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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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Writing Playlist #10: Can’t Stop Singing Edition

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History Maker” – Dean Fujioka

Everyday (Family Reunion)” – Madea’s Family Reunion (2004 film)

Hold On” – Extreme Music

Little Drummer Boy” – Pentatonix

O Come All Ye Faithful” – Luther Vandross

7 Years” – Lukas Graham

Moonlight” – Grace Vanderwaal

Hero” (feat. Elizaveta) – Pegboard Nerds

Past Playlists:
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)
On Repeat (pt.2)

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Weekend Writing Prompt #6

♦This weekend’s theme is: SONGS about FAMILY & FRIENDS♦

~ write a scene inspired by these songs about family and friends ~



Family” – Dreamgirls (2006 film)

Channel Source: DestinysChildRadio


Everyday (Family Reunion)” – Madea’s Family Reunion (2004 film)

Channel Source: intino2


You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman (Toy Story – 1995 film)

Channel Source: Giorgio Magliano


Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

Channel Source: CatRevolver


Thank You For Being A Friend” by Andrew Gold
(The Golden Girls theme song/cover sung by Cynthia Fee version)

Channel Source: canuck21

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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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Spookify Your Halloween With Tales From The Brothers Grimm

The Complete First Edition: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wiheim Grimm
Translated by Jack Zipes
Illustrated by Andrea Dezsö

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I think the best way to pass today is by reading some creepy tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Stay safe and have a nice day!

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:

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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 –

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!