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TBR At A Glance – June 6, 2022

TBR At A Glance

[Edited repost from the weekend.]

My June tbr is small for the last couple weeks of spring. I chose just 3 books, one of which I’ve already finished.

I made my tbr small so that I wouldn’t have to delay starting on my summer reading list. I doubt there will even be time for more before then, but, you know, wishful bookish thinking.

Once summer comes, I’ll have a new tbr to share. Not sure what book I’ll start with but the full list is set.

Here’s today’s reading snapshot:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Heat Wave by TJ Klune

 

READING NEXT

  • The Becoming by Nora Roberts

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • JUNE 9 – The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  • JUNE 10 – These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
  • JUNE 12Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • JUNE 13The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by John Parra
  • JUNE 17All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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TBR At A Glance – May 12, 2022

TBR At A Glance

I’ve fortunately had a lot of time this week so far to get a lot of reading done, which is fantastic. Currently, I’m reading two historical romances. One is for work and one is for home. I’m loving both stories and can’t wait to continue on today. I should be able to finish both by the end of this week and start fresh Monday.

Here’s today’s reading snapshot:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner
  • Marquess of Menace by Tammy Andresen

 

READING NEXT (tentative)

  • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  • Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • MAY 14 – The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink
  • MAY 15 – The Couch Potato by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald
  • MAY 16 – Built to Last by Erin Hahn
  • MAY 31Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe

AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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2022: February Wrap-Up

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I’m pretty satisfied with how my February reading month went. I’m slowly getting into a good reading rhythm. I also wrote down a lot of ideas for blog posts I want to post in March – but hopefully no more spontaneous late night brainstorm sessions!

Reviews Posted

I posted 5 book reviews in February (more on the way!).

Abuelita and Me | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Iron Sword | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug | ⭐⭐
The Brazen Bluestocking | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Turning | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

"The Brazen Bluestocking" by Tracy Sumner (cover)
Image via Goodreads

Again, this month it was very clear what my standout read was. The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner was an excellent historical romance! I loved this book and will be reading book 2 this spring because feelings.

Community Posts

Here are some of the blog posts you may also find enjoyable to read:

Be Still My Heart: Romance Recommendations | Vol. 1 | Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked
Romance Books I’m Highly Anticipating This Year | 2022 | Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked

5 WAYS BOOK BLOGGING HAS AFFECTED MY READING (AND IS IT FOR THE BEST?) (written by Marie) | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
A RAINY DATE WITH: JOY L. SMITH, TURNING (written by Marie) | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Book Review: The Bachelor Betrayal by Maddison Michaels | Julie @ One Book More

ARE LIBRARIES ESSENTIAL SERVICES? THE ANSWER MAY BE COMPLICATED. (written by Krysta) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound
10 NEW-TO-ME BLOGGERS I RECOMMEND: #BOOKBLOGGERSUPPORT22 (written by Briana) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound


That was my February that was filled with plenty of bookish feels. I feel settled now in 2022 and ready to keep on going strong. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures soon even though spring’s not my favorite season. Books and new releases make it better though.

I hope you all had a fantastic February and an even better March!


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2022: January Wrap-Up

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New monthly wrap-up image woo-hoo (⇑)!

Happy Tuesday, book people! What was your most memorable bookish moment of January?

A very belated January wrap-up. I considered combining this with February’s wrap-up because I found time I didn’t think I had to fit this in now than later.

2022 is off to a different start than I’d planned but I’ve adapted and remain hopeful for the months to come. Life plans are progressing, new books are being released. What more could I ask for?

Here’s a bit of what went down in January:

Reviews Posted

The first month of the new year was a slow but admirable start given how busy I was. I read and reviewed 6 books, mostly arcs and children’s fiction but all either 4 or 5 stars.

Operation Sisterhood | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Home Again | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bend Toward the Sun | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just Right Jillian | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier
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Hands-down no questions asked what my favorite January read was. Just Right Jillian was amazing and heartfelt and so relatable and moving. I loved this book with all my heart!

Great Posts From the Book Blogging Community

Book Review & Giveaway: The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner | Julie @ One Book More

5 QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT BOOK BLOGGERS IN 2022 (by Briana) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

HOW TO WRITE COMPELLING DISCUSSION QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE–INCLUDING YOURSELF!–WILL WANT TO ANSWER! (by Krysta) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

New Shelf Arrangement

Thanks again for helping me rearrange my shelves! They look great!

Read detailed tour here.

Miscellaneous Accomplishments

I posted my 100th writing prompt (view more here), finished my UX Design program after seven long months, and added the finishing touches towards re-branding the blog.


One month down. Eleven more to go. I think February will probably move at the same pace for me in terms of reading and blogging. My goal is to finish up arcs and read at least 1 backlisted title from my tbr.

Have a great day, everybody! Until next time!


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TBR At A Glance – January 13, 2022

TBR At A Glance

Hello, hello! I’ve been busy with work lately. It’s been a slow start to the new reading year so far. I have three books going at once and I have at least two others I need to finish by the end of January. I’ll make it work somehow. All things considered, I am loving what I’m reading and am super nervous but excited for how things will end.

CURRENTLY READING

  • Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon (arc)
  • No Gentle Giant by Nicole Snow
  • Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein

 

READING NEXT

  • Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier (arc)
  • The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa (arc)

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • TBA

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2022: January Happenings!

January Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Hello, again! I hope you all had a good weekend and you’re ready to kickstart the new year into high gear. I know I am. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Bookshelf Corner:

Eyes on the Prize: 2022 Bookish Goals

Hello, 2022! There are several goals I want to accomplish this year, but today I’ll just focus on the ones of the bookish variety. I want to:

    • Visit the library regularly
    • Be a more active blogger
    • Donate books I’m no longer interested in reading
    • Reduce the number of unread owned books on my shelves
    • Read more back-listed titles
    • Finish the first draft of WIP
    • Participate NaNoWriMo for the first time
    • Read and/or acquire my very most anticipated 2022 releases
    • Buy more books

The 2022 Reading Challenge I Almost Got Carried Away With

Feeling energized after last year’s success I was toying with the idea of challenging myself to read 200 books this year, but at the last minute decided 150 is more reasonable given my overall 2022 plans.

I don’t have a tbr for this month – there are certain books I should really get done this month, but for the most part I’m just continuing with the winter tbr and going with the flow.

To start the new year, I’m currently reading Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon and Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein. The former I’m hoping to finish this week. The latter is around 600 pages so that’ll be a month long read unless I totally becomes unputdownable (which is 100% likely).

Rebranding the Blog for a Better Experience

Lately, I’ve been working on major rebranding for the blog. Some changes have already begun to be implemented, but there are still additional things to figure out, such as choosing a fresh, more modern theme, changing my approach to writing posts, creating a new logo, and designing for accessibility. More on that later once it’s all complete.

Have a great first full week of 2022!

 


 

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
– Betty White,
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

 


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The Best of the Best Books of 2021: here are my favorites

Hello, again! Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! It’s been a busy while relaxing, reading, and just enjoying my time off work. This break was much needed for everyone.

Today’s post is a rewind, reminiscing about all the books I read this year and sharing the ones that stood out and left big impressions on me.

This year seems harder than past ones because I read so many good books! It was difficult to choose just one for some of the categories I’m using below. But we’re book lovers. Choosing just one book rarely is an option.

In 2021, I surpassed my reading goal of 100 books and read 27,146 pages across 131 books.

I’m still reading “Operation Sisterhood” but will be able to finish before the year is over. That review will be posted January 4 (its release day).

Through much deliberation, here are the best of the best books of 2021:

Best Picture Book was:

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Honorable Mentions:
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners Bedtime Bonnet

Best Middle Grade was:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Honorable Mentions:
Thanks A Lot, Universe ● Unplugged

Best LGBTQIAP+ Fiction was:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Image via NetGalley

Honorable Mentions:
Ana on the EdgeBat BoyBrothersong Feel the FireOnly Mostly DevastatedOne Last StopThanks A Lot, Universe

Best Young Adult Romance was:

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Honorable Mentions:
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for RomanceYou’ve Reached SamOnly Mostly Devastated

Best New Adult Romance was:

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mention:
Bat Boy One Last Stop

Best Adult Romance was:

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn &
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Honorable Mentions:
Feel the FireRock HardFloat PlanA Lowcountry BrideHome to MeWaiting for YouAll Night Long with a CowboyGetting His Game Back

Best Paranormal Romance was:

Brothersong by TJ Klune

Honorable Mentions:
Wildfire Griffin The Boss

Best Fantasy was:

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen,
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, &
Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mentions:
Roar A Swift and Savage Tide These Feathered Flames Gilded Serpent

Best Manga Volume was:

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (Vol. 1)

Honorable Mention:
An Incurable Case of Love

Best Standalone Novel was:

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, &
Set to Music by Negeen Papehn

Best 2021 Release was:

*For this, I’m listing all my favorites because there were too many new releases that I absolutely loved. This year I read more new releases than any other year.*

All Night Long with a Cowboy    Amari and the Night Brothers  ●  Ana on the Edge  ●  Be Dazzled  ●  Bloodsworn  ●  Celestial    Eyes that Kiss in the Corners  ●  Float Plan  ●  Gilded Serpent  ●  Home For A Cowboy Christmas  ●  A Lowcountry Bride  ●  My City Speaks  ●  One Last Stop  ●  Open Your Heart  ●  Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance  ●  The Right Side of Reckless  ●  Set to Music  ●  The Squire  ●  At Summer’s End   ●  A Swift and Savage Tide  ●  Thanks A Lot, Universe  ●  These Feathered Flames  ●  Trashlands  ●  Truly Tyler  ●  Unplugged  ●  Under the Whispering Door  ●  Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business  ●  You Can Go Your Own Way  ●  You’ve Reached Sam

 

So those were some of my top favorite reads from the year. It’s been another amazing reading journey that I’m going to remember fondly. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my wrap up along with my favorite book, cover, and author of 2021.

See you then!


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2021-2022: Winter TBR List

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The Bookshelf Corner’s Winter 2021-2022 TBR List

ARCs
Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein
Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon
Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter
Turning by Joy L. Smith
Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
The Iron Sword by Julia Kagawa

MANGA
Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 14 & 15)
The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 6-8)

MIDDLE GRADE
One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

YA SCI-FI & FANTASY
Endure by Sara B. Larson
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Steelstriker by Marie Lu

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Crave by Tracy Wolff
The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh
Inferno by Donna Grant

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Line Mates & Study Dates by Eden Finely & Saxon James
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
Christmas from the Heart by Shelia Roberts
All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy by Jessica Clare

FANTASY ROMANCE
The Becoming by Nora Roberts
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWylde
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

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2021: November Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday!

Another month down; one more to go. November was a whirlwind for sure. This is the first time in three months I had the energy to make a wrap-up post for various reasons, but I wanted to get back to doing posts like this and other content.

Reviews Posted

Reviews this month were a mixed bag, averaging a rating of 3.9 collectively.

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon Released by Terry Bolryder2 | ⭐⭐
Wolves’ Queen by Jen L. Grey | ⭐⭐⭐
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Flawed Scotsman by Hildie McQueen | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Speaking of reviews! Tomorrow I start 25 Days of Book Reviews. It’s year 3 of posting a review every day from December 1 to December 25. Challenging but worth it. If you’d like to learn how it all began, check out this post from year 1.

25 Days of Book Reviews logo.
This year’s logo for 25 Days of Book Review (2021).

Favorite Read

Kindle unlimited got me again (in a good, bookish way, of course)! I binged read a lot of short reads over the month, so only got through 4 books from my tbr. And because I only read so few I don’t really have a favorite read from this month. These enjoyable, high-rated reads were:

  • You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (heartbreaking!)
  • Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (emotional!)
  • A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill (thrilling!)
  • Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee (charming!)

Blog Milestone

Achievement unlocked! I posted my 400th book review (You’ve Reached Sam) in November. Reviews are the core content I feature on my blog. I like writing them and sharing my thoughts even when I struggle with putting complex feelings into words. I don’t post a review for every book I read, mainly manga because I go through volumes way faster than I can write reviews for. And there are A LOT of volumes in just one story. So I stick with novels for the most part and it’s worked out best.

Birthday Haul

Birthdays are a great reason to get more books even when you have a gazillion other ones sitting on your shelves.

Birthday book haul.
Image via @thebookshelfcorner

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Becoming by Nora Roberts
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

Some were from a wish-list I keep and others I didn’t plan to get so soon but that’s the reader’s life.

But wait! There’s more! Other reads not pictured:

  • While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
  • Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride (vol. 6-8)

If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think of them?


That’s all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. As always, much appreciated!

How was your reading month? Was there a book that surprised you? Any 5-star reads you’d recommend to others?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Off for the Holidays!

A white mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows on a wood surface of autumn leaves.
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Hello, friends!

I decided to take a blogging break for the holidays, so there’ll be no new posts. I plan to read, relax, write, maybe play a video game, and enjoy my birthday and time off work.

New posts will return the last day of November. Can you believe the month is nearly over!?! Then after that I start the 25 Days of Book Reviews.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating and great weekend!

Happy reading! I’ll see you on the 30th.

💙 Christina