ARC’s, e-ARC’s and Me

I struggled a lot with a topic for this week’s discussion. I had covered a lot of topics in recent weeks but, after I made another review log last night (because I had accidentally deleted the first one) I realized that I wanted to do one on ARC’s, e-ARC’s and how I deal with them. I am a big fan of lists. I make lists of books I want to read, lists of books I have to read and lists of books that I’ve read.

Yet the only formal lists I make have to do with ARC’s & e-ARC’s. When I initially started blogging, I focused only on the books I already owned. I had no idea what ARC’s were and more to the point, I didn’t want to have ARC’s. I’m not a greedy person and it’s not in my nature to be grabby with things, even things I love, like books.

Acquisitions of ARC’s & e-ARC’s started off slowly. Since I have such an eclectic taste in books, I was getting a variety of review requests from indie authors and publishers. Many of them, I accepted because I was running out of books to read. The whole concept of “running out of books” suddenly became foreign to me. Things only got unmanageable when I discovered first Netgalley and then Edelweiss.

As a newbie blogger, the ratio of approvals to denials for both of these systems were pretty lopsided for awhile. I was still keeping up with my books for the most part until I was six months in and Edelweiss decided to auto-approve me for multiple publishers. Then, I’m mortified to say, I got overwhelmed and yes a bit greedy. Of course I’m embarrassed about that.No one wants to be called greedy. It’s a terrible thing to be called.

I tried to use Excel spreadsheets to organize things, but it just didn’t work for me. I ended up using just a straight up Word Document. I wrote the title of the book and the date it was scheduled to be reviewed on my blog. Whenever I finish reading the book, writing the review and scheduling it, I cross it off of the list.

So how do you keep your review pile organized?

Stacking the Shelves #21

This feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Drop by and link up your own Stacking the Shelves posts & vlogs.

Hello everyone,hope your first week of December was amazing and filled with all things bookish. Mine started off with a bang as Edelweiss released more titles from HarperTeen, Katherine Tegen, SoHo Teen and Greenwillow Books. Which of course caused me to go on a downloading spree. I ended up downloading 9 e-ARC’s. Yup it’s pretty obvious that I am crazy.

Probably a good thing that I didn’t win anything or was given anything or purchased anything. I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.

It was a busy week on the blog too. Here is what happened on the blog this week.

Monday- Review of Pushing The Limits (Pushing The Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
Tuesday- Review of Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
Wednesday- Review of Crash Into You (Pushing The Limits (#3) by Katie McGarry
Thursday- Blog Tour Review of Let Me Go (Let Me Go #1) by L.L. Akers
Saturday- Review of No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Now onto the fun part, all the new and pretty books.

Received for Review

 Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley
After The End (After The End #1) by Amy Plum
Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
 Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings
Wicked Games by Sean Olin
What We Lost In The Dark (What We Saw #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Be sure to let me know if you recognize any of these titles. Also leave the link to your Stacking the Shelves posts, vlogs or whatever.
Happy reading!

Stacking The Shelves #20

This feature is brought to you by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.
Hello everyone. As you probably noticed, there was no Stacking the Shelves last week. I had only gotten one book and I didn’t think it made sense to do a whole Stacking the Shelves post for one book.
This week, I bought four e-books. I bought them mainly because I have the e-ARC’s of their sequels and I needed to read the first books in the series before moving on to the e-ARC’s.
I received one e-ARC from Edelweiss and 4 from NetGalley.Hoping to get a lot of these read and reviewed in the next few weeks.
The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd
Pushing The Limits (Pushing The Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White

Received for Review

Fake ID by Lamar Giles 


Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello



As always, please let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Don’t forget to leave me a link to your Stacking the Shelves posts.

Stacking The Shelves #17

Hello everyone! This was a crazy awesome week filled with excitement for me. First and most awesomely, I got auto approved for all HarperTeen titles on Edelweiss. That is a really big deal for book bloggers. Edelweiss had not been very kind to me in the past so to get auto approved was a major shock for me.

I tried hard to restrain myself as I am already far behind in my reading. Yeah, that did not last long. I had to download nearly all of the HarperTeen titles just in case this auto-approval thing was a total fluke.

Also on this day my copy of Allegiant FINALLY arrived. I may or may not have totally spazzed out and no there is no video of that. I also received an ARC of The Testing from Popcorn Reads which is really weird because I don’t remember entering in contests or anything. But nonetheless, I’m SO excited.

I was also having issues with my Kindle at this point but after a quick conference with Amazon’s customer service, everything was fixed and I was a happy lady.

Wednesday was another big day. I found out that I got auto-approved for HarlequinTeen’s titles from Edelweiss as well.

So I got a grand total of 15 books this week. Yeeeeah, that’s a LOT of books. Especially when I’m in the middle of a reading slump. I’m hoping to get out of this slump soonish. Maybe having all these awesome titles will help me out.

Just a reminder, this feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your Stacking The Shelves posts & vlogs.


Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Received for Review

Great by Sara Benincasa
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Panic by Lauren Oliver

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Random by Lark O’Neal 



The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau (From Popcorn Reads)

Let me know if we got any of the same books. Also let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Don’t forget to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves posts in the comments so I can stop by and see what you got this week.

Stacking the Shelves #14

Hi, all of you awesome people. You may have noticed that I did not have a Stacking the Shelves post last Sunday. That reason was really because I had only received one book and I thought it was pointless to have a book haul post with only one book in it. This week,however NetGalley has been very kind to me. I received 5 books from NetGalley. Some of them are even early 2014 releases. Yipeee 🙂 Broken Beauty was the only book I got 2 weeks ago and yes I did already read & review it. It just felt weird not to put it in the post.
I also received an e-ARC of The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Marie Landry. I am SO excited for this one.

Don’t forget that this feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your Stacking The Shelves posts/vlogs etc. As always don’t forget to let me know if you have read any of the books that I got and if you did read it, what did you think of it.


Received for Review
Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Lizzy Ford (writing as Chloe Adams)
(e-book from Netgalley)

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy (e-book from Netgalley)

Above by Isla Morley (e-galley from Netgalley)

Once Upon A Lie by Maggie Barbieri (e-galley from Netgalley)

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry (e-galley from Netgalley)

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Marie Landry (received e-ARC from Author)

Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan (e-galley from Net Galley)


See you all next week. Until then, happy reading.

Stacking the Shelves #12

Hello again everyone. This weekly feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your STS posts or vlogs.All bookish goodies count. 
This week was a big week. I had won a mystery box of books from Skye @ Skye’s Scribblings a few weeks ago and the box finally arrived this week, I was really happy to see that I hadn’t read any of these books.Not only that but I hadn’t even HEARD of any of them. So yay for me.
I swiped up a few things from Netgalley this week. I had finished several review books this week so this was my treat to myself since I didn’t purchase anything for myself this week.
As always, be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Also leave me a link to your STS post or vlog so I can stop by and see what you got this week.

Received for Review
Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley (e-galley from Netgalley)

How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden (e-galley from Netgalley)

Torn (Torn #1) by K.A. Robinson (e-galley from Netgalley)


You Are So Undead To Me (Megan Berry #1) by Stacey Jay

Betrayal (Empty Coffin) by Gregg Olsen

Family by Micol Ostow

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg-Sloan

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins

The Persistence of Memory by Anita Atwater-Rhodes

Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck