January Wrap-Up

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I have had an amazing start to the new year. This has already been the best month on my blog since I have started it (stats-wise! So thank you everyone for looking at my crazy nonsensical blog) This month was packed full of stuff and I didnt realize just how much until I was making up this post. I spent a lot of time reading (more than I thought) and even more time preparing my blog for my small hiatus. Although I was trying to limit the books I read this month so I wouldn’t be starting a series I couldn’t continue while away, but I am really excited to get to some of my ebooks. Many I have gotten for my trip and haven’t allowed myself to read them yet. It should be an interesting next couple months and I really hope I will have time to read and find somewhere to work on my blog. (Thank goodness for the wordpress app!)FullSizeRender

Books I Read:

Blur by Steven James

Inspire by Cora Carmack

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

♠ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

♠ Ensnared by A.G Howard

♠ Bossypants by Tina Fey

♠ The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

The Martian by Andy Weir

♠ Son by Lois Lowry

Volition by Lily Paradis

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

Resolutions For The New Year | Quotes

Inspire by Cora Carmack | Quotes

Ensnared by A.G Howard | Release Day

Bookoutlet Boxing Day Sale

Guest Posting | Discussion

#insixwords Challenge | Bout of Books 12

Bout of Books 12 Read-a-thon | Wrap-Up

Twitter Book Haul

Splintered Trilogy| Quotes

Books That Let Me Down in 2014

Unfortunate Hiatus 

Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet #2

2015 Bookish Bucket List Update 

2015 Book to Movie Adaptations

2015 Series Challenge Update

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

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Third Sentence Thursday 

Friday Reads

Swoon Worthy Saturday 

Friday Reads [1/30]

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Volition Amazon (1)Well this might be my last Friday Reads post for awhile (although I will be updating my Twitter). I am trying to finish up all my reading this weekend so that I can start anew for when I leave on my trip. I am currently re-reading Volition by Lily Paradis (the ARC). I was selected and got the opportunity to beta read this book. It is an awesome experience to read the book at the steps of its publication. I know the author makes the comment that this book is not for everyone, but I definitely can relate to the main character Tate in aspects of her life. I love the darker tones to this book and it is loaded with emotions and feels. I think it is becoming one of my favorite books. Reading it again just makes me love it that much more and I am having a hard time putting it down. I also borrowed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling as an audiobook from the library. This is my first time reading the series and I will have so traveling and stuff so I thought this was a good audiobook to pick up! In regards to what ebook I will be starting from my 100+ books on my kindle is a hard decision. There are a few a have in mind. I really want to start The 100 by Kass Morgan or maybe Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut or to read Lily Paradis’s other book Ignite. There are just so many choices.

 

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

2015 SERIES CHALLENGE | Update #1

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To see the rules of the 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 2015 (2014) Series Challenge you can click here!

 


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Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

[completed: 1/2015]

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

[completed 1/2015]

Have you completed any series yet this year?

The Martian by Andy Weir | Book Review

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Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

Source: Blogging For Books in return for an honest review

Synopsis:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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*I would like to thank Blogging For Books for a copy of this book in return for an honest review*

The Martian is an intense thrill ride that causes you to develop an attachment to the main character, Mark Watney, you are rooting for him the whole time and become emotionally invested in his survival. It is a gripping survival story that showcases the humor, ingenuity and resilience of one man that is left behind on a mission to Mars.

I haven’t read much science fiction and have wanted to explore the genre more. I had heard superb reviews and praise for The Martian and found out it was being turned into a movie so I had to pick it up and see what it was all about. I was completely blown out of the water by this book. I do not think I can express my feelings and thoughts about this book without raving, fangirling and rambling, so bare with me.

Weir’s writing did so many things and his writing style was unique and worked so well in creating a story that sucked me in completely and made me feel like I was one of those people sitting at home glued to the television and keeping up with “Watney Watch” The book is written in journal entries from the main character Mark Watney who was left behind and now trying to survive all on his own on Mars. Watney has such a smart-ass humor that makes you forget at times that he might die at any moment. He is a kickass scientist and his ability to problem solve and survive situations that I would definitely never make it through, is absolutely amazing. There are emotions that come through while reading his entries and you begin to realize that he is doing this to try and maintain his sanity.

Weir incorporates a lot of science (chemistry, physics etc) into the story (I mean it is a science fiction novel), but it is done is such a fantastic way that I actually understood what was going on. (I am not scientifically inclined at all). Everything is explained and it helps you realize how long Watney has to survive or how important a certain thing is to his survival. Of course we also get some of the story from the crew members that left Watney behind and people from NASA back home. I thought that this added information and perspective really rounded out the story. It added to the suspense and created a situation much like that of Apollo 11 (have you ever seen the movie? This book has that kind of feel). Although Watney was the main character and one I extremely enjoyed, especially with his smart-ass attitude, I enjoyed the other characters and the development that happened with them.

Overall, I do not know if I could recommend this enough. I believe everyone could find aspects of this book they enjoy and it could appeal to all ages. At its core it is a Mars survival story, but it explores the human psyche, the coming together of the human race, sacrifice and the scientific field.

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2015 Book to Movie Adaptations

The trend of book to movie adaptations is continuing into 2015. There are so many that there is no possible way I can mention all of them. If you would like to see lists of more I have found some already created lists. There is a list created by Bustle and Buzzfeed. So here are some of the movies I am most excited for and some books you need to read before they appear on the big screen! I should also mention some of these I need to get on top of my game and read the book before it comes out too!

The Duff by Kody Keplinger 

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February 20, 2015

Insurgent by Veronica Roth 

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March 20th 2015

The Longest Ride by Nicolas Sparks 

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April 10th 2015

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner 

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September 18, 2015

Mockingjay (Part 2) by Suzanne Collins 

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November 20, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir 

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November 25, 2015

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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What book to movie adaptations are you most excited for?

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | ARC Review

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Genre: YA, Contemporary

Source: ARC Twitter Giveaway by @hellochelly

“Sometimes it was hard to breathe, knowing how small my world could be.”
-Heather Demetrios, I’ll Meet You There

Publication Date: Feb. 3, 2015

Synopsis:
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

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This book was not only beautiful, raw and emotional, but it was also deep, realistic and relevant to our current society and problems faced by many people.

After finishing the book I read the Author’s Notes and Acknowledgements and it was by far the best part of the book and that is saying a lot because I was in love with the book. Demetrios explains how the military has played a role in her life and impacted her upbringing and overall life. She is so passionate about the topic and before even reading the acknowledgements it comes across so strongly, but it is amazing to see her involvement and the support to the Wounded Warrior cause. I think it is very important for more people to learn about and understand the struggles that the soliders fighting in the war face. They give their lives to protect our country and live the rest of their lives with the loss of fellow soliders, the actions they carried out and the trauma/scars that they return to the US with. Demetrios handle the topic beautifully and showcases the affects of war in a way that everyone can understand and gain knowledge from.

I absolutely loved the writing and way that Demetrios told this moving story of self discovery, love and overcoming what life throws at you. The story covered so many issues and I enjoyed how Demetrios handled all of them. The dual point of view was fantastic and fit the story so well. With the short blurbs from Josh in his thoughts to Nick gave you the insight into what he was dealing with and just how hard being back and the struggle of the loss of his leg was so emotional.

I found the character dynamics to really round out the story. There were characters fitting all types from the alcoholic, jocky asshole, funny best friend, caring mother type, the girl from the trailer park, the teen mom etc. I could relate a lot to Skylar and really understand what she was going through. She was strong, caring and had some wonderful self-discovery and character development. Also I love how she is really into art.  Skylar’s banter with the other characters especially Josh was so great. I love the witty back and forth, the teasing and arguments. The characters all had struggles and problems and it made the story more realistic. There wasn’t the perfect relationship but the give and take and work that had to go into figuring it all out. Josh was a fantastic complex character. You really see how much he is struggling and the affects taking their toll on him from the war and its aftermath. I just can’t say it enough and I am probably repeating myself too much. I just am really trying to convey how excellent this book is.

Overall this was an absolutely fantastic book that shocked and surprised me. It left me in tears and really appreciating the men and women who serve in the military as well as have so much appreciation for the passion the author put into telling Skylar and Josh’s story.This story packs such a punch, hitting on a little bit of everything. It is a little dark and depressing at times, but it shows how you can find the light in the dark and make it something wonderful. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially those who have family in the military or had their life affected by it in some way. Or you just want a beautiful and movie love story!

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2015 Bookish Bucket List | Update #1

 

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. But you can check out my original 2015 Bookish Bucket List here!

♠ Read at least 45 books. I have read 8 books so far! Great start! 

♠ Complete Anna Karenina. This will be something I hope to start in a few months. 

♠ Keep up with reviews. I am trying really hard to catch up on these and preschedule for while I am gone, but this will be very difficult to do with the books I might be able to read over the next few months. 

♠ Read more classics. I have my kindle loaded and ready with many classics I hope to be able to get to. 

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. So far I have stayed true to this besides some books I purchased for extremely cheap for my kindle.

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series. This I have not continued with yet, but I plan on starting the 5th book very soon. 

♠ Catch up on review books. Most of my review books are e-books so they are all on my kindle and ready to go while I am away. I was able to read a few already this year so I would say doing good! 

♠ Figure out a new set-up/blog posts/features. I feel like this will be more of an idea notebook thing and changes wont be made until next year, but I plan on trying to work on new creations etc. 

♠ Read at least three daunting books.  (I am counting this as over 550 pages.) I have not gotten around to this yet but have many books that fit into this category.

♠ Read up all/or a majority of the works by one author. I have a few authors I am starting to work on this for! 

So far I would say I have made a good start and progress with the first month of the year!

What are some of your 2015 goals/resolutions? How are you doing so far?

Making Up For Monday [1/26]

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: How many physical books do you own?

It is too daunting of a task to actually count all my books, but from the “books I own” shelf on goodreads I have 398 books. This number also includes kindle books. So I would say the number is probably closer to 320 or so. Yet again that is just an estimate. Basically I have a lot of books.

How many physical books do you own?

Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #2

 

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This is the second installment of my new feature of Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet. I got some positive feedback on my first post (if you haven’t seen it or don’t know what this feature is about check it out here!) As long as people keep searching funny things on the internet that lead them to my blog I will attempt to the best of my abilities to answer their searches/questions.

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


“how many words is the lies of locke lamora?”

My question to you is “WHY DOES IT MATTER?” There are words and a lot of them. I do not think anyone has counted them and probably only the author/editor know, but again why does it matter. If you want to know in the hardcover edition of The Lie of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch there are 500 pages and in the mass market paperback edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch there are 722 pages. The important thing to take from this is it is a book I highly recommend because I think it is fantastic! 

“rabbit hole movie synopsis”

So this search term isn’t all that funny, but it is one of those that makes me question the person searching the internet for this. Usually when I am looking on the internet for movies (trailers, synopsis, cast etc) I go to sites like IMDb because that handles all movie stuff. Why would you click on a link for a book blog. When I typed this into a search engine my blog didnt even show up on the first search page. But since you seem to not know how the internet works here is the link to the movie synopsis, a review/synopsis and here is the synopsis for the movie:

“Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.”

“beautiful creatures did macon love ethans mom”

I have only read Beautiful Creatures and not the other books in the series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I have no idea if this ever becomes relevant, but from what I remember *SPOILER WARNING* Macon dies in the first book. I don’t remember it ever being mentioned or brought up. But my advice to you would be to read the book. Again even if he does/did its not important enough to waste your time googling this information in my opinion, but again what do I know.

Swoon Worthy Saturday [1/24]

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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 )

 

Josh Mitchell 

from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I cannot wait until this book is published on Feb. 3 2015 so everyone else can read this amazing book and discover the wonderfulness that is Josh Mitchell. I swooned so hard over this character. He is a complex character and is dealing with a lot after coming home injured from the war. He is everyone you want and need to swoon over. He is a gentleman, supportive and the way he is with Skylar is just too perfect!