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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 5

Jun
03
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 borrowed from On a Book Bender]

As I took the previous week off, this will be a rewind of the past 2 weeks. Time goes fast!
 The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)
  • I reviewed Candlewax for NetGalley.
  • I also reviewed Grave Mercy (and loved it – you should definitely check it out!)

 

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • My design is finished! Cialina did an amazing job! I am so happy with the new look and I am so excited to explore what I can do with WordPress. (Also, if any of you had my old button, would you mind switching it for the new one?)
  • Armchair BEA starts tomorrow! While I’m sad that I can’t make it out to the real thing, I’m so excited for the event. I have no idea if the sign ups are still open, but if they are, you should join in!
  • I signed up for the Outlander Read-along. It starts the 11th, and you can join here.
  • Unfortunately, the rest of my life is… well, not so great right now. Mega huggles and thanks to Amanda, Kelly and Julie for talking me through the stress.

 

Around the Corner

(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)
  • Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea talked about Reading and Blogging Slumps and asked what we do about them.
  • Smash from Smash Attack Reads had a really interesting post about whether it’s good for authors to post comments on your reviews. I’ve always been part of the “extremely flattered” camp, but she brings up some really interesting points from the other side that made me rethink that.
  • Ruby from Ruby’s Reads hosted a debate on WordPress vs. Blogger. I kind of wish there had been something like this up when I was deciding to move! Not that I regret my decision, but I enjoy getting as many viewpoints as possible.
  • Kelly from Reading the Paranormal had a great Spotlight post on building community and what that means as book bloggers. She makes a ton of great points, and I’ve got the post flagged as something to use as a guideline when interacting with the community in the future.
  • Author Beth Revis had a great post on handling negative reviews that I think applies to a lot of life. Plus, it made me laugh, which is great considering it’s such a serious subject. I’m keeping this one bookmarked for the next time I’m down about a, shall we say, difference in opinion.
  • Amanda, founder of Clock Rewinders, shared with us The Responsibility of having a Successful Idea. I only found this post this morning, but it’s making me wonder if I should continue with Clock Rewinders – I hate intruding on others’ space. I’ll be spending a lot of time this week thinking about that, and whether I would like to continue, or come up with something of my own to feature the blog posts etc. from the week. One thing I do know, is that I’ll be removing the New Book Gazette section of my Clock Rewinders posts as of today. It was never something that I really was that attached to – I turned to Clock Rewinders as a way of having a post to feature other bloggers, and as an incentive for me to become more active in the community. As I may have said before, I’m not a big fan of the “let’s show off all these wonderful books we got!” mentality – I’m here for reading, the end, period! I don’t see the point in the jealousy those kind of posts can cause, and I find them difficult to comment thoughtfully on. Add to that the fact that I find searching up tons of book covers and formatting them into the post a pain (even though WordPress makes it much easier) and I’m happy to see that section go. As Amanda points out, that was never the point of Clock Rewinders, and if I continue to do these posts, I would like to do my best to stay true to the creators’ vision. Anyway, if this ends up as my last Clock Rewinders post, this is why.

 

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
Read:
  • Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade – I finally got around to reading it!
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – finally I am making up for the holes in my reading of my first (genre) love!
  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – I almost put this down about 80 pages in. Shame on me! It was GOOD!

Up next:

  • Advent by James Treadwell – currently reading for NetGalley, but it’s going kind of slowly. I may have to put it down.
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – this one is due the 11th! ACK! I gotta get reading!

 

And that was my week. Well, 2 weeks. If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 4

May
20
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)
It was a review heavy week for me!
I reviewed the finale of Once Upon a Time.
I posted mini-reviews of Austenland, Perfect Chemistry, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
I didn’t finish Odessa and felt pretty bad about that =(
And I reviewed Girl in the Clockwork Collar for NetGalley.
I also had several posts related to Bout of Books, but I’m not going to list them all here.

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)
Bout of Books was this week! I had so much fun interacting with all the participants, PLUS I made myself sit down and read for a few hours in a row, instead of my usual tendency to just read whenever I have a few minutes. Oh, and Amanda publicly challenged me to read the Elder Races series.

I moved to WordPress and self hosting! The design is as yet unfinished, but the migration has been made! This happened much quicker than I expected, so sorry to those of you who had to put up with the dust this week. Once/now that Bout of Books is over, I’ll be taking some down time until the finishing touches have been put on the new site. I’ll still be around commenting and such, but no new posts for a while.

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome this week)

I don’t actually have too many of these, because so much time was devoted to Bout of Books this week.

Amanda @ On a Book Bender asked those of us in the MidWest to link up. They’re also asking for some help in various positions – go check it out!

Fiktshun had a great post on how long is too long for a series. I still haven’t figured out what I want to say in a comment, but the post is a really great discussion of what happens when we (and the authors) just can’t let go of our favorite characters.

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
Check my Bout of Books updates page, if you’re interested!
New Book Gazette
(Books I bought or received in the past week)
Bought (on my Nook): A Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft

From the Library: Forgotten, Struck, Starters, Dragon Bound

Girl's Guide to Witchcraft coverForgotten CoverStruck CoverDragon Bound Cover
 

 

 

 

That’s it for this week. I know I missed some great posts while busy with Bout of Books, but if you’ll leave me a link in the comments, I’ll be sure to check them out!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 3

May
13
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)
I went to see The Avengers twice, and then told you all about why you should too!
I asked for your opinion on the WordPress vs. Blogger debate. I’ve pretty much made a decision, but I’d still love your input!
I posted my goals for Bout of Books.  
I reviewed Hourglass by Myra McEntire.

Behind the Desk

(My life behind the scenes)
 I signed up for Armchair BEA. I’m a little nervous about it, because I seem to get nervous about anything that requires me to “sign up” (what if I’m too busy that week? What if…? etc.) BUT, I’ve kind of decided I need to do these things that make me nervous. So there.
I fought with blogger over the covers on my Bout of Books post for so long and it was so frustrating that I have officially decided to move to WordPress. More on that in a post soon.
Bout of Books starts TOMORROW! Don’t forget to sign up and link up your goals if you want to participate. This is my very first read-a-thon in almost 2 years of blogging, so I’m really excited to see what it’s like!
Also, I caught a cold =( I hate being sick! Well, aside from having an excuse to park my butt on the couch and read all day.
Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome this week)

Lori @ Pure Imagination, Angela @ Reading Angel, Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog are hosting the Spring Blog Carnival. It ends today so be sure to get all your entries in – there are tons of really fun challenges out there!

KM @ One Page at a Time says it’s time for Kick-butt heroines to retire or get a makeover. I kinda agree, but either way she makes a very compelling argument.

Emily @ Emily’s Reading Room posted Blogger Confidential: Keeping Content Fresh – I’m sure we all could use a post like this one time or another!

Rachel @ Fiktshun talked about Staying focused – a difficult task with all the social networking involved in blogging.

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
I spent the majority of the week reading The Monstrumologist and Timepiece. After that I picked up The Book of Blood and Shadows and Candlewax. Hopefully I can finish these two today so I can start on my Bout of Books list tomorrow!
The MonstrumologistTimepiece coverBook of Blood and ShadowCandlewax
New Book Gazette
(Books I bought or received in the past week)
Bought (on my Nook): Deadly Cool, Hush Money
Deadly CoolHush Money

From the Library: Bitterblue, Mistborn, Masque of the Red Death
BitterblueMistbornMasque of the Red Death

From NetGalley: Blackwood
Blackwood

That’s it for this week – I’m off to cuddle my blankie and a box of tissues. Let me know if I missed out on any other awesome posts around the blogosphere this week!





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 2

May
06
11 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 touted War Horse as the greatest war film I’ve ever seen (and that’s saying something because I dont’ like War films)
I participated in Top Ten Tuesdays, and told you what books I wish they’d make into movies.
I posted another set of mini-reviews, including reviews for Fairy Bad Day, Croak, Dragonswood, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I told you why I love Goddess Interrupted.
Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)
I went to see the Avengers! TWICE! Review coming tomorrow.
I signed up for the May Page Count Contest and failed miserably at Week 1.
Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome this week)
My Best Blogging Friend Julie had an article on The Selection posted by Huffington Post this week.
Lori at Pure Imagination posted about why she (and others) has switched to wordpress.This has been really helpful to me, as I am seriously considering making the change.
Suey at It’s All About Books reviewed The Avengers and thought pretty much the same things I did!
Anna at Anna Reads talks about how books make her crazy. I think we all go through the same thing honey!
Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
I finished Eragon and Grave Mercy and then picked up The Monstrumologist from my actual physical TBR pile! I am so proud of myself! Unfortunately Starters had to go back to the library before I could get to it. Despite really wanting to love Witch Eyes it has gently been set in the DNF pile for now. I will reconsider it later.
Eragon CoverGrave Mercy CoverMonstrumologiest coverWitch Eyes Cover
New Book Gazette

(Books I’ve received in the past week)
For once I got some new books! We visited a store called Half Price Books while on vacation and I bought the omnibus of Maria V. Snyder’s Inside series, and the Encyclopedia of World Mythology.
Inside CoverEncyclopedia cover





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 1

Apr
30
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 they’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they 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) 

I reviewed A Million Suns by Beth Revis 

I talked about some decisions that seemed really good at the time that make my life suck now.


Behind the Desk

(Behind the scenes and non-post related events)

The April Page Count Contest  over at Reading Angel is wrapping up, and I didn’t even come CLOSE to winning. I had lots of fun and got lots of reading done though, and that’s what counts, right?

I’m considering signing up for Operation: TBR Reduction over at Once Upon a Chapter, but I need to figure out a way to tweak it so that it works for me, since I so rarely actually BUY the books. The TBR that’s out of control for me is the list! It’s nearing the 300 mark and I add several to it each day!

I began (serious) planning for a major event coming up in July on the blog. Can’t say anything specific yet, but it’s gonna be so much fun!!! 😀 On the downside, I also received my GRE prep materials this week – much less fun planning and studying for those, let me tell you! :(

Around the Corner

(Blog posts I found awesome this week)

Danny talked about why we like paranormal stories.

The Book Rat and a few of her friends are hosting the Fairy Tale Fortnight – it’s almost over, but all the posts are really awesome.

With all the negativity going around this week it was nice to see a post called Book Bloggers that Rock! [on The Book Cellar]

Reading Digest

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

Read this week:

Hourglass CoverGirl of Fire and Thorns CoverEragon Cover

This week I finished Hourglass by Myra McEntire, and I’m in the middle of Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I’ve also been in the middle of The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma for about three weeks now.

Starters CoverEldest CoverGrave Mercy cover

Next I should be picking up Starters by Lissa Price and then, I hope Eldest by Christopher Paolini and Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers.

And that’s my weekly round-up! Let me know what you think of the new meme, and let me know if you think I’ve missed out on an awesome post you saw around the blogosphere this week!





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