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What Is Juneteenth?

Hello, Bookworms. Today is Juneteenth.

I was taught in school about the end of slavery in America, but have no recollection of Juneteenth. I didn’t even know Juneteenth was a thing until recently. I’m 99.99% sure I wasn’t taught about this particular event.

So I did some research on this topic and a lot of interesting things about those last few years of the American Civil War. Here’s what I found:

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a holiday in observance and celebration of the end of slavery (of freedom) in Galveston, Texas, which occurred two and a half years after then president Abrahman Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth Flag | created by Ben Haith

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day.

There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth: food and parades, outdoor parties and family gatherings, education and prayer.

What happened before Juneteenth?

Within this historic document, Lincoln declared the freedom to slaves only in Confederate-controlled states. He warned that he would free slaves if said states didn’t returned to the Union. He even offered compensation if they did. None complied; thereafter the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863.

The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrender at Appomattox, Virginia following the Battle of Appomattox Court House.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger (Union) arrived in Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War was over and that the enslaved African Americans were free. But slavery would not be formally abolished nationwide until the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

And that brings us to today, June 19, 2020, America at a crossroads, fighting for change to reform systemic racism and police brutality against black Americans. We must continue to help make black voices heard as we work towards a more equal tomorrow.




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June Happenings [2020]

Welcome June 2020!!!

Reading Fatigue and the Gargantuan TBR List…

A short post today with this month largely focusing on books and reading. Last month was a very successful reading month but also probably the most overwhelming. Not only did I read constantly but I added a lot of books to my tbr.

So with the three weeks left until summer – three weeks! – I’m going to try to ease back the reading. My eyes and brain are tired. There are just way too many stories I want to read now but I know a mental break is needed.

My June TBR includes:

  • By A Thread by Lucy Score (currently reading)
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  • A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

And then, if I’m up to it, I’d like to also read:

  • Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score
  • Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
  • We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Summer will be here soon. I really should just save all those other books for my summer reading list. Plus I have more manga volumes on the way. That should soothe my bookworm heart. I can’t wait to share that with you all my summer TBR later this month because – this list is huge!

As Always, Happy Reading!!!


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April Wrap-Up

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

How was the month of April for you?

April was a….different for me.

I had to put down my dog, Lance, this past weekend and that was really hard to comprehend. I miss him and think of him everywhere I look.

Today, I’m actually doing good. I think trying to keep to a routine and doing things I love has helped. Yesterday, I brought Lance home. The beautiful urn (pictured) was provided by the animal hospital he went to his whole life. It still doesn’t seem really but I’m glad he’s home.

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month. This month I read 5 books and DNF 1, which is lower than I’d hoped for. Most of the books I read were super good and had all the feels and sometimes made me cry. I especially enjoyed The BeautifulThe Extraordinaries, and Dark Skies.

In terms of getting reviews posted on time, I managed to post 8 reviews to the blog:

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Coronavirus: A Book For Kids  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Angelbound by Christina Bauer | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m currently reading three books at once – against my better judgment – so that will go well into the beginning of May. After those, I want to finally get to reading:

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen, and
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

So that’s all that happened this topsy-turvy April. A little slow. A lot sad. But I’m hopeful for May. How was your reading month? Do you have a favorite read from April?

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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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[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


Blog Milestone: THANK YOU for 300+ Followers

You read it right: The Bookshelf Corner now has over 300 wonderful followers. Thank you to everyone for helping me reach this milestone. Your support and continued interest means a lot to me. Have a wonderful day!

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!!!


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September Happenings (2019)

Changing It Up

I’ve changed the look of the blog again. I tried to go with a black and gold kind of color scheme but ended up with what you see here and I like the finished product. For now, it’ll stay this way for the rest of the year but it could go into 2020 for a while.

I’ve added a new tab to the menu bar, giving all things manga it’s own separate section. I may do something similar for YA and Fantasy. But that would be a large endeavor transferring those posts to new tabs.

I’m also going to try to start doing the Top Ten Tuesday meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It probably won’t be every week but I’ll try to do them as much as possible. I don’t know when I’ll start Top Ten Tuesday this month because I already have most of September scheduled but can still move stuff around.

Nothing But Manga

Continuing my manga reading spree from last month I’ll be reading even more throughout September. I have a few reviews scheduled and possibly a couple more (we’ll see how reading goes).

But there’ll also be reviews of novels as well. This month I just wanted to focus on graphic novels, especially my backlisted ones. I want to get through as much of: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vampire Knight, Kamisama Kiss, and He’s My Only Vampire.

More Book Reviews On The Horizon

Here’s the schedule for book reviews that I have set as of today:

  • Sept 6 – Being Alpha by Aileen Erin
  • Sept 10 –  The Water Dragon’s Bride (Volume 1) by Rei Toma
  • Sept 11 – Snow White with the Red Hair (Volumes 1 & 2) by Sorata Akiduki
  • Sept 16 – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
  • Sept 30Dawn of the Arcana by Rei Toma (Full Series Review)

Bookstagram Is Fun

I’m on Instagram (@thebookshelfcorner) and I post mostly bookish things daily. It’s really fun and I love looking at other bookstagrammers’ posts of their bookshelves.

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And, As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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[September 2019] Book of the Month: “The Will of the Empress” by Tamora Pierce

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Title: The Will of the Empress
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Circle Reforged, book 1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Recommended?: Yes

Goodreads Summary: For years the Empress of Namorn has pressed her young cousin, Lady Sandrilene fa Toren, to visit her vast lands within the Empire’s borders. Sandry has avoided the invitation for as long as it was possible. Now, listening to her guilty conscience, Sandry has agreed to pay that overdue visit.

Sandry’s uncle promises guards to accompany her. But they’re hardly a group of warriors! They’re her old friends from Winding Circle: Daja, Tris, and Briar. Sandry hardly knows them now. They’ve grown up and grown apart. Sandry isn’t sure they’ll ever find their old connection again – or if she even wants them to.

When they arrive at the palace, it slowly dawns on Sandry why the Empress has really brought her to Namorn. She’s set a cunning trap to keep Sandry in the brutal Empire forever, a simpering lady in her cousin’s court and the miserable wife of a noble.

The Empress has wily and powerful mages on her side. But so, of course, does Sandry…if she can get them to work together.