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On My Shelf (37)

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
I’ve had this one on my wish list forever, and this week I finally bought it. Yay! This is definitely going to be the next book I read, partly because I just really want to read it and partly because I’m going to be meeting Rachel Hawkins next month at an event she’s doing with Ally Carter (can’t wait!).

 

Once again, my sisters found something for me at the thrift store. I loved the first two Spiderwick Chronicles (and can’t wait to finish the series), so I’m really excited about this! I flipped through it as soon as I got it, and the illustrations are awesome! Can’t wait until I have time to actually read it. =)

Read

I finally posted a new Doppelgangers! It’s a three-way battle between Dragonswood, Carrier of the Mark, and The Mind Readers.

On My Shelf (36)

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. 😉

 
I recently watched both Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, and loved them, so I had to read the books. I was planning to get them from the library, but my sisters saw these at a thrift store and bought them for me. Thanks guys! I can’t wait to read them, the movies were hilarious! They’ll also be a nice change of pace from my usual mid-grade books. ^_^
Reading

 

 

I recently dove back into an old project, and so far I’m loving working on it again. This is a book I started when I was 12 and worked on until I was 16-ish, but haven’t touched since then. Let’s just call it The One with Dragons. Upon picking it up again, I found out I took really bad notes for it, so as you can imagine it’s been a bit difficult to get everything sorted out. I’ve been working on the characters most of the week (a lot had to be renamed, and I just can’t remember who most of them are and don’t seem to have any notes to help me figure it out), and I’m nowhere near done. Anyway, this is the reason I haven’t been posting much (and by ‘much’ I obviously mean ‘at all’). That, and reading. But don’t worry, this week I’ll definitely find time to write some posts (and hopefully actually remember to publish them), so the blog should be a little more active next month. I miss blogging, but other things always seem to be getting in the way. Really hope I can fix that soon.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. Happy reading!

Most Wanted (63)

What?

Keeper of the Lost Cities

by Shannon Messenger
Pub. date: October 2012

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always been different — she’s years ahead of the other kids in school and can read minds. She’s always assumed there’s some kind of logical explanation for her talents, but when she meets an adorable and mysterious boy, she finds out the shocking truth. She’s never felt at home because she, well, … isn’t.

There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for. And she must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Why?

Had I remembered to look this up on Goodreads and add it to my wish list sooner, it would have made my Most Wanted of 2012 list. But alas, I am forgetful. Oh well, just means it gets its own post! This sounds like a really fantastic mid-grade, which is my favorite kind. I can’t wait for October! Not only so I can read it, but also so I can put that awesome cover on my shelf.

Challenge Your Reading

I had an idea this morning, and by afternoon it had turned into a blog.

I was thinking about reading challenges (again) and how I’ve been having trouble finding ones to sign up for. So I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be handy if there was a place where all the reading challenges were listed? It took me about two seconds to decide that yes, yes it would be handy. I searched for such a place, and did not find one. So I made one.

Challenge Your Reading, the reading challenge directory.

I only have 7 challenges listed so far, which is nowhere near close to all of them. I need your help! If you are hosting a challenge, or just know of one, drop a link in the comments and I’ll add it to the site. There are a lot of reading challenges out there, and like Pokémon, I gotta catch ’em all! So I can use all the help I can get.

Be sure to check out Challenge Your Reading over the next couple weeks as more challenges get added. =)

2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Jamie at The Eclectic Bookshelf. I meant to do this challenge last year, but like many things, I just forgot. I actually didn’t read a lot of YA books last year (good thing I wasn’t doing this challenge, I would have failed), and I’m looking to change that this year. I’m going to go for the Jumbo Size Challenge, with 40 YA books. Wish me luck!

I don’t know what I’ll read yet, so I’ll be adding books as I read them.

  1. Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
  2. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

YA Historical Fiction Challenge 2012

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but there are a few HF books that have been on my TBR pile for a while, and this challenge will be good motivation to finally read them. The YA Historical Fiction Challenge is hosted by Sab at YA Bliss. The rules are pretty simple. Read between 5 and 15 YA or mid-grade historical fiction books in 2012. And the best part? The books don’t have to be released in 2012! (You’d be surprised how hard it is to find a challenge like this.)

I’m going to be going for Level 1, with 5 books. I’ll be adding books to this post as I read them.

  1. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
  2. The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

On My Shelf (33)

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

I won this (plus a swag bag) in Beth Revis‘s gratitude giveaway last month. Thanks so much, Beth! I had a lot of fun entering, and can’t wait to read this. =)

 

Sign-ups are now open for the 2012 6 Degrees Reading Challenge!

Happy reading!

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.