Saturday, December 31, 2011

Most Wanted of 2012

I know that I have a regular feature for books on my wish list (though I haven't posted it in a while) , but I still wanted to do a list of the books I'm most looking forward to in 2012. So here's my Most Wanted of 2012 (can you tell I'm going a little crazy with these end of year lists?).

Could Have Been Top 10

I didn't get nearly as much reading done this year as I had hoped. I set my reading goal for 70 books, thinking I'd pass it, and I didn't even reach it. So in honor of my epic reading fail of a year, here are the 10 books I wish I'd read, or the Could Have Been Top 10 (in no particular order).

Best of 2011

I've been wanting to do a list like this since I started blogging, but I never managed to write one at the right time. Well, I have a cold right now, and nothing better to do, so here's my list of Best Books I Read in 2011. I don't get a lot of new releases, so I'm just going to do books I read this year, not books that were released this year. Anyway, onto the list.

2011 Challenge Wrap-Up

The year is over, so it's time to see how I did with my 2011 reading challenges.

6 Degrees Challenge
Goal: 18 books (minimum 6 books)
Read: 4 books
Status: FAILED!
Pride: bruised

A to Z Challenge
Goal: 1 book for every letter
Read: 17 (A-J, L, N, O, R-T, and X)
Status: failed
Thoughts: Seriously? I found a book for X, but I didn't get easy letters like M and P?

Manga Challenge
Goal: 6 mangas
Read: 37 mangas
Status: COMPLETE!
Celebration: *happy dance*

Let's hope I have better luck with my 2012 challenges.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our tree
Just wanted to stop by and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas! And happy holidays to all those that don't celebrate Christmas. =)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Giveaway

Christmas is in a few days. I've already finished all my shopping and wrapping, but I'm not done yet. I need to give more! I need to wrap MORE! And who better to give to than my lovely readers? I've had a duplicate book sitting around for a while, and this seems like the perfect time to give it away.

So to celebrate Christmas, I'm giving away a copy of Damage by Anya Parrish. This book sounds really good, and will definitely be one of the first things I read next year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

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. ;)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

6 Degrees Reading Challenge 2012 - Participation Post


In case you missed yesterday's post, sign-ups for next year's 6 Degrees Reading Challenge are open! Since I'm hosting the challenge, I will of course be participating, even though I totally failed the 2011 challenge. I had my list all planned out, I started early, and I still only managed to read 4 books. Epic. Fail. But I'm going to give it another try, and hopefully do better this time.

Last year I went for Level 3, with 18 books, but seeing as I didn't do very well with that, I'm going for Level 1 this year. 6 books should be easier to do. I don't have my books picked yet, but I'll update this post as soon as I have my list figured out. Click 'read more' to see me list. =)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sign Up - 6 Degrees Reading Challenge 2012

The year is coming to a close, which means it's time to start sign-ups for the 6 Degrees Reading Challenge 2012! The rules for this reading challenge are simple enough, but I warn you, it is kind of difficult to actually do. But loads of fun! Here's how it works.

Friday, November 18, 2011

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. ;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Look & Domain

If you're in Google Reader, I strongly suggest you come over to the blog, because you must see the new design. And while you're here, look at the URL. Go on, just do it.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Most Wanted (61)

What?

Legend

Saturday, November 5, 2011

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. ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Doppelgängers (14)


The Mephisto Covenant vs. Eve

Saturday, October 29, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

Yep, I have decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I can't remember if I ever posted about it, but I swore off doing NaNo after epically failing Camp NaNo this summer. As you can see, that decision didn't last long. I just couldn't resist the challenge! I've done NaNo the last three years, and as it drew closer I started feeling weird about my decision to not participate. So, as with many things, I changed my mind.

I'm not really prepared, like at all, but I'm hoping for the best. I'm going to be writing the fantasy story I've been talking about on twitter, which doesn't have a title yet (I'm so bad at coming up with titles). All I'm going to say about it is, it's a fantasy story set in the future with magic and monsters, and so far I really love the world and characters (let's see how I feel about them after I start writing).

So, who else is doing NaNo this year? Is this your first year, or are you a returning wrimo? Have you ever won? Care to share a little bit about your novel? Let me know! If you are participating, good luck! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Most Wanted (60)

What?

Past Midnight

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon - Starting Post/Update #1

Yay! The Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon (hosted by Rebecca @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions) has started! Okay, here's my first update/starting post.

Books read:
Currently reading: (well, about to start) The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doppelgängers (13) - [insert title here]


What I Saw and How I Lied vs. The Girl is Murder

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review - Gone by Michael Grant


In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

On My Shelf (30)

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. ;)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

On My Shelf (29)

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. ;)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Most Wanted (59)

What?

Damage

Saturday, October 1, 2011

On My Shelf (28)

On MySHELF 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. ;)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doppelgängers (12) - Yes, This is a Few Weeks Late

Time for another cover face-off!

Before I Fall vs. The Day Before

Saturday, September 17, 2011

300 Follower Giveaway WINNERS!

My 300 Follower Giveaway ended last night, so it's time to announce the winners! First, I want to thank everyone who entered. And once again, I want to thank all my followers! I still find it hard to believe that 306 people liked something about my blog enough to follow, or that some of you have stuck around so long, even when I went on longer-than-expected blogging breaks.

But enough thanks, you're here to see some winners. So, here they are...

#8 Erin L.
#21 Wanda at Book Are Magic
#26 Meli at Lee.Suena.Vuela

Congrats! I've already heard back from all the winners, and prizes will be shipped soon. Thanks again to everyone who entered! :)

On My Shelf (27)

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. ;)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Review - The Seeing Stone by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi


We said no
still you looked
now instead
someone gets cooked
WARNING: Review contains spoilers for book one.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Changes

A while ago I posted that I'd be making some changes to my blog features, and they're done! Here's a brief summary of what's going to be different here at All By MySHELF.

  • Switching from a weekly schedule to a two week schedule.
  • Wish List Wednesday is now Most Wanted. Now posted on Tuesdays and Fridays, alternating weekly (temporary schedule).
  • Doppelgangers moved from Mondays to Wednesdays (week 1), so you'll have an extra week to vote on covers.
  • Cover For Me now posted on Thursdays (week 2).
  • Book reviews now posted on Thursdays (1) and Tuesdays (2).
  • On MySHELFs will still be posted on Saturdays, and there will be more On MySHELFs without Books Acquired.
  • Sundays are still post-free (unless I forget to post On MySHELF on Saturday).
  • Posts for Friday (1) and Wednesday (2) TBD.
  • Mondays to be new home of #SuperSecretBlogProject when it's finally revealed.
I'm going to be working on adding a few new features to fill in the blanks, and take one of the Most Wanted spots. So, the schedule isn't exactly finished, but it's close enough for now.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Changes to Come

If you've been following me for a while, you'll probably know that I like to change things every now and then. This is partly because I get bored with the way things are, and also to keep my blog from getting stale. In the past I've done this by changing the look of my blog, adding new features, and even changing the name once (*virtual high five* to anyone that started following in the Dahlia's Eclectic Mind days!). Well, the time has come to change things again, but in a completely different way.

I'm turning this into an interior design blog!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Kill Book Trailer

I don't usually post book trailers, because for the most part I'm not a big fan of them (it's the narration, mostly), but this one is awesome!

Top Ten Tuesday - Sequels I'm Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is
Sequels I'm Dying to Read

Monday, September 5, 2011

Doppelgängers (11) - Lean on Me



Beautiful Days vs. Legacy

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On My Shelf (26) Vlog

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. ;)

Friday, September 2, 2011

300 Follower Giveaway


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 *squee*

*happy dances*

*throws confetti*

*leads parade*

*shoots fireworks*

Review - Firespell by Chloe Neill


New Girl.
New School.
Old Evil.

Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.

They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt

I haven't had a chance to read Sweet Venom yet, but that doesn't mean I can't be excited for the sequel, especially since I get to help reveal the title of it! I'm very excited to be a part of the Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt.

My letter is...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wish List Wednesday 57

What?

Uncommon Criminals

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Doppelgängers (10) - Creepy Bathtubs


A Certain Slant of Light vs. Envy

Monday, August 22, 2011

Winners! Read-A-Thon & Birthday Giveaways

It's finally time to announce the winners for my Dangerous 20th Birthday Celebration & the Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon giveaways. Yay!

Giveaway Alert! Missy's Reads & Reviews

Missy at Missy's Reads & Reviews is having an epic giveaway to celebrate 1000 followers! There are 6 prize packs in all, with at least 3 books per pack. There are some awesome sounding books to choose from! Bad Taste in Boys, Fairy Bad Day, Five Flavors of Dumb, just to name a few. This giveaway is international! Click here to enter. Contest ends September 4.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

On My Shelf (25) Vlog

I finally got around to making a vlog. Huzzah!

Review - Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

Thirteen-year-old David Eliot was a disappointment to his parents. But to be sent to Groosham Grange? Hidden away on a lonely island, Groosham Grange is a school that is unknown to the outside world. Pupils forced to sign their names in blood. An English teacher held together entirely with bandages. A soccer ball made of . . . well, you'd rather not know. What is the chilling secret hidden behind the headmaster's door? And why are students disappearing in the middle of the night? Suddenly, David has a lot more to worry about than pleasing his parents - like survival!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wish List Wednesday 56

What?

The Seeing Stone

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Doppelgängers (9) - Time After Time

Time for another cover face-off!

Clockwork Angel vs. The Map of Time

On My Shelf (24)

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. ;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

#RDreadathon - Final Report

Here are my final read-a-thon stats.

Books Read:
  1. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Shroeder
  2. Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz
Pages Read: 542

Best Book Read: That's a hard one. I only finished 2 books, and while they were both good, neither was spectacular. I guess I'll say Groosham Grange. It was more my thing than IHYYHM.

Worst Books Read: I've got nothing for this one. All the books I read were good.

Did you enjoy the read-a-thon? Yes. I had a lot of fun hosting it, and will probably do another one sometime. Definitely glad I decided to do this. :)

Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon - Finish Line

     FINISH LINE     

10 p.m. The Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon is officially over. Time to put down the books and write your report. How did you do?

Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon - Mini Challenge #6

It's time for the last mini challenge, so make this break count, because it's the very last one you'll get (not that big a deal though, since the read-a-thon ends at 10:00).

Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon - Mini Challenge #5

Okay everyone, break time. Put down whatever you're reading and pick up your camera, it's time for the fifth mini challenge.

#RDreadathon - Day 2 Report

Day 2 is done, so here are my updated read-a-thon stats. You can post your Day 2 report tonight or tomorrow morning.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon - Mini Challenge #4

Time to take another short break and another mini challenge.

#RDreadathon - Update #2


Books Read:
  1. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schoeder
Pages Read: 235

Currently Reading: Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

A bit slow going today, but at least I'm making progress again. Now, if only I could stop working on my book long enough to read...