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December Happenings!

H A P P Y      D E C E M B E R !!!!!!

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It’s finally the last month of 2017, which is hard to believe. Feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing my first post of the new year. This month is gonna be busy the first half but fun the second half.

~ The Blog ~

So I have all the posts for this month planned and almost written out. I will only be posting up until about the 23rd because I want to get all my work out of the way as soon as possible.

I’ll also be prepping some changes for the blog and reformatting certain posts I do. I’ve been blogging for almost three years and it feels like a little re-branding is in order. I mostly just want to experiment with a new look but will keep with the blog’s aesthetic.

~ TBR List ~

(FINALLY coming TOMORROW!!!) Book Review: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan

I will also be reading Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (ARC) and Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (2nd Read). Those are the only two books I have planned to read and review before I’m done posting for the year. But if I feel like it I might read Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (2nd Read) and save that review for the beginning of January.

~ Writings ~

This is the month where I scramble to edit/revise all those things I’ve written recently and get a few of them in the right amount a shape that I can share them here at some point next year.

~ Book Recommendation of the Month ~

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing, October 3, 2017

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My Review of Mustaches for Maddie

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November Happenings!

H A P P Y     N O V E M B E R ! ! !

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I’m writing this month’s intro post a little differently today because this month’s going to be more unusual than past months. Sorry if it’s all over the place.

I wrote a few interesting pieces of fiction last month that I can’t wait to edit. I’m hoping to share one or two in the future but most likely not until January. I’ve been watching a lot of really great anime shows that have given me all sorts of story ideas. It made me think of writing a collection of short stories. Of course, I’d like to finish the novel ideas I have first but I’m not opposed to writing a short story here and there if I decide to go that route as well.

Novels I plan to finish by the end of 2017:

  • Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (ARC)
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt (ARC)
  • Novel – TITLE TBA
  • Picture Books – I won’t be reading these for another week or so

*book reviews TBA

Writing plans for November:

  • write a couple more short pieces of fiction
  • write sample chapter 1 of sci-fi/fantasy fairy tale retelling novel idea
  • edit pieces written over the past few months

Unfortunately, I don’t have book to recommend this month.

I hope everyone had a great October and I wish you a wonderful November month! And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Mystery Blogger Award #4

Thank you Siobhan @ Novelties for tagging me. To read her awesome answers to this award, click here.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Award Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions.
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

Three Facts About Me

  • Puppies and kittens are my weaknesses – they’re so cute!
  • I become a world-class ninja whenever a flying insect gets too close to me.
  • Without regular naps, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to function in the real world.

 

Siobhan’s Questions

—What was your 2017 most anticipated book that disappointed you?
All the books I was looking forward to that I was able to read so far this year I enjoyed.

—Which books are you eagerly awaiting for 2018?
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles, book 3) – January 2, 2018

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (The Numair Chronicles #1) – February 6, 2018

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #5) – March 6, 2018

—Who’s your least favourite author? Why?
Don’t have one.

—What would you like to see authors incorporate into their stories that you don’t see now?
Not sure.

—Which character in a series you’d love to fight?
I’m a lover, not a fighter. I’d lose regardless.

I Nominate…

I’m going to skip this part because I haven’t been able to read others’ posts in quite a while and am trying to catch up on all the cool posts I missed. But if you’d like to respond to this award, feel free to!

My Questions

  1. An early question to ask, but what’s your reading goal for 2018?
  2. What have been your top three favorite books of 2017?
  3. What are three things you can’t live without?
  4. Which author would you love to have as your mentor?
  5. Which characters would you want to celebrate New Year’s with?

Past Response to Mystery Blogger Award:

https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/mystery-blogger-award-nomination/

https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/mystery-blogger-aware-nomination-2/

https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/mystery-blogger-award-nomination-3/


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October Happenings!

Happy October!

Last month I didn’t post as much as I would have liked. But the highlight of Sept was earning my second badge on NetGalley for 10 reviews posted. The Bookshelf Corner was also nominated for The Cramm Award. And I made small progress in different areas of my life. Not a huge win but I guess any progress counts for something right now. I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting this month, likely a few times a week. But I hope you will like what get’s posted.

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Here’s what’s happening this October month:

The Blog

As of now I have no set posting schedule – I think that’s for the best until I can get on a better work schedule. Like I said earlier in this post, it’ll likely be a few times a week. I’ve also been thinking of further visually updating the blog. Not sure if that’ll actually happen and if it does it won’t be for some months.

The TBR List

New (Updated) TBR List – https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/the-post-in-which-an-overzealous-reader-changes-her-tbr-list-again/

Currently Reading:

  • Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (REVIEW COMING OCT 8)
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
  • (ARC) Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Call For Book Recommendations – what’s a good book that I definitely should read?

Novels & Other Writings

Continue writing 1st Draft of Novel Idea #1 (YA Fantasy)

Continue drafting full characters and plot of Novel Idea #3 (YA Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling)

Novel Idea #2 (Fantasy) – On Hold – concept written but may partially change

Write a Short Story

Book Recommendation of the Month

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin’s Press, February 26, 2013

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My Review of Eleanor & Park


As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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The Cramm Award Nomination

Thank you to Shaz @ Shaz Reads for nominating me for this award. It looks really interesting so I’m happy to participate in it. If you’d like to read Shaz’s answers to this award, click here.

The Cramm Award was created by Liv @ theCramm.

Rules

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world.
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.

3 THINGS That Motivate Me To Blog

  1. sharing my love of all things books and writing with others
  2. connecting with other on all things books and writing
  3. having a creative space to read and write

3 PEOPLE Who Motivate Me To Blog
There’s really only one person I can think of – the teacher who introduced me to blogging and taught me how to blog.

1 Thing I Hope To Do That Will Improve The World
I want to help all the fur-babies without homes through volunteering, fostering, and adopting. They each deserve a loving family and a forever home. I’m not in a position right now to help the fur-kitties and fur-puppers but hopefully someday soon.

Challenge Question
I’m not sure what kind of question is supposed to go here :/

Nominees
Anyone who would like to do this, please feel free to do so.


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September Happenings!

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H A P P Y   S E P T E M B E R !

It’s back to business. My brief break last week was somewhat rejuvenating but necessary. I got some things done but not everything I wanted to. Summer may technically still be here but for me it always feels over come September. Which is fine because there is lots to do and accomplished during the next four months.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

 

The Blog
Last month I only posted on certain days and I kind of enjoyed having that particular posting schedule. So for September, I’ll only be posting Sun/Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat. We’ll see how that goes.

I made minor changes to the sidebar of the blog. And over the past month or so you may have noticed that my book reviews and Happenings posts are slightly different. It’ll take time to get used to but I like the changes I’ve made. I was going to make a few more changes to the blog but I think this color scheme and theme really works for me and what The Bookshelf Corner is.

 

The TBR List
Last week I finished my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge and I have a new TBR list ready to go. Once I finish the two books I’m currently reading, I’ll be reading four books all by Tamora Pierce. I was going to set another book-goal for this year but I think my goal is just going to be to finish every book I want to read before the year is over.

Currently Reading: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan | The King’s Champion by Xina Marie Uhl (ARC)

Reading Next: Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Opens, book 1)

 

Novel Updates
Sadly, none to speak of. But I’m not giving up on these ideas.

 

Book Recommendation of the Month

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
(The Books of Bayern, book 1)
Published by Bloomsbury, November 3, 2003

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As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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2017 Reading Challenge COMPLETED!!!

I finally finished my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads! My goal was to read 30 books this year and I managed – miraculously – to accomplish that goal. To celebrate I thought I’d look back on some of the books I read as a part of this challenge, including post-read thoughts and highlights from the reviews I wrote. Note: title links lead to my review of each individual book.

 

The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

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A book finale I won’t soon forget. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 but it still makes me smile with happiness and sadness to this day – so is the way of a story come full circle.

Review Excerpt: “The storyline was amazing and suspenseful. I thought, Holy guacamole! That just happened. and Oh no! and What in the world?! and Please tell me there’s a way out of this. I had no idea what would happen next or how characters would overcome, which made me feel fearful for everyone involved. The strain of it was exhausting but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was an entertaining story.”

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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Goodness, this whole series was a lot to take in but so worth it. I enjoyed each book and it all culminated into a wonderful finale. Snow Like Ashes series is now one of my new favorite YA Fantasy series

Review Excerpt: “A long read but worth it. I’m very satisfied with how everything came together as the conclusion of this series.”

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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I remember needing a book to read for something but I couldn’t use this one. I still kept the title written down to read later because the plot interested me and the cover was just gorgeous. I was so glad my local library had a copy. This book was amazing – as was book 2 – and I cannot wait to read book 3, Heart on Fire, when it’s released in early 2018.

Review Excerpt:A Promise of Fire was really good. I couldn’t put it down and finished reading it within a couple of days. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a 400+ book so fast and laughed so much.”

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Zodiac by Romina Russell

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I am so happy to have discovered this book because I am in love with this series. It’s so good and different and everything I love about YA sci-fi and fantasy. Rho is such aThe fourth and final book of the Zodiac series just came out and I can’t wait to read it.

Review Excerpt:Zodiac has been one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. This book was amazing – I loved it so much. I had only read a few chapters before I decided that I had to read the other books in this series.There are so many twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing and enthralled for the entirety of the story.”

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

From This Moment On by Lynn Kurland

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I remember adding this to my reading list this year because the book I had read before it was just….ugh. I needed a pick me up and a Lynn Kurland romance novel was just what I needed. I would read this book a third time, it was that good.

Review Excerpt: “This is my second time reading this book and it was just as good and sweet and lovely as I remembered.”

Black Moon by Romina Russell

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (ARC review)

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This was the first ARC I’ve ever read and reviewed and also the first book I read and reviewed for NetGalley. It was so good and refreshing to read. Loved it and the strong sense of community it highlights. I also did an interview with the author, which was really cool.

Review Excerpt: “Hannah Bucchin’s debut novel, Paintbrush, was a delightful story that had me falling in love with the characters, on the edge of my seat with its plot, and feel all the feels with its touch of romance. This was a big win for me. And I look forward to reading more from her.”

Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear, Pictures by Esmé Shapiro (ARC review)

A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis (ARC review)

Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (NetGalley review)

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I really really want to read book 2 because this book was so amazing. I love werewolves in fiction so this was just right for me.

Review Excerpt: “This book was everything and then some – perfect for a paranormal romance-loving, wolf-obsessed, hopeless romantic like myself! One of my new favorite books ever and of 2017.”

Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland

Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis, Illustrated by Carmen Mok (NetGalley review)

The Hunters by John Flanagan

All Things New by Lauren Miller (ARC review)

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I’m so glad I got to read this book! It’s just…everything you want from a book and does a great job expressing what mental health issues look and feel like.

Review Excerpt: “Beautiful, poignant, and honestly portrayed, All Things New is an enchanting story that gives hope for a brighter today and an even brighter tomorrow. I underestimated how good All Things New would be – it was unbelievably fantastic!”

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (ARC review)

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I am still reeling over how amazing this book was. I highly recommend this wonderful middle grade novel based on a true story.

Review Excerpt: “Maddie’s voice is clear, distinct, and her personality shines through every line. Her active imagination colors every word and phrase, making the reading experience extremely enjoyable. Her perspective on life made me think about my own, especially when I was her age. I felt included in her world. Maddie is a sweet, admirable individual who anyone would feel lucky to have as a friend.”

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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This was the first book by Sarah Dessen I ever read and oh my goodness it was good. Any recommendations which other books by Dessen I should read?

Review Excerpt: “This novel really pulls at the heart-strings, especially with what incites the conflict and every obstacle that follows. What made me pick up this book was that it involved wedding planning and the premise seemed really interesting. Those two things combined surely would make a great story, right? It did. Also, let’s not forget that the cover is simple but gorgeous.”

Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (ARC review COMING SOON)

Me, Me, Me by Annika Dunklee, Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith (ARC review COMING SOON)


Thanks for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it. More reviews are to come within the next four months.

My Fall 2017 TBR List is up – check out what books I’ll be reading. I update my Currently Reading page and Goodreads regularly when changes in books occur. I’m still reading Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan and The King’s Champion by Xina Marie Uhl (ARC), but I hope to finish those really soon.

You can also follow me on Twitter for updates on my reading list and about the blog.

As always, happy reading!