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Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Finally, another Stacking the Shelves post! It helps when I actually get books. 😛 I’ve been trying to limit how many books I buy since I have such a ridiculous TBR pile already, but I had to get a few pretties! So this will essentially cover my books for the last month:

Some Awesome eBooks

Print Books

I am so excited to read all of these new books, though I have already read The Wind Through The Keyhole and really enjoyed it (review here). The Demetri Martin book I just happened to see while in the cities a couple days ago but it looks like it should be pretty funny and a good change of pace from my seemingly constant barrage of fantasy/general YA.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! :)


Stacking the Shelves #10

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve done one of these! The amount of print/eBooks I’ve received since my last one way back on November 9th, 2012 is a tad ridiculous so I’m just going to do a recap of the print ones I’ve received/bought since the start of 2013 and include a select few eBooks as well. Sound good? Alrighty! Without further ado, my haul for the last month!

Some Awesome eBooks

Duplicity by Nikki Jefford

Shift by M.R. Merrick

Cold Hearted Son of a Witch by M.R. Mathias

Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Print Books (Bought)

Print Books (Won/Gifted)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

The Dark Lord by Kathryn Le Veque

There you have it! Yes, I know it is an insane amount of books, especially in the “bought” group, but I can’t help it! They’re so pretty…oh boy do I have an addiction. Well, at least it is to books right?! Right? Anyone? Oh well…

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


A Month in Review: January

A Month in Review: January

Waving goodbye to January, it was fun (and cold!)

What a month! It was my first in my 365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge and by some sort of miracle I actually managed to read one every day! It was a bit crazy but I had a blast. Now to break down the month of January!

Challenges

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge/365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge – 31/365 Books Read

Mount TBR Challenge – 26/150+/2013 TBR Pile 26/50 – I got a bunch of books off of my pile taken care of and can’t wait to do the same in February!

2013 Genre Reading Challenge – 16/30 – Already over halfway! I’ve really enjoyed diversifying the types of books I read and I know it will get even harder, and more fun, as I continue. A few of the genres: Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance, Epic Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary, Spy.

Seriously Series Reading Challenge – 14/44 – I made some solid headway on some of my series! A few of the series I made progress in: Pendragon, Iron Fey, Divergent, Attic Clowns, Dragoneer Saga, Spellbound.

Monthly Key Word Challenge – 1/12 – I can only do one month at a time so a book a month it is! My book for this challenge in January was Snow White, Blood Red.

Activities/Posts

Number of Posts – 33 – 31 reviews, one “2013 Challenges” post & one post for the Bout of Books Readathon!

Activities – Bout of Books Readathon – 7 books read for 1,809 total pages during that week!

Stats

Views – 339

Comments – 32

What I Learned/Changes For February

I will admit, I impressed myself by actually being able to do so many reviews in January and keeping up with my challenges. I tried to vary up my posts by changing up the review style to fit the book (Hobbit-sized, Top 5/Top 10, Rambling/Rant, Standard) but outside of my initial post of the year about my challenges and the Bout of Books Readathon, that’s all I did, reviews. Some people might be completely fine with that, others might not. You can certainly let me know by commenting on this and I, of course, would appreciate it. After speaking with one of my best bookish/bloggy friends Eileen from Singing and Reading in the Rain I decided that it would be good to try and mix in a couple memes again. It means more work for me as I will continue to do the book & review per day, but it would add some variety and hopefully keep the blog fresh and interesting for readers. Also pictures, I must try and use more pictures to make the reviews easier on the eyes, so I will be working on that too.

If you’d like you can make specific suggestions as well! Use pictures or don’t and what kind(s)? Which memes are your favorite to see and why? Let me know! I’m currently thinking Stacking the Shelves & Waiting on Wednesday, though I may do Sunday Post as well, it keeps me accountable and on track each week and might help organize my posts/books I read instead of every day wondering what book and how I’ll find the time.

Let me know what you think about the possible additions/changes and also update me on how you are doing on YOUR reading challenges/goals so far! I hope you are keeping up or are even ahead already, you can do it! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Stacking The Shelves #9

Stacking the Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a ton of books to share! This week my eBook haul is again substantially bigger than my print one but I still got some great additions to my library! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Exiled by M.R. Merrick

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis

Shaman, Healer, Heretic by M. Terry Green

Katia’s Stone by Ashleigh Blanchard

Ghosts: The Complete Series by Amy Cross

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar

The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum

Lethal Takeout by Vered Ehsani

Eternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles

GPS With Benefits by Vanessa Morgan

The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss

A Girl’s Guide to Demon Hunting by Emily Miles

Special Offers by M.L. Ryan

The Drake House by Kelly Moran

The Skeleton Song by Angela Kulig (no picture)

Revenge by Jack Parker (no picture)

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Forever Woman by January Bain

Moonbeams by Lakisha Spletzer

The Tempo by Lakisha Spletzer

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Sweet Sofie by Elizabeth Reyes

Lancaster House by Taylor Dean

Ascension by Sable Grace

The insane amount of eBook goodness continues! I want to give some major kudos to Sarah Elizabeth’s Bookshelf & Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for posting free eBooks every week, they are how I find the majority of my freebies. A few of the eBooks I won showed up this week. Forever Woman was won in a giveaway from Enchanted Book Promotions. Moonbeams & The Tempo were both won in the Fall Into Fantasy Hop at the Kishaz World stop.

Now for the print books! I won my choice of Elizabeth Reyes’s books in a giveaway by A Book-lovers’ Review and I picked Sweet Sofie, this one also came with about ten awesome bookmarks that I was a bit too lazy to take a picture of, sorry! Lancaster House I won in the Spooktacular Giveaway at Taylor Dean Books. Finally, I won a signed copy of Ascension from Goldilox and the Three Weres which is freaking awesome. ^.^

It seems as if the cycle of giveaways ending and beginning never ends which is both awesome and pretty darn amazing. A big thank you to all of the blogs who are able to do them, someday I will do one I swear! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Sunday Post #6

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Haunted Week: It Came From the Web – Five Amazing Book Blogs

Haunted Week: Tricked or Treated – Five Books That Surprised You

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han – Review (4/5)

Haunted Week: Written in the Tombstone – Last Line(s) of Five Books

Waiting On Wednesday #5 – Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid

NaNoWriMo – Initial Post

NaNoWriMo Day 1 – Insane first day of writing!

Stacking The Shelves #8 – Book Haul for the Week

NaNoWriMo Day 2 – The journey continues!

This Week (Planned but DEFINITELY Subject to Change)

Today – NaNoWriMo Day 3 – The day “off”

Monday – Review of The Infects by Sean Beaudoin & NaNoWriMo Day 4

Tuesday – NaNoWriMo Day 5

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #6 & NaNoWriMo Day 6

Thursday – NaNoWriMo Day 7

Friday – NaNoWriMo Day 8 & Feature and Follow? – maybe

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #9 & NaNoWriMo Day 9

This last week has been crazy as usual! I do want to apologize for only doing the one review last week but I haven’t had the chance to read much lately which makes doing new reviews pretty difficult! I had a blast during Haunted Week which wrapped up, I can’t wait to do something like that again next year when Halloween rolls around. NaNoWriMo, or for those not familiar with it otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, kicked off this week and my daily posts recapping my days writing began as well. It has been challenging to write as much as I want to and that will be made pretty obvious if you decide to read my Day 3 post which is already up here.

Due to how much time and energy NaNoWriMo takes my reviews will definitely be sporadic as I have mentioned a couple times in my daily NaNo posts. I hope you can forgive me for that! I do have one planned for tomorrow but after that they will be relatively random so I won’t be fixing reviews to dates like I usually do. I will continue to participate in the memes since those are relatively easy to do and hopefully those along with my daily NaNo updates will be enough to tide you over for now. ^.^

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment on anything I’ve mentioned here and I will make sure to read and possibly reply as well, I do love to read them! Feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to stop by! Enjoy your Sunday. 🙂


Stacking The Shelves #8

Stacking the Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a ton of books to share! This week my eBook haul is back to being substantially bigger than my print one but I still got some great additions to my library! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Survival by A.M. Hargrove

Beginnings, Prequel Novella to Survival by A.M. Hargrove

Rua by Miranda Kavi

Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers by Michael Scott Miller

The Lost Girls by Jason Halstead

Legacy Forgotten by Nicole Hill

Why (A storyteller’s diary) by Michael Edward

Fearlings by Michael Edward

Fearlings: Book Two by Michael Edward

Fearlings: Book Three by Michael Edward

Enter Sandman by Michael Edward

The Beginning Of The End: Book One by Michael Edward

The Beginning Of The End: Book Two by Michael Edward

Beyond by Willow Rose

Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian P. Easton

The Medium by C.J. Archer

Awaken: Dark Magic by Rachel D’Aigle

A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Shadowborn by Jocelyn Adams

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Wow there sure were a ton of freebies this week! This was mostly due to the awesomeness that is Michael Edward who decided to make all of his books free for a day which I definitely took advantage of. I only had one eBook that I won actually make it to me (though I won a couple that for some reason haven’t been emailed to me yet >.<) which was Shadowborn courtesy of a giveaway by Dark Obsession Chronicles.

I also had a few print books that I won arrive this week. I won Crank in the Banned Books Giveaway Hop at the Sarcasm and Lemons stop. I got Two and Twenty Dark Tales from a giveaway by Brenda Drake Writes. Finally, I got The Infects which I can’t wait to read (if I ever get to it) which I won from Ginger-read Reviews in the Zombpacolypse Trick or Treat Hop. By the way I was informed I won that on Halloween and it already showed up, way to be on top of sending your books out Ali! ^.^

A bunch of giveaways and hops ended since October has come and gone so I’ve got a few more print books that I can look forward to coming in the next week or two. It seems like I’ll never have a week without at least one or two which is just crazy, but awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! :)


Stacking The Shelves #7

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a bunch of books to share! This week, due to a bunch of giveaway wins my print book haul is again almost as big as my eBook one which is always amazing! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Pride and Prejudice and Vampires by P.J. Jones

Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Released by Megan Duncan

Deep Into the Soul by J. L. Vallance

Time to Dance by Melinda Killen

Dive: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober

Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: Part I by Jennifer Wright

The Soul Series by Julia Barrett

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Dark Promise by Julia Crane

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

Caged by Amber Natusch

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer & Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Berner

Crewel, The Iron King & Lucid

Netgalley

Entangled by Nikki

Once again a ton of books to go through! I found a slightly smaller amount of eBooks than normal but there were still plenty of interesting ones that will now reside in my ridiculous electronic stack that I may or may not ever get to. o.o Now onto the eBooks that I won! I got Dark Promise from the Fall Into Fantasy giveaway hop, this particular one from Talia Jager who is one of the authors of the book. Seduction and Snacks I won in the Hot in Handcuffs giveaway hop and specifically from Ana from Beach Bum Reads. Finally, I won Caged in the Got Caged giveaway hosted by Maryann at Chapter by Chapter!

On to the print books! The two Lish McBride books which have some of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen (that cell phone picture does not do them justice) I won from Ed and Em’s Reviews and they are signed which is even more awesome! I won Kiss of Steel from a giveaway by Tynga’s Reviews which will be part of my toe dip into the world of Steampunk books. I got A Whisper to a Scream from a giveaway the author did at her blog Bibliophilic Blather and it is signed as well! Finally, I won a 20$ gift card which I mentioned in my STS last week and I asked people to comment as to which books I should get. The amazing trio of young women book bloggers (more on them in a post soon so look for that) really liked the books you can see above which are Crewel, The Iron King (book 1 in the Iron Fey series) and Lucid. I can’t wait to read all of them as they look amazing and I was already really excited for Crewel! ^.^ I also got Entangled from Netgalley because it was a “Read Now” option at the time. I will be doing reviews of some of these though no guarantees on which or how many. =)

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that massive list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂