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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!



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.


  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 :/

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

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Writing Playlist #8: On Repeat Edition

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For this playlist I’ve included songs that I’ve recently been listening to on repeat – a mix of old and newer songs.


Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

The Greatest” by Sia

It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – Glee version

Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Sweet Sweet Melody” by Katie Sky

Dear Theodosia” – Hamilton

It’s Quiet Uptown” – Hamilton

You and Me” – Descendants 2

Touch” by Little Mix

Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon

Fire and Gold” by Bea Miller

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

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Call For Book Recommendations

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m on the hunt for new books to read for 2018. I know this is thinking too far ahead, but I want to have ample time to do research. I have some books in mind already but I’m looking for new titles I’ve yet to discover/gotten to read. I would like to post a tentative 2018 TBR list in mid- or late December.

I am looking for books in the following genres (or cross-genres):

  • Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romance (to a certain degree)
  • Historical Romance (depends on the premise)
  • Young Adult (Fiction/Fantasy)
  • New Adult (Fantasy/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy)
  • Children’s Fiction (Middle Grade, Picture Books, Easy Readers)
  • Science Fiction (sometimes but it depends on the premise — ex: Romina Russell’s Zodiac series or Timothy Zahn’s Dragonback series and Quadrail series)

If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment down below. All suggestions are much appreciated.

Many Thanks!

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!

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Happy Book Release Day! to Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear, Pictures by Esmé Shapiro

Thank you again to NetGalley and Tundra Books for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

*title/author link leads to my review of Yak and Dove*

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Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear, Pictures by Esmé Shapiro

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Book Summary (via NetGalley):
Sometimes the unlikeliest friends form the greatest friendships. A funny, charming picture book from a dynamic duo.

Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren’t meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all . . .

Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different friends.

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Happy Book Release Day! to Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

Thank you again to NetGalley and Loveswept for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

*title/author link leads to my review of Blood Guard*

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Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: A Mission Novel, book 1
Rating: 4/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Book Summary (via NetGalley):
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

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Poem: “Someday” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner

“Someday” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner

Author’s Note: A blast-from-the-past poem I wrote. I hope you enjoy.

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there’ll be a beautiful castle

not chipped or broken but built strongly to shelter, to protect us

with its soaring indestructible walls that keep at bay

the monsters with yellow teeth and sharp metal objects.



there’ll be a warm fireplace to keep the blue tinge off our toes

as we wrap ourselves in blankets for comfort for once.

Spacious rooms–one for everyone!–with soft mattresses and pillows,

and see-through water filling tubs to get squeaky-clean in.



there’ll be tassels and ribbons, shoes that match,

and let’s not forget pretty dresses that fit.

They’ll drag on the floor–but that’s okay–

the floor is clean so they won’t get dirty.



there’ll be long tables overloaded with food and water–

I fear they’ll topple over before anything reaches our tummies!

We’ll eat like this all the time

instead of once in a while.


And on that someday

The king and queen will be happy and so will their subjects.

No one is sad or crying in this castle

because we’ll be inside the castle, warm and safe,

wearing lovely clothes and eating delicious food.


One day, if not today or the next day, but someday if I make it there.