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

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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

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

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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

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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! 

Free Kindle Loaning Library

I saw some people talking about this on Twitter. How people can loan out certain books to others from their Kindles. I have so many books on my kindle that can be loaned out and I am not reading them right now so I figured I would put them up for others to read. Below are all the titles. A lot of them are more obscure and not well known, but there are a few popular ones within the list. If you are interested in loaning any of these kindle books from me just leave me a comment or send me a message in my contact.
Wicked Games Jessica Clare, Jill Myles
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott  Fitzgerald
Realm Keepers Garrett Robinson, Z. C. Bolger
The Darkest Minds -Alexandra Bracken
Collide Shelly Crane
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Scarred J. S. Cooper
Johnny Rachel Dunning
Alienated Melissa Landers
Minutes Before Sunset Shannon A. Thompson

Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read

Lately I have really been branching out on what I read and have developed more interests for a variety of books. There are quite a few books that have been on my radar or on my shelves that I really want to read. The only problem is it always seems to take me longer to read through non-fiction, but I am usually always really happy after I do. There is always so much to learn from them about life, the world and even yourself. I would love for any other recommendations people have to offer.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Knizer

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

The Witches by Stacy Schiff

The Impossible Will Take A Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Why Nations Fail : The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson

Brave Enough by Nicole Unice

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

♣ Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What are some of your favorite Non-fiction books?

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Summery Reads

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Summery Reads

♣ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

♣ Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han 


 

♣ Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

♣ How We Fall by Kate Brauning 


What are some of your favorite summery reads ? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Moms in Literature

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Mother’s Day Freebie. I decided that I would go with the top moms in literature. I do not have many that I could think of. It seems that so much of YA literature doesn’t include parents, which is weird when you think about it. All of these teens are just off by themselves getting into all sorts of trouble with no parental supervision.

♦ Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – I feel like this is a given and needs nothing further.

♦ Ma Ingalls from Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – She was just the all around mom. She was always there for them and teaching them.

♦ Ms. Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl– She always wanted the best for Matilda and was so sweet.

♦ Natalie Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth– She risked her life for her daughter and supported her with her decisions.

♦ Lilly Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – She gave up her life for her son. Although she isn’t present in the books, she is always there with Harry and helps him make it.

 

What are some of you top moms in literature?

Ode to Mothers | Quotes

“Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.”
— Edgar Allen Poe, To My Mother

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”
— J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
― Jodi Picoult, House Rules

“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 “You were my home, Mother. I had no home but you”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“But behind all your stories is your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins.”
— Mitch Albom, For One More Day