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Anything But Books Tag

Thank you to Siobhan @ Novelties for tagging me! You can read her responses to this tag here. I’ve never done this tag before so I don’t know if it’s different questions for different people – I’ll just answer the same ones Novelties answered.


Name a cartoon that you love.
Family Guy and The Simpsons

What is your favorite song right now?
The Greatest Showman soundtrack and the recently released song “Found Tonight”. On Repeat.

Channel Source: Atlantic Records

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Sing and listen to music.

What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Dance? I may have mentioned that before though.

What is your favorite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I don’t know what this question means by “unnecessarily specific” but I really like learning about history, national and global histories.

What is something unusual you know how to do?
Hmm, nothing that I can think of.

Name something that you’ve made in the last year.
Honey/Cinnamon cookies. I used a Betty Crocker recipe for sugar cookies but used honey and cinnamon instead.

What is your most recent personal project?
Opening my Spreadshirt Shop in January 2018.

Tell us something that you think of often.
Non-book related? Music. Food.

Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific.
Musicals and huskies.

If you like this tag and want to give it a go, feel free to do your own post!

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Writing Playlist #11: Love and Romance

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Today’s writing playlist features a few select romantic/love songs to inspire ideas for romantic stories.


“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“As Long As You’re Mine” – Wicked

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – The Lion King | Elton John

“Endless Love” by Luther Vandross

“For the First Time” – Tarzan

“Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“Rewrite the Stars” – The Greatest Showman

“We Both Know” – Safe Haven

Past Playlists:
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)
On Repeat (pt.2)
Can’t Stop Singing

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February Happenings!

Welcome February 2018!

A Temporary Lesser Posting Schedule…

I’m thinking I’ll cute back on posts this month. I have some posts already planned and written, and plenty of book reviews will be posted (new and ones from last month).

There’ll be more work. Reading some. Writing mostly. Designing a little. Lots of cleaning. And possibly setting up an Instagram account for the blog.

A Hopeless Romantic Chooses One Too Many Romance Novels…

For this month’s TBR, I’m reading only romance (or romance related in genre) books. I know I won’t get through all of these this month but I marked the ones that I definitely have to read and finish (marked with an asterisk). I’m actually a little further along in my overall TBR list, so who knows how much reading I’ll get down. The last book I read I finished in two days (it was really good).

Currently Reading: The Winter King by C. L. Wilson*

  • (ARC) Blood Veil by Megan Erickson*
  • (ARC) Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen* (started this last month)
  • When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)
  • A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)
  • The More I See You by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)
  • With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)

Reviews Coming Soon: (tomorrowTess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, (Feb 6Fade to Us by Julia Day


Open For Business…

*NOT-sponsored / NOT an affiliate link

My Spreadshirt Shop is open! It’s called BooksWrite. Currently, there are 7 designs and various products to choose from. The shop theme is like this blog, all things books and writing. Feel free to check it out (feedback on designs is much appreciated). This is just a small insert about an announcement from last month. Clicking on the link above/logo (or where posted on About Me page and sidebar widget) does nothing but take you to the shop’s page. Should you chose to buy anything through my Shop or Spreadshirts – no obligation to you, but is greatly appreciated – I do receive a small commission from the final sales price. I’m really enjoying this new venture.

Book Recommendation of the Month

The Very Thought of You by Lynn Kurland
MacLeod, book 2
First Published: 1998 by Jove
Genres: Historical Romance, Time-Travel

Image via Goodreads | Cover Edition: June 1, 2001 by Berkley Publishing

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Picture Book: “Dale’s Bedtime Story” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner (TEXT ONLY)

Dale’s Bedtime Story by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner
© Jan/Feb 2017

*slightly edited from original text

Dale is a good little boy…but very adventurous. He can be quite the handful. Dale had a habit of exploring and getting into things he shouldn’t. His parents chased after him all day long.

Late one night, his parents finally got Dale ready for bed.

“Okay, kiddo,” his father said. He cleared his throat. “Time for a bedtime story.”

“So your father and I – I mean, you –  can go to sleep…finally.” His mother whispered the last bit to herself.

Dale looked at his parents’ tired expressions with a sad frown on his face. “I want to tell you a bedtime story!” Dale said. He scooted to the end of the bed. “This is the most amazing, fantastical, coolest story ever to be told!” He cleared his throat the same way his father always did before telling a story and began.

“Once upon a time, there was a knight named Dad who was very brave and nice and strong and had a mighty sharp sword and could shoot lasers out of his eyes. He was the best of the best, which is why he sometimes wasn’t invited to play checkers with the other knights.

“People loved him because he could destroy all the monsters and eat a whole chocolate cake by himself. But he was very lonely like a foot without a sock to keep it warm. Every knight but him had a lady who they loved with all their hearts. Sir Dad had no one, which made him feel oh-so sad. You can’t be a true knight without a lady, he thought.

“One day, he was riding his trusty horse, Edgar the Handsomest, when – as he was about to pass a tree – he heard a cry for help. He looked around wondering where the sound was coming from. Someone called to him again. He thought it was the tree. ‘Do you need help, Mr. Tree?’ Dad asked the large tree.

“‘Up here, sir knight! It was me!’ a voice cried from above.

“The knight looked up and saw a frightened lady clinging to the tree trunk. She wore only one sock. ‘Good lady,’ he called. ‘How did you get up there?’

“‘A cat stole my sock and ran up this tree,’ she replied. ‘So I climbed the tree to get it back but the cat jumped down and ran away. I got stuck because I do not like heights. Can you help me?’

“Dad leapt off his horse and struck a knightly pose. ‘Don’t worry, my lady. I will save you!’ he promised.

“The knight took out a jet-pack, flew up into the tree, and rescued the lady.

“They were both very happy to see each other. So happy that…”

Dale trailed off when he heard snoring. Both his parents had fallen asleep. He smiled, then cautiously crawled back into his spot in between them. “So happy that Sir Dad gave Lady Mom a spare sock he had and they fell madly in love,” Dale continued, whispering now. “They rode away on the horse, went home, and got married. They started a family and had a little boy named Prince Dale…who deep down loved his Mom and Dad very much…” He yawned and his eyes began to droop. “And they all lived happily…ever…after. The end.” And soon, Dale fell asleep as well.




January Happenings!

Welcome to the New Year!
Welcome January 2018!

The Bookshelf Corner aims to start off the year strong with a few important and fun things planned for this month. In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s post for more of what’s in store for 2018.

A Site Worth Blogging For…

I’m going to try my hardest to make more engaging, fulling posts. I’ve been churning a lot of ideas in my head and I think I’ve come up with some good ones for this month that I’m really looking forward to sharing. Much of the content on this blog will still be the same but upgraded. But I’m hoping to work in a few new types of posts here and there.

A Higher Stack of Books To Climb…

To keep up-to-date on what I’m currently reading you can check out my Goodreads page and the sidebar of this blog (right after the “Recent Posts” section).

January TBR List:

For my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenging, I’m challenging myself to read 50 books, an intimidating number but I GOT THIS (*cue “Eye of the Tiger” music*)! As I mentioned in a previous post concerning the books I wanted to read this year, there are four mange series I plan to read. I will be reading and reviewing multiple volumes of manga but I’m not sure how I’ll mark them on Goodreads in relation to my reading challenge. My reviews of any manga will only be posted to this blog and my Twitter.

Coming February 2018: Review – Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (ARC)

Another Reason To Celebrate…

January 22 is my 2 year blogiversary! How crazy-cool is that! I don’t know if I’ll do anything special yet but I’ll be celebrating the milestone nonetheless.

The Start of Something New…

After many many months of deliberating and planning, I will be opening an online store on Spreadshirts at some point this month. I’m still toying around with and fine-tuning designs but all products will coincide with the theme of this blog – all things books and writing. I’ve never done something like this so I’m really excited/nervous about this new venture in my life. There’s still much to decide before the store goes live.

Getting Back on Track…

I feel like I’ve neglected my manuscript, allowing work and laziness and other things get in the way of something I truly truly wish to complete and see materialize in the real world. So this month I’ll be writing chapters 6-10 (yes, I am that far behind). After that, I need to outline what happens next. I know the things that will eventually happen in the rest of the story but not specially in each chapter. I only specially knew things up to chapter 10. The project is a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy.

Book Recommendation of the Month

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Sevenwaters, book 1
First Published: April 1, 1999
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tales, YA

Image via Goodreads | Cover Image Edition: 2/18/2002 by Tom Doherty Associates




HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2018: New Year, New Look

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Happy New Year, everyone!

The Bookshelf Corner is starting off the new year with a new look. I made some changes/updates throughout the entire blog that I’m looking forward to trying out this year.

What’s New?

  • Theme appearance
  • A new header image for blog and twitter
  • New content: to name a few…
    • “Title TBA” – miscellaneous things I am currently obsessing and loving at the moment; a probably once a month post if I can help it
    • “Lovely Lines” – quotes I really like from books
  • Additional categories/tags for posts
  • New header graphics for posts
  • More multimedia content
  • You can now search TBC Book Reviews by Year

My Hopes for 2018…

  • that I’ll get through my reading lists more promptly
  • that I’ll finish my manuscript for publication
  • that I can connect with more bloggers and gush about all things books and writing
  • continued heath and happiness
  • less procrastination, more proactiveness

Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
  • Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband, book 5)
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Slammed, book 1)
  • The Ancient Magnus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki, Translated by Adrienne Beck
  • The Winter King by C. L. Wilson (Weathermages of Mystral, book 1)
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I wish you all a wonderful 2018 year.

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!


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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