June/July 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“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!

May 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

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

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand

♠ The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

♠ Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

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

♠ Making It Through Hard Times | Quotes

♠ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Book Tag

♠ Books I Would Like To Reread

 Ode to Mothers | Quotes

Free Kindle Loaning Library

NonFiction Books I Want To Read

Books Best Friend | Bookmarks Edition

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

11 Completed YA Series You Should Definitely Binge Read This Summer

♠ Caffeinated Bibliophile- The New Disney Princess Book Tag

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds – What are Problematic Books?

♠ Lauren and Megan @ YABOOKERS- Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week 

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ None yet

January 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

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

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

♠ Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

♠ The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

♠ RoseBlood – A.G Howard

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

2017 Bookish Bucket List

Top 5 Books of 2016

Series Serial Reader| 2017 Reading Challenge

ROSEBLOOD Release Day Blitz

Adventures in Alice| Reading List

Join The Resistance | Quotes

♠ January Reads | First Lines

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

♠ YA and Wine – YA and Wine Pairings for Your Wednesday

♠ Bookishness and Tea- How To Start Reading More Diversely

♠ Twirling Pages- 8 Ways To Destress

♠ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – The Ultimate Guide To Diverse Ya Books Releasing In 2017: January – June

♠ Nut Free Nerd- On Separating Women from their Work | Discussion

♠ Flying Through Fiction- Diverse Reads Subscription Box Launch!

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ 4-Year Blogiversary!

Top 5 Books of 2016

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I was not able to read many books this year due to my crazy busy schedule. There were a few books that stood out among the rest of the 21 books I did get the chance to read this year. I have decided that because I do not have reviews of all of these books up and wanted to get this posted I would write a haiku for each book on my reasonings behind why I loved them so much!

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THE FINAL EMPIRE

Kickass female lead
Worldbuilding beyond compare
Unique magic use

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THIS SAVAGE SONG

Dark and musical
With a world filled with monsters
No hint of romance

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THE KITE RUNNER

Centered in Afghan
Emotionally draining
Uniquely written

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THE CRUELTY

Intrigue and suspense
Reminiscent of Taken
A strong female lead

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OF FIRE AND STARS

Forbidden magic
A tale of two princesses
and courtly intrigue

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What were some of your top reads and recs of 2016?

2016 Bookish Bucket List | End of the Year Wrap-Up

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I usually do an end of the year wrap-up in the long survey form that is on Perpetual Page Turners blog, but this year I was a little late to getting it done as well as the fact that I didnt read much or was very involved in the book community this year. 

♠ Read at least 50 books. [I finished out the year having read 21 books and DNF’d 1]

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series [ This is going to be part of a challenge I am creating for 2017]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. [ I read 1. For the busy year I had I am proud with that, but I really want to up my goal for 2017]

♠ Keep up with reviews and review copies. [ This is like a never ending struggle. I think I am going to hit an imaginary reset and start over in 2017, which I am already behind in because I just recently finished two books at the end of 2016 that I wanted to do reviews for]

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. [ In the past month I did not purchase any books, but have started to borrow from the library instead  ]

♠ Read More Diversely {5 non-fiction}. [I read 2 this year and it is definitely something I am going to keep up with and work on in 2017]

♠ Revisit My Past [ This hasn’t been a thing yet. Re-reading books have moved quite low on my list]

♠ Start New Blog Series. [Its a work in progress that wont happen anytime soon. I have a lot of ideas. I just need to implement them.2017 its going to happen I hope]

 

Overall I am happy with my accomplishments. I mean I read books so thats a good thing!

Were you able to accomplish your 2016 book goals?

December 2015 | Wrap-Up

DECSo its the end of 2015. I can’t believe the year is already done and over. I loved participating in #readwomen for december and loved seeing all the posts and updates from others. I would like to thank all of my followers and friends I have made this year in the book community. I love that even though I was disconnected from the book community I still felt the love and was welcomed back with open arms. I have learned so much and have gotten a greater passion and love for books and reading! So here is to an amazing 2016!

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Books I Read:

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

♠ All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

♠ Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

♠ We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

♠ Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

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

#ReadWomen December TBR

Swag Inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses

6th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa

A Court of Thorns and Roses Fairy Tale Comparison

12 Days of Books Tag

How To… Prepare for 2016 Blogging

2016 LGBTQIA Reading Challenge  

Bout of Book 15 Announcement

2016 TBR Reading Challenge

‘Tis The Season| Quotes 

December Book Haul

2015 Series Wrap-Up

2015 Bookish Bucket List Wrap-Up

Rambling Down The Book Hole Book Club January Read

2016 Bookish Bucket List 

2015 End of the Year Survey

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

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ New Year, New Adventures

2015 End Of Year Book Survey

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I felt like it was a good time to start wrapping up the year. I know there is still some time left in 2015 and I am hoping to read a few more books before the year is up, but it won’t cause my results to be that different. I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner ! This is my second year partaking in the end of the year book survey (check out 2014 here!)! I had a pretty slow year in reading. I was on a hiatus of by my blog and reading. I was not able to get to have of the books I wanted to this year or complete my reading challenge, but there is always next year! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)
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Number Of Books You Read: 31
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From:  New Adult 
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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)

This is a completely insane question to ask someone so instead you can check out my list of top books of 2015!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I was not really sure what to expect with this book, but I absolutely loved it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

The Martian by Andy Weir
5. Best series you started in 2015?Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best series I started would have to be A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Best sequel I read was As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre the 2nd book in the 2B trilogy
Best Series Ender would have to be Ensnared by A.G Howard of the Splintered Trilogy!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Sarah J. Maas

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Adulting: How To Become A Grownup in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Martian by Andy Weir

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Volition by Lily Paradis

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

This is definitely a hard one… I really identified with Tate from Volition by Lily Paradis, but thought Elisa from A Girl of Fire and Thorn by Rae Carson was unique and intelligent and overall one kickass female.  

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

“Insanity is the most pristine clarity. Let the lunacy in. Let is be your guide.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“But all of the survivors had one thing in common, and that was love. They survived through love. Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (48pgs) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (445pg)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Tate and Hayden from Volition by Lily Paradis

or

Jeb and Morpheus from Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Again this year there were so many. That is the problem with reading New Adult! So many crush options! Rule from Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover, Silas from All Broke Down by Cora Carmack and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

or

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Volition by Lily Paradis

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Under Different Stars by Amy. A Bartol

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Significance by Shelly Crane (It was just such a let down)
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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

There are too many. I am hoping to create a list sometime soon!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I am not a fan of my reviews. I do not think I write them well enough and really get across what I want to say. But this year I started a new blog feature. I love my How To... post! There are so much fun and hopefully helpful.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Creature of the Night Book Tag 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I participated in a few read-a-thons. I did not get to do much this year. I did participate in TBTB Secret Santa and I love that!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Coming back from my hiatus and getting to talk to all my blogging/bookish friends!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Surprisingly Sanctum by Madeleine Roux Book Review… I am interested to know why but it definitely has had the most hits on my blog this year.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My How To… posts I have made three so far and worked really hard on them.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Bullet Journals and the Book Spreadsheet!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Unfortunately no, but I have set a lot of goals for 2016!

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

just to name a few!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Read tons of books!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

There haven’t been any.

2015 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year  (although few) and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!I have decided that 2016 will be the year of series completion!

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack (to publication)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

November Wrap-Up

 

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It has been strange being back to having time to read and blog. I have been having a hard time actually reading and thats all I want to do. I have a lot of fun stuff coming up in December so I am hoping that will help me finish the year off strong!

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Books I Read:

Significance by Shelly Crane

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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

Cora Carmack’s Muse Series Cover Reveal

While I Was Away Book Haul

Horns | Movie Edition

♦ 2015 Bookish Bucket List | Update

Things I Love…About New Adult 

♦ #ReadWomen December

Rambling Down The Book Hole Blogger Book Club

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

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Friday Reads

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