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June Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

It’s the last day of June. As we head into the second half of 2020 I’m both excited but concerned.

Excited, because summer reading is happening and I have a lot of great titles on my list. Also, of the positive changes being made to make a more equal society for the black and pride communities.

Concerned, because the virus continues to rampage the country and that there’s still no unified front (wearing masks, social distancing, etc) to tackle this major health crisis.

So it’s been a tenuous month with a mix of bookish goodness. Here’s my wrap-up for June:

This month I read 18 books total and posted 7 reviews:

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Days by Tsuyoshi Yasuda (Vol. 1-7) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
By A Thread by Lucy Score | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nabari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (Vol. 1-3) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, Illust. by Nicole Neidhardt | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Entangled Secrets by Pat Esden | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My favorite read hands down was By A Thread (review). It was a long book. But I could not stop reading and finished in a few days. It was amazing! I also did a reread of the entire The Betrayal Knows My Name manga series, which was a lot of fun.

I also wanted to share some of the blog posts I enjoyed reading this month. I think I decided to do this halfway through June. I’d seen it done before by other bloggers and thought maybe doing it too or something similar. A kind of nod of appreciation to your fellow book bloggers. Here are my top picks:

Where Are All The Fathers In YA Books? (A Look At My 2020 Reads)| Pages Unbound Reviews
Where To (Legally) Get Free E-Books| Reads And Thoughts
Bookshelf Tour| The Book Corps
Alternatives To Goodreads| Kristin Kraves Books
How To Save Money On Books| Soph’s Book World
Good Morning| Susan Loves Books
Review: Shades of Magic, Vol. 1: The Steel Prince| Jill’s Book Blog
Weekend Reads #106: On the Assumption That White Means Universal| Zezee with Books
Review | Heartsong by TJ Klune” | Birdie Bookworm

Most notable the abundance of book recommendations for books by black and queer authors from both communities and beyond. A few interesting books I’ve added are:

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
Heartstopper, Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (currently reading)
Out Now: Queer We Go Again! by Saundra Mitchell
Smash It! by Francina Simone (ARC)
Something To Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

I loved how the book community and book publishers and outlets came together to lift up these voices that deserve to be heard and help bring their stories to light. And I hope this continues beyond our pages.

And, finally, I participated in the cover reveal for Gilded Serpent by Donna Grant, book 3 of the Dark Shores series.

So that was my June 2020. How was your reading month? What were some of your favorite books? What own voices did you add to your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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What A Wonderful Book Community We Have

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

If you’re feeling anxious at all today, just remember the wise words from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata” and the sage advice by Dory from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.”💕😊💕

You’ve probably are hearing this a bazillion times a day, but I really do hope everyone is doing alright.

I love this community a lot and I’m glad we all have each other to keep our spirits up. We’re not just bonding as fellow book nerds, but are bonding as a people as well working together to achieve the same goal.

We are stronger together.


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[Bookstagram Re-Post] February Wrap-Up

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Condensed version of the February Wrap-Up I was supposed to do a blog post for but ran out of time.

This month was very productive for reading and managed to stay on target. But I think I’m due for a reading break or lesser reading load, so over the next two months or so you may see less reviews from me. I’m feeling the kind of fatigue that comes from constantly reading.

Anywhooooo, here’s my Feb monthly wrap-up:


 

Goodreads Reading Challenge ● 33 / 125

Book Reviews Posted ● 10

Books started and finished in Feb ● 20

Ratings:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3 books
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 13 books
⭐⭐⭐ 1 book
⭐⭐ 1 book
⭐ 1 book (DNF)
To Be Rated 1 book

My Favorite Books Were:

 


Q: How did your reading go in February? What were some of your favorite books that you read?

 

 

AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!


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TBR At A Glance – 3/2/20

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CURRENTLY READING

  • (ARC) The House In The Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune

  • Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 11-14)

 

READING NEXT

  • (ARC) Flame by Donna Grant

 

RECENT REVIEWS (links)

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • MARCH 9 – (ARCNot Your Idol by Aoi Makino (Volume 1)

  • MARCH 10 – (ARC) The House In The Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune


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TBR AT A Glance – 2/14/20

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CURRENTLY READING

  • Adorakable by Cookie O’Gorman

READING NEXT

  • (ARC) The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 1-3)
  • I’m A Gay Wizard by V.S. Santoni
  • Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 5-7)

RECENT REVIEWS

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • Feb 15 – It’s Ok To Be A Unicorn by Jason Tharp
  • Feb 17 – The Werewolf Queen by Brandi Elledge
  • Feb 20 – An Incurable Case of Love (Volume 1)


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IT’S FRIDAY Y’ALL!!! + January 2020 Blog Wrap-Up

January 2020 Blog Wrap-Up

When I first started blogging I thought about doing monthly wrap-ups but I could never get into them or didn’t have time or had something else I really wanted to posted that day. This year I’m going to try doing this type of post. Seems like good new content to explore.

A lot happened in January. I did more blog tours for Inkyark Press (A Love Hate ThingDon’t Read the Comments) and Mira Books (Cast In Wisdom & The Unwilling). It’s been such a delight to read, review and promote these books for two of my favorite publishers.

I celebrated my 4-year Blogiversary on the 22nd – thanks a million to everyone who have been reading my content! There are over 300+ beautiful people following my blog or bookstagram. Thank you thank you thank you!

I managed to read and finish 12 books this month – starting up 2020 strong! – and post 5 book reviews. The reading highlights of this month were definitely Feather by Olivia Wildenstein and Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith. They are must-reads!

I also got and built new furniture, so now have more space for my precious books and anticipated additions. They were difficult to put together. I think I spent a total of 3 1/2-4 hours on these projects.

Unexpectedly, on the 26th of this month, the world lost NBA legend Kobe Bryant, one of his daughters, Gianna, Alyssa Altobelli and John Altobelli and Keri Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Payton Chester and Sarah Chester, Ara Zobayan. The sudden loss of these fathers and mothers, sisters and daughters, friends, neighbors, coaches, mentors – it’s still unreal. I played basketball for several years. So scary. So sudden – how fleeting life is.

Sorry to end on a sad note. But if I learned anything since 2020 began, it’s that I need to take action now if I want my dreams to come true. Because life is but a moment that can’t – shouldn’t – be wasted.


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January Happenings [2020]

Welcome January 2020!!!
Happy New Year!!!


The Roaring 20s Are Here…

Happy 2nd day of 2020 and the new decade, bookworms! I think reading, writing, and blogging in 2020 is going to be even bigger and better than last year.

I have so many great books I’ve recently added to my TBR list. Hopefully, I get through them all, especially the YA books. That’s one goal I have for the year. I didn’t read that much YA last year so I’d like to get through a good portion, if not all, of them if possible.

I won’t be reading much in January because I read so much November/December for the 25 Days of Book Reviews. A crazy idea that actually worked out pretty well. I’ll most likely do it again in December 2020.

A Little Break Before I Break Ground This New Year

I’m going to take a brief break from blogging (or at least do a lot less work) to recoup and reorganize. New posts will return Tuesday, January 7.

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge

Last year my goal was 80 books and I achieved that goal far beyond what was expected with 173 books read *mind…blown* So for 2019 I’m setting my goal to 125. Every reading year is different for me as are the books I read. Instead of setting a really high, and probably unreasonable, goal, I went with doable.

Blogiversary and Days Gone By…

Wednesday, January 22 is my 4-year blogiversary! I think I might do a top 10 list of my favorite moments from 4 years of blogging or a list of things I learned during that time. Four years is a long time to commit to something but I truly enjoy blogging and being able to voice my love of all things books. Book blogging has become such an integral part of me.


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HAPPY READING AND HAPPY WRITING!!!


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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

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Top 10 Blog Posts & Reviews 2019 on The Bookshelf Corner

Top 10 Book Reviews

  1. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

  2. The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

  3. Catwad by Jim Benton

  4. The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

  5. Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

  6. A Destiny of Dragons by TJ Klune

  7. A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein

  8. Alpha Unleashed by Aileen Erin

  9. Ungifted by Gordon Korman

  10. The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune

 

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1. Down the TBR Hole

  2. Book of the Month: The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

  3. My Frequently Used Words I Try To Avoid While Writing

  4. 15 Beautiful Book Covers To Admire

  5. Anticipated 2019 Book Releases

  6. Weekend Writing Prompt #19

  7. Coming Up With Story Ideas

  8. Weekend Writing Prompt #31

  9. Summer Reading 2019

  10. Book of the Month: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

 

*lists are based on the number of likes (one post per #) and content


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[Blog Milestone] 200 Posted Book Reviews!

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Today I posted my 200th book review on this blog, which is unbelievable! From children’s fiction to teens, from YA to adult literature, I have read and reviewed up and down the literary spectrum. It has been quite a journey but I was always so excited to share a book I had read with everyone.

Not every review was stellar or full of unbridled praise, that’s just how things work. I didn’t like every book I read but the majority were really great reads.

On January 30, 2016 (nearly four years ago!) I posted my first book review on this blog was for the wonderful Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch. Fun fact, Sarah Raasch was the first author I ever interviewed!

Each year since I’ve read and reviewed more and more. This year has been particularly productive. I managed to read 160+ books and posted 82 reviews in 2019. With the year soon to conclude I’m gearing up for a bigger and better and more productive 2020 year.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by my blog and read my reviews and allow me to have many bookish fan-girl moments. It really means alot.

Happy Reading!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

and I will see you all soon in 2020!

Sincerely,

Christina