Taking a look back at the successes of 2015 and looking forward to my 2016 Resolutions.
Category: 2015 Shelf Love
All in all I did pretty well with the 2015 #ShelfLove Challenge. Yes, I did buy books, but when I look back at my bookshelves, I could easily list the books that I bought. I contemplated each purchase I made and even reduced my freebie clicks (that’s easy to do if you unsubscribe from every mailing list that offers them). In looking back over the past year, it was a common theme among the #ShelfLove participants that restraint was learned. We learned our book buying triggers (it’s work stress for me!). It is possible to actually set a budget and stick with it. And one might be able to live without owning ALL THE BOOKS! (Although that one might be still up for debate.) I took advantage of my Discover Rewards Dollars to buy books on Amazon. I hoarded (and never cashed in) points on MyPoints (request an invite). I have figured out last week, that I have over $25 stashed away in my iBotta app (referral link). I probably have access to over $100 that I could spend on books right now plus the holidays are coming and I’m almost certain to get more gift cards. I have definitely […]
Another #ShelfLove Book off my shelf. Another debate on whether to continue the a new series. Must every young adult novel be a series? *sighs* I did enjoy my adventure through Bardugo’s mythical world of Ravka that reminded me vaguely of Russia. I could feel the cold, the darkness and the fear. While my copy of the book is just a lowly paperback, I thought the novel was beautifully put together. The details in the chapter headings and surrounding the page numbers was fascinating. However, I think my time with girls that are hiding special powers, destined to save the world with the boy they shouldn’t love is over. I thought the novel was predictable. I could see how the novel was going to end and it left me feeling “Meh.” I know that this will probably cause me to be sent to Tsibeya because I know I have some friends absolutely loved this book/series, but I’m burned out on this type of story. So why did I keep reading? I was seduced by the Darkling and the Grisha. i was fascinated by their power, their life of privilege. I wanted to know more about how they became Grisha as […]
Just a quick note before we jump into this month’s #ShelfLove Update! Last week’s Scenic Sunday post included a quote from James A. Owen. It is one of my favorite quotes about getting through life. I have found Mr. Owen’s life and professional story to be inspiring. Currently the first book in Mr. Owen’s Mediations series is for free for a limited time. It’s well worth the read. Get the book on Amazon.com today. Now on with the show! Lots of people laughed at me at the start of the year. “You’ll never make it a whole year without buying a book,” they said. Well, they were right. I didn’t make it a whole year without buying a book, but I did make it several months before I broke (damn work with its stress). So am I thankful I helped mastermind this challenge and participated? Short answer, heck yes! The #ShelfLove Challenge allowed me to figure out my book buying triggers were stress and meeting authors in person. I attempted to find other outlets for my stress (not very successfully) and find other ways to get books. I started vetting available ARCs via NetGalley and tour hosts as a way […]