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Beautiful Covers For New Anticipated Books

I’m a bit late to this but the covers for two books I’m looking forward to reading were recently revealed! I am so in awe of these beautiful covers. Just gorgeous. Sadly, these books won’t be released until early 2018. But for now enjoy these lovely book covers!

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kingmaker Chronicles, book 3
Publisher: Piatkus
Release Date: January 2, 2018

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Such a pretty and beautiful cover! Loving the blend of colors, especially where the power is emanating from Cat’s sword. She looks strong and stunning on this cover, like an Amazonian gladiator. This is sadly book three of the trilogy but I anticipate an epic conclusion to Cat and Griffin’s story.

Past Reviews: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) | Breath of Fire (Book 2)

 

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
The Numair Chronicles, book 1
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Image via Goodreads

Interesting and stunning cover. I am loving this cover. I have a guess of what the feather symbolizes but the dripping of gold has me at a loss (perhaps related to where the story takes place?). I might have to re-read the Immortals quartet again where Numair is primarily featured. I’ve been waiting for Numair’s story (from his younger days) to be told for many years so I have high expectations. But if it’s anything like this cover and author, it’s going to be fantastic.

Past Post: My Literary Hero: Tamora Pierce


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2017 Summer Reading List

Currently Reading: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4)

Currently Reading: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

(ARC) Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (Mission, book 1)

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)

Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Reforged, book 3)

(2nd Read) Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper, book 3)

Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5)

The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6)

 

♦ Happy First Day of Summer! I hope everyone has a great summer season! ♦

♦ What’s on your summer TBR list? ♦

♦ As always, happy reading and happy writing! ♦


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Library Mini Haul! & Slight Change To TBR List

An unexpected thing happened. My local library recently acquired Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley and Once and for All by Sarah Dessen!

I first found these books on NetGalley but one wasn’t available for request and the other I didn’t feel I met the publisher’s approval requirements. Later I saw that my library was ordering a copy of both titles, which made me so so happy that I immediately placed a hold on them. I was thoroughly surprised and didn’t expect them to become available so soon but I’m happy they did. However, this means I’m going to have to adjust my TBR list for the next couple of weeks.

Below lists what I’m currently (still) reading, what I plan to read next, and then what I’ll be reading afterwards.

CURRENTLY READING:

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Image via NetGalley | ARC copy

READING NEXT:

Image via NetGalley | ARC copy

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READING AFTERWARDS:

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Reading 2 books at once is always challenging but reading 6 total in two weeks is certainly bananas! But I’m really excited to read all these books and can’t wait to write reviews for them. My Summer Reading List will be up June 21 – the first day of summer!

To stay up-to-date on all the books I’m reading, you can follow my Goodreads page.

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Have a great day, everyone! And happy reading!

 


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June Happenings!

Happy June, everyone! We’ve officially reached the halfway mark of 2017. Here’s what’s up for The Bookshelf Corner this month:

The TBR List

I read 9 books last month, 4 from my list, 4 of them arc reviews, and 1 random read. I’m currently reading The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles, book 3) by John Flanagan and an e-ARC from NetGalley of All Things New by Lauren Miller. Afterwards, I’ll be reading book Slaves of Socorro (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4) by John Flanagan. Then on June 21 (the first day of summer), I’ll be posting my summering reading list of books I want to read from that date to September 1.

The Blog

I recently made a few updates and announcements with the blog but other than that no new upcoming news. I should be posting nearly every day this month.

Novel Updates

YA Idea #1 Status: 9,000+ words; 5 chapters written so far [YA Fantasy]

YA Idea #2 Status: concept written but may partially change; still considering YA but genre is now tbd

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(NEW) YA Idea #3 Status: concept written [YA Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling]

Book of the Month

I’m recommending My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult for the month of June. This book was such a great read and a fascinating story. It definitely tugs hard at the heart strings. Though I prefer the book to the movie, both are good in their own ways.

 

As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Book Hype: Is It Good Or Bad?

Everyone has their own preliminary reasons for being curious about a particular book and even more deeper reasons for deciding to read it.

We come across new books through our own violation and discovery, by recommendation, or by word of mouth. Each of these has a way of pre-establishing a set of expectations that could possibly be proven right or disappointingly proven wrong. It’s made me wonder about how hype over a book can influence our reading choices and the reading experience.

I’ve always been a skeptic about hype when it comes to books, largely because I’m very picky about what books I read. I always lean toward the possibility that a hyped book will be bad if I read it. I know, that’s defeatist thinking but that’s how I felt many many years ago.

But over the years I become ‘laxed on that way of thinking and broaden my horizons to books I never thought I’d read. My love for books far outweighed any hype. However, change doesn’t come overnight – sometimes it’s a slow transformation. For example, there was a lot of high praise about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – both the book and movie. It made me insanely curious, especially ’cause I knew John Green from YouTube (first) and think him a really cool guy. So I bought the book and a two of his other books with good intentions and the hope that they would be just as amazing as everyone said. That was years ago and I still haven’t read any of them. It was a combination of loss of interest and an ever growing TBR list. Perhaps one day I’ll revisit these books and read them.

There have been a few books that turned out as hyped (in my opinion). I bought Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen on a whim because I had been seeing it circulating around blogs. It sounded interesting enough that I got over my skepticism about it and decided to read it. I really liked this book. It far exceeding any expectations I had and I’m now looking forward to reading the rest of the series hopefully throughout the rest of 2017.

I have felt the adverse effects of negative hype from books I’ve already read. (For example) I’m not afraid to admit this: I loved the Twilight books. But notice I used the past tense – “loved.” Well that’s because I let others opinions influence my own. It wasn’t until years later that I reconciled that everyone has their own opinion and their own tastes in books – it’s a part of life and being human. I shouldn’t feel bad about liking a certain book that others didn’t (and neither should you!). I may not be able to say wholeheartedly that I love the Twilight books but I know they’ll always hold a special place in my book nerd loving heart.

So what am I getting at?

Book hype has its pros and cons. But, ultimately, read because you love to read. Read for the brilliance of stories, the interesting, dynamic characters, the gorgeous book covers, the stunning worlds built, and all the feels that coming with reading. You’ll either want to read a book or not. You’ll either end up liking a book or not. Everyone reads the same thing differently.

But whatever the hype, as long as you’re reading, well, then that’s all that matters.

What are your thoughts on book hype? I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic.


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Current TBR List – 5/14/17

  • Currently ReadingPoison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • Next To Read: Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland (MacLeod Family, book 11) [HR]
  • The Hunters by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 3) [YA]
  • River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8) [RF]
  • Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4) [YA]
  • Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5) [YA]
  • Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9) [RF]
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2) [YAF]
  • The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6) [YA]

On this list (as indicated above), are a mix of young adult fiction [YA], historical romance [HR], romance fantasy [RF], and young adult fantasy [YAF]. These are all the books I would like to get through before I post my summer reading list next month. A challenge but I’ll make it work somehow. Much of these titles overlapped from the TBR update I did last month but, as you may know, some unexpected things came up and I read a few book that weren’t on my TBR list. Hopefully, by the time summer’s over, I be completely done with my TBR list and can start a whole new one.

What’s on your TBR list? Have you read any of these books or books by any of these authors? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comment section below.

As always, happy reading!


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(My) Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

The latter half of 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting time for book lovers. I’ve found a few amazing books that will be released later this year that I’m pretty excited for and curious about.

~July 11~

Loved by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night Other World, book 1)

I’m very curious to see where the authors will take the characters next in this series and what about this new series is new – especially, after how the last HoN book, Redeemed ended.

~August 29~

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)

This is – sadly – the fourth and final book of this series. The first three were amazing! Zodiac was thrilling, Wandering Star had me on the edge of my seat, and Black Moon left me crazy to know what happens next. I highly recommend this series. I am really looking forward to seeing how this story concludes.

~October 31~

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide: Compiled by George Cooper, Tortall’s Spymaster by Tamora Pierce with Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger

Another book by one of my favorite authors? Yes, please! George Cooper is one of my favorite fictional characters. I’ve read snippets of his spy wisdom in (I think) just one other book. But to have a whole book dedicated to spy stuff? Again, yes, please!

~November 21~

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)

The first book had me floored. It was action packed and full of all the feels and incredible to read. I had placed book 2 on my to-read shelf immediately after I had finished Fate of Flames.

~December 5~

The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)

I’m three books behind in this series, so I don’t know when I’ll get to this book. But it’s still exciting that this series continues on. Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite authors.

 

You can also follow me on Goodreads to stay up-to-date on the books I’m reading.