Friday Reads | Readathon Weekend!

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This weekend is the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I am very much looking forward to participating! I havent been reading as much lately and havent even gotten the chance to read any spooky, creepy or fall type reads! With Autumn upon us and the weather here in Nebraska finally starting to feel like it I want to spend some time outside with some apple cider and do some reading while I still can! I also have a bunch of errands that I need to run this weekend, like laundry and oil change for my car, all things I can take my book with me to and still be productive. I have not yet selected my tbr for the readathon and will most likely do it later tonight and will do all of my readathon posting on either instagram and twitter- @downthebookhole. I would love to know if you will be participating and what you plan on reading! I am currently reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan with about 100 pages left. I am really enjoying it so far, the world is so interesting (although I wish we got a little more about it) and the whole concept of the story is something new I havent read before with the inspiration from Asian culture. I also and very excited about the love interest and was rooting for it from the beginning!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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Friday Reads | Rainy Weather Weekend

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With the way the weather has been the past week, all I have wanted to do is curl up with a book and read. I have been reading and annotating Home and Away by Candice Montgomery. I am reading this for a traveling book club. I am almost half way through it and not completely loving it, but I am too stubborn to give up on it and all the annotating I already did. I really struggle with DNFing books. I am also listening to Uglies on audiobook as a reread. With Scott Westerfeld coming out with a new book in the Uglies world I thought it was a perfect time for a reread of a series that really got me into YA! I have some different blog posts I want to work on this weekend as well but the big focus will be snuggling up and reading! 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

The Things I Do When I Should Be Reading

Being a book lover and having more unread books than one person could ever read in a lifetime, one of the biggest struggles is making time to be an adult and read books. It sad that I am at that point in life where I am to schedule out time in the day that can be set aside for reading. I have even gotten to the point where I listen to audiobooks so that I can listen while I cook, clean, get ready for work and workout. There just never seem to be enough time and yet so many books that I am dying to read. There are other books I get FOMO (fear of missing out) about because everyone else has read it and is talking about it. With all of that being said I have also noticed lately that I seem to find anything and everything to distract me from reading. My procrastination always gets the best of me. I will sit down to read and then 2 hours later I have somehow ended up deep down the hole of something that was not the book I was meaning to read. I thought I would share some of those things that have been distracting me and I have been doing instead of reading.

♥ Binge Watch Netflix/Hulu/HBO

I am not a fan of silence since I live alone so I  spend a lot of time streaming TV shows and Movies. Especially rewatching tv shows I have seen so many times. Gilmore Girls is a constant fall back and a show I have seen more than 4 times completely all the way through. I usually put something on for background noise , but end up getting sucked into the show. I am currently rewatching Reign so that I can watch the final season. If you are ever in need of tv/movie recs from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or Amazon Prime, I am your girl.

 

♥ Bothering/Playing with the Kittens

Usually my bratty cats are always bothering me and get into a lot of things making me get up and stop them. I spend so much time as I try to read chasing after them when they get into things they shouldn’t be. There are also a lot of times they bring me their toys to play fetch or I am busy cleaning up their messes. They are like having small children. Even as I am typing this I have had to get up multiple times to deal with them. On their defense sometimes they are just very cute and I spend time taking pictures of them.

 

 

♥ Social Interactions

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes I do come outside from my isolation from humans and do social things. A few months ago I attended the Macklemore and Ke$ha concert in Kansas City with a coworker. It was the second time seeing Ke$ha and lets just say she is my spirit animal for sure! Just recently I also went on a day long float trip down a river with another awesome coworker/friend and a group of her friends. It was definitely quite the experience, but made for some good memories. I also am a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Mentor Program. My little sister and I get together at least twice a month and always do fun things. We recently saw The Meg and let me tell you I do not believe it was something a 9 year old should see since even I jumped multiple times.

♥ NAPS

Another thing I am so very guilty of is taking naps. I struggle a lot to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, but I am a Nap Queen. I can basically nap anywhere and nap multiple times a day, you would think I am an expert sleeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

♥ Trip to the Zoo!

I finall made it to the Omaha Zoo, it only took me a whole year. I absolutely adore the zoo and cannot believe I have waited this long to go. I could have spent all day there, the animals were absolutely beautiful, but it was so humid I was dripping sweat.

 

♥ Baking Goodies

One of my other passions besides reading is definitely baking. I enjoy being in the kitchen and baking up a mess (not so much cleaning it). I love trying out new recipes and trying different things. I spent this past weekend baking some cookies as well as watching the newest season of The Great British Baking Show!

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge |August 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

♠ To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

♠ P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

♠ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

♠ Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

♠ Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Total {36/50}

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

Friday Reads | #ARCAugust & Traveling Book Time

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With the end of August upon us it means I need to kick it into gear with all of the ARCs I have to read, especially the ones that come out in September. I am also starting to switch the seasons in my head and have been craving thrillers,mysteries and paranormal reads in anticipation for fall and HALLOWEEN!!! My current read, Seventh Born by Monica Sanz  is definitely fulfilling my fall needs because it revolved around witches at boarding school. I know what  you are thinking, Ashley that sounds too much like Harry Potter. And I will tell you right now it gives off some vibes/feels of HP for the fact that it is a boarding school for magic, it also slightly reminds me at times of Vampire Academy because they focus on elements. With that being said I am only a little over half way through it and although it seems like it might be to much like those two stories I am here to tell you it is not. It gives me those warm fuzzy feelings because it has elements that remind me of those other series I love, but it has such a unique backstory ( one that I am so drawn into and needing more from) It has the magic school story, it has mystery and it has elements of witch hunt, romance and secrets. I cant wait to see where the story goes! I also started Little Monsters by Kara Thomas as an audiobook. I am not very far into it so I don’t have much to say thought wise, but I needed a mystery/thriller. 

I am hoping to be able to start Home and Away by Candice Montgomery this weekend as it is the book I am reading for the traveling book group I am in. We all picked a book that we will read and annotate and then rotate them throughout the group doing the same thing with each book until we get our own book back. By that time it will have a bunch of annotations from everyone in the group! I am really excited about it and cant wait to keep you all update throughout the next months as we do this!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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?

 

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?

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! 

ARC August | TBR

I have seen this around in the book community the past couple of years, but I have never had enough ARCs to make a month of it. I do not plan on participating in any challenges or anything thing of the like beside participate in reading all the ARCs I have in August! Hosted by Read. Sleep.Repeat.

Here is the list of ARCs I have and that I am hoping to get to in the month of August!

♦ Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan {Pub Date 11/18}

♦ Seventh Born by Monica Sanz {Pub Date 9/4/18}

♦ Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel {Pub Date 9/4/18}

♦ Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi {Pub Date 11/27/18}

♦ Home and Away by Candice Montgomery {Pub Date 10/16/18}

♦ Freedom Trials by Meredith Tate {Pub Date 10/2/18}

♦ Afterimage by Naomi Hughes {Pub Date 9/18/18}

Are you going to be participating in ARC August? If so what ARCs will you be reading?

 

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!