Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Blogger Hop (Nov 21 - 27)


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 


Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

I'll be honest and say that I am not a 'successful' blogger. I've stuck with it for almost 2 years but I'm really bad at keeping up with reviews which was my original reason for starting a blog. I get so behind on reviews that I tend to just stop writing them at all. I blame the fact that I usually start a new book directly after finishing the last. In the future, I'll have less time to read so hopefully I can focus on writing on more reviews between reading. 

Advice? 
Don't allow blogging to overwhelm you. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. You don't have to post every day. You don't have to visit and comment on every other blog in hopes that they will return the favor. Just blog for yourself when you feel like it and try not to get too crazy about the details. 
At least, that's the advice I'd give myself. Everyone is different and this advice might not help you at all. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #41


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

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{Covers link to Goodreads}

WON/GIFTED


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Many thanks to Rachel from The Rest Is Still Unwritten

AMAZON FREEBIES


Ireland Rose by Patricia Strefling
historical fiction


Harvester by S.J. West
YA Science Fiction


Angus MacBain and the Island of the Sleeping Kings
by Angela J.Townsend
YA Fantasy


Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune
YA Fantasy - Mermaids

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What did you stack your shelves with this week? 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #37


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get


Some of these sequels already have sequels of their own coming out but I'm just going to list the sequels that I NEED/WANT to read next! 


Cress by Marissa Meyer
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)



Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
(Falling Kingdoms #3)


Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
(The Vampire Chronicles #11)


The Black Reckoning by John Stephens
(The Books of Beginning #3)



Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
(Seraphina #2)




The Mark of Athena
(The Heroes of Olympus #3)



A Dance With Dragons
(A Song of Ice and Fire #5)


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Ok, so those are the sequels I can't wait to read! I've been trying my hardest not to start too many new series because I have so many to finish and so many more that I'm waiting on sequels for! It's a struggle to keep up! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #40


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

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{Covers link to Goodreads}

FOR REVIEW
(From Goodreads)



The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin
I'm eager to read this as the synopsis has a lot of dark intrigue. Vampires in Salem? Yes, I want to read more! 

WON


Talon by Julie Kagawa

This book is just GORGEOUS! I love the raised scales and the dragon icon artwork on the inside covers! I spent a while 'petting' this book like a weirdo. I just love it! 
Many thanks to Margie at Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

AMAZON FREEBIES



Flowers Fang by Madison Keller
{AMAZON}

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What did you add to your shelves this week?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Featured Freebie: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

FEATURED AMAZON FREEBIE


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
(The Darkest Minds #1)

SYNOPSIS:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities that they cannot control. 

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only change at a life worth living. 

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Goodreads rating: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Blogger Hop (Nov 7 - 13)


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 


Should book bloggers be doing more to support bookshops rather than just give links to Amazon or B&N as a place to buy the printed version of books they read?

I absolutely support the idea of doing more to support bookshops! Unfortunately, I have to drive over an hour to get to the nearest chain bookstore (a B&N) and there are no local bookstores or indie bookshops any closer than that. I buy my books from thrift stores. 
Blogging means reaching people all over the world so linking to my own personal local bookstore (if I had one) would not help the people looking at my blog unless they were also local and I doubt anyone from my area reads my blog, truthfully. Instead I link to sites that cater to a worldwide customer base. 
I do think I could link to more than just Amazon in the future, though. That would be a great idea.
I really wish I could take long trips to far off bookshops, buy a few books,  and blog about my experiences in hopes that someone else might take a long trip and also visit that bookshop. It's sad to think that physical bookstores might be a thing of the past for small towns.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #39


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

{Covers link to Goodreads}

WON


Storm Siren by Mary Weber
A big thanks to Justin from A Bibliophile's Reverie!


Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
Many thanks to Sarah @ The Best Books Ever for this awesome signed copy! I LOVE both Poe and Stevenson and am eager to see how they tie together in this Gothic tale! 

FOR REVIEW


The Pollan Family Table Cookbook
(from Goodreads)
I'm excited to try some recipes from this book soon! The few cookbooks I own are from thrift stores and very outdated, dingy, and dusty and I don't like browsing through them anywhere near my kitchen. I've only glanced through this so far but there are a lot of great recipes that I want to try this winter and plenty more that I want to try in the spring with fresh veggies and herbs from my garden! :) 

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What did you add to your shelves this week?