Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

I have gone through waves of reading this year. Now that I am starting to get settled into my new job and home, I really want to focus on tackling my TBR. I have a full bookcase and countless more books on my Kindle that I have yet to read. I am trying to create a read/reward system. I will never get to all the books I want to read if I just keep buying more. So here are some books I am trying really hard to get to before the end of the year.

SlaughterHouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie (reread)

Looking For Alaska by John Green (reread)

 

Are there any books you really want to read before the end of the year?

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Books Best Friend | Reading Nook 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. My first post was dedicated to those things that I would not be able to read a book without. This post is one I have been wanting to do for awhile and have been thinking about a lot because I am just about to move and get a new apartment. I was reached out to pair up with Arhouse to create a post about my ideal reading nook! 

Belle Style Shelves

Being an avid reader and book lover I have always been envious of Belle and that beautiful library she is presented. I am big on a modern antiqued look. There is such a classic and grandeur look about a huge bookcase with a rolling ladder. Arhouse has this beautiful version of this bookcase as well as a smaller more modern style.

Each one has a slightly different look and vibe, but in the end they fit that category of having an amazing bookcase with a ladder.

Athens Modular Library– $3,770.00
Colton 34″ Library – $1,449.00

   

 

♣ Cozy Seating 

 

Comfy big chairs or couches are a must for a reading nook. I need somewhere to curl up with my awesome read.

Clementina Arm Chair – $298.99

 

 

 

 

Newark Rattan Papasan Chair– $155.99

 

{below}: Zack Mid-Century Fabric Loveseat – $354.99

 

 

 

♣Built Ins 

I have always wanted big bay windows with the little book nook with shelves and sitting built in. 

 

What are some of your must haves for a reading nook?

 

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

Fictional Girlfriend |Tag

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This was originally the Fictional Boyfriends Tag! I decided that we needed more diversity and that it was about time the book community started to recognizing those amazing fictional females.The tag was originated by RayKay Books and you can check it out on their youtube channel here. I have decided I am not going to explain my choices because that would end up making this post far too long and definitely too fangirly. If you would like an explanation for a certain choice just ask in the comments and I will share!

Most Romantic Girlfriend: Layla Shaw from the Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Dark and Moody Bad Girl with a Good Side: Katniss Evergreen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

♠ The Paranormal Girlfriend: Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

The Girlfriend You Want to Tame:  Tate McKenna from Volition by Lily Paradis

 The Girl You Friend-zoned: Shaw Landon from Rule by Jay Crownover

Your Soulmate: Princess Dennaleia from Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthrust 

♠ The Girlfriend You Would Elope With:  Alaska Young from Looking For Alaska by John Green 

The Girlfriend You Would Venture Anywhere With: Vin from the Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

♠ The Girlfriend You Want to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With: Alyssa Gardner from the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

♠ The Most Bad Ass Girlfriend: Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead 

 

Who are your book girlfriends that fit into these categories? I would love to know your answers so make sure to leave me your link! 

A Very Merry 4 Year Blogiversary To Down The Book Hole

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I cannot believe that it has been 4 years since I have started this blog! I don’t even know what to say to all of my friends in the book community and followers. You all and your support has meant so much to me. I appreciate the ability to share my love of books with others who are so knowledgable and passionate. The fact that publishers and authors have reached out to me and I have been able to help them is an amazing feeling. I am overflowing with love and support from all who interact with me on my blog and twitter. I am excited to be adding new things to my blog this year, delving into new books and genres, supporting my local library and gaining new bookish friends. I am excited to see what this year will bring and I am happy for everything this community is. I wish I could do a giveaway, but it is not feasible at this moment, but I am hoping sometime soon to spread the love and books! Cant wait to participate in #otspsecretsister and learn more about books and my love of them!

Thanks!

A Very Merry Blogiversary To Me !

A VERY MERRY 3-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY

I cannot believe that it has been three years since I have started this blog! I have learned so much through my time in the blogging and book community. It has helped me to grow in my reading as well as other aspects of my life. I have met so many amazing people and I am thankful for all of them. I started this blog as a way to share my love of books and for a personal way to keep track of the books I was reading. It has developed into so much more than that and the opportunities I have been given since starting this blog, I would have never imagined. I have met amazing people, discovered beautiful and life changing books and falling in love with multiple book boyfriends and magical places. Thanks to everyone who reads my posts, encourages me to discover new books, gushes over fictional crushes and keeps up with my life although we have never met! It means so much to me and I hope for many more years in this wonderful community meeting many new and awesome people! To share my thanks to my followers and friends I am holding a giveaway! Good Luck!

♦ The giveaway is INT. as long as book depository ships to you!
♦ Giveaway will last from Feb. 1st until Feb. 29th
♦ Winner will have their choice of book(s) up to the total of $15. (can be HC or PB, 1 or more as long as does not exceed $15 US)

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The Spoken Word | Storytelling Exploration

I saw this on the internet and it really caught my attention. I am not a huge fan of reading poetry (although I do enjoy some), but have become a big fan of the spoken word. Especially when it is covering topics that are so important and ones that always seem to be so taboo. It is nice to see  some people taking a stand and going out to prove a point and send a message. I think the idea and mission behind the non-profit Get Lit is amazing. We need more organizations like this in our society. Literacy and education are such an important things as well as the messages these kids are relaying. I just thought I would share these videos because they moved me so much. The are real and heart breaking as well as completely true to our society. I think these kids are so brave and we need to have more people like them in the world. They prove that it is just as important to have the spoken word and to speak out as it is to read and write the truth. Every story is meant to be shared regardless of how glamorous it is. Slam poetry is another amazing way for someone to let their voice to be heard! I have also included another amazing slam poetry video by some students at Rutgers University.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Fairy Tale Comparison

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This month Samantha @ Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for our new Rambling Down the Book Hole Blogger Book Club! As part of our book club we will be making weekly post revolving around the book. To check out Samantha’s post click here! If you are interested join us and read along, I tweet using #RDBHBookClub! So for my post this week I did a book comparison to the original fairy tale. Unknown

If you have read or heard anything about A Court of Thorns and Roses then you know it is suppose to be loosely inspired by the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I thought it would be fun to do a slight discussion/comparison post about how the book parallels the original fairy tale. This post although I will try not to, will most likely contain spoilers.

When reading the book I could understand where the original story was woven through and caught the similarities, but I really think the book was completely its own as well. It was so unique and beautifully done that if I wasn’t aware that it was a retelling I would not have made the comparisons. But since it is a retelling and there are parallels between the story I will talk about a few of them now.

Girl being taken by a beast

So as everyone knows in the original the Beast keeps Belle as a prisoner after making a trade for her fathers life. She is locked up in his castle and set to spend the rest of her life there. In Sarah J. Maas own amazing way she kept true to this part of the story. Feyre traded her life to go live with Tamlin after she had killed a wolf instead of being killed herself.

Curse

In the original Beast has a curse put on him to find true love or he will forever be stuck in the form of a beast forever. In A Court of Thorns and Roses there Faerie lands are being plagued by a curse of sorts and although there are other curses involved they are twisted in a surprising way and come with tons of consequences.

Falling In Love

So this might be a complete spoiler, but what do you expect when a book is said to be inspired off of a known fairy tale. Of course in this book it deals with a human girl falling in love with a “beast”

Interest in the arts

Beauty loves to read. Feyre loves to paint and loves art. The twists that Maas does with this are so interesting. The way she plays with the original story and takes pieces and manipulates them to this story are amazing. In ACoTaR Feyre is illiterate, so it is quiet interesting.

It is apparent the inspiration that came from Beauty and the Beast when reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. There are many differences, it has some fantastic twists and surprises and has a little darker atmosphere.

What parts of the original story stuck out to you while reading this book?

Also don’t forget to check out Samantha’s playlist for A Court of Thorns and Roses!

Things I Love…

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I have fallen into the New Adult bandwagon. I am all about it and devour new adult books so fast. It is a newer genre that has appeared in the book community and is one I am really grateful for.  NA bridges the gap between YA and Adult books, which is typically more geared towards romance, but has its fair share of paranormal options. Cora Carmack has put into words better than I could what this new genre is all about…

“These could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one.
At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me.
Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 
 Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant.”

There are many things that I adore about these books and keep me coming back for more…

♥ Relatability   

New Adult books tend to focus on the age group of 18-25. Since I fall within this age range I am able to easily relate to the characters and what they are going through.

♥ Real Life Struggles 

I have found that in New Adult more than Adult Romance novels focuses a lot of self-discovery as well as taboo topics not found in Young Adult. There is more than just a romance story, but a life story with some romance in it. New Adult covers topics such as sexual assault/abuse, mental illness, drugs, friendships, careers, school etc. It really encompasses all aspects of life and I find I can relate to many things that happen as I have or I am experience similar things.

♥ Intense, Gritty and Raw Passion

This does not only refer to the romance, but also the story as a whole. The stories are gripping and real, letting the walls down and showing the vulnerability found within everyone. It shows all sides of relationships not just the sparkling and glittery, but the tough, real and sometimes bad parts of relationships.

♥ Relationships 

From all the New Adult books I have read they tend to highlight and develop more than just a romantic relationship, but all forms from parent/child, siblings, and best friends. I love to see this happen. I think having these other relationships evolved and working on them as well is so true to this time in someones life. It also adds to the element of self discovery and finding ones self.

♥ Author Cross-Overs

I love that there are many YA authors who have started writing NA. There are so many that have that awesome writing style and character development that you love that appears in old characters within their NA novels!

♥ Happy For Now Endings 

Keeping with the realistic aspect that is brought from the new adult genre, it shows that there doesn’t always have to be a happily ever after. It is okay to have a happy for now ending to a story because life isn’t a fairytale and there are not always happily ever after endings.

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Volition by Lily Paradis                          ♠ I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre 

Rule by Jay Crownover                        ♠ Inspire by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack                  ♠ All Lined Up by Cora Carmack 

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For more information, books and recommendations check out these links! 

New Adult Genre                                              ♦ NA Next Big Thing 

Cora Carmack- What NA Means To Me            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog – Kassidy

NA Alley                                                            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog- JBookLover

A Beginner’s Guide to NA                                 ♦ Epic Reads Favorite NA

Addicted to NA Reading List                             ♦ Butterflymybooks- NA Book Recs