Friday Reads | Finding My Way Back

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I am currently in the middle of 5 different books. Ever since I went on vacation I have been in a bit of a reading slump, but also just super busy with other things, especially work. A few of them I am more than halfway through so I just need to sit down and complete them.I just got some ARCs in the mail and really want to be able to start and review those books. I have been binging so much tv that I havent read much either. Staring at my bookcases just make me want to read all of the books. The books I am reading are:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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#OTSPSecretSister| February Package

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 third 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. New round, new sister!

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

♣ Cheshire Cat Funko Pop!

♣ Barnes & Noble Gift Card

♣ Teal Nail Polish

♣ Mini Reese’s

♣ Magnetic Bookmarks

♣ Pecan Pie Coffee

♣ Heart Snoopy Notepad

Is anyone else participating in the new round of #otspsecretsister ! 

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge | February 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 [3/50]

♠ 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

Total {11/50}

 

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

2018 Bookish Bucket List | February 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 hit a bit of a slip up this past month and didnt do as well as I wanted but I have finished 11 so far!]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have not completed any yet but have made some serious progress on some!]

♠ 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.)
[This has not happened yet, but it will]

♠ 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: 5    #Beatthebacklist: 11

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[This has also not happened yet, but I have so many I want to get to this year]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I was able to accomplish this in January, but this month things were so crazy and I was unable to keep up. I am hoping this next month I can do better. 

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I am joining Crone Blogger Book Club online!]

♠ 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?

February 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 book.

Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“My blood, red as a freshly picked rose, bubbled up from the center of my palm like my hand was some kind of volcano of freaking doom.”

The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
” The tea? Cinnamon. The coffee shop? Secluded. Dark. Inviting. The girl? Late.”

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood”

Friday Reads | Catching Up After Vacation Hiatus

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I have so much to do after being on vacation for a week and a half. I did not read as much as I was hoping to in Feb. so I really want to take control and go head first into the month of March. I am currently in the middle of like 3 books and have a few I need to start for review and book clubs! I am almost done with Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout which I have been listening to as an audiobook. I am interested to see how this trilogy is going to end. I am also a third of the way through The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor and Phoenix Fire by S.D Grimm. I am hoping to make some dents in these books this weekend as well as catch up on all of last months wrap ups and posts I have forgotten. Look out for many blog posts coming your way in the next few days!

 

 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Winter ’17-’18 Book Haul

It has been awhile since I have done a haul that wasn’t from something specific. These are some books I have gotten over the past few months.(Not including the ones I just got today)

Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Black Wolves by Kate Elliot

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

The Glasswrights’ Apprentice by Mindy Klasky

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Some Girls Bite by Chole Neill

Twice Bitten by Chole Neill

Hard Bitten by Chole Neill

Biting Cold by Chole Neill

House Rules by Chole Neill

Have you read any of these books?

Friday Reads | Pulling Myself Out Of A Slump Edition

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I have been crazy busy with work lately and have been struggling with reading. And of course this is while I am hosting my blogiversary read-a-thon Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge. Currently I am reading 3 different books and who knows what will happen this weekend. I am about halfway through listening to Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout, the last book in the Wicked Trilogy. It is a New Adult paranormal romance. I really enjoyed this trilogy so far and I am super interested to see where its going to go and how it is going to end.

I started listening to The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which is something I really need to get to since it is a well loved series by many.

I am also reading The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, which is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I am about a third of the way into it and I am really liking it. It is like the reverse of the original story and has some almost steampunk-ish vibes at times and a very interest interpretation of imagination and creation. I am really hoping to make some progress on these reads as next weekend I leave on vacation.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

#OTSPSecretSister| January Package

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 second 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. Thanks so much to Juli for being an awesome sister for this past round!

West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Young Pioneer by Rose Wilder Lane

On The Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

(We were chatting on twitter about Laura Ingalls Wilder and how I wanted to read books written by Rose. Growing up the Little House books were my favorite. I really hope to do a reread soon!)

Death Overdue by Allison Brook

♣ Homemade Scarf

♣ Cute Homemade Bookmark

Is anyone else participating in the new round of #otspsecretsister ! 

Alice in Wonderland Collection

If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was about time to share my collection. I hope at some point to take better pictures and I am sure I missed some of my Alice themed items. Like I know I forgot my mug, my water tumbler (its at work)  and my jewlery. I will be update pictures as my collection grows.