2017 Bookish Bucket List | March 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 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [ I have read a total of 11 books so far. A lot of stuff has been going on in my life and reading has fallen to the wayside. I have been reading more recently but have a lot to catch up with. ]

♠ 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 have completed one series so far this year out of the millions I want to complete check it out at series serial reader!]

♠ 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 have not gotten there yet and with my slight slump I am stuck on which one I should pick up first that I will be able to fly through]

♠ 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 have been able to read 6 books from my TBR so far! ]

♠ 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 have a whole long list of non-fiction books I want to complete this year (If this list is something people would like to see I will post it!) I have been able to complete 2 so far.]

♠ 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 am kind of stumped with this one. I have been trying out a couple of things in my head. Some of my ideas I am just not sure what to name them.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

March 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature ( First Lines) 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.

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell
Needle-thin spikes line the shackles that bite into my wrists and ankles.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I couldn’t breathe

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I’ve read many more books than you.

 

Friday Reads | Finding Myself

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Recently I have been going through a lot of things in my personal life. It been kind of hard on me because I thought I was in a good place and was happy. With all of the stuff going on it has been causing me to question everything. The biggest thing being myself and what I want and need from life. I am confused about everything and have decided to go to books to search for answers and to help guide me. A friend suggested that I should pick up Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyla Melton. I am not very far into it yet because I have been trying to take my time with it and really absorb all that it is saying. I have to admit it has already made me cry and I can relate to the author a lot. I think acceptance is important and it is something I am trying really hard to work on. Along with the non-fiction route of self-help I have trying to dig deeper and read more philosophical and meaningful fiction. I feel like there are so many pieces of literature that are referenced and like a staple of the book community that I have not read before. I have always used books to escape life so I’ve always been drawn to lighter fiction and fantasy. But I think if I want to be the princess that doesn’t need someone to save her, I need to keep educating myself and filling myself with knowledge. I decided to start small and picked up Anthem by Ayn Rand.  Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts? I would love more recommendations of what people think I should read or would be good for me! 

 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Angsty Romances

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Angsty Romances

One of my deep guilty pleasure reads are some good angsty romance books. I feel like even within the angsty romance category there are many different sub-genres. So these books might not totally qualify as the typical angsty, but they fall into my category of it.

♣ Dark Lover by J.R Ward

♣ Rule by Jay Crownover

 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis 

♣ White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

♣ Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

What are some of your favorite angsty romance books? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Shortest Books

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Read in One Sitting Books. And I choose to go with the best shortest books I have read.  Just because some books have fewer pages it does not make the meaning or impact any less important or powerful.

♥ Between The World And Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates

♣ We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

♣ The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 

♣ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman 

♣ A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry 

What are some of you top short reads?

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | ARC Review

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Entangled Teen in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis:
After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

From the very beginning this book dives right in and takes off with thrilling intensity. The concept of the Garden and all that these captured girls go through in this traveling burlesque troupe was so captivating and made me want to continue from the very start. There are secrets, intrigue and kingdoms at war.

I thought Mitchell did a wonderful job with the opening of the book. I was so drawn in from the first page. She was able to maintain my attention and keep me on the edge of my seat until the end, although I did think it faltered a little in the middle. The character development of the main character Rose was so well executed. She had issues and unlike so many YA novels she actually had to work through her issues and face her own demons which was refreshing. I find that in so many novels the issues are presented and then quickly are dissolved. Rose was a strong female heroine and definitely makes the whole female independence a strong motto.

The other characters were really well developed and so well described that I could picture them perfectly. The thing with such great character development is I feel like Mitchell fell a little short on the world building. There was so much room for great world development being a fantasy novel and even more about the Garden. I was really intrigued by the concept of the Garden and wanted more from it.

I had just a few other issues with this book and without giving too much away, I thought the romance at times was too much. I really liked the way it ended but at the beginning it came on too strong and didn’t follow Roses beliefs but Mitchell managed to straighten it out and actually make me really happy that it was in the story and added a great component. The last problem I found was with how quickly they threw Rose out on missions and how she was trusted with little to no training.

Overall, I found this story to be very unique and nothing I have read before. It did not shy away from the gruesome details and wasn’t afraid to not let a strong female overcome obstacles and shine. Garden of Thorns was a fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen the whole time. It made me experience a wide range of emotions and actually had an ending I cannot complain about. I really recommend YA fantasy readers who enjoy strong female leads and times of war and unrest to pick this book up!

You might also like:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Spring TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Books on My Spring TBR ! I have been very disconnected from the book community this year. A lot of stuff has been going on lately and it has caused me to be in a book slump. There are so many books I have been waiting to read and now that I have time I hope I will be able to get to all of these.

♠ Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

♠ I Am the Messenger

♠ Mrs. Dalloway

♠ Cress 

♠ City of Blades

♠ Wildwood

♠ The Golden Lily

♠ Half the World

 

What are some books you have on your spring TBR?

2017 Bookish Bucket List | January 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 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [ I have had a great start to my year and have already read 6 books]

♠ 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 have completed one series so far this year out of the millions I want to complete check it out at series serial reader!]

♠ 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 have not gotten there yet, but I have gotten close with RoseBlood which was a big book!]

♠ 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 have been able to read 2 books from my TBR so far!]

♠ 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 have a whole long list of non-fiction books I want to complete this year (If this list is something people would like to see I will post it!) I have been able to complete 1 so far and it was amazing!]

♠ 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 have a complete different things in the works!]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

A Very Merry 4 Year Blogiversary To Down The Book Hole

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

Thanks!