Reading Audiobooks | How To…

There has been a lot of things going around lately about audiobooks and whether its considered real reading. I am not going to go into a rant about those who claim it is not, but I am going to tell you how to get the most out of reading/listening to audiobooks.

Now I am not going to lie, it does take some getting use to and there are still times I find myself not paying attention and having to rewind it some or re-listen to parts and a lot of times when this happens I will slow the reading speed down a little depending on the task I am doing. But I have been able to complete 28 audiobooks this year, which is about half of the total number of books I read this year.

Before I get into the all the full details I will give a short look at the pros and cons of audiobooks (because they are not for everyone)

Pros:                                                                       Cons:

  • Multitasking                       •  Can’t tell how far in you are/long you have until the end
  • Hands free                         •  Cant see illustrations
  • Easy to take everywhere    •  Cant take insta pics with an audiobook

Now that we got that out of the way, below will be some qualities of audiobooks and the how to make to most out of listening to audiobooks!

Speed

I use to be a person who do not listen to audiobook and had a real hard time paying attention while I was doing other things and there is some skill and learning to it. When I was starting out I had to listen to them at 1.0x speed and could only listen to them as I was laying in bed before falling asleep. Now I listen to them at 1.75x speed and do a variety of different tasks while listening. I would recommend when you are first starting out to play around with the speed, but to probably start at 1.0x and work your way up. Sometimes it depends on the narrator and their voice as well. 

Narrator 

I have also found that the narrator can make or break an audiobook for me. For me personally I cant stand it when a male narrator is trying to make a female voice and visa versa. I seem to pay attention to their voice more than what they are actually saying. I have also found that I cannot stand full cast narrations, but I know that is what tons of people prefer because it helps them follow the characters. I like the option to sample the audiobook so I can see if the narrator is someone I can stand to listen to. Some of my favorite narrators are Phobe Strole, Claire Danes and Jim Dale!

Genre

Another thing that can make it or break it for you with an audiobook is the genre. I have found I cannot listen to fantasy books because they usually have so much going on that they are hard to follow along with unless I am solely focusing on the audiobook. I have found listening to non-fiction books as an audiobook helps me get through non-fiction because I normally can only read it for so long. I was also never a big contemporary fan, but have found I enjoy listening to them as audiobooks. They are books I do not like spending money on and with audiobooks they are free! So the main genres I listen to as audiobooks are contemporary, romance, new adult, mystery/thrillers, and nonfiction.

Sources

Now I know there are many places you can get audiobooks, but I think the best way is the free way! Many libraries are partnered up with digital/audio lending apps that all you need is your library number and password! I have both Overdrive and Hoopla. Each one has different books available and different stipulations for borrowing books. With Hoopla there is no wait for a book, but you can only borrow 4 a month and get to keep each for 30 days. Overdrive is like a library where you have to wait for the book to be available before you can borrow it and only for 14 days, but there is a much larger limit to wait you can check out. There are also sites like Amazon Unlimited, Audible and Scribd, if you would like to explore those options.

Where To Read

The main reason I started listening to audiobooks is because I struggle with insomnia and having something to focus on as I go to bed was helping me fall asleep. I was able to put aside all the things that happened that day and things I needed to do the rest of the week as I listened to the narrator tell a story! This is still how I fall asleep many nights, but my use of audiobooks grew when I realized I was having to choose more and more between reading, work, chores, the gym etc. So I figured there was so much empty and wasted time that I could fit an audiobook in, instead of listening to music (now dont get me wrong I love music but its nice to switch it up!)

  • Gym – I find it harder and harder to convince myself to go to the gym, especially when there are other things I need to and want to do. For awhile when I was going to the gym I would watch Netflix, but when lifting weights that is not something that can happen. So I have started listening to audiobooks while at the gym. It helps the time go by fast and I feel so much more productive when I leave!
  • Household Chores– This is another activity I could do without. Dishes, laundry, picking up etc. I was not made for this kind of life. But I hook my phone up to my blue tooth speakers and listen to a book as I complete my chores. Again another way to feel doubly productive.
  • Baking/Cooking– Now dont get me wrong I love to cook and bake, but after a long day going to work and gym, coming home to make food and clean up the mess for myself/by myself is not ideal. So listening to an audiobook allows me to unwind and focus my thoughts on something else to distance myself from the day and office. A lot of times when I am baking it is for fun and because I want to with some extra time, but it is always hard when I have to choose whether to bake or read. Audiobooks make that an easy decision!
  • Long Drives/Commuting– I am one that has to make some long drives for work and within the past year or two have made quite a few super long drives especially by myself. The radio only works so long because it starts to play the same music over and over again and playlist are only so long. It is nice to switch it up and get some reading in while driving! For me I also get car sick if I try reading as a passenger, so audiobooks are perfect for that as well. This past summer I went to South Dakota with my parents, it was a 9 hour drive and I was stuck in the back seat the whole time. I was able to listen to a full audiobook the drive there and a whole other one on the drive back! I am sure if I had a lot of commuting for work or had to ride public transit I would be listening to even more audiobooks!
  • Crafting/Blogging– Now as far as blogging goes it sometimes depends on the book I am listening to, the narrator and pace because trying to write and listen at the same time can get messy. But if I watch tv/movies while doing either blogging or crafting I sometimes find myself just staring at the television and not getting far with what I was working on.
  • Getting Ready In The Morning– As previously mentioned the tv tends to distract me a lot. Especially in the morning when I am getting ready for work, I find myself stopping and watching the tv as I am walking around the apartment, getting dressed, making breakfast etc. I will end up sitting down on the couch and forgetting I need to go to work. I have found I have much more luck if I listen to an audiobook instead. If you haven’t noticed I do not do well with the quiet, especially since I live alone, I always have to have other noise going.

If you aren’t an audiobook user and looking to get into it I hope this provided some help!

I would love to hear from others on their thoughts on audiobooks, who their fav narrators are, what they do while listening to audiobooks! 

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Book Lover Christmas Gift List | 2018 Blogmas

With the gift giving season in the midst I thought I would share some of my favorite shops that would be perfect for those book lovers in your life!

Literary Book Gifts

I was able to partner up with with Melissa from Literary Book Gifts to offer my followers 20% off your order by using downthebookhole20 ! This site has so many awesome bookish shirts and tote bags that are perfect gifts for your friends, family and other book lovers in your life!

Book Lovers Coffee 

I mean what kind of book lover does not drink tons of coffee! It comes freshly roasted and has a fantastic taste. There are a variety of flavors and the packaging is absolutely adorable!

Dio Candle Company 

Dio Candle Company is ran by some amazing people and has the most adorable little candles. They have a variety of fandoms and even the overall book inspired candles in addition to a ton of other wonderful scents! There is also an awesome adorable monthly candle subscription box that has so much thought and effort put into it. I so enjoyed received those boxes every month! Use the discount code Downthebookhole to get a great deal on these already affordable candles!

Fizzy Fairy Apothecary 

What is better than reading a book in a nice bath? Fizzy Fairy has a great selection of bath bombs, lotions and soaps with many that are inspired by literature and fandoms! They are so well made and there are even bath bombs that have charms in them. As a lover of Alice in Wonderland they have so many inspired by alice and they may or may not be sitting in my cart!

Dreamy & Co

I just ordered some bookmarks from this shop for my #tbtbsanta! They turned out amazing and are so sturdy. This shop has so many different options including bookmarks, pins, booksleeves from a plethora of fandoms. They also have a monthly subscription box!

 

There are so many more shops and you can also check out my books best friends posts on bookmarks and candle editions!

What are some shops do you recommend for the book lovers in your life?

 

Holiday Season | Quotes

“Christmas Eve is my favorite… I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something – food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar – can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others.”
Kiersten White, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

“In this the most wonderful time of the year, food is the savior. It is food that oils the wheels between deaf aunt and mute teenager. It is food that fills the cracks between siblings with cinnamon scented nostalgia, and it is food that gives the guilt ridden mother purpose.”
Francesca Hornak, Seven Days of Us

“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.”
David Levithan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright  heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

—Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

“Amidst the general call to happiness, the bustle of the spirits, and stir of affections, which prevail at this period, what bosom can remain insensible? It is, indeed, the season of regenerated feeling—the season for kindling not merely the fire of hospitality in the hall, but the genial flame of charity in the heart.”

—Washington Irving, Old Christmas

 

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

All wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“Miracles happen on Christmas, Pat. Everybody knows that shit.”

— Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

 

“Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table. These fantastic party favors were nothing like the feeble Muggle ones the Dursleys usually bought, with their little plastic toys and their flimsy paper hats inside. Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice. Up at the High Table, Dumbledore had swapped his pointed wizard’s hat for a flowered bonnet, and was chuckling merrily at a joke Professor Flitwick had just read him.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

Christmas is never over, unless you want it to be… Christmas is a state of mind.”

― Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

 

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

 

Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings | 2018 Blogmas

Tis the season and so many from the book community participate in a variety of ways, whether that be blogmas/vlogmas  or read-a-thons! I thought I would put together a list of the ones I am aware of happening so that you can check them out and embrace all the cheer! Let me know if there are any I should add to this list! (all urls are linked in pictures)

Δ Tis the Season-a-thon Dec 3rd-9th

You can learn more about the challenge here on their Instagram or Twitter accounts.

Δ Bookmas 2018 host by HaileyinBookland on Youtube

Check out Hailey’s youtube channel everyday this month up until Christmas to check out her videos! (Below image was taken from Haileys instagram page @haileyinbookland

Δ Bookending Winter 2018

Whats included! Which also included blog prompts so you can participate in the blogging fun! (click the graphic for all information)

  • Posting a minimum of 3-5 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)
  • Taking part in the Tidyathon
  • Joining in with Amy’s 12 Reads of Christmas Readathon

Δ Christmas Readathon by The Little Book Nerds in the Corner

This is a readathon that has challenges and everything!

Δ Vlogmas with Sam’s Nonsense 

Δ 25 Blogmas Post Ideas by Jenniely

Do you want toparticipate with blogmas but dont know where to start? Check out this post and the ways to make your blog more searchable this season!

Δ #DECINBOOKS18 hosted by @booksinglee on Instagram

Δ   Christmas Eve 24 Hour Read-a-thon 

More information to come soon! Check out my post from last year.

Are you participating in any blog/vlog type events this holiday season?

End Of Year Reading | TBR

I have quite a few books I would like to get to before the end of the year. I did make a post about the top 5 I want to read before 2019 , but I am hoping to read more than 5 and I did already finish one of these books! I technically need to read 15+ books to reach my goal this year and although I am not sure I will meet it I want to go out trying! So although it is over ambitious these are the books I am hoping to read this December ! (including ones I have started, but haven’t finished)

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull

Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Untamed by A.G Howard

Charged by Jay Crownover

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

 

Do we want to take bets on home many of these I actually read?

 

November 2018 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 books.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

“The first time I slept with Poppy, I cried.”

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

“Before the Golden State Killer, there was the girl.”

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull 

“Kendra stared out the side window of the SUV, watching foliage blur past. “

2018 Bookish Bucket List | November Update

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.
[I am so close to my goal! I did a lot better than I thought I would and still have a month to make it! I am currently sitting at 58 books read! ]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have completed 6 series so far! I am working on quite a few more. I have been really enjoying binge reading 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.)
[I have read 1 so far and really need to make more of an effort with this because so many fantasy books have over 500 pages and I feel like I have been avoiding fantasy books because of that. I need to change this next year. Maybe setting my overall reading goal lower and just knowing that I need to tackle some big books I have been avoiding because I know they will take awhile to read.]

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist)
[ So this is like a double because not all the books I read for #beatthebacklist are from my TBR. ]

TBR: 33   #Beatthebacklist: 44

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[I have completed 2 so far!]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I have fallen really behind on this in the past 3 months , but have been trying to make sure all of my ARC reviews are going up!] 

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I really haven’t done this. I have just been such a mood reader lately it is hard.]

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!
[ That happened in Feb! Check out the announcement post for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge| Alice in Wonderland themed Read-A-Thon]

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions? How are you doing on them?

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge |November Update

I have some really big goals for myself with this new year, both personally and with regards to books. This will be the first year that I will be in one place (hopefully) not juggling school or the constant traveling I have experience that past few years. I am really trying to focus on myself and trying to limit distractions and drama. One of my biggest book goals next year is to read the books I own and definitely catch up on series I am so far behind on or that I need to read. (Shoutout to Alex @ Booksy Daisy for posting her tbr and convincing me to do this!) Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel knight is the perfect challenge. (I do better when I am able to mark off a list so challenges work so well for me) Now I cannot make promises that the books I list are going to be the ones I actually read, but it is the goal to get these ones specifically. I am setting myself the goal of 50 books! I haven’t decided what I want my year goal to be, but with the hopes of tackling the books on my shelf I definitely want to focus more on the backlist and older books!


THE CHALLENGE

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge.

My (Tentative) TBR List 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Half A King
Half the World
Half a War

♣ Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer
Cress
Fairest
Winter

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Immortal Series by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
Wolf-Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realm of the Gods

♣ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Valiant
Ironside

♣ Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

♣ Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

♣ Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

♣ Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett
Avalon
Polaris

♣ Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom

♣ Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait For You
Trust In Me
Be With Me
Stay With Me
Fall With Me
Forever With You

♣ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

♣ Rome by Jay Crownover 

♣ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

♣ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

♣ Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

♣ Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

♣ Lock in by John Scalzi 

♣ Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler 

Original List [5/50]

♠ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

♠ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

♠ Final Girls by Riley Sager

♠ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♠ The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

♠ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

♣ Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

♠ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

♠ Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

♠ Halfway to The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

♠ The Girl in 6E by A.R Torre

♠ Paper Princess by Erin Watt

♠ Broken Prince by Erin Watt

♠ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

♠ Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

♠ The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey 

♠ The Last Star by Rick Yancey 

♠ Nash by Jay Crownover

♠ The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ Rowdy by Jay Crownover 

♠ Asa by Jay Crownover

♠ Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

♠ Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

♠ Built by Jay Crownover

♠ Rush by Kandi Steiner

♠ To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

♠ P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

♠ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

♠ Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

♠ Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

♠ Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

♠ The Bone Artist by Madeliene Roux

♠ Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

♠ The Warden by Madeleine Roux 

♠ Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie

♠ Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

♠ Fablehaven by Brandon Mull 

Total {44/50}

Let me know if you are participating and what team you are on! Happy Reading and Tackle that TBR! 

Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney | Cover Reveal

Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar
Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for QUEEN TO ASHES,
her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases January 8, 2019! Check out the awesome
cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: QUEEN
TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of
you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”
 

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life
on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling
sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her
parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and
she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was
once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy
Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times
comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as
the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal
trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 

Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series,
the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title.
Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land,
stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But
above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the
darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the
following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters
Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and
Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!
 
Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N,
TBD,
Goodreads

“The time for
Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair
Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at
The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future
of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair
longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory
tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him
there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the
roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles,
and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and
wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their
proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death
over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of
their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters
most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their
world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through
Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal,
lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to
fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD,
Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys
leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome
soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked
away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world
of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir
to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic
role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being
darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long
dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans,
love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better
left in the shadows.

About Mallory:

 

Mallory
McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently
lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola
and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be
found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes
involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new
coffee and dessert shops.



 
 
 
 
 
Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive an eBook
of QUEEN TO ASHES, International.

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#OTSPSecretSister| November Travel Box

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my fourth round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. My Secret Sister has been killing it! I am so loving everything and all the thought and effort she is putting into it! This travel theme was so perfect!

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas – I have no idea why I have waited so long to get this book. I read the first one when it was first published. The fact that this was also signed is so special. I grew up and went to school with the author. (not just someone I knew in passing) But are families were/are friends, we were in band together, had classes together, went to the same college. I can only assume this book shows her personality as much as the first one and cant wait to pick it up! (If you haven’t read the first book you need to! It is so unique and quirky!)

♣ Reese’s Snack Mix

♣ Postcard Coasters- These fit the theme of my living room perfectly and I adore them so much!

♣ 1000 Places to See Before You Die Journal- I cannot wait to start using this. I want to start doing more traveling and will just have to get over the fact that I will need to start going by myself since I don’t have a travel buddy.

♣ Paint by Stickers- I have never seen anything like this before, but I have already started it and it is quite relaxing, although I am not very good at it yet. Definitely a fun addition!

♣ Large Travel Book Sleeve- This one is huge and soft! When I unwrapped it I just sat there hugging it!

♣ Belle Bookmark & Art Print- They both say “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere” The art print already found a home in a frame and on my explore/travel wall which is so perfect!

Is anyone else participating in this round of #otspsecretsister !