Ashley’ Adventures on the Internet

 

BOOK GOOGLING-2 Welcome to my first installment of Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet (wasn’t sure what to name it, if you have any suggestions it would be appreciated). This is a new feature on my blog in which I take search terms people use that directed them to my blog and answer their searches. The internet can be a scary place and if you don’t know how to correctly navigate the googles it might lead you to unknown territory (aka my blog! Welcome we accept all those lost souls and every major credit card!) You have asked and now I shall answer. Now I should warn you I have a bit of a sarcasm problem as well as I can be quite a smart ass. I am hoping this will be funny as I had found these search terms to be hilarious and entertaining. I would love to hear your comments/advice or opinions on this new feature and if it is worth keeping.

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


 

“Is the book sanctum by madeleine roux real”

If you mean in the sense that is this book a thing that physically exists in our world (Earth) then yes, Sanctum by Madeleine Roux is a real book. If you don’t believe me you can purchases one here:Amazon

Now if you mean is it real as in did the events that took place in the book happen in real life. Then my question for you would be do you believe in spirits that can posses humans? The is a Young Adult FICTION novel so I would say that no these events did not really happen, unless they took place and played out inside Roux’s head, more than just in the creation of the story. If that be the case  Roux might want to seek some help.

“how did emma die in barely breathing “

Well you might want to pick the book up and read it again. Emma does not die in Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan. She doesn’t die in the first or last book either. So if you are reading this book and searching in order to help figure out what you missed or to prepared to read the last book Out of Breath, you might want to reconsider reading. (Its just not working for you) Spoiler Alert: Emma Lives!

“aquifer emotion quotes page numbers johnathan”

What? You need to learn how to do google searches (obviously because this led you to my blog). I have read this book and I understand why this search would have led you to me, but I am of no help. First off you are extremely vague. You might want to include the authors last name and I doubt anyone on the internet knows the page of this quote. My advice to you is to go to goodreads and search through the quotes for the book or look back through your book because I doubt this search got you anywhere my silly dear.

“pic of top male actors”

Ummmm…. Well first off I have a book blog. Second why are you searching the internet for top male actor pics? And what are the top male actors of? All time? This year? You need to be more specific my dear and then not click on a book blog so that I can see you are search for pics of male actors, but don’t worry I won’t tell everyone, just all those who follow my blog!

Top Ten Tuesday | 2015 Bookish Bucket List

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Bookish Goal/Resolutions For 2015. I decided to structure this much like my Bookish Bucket list for 2014. This year it is going to be a lot harder for me to actually complete the goals since I will be with very limited internet access for 10 months out of this year. I will also be away from home so I will only have my books on my kindle and if I am able to check out books from the library. 

♠ Read at least 45 books. Although I did read over 100 books this year, I have an extremely busy schedule this next year and don’t know if I will have much free time. I also don’t want to pressure myself. So if I exceed this amount then that will be great. 

♠ Complete Anna Karenina. This was on my bucket list for last year and I did not accomplish it. I started it a few years ago and got half way through it and decided at the end of this year that I need to start from the beginning. It was suggested to me to try listening to it on audiobook, but I am determined to finish it.

♠ Keep up with reviews. I know that I said I wont have much internet access and with that comes a unfortunate hiatus from my blog. I will have some prescheduled post (hopefully), but I want to make sure whenever I get the chance I update the blog and keep the reviews written out so when I get the to use the internet it will be all ready.

♠ Read more classics. There are so many I own and I am interested in, but always choose other books over them.

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. I do not think this will be much of a problem since I will be away from home and not have a place to put purchased books.

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series. I know I am one of the only people left in the world who hasn’t read these books. I did start them this year and have read through book four.

♠ Catch up on review book. I feel horrible that I have been offered the opportunity by some authors to read and review their books and haven’t gotten around to some of them. This is one of my top priorities.

♠ Figure out a new set-up/blog posts/features. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. I have done a lot of work since I first started this blog and I really want something that depicts my personality and is unique.

♠ Read at least three daunting books. 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 550 pages.

♠ Read up all/or a majority of the works by one author. I feel like I read books by so many authors, but I rarely read more than one (even if I own them) because I have such a wide taste that I dabble in everything. Although thats great I would love to be more aquatinted with several authors and their works.

What are some of your 2015 goals/resolutions?

Making Up For Monday [12/29]

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: How did you do with your reading goals for this year?

I actually did extremely well and was able to read and accomplish so many more goals than I had thought I would. I had originally set my goodreads reading goal at 50 books and I have currently read more than 100 books! I also did quite well on my Bookish Bucket List for this year! I added so many new books to my library, discovered amazing people,authors and books and have found my deep love for books and reading again! I would say it was an amazing success!

How well did you do on your goals for this year?

 

Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

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To see the rules of the challenge and a link back to the creator of this challenge click here.

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2014 Series Challenge you can click here! I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi 

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce 

Proxy Duology by Alex London

The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Duology by Ransom Riggs (I think its a duology might be more)

The Notebook Duology by Nicolas Sparks

The Unknown Assassin Duology by Allen Zadoff (might not be completed)

Ever After High Trilogy by Shannon Hale 

Breathing Trilogy by Rebecca Donovan 

♠ Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee (caught up to publication)

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout (caught up to publication)

Asylum Duology by Madeleine Roux (I have heard this might be made into a trilogy)

 

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

Messenger by Lois Lowry | Book Review

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Genre: YA, Dystopian

“Things seem more when you’re little. They seem bigger, and distances seem farther.”
― Lois Lowry, Messenger

Series: The Giver Quartet
The Giver
Gathering Blue

Synopsis:
Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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I have to say I was really happy to see this book start to pull together the stories and expand on the stories of Jonah, Matty and Kira. Matty was my favorite character from Gathering Blue and I was ecstatic to see he got his own story!

Although like the others this is a short book it really developed Matty’s character and had some unique paranormal aspects. This was a lot more emotional than I was anticipating. Matty is working toward receiving his true name, which he is hoping to be Messenger. He is the only one who knows how to navigate the woods and with the woods starting to close off their town he has to go to get Kira before she can no longer return. Like the other two books this has a unique and interesting society, with elements and situations that make you think and wonder what you would do.

I absolutely loved Matty as a character. He shows strength and courage as well as being a funny and intriguing character. He is so compassionate and the ending broke my heart. It was great to see the other characters from Lowry’s other books in this companion series and it all makes sense know how they all connect!

RATING-4

Swoon Worthy Saturday [12/27]

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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 )

 

Wilder

from Inspire by Cora Carmack

He is just to perfect! Not only is Wilder an amazing son and brother (regardless of what happened before), but he also has an edgy/charming side. Its so cute when he is worrying about Kalli and how he has a hard time talking to her. I am only about 100 pages into this book, but I can already tell the Wilder is an amazing guy, a great fictional crush and so worthy of the swoons!

“I love her [Gwen], and I love Mom, and I would do just about anything for them. But when you think stuff like that … you think of grand, heroic gestures. Pushing someone out of the way of a moving vehicle. Standing between them and danger. Sacrificing something important. But it’s not like that. Not at all. It’s not one big moment, it’s a thousand. It’s every day. And you don’t sacrifice just one important thing, you sacrifice a little more and a little more until you start to feel hollowed out. It’s not the sacrifice that hurts so much as the thought that it will never end. That you’re stuck in your fate, and nothing and no one can change it. You’ll just keep giving and giving until you don’t even know who you are.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

Holiday Book Haul!

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I hope everyone had a great holiday! I hope it was spent with friends and family eating way too much food that you are now regretting! I spent the day with my parents and one of my brothers. Basically it was nothing super special, mom made breakfast, we opened gifts and then I spent the whole day reading and watching movies (a pretty typical day for me!) Surprisingly I only have gotten 4 book so far, I haven’t seen my best friend yet and I’m sure she most likely got me something book related and my older brother might have too. But I am really happy with the books I got! Besides these four books I got this Grumpy Cat stuffed animal and was so ecstatic! I love Grumpy Cat <3. I also got these adorable little monster magnetic bookmarks (that I forgot to take a picture of). I also got some money in which I put towards the Boxing Day Bookoutlet Sale!

The Grumpy Guide To Life by Grumpy Cat

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (I collect copies of this book)

Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato

Unhinged by A.G Howard

 

Did you get any good books for the holidays?

Ammonite Planets by Gillian Andrews | RAVBT Book Tour

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Genre: YA Sci-fi

Synopsis:
This omnibus edition exclusive to the Kindle bookstore brings you the first three books of the award-winning Ammonite Galaxy series – a thousand pages in one volume!

“Awesome book! I’d give this 6 stars for writing if I could. I stayed up till 5 am last night because I was that enthralled.” Rose – Podiobooks reviewer (about Valhai)

Meet Six and Diva for the first time in this special omnibus edition of the first three books in this series, starting with Valhai, which is a Readers Favorite award-winning book and a Parsec Awards finalist.

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The Sellite escorted her out of the cabin. They were standing at a sort of terminus, in the middle of a lake of black liquid. It stretched out in all directions, and Diva saw that the terminus was build out into the lake, for the shore was a relatively long way away in any direction.

She was led up a “jetty” which was suspended over the black liquid by big rexelene tanks. Set into the jetty at intervals were other, smaller boardwalks each of which terminated in a metallic ring sitting right on the surface of the liquid. The Sellite went over to a control panel and pulled a switch to start some sort of life-support mechanism. Then he ushered her down the fifth boardwalk to the left, indicated the ring, and said, “Jump!”

“Jump?” She shook her head. “Into that? I don’t think so.”

For as far as she could see there was only a murky liquid, which closer up appeared to be more a type of gel. Almost solid. It would have been an ocean if only it hadn’t been so thick. And he was telling her to sink into this stuff! He had to have been lying to her about keeping them all alive. This was some sort of macabre experiment. “I … I won’t!”

“Jump!” The earlier order was repeated, the man again indicating the loop of metal which lay on the surface of the substance. “Take a deep breath and jump!”

“Will not.” Diva sat down as firmly as she could on the jetty and grabbed one of the slats it was made of with all her might. “Will. Not.”

But he plucked her up off the jetty with no very great effort and suspended her over the loop of metal.

“Take a deep breath!” And when she didn’t, couldn’t, he gave her a little shake. “Do it, I tell you. Nothing bad is going to happen to you!”

She refused, kicking out with her legs and sobbing. “I won’t let you!”

It made no difference. He simply waited, holding the kicking and squirming girl coolly until she was forced to take in a gulp of air. Then, with one slick movement he dropped her into the asphyxiating goo.

She sank through it like a stone. To try and keep her panic at bay, she began to count the time as she fell. She had been able to hold her breath for fifty seconds at home, but here … she probably wouldn’t survive more than thirty. Already her lungs felt full to bursting.

She reached thirty-two and began to scream silently inside her head. She wouldn’t last much longer. Her body was desperate for air, her heart beating a frantic tom-tom of flutters. I can’t hold my breath any more, she thought sadly. Damn! I should have done better. Dizziness entered her head and left her light with acceptance. I mustn’t breathe, mustn’t breathe, mustn’t breathe, mus—

A sudden acceleration told her that she had exited the gel. She fell freely for a second and then hit a soft, rather rubbery floor that gave with her weight and then settled gently back into place. She lay panting, taking in air in huge rasping gasps. Her heart took its time in deciding it was still alive, finally settling down into some semblance of normality. All it cared about was if the air was breathable. It must be so, because her heart was calming down slowly.

Diva stared at her surroundings. She was in a room, enveloped in the dark substance. It looked a different colour now, more translucent. It was, just as the Sellite had said, a bubble. She felt behind her with her hands, pressing into the wall. It ceded slightly, and then seemed to press back. There were several tubes visible on one side, and a smaller bubble in an alcove off the main one. She made her way over to the doorway, which she noticed was not regular. Instead it was just like the joins of linked soap bubbles, an irregular and slightly curved quadrilateral. She peered inside. There was a bed, made of the same material. What had he called it? Orthogel? And there were toilet facilities to the right. The bigger bubble must have been about ten metres in diameter, the smaller one about five.

Air, she was relieved to see, was being pumped in through one of the tubes, and out through another. But there was no way out. The ceiling that she had fallen through had closed behind her, and now presented a perfectly smooth aspect. In any case, gravity would ensure that she couldn’t get out the way she came in.

 


 

Gillian Andrews

I am English, although I live in Spain now. I’ve worked at all sorts of things, but have been writing too, on and off, since I was little. I have always been passionate about cosmology and astrophysics, so it was exciting to be able to bring that aspect into the series. I recently finished a masters in astronomy and astrophysics.

Valhai is the book I always wanted to write, but I got so involved with the characters myself that I simply had to go on writing about them, which turned a one-off novel into a series. I hope readers will identify with them and enjoy them too. I myself have been practically living in The Ammonite Galaxy for the last five years. It has become so real to me that I can almost touch it!

The books out so far in the series are:

Book One: Valhai
Book Two: Kwaide
Book Three: Xiantha
Book Four: Pictoria
Book Five: The Lost Animas
Book Six: The Namura Stone (published September2014)

Book Seven: The Trimorphs (to be published 2015)

Ammonite Planets is the omnibus edition of Books #1-3 and is exclusive to the Kindle store, and Ammonite Stars is the omnibus edition of Books #4-5, also exclusive to the Kindle store.

Website: www.gillianandrews.com

www.valhai.com

www.kwaide.com

www.xiantha.com

Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GillianAndrews/

Friday Reads [12/26]

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17449197I did some work this past week and finished off three books! I finished off Splintered by A.G Howard and thankfully for Christmas I was gifted the second book in the trilogy, Unhinged by A.G Howard and I just had to pick it up especially with the third and final one coming out it about two weeks! I read over 100 pages yesterday and have a feeling this will be a book I will completely devour. Because my parents were horrible and made me wait to open this present I had to start another book between finishing one and starting this one. That book would by Inspire by Cora Carmack, 22824819
which is an new adult paranormal romance. I am also enjoying this one so far. It is an interesting and different story from anything I read. It focuses on a girl who is a very old greek being, a muse who struggles with her life and wants more than she is allowed. I also started a new audiobook a couple days ago, Blur by Steven James, but I have been going through extremely weird moods with audiobooks and get in a mood were I really enjoy them and right now I am at that point where I would rather read myself. I hope everyone had a great holiday and Happy Early New Year!

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 2014 | Wrap-Up

As the end of the year is just around the corner I thought it would be a good idea to wrap-up my  Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List for 2014. If you haven’t seen them before, every month I have been updating my progress made upon my list throughout the year. I enjoyed pushing myself and trying to expand my horizons and bookish taste!

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (2014)

1. Read (complete) at least 50 book.  I never imagined at the beginning of the year that by getting back into reading and starting a book blog I would also read over 100 books! (My current total is 103 with a few days left!)

2. Finish Anna Karenina. I did not have high hopes for completing this goal this year. If you don’t know this is a very intimidating book. I had started this book 3 years ago and I am about half way through (400 pages). My problem is I don’t remember everything since it is a big of a tough read and I know I will have to start over and that seems like a near difficult task. I will finish this one day hopefully because I really was enjoying it. 

3. Start the Harry Potter Series Although I did not finish the series like I wanted to I did complete this task by starting the series! I have read up to the 5th book! I am upset with myself that I did not reading these growing up (I did try to read the first one many times) I just had different taste in books and it just wasn’t quite my thing. 

4. Complete all of my unfinished book reviews. With almost a week left in the year I am really hoping to at least get all caught up in my reviews and pre schedule them. I am hoping to start the new year all caught up on everything and start fresh! 

5. Read at least one classic.  I need to read more of these. I own so many and I am interested in quite a few its just they seem to take longer to read and my attention span has not proven very handy for that. But I did read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. 

6. Step out of my comfort zone of YA Fiction and read at least one biography/nonfiction work.  I am very happy with my variety of reading this year. I really dipped into a large range of different books and genres. I did happen to read an autobiography and a self-helpish type of book. Next year I am really hoping to read some more as I find them extremely interesting. 

7. Complete at least 3 series. This was not something I was able to achieve. Although I did happen to finish two series with more 4 or more books. I was able to complete quite a few trilogies and duologies and caught up to publication on a few. 

8. Break into the adult fiction genre more. (at least 3) Although I did not read any strictly adult fiction books. I did break into the overall adult genre, mainly Fantasy. I read the first two books in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series, The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead, City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Landline by Rainbow Rowell and The Wedding by Nicolas Sparks!

9. Read more of the books on my shelves before buying more. This is a funny and silly thing to ask of a book lover and addict. Over the next year I will be partaking in something that will make it near impossible for me to purchase books so I will hopefully be able to catch up and make a dent in my TBR pile! 

10. Complete a book that is 800pgs or more. I was close with a few books. I do have books on my shelf that meet this demand I just find them so intimidating! 

So it looks like 5/10 goals are completed. So being able to complete half on my first year seems like quite an accomplishment! 

Overall I am happy with my accomplishments and although I did not complete everything on the list I did a lot better than I quite expected!