Weekend Reads 2 | Blogmas 2018

I have been working on planning out the rest of my blogmas posts and post for the wrap up of 2018 along with 2019 preplanning. I have been a little busy and reading has taken a back seat. I am still about 13 books short of my reading goal on goodreads but I have a 24 hour readathon coming up and the hope of flying through some short books! Have you seen my blogmas posts for the first two week of blogmas? Well don’t worry you can check them out here!

Blogmas Day 1 : End of Year Reading | TBR 
Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings
Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Season | Quotes
Blogmas Day 4: Book Lover Christmas Gift List  
Blogmas Day 5: Reading Audiobooks | How To…
Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Character Tag

Blogmas Day 7: Weekend Reads 
Blogmas Day 8: 12 Days of Books Tag
Blogmas Day 9: #Uppercase Mystery Bookish Swag 
Blogmas Day 10: The Holiday Drinks Book Tag
Blogmas Day 11: Shatter The Sun by Caitlin Sangster | Author Interview
Blogmas Day 12: 9th Annual #TBTBSanta
Blogmas Day 13: Bookish Naughty List 

I am currently still continuing with my binge read of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. I am a little bit into the 4th book, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull. I am so enjoying this series and recommend it to anyone who wants a fun and adventure filled fantasy story that is packed full of danger and magical creatures. I am also listening to The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale. This is such an interesting book so far and is almost like a dark fairy tale. I am interested to see how the rest of the book is and I have heard it is going to be made into a movie. As for the other book I might be picking up this weekend its still undecided. I am not sure if I want to start a new series or continue with another book in a series I have already started. Make sure to follow me on twitter @downthebookhole to get more details of my weekend adventures and reading progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your weekend reading plans ?

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Bookish Naughty List | 2018 Blogmas Book Tag

I saw this over at Emily’s blog Tumbling into Wonderland Books and was originally created by Jenniely @ A Page of Jenniely

I also did this tag last year and you can see my post here!

So this tag, you are supposed to check off the bookish things that you are guilty of.


Received an ARC and not reviewed it √
I was a lot better at it this year then previous, but I received so many all at once and unfortunately was not able to get to them all.

  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley √
    My netgalley feedback rating is sooo bad that I am not even going to say what it is.
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 
    I never promise a review on goodreads.
  • Folded down the page of a book 
    This makes me cringe. I have been borrowing some library books lately and my heart breaks a little when I see the pages folded down.
  • Accidentally spilled on a book √
    I blame my cats for this because they like to knock over everything especially coffee.
  • DNF a book this year 
    This has happened officially once this year but there are also a few books I started and just havent fully decided if I am going to continue or not.
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
    I have bought books because they are pretty, but never with no intention of reading them.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 
    All of the time! Lately I have been choosing reading over chores, cleaning, showering, cooking etc
  • Skim read a book  
    Not since college and that was just with textbooks
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal √
    I am making a valiant effort to reach my goal, but I am a little ridiculous far off from my goal and setting unrealistic expectations for Dec. reading goals.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 
    I am sure this has happened. I know people have borrowed books from me and never returned them ( one was a personalized signed arc copy )
  • Broke a book buying ban 
    I have stopped putting myself on book buying bans because they will not work
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 
    ugh… yes and I need to get better at this. I have so many drafts started on both wordpress and my phone.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading √
    I am participating in a traveling book club and we are annotating books, so I have been writing in the margins!
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads  
    I am so good about adding them on goodreads!

9/15


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9th Annual #TBTBSanta | Blogmas 2018

This was my fifth year  participating  in Broke & Bookish Secret Santa! I had a total blast participating and I mean who doesn’t love giving and receiving presents! It was so much fun stalking the twitter feed following #TBTBSanta and seeing all the updates and sneak peeks of people presents. It is such a great thing for the book community and its crazy how many people participate. If you have never heard of this before I highly recommend you check out some of the blogs/twitter feed and make sure to keep your eyes open around this time next year! I cannot wait for my person to receive their gifts! I had so much fun shopping for her and really hope she enjoys everything I got her!

I was absolutely spoiled this year by Emmah @ohloveyourflaws  She did a beyond amazing job and I adored all of my gifts, and could not even wait to open the gifts, I have no will power.  There were some amazing books that I have been dying to read and a ton of goodies! Now on to all of the pictures!

The Goodies! 

♠ Reese’s, Sour Patch Kids, Lindor Chocolate

♠ Fuzzy Socks

♠ Alice In Wonderland Stickers

♠ Mouse- Cat Toy

♠ Cute Little Animal Phone Cord Protecter

♠ Mug & Coffee

 

♠ Mixed CD

♠ Mermaid Bookmarks

♠ Tea Bags

♠ Arrow Wall Stickers

♠ Planner Stickers

The Books! 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Did anyone else participate in #tbtbsanta? How did it go? I would love to see other people gifts! 

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The Holiday Drinks Book Tag | Blogmas 2018

I saw this post over on Emma’s Chapter and it was orignally posted on Browsing for Books by Cerys and thought it would make a great addition to my blogmas posts! 

Ò Hot Chocolate – Recommend a Book That’s Sweet Through and Through

I struggled with this. I do not read cutsie books , I am more of a darker reader. I think the closest one would have to be To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Ò Peppermint Mocha – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Strong Emotions

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas put me on an emotional rollercoaster and has such strong and important topics.

Ò Apple Cider – Recommend a Book Full of Characters with Questionable Morals

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf is filled with characters that each have their own motives and although you like some more than others the ones you may like don’t have the best of intention or very good morals.

Ò Eggnog – Recommend a Book That’s Mostly Fun, With Just a Hint of Danger

Light Years by Kass Morgan was a surprising read for me this year. It definitely was full of fun, and adventure but had that impending danger feel throughout the book.

Ò Gingerbread Latte – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Action

For this one I have a couple or Middle Grade books I read this year that were fun reads, filled with mythical/magical creatures and lots of action!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Spread the Holiday Spirit!

I tag everyone who reads this post on my blog to participate in this tag post! 

12 Days of Books Tag| Blogmas 2018

I created this post a few years ago, you can check out the embarrassing 1st post here! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made. I have done this the past few years and I think this year was the easiest to come up with answers!


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2017?

I feel like I did not read a lot of Stand alone books this year and its hard because the book I want to say could totally be turned into another book, but I am going to use it anyways because as of right now I believe it is a stand alone.

Uncharted by Erin Cashman

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I end up shipping characters with myself. I have to say that there were a few this year though that I was rooting for from the beginning. This was a big one for me (this could be seen as a spoiler I guess so stop reading if you havent read Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

 

 

 

Lei & Wren

 

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

Going off the books I read this year I finished 2 trilogies and out of those 2 the better one was A Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

I finally finished the Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover this year and I adored it! I love all those men so much and wish I knew them all in real life.

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

This is a tough one, I feel like I didnt read a book with a real stand out villain, but I think I am going to have to go with Gwen from Phoenix Fire by SD Grimm

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

I absolutely adored the world in both Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I cant pick just one and this is my post so I can do what I want 🙂

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

All of the animals in Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce were the best (also really the only book I read that had animal sidekicks)

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

The food in The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night really sounded delicious, mostly all the pies!

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

I read so many books with great female leads and could list a whole bunch but I will pick just one- Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

I feel like the majority of the books I read this year focused mostly on females unless they were romance/new adult books. I loved the Royal Boys from The Royal series by Erin Watt!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

This is the only one I do not really have an answer for this year. Leah on the Offbeat by Beck Albertalli is the only one I remember referencing music.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Like any true book lover could pick just one. I will be posting my top reads of 2018 soon! I am going to be splitting it into top 2018 releases and top backlist reads!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

Weekend Reads | Blogmas 2018

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of 2018. With the approaching new year there are a lot of things to be done and books to be read. Other than my #tbtbsanta and #otspsecretsister December/Christmas gifts I still have so many Christmas presents to get for family. I also need to keep working on writing the rest of my blogmas post to get scheduled and all of the end of the year type blog posts. I might integrate them into blogmas because I do not have enough holiday themed topics to write on. As a sneak peek I believe a christmas baking will be coming in the near future! Have you seen my blogmas posts for the first week of blogmas? Well don’t worry you can check them out here!

Blogmas Day 1 : End of Year Reading | TBR 
Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings
Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Season | Quotes
Blogmas Day 4: Book Lover Christmas Gift List  
Blogmas Day 5: Reading Audiobooks | How To…
Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Character Tag

Now you are probably wondering when is she going to talk about the reading. Do not worry for now I will discuss the reading I plan on doing this weekend in between all of these other errands and plans! So I am in between two books right now, both a physical and audiobook. I am thinking about adding another one into the mix because I have been craving a paranormal romance type read. I have been making my way through the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and I am currently on the third book in the five book series, Grip of the Shadow Plague. I am really enjoying this fun middle grade fantasy adventure! I have also been listening to What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. This will be my first book by Adam Silvera, but I have read all of Becky Albertalli’s and really enjoyed them. So far this book is cute and funny! As for the other book I might be picking up this weekend its still undecided. I am not sure if I want to start a new series or continue with another book in a series I have already started. Make sure to follow me on twitter @downthebookhole to get more details of my weekend adventures and reading progress!

What are your weekend reading and plans ?

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?