August 2017 | TBR

This is a little late in the month, but I guess not too late. I had posted this on instagram and twitter, but decided I would make a post as well. Here is my reading plan for August. It may be a little ambitious, but since I just did my bookshelf in rainbow I thought it would be fun to make a rainbow TBR. Here is to reading a lot in the month of August!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Lover Revealed by J.R Ward

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Stray by Rachel Vincent

The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Hello? by Liza Wiemer

What are you planning on reading this month?

June/July 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Odd & True by Cat Winters

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

♠ The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #13

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | June Update

♠ Let Freedom Ring | Quotes

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

June Book Haul | 2017

Book Best Friend | Reading Nook Edition 

TV Watch List 

Gillian Flynn | Author Exploration 

Series Serial Reader | July Update

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July Update

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Krystie @ YA and Wine – Anthologies 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- YA for Different Ages

Emily @ Books and Cleverness- What Does YA Stand For?

♠ Sakina @ A Forest Of Books And Memories – How To Tamora Pierce : A Reading Guide

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- Lets Talk About Unhauling Books

♠ Kat @ Life and Other Disasters- Blogger Identity

♠ Liv @ Arctic Books – Why You Should Use Your Local Library More Often 

♠ Kel @ Booked Til Tuesday- How To Make a DIY Book Subscription Box

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ My Move to NE!

June/July 2017 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.

Odd & True by Cat Winters
“Tell me the story again,” I urged my sister in the nighttime blackness of our attic bedroom.

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
“Ah, hell, V, you’re killing me. ” Butch O’Neal mined through his sock drawer, looking for black silk, finding white cotton.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers- the girl with the guitar and the easy smile.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
No one wears white wedding dresses anymore.

 

 

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July 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. [My reading is finally beginning to pick back up. I have read 19 books so far.]

♠ 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 am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few]

♠ 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 quite a list building up of those large books I want to tackle and it is going to happen very soon]

♠ 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 14 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 been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!]

♠ 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 some new features that I have worked on, but it is still a work in progress.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Friday Reads | Moving Edition

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 I am currently still reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This book has been taking me awhile to get through, but its because I haven’t had the time to fully dedicate to it. I am enjoying it and really hoping to finish it before the end of the month. As for what other book I am going to pick up or read after this one I have no idea. There are so many books I have been wanting to read. I have had such a great desire to read just haven’t had the attention span or time. After I make this move this weekend, I have one full week before I start my job. I am hoping to get some reading in before I start my job as I get settled into my new place. I also really want to make sure I set aside time every night to do some reading because I need it in my life.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Gillian Flynn | Author Exploration

I have been wanting to do some Author Explorations for awhile and have been craving some Gillian Flynn so I thought she was a good place to start! One of my favorite things is to fall in love with an authors writing and then read everything they have ever written. This is something that has been a slow progress because I love so many authors and many have lots of books. It is something I definitely want to work on in the future.

Who Is Gillian Flynn?

I am not going to pretend I know Flynn in any sort of way so this is the bio I pulled off of Goodreads!

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

The Books

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan
Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

How They Should Be Read

The answer is there is no real order in which they must be read because they are all stand alone books, but I do have some suggestions. These books could be read in publication order. A lot of people always choose to read authors books in the order in which they were published. In my opinion this would be a good choice because Flynn’s first book was my favorite! I feel like the order I actually read them in was by popularity. I picked up Gone Girl right before the movie came out and got totally sucked into Flynn’s writing. I think if you are not a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers or unsure about Flynn you should pick up her short story The Grownup first just to get a feel for her writing. I do not think it is one of her best works in my opinion but gives you a feel of her writing.

Publication Order                       Order I Read Them                      If Unsure About Flynn

Sharp Objects                                 Gone Girl                                       The Grownup
Dark Places                                  Sharp Objects                                    Gone Girl 
Gone Girl                                      The Grownup                                  Sharp Objects
The Grownup                                 Dark Places                                     Dark Places 

My Thoughts

I do not read a lot of mystery or thriller books, but once I read Gone Girl I had to get my hands on the rest of her work. Flynn has a way of writing that keeps you completely in the dark and guessing the whole time, thinking you know what is going to happen until she completely throws a plot twist. Throughout each of the books I was on the edge of my seat. These books are definitely on the darker side too. They are dark and twisted, to the point where they make you question Flynn’s background. She is a mastermind with her writing and really puts a lot of effort into crafting her stories so that you only get small pieces of information at a time.

My favorite book was Sharp Objects and my least favorite was Dark Places but they are all really great books. They are such quick reads that completely suck you into them. There are even movies out for Gone Girl and Dark Places and I have heard mention of a movie for Sharp Objects!

For more information check out my reviews!
Gone Girl
Gone Girl | Movie Edition
Sharp Objects
The Grownup

Similar Reads 

If you are like me and fly through Flynn’s books and then need more like them, I have found a few that fill small parts of what I am missing in my life from the absence of more Gillian Flynn books.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

You by Caroline Kepnes

Velocity by Dean Koontz

Top 5 Wednesday | Books Set In Non Western World

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 Books Set In Non Western World 

♦ Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)

♦ Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys (Lithuania/Siberia)

♦ The Martian by Andy Weir (Mars)

♦ Cinder by Marissa Meyer (New Beijing)

 

What are some of your favorite YA books set in the non western world? 

Friday Reads | Last Moments of Freedom

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This is my last free weekend for awhile. Next weekend I am moving for my new job so it is going to be crazy busy with the packing, unpacking etc. The weekends that follow that are going to be busy with trying to get settled into a new location, work and doing all the things one must do when they move to a new state. So between packing and just straight up relaxing this weekend with a friend, I am going to try and read as much as possible. I am also trying to write some posts in case I do not have much time in the next few weeks. I am currently about a third of the way through Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It is taking me a little longer than I had hoped to read this book because it take a lot of focus from me, but I am enjoying it. I am also thinking about starting The Politics and Civics of National Service: Lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps by Melissa Bass. I served 2 years recently in AmeriCorps NCCC and it had a huge impact on my life. With the new changes going on in my life I am really missing the people I met and friends I made in this program. National service and civic engagement has become a huge part of my life and is really important to me. And because I like to make things difficult for myself and seem to work better multitasking I will probably be picking up another smut books just to break up the others.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Children’s Books

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 Children’s Books

♣ Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

♣ American Girl Books (The Original Ones) by Various Authors
 
♣ Ever After High Series by Shannon Hale

♣ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

♣ Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

What are some of your favorite childhood reads? 

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

No one tagged me, but I saw this and thought it would be fun to do! I am also all about strong females! If you do this leave me a link to your post in the comments.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!
WARRIOR GIRLS

Alanna from Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. She pretends to be her brother and goes off to get trained as a page. She eventually makes it to a knight!

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND

Denna from Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. She is brilliant and is able to use her brain to her advantage.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART

Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I think she is a very atypical heroine, but has so much compassion and heart.

GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. Rose will always be one of my favorite female heroines and she has some awesome fighting moves.

STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR

Rue from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She gave her life for Katniss and became a symbol.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE

Rose from Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell. Rose does everything she could in order to survive because others gave their life so she could.

GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS

Katniss from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I mean the way she uses that bow would make me run.

GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES

This one is a little hard. I do not think I have read enough books to have an answer for this.

GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS

Vin from Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The whole magic system in this trilogy is so awesome and Vin does some great things with her powers.

STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Reagan from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I love her! She stands up for herself and takes care of herself even though she has been through some stuff.

SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS

Kate Harker from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Kate is such a kick ass female. She is also super sassy which I love.

Who are some of your favorite strong females?