All By Myshelf

On My Shelf (32)

On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉
Won
Whoa, deja vu. I won this from Ashley at Books Obsession… a few days after I bought it. Hmm, what ever will I do with that extra copy? Normally I wouldn’t accept a prize of something I already have, but this one is signed, so I couldn’t pass it up. Thanks, Ashley! =D

 

Bought/Surprise
My sisters bought this for me today, which is a complete surprise. I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds interesting. Thanks guys! =)
(Covers link to goodreads, except Hawksong, because Blogger was being stupid.)

In case you missed the news, I got a new domain! Yay! It’s just one part of a blog makeover I’m still working on (which is mostly finished).

That’s all for this week. Happy reading!

Books I’m Grateful For


In honor of Thanksgiving, Beth Revis (Across the Universe and A Million Suns) is having an awesome giveaway for an amazing prize pack. Learn more about the giveaway here.

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When I first heard about this giveaway, I immediately knew what book I was going to post about. Or rather books, because I couldn’t cut out the rest of the series. It just wouldn’t be right.

I’ve gathered a lot of favorite books over the years, but the one that stands out most, that will always stand out most, is the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda. It wasn’t the first series I read, but it was the first one I fell in love with.

I haven’t always been an avid reader. I read as a kid, but it wasn’t a great priority of mine. I hadn’t found anything that really grabbed my attention, that made me rush to the library in search of the next book in the series. The books I read consisted entirely of Goosebumps and Animorphs. But Goosebumps wasn’t scary enough, and I kind of lost interest in Animorphs after the third book (mostly because I couldn’t find the fourth for the longest time). My reading habits changed dramatically when a new library opened, bringing with it a new selection of books. I’d never read a fantasy book before, so I was intrigued when I found a book called The Forests of Silence, and immediately checked it out. It was one of my best decisions.

Over the next couple of months, I devoured the rest of the Deltora Quest series, and then moved on to Deltora Shadowlands. When I was done with those, I went in search of more fantasy books. I had to have more! This led me to Scholastic’s website, and Rodda’s other fantasy series, Rowan of Rin. I’m actually glad none of my libraries had the Rowan series, because it forced me to buy them, which led to a great many discoveries in the mid-grade section of Barnes & Noble. I found Rowan of Rin and Dragonlance: The New Adventures, and, years later, Dragons of Deltora, the final Deltora series (a very happy day indeed, since I thought the series had ended already). By then I was working on my own fantasy book, something I probably wouldn’t have been doing had I not found Deltora Quest.

One series changed so much for me. I went from simply being a reader to being a bookworm, aspiring writer, and, eventually, a book blogger, which is why I am, and always will be, incredibly grateful for Deltora Quest.

On My Shelf (31)

On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉
Bought
Was going to buy this the other day, but Barnes & Noble didn’t have it. 🙁 Luckily, I managed to make it to a Books-A-Million today, and they had a much better YA section (seriously, I love BAM). I can’t wait to read it! Evil imaginary friends! Also, I rather like the cover. It looks and feels nice. 🙂
 
I’ve actually done quite a bit of reading lately. This week I started Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs, which I’ve almost finished. I really like it, but there are also a lot of things about it that I don’t like. But despite all that, I’m already excited for Sweet Shadows.
I started The Field Guide (for the third time) for a read-a-thon a while ago, and I’m still reading it. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for it, or reading something three times in a few months was just a little too much, because I haven’t really felt like picking it up again. I finished it in one day the first two times I read it. As soon as I finish it, I’m going to re-read The Seeing Stone, then move on to the rest of the series.

I’m still reading Cryer’s Cross, which is more than a little disappointing. I just haven’t felt like reading it in a long time. When I finally finish it, it’s probably going into my giveaway/trade pile.

In case you missed my post about it, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the fourth time (fifth if you count Camp NaNo this summer, which I don’t because I don’t even think I wrote a full page). I’m writing an unnamed fantasy story, and I currently have 6,569 words, which puts me behind today’s goal, but I haven’t had a chance to write today, so I guess you could still say I’m on track.
Are you a book blogger doing NaNo? I’d love to add you as a buddy!
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That’s all for this week. Happy reading! And good luck to all my fellow wrimos!