Janurary 2018 | 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:

♠ Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

♠ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

♠ Final Girls by Riley Sager

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♠ Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce

♠ The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

♠ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

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

December 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

January 2018 | TBR

2018 Bookish Bucket List 

Series Serial Reader | 2018 Reading Challenge

December 2017 Reads | First Lines

Library Sale | Book Haul 

 #BoutofBooks 21 | Read-A-Thon TBR

 Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake | Book Review

 5 Series I Want To Read in 2018 | 2018 Goals

♠ Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge | An Alice in Wonderland Themed Read-A-Thon

♠ Off With The Books! |Monthly TBR Takedown

♠ Do I Read/ Continue? | Rants & Riddles

 By A Charm And A Curse By Jaime Questell | Author Interview

♠ Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | January Box

Dark Embrace by Elle Boon | Cover Reveal

♠ Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge | TBR

 Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf | Cover Reveal

♠ Series Serial Reader| January 2018 Update

♠ January 2018 Reads | First Lines

♠ 2018 Bookish Bucket List | January Update

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Sofii @ Book A Thought- Fantasy Book Recs 

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

5 Year Blogiversary

Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge

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Do I Read/ Continue? | Rants & Riddles

So I recently was going through my kindle and updating my goodreads with the books I own. I realized I own a lot of ebooks that I have forgotten about and that I need to be better at keeping track of these. Also I need to start reading these books because as I went through the list I noticed some books that I am intrigued by and want to read sooner than others. I also noticed something else really interesting. There are a few kindle books in which I own the 1st and/or the 1st and 2nd books. As I was looking at them in goodreads it became apparent that the books following in the series are not out yet. Now of course this comes to no surprise because you cannot expect all the books in the series to be out right away, but with these books they have been out for years. There is one book, which is a fantasy book (so you know those usually are not standalone and don’t just end with everything all wrapped up nicely) that the 1st book came out in 2013 and there is still no information about when the 2nd book will be published if it even will. The best example I have is the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch. When I first discovered The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was so intrigued and fell in love with Lynch’s writing, world development and the overall story. I have put off reading the 3rd book forever because the publication date of the 4th one keeps getting pushed back. It would be so sad to see this awesome series just end where it is without being completed. But if I knew that before I read the 1st book I might not have picked it up at all.

I feel like this situation is much like how I feel about TV shows that got cancelled. There are some that people rave about the first few seasons, but then the show gets cancelled for whatever reason. But you want to watch because everyone says its so good. In doing so though you know that you will be left with questions that go unanswered. I have a hard time doing this. Even with completed series of tv shows, there are endings that I am unhappy with or feel like it didn’t end right, answering all the questions I had.

So I guess what I am trying to get at is, Are these books worth reading? Do I spend my time reading a story that may never be complete?

December 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:

By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell

♠ Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry

♠ Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

♠ If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

♠ Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

♠ Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado

♠ I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

♠ Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

♠ Jet by Jay Crownover

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

♠ Books Best Friend |Candle Edition

♠ 8th Annual #TBTBSanta

♠ December 2017 | TBR

♠ November 2017 Reads | First Lines

♠ Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | December Box

 November 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List |November Update

12 Days of Books | 2017 Christmas Book Tag

♠ The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid | Cover Reveal

♠ 5 Tips On How To Properly Describe A Love Scene| Guest Post

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| December Package

♠ 2018 Beat The Backlist | Challenge

♠ By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell | ARC Review

♠ Bookish Naughty List | Book Tag

♠ 24 Hour Christmas Eve Read-A-Thon

♠ End Of Year Book Survey | 2017 Edition

♠ Bout of Books 21 | Announcement

♠ Top Books of 2017

♠ Weekend Down the Book Hole | 12/22-12/25

♠ Book Bullet Journal Planning | 2018

♠ 2017 Reading Stats

♠ BIG BOOKS | 2018 Goals

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List |December Update

♠ First Read of 2018 | Discussion Post

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner- 42 Books That Will Become Movies/TV Shows in 2018

♠ Bookish Byron- Books I’m Dying To Read In 2018

♠ The Book Stop- 2018 Reading Challenges

♠ Elena @ Bodies in the Library- 3 Crime Fiction Tv Adaptations To Binge Watch This Christmas

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ 2018 Goals!

End Of Year Book Survey | 2017 Edition


I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner  and first participated in this in 2014 ! I had an okay year with reading, definitely not where I thought I would be but read some great books and planning for an awesome 2018! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)

Number Of Books You Read: 44
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal Romance 
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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Picking 1 book is always so hard. I am going to say Haven by Mary Lindsay. There were lots that could have been in this spot and I have made a top books of 2017! I think I have to say Haven because it surprised me and was better than I expected and provided so much more than normal YA paranormal romances do.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I think the one that most fits this in Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?

The book that that was the most surprising read for me was Night Film by Marisha Pessl! I was not sure what to expect and had heard some good reviews but the incorporation of other media in the story and the overall feel was so good!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

I don’t really think I pushed any books on people this year.

5. Best series you started in 2017?Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I started quite a few series this year but I think the best one, in my opinion was Moon Called by Patricia Briggs in the Mercy Thompson series.

I did not read many sequels or continuations this year, but I really enjoyed Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I have to say it would be a tie between Cat Winters and Patricia Briggs!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I really want to get into more nonfiction and have been saying this forever, but the 2 books I read that were nonfiction this year were amazing! Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder . 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I would have to say Dark Matter by Blake Crouch  had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Because it is so short and has such a good message/words I definitely will be reading On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder again!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

The character that my mind keeps going back to is from the first book I read this year, Alexia Tarabotti from Soulless by Gail Carriger. She was so feisty, sassy and a strong independent women that I cannot wait to dive into more of the parasol protectorate books in 2018!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

RoseBlood by A.G Howard .I absolutely adore the way in which A.G Howard writes! The story is so beautiful and so much life and description creating an atmosphere are put in the words.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

This is another book I would consider rereading, it really made me think and is relevant to our society today, Anthem by Ayn Rand.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, I have a feeling I am really going to love the Mercy Thompson Universe!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Mary Lindsey, Haven

“I need to know why I’m so broken, so I can fix myself. One way or another. Maybe this place can help me do that, and then I can finally look forward to my future. Because I’m starting to realize there’s something worse than stepping up and facing your fears – and that’s living as if you’re already dead.”
A.G. Howard, RoseBlood

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Longest: Night Film by Marish Pessl

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I have to say that their were a few books that had some shockers, I have to say one of the stranger ones was Yesternight by Cat Winters. I was not really expecting it and I think that was why I have to say it is the one that shocked me the most.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Willowdean and Bo from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Oz, Chevy and Razor from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Wow this is hard to pick just one so I am not going to. Freddie Burkhart  from Haven by Mary Lindsay, Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the boys from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

(I am pretty sure this was a debut) The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. At times it was a little hard to follow but it was so descriptive and so much going on in a world completely different than anything I have read. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Andersen. I was laughing the whole time and it was so relatable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I read this as I was going through some things in my personal life and I was definitely crying at some parts.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy . This was one I stumbled upon and has not gotten much notice this year but was really good! 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I cannot think of any book that crushed my soul, I am currently reading The Book Thief and I have a feeling that this book will probably be the one to crush my soul.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This book was so different than anything I have ever read, so definitely unique to me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

There are too many to pick just one! I am going to be doing a separate post about this.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I am still working on getting better at reviews. I always read others and get so jealous that they are able to put into words what I was feeling/thinking so much better than myself. I really did like my Gillian Flynn| Author Exploration

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Well my most viewed discussion/non-review was 8th Annual #TBTBSanta. I really want to start doing more discussion posts in 2018.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well in the book community I really loved participating in #otspsecretsister and #tbtbsanta but blogwise, I really enjoyed participating in the  House Cup Reading Challenge .

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

The outpouring of support from the bookish community after all of the different things that happened in my life this year. I was feeling pretty alone and like I had no one to turn to, but those people in the online book community proved that even though we have never met each other in real life they would be there for me and help to cheer me up and cheer me on!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Swag Inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Books Best Friend | Bookmark & Candle Edition

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered a lot of different bookish things this year! I started participating in #otspsecretsister , which has been so much fun and I love the community. I also stumbled upon many different etsy shops that sell bookish goodies. One of my new favorite candle shops Dio Candle Co. you can check out my first box from them here!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I fell short on all of my goals, but I had a lot going on this year and I am just proud of myself of those things that I have accomplished and the progress I made. 2018 is going to be a better year.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett. I think this was on my tbr probably like every month. I need to get to it ASAP so I can submit the review to the company I received it from, plus I enjoyed the first book in this series so much.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

When The Light Left Us by Leah Thomas 

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Complete some series and books that have been sitting on my shelf forever! #beatthebacklist

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2018 release so far and it was By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. 

November 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:

Haven by Mary Lindsay

♠ The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny

♠ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

♠ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Looking For Alaska by John Green

♠ Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

♠ Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

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

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| October Package

 The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 3 Update

♠ October Young Adult PageHabit | Book Subscription Box

♠ Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | Wrap-Up

 #OTSPSecretSister| November Package

Series Serial Reader | November Update 

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds- Writers in YA

♠ Lindsey @ Paradis- 6 Movies & TV Characters That Are My Writer Inspirations 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- How I’ve Increased My Reading in 2017 

♠ Annalisse @ Hopeful Reads- Holiday Gift Guide 

♠ Diana @ Books in Armour – Gift Guide For Fantasy Lovers

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ The holiday season!

October 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:

♠ When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

♠ Night Film by Marisha Pessl

♠ Yesternight by Cat Winters

♠ The Uninvited by Cat Winters

♠ Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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

♠ September 2017 Reads | First Lines

♠ October 2017 | TBR

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | TBR

 Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

 Why “The Little Prince” Quotes are Still Actual? | Guest Post

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| September Package

♠ Week Down the Book Hole | 10/7-10/14

♠ Must See/Listen Guide to the Halloween Season | Media Recommendations

♠ Surprise Book Box | Entangled Publishing

♠ 10 Years in 10 Books | Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-thon

♠ Mid-Event Survey| Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-Thon

♠ Closing Survey| Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-Thon

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 1 Update

♠ Mindhunter | TV Watch List

♠ Blast From The Past – Which Books Were Banned And Why?| Guest Post

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | October Update

♠ Series Serial Reader| October Update

♠ October Book Haul | 2017

♠ 10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween| Guest Post

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Alice @ Arctic Books- 10 YA Horror Novels 

♠ Olivia @ Stories for Coffee- Spooky Movie, Show and Book Recommendations | 2017 

♠ The Broke and the Bookish- 8th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ The holiday season!

September 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:

♠ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

♠ Alpha & Omega Novella by Patricia Briggs

♠ Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

♠ Never Apart by Romily Bernard

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

♠ August 2017| Tea Party Wrap-Up

August 2017| Book Haul

Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

2017 Bookish Bucket List | August Update

♠ Series Serial Reader| August Update

♠ Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | ARC Review

 September 2017 | TBR

 #OTSPSecretSister August Package

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand | Book Review

 Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Author Interview

♠ Series Serial Reader | September Update

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | September Update

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Sofii @ A Book. A Thought- Fast Paced Contemporary Book Recs

♠ Holly @ Nut Free Nerd- On reading Classics | Discussion 

♠ Emily @ Books and Cleverness- Writing Reviews| Timing, Genres and Review Styles Oh My! 

♠ Alyssa @ Pucksandpaperbacks – Bi Visibility Week – YA Books Featuring Bisexual Characters

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ Halloween Fun!

August 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:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Lover Awakened by J.R Ward

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

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

Book Blogger Shout-out | Sam @ Spines in a Line 

June/July 2017 Reads |First Lines

August 2017| TBR

♠ Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Excerpt Reveal

♠ Bout of Books 20 | Announcement

Bout of Books 20 | Update #1

Bout of Books 20 | Update #2 

Bout of Books 20 | Update #3

Bout of Books 20| Wrap-up

August 2017 Reads | First Lines 

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

♠ Hopewell’s Public Library of Life- What the Class of 2021 Had to Read This Summer

♠ Cat @ Let The Pahe Reign – Cutting People Out | Discussion

♠ Epic Reads – Game of Throne Book Recs

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ I am looking to make some #otspsecretsister themed posts!