Friday Reads | Tackling ARCs

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Trying to find the balance between work, life and reading becomes even more of a struggle after having a week off to do whatever I wanted with no deadlines/timelines. Yesterday I finished my first book for #ARCAugust and I absolutely loved it! I have about 6 more ARCs I need to read within the next few months and need to get a move on with them.
I started reading Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel as my second ARC of August. It is the companion sequel to Kassel’s Black Birds of the Gallows, which I read late last year and enjoyed.
I am also listening to Charged by Jay Crownover, which is the second book in the Saints of Denver series.

After I finish Keeper of the Bees I hope to continue with the other ARCs I have which you can check out here!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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Vacation Down the Book Hole | 7/29-8/5

 

 

Today I set off with my parents for an 8 hour drive from NE to SD! I have the whole week off from work and a vacation bucket list of things I want to see and do in South Dakota. This was the first time going to the state! I plan to listen to an audiobook the whole ride since I get car sick and need a productive distraction. The audiobook I plan to listen to is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, in preparation for the Netflix release of the book to movie later this month!

Well last night I was able to finish To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and I absolutely loved it! I cannot wait for Netflix to release the movie. I am sure it is going to be really cute! Today we spent the day driving around Custer State Park and I got to see all sorts of awesome wildlife like Prairie Dogs and Buffalos! We also drove through some scary tunnels and roads, but it was so worth it! I also started listening to the audiobook of P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the second book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series!

Another awesome day spent exploring South Dakota and checking things off my vacation bucket list! Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president and it was awesome to see Mt. Rushmore today. I spent quite some time at the Mt. Rushmore bookstore looking at all of the books about Teddy, I really need to get one! My dad bought me an awesome bookmark with Mt. Rushmore and a quote by Teddy on it! I was able to get quite a bit read of the book I am beta reading. I also finished listening to P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I really enjoyed it and love the characters from this book. I was also really happy with the way the romance ended up and cant wait to read the last one in the series.

Today was the last check off my vacation bucket list, visiting the Badlands! It was absolutely breath taking. Climbing up into the mountain sides was a little scary, but so worth it! I also read a little bit of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green and finished the book I was beta reading! I got in over 10,000 steps today and sure did my fair share of sweating. So I spent some time in the camper, sitting in the air condition, listening to Charged by Jay Crownover, the second book in Saints of Denver Series.

Today was the last day we had before making the long drive all the way back to to NE. I have borrowed Puddin’ by Julie Murphy for the trip back tomorrow. We just hung around camp all day, I was going to go for a hike, but decided to sun bath in the heat and start my first read for #ARCAugust, Uncharted by Erin Cashman. I received this from Page Street Kids Publishing, it comes out in September! I got so caught up in this book I was able to read over 60% of it today.

I was sad to leave today. It was so nice to be away from work and be out in nature. But I get to go home to see my bratty cats and have an audiobook all ready to go for the long ride. I really enjoyed Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and I am so excited to listen to Puddin’ by Julie Murphy.

The ride was a little rough because I was feeling very car sick. I was able to get through 75 % of Puddin’ and I absolutely adore it. I so relate to Millie and there were lots of parts that had me tearing up.

With 2 days left in vacation there is a lot I need to do to prep for the upcoming work week. I had big plans for today to clean, unpack and grocery shop. What really happened today, I got my last #otspsecretsister package from round 8 , I have watched the sixth season of Orange is the New Black and cuddled in bed with my kittens. I plan on spending the rest of the day on the new round of #otspsecretsister prep, reading more of Uncharted by Erin Cashman and blogging!

Today is my kittens Gotcha Day! I cannot believe we have been living here for over a year and that I have had my babies for a year! Well today was another lazy day. I slept in, made pancakes, watched Shameless and went grocery shopping at Sam’s Club. I finished listening to Puddin’ by Julie Murphy as I unloaded all of my bulk groceries (hoping I don’t have to go shopping for awhile). The trip to the store was exhausting that I plan on spending the rest of the day reading and lounging before having to go back to work tomorrow.

 

What have you read in the past week?

#OTSPSecretSister R8 July 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. So far I am really enjoying it and love doing the shopping and putting together packages for my secret sister. This is the last package from round 8 and I absolutely adore everything I received from my awesome secret sister.

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

♣ Wonderland Candle by Luna Love

♣ Alice in Wonderland Stop Watch Necklace

♣ Iracebeth (Queen of Hearts) Funko Pop

I am excited for the new round and I have lots of prepping to do for this round and cant wait to share them and my journey with #otspsecretsister with all of you! 

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge |July 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 [4/50]

♠ 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

Total {31/50}

 

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

July 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.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong 
“I have to.”

Asa by Jay Crownover
“Not too long ago when I watched a girl purposely get as drunk as this pretty one did, I would’ve moved in for the kill.”

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
“The list had arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.”

Built by Jay Crownover
“I met her at a bar.”

Rush by Kandi Steiner
“Palm South University. A small, private college tucked away in a shady haven right near the beach just south of Miami.”

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli 
“I don’t mean to be dramatic, but God save me from Morgan picking our set list.”

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
“Josh is Margot’s boyfriend, but I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him.”

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han
“Dear Peter, I miss you.”

2018 Bookish Bucket List | July 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 have brought my read count up to 34 (with 1 DNF) .According to Goodreads I am still behind where I need to be, but I’m not worried.]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have completed 3 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! ]

♠ 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: 15   #Beatthebacklist: 31

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[I have such a long list of nonfiction books I want to read I just need to start it or I never will]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I have fallen really behind on this. I have been trying to focus more time on reading with the free time I have and just write reviews for books I have a lot of thoughts on or I am reviewing.] 

♠ 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?

Vacation Reading | TBR

So usually I share my TBRs on instagram lately, but thought I would share this time on the blog as well! I am going camping in South Dakota with my parents and although we have a packed schedule of sight seeing and doing the whole touristy thing, I am hoping to do lots of reading as well! I will have a lot of time in the car as we travel and have some audiobooks as wells as physical/ebooks I really want to read!

♦ Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 
I have started this book and I have enjoyed it so far. I have just had book ADD and have been juggling like 10 books so it has been put to the side lately. I am really hoping to finish reading this.

♦ Special Beta Reading Project! 
One of my lovely book friends wrote a book and I have been beta reading her book! I have made it a little over halfway through it so far and I am really enjoying it! I am going to finish this on vacation for sure!

♦ Charged & Riveted by Jay Crownover
The past few months I have been devouring the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover and immediately jumped into the spin off series Saints of Denver. Charged is thf e second book in the spin off series and I am about 1/3 of the way through the audiobook! I can read in the car and we have a 9 hour drive so I am hoping to listen to a few audiobooks!

♦ Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
Earlier in the year I read the first book in this series Black Birds of the Gallows. I am interested to see what Kassel does with this story as I was not aware there would be another book. It is also part of my ARC August TBR since it comes out in September!

♦ Afterimage by Naomi Huges
This is also an ARC I received that comes out in September. I do not know much about it but it seems interesting. It is also a physical book and sometimes they are easier for me to read over ebooks.

♦ The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I know I cant believe I havent read this book either. With the release of the movie so close I need to read this book ASAP!

I will only be gone for 8 days but you can never be too prepared right? Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear thoughts or know what you are reading! 

Friday Reads {one day late} | Lazy Weekend Plans

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So this is coming a day late, oops. I was quite busy yesterday and didn’t get a chance to write a post (mostly due to the fact that my computer was dead).I am in the middle of a couple different books, which should be of no surprise to anyone who has read my posts before. Last weekend at the pool I started Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. Now if you have seen any of my reviews/posts that I have written about John Green before, I find a lot of his characters in the books pretentious and acting/speaking out of their age. With that being said Looking For Alaska by John Green is one of my favorite books. So I am giving TATWD a chance and so far I am enjoying it and love that their is a mystery type story line taking place. I am also continuing on with my Jay Crownover binge (its my goal to read all the books she has published by the end of this year) by listening to the audiobook of Charged, the second book in the Saints of Denver series, which is a spin off series of the Marked Men Series. 

In other exciting news I have been working on beta reading a book written by a friend from the book community. I am about a third of the way through and hoping to get a lot of it read this weekend so I can give some feedback in order to help her with her journey to publishing her book!

After finishing these books I hope to continue on with the Saints of Denver series by listening to the audiobook of Riveted by Jay Crownover. I also really want to pick up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken before the movie comes out on Aug 3rd. I know what you are thinking, I cannot believe I haven’t read this book or the rest of the trilogy yet either.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Summer Reads | Recommendations

I thought I would put together a list of books I thought make for some good reads in the summer. Some are contemporary and some are light fantasy, but all are good and worth spending some time under the sun reading! 

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

 

Nowhere by Here by Katie McGarry

By A Charm and A Curse by Jamie Questell 

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee 

Paper Princess by Erin Watt 

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf 

What are some of your favorite summer reads?

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge |June 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 [4/50]

♠ 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 

Total {26/50}

 

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