2018 Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Although not spooky or creepy, Bitten is filled with Werewolves!

Ó  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Definitely some Pretty Little Liar vibes filled with lies and deceit.

Ó  Seventh Born by Monica SanzFor me it was pulling inspirations from Harry Potter and Vampire Academy, taking place at a boarding school, magic, mystery, a dab of romance & forbidden love .

Ó  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

 A dark, gory but ultimate a phenomenal original story. The atmosphere was perfect and definitely had that spooky, cabin in the middle of the woods vibe.

Ó  Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book. It was dark and creepy, had me guessing and on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was told in such an interesting way.

Ó  Final Girls by Riley Sager

A gripping thriller that keeps you on edge the whole read.

Ó  The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

A cam girl with the lust for killing!

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

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The Things I Do When I Should Be Reading

Being a book lover and having more unread books than one person could ever read in a lifetime, one of the biggest struggles is making time to be an adult and read books. It sad that I am at that point in life where I am to schedule out time in the day that can be set aside for reading. I have even gotten to the point where I listen to audiobooks so that I can listen while I cook, clean, get ready for work and workout. There just never seem to be enough time and yet so many books that I am dying to read. There are other books I get FOMO (fear of missing out) about because everyone else has read it and is talking about it. With all of that being said I have also noticed lately that I seem to find anything and everything to distract me from reading. My procrastination always gets the best of me. I will sit down to read and then 2 hours later I have somehow ended up deep down the hole of something that was not the book I was meaning to read. I thought I would share some of those things that have been distracting me and I have been doing instead of reading.

♥ Binge Watch Netflix/Hulu/HBO

I am not a fan of silence since I live alone so I  spend a lot of time streaming TV shows and Movies. Especially rewatching tv shows I have seen so many times. Gilmore Girls is a constant fall back and a show I have seen more than 4 times completely all the way through. I usually put something on for background noise , but end up getting sucked into the show. I am currently rewatching Reign so that I can watch the final season. If you are ever in need of tv/movie recs from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or Amazon Prime, I am your girl.

 

♥ Bothering/Playing with the Kittens

Usually my bratty cats are always bothering me and get into a lot of things making me get up and stop them. I spend so much time as I try to read chasing after them when they get into things they shouldn’t be. There are also a lot of times they bring me their toys to play fetch or I am busy cleaning up their messes. They are like having small children. Even as I am typing this I have had to get up multiple times to deal with them. On their defense sometimes they are just very cute and I spend time taking pictures of them.

 

 

♥ Social Interactions

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes I do come outside from my isolation from humans and do social things. A few months ago I attended the Macklemore and Ke$ha concert in Kansas City with a coworker. It was the second time seeing Ke$ha and lets just say she is my spirit animal for sure! Just recently I also went on a day long float trip down a river with another awesome coworker/friend and a group of her friends. It was definitely quite the experience, but made for some good memories. I also am a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Mentor Program. My little sister and I get together at least twice a month and always do fun things. We recently saw The Meg and let me tell you I do not believe it was something a 9 year old should see since even I jumped multiple times.

♥ NAPS

Another thing I am so very guilty of is taking naps. I struggle a lot to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, but I am a Nap Queen. I can basically nap anywhere and nap multiple times a day, you would think I am an expert sleeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

♥ Trip to the Zoo!

I finall made it to the Omaha Zoo, it only took me a whole year. I absolutely adore the zoo and cannot believe I have waited this long to go. I could have spent all day there, the animals were absolutely beautiful, but it was so humid I was dripping sweat.

 

♥ Baking Goodies

One of my other passions besides reading is definitely baking. I enjoy being in the kitchen and baking up a mess (not so much cleaning it). I love trying out new recipes and trying different things. I spent this past weekend baking some cookies as well as watching the newest season of The Great British Baking Show!

Vacation Down the Book Hole | 7/29-8/5

 

 

Today I set off with my parents for an 8 hour drive from NE to SD! I have the whole week off from work and a vacation bucket list of things I want to see and do in South Dakota. This was the first time going to the state! I plan to listen to an audiobook the whole ride since I get car sick and need a productive distraction. The audiobook I plan to listen to is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, in preparation for the Netflix release of the book to movie later this month!

Well last night I was able to finish To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and I absolutely loved it! I cannot wait for Netflix to release the movie. I am sure it is going to be really cute! Today we spent the day driving around Custer State Park and I got to see all sorts of awesome wildlife like Prairie Dogs and Buffalos! We also drove through some scary tunnels and roads, but it was so worth it! I also started listening to the audiobook of P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the second book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series!

Another awesome day spent exploring South Dakota and checking things off my vacation bucket list! Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president and it was awesome to see Mt. Rushmore today. I spent quite some time at the Mt. Rushmore bookstore looking at all of the books about Teddy, I really need to get one! My dad bought me an awesome bookmark with Mt. Rushmore and a quote by Teddy on it! I was able to get quite a bit read of the book I am beta reading. I also finished listening to P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I really enjoyed it and love the characters from this book. I was also really happy with the way the romance ended up and cant wait to read the last one in the series.

Today was the last check off my vacation bucket list, visiting the Badlands! It was absolutely breath taking. Climbing up into the mountain sides was a little scary, but so worth it! I also read a little bit of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green and finished the book I was beta reading! I got in over 10,000 steps today and sure did my fair share of sweating. So I spent some time in the camper, sitting in the air condition, listening to Charged by Jay Crownover, the second book in Saints of Denver Series.

Today was the last day we had before making the long drive all the way back to to NE. I have borrowed Puddin’ by Julie Murphy for the trip back tomorrow. We just hung around camp all day, I was going to go for a hike, but decided to sun bath in the heat and start my first read for #ARCAugust, Uncharted by Erin Cashman. I received this from Page Street Kids Publishing, it comes out in September! I got so caught up in this book I was able to read over 60% of it today.

I was sad to leave today. It was so nice to be away from work and be out in nature. But I get to go home to see my bratty cats and have an audiobook all ready to go for the long ride. I really enjoyed Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and I am so excited to listen to Puddin’ by Julie Murphy.

The ride was a little rough because I was feeling very car sick. I was able to get through 75 % of Puddin’ and I absolutely adore it. I so relate to Millie and there were lots of parts that had me tearing up.

With 2 days left in vacation there is a lot I need to do to prep for the upcoming work week. I had big plans for today to clean, unpack and grocery shop. What really happened today, I got my last #otspsecretsister package from round 8 , I have watched the sixth season of Orange is the New Black and cuddled in bed with my kittens. I plan on spending the rest of the day on the new round of #otspsecretsister prep, reading more of Uncharted by Erin Cashman and blogging!

Today is my kittens Gotcha Day! I cannot believe we have been living here for over a year and that I have had my babies for a year! Well today was another lazy day. I slept in, made pancakes, watched Shameless and went grocery shopping at Sam’s Club. I finished listening to Puddin’ by Julie Murphy as I unloaded all of my bulk groceries (hoping I don’t have to go shopping for awhile). The trip to the store was exhausting that I plan on spending the rest of the day reading and lounging before having to go back to work tomorrow.

 

What have you read in the past week?

Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout | Fan Cast and Playlist

I have marathon binged the whole Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout. Sometimes when reading certain books I am inspired to do a little something extra with the books. While reading Wicked I could picture the main characters and could definitely pick out some songs that I felt went well with the story or would play if it was made into a movie. I wanted to share those with others and see what others that have read these books think. So onto my casting and soundtrack! 

 

  1. Down in New Orleans– Princess and the Frog
  2. House of the Rising Sun– Animals
  3. Carry On My Wayward Son– Kansas
  4. Can’t Fight The Moonlight– LeAnn Rimes
  5. Cosmic Love– Florence & the Machines
  6. Adieu LaMant– Zoie Palmer
  7. Lost Girl Theme Song– Jody Colero
  8. Dance with the Devil – Breaking Benjamin
  9. Dance in the Graveyards– Delta Rae
  10. Dreams– Fleetwood Mac
  11. Dark Horse– Katy Perry
  12. Royals– Lorde
  13. Castle– Halsey
  14. Ophelia– The Lumineers
  15. Love Me Like you Do– Ellie Goulding

 

5 Year Blogiversary + Q&A

I cannot believe it has already been 5 years since I started this blog! I have definitely come a long way since starting this blog, but of course I am still growing and learning within the blogging community. It was one of the best decisions I have made and I have got to know so many people in the book/ book blogging community that I am so thankful for. I have discovered new books and have grown my library by so many books! I have developed a knowledge of books and odd bookish facts that make me an annoying person to run into in a bookstore. I have been able to figure out what book a friend/co workers are talking about when they don’t know the title and have developed a first name relationship with my mailman. Reading and blogging has really saved me. Throughout the years I have been blogging a lot of different events and situations have happened in my life, especially in this past year. It was a really hard time for me and having books and the people in this community really helped me to make it through it. People I have never met in person have shown such compassion and support to me and for that I will forever be grateful. Life is rough sometimes and its nice to know that there will always be people to help pick you back up even if its just sending letter or GIFs through twitter. I appreciate all of you so much!

Why Others Read/Blog! 

@Spinesinaline“Blogging kind of came out of my obsessive need to keep track of all the books I’ve read but I’ve always loved reading! It can be a nice escape from life or just a fun way to fill some downtime!”

@PennyPebblePen“I made my first blog when I was very young. I can’t remember what it was called or my log in but it was a book blog. I made my second blog after I was hired at Waterstones because I’d written that I had one in my cover letter and after realising I couldn’t even remember its name figured that it would be safer to make a new one in order to avoid having lied in my application. Thank God my manager never asked me many questions about it! The first blogs main objective was to market my two completely unedited, preadolescent novels.Obviously, that didn’t go to plan and I took my pathetic attempt at self-publishing down and focused on just talking about what I loved.”

Nandini @Unputdownable Books “The reason I started blogging is because I initially wanted to share my writing with the world. Then I saw a few people on YouTube talking about books so I decided I needed an exclusive book blog as well. I have loved reading since as far back as my memory goes so I just wanted to share that passion with like-minded people. Also the book community has some wonderful people who I’d love to interact with, which is what encouraged me to start a book blog specifically. Coming to what reading does for me, I think I’ve had a decent life but every once in a while things gets really tough (especially right now). Books have always been the escape I need from reality. This is also why I prefer fantasy books. They keep me sane and lift my mood. Not only that, I think they’ve made me a better thinker and more compassionate person because of the varying perspectives I get to read in them. My life is definitely richer for having a reading habit and it is something I wish everyone would do.”

Q&A

@spineinaline- “What has been your favourite thing about blogging? 

My favorite thing about blogging has definitely been the community. I have met so many amazing people and there is so much support in the book and blogging community. Also learning more about books and being able to see others opinions and recommendations.

Advice for new bloggers?

My advice for new bloggers is to do it for yourself. If you are not blogging for yourself it will feel like a job and you will burn out. Create and post what you want and are passionate about. Don’t try to worry so much about what others think/do or your follower numbers/stats. If you blog and speak from the heart and about those things you love the followers will come!

What are some of your best memories through the years?

It wasn’t specified but I am assume it was meant with blogging. One of the best memories and an unreal moment was the first email I got to review a book, receiving my first unsolicited book in the mail and being able to beta read a book and offer my thoughts and suggestions to the author.

@jkimexploring- “Do you read to destress or do you have to already be calm?”

I definitely read to destress, to get lost in a world that is not my own and be able to forget the problems going on in the real world. I also struggled with insomnia a lot (still do) and so reading before I go to bed or listening to an audiobook really  helps to focus my thoughts and make it easier for me to fall asleep.

@bookishluna- “What do you think is the most over-rated book?
I do not know if I can list/pick just one. I have a rant & riddles post coming soon about this. It is something I have been struggling with lately, reading books because of the hype or the rating and not liking it as much. I know this is going to be a very unpopular opinion and one that I think I rated higher than I should have but felt like I should, which is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
What time of day do you read?
I usually read at night before bed. But on the weekend it is all throughout the day especially when listening to audiobooks while cleaning.
What are your thoughts on FanFic?
I am not really a big one for the FanFic. I am sure there is a book I have read that is FanFic, but I don’t have time to spend online just reading FanFic when I own so many books.
What is your biggest book related pet-peeve?”
I for sure think my biggest book related  pet-peeve is stickers on book covers. I ripped one of my books a couple weeks ago trying to get the sticker off. Places should start putting stickers on the back. How am I suppose to take pretty pictures with a huge ugly sticker on the cover..

Make sure to check out my instagram @downthebookhole for a fun giveaway! Or join me for a read-a-thon in celebration of my blogiversary!

Do I Read/ Continue? | Rants & Riddles

So I recently was going through my kindle and updating my goodreads with the books I own. I realized I own a lot of ebooks that I have forgotten about and that I need to be better at keeping track of these. Also I need to start reading these books because as I went through the list I noticed some books that I am intrigued by and want to read sooner than others. I also noticed something else really interesting. There are a few kindle books in which I own the 1st and/or the 1st and 2nd books. As I was looking at them in goodreads it became apparent that the books following in the series are not out yet. Now of course this comes to no surprise because you cannot expect all the books in the series to be out right away, but with these books they have been out for years. There is one book, which is a fantasy book (so you know those usually are not standalone and don’t just end with everything all wrapped up nicely) that the 1st book came out in 2013 and there is still no information about when the 2nd book will be published if it even will. The best example I have is the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch. When I first discovered The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was so intrigued and fell in love with Lynch’s writing, world development and the overall story. I have put off reading the 3rd book forever because the publication date of the 4th one keeps getting pushed back. It would be so sad to see this awesome series just end where it is without being completed. But if I knew that before I read the 1st book I might not have picked it up at all.

I feel like this situation is much like how I feel about TV shows that got cancelled. There are some that people rave about the first few seasons, but then the show gets cancelled for whatever reason. But you want to watch because everyone says its so good. In doing so though you know that you will be left with questions that go unanswered. I have a hard time doing this. Even with completed series of tv shows, there are endings that I am unhappy with or feel like it didn’t end right, answering all the questions I had.

So I guess what I am trying to get at is, Are these books worth reading? Do I spend my time reading a story that may never be complete?

First Read of 2018 | Discussion Post

I am sitting on my bed staring at my bookshelves trying to decide what should be my first read of the new year. For some reason after everything that happened in the last year I feel like choosing this first book is such a big deal. I need to set up my year for success and positivity, both in my personal and blogging life and goals. It may seem silly, but that is just the way my brain is working right now. It has always been books that have saved me from the downs of life and I want 2018 to be full of the ups and the good things! So I decided to share my thoughts and process for how I am going about picking which book will be my first read of the New Year!

I feel like if I start with the wrong book it can cause a massive book slump because I have been reading so much lately and want to keep up with it since I have so many books I want to read and get to some books I have waited to long to read. So here are my requirements for the book I choose.

⇒ Must be around 300 pages
[ I feel like 300 pages is an average length book and a god place to start. If I start with one that is too short I will get too fast of a start and it could lead to a book slump if the next book takes too long to read. And if it is too long it will drag out and make me feel like I am off to a bad/slow start]

⇒ Must be the 1st in a series/part of a series
[ I feel like if it is in a series it will cause me to want to keep reading and continue on with the next books. One of my goals is to read/complete more series and if I start of with a standalone I feel like that is what i will continue to pick up.]

⇒ Must be a backlist book
[This is another one that is partly because it will count for one of the challenges I am participating in so I will be able to check off a box and that will keep me wanting to continue. I am such a sucker for making list to be able to cross things off and makes me feel like I am making progress. It is also because if it is an older book there will be more reviews for it and you will have a better idea if you will like it or not. There is nothing worse then starting the year off with a book that you don’t like very much]

⇒ Must be a YA
[ I read YA a lot faster and think that it is a good place to start the year.]

⇒ Needs to be fantasy
[ I have been avoiding fantasy like the plague for some reason this past year. It is one of my favorite genres and I need to read more fantasy. So I thought if my first read of the year was a fantasy it would help me with reading more fantasy in 2018. ]

⇒ Must be an author I have read before
[Again this goes with the whole knowing I will enjoy the book because I have read the author before!]

So those are my thoughts on the qualities I need in the first book I pick to read in 2018! I will let you know once I decide which one it is. I have a couple choices that fit into these categories, but still not 100% sure which one it will be.

Let me know how you are going to decide what to read as your first book of 2018 or which book you have already decided will be the first one! 

BIG BOOKS | 2018 Goals

One of the things I really want to focus on this year is big books. I have included it in my bookish bucket list for the past few years and will be included again for 2018. I consider a big book to be 500 + pages. This has been a struggle that I have faced every year because big books intimidate me because they take a lot of time and dedication.You have to be in the mood for it and know it will take a few weeks to finish.  I own a lot of them and many of them I have heard nothing, but awesome things about. All of the big books I have taken the time to  read I have not been disappointed with. So I want to put this out into the blogosphere that I want to read at leastBig Books in 2018! Here are some of the big books I own and really want to try to get to in this next year. Obviously this list is more than 6 and some are in a series with other books that belong in that series that also have more than 500 pages. These are just some of the top ones I really need to be getting to very soon! 

» Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy {864 pages} (I started this a long time ago and got halfway through but never finished it)

» Cress by Marissa Meyer {552 pages} ( I need to continue on with these series so bad)

» A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {626 pages} ( Another series I need to continue with)

» Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling {870 pages} ( I know how can I not have read this yet. I need to finish reading this series)

» The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch {726 pages} ( I have been holding off on reading this book because I have been waiting for the release of the 4th book)

» The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson {781 pages} ( Starting to see a pattern? Another series I need to continue)

» Americanah by Chimsmsnfs Ngozi Adichie {589 pages} (I started this a few years ago and some stuff happened and I never continued)

» Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss {662 pages} ( This is one I have been meaning to read for so long)

What are some big books you need to read or want to read in 2018! 

Book Bullet Journal Planning | 2018

As we are about to begin the new year, I thought it would be fun to share some of the planning I have been doing for 2018. I have been working on developing my goals and challenges for books/reading for the 2018 year. This will develop a lot over the year and as the year progress I might add to this post or create another, but for now I am just going to share what I have so far. I have done quite a few different forms of bullet journalling in the past and get insanely jealous of those that are so good at their lettering and somehow make the mundane daily task of their lives look so cool on paper. I am hoping to get better at this but I do it because I enjoy keeping track of my book stats and goals throughout the year. It gives me another outlet to write things about books for myself other than just my blog. If you have any cool book bullet journal ideas or keep one of your own I would love to see it! Here are the pages I have been working on.

Do you use a book bullet journal or even just a book journal?