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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 16

Oct
21
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

  • The blog was on hiatus this week so I had more time to study. BUT there was so much awesome going around this week that I want to share!

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said I needed ALL THE LUCK? Whatever you did – THANK YOU! It worked and I have big news!

I GOT A NEW JOB!!!

The university library where I’ve been volunteering for the last 9 months put in a grant proposal a few months ago to see if they could bring me on as a part time cataloger for a special project. Nobody figured it would get much of anywhere, because the higher-ups are all very strict about only hiring work-study students for the library (which frustrates the permanent staffers to no end because it means they don’t always get to hire the person best suited for the job). When I asked for luck a few weeks ago, I had just found out that it had made it through all the levels of approval in the library, and was headed to the provost’s office (which is both the most and least likely place it would get vetoed). Well, this week we found out it went through and they offered me a job!

Essentially I will be spending my time cataloging a HUGE room full of backlogged LPs (Long-play records, for those who might not remember what LPs are). It’s a daunting task, and they honestly don’t expect me to finish before I go away to grad school next fall. Clearly they don’t know me and my “get ALL THE THINGS done” kind of attitude =P I get my own little “office” – one corner of the room where I can set up however I want, and I can essentially set my own hours, up to 30 a week. And the best part? I get to QUIT my job at the chocolate shop! I am so incredibly excited for this job I CAN’T EVEN… *flails and squeals wildly*

*remembers I’m taking a test tomorrow and sobers up REAL fast* On the other hand… if anyone has any luck left? :)

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) is still doing her blogiversary bash. I seriously have the biggest blogger crush on her right now, because I think I marked almost ALL of her posts this week to share. If you don’t have time for all that here are some highlights: Alexa’s guest post, Reading Changes Lives and a discussion on Book Blogging and Real Life.
  • Amanda (On a Book Bender) and Kristilyn also interviewed each other this week! If you like to stalk them like I do you’ll definitely want to read these! Amanda’s is here and Kristilyn’s is here. And seriously, if you don’t like to stalk them WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???
  • Smash (Smash Attack Reads) confessed to having book anxiety every time she chooses what to read next. I do the EXACT SAME THING. For me, it’s the fact that by choosing to read one of the books I am by default NOT choosing another. That makes choosing difficult because I want to read ALL OF THEM right now!
  • Celine (Nyx Book Reviews) discussed a hot-button issue in her post Three Common Misconceptions about Piracy. As a musician I’m not sure I agree with all of the points she makes. But as a consumer I do. What can I say, I’m a conflicted person!
  • Danny (Bewitched Bookworms) wrote a great post about not getting burned out on blogging. I know I’ve linked to a lot of this kind of post, but I have to keep reminding myself of everything she’s saying – The biggest pressure to blogging is my own creation!

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – Need. House. Of. Hades! NOW!
  • What a Guy Wants by Nyrae Dawn – Cute but not quite as good as I was hoping.
  • Red Glove by Holly Black – OMFG what? SO CONFUSED! But in a good way!

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/21: 61

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235. [Edit: I AM NOT FAILING! I was just failing at remembering to take them off the “to-read-now” list when I had actually read them. So I feel like an idiot, but I’m not actually failing that badly! YAY!]

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/14: 257

Added:

  • The Industry by Rose Foster (to-read-now)
  • Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
4/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
14/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 15

Oct
14
6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • I am taking the GRE a week from tomorrow *cue major flaily freak-out.* I’ve had a stress headache for the past four days straight from all the cramming. As such, I’ve decided to take a week off from posting so I have more time to study! Since I haven’t taken a math class in over 6 years, I’m gonna need it.
  • MY NOOK WORKS! Well, okay, only if it’s plugged in, and if you cross every finger, spin counter-clockwise three times and knock on wood first. I’m still looking into it, but at least I can read on it SOME.

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (I bought Mark of Athena and I figured I’d better remind myself what happened before I started it.)
  • I also DNF-ed Warped by Maurissa Guibord. I set it down over a week ago and didn’t feel the need to pick it back up. As this is the SECOND time I’ve gotten it out of the library (the first, I turned it in without even reading the first page) I decided it really was time to give up.

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)
  • What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/14: still 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235. [Edit: I am so failing at this one :( ]

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/14: 260

Added:

  • Velveteen by Daniel Marks (to-read-now)
  • Nameless by Lili St. Crow (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
11/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 14

Oct
07
8 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • This week was all about the GRE for me! Study, study, study – and hardly any reading at all. I feel slightly guilty about that, but I’m still just not in the mood, I guess.
  • I found out about something that may mean REALLY BIG AWESOME NEWS next week. We’re waiting for approval from one more person, and then I can tell you, but in the meantime, I could use any luck you want to send my way!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Alissa (The Grammarian’s Reviews) wrote a post on blogging versus personal life. It got me thinking about my personal reasons for blogging in a way I haven’t before.
  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) talked about things she’s learned since she started blogging. Oh, and it’s her blogiversary month, so you’ll probably want to stalk her for all the great posts she’ll be doing!
  • YALSA’s “The Hub” had an interesting discussion of the next big thing in fantasy. Since I’m a pretty much only a fantasy/sci-fi reader, and I like YA, I found it fascinating.

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • I didn’t finish anything this week guys. *hangs head in shame*

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/7: still 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/7: 259

Added:

  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (to-read-soon)
  • Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
10/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 13

Sep
30
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

  • It was a short week this week, because I’m still recovering from vacation. I reviewed Shadow and Boneby Leigh Bardugo and Storm Front by Jim Butcher, and that was it.

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • I got a glimpse at the tentative work schedule for the Christmas season this week. Give you a hint: Christmas at a chocolate store = hell. I felt so overwhelmed that I’ve been reduced to rereading favorites instead of working on my Unbreaking the Shelves goals.
  • This week at community band I was asked to: play a solo on xylophone (which I’ve only been playing for a year, and honestly suck at) and learn the saxophone because they were short one on the jazz band. It was an interesting week!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • Vixen by Jillian Larkin
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 9/30: still 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 9/30: 258 (whoops!)

Added: [totally made up for last week’s none *sigh*]

  • Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones (to-read-now)
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (to-read-now)
  • Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (to-read-now)
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (to-read-soon)
  • Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (series-completion, to-read-now)
  • The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (to-read-now, arc)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
10/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 12

Sep
23
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • Thursday morning my family and I (plus Grandma) left bright and early for St. Louis where I had the honor of playing flute for my cousin’s wedding. Lisa and I were always exceptionally close, and I was so happy to be able to be a part of it. We spent lots of time catching up with family we haven’t seen in YEARS (we counted – 13 years since all four cousins have been in the same place at the same time). Plus, ya know, I got to wear a new pretty dress 😛 This is also why I haven’t been around as much – while we had wifi at the hotel I wasn’t around to use it that much. So, if you commented on my blog this week, I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH *holds arms as wide as they’ll go*! I just didn’t get around to replying, and I’m really sorry!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • I don’t share memes much, but I really liked Smash’s answers to this week’s Book Blogger Confessions about blogger relations. Mostly because if I had written the post it would have said essentially the same thing.
  • Penelope from Reading Fever talked about how she uses her library. She says she’s doing it wrong. I say there’s no wrong way!
  • Amanda (On a Book Bender) was being her usual snarky, funny self and ranted about her Twitter pet-peeves. I giggled while being paranoid and reading all the details to make sure I don’t do these things. I think I only do one of them, though I’m sure somebody out there thinks I’m much more annoying than that.

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  • Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
  • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Currently Reading:

  • Vixen by Jillian Larkin
  • What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn (If my Nook ever decides to cooperate. )

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 9/23: 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 9/23: Back to 253

Added:

  • None. Wait, WHAT???

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
8/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 10

Sep
09
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • I’m back to blogging regularly (I hope!) and I’m taking the blog off hiatus. Unfortunately I’ll still have the problems of things like taking the GRE and applying to grad school and blah blah blah. But I’m trying!
  • I’m around 20 reviews behind, and it sucks. Despite this, I spent the day laying around in bed and reading, because I have a cold, and this is what you do. I try to ignore that logical part of me that tells me it would be just as restful to be writing reviews.
  • I’ve been listening to The Night Circus as narrated by Jim Dale… and I love it! This is the first time I’ve paid attention to an audiobook (even though technically this is a “reread”). Dare I even say that the audiobook is better? Maybe not quite yet, but this is definitely improvement!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Amanda and Kelly are being awesome again (as usual) and they’re kicking off Unbreaking the Shelves, a challenge that runs to the end of the year and encourages you to get on top of that TBR pile! I joined in and you should too!
  • Misty, the Book Rat, complained about THE WORST review request ever! I got the exact same email, and since I’m not accepting requests right now, it went straight in the trash. I didn’t even read it close enough to see if it got all the info right (they didn’t on hers). Be that as it may, I loved her response!
  • Lori at Pure Imagination talks about her book breakup process. Mine is fairly similar, only it doesn’t happen nearly so often, and mostly only with books that I promised to review (though that shouldn’t happen anymore, right?)
  • Jamie, The Perpetual Page-Turner, got over her carsickness! WOOOHOOO! This has never been a problem for me, but if you need tips, her posts gives plenty of ideas and tips for those who do suffer.

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Currently Reading:

  • Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
  • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

(Beginning total: 65)

As of 9/9: 63

  • Keep my to-read list as close to 530 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 500.

(Beginning total: 535)

As of 9/9: 537…oops!

Added: A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton and Carnival of Souls by Marissa Marr

Series Completion
0/15
  • EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)
Total Books
2/57

 





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 9

Jul
01
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • Okay, so I said this once, but Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews and I launched sign ups for The Book Sessions this week! There are still spaces left on the first session which will be featuring several YA contemporary novels. Not into YA Contemp? Don’t worry, the theme changes for each session. Just a little blurb from the post so you get an idea of what this is all about [see the original post for full details]:

The Book Sessions, hosted by Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews and Anne from Creativity’s Corner, are a cross between a Read-Along and a Book Club. Each session will feature 2-5 books of a specific genre or theme that we will be both reading and discussing over the course of several months. The discussions are intended to provide connections between involved readers and spark discussions that go beyond book reviewing and blogging.

  • In other news, I’m considering signing up for the Fairy Metal Thunder read-along. I know, I know, I totally need one more thing on my plate *sarcasm*! But I’ve already downloaded it on my Nook, and I’m planning to read it eventually anyway, right? And there’s PRIZES! and fun scavenger hunt stuffs, and yeah, I’m thinking about it. If you’d like to join, the book is free on most ebook devices (I think it was $0.99 on my Nook, but still, that’s cheap, right?) Check out the link to sign up!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)

Read:
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass – I liked the book, and then remembered all the drama surrounding it. Have I mentioned how much I HATE drama lately?
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – I can understand why everyone loves this series, and I will probably be continuing the series eventually.
  • Hush Money by Susan Bischoff – the first indie book that hasn’t disappointed me in a long time. It has restored my faith! Well, a little anyway.
  • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – Reading this at the same time as Outlander? Stupidest idea I EVER had. I liked it, but would have liked it much better if I hadn’t been comparing the two the whole time. *sigh* Silly me!

Currently Reading:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Why is it I always put off reading the required chapters for this until Sunday night?
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – A little slower than Divergent so far, but I’m still intrigued.
  • Scarlet Fever by Maureen Johnson – I might end up putting this one down officially because I’m not in the mood, not because it’s bad or anything.
  • On the Nook: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond – Not too far in, so I don’t really have an opinion yet.
  • Listening: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Irises by Francisco X. Stork and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. So far the only one I’m excited about returning to is Inkheart which is a re-read (listen) for me. I may have to admit defeat and just decide I’m not cut out for new audiobooks…

Up Next:

  • My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  • Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • Graveminder by Melissa Marr and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray for joint reviews coming up.

And that was my week! If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 8

Jun
24
7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

  • I participated in the Outlander Read-along (week 1)
  • I discussed Audiobooks – why I like the idea, and why I still don’t use them.
  • I did a set of mini-reviews on some Dystopians I’ve read since the beginning of the year.
  • I reviewed The Monstrumologist – unfortunately, not the book for me.
  • AND I posted my very first vlog on Creativity’s Corner, discussing my summer reading goals!

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • Not much happened this week. My nook is back (YAY!) Also, I have been working on a semi-super-sekrit-project with Alissa – We hope to have an official announcement by Wednesday, so keep checking back :)

 

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Alex @ The Blethering Bookworm asked us what we think about spoilers. For the record I am MEGA against spoilers – I like to try to figure out what will happen as I’m reading, and if I’m spoiled I don’t get to do that.
  • Anna @ Anna Reads did a post on audiobooks that’s kind of the opposite of my view – if you’re looking for a different opinion, try her post.
  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender talked about why book covers matter.
  • Alissa @ The Grammarian’s Reviews had a very serious post on blog bullying and negativity. Please, everyone, go and read it, and remember that everything you say in a public forum has a chance to get back to the person it’s about, AND whether you meant it to be hurtful or not, criticism is criticism. Do it in private please. Oh, and while you’re there, check out her post on young adults in YA – it’s pretty cool too!

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)

Read:
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart – YAY! My first contemp of the summer!
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Okay, so I’m like 50 pages from the end, but I’m almost done. Two things: 1) I think I’m ‘shipping the wrong character, but I’m STILL not sure (This would be the first time though – I rarely guess wrong on these things) and 2) This is the first book I have ever literally jumped up and down in frustration in the breakroom (because I had to go back to work, but I just wanted to read more). Yeah. That good!

Currently Reading:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Still reading this, in fact, I need to get going on the next section!
  • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – Still reading this one too, though I’ve kind of put it down because Throne of Glass got WAY good.

Up Next:

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – SO excited to get going on this one!
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – Another one I’m embarrassed I haven’t read. Everyone seems to love this series, so I’m gonna give it a try.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass – I seriously need a whole week of reading 24/7, because I have TOO MANY BOOKS that I want to read, like, yesterday.

I’ve gotta go get ready to drive Mom to the airport, so I’ll catch ya’ll later :) (Also! Burning a book to CD so I can listen in the car on my way book – my first new audiobook! Wish me luck!) If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 7

Jun
17
3 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

 The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

 

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • The Outlander Read-along started this week! Aaaaaand the first questions are due tomorrow. I haven’t even started it yet. Ummmmmmmmmm… I think I’d better get on that. I think you can still join here if you’re interested.
  • My Nook isn’t working right! D: I hate reading on my computer, but I can’t even get it to reboot, so I can’t read my ebooks there either. I’m just desperately hoping it’ll get over it – I can’t really afford a new one right now.

 

Around the Corner

(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)
I didn’t do a lot of commenting this week (sorry!) but there were a TON of great posts that I flagged to reread this week!
    • Anna @ Anna Reads brought to my attention that they are remaking Anne of Green Gables as a television series. Maybe it’s just because my name is Anne, and my hair is (almost) red, but I have ALWAYS thought this was the cutest love story ever! I am soooo excited for this!
    • Alissa @ The Grammarian’s Reviews reminded us to love our ARCs and in the process, kind of reminded me why I’m not about ARC’s around here. It is far too easy for me to become jealous about the whole thing, plus, I want this blog to be about discussion, and how can I discuss a book if it’s not readily available to the public?
    • Ruby @ Ruby’s Reads had a great post on monetizing her blog. I’ve never really looked at that as an option for me, but she brings up some really good points that I think anyone who is looking into monetizing needs to consider. Also, while you’re over at her blog, you should check out her Summer Book Exchange! The only reason I haven’t joined yet is my wishlist is still in progress, but you have until the 30th, and I plan on joining soon!
    • Nina @ Nina Reads asked a bunch of questions about Giveaway Etiquette. Giveaways are another thing that I avoid, for the most part, on this blog, but for those of you who do host them, this post is a must-read.
    • Fiktshun had a really great post on the distinction between Readers and Followers. This was really timely for me because I’ve been having the same thoughts, and I’m constantly trying to remind myself that it’s the READERS I want. The rest of it shouldn’t matter to me (though it often does, more than I want it to).
    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal did a spotlight on Book hype and what happens when it doesn’t pan out. There are so many different sides to this – check it out!

Reading Digest

(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
Read:
  • Advent by James Treadwell – I finally gave up on this one. It just went downhill after the turning point, and THEN my Nook started misbehaving and just… no.
  • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison – certainly an interesting read! I’m not sure I liked it as much as Amanda and Kelly did, but I’m glad I know what they’re talking about now.
  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth – loved it, because it was just what I needed! Fast and easy, but not too light.
  • Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep – How the EFF have I not read this yet??? I’m severely tempted to go out and buy the entire series, RIGHT NOW!
  • Starters by Lissa Price – I don’t actually have too much to say about this one. Ever read a book that you don’t even feel strongly enough about to really write a review?

Currently Reading:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Seriously, I gotta start this one! Questions due! TOMORROW! Why must I always procrastinate?
  • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – Apparently this is the summer of “reading all those books I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t read.” I’m liking it so far, but I’m concerned I’ll get it and Outlander confused, because the premises sound very similar…

Up Next:

  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart – Another one I’m embarrassed I haven’t read, plus, summer always puts me in the mood for chick lit contemporaries.
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – SO excited to get going on this one!
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – Another one I’m embarrassed I haven’t read. Everyone seems to love this series, so I’m gonna give it a try.

I am gonna try and get caught up on writing posts today, so if you see me on twitter, yell at me please :) If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 6

Jun
10
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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

After talking to Amanda, I’ve decided to continue with this weekly feature. She made it pretty clear she didn’t want everyone quitting, so yeah. That’s that, I guess.
 The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

 

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • Armchair BEA was a little bit of a disappointment for me. I enjoyed the finding new blogs and making new friends aspects – I’ve got at least 20 new subscriptions in my RSS feeder, probably about 20 times a typical week of new subscriptions. Unfortunately, the topics for discussion were less than inspiring, which is why once my work week started on Wednesday, I just… stopped posting. The posts were all about things we do with blogging in the “real world” and as I pointed out to Alissa (The Grammarian’s Reviews) on Twitter – there’s a reason I was doing Armchair BEA – I don’t live somewhere where that kind of contacts are possible! In future years, I hope I’ll be able to attend actual BEA, but if not, I will definitely be taking a closer look at the proposed topics for discussion before joining.
  • The Outlander Read-along starts the 11th! You can join here if you’re interested.
  • I know I was a bit MIA towards the end of the week and I want to apologize. Between family emergencies (my grandfather went into the ER last weekend, and had to have an emergency pacemaker put in – he’s much better now, but it was a scary couple of days) and just a general self-overbooking, I’m feeling the beginnings of burn out. Luckily, this time, it’s not blogging burn out. I have tons of ideas for fun posts. I just have to get around to writing them. Anyway, thanks for sticking with me, and I promise I’ll try to get back to normal asap!

 

Around the Corner

(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)
  • There were a lot of great posts as part of Armchair BEA, and I encourage you to check them out at the site if you’re interested.
  • Rachel @ Parajunkee did a post on the top ten reasons she unfollows blogs. I’m not quite as strict about this as she is, but she has a good point. I would add that I’ll unfollow if I don’t really have any interests in common with you. Sorry, but there’s too many blogs out there for me to be following ones I’m not that interested in (I woke up to 178 unread posts in my feeder this morning alone!)
  • Alissa @ The Grammarian’s Reviews has an interesting post on her position on grammar, and the distinction between grammar lovers and grammar “nazis.” Love it!
  • Felicia @ Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog wrote a rant on ebook pricing. I happen to agree with her – if an ebook is over $6-7 I’m not interested. I think there are lots of sides to this argument, though, and I by no means have done the research to have quite such an articulate position on it.

 

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
Read:
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – UH-MAY-ZING! Not much else to say. Except that now I want to go back to Graceling and read all the way through the series. And have discussions. And fangirl all over again. (Okay, really though, if I were to host a read-along of Graceling in a couple of months, or maybe early next year, would anybody be interested in joining in?)

Currently Reading:

  • Advent by James Treadwell – Still working on it, but I only have a little over 100 pages left! That’s one sitting… if I could just make myself do it :/
  • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison – Amanda and Kelly kind of bullied me into reading this one. It’s good, but it’s been forever since I’ve read ADULT paranormal and I’m feeling the need for some happy-go-lucky feel-good stuff. Like, I dunno, I need to wash my mind out with Disney (that may partially be the symptoms of burn-out, it always seems to manifest itself with the need for an overdose on stupid childish rom-coms, which I am secretly addicted to).

Up Next:

  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth – went after this one completely on the trailer, and it’s kind of the basis for my book trailer post. I am SO excited to read this one
  • Starters by Lissa Price – Got it out once and had to turn it back to the library before I could finish. This time, it’s due on the 16th, and I am determined to get it read in time!
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Um. Read-along starts Monday, aka tomorrow. Haven’t even started it yet. PROBLEM!

 

I’ve got a ton of reading to catch up on, so I’m out for the day. If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





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