December 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.

By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell
” Apologies to the people who love it here, but Claremore, Oklahoma, might actually be a circle of hell.”

Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry
” There are lie in life we accept.”

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
” The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hang out from the top of my folder : Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And Sorry I could not travel both.”

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout
“I couldn’t move, and everything hurt- my skin felt stretched too tight, muscles burned like they’d been lit on fire, and my bones ached deep into the marrow. “

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“First the colors.Then the humans.”

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.”

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Olivia knows what they are doing is stupid.”

Jet by Jay Crownover
“Jet Keller was all kinds of temptation wrapped up in too-tight pants and with too many personal demons hidden in those dark, golden-rimmed eyes.”

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Series Serial Reader| 2018 Reading Challenge

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. This will be my second year attempting this challenge. I did not do so well at it last year, but I know 2018 is going to be the year of series!

OBJECTIVE


The point of this challenge is:
♠ To get me to read series that have been completed and that I haven’t even started yet and are embarrassed to say I haven’t read yet.
♠ Finish series that have been completed in publication, but that I have not gotten to finished *cough Harry Potter cough*
♠ Finally catch up and understand what everyone in the book community has been talking about
♠ Have fun and get lost in new books

THE CHALLENGE


I am going to be following a tracking system that I have been using for the past couple years and that can be found in my 2018 Series Challenge. I will also be doing monthly updates on my blog and possibly update on my twitter @downthebookhole and on my Instagram @downthebookhole. I have been thinking that once I finish a series I might do some post including series wrap-ups and other little themes that might go along with the books (possibly even throughout the series). I would love to do buddy reads for any of the series I want to read this year. I also plan on binge reading a lot of these!

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
◊ 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
◊ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
◊ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
◊ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read

♦ 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
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣  Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start

♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin
♠ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

GOALS


I know there is no way possible I can get all of these read this year but I really want to make it my mission to try and get through as many as possible. I want to complete at least 6 series this year but hoping for so many more!

JOIN


I would love for others to join in the fun of binge reading series this year. What series should I put at the top of my priority list? Are there any you have been meaning to read and want to do a buddy read with me? Are there any I should add to this list? I would love any input or interactions regarding this challenge. Make sure if you want to participate you link it back to this post so I can follow along with your progress!

Happy Reading!

2018 Bookish Bucket List

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series. 

♠ Read at least 6 BIG 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.)

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist) 

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. 

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!

 

I feel like this list will have more added to it within the next week or so but for now this is it!

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017. I have read a lot of new to me authors this year, some I really liked and want to read everything they have ever written, others not so much. Many of these authors I have heard about and owned their books but this was the first year I read any of their works.

♦ Cat Winters 

♦ Patricia Briggs 

♦ Ta-Nehisi Coates

♦ Blake Crouch

♦ Nicola Yoon

♦ Ann Leckie 

♦ Gail Carriger 

♦ Marisha Pessl

♦ Kendare Blake

♦ Amy Engel 

What are some new authors you discovered and fell in love with this year?

January 2018 | TBR

Well it is officially the New Year! I have a lot of goals for the new year both bookish and personal. I think 2018 is going to be a big year for my blog and for me bookish! I am excited for starting the #beatthebacklist challenge and my 5year blogiversary next month.  I am also excited to start my first read of the year. You can also check out my Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (because it has been on my tbr for the past 6 months)

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

What are you planning on reading this month?

December 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:

By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell

♠ Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry

♠ Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

♠ If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

♠ Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

♠ Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado

♠ I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

♠ Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

♠ Jet by Jay Crownover

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

♠ Books Best Friend |Candle Edition

♠ 8th Annual #TBTBSanta

♠ December 2017 | TBR

♠ November 2017 Reads | First Lines

♠ Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | December Box

 November 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List |November Update

12 Days of Books | 2017 Christmas Book Tag

♠ The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid | Cover Reveal

♠ 5 Tips On How To Properly Describe A Love Scene| Guest Post

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| December Package

♠ 2018 Beat The Backlist | Challenge

♠ By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell | ARC Review

♠ Bookish Naughty List | Book Tag

♠ 24 Hour Christmas Eve Read-A-Thon

♠ End Of Year Book Survey | 2017 Edition

♠ Bout of Books 21 | Announcement

♠ Top Books of 2017

♠ Weekend Down the Book Hole | 12/22-12/25

♠ Book Bullet Journal Planning | 2018

♠ 2017 Reading Stats

♠ BIG BOOKS | 2018 Goals

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List |December Update

♠ First Read of 2018 | Discussion Post

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner- 42 Books That Will Become Movies/TV Shows in 2018

♠ Bookish Byron- Books I’m Dying To Read In 2018

♠ The Book Stop- 2018 Reading Challenges

♠ Elena @ Bodies in the Library- 3 Crime Fiction Tv Adaptations To Binge Watch This Christmas

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ 2018 Goals!

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! 

2017 Bookish Bucket List |December 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 50 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I read 49 (like 300 pages left in one more I am trying to finish today) books this year! ]

♠ 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 finally was able to complete another one bringing my total to 2 series completed in 2017. That number is so weak]

♠ 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 did this!!!! One of the books was 496 but that was 4 pages away so I counted it as 500! ]

♠ 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 was able to read 30 books from my TBR! I am hoping to bring my TBR of 230+ books down by a lot next year with the help of the #beatthebacklist challenge! ]

♠ 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 was able to read 3 this year. I am really hoping to have a much larger number in 2018 as I have quite the collection of nonfiction books developing.]

♠ 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 started to do my Books Best Friend posts in which I am hoping to continue. I am looking to add a lot more content next year and will hopefully be able to create some unique and creative posts. ]

 

 

What were some of your 2017 goals/resolutions? How did you do on them?

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! 

Friday Reads | Wrapping Up 2017 Edition

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I am some books I need to finish up before the end of 2017 so that I can start fresh in 2018! I have 40 pages left in Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak and 300 pages in Jet by Jay Crownover. I am hoping to finish both of these books this weekend and work a lot on my blog preparing for the next few months and some events and ideas I have. There might be some very short books I try to fit in if I complete these two, but I really want to start on Monday January 1st with a brand new books! As to which one is the question. So here is to wrapping up the year with some books and ringing in the new year with even more books! 

What are you reading this weekend?