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2022: March Happenings!

 

March Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Going Home…And By Home I Mean The Library…

You’re not going to believe this, but I haven’t checked out a library book in over a year. Gasp! What?! Say it ain’t so!

Not through lack of trying. I mostly didn’t have time or I was reading ebooks galore. The least I did was go in to finally get a library card for my area.

But the long awaited return is here! I’m going back to my home away from home. I don’t know what day it’ll be, but I’m gonna go to the library and check out some books.

Less And More…

I’m keeping my TBR low this month so that I have time for other things I need to do. First, I want to finish up my current read, Summer Nights with a Cowboy. Then, move on to the 4 books I have planned for March:

  • The Becoming by Nora Roberts
  • The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
  • The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober
  • Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (arc)


What books are you going to read this month?


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2022: January Happenings!

January Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Hello, again! I hope you all had a good weekend and you’re ready to kickstart the new year into high gear. I know I am. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Bookshelf Corner:

Eyes on the Prize: 2022 Bookish Goals

Hello, 2022! There are several goals I want to accomplish this year, but today I’ll just focus on the ones of the bookish variety. I want to:

    • Visit the library regularly
    • Be a more active blogger
    • Donate books I’m no longer interested in reading
    • Reduce the number of unread owned books on my shelves
    • Read more back-listed titles
    • Finish the first draft of WIP
    • Participate NaNoWriMo for the first time
    • Read and/or acquire my very most anticipated 2022 releases
    • Buy more books

The 2022 Reading Challenge I Almost Got Carried Away With

Feeling energized after last year’s success I was toying with the idea of challenging myself to read 200 books this year, but at the last minute decided 150 is more reasonable given my overall 2022 plans.

I don’t have a tbr for this month – there are certain books I should really get done this month, but for the most part I’m just continuing with the winter tbr and going with the flow.

To start the new year, I’m currently reading Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon and Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein. The former I’m hoping to finish this week. The latter is around 600 pages so that’ll be a month long read unless I totally becomes unputdownable (which is 100% likely).

Rebranding the Blog for a Better Experience

Lately, I’ve been working on major rebranding for the blog. Some changes have already begun to be implemented, but there are still additional things to figure out, such as choosing a fresh, more modern theme, changing my approach to writing posts, creating a new logo, and designing for accessibility. More on that later once it’s all complete.

Have a great first full week of 2022!

 


 

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
– Betty White,
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

 


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2021: September Happenings!

School Is Back In Session…

I’ve been trying all month to get back on my work sleep schedule so that I’m ready for the first day of school. Results have varied in success, but I’m getting there.

While I’ve enjoyed my first official summer off in many many years (no work, no commitments), I am ready to get back to work. I’m not sure how this school year will go with all students in the building and covid cases rising in my area. On the upside, I’m working with some awesome people this year, so I’m looking forward to that.

I expect this month will be busy, tiring, overwhelming maybe, as we make the adjustment back to a mostly normal school life. I remain ever hopeful but practical. We got this!

New Theme Incoming…

I have a new theme ready to go for autumn that I can’t wait to show you. I’ve also been thinking about re-branding lately, changing much of the visuals for posts, and redoing my About page. You may see a few of those changes before the end of the year.

I like to periodically change the appearance of my blog because it keeps things fresh (at least for me) and it gives me a chance to do something artistic. Plus, the blog will be turning 6 years old in January and it’ll be a brand new year. I want to do something different for the occasion.

September TBR

I’m nearly done Blade of Secrets and will be able to start on my (tentative) September tbr over the weekend. Right now on my tbr I have:

  • How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (arc)
  • You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (arc)
  • Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
  • At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

This is the minimum I want to get through since I’ll be going back to work soon. If there’s time for more, great! But everything left over from summer reading is being moved to my fall tbr.


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August Happenings!

Getting Back In the Habit…

It’s hard to believe it’s August already. Feels like the summer has been going by super fast. I only have a few weeks left before I go back to work, so it’s time to get back into the habit of things. I need to start preparing for the upcoming school year, whatever that may look like with the state of covid and delta variant we’re in nationally.

I completely got off my sleep schedule, some nights horrendously so. Therefore, I have to start going to bed and waking up early. Otherwise, the first few weeks of school are going to be difficult to get through.

I’ve also haven’t been posting regularly these past few months, a combo of work and life mental exhaustion and days where I was just too busy. The goal is to get back to regular posting and not fall behind on things.

Plenty of Summer Reading Left to Do…

I’d say I’m about halfway through my summer reading list. With a month and a half left of this intensely hot summer season, that still leaves plenty of time to finish reading everything.

I’m currently reading:

  • Carefree Black Girls by Zeba Blay (arc)
  • The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton

The rest of my August TBR includes:

  • Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Fairytales From Verania by TJ Klune
  • Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee
  • Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton

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May Happenings!

A Fantastical, Fantasy-Filled May…

My tbr this month is nearly all fantasy books that have 5-star rating potential! I made sure to include some YA fantasy, a genre I haven’t read much of lately, so that needs to be rectified asap. And to continue the “spring cleaning” theme there are owned books that have been at the top of my tbr for far too long.

This May, I would like to read:

Roar by Cora Carmack (currently reading)
Wolf Kissed by Heather Renee (currently reading)

Under the Whispering Moon by TJ Klune (arc)
Flash Fire by TJ Klune (arc)
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (arc)
Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Hopefully, there will be time to read more than this, but for now this is what I can managed this month with work back to full five days. I’m about halfway through both my current reads so it’s possible.

Your Mental Health Matters…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you need a break, take a break and breathe. It’s okay to not be okay. Remember that you are loved. You are enough. There is always someone willing to listen and resources available when you need them.

Your mental health matters. You matter.

24/7 Support That’s Here For You

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
1-866-488-7386
TrevorChat available
Text START to 678678

Crisis Text Line
www.crisistextline.org
US and Canada – Text HOME to 741741
United Kingdom – Text HOME to 85258
Ireland – Text HOME to 50808

National Alliance On Mental Illness
https://nami.org/Home
NAMI Helpline – Call 800-950-NAMI
Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741

To Write Love On Her Arms
https://twloha.com/

National Domestic Violence Hotline
thehotline.org
espanol.thehotline.org
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


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April Happenings!

Gooooooals!!!

For the most part I accomplished my March goals, so I have good feeling I’ll be able to put forth the same effort again this month. My goals for April are:

  • finish all received arcs
  • reach my target reading goal
  • draft at least 5 new content posts
  • draft new graphics for summer, the blog, future posts

Immediate TBR Focus….

As stated in some of my most recent post I’m making a concerted effort to read books I own because it’s been long overdue. The best thing about my spring tbr is that most of it contains physical books, which I’m excited about as my eyes could use a break.

My target reading goal is at minimum 8 books:

  • Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen (currently reading)
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Drawn Together by Minh Lê
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (arc)
  • The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (arc)
  • Roar by Cora Carmack
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc)
  • Unplugged by Gordan Korman

Change Is Hard Sometimes…

So I don’t know when this happened but when I logged on the other day my dashboard and everything else had change.

I can’t use the classic editor anymore (or maybe it’s hiding from me like everything else). I can only get to the dashboard through the address bar. Trying to do the micro editing I do (like working in html) was a challenge. There’s so many buttons!

This is the first post I’m writing with the block editor. I’m hoping that this post will still look like all the others in this recurring post.

Did this change happen to anyone else? I know some have had to switch to block editing. Mine did too but I could still use the classic editor and WordPress itself didn’t change.

Everything is so…block-y. *insert dramatic sigh*

It’s going to be slow learning, but I’ll make it work somehow.


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March Happenings!

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂 Finally getting this post up too many days later! Here’s what’s happening this month with the blog and more:

March Bookish Goals…

I posted about this last week on IG but am putting it here as another reminder to myself. I have 3 bookish goals for the month of March: finish my tbr, write reviews sooner than later, and find new books in genres I don’t often read (specifically, science fiction).

March was going to be middle grade books only but I need to get all the arcs I have left done.

I had few book hangovers last month which caused me to procrastinate writing reviews which then affect my blog schedule. So like with the first goal I’m looking to be more proactive.

I don’t read science fiction as often as I used to and it doesn’t help that I am very picky about what I read. I do have a few sci-reads on my tbr this year but I’d like to add more.

A Proactive And Feasible TBR…

To expand upon goal #2 in the previous section, here is my tbr for the month of March:

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy (currently reading)
A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams (currently reading)

Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen
A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant
The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Painting In True Bookish Fashion…

I’m working on another project that’s book related. This will be more than just painting and I’m hoping it turns out as I’ve pictured it.


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February Happenings!

Painting My Bookish Faves…

My next few paintings will be inspired by my favorite book covers/series. I am thinking the Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch and TJ Klune’s Green Creek series.

A TBR List to Love…

I’m currently reading The Boss by Abigail Owen and Snow White with the Red Hair (volumes 10 & 11). Once I’m done those I’ll be able to start this month’s tbr, which is half arcs / half books by black authors. Last month was a successful reading month so I’m optimistic for another one.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Redd, Illustrated by Nneka Myers

Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC)

Snapped by Alexa Martin

Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen

Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas (ARC)

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy (ARC)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia


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January Happenings!


In Retrospect, My Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge…

I was going up my goal to 175 books but decided on 100 books, which is significantly lower than last year (186/125). Sometimes it’s hard not to focus on the numbers. I chose to go lower in order to give myself more time to savor books but also to allocate more time to other hobbies. It’s possible I might increase the goal later on.


TBRs: A Suggestion, Not A Requirement…

My 2021 TBR is now live along the blog’s side widgets. I love this year’s list a lot. A good portion of the books are fantasy, middle grade, adult contemporary romances, books by black/poc authors, and indie authors.

For the first time, I have a winter tbr but it’s more like suggestions than a list that has to be completed. The next couple of months mostly include arcs and priority reads that I didn’t get to last year. For January, I want to read:

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (ARC)(currently reading)
Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen (ARC)
Brothersong by TJ Klune
Celestial by Olivia Wilenstein

Book Hauls Forthcoming…

I was gifted gift cards for my birthday and Christmas (which are close together), so I’ve already started adding more fun books to my bookshelf that I am excited to read. I’m hoping more arrive later this month.

5 – Year Blogiversary Coming Soon…

The Bookshelf Corner turns 5 years old on the 22nd. This blog has changed so much and it’s still evolving into the best possible version I can make it. If there’s time I’d like to do something this month to commemorate it.


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December Happenings: 25 Days of Book Reviews (Year 2)

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Welcome to the 2nd year of
25 Days of Book Reviews!

I’m hoping this is the start of something new for the blog. This series is my bookish spin-off of those 25 days of Christmas specials you see on TV. For the next 25 days up until Christmas, I will be posting a review per day PLUS bonus content.

Last year went well so I wanted to attempt this again. My first review of the month is now live – Secret Nights With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews.

This series eventually leads up to my “Best of” posts where I spotlight the best of the best from my 2020 reading year.

I hope you enjoy these posts and maybe find your next big read!

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