. Lynn. I have really been getting into reading New Adult lately and I have heard good things about this series. I also happen to love Armentrout’s Dark Elements series so I am hoping to enjoy this too!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book doesn’t come out until March but I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy of the book and would really like to read it before it is published.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I have heard nothing but raving about this book. I love that its a stand alone and a retelling of sort for Peter Pan!

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. The winter makes me want to read paranormal and fantasy books. I have this whole trilogy and would really like to get to them all. I feel like this will be a quick gripping read!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I do not own this book yet, but I NEED it! I love Amy Poehler and I read an excerpt from this and could not stop laughing. She has a great sense of humor and it really shows through the writing.

What are some books you plan/ want to read this winter? 

Making Up For Monday [11/24]

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question:Which book are you most grateful you read this year and why?

I know this might seem like a cop out but I am grateful for a majority of the books I read this year. This past year I have really gotten back into reading and I am so grateful for all the books and worlds I have been able to experience. These past couple years I have been so busy with college and there was always something missing from the lack of reading I was doing. I use to read all the time during grade school and I am happy that I started a blog and have read so many amazing books this year! 

What book(s) are you grateful have you read this year?

#MMReadingWeek | Read-a-thon

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I got asked to help host a twitter sprint/chat type of thing by Mariam @ Mariam Mimi’s Bookish Blog for her read-a-thon she is hosting. I have the week off from work and decided I wanted to catch up on some reading this week and what better way than a read-a-thon. I am going to take this pretty low key. I will post updates mid-week and a wrap up. I am not going to set a tbr or any goals because I dont want to force myself into anything since I have been in sort of a rut lately. It starts tomorrow and if you would like more info check out Mariam’s blog! The official participant sign-up is no longer happening, but feel free to join in with the reading by using #MMReadingWeek or I would love to know if you are going to join and what you will be reading!

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Book Blogger Shout-Out | Emily @ Books And Cleverness

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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! The last few months I featured Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and Cristina @  Girl in the Pages and Mimi @Mariam Mimi’s Bookish Blog. This month I reached out to Emily @ Books & Cleverness. I feel like Emily and I converse a lot whether it be via commenting on each others blogs or tweeting at each other. We share similar taste in books and I love how she does her book reviews! She also does a post on Sundays of her week in review and I also watch out for these! She always includes some interesting blog posts she has found from other bloggers and I quite enjoy going through all of them! I even participated in a read-a-thon she held earlier this year and it was a blast!


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Books & Cleverness
Where it’s clever to read Young Adult!

Hi everyone! I’m Emily, and I’m just a girl with a love of books, kittens, and everything cozy. I started blogging because I wanted to share my thoughts (and feels) on books with everyone! My friends aren’t huge readers, so I’ve found the book blogging community to be a group of wonderful friends to talk about everything books with. When I’m not reading, blogging, or cuddling with my cat, I love watching TV, playing tennis, and drawing! I hope to be a graphic designer and maybe someday work for a publishing company in the art department.

I also want to say a big “thank you” to Ashley for having me on her blog today!
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Where I live, the snow is already falling and it’s beginning to look a lot like winter! I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of my essential reading accessories to stay warm and cozy while you read this winter. (All of these things would also make great gifts for all the book-loving people on your list!)

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While it’s freezing outside we have to stay warm while cuddled with our book. The blanket I’m currently obsessed with is this super soft and warm Sherpa Blanket from Kohl’s. When I say it’s super soft, I mean it! The patterns are all so pretty, although I have the plain tan one to match my décor. Also, their website says it’s going to be only $14.99 on Black Friday which is a steal for such a wonderful throw blanket like this one!

ohmychaidrinkmixA BEVERAGE

Normally I’m a coffee girl, but the Oh My Chai Drink Mix from Tastefully Simple is so soothing and warms me instantly when I take a sip. For those of you that don’t like tea, I definitely recommend you try it out still, because it is just so sweet and delicious. This is a must for me when I’m curled up with a book, and at the moment is rivalling coffee for my favorite hot drink.

mugA MUG

I have so many mugs to drink my delicious warm beverages in, but my favorite by far would have to be the Cuppa This Cuppa That Pencil Mug from ORE Orginals. It’s on the smaller size for a mug but the handle and lip to drink from are really thick, and the best part? It doesn’t get so hot you can’t hold the mug right after you brew or pour your beverage in! There are other cute designs for this mug that you can find here.

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Candles are some of my favorite things to give as gifts and just be around during the winter. The Balsam & Cedar Candle from Barnes and Noble is so fragrant that you don’t even have to light it to smell it! Plus it’s in this adorable little tin that you can keep out through the holidays to be a little decoration too.

WHAT ARE YOUR ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES WHEN READING DURING THE WINTER?


Make sure to check out her blog and other social media!

Books & Cleverness

 

Blog: https://bookscleverness.wordpress.com
Twitter:  @bookskittens
Goodreads: Emily

I would love to hear thoughts on this new feature. If you have any questions or comments for Emily make sure to leave them here or head over to her blog! Look out for the next book blogger!

TBR TAG

I was tagged for this by Mariam Misty and you can see her tag here!


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I have a shelf on my Goodreads page which is pretty much up to date on all the books in my TBR pile.

 Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
It is mostly print, but I have a good chunk of books and review books on my kindle.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
Sometimes I plan it out if I am participating in a read-along or read-a-thon or by which review books I need to get through other than that its mood reading.

♠ A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
True Believer by Nicolas Sparks (since 2007) in my personal shelves not goodreads etc.

♠ A book you recently added to your TBR?
The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts  (I won it in a giveaway)

♠ A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?
I buy some books solely based on their cover, but I dont have any books that I have strictly just because of the cover, I do plan on reading them and I am interested in them.

♠ A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I would love to be able to read this but I dont know if it will ever happen.

♠ An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

♠ A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

So many it is hard to pick just one. I would have to say the biggest are the rest of the Harry Potter series (I just finished the 4th one) and the Percy Jackson Series.

♠ A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

♠ A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

All of them. I have just been in such a weird reading mood where I have been picking up too many books at once because I just want to read all of them NOW!

♠ How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

For my TBR as in the books I want to read the number is 581. For my actual books I physically own and are unread the number is 203!

 

I would love to see your answers to these questions! Make sure to leave the link if you decide to do this!