August 2017 Reads | First Lines

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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.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
“The body lay naked and facedown, a deadly gray, spatters of blood staining the snow around it.”

Lover Awakened by J.R Ward
“Goddamn it, Zsadist! Don’t jump—”

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“I love Thursday nights.”

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
“I want something of hers”

Black Bird of the Gallow by Meg Kassel
“Somewhere in this house is a set of binoculars.”


Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon | Wrap-Up


Book(s) Read: 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy


The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

TOTAL PAGES READ: 430  pages

How did you do for Bout of Books?

Friday Reads | Weekend of #boutofbooks Edition


I forgot to do this and post it yesterday so I figured I would play catch up. With the storms going on in TX I have been crazy busy with work. I have been trying really hard to get some reading done and participate in Bout of Books. I am currently reading Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel with is an ARC I have received from the publisher. I am also listening to The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. I am really enjoying both books. They are both unique in their own ways! 

Have you read this book? What are you reading this weekend?

Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon | Update #2


Day 5:  Friday August 25th 2017

Book(s) Read Today: 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Pages Read: 25  pages

Life has been pretty crazy this week and I haven’t got to read as much as I would like or keep up on my updates for that matter.



TOTAL PAGES READ: 210  pages

How is Bout of Books going?

Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon | Update #1

Day 1 Update and Day 2 Challenge


Day 1: Monday August 21, 2017

Book(s) Read Today: 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Pages Read: 50  pages

“But really, aren’t there bits of magic everywhere we look?’ Dr. Clifton continues. ‘We’ve just stopped seeing it that way.”
Emily Bain Murphy, The Disappearances

Challenge: Synopsis Rewrite

For this challenge, all you have to do is rewrite the synopsis of a book from another character’s point of view. Make it their story instead. If you post on social media, be sure to use #synopsisrewritebob20 to share.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Today of all days the White Rabbit did not have the time for silly little girls. He only had one errand to run, not get chased by a young girl, or have a spot of tea. With his pocket watch destroyed he has no sense of time. Being late today would have his head.

I am not good at this at all, but would love to see others!



How did your first day of Bout of Books go?

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Excerpt Reveal

I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of coming here. Who is this boy? Who are these people? I may not want these answers. Whatever illusion I had been weaving about this being a normal family can’t be true. This is a family, yes, but one putting on an elaborate show to appear to be something they are not. “Everyday life can’t be so bad,” I say lightly, eager to change the subject before I start luring myself down a hole. “You have a beautiful home, a nice family. You’re popular at school. Kiera Shaw certainly likes you.”

He turns his gaze to me, slowly. “Kiera Shaw? You think I like her?”

“I don’t know what you like.” I don’t blink. I don’t look away. “I know only what I’ve seen.”

Reece leans close, gently entering my personal space. Close enough to put me on edge, but not close enough to intimidate. His voice is silk on gravel. His narrowed eyes glitter down at me. “And what, exactly, have you seen, Angie?”

Shivers race up my skin. I want to defuse this so badly, but I feel like this is a challenge I can’t lose. “I’ve seen and heard things that don’t make sense. Things I can’t understand.” I shift my gaze to my crow sitting on a branch above my head. It watches me with an intensity that would scare me if I wasn’t accustomed to it. “Tell me about the crows.”

He shakes his head. “Sorry. Either you know about them, or you don’t.”

My jaw tightens, even as I step toward him. I can feel his body heat. His clean, guy scent fills my senses with a unique magnetism that draws me close. Closer still. “I will find out.”

His gaze sweeps my face, lingering on my lips. “I hope not.” His breath warms my temple, sending a shiver under my skin. “There are worse things out there than a few watchful birds.”

“Like what?” I’m breathless, damn him. My words are barely audible.

His lashes fan low over his eyes. The narrow space between us crackles with tension. “Oh Angie, you don’t want to know.”

Look for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 9/5!

August 2017 | TBR

This is a little late in the month, but I guess not too late. I had posted this on instagram and twitter, but decided I would make a post as well. Here is my reading plan for August. It may be a little ambitious, but since I just did my bookshelf in rainbow I thought it would be fun to make a rainbow TBR. Here is to reading a lot in the month of August!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Lover Revealed by J.R Ward

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Stray by Rachel Vincent

The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Hello? by Liza Wiemer

What are you planning on reading this month?

June/July 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Books I Read:

Odd & True by Cat Winters

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

♠ The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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

♠ Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #13

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | June Update

♠ Let Freedom Ring | Quotes

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

June Book Haul | 2017

Book Best Friend | Reading Nook Edition 

TV Watch List 

Gillian Flynn | Author Exploration 

Series Serial Reader | July Update

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July Update

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

♠ Krystie @ YA and Wine – Anthologies 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- YA for Different Ages

Emily @ Books and Cleverness- What Does YA Stand For?

♠ Sakina @ A Forest Of Books And Memories – How To Tamora Pierce : A Reading Guide

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- Lets Talk About Unhauling Books

♠ Kat @ Life and Other Disasters- Blogger Identity

♠ Liv @ Arctic Books – Why You Should Use Your Local Library More Often 

♠ Kel @ Booked Til Tuesday- How To Make a DIY Book Subscription Box

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ My Move to NE!