Month: April 2014
Blog Tour: A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Stacking the Shelves #39
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
My 1 year Blog-o-versary is finally here!
Well I made it!
Last year on this very day I decided to start book blogging. I had no idea what to expect or if I would make any friends (making friends as an adult is HARD) but I had always loved books and I had always loved blogging, so I took the bull by the horns and started blogging about books. I learned a lot as I went along. I made mistakes, but I’d like to think that I changed over the past year.
Twelve months ago I didn’t know anything about ARC’s or E-ARC’s or NetGalley or Edelweiss. I had never heard of BEA or ALA. Now I can rattle off those terms in a matter of seconds and know what they mean. Sometimes, I still feel intimidated by certain things but not always, and not nearly as much as I was at the beginning of this.
This year also brought me in contact with some of the kindest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Meredith, Pixie, Kara, Steph, Bekka, Kat and Andi to name a few. Thank you ladies. At times I wanted to quit. I was sad and frustrated by some things, but you seven helped me more than you will ever know. Of course there are so many other ladies (and yes even a few guys) who have been there supporting me, that there’s no way I could name them all. Thank you all so very much. You don’t know how much I appreciate you.
There are so many moments that stick out to me as important in the past year, I doubt I could name them all.
- Getting my first review book in the mail.
- Getting my first pieces of swag in the mail.
- Getting auto-approved for HarperTeen’s titles through Edelweiss.
- Winning my first book through GoodReads.
- Filming and positing my first vlog on YouTube.
- Getting my first print ARC from Scholastic.
The publishers, they have all been awesome. Harper Collins, St. Martin’s Press and Scholastic, to name a few. I look forward to working with all of you more in the future.
Thank you, to each and every one of you who has been a part of my journey so far. I love and appreciate all of you so very much.
Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy Book 2) by Laura Howard
Despite Allison’s efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she’s ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.
Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan’ s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known.
You may have noticed that I have not posted anything in about a week. This was totally unplanned and it was only yesterday that I really realized how long it’s been since I posted anything. I have a couple posts drafted and several reviews scheduled but nothing for awhile. This blogging slump happened to coincide with yet another reading slump. I have started several books but nothing is really grabbing me lately. I’m sad and frustrated as I have piles of books piling up everywhere, many of them I am dying to read, but I don’t want to start any of them. I don’t want to run the risk of not being able to enjoy a book because of the reading slump.
I don’t do filler posts that much anymore unless it’s an author I love or a book I enjoyed. When I was starting this book blogging thing, I did a lot of promotional posts. I don’t do them much anymore. I usually do 1 meme, and as many reviews as I can fit in. I don’t want to post more than one post a day. I don’t focus on keeping a certain schedule anymore. It doesn’t work for me. What I do focus on is having fun with this adventure. If I happen to have a week or two where I don’t post anything, that’s okay.
This coming Saturday I will be celebrating my one year blog-o-versary. It’s exciting and it’s honestly not a milestone I thought I would get to. I’m sure I’ll have a post up for that day, maybe not a full fledged wrap-up post, but I’ll definitely acknowledge the bloggers and writers and publishers that I have been fortunate enough to work with this past year.
Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer
Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.
But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.
So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily’s and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.
As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.
Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria
Stacking the Shelves #38
Hi everyone, hope this was a great week for you. My week started off great and continued to be great. I got two books in the mail. One was for an ARC tour and one was my prize from Octavia’s Twitter giveaway. I also received some swag & was approved for a few NetGalley titles. I also received an e-book for an upcoming blog tour that I am participating in. I did not purchase anything this week as I have 4 pre-orders coming at some point this month and I’m already significantly behind in my reading.
However, I did go to my favorite bookstore on Monday. I haven’t been there since before I started blogging so I was excited to see all the YA titles that they have there. I even pushed some books on people who were standing & looking at the books in the YA section. I am really not shy at all.Especially when it comes to telling people about the book that they are currently holding and it just happens to be one I loved.
Now, the books.