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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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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!



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December Happenings

Welcome December 2019!!!

and…welcome to the first ever….

Yes, that’s right. This month is going to be extra special as I’ll be posting 25 book reviews for 25 five days!

Now normally these things start December 1 and that was the plan but life happened. I’m going to start posting a book review this Saturday, December 7 and every day after. All the way to New Year’s Eve.

I had been toying with this idea for a while and thought it possible but that I’d really have to step up my reading. Although I am not quite done the reading part, I believe I will still be able to achieve this goal.

Additionally, during the last week of December I will be posting top book picks from my reading year, which is something I have done for the past three years. I’ll be spotlighting books for things such as Best Middle Grade, Best Cover, and Book of the Year.

I hope you all will enjoy this crazy wintry adventure I have planned.

And, as always, HAPPY READING!!!