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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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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


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Question of the Day #1 [QOTD]

QOTD: What are 2 book series you’d love to see adapted to graphic novels and why?

Easy: Tales From Verania by TJ Klune and Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce.

Tales From Verania is one long, magical hilarious, crazy adventure and heroics of epic proportions. I think the art would be amazing, vibrant, and out of this world. I would love to see art of Gary the Unicorn in all his self-proclaimed (but really rightly so) magnificence.

The main character in Song of the Lioness, Alanna, is one of my favorite strong female leads. The series is accessible to young adults and up. Adapting it to graphic novels would be cool to see. You’d get more of an impact from the story in a graphic novel format.

 

Tales From Verania (reviews)

The Lightning-Struck Heart – book 1
A Destiny of Dragons – book 2
The Consumption of Magic – book 3
A Wish Upon The Stars – book 4

 

Song of the Lioness (GR links)

Alanna: The First Adventure – book 1
In The Hand of the Goddess – book 2
The Woman Who Rides Like A Man – book 3
Lioness Rampant – book 4


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October Happenings (2019)

HAPPY OCTOBER 2019!!!

Achieving A Few Milestones…

Last month I reached three new milestones that completely caught me by surprise. I wrote my 600th blog post – today marks post 625! Here’s a link to the thank you post. Also, the blog is now being followed by 300+ people.

On Instagram, The Bookshelf Corner has reached 200+ followers. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me achieve these milestones!

Finally Made It Into The Room Where It Happens…

I finally saw Hamilton! Now I can officially cross it off my bucket list. I went with my best friend to see it and it was everything I imagined it to be. The cast was phenomenal. The set is so well structured. We had a great night.

Reading Slumps Are The Worst…

So I’m currently in a reading slump again and it feels awful. I’m almost halfway through Ace of Shades and haven’t even started Fever. The latter book I need to finished like yesterday because it’s an ARC and I want to get the review out two weeks at the latest before its publication date on October 28.

Afterwards I have three books waiting longingly in the wings: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, The Blacksmith Queen by G. A. Aiken, and Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

I’ve Been A Busy Bee Writing Blog Posts…

Even though I’ve been in a reading slump I’ve actually been writing alot more. I’ve finished several blog posts in advance and have drafted new ideas for posts that I’m excited about. Now if only I could apply that drive to more WIP…

Participating In Bookish Memes…

So last month I began incorporating bookish memes into my blog post schedule, such as Top Ten Tuesday. I’m looking to also do Waiting On Wednesday and Down The TBR Hole.

Initiating Dark Mode…

Because I’ve just been “on go” for the past several long months I think it’s time I took a brief break from blogging and just enjoy life. A brain break. I usually take a break at some point during the summer but this year I didn’t. I just kept obsessively reading and writing posts.

I’m looking at the last week or so of October to take off, which means no new posts/updates on the blog, Instagram and Twitter (hence, Dark Mode).

I’m so bad at taking breaks because I tend to just want to keep working and working. But a break every once in a while is good for your mental health. You gotta do what you gotta do to maintain your health.

For now, I have plenty of posts lined up that I hope you’ll find interesting.


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As Always, Happy Reading and Happy Writing!!!


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[October 2019] Book of the Month: “Cry Wolf” by Patricia Briggs

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Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ace Books
Recommended?: Yes

Goodreads Summary: Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

My Reviews:
Dead Heat – book 4
Burn Bright – book 5