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Sunday Shelving | August 21, 2016

Hey, ducklings! Welcome back to Sunday Shelving! Sunday Shelving is a Frankenstein-esque mishmash of the weekly memes Staking The Shelves and Sunday Post, with my own twist on things! Here I’ll be giving you my weekly recap and haul, as well as giving some love to my favorite posts of the week and to my favorite pictures from my bookstagram and recaping my week personally and blogging wise!

The Week In Books

Read And Reviewed

NOTHING! I”M A FAILURE!!!

Currently Reading

Sooooooooo…Does it count as “currently reading/listening to” when I’ve only listened to the first 15 minutes of an audiobook??? Because if so, I’m totally currently listening to Reliquary by Sarah Fine.

The Haul

Library
Bought
Received

Okay. So on to the good news! I did receive a decent sized haul of review books this past weeks and their all books that I’ve really been anticipating! I nabbed Scythe by Neal Shusterman, P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, Disruption by Jessica Shirvington, and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake!

Sunday Snapshots

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Link Lovin’

Personal & Blogging News

Whew! It’s been one heck of a week running around and doing stuff! College begins tomorrow and, though I’m not a freshman, I’m at a new school so I feel super nervous. Consequently, I’ve had to do a lot of stuff surrounding school, like register and pay for classes, talk to a school advisor, buy school supplies, you know the drill. I also had two major doctor appointments this past week, so that added to the craziness! On top of that, I had two blog deadlines to meet! So I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off (I’m curious, does anyone say this expression outside of the South???)! I was doing well until Friday and Saturday when I had two major panic attacks, one of which lasted hours. So that was a minor bump in the road. But it’s just a bump, not the road and though I’m sure it won’t be totally smooth going from here, I am sure that I can make it through.

In blog news, my last discussion on if I’m being unfair in my reviews went really well! Y’all gave really great, long, thoughtful responses and I loved all of them! In other blog news, I have some really exciting things coming up, but I don’t want to give them away! Just know that something awesome is coming your way!

That’s all for me this week! How was your week? Do you begin school soon? Are you excited or nervous? Any tips for doing well in college? Let me know in the comments!

Over and out!

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Friday Fashion | Reliquary by Sarah Fine

28171973Goodreads Summary: Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.

Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.

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Wordless Wednesday | Wonderfully Lost In Wanderlust!

I’m seriously in love with my home city. I honestly think it’s one of the best place in the world! But that definitely hasn’t curbed my wanderlust! I guess you could say I was born with a wanderlust-ful heart. Since I can remember, from the time I knew there was a whole world out there, I’ve always wanted to explore it. Even having chronic fatigue hasn’t stopped me from having the goal of traveling all around the world some day (and I will, regardless of my illness!). I’ve always wanted to visit every single country in the world, but here are some of the top destinations I’d like to see!

Lebanon

Lebanon is #1 on my list for a special reason: half of my family is from Lebanon! My ancestors hailed from right outside of Beirut, a city which my great grandfather fondly called “the jewel of The Middle East” and “the Paris of The Middle East!” Yet despite the fact that I am half Lebanese and partially fluent in in not one, not two, but three Arabic dialects, I’ve never been to Lebanon. One day though, one day…

India

India is my #2 desired destination! I really, really, really would love to visit India and for a few reasons. Number one is that India seems a very soulful, spiritual place where you can just really find rest and peace. Number two is kind of related number one and it is that I’m Catholic and Mother Teresa is my patron saint and I want to visit the place of her burial. Number three is that India just seems like an explosion of color and for an artsy girl like me, that’s the dream!

Spain

Spain has always been on my “To Visit” list, particularly the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is another one of those places that seem to scream with color and art! Of course, there’s other places in Spain I want to see too, like the crystal palace and Cordoba, among others!

Peru

So by now you can probably tell I’m a glutton for color and street markets. Another place on my “To Visit” list that has both is Peru. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Picchu and see the Nazca Lines in Peru. My desire to visit the country was strengthened by the fact the my godmother is Peruvian and grew up in Peru. Her stories of her home country made me want to visit it even more!

Thailand

I’ve heard from so many people how beautiful and stunning Thailand is. It certainly looks like it from the pictures–I can only imagine what it must look like in real life! From beautiful ocean sunset setting the water ablaze to lush jungles and awe inspiring, intricate palaces, Thailand seems like an incredible destination for sure!

Venice, Italy

I’ve always been a musician and since I was five years old and learned to recognize composers’ works by ear, Vivaldi has always been my favorite! When I learned he had lived in an Italian city called Venice, I made it my mission to visit. Later I learned of Venice’s beauty, of how it stood on stilts and had streets made of water, of how it exploded with vibrancy each year at Carnival and I wanted to go even more. I haven’t gone yet, but just you wait!

Prague, Czech Republic

Ever since reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke And Bone trilogy, Prague has not only been put on my radar, but it’s also climbed to the top of my destination wishlist! I know many of the places Taylor mentions aren’t real but I an’t help wanting to get even the slightest taste of where Karou lived! Plus, since reading Daughter of Smoke And Bone, I’ve read another book that took place in Prague which taught me a bit about Prague’s magical and mysterious history and now I’m just dying to visit the city!

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The Monday Musts | The Edge Of Conquering Audiobook Deniers

HELLO, DUCKLINGS! I was going for enthusiasm, not rage with the all caps, fyi. But anyhoo. Ahem. Welcome. If you’re a returning visitor, I know you must be bouncing with excitement because you know what today is. If you’re new here, prepare to bounce in excitement because today is Monday and that means it’s times for The Monday Musts! The Monday Musts is a weekly meme hosted by Jessica at Lovin’ Los Libros in which we share our must reads, must listens, and must sees of the week. So let’s go, let’s go, let’s gooooooooooooo! (Can you just feel the excitement? I can just feel the excitement!)

Must Read

Read it and weep, folks, because the jury has spoken! According to cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham of University of Virginia, when it comes to your brain, there is no difference between reading and listening to a book. Listening to audiobooks is in no way “cheating” or “less than” actually reading a book!

Must Listen

I recently discovered Aurora and I’ve been loving her music. My favorite of her songs is “Conqueror,” a song with awesome pop vocals and a feel good tune.

Must See

This isn’t a new tailer, but it’s definitely a must see one! This movie looks equal parts heart warming and tear jerking, with a good dose of hilarity added into the mix. Hailee Steinfeld looks like she plays the awkward, dramatic, disgruntled teen perfectly. This movie just looks all around amazing! I’ll be sure to check it out when it’s in theaters!

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Sunday Shelving | August 14, 2016

Hey, ducklings! Welcome back to Sunday Shelving! Suday Shelving is a Frankenstein-esque mishmash of the weekly memes Staking The Shelves and Sunday Post, with my own twist on things! Here I’ll be giving you my weekly recap and haul, as well as giving some love to my favorite posts of the week and to my favorite pictures from my bookstagram and recapping my week personally and blogging wise!

The Week In Books

Read And Reviewed

Ladies and gentlemen! I have officially failed to read/listen to any books in a week and a half! Please send help immediately as something is clearly wrong with me!

Currently Reading

Have I finished Crimson Bound? No? Did I even begin to read it? Ha! That would be a “no.” Am I moving on for now? Yes. Have I even begun Nevernight by Jay Kristoff yet?…No.

The Haul

Library

In case you missed out on the totally subtle message that the above gif is meant to convey: I borrowed nothing.

Bought

I was on the fence, but I caved and bought the audiobook of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, so I’m going into it pretty cautiously. I’m apprehensive because I know the prose is dense with metaphors and that the books contains extremely graphic sex and violence (for those of you still unaware, this is 100% an ADULT book, despite having a teen protagonist). We shall see, we shall see…*strokes chin thoughtfully*

Received

I almost thought I got nothing because I didn’t see or receive any email notifications from Netgalley or Edelweiss but then last night I got on Edelweiss to browse and saw that I’d been approved for the beautiful e-ARC that is Tara Sim’s Timekeeper! I’m so excited! Timekeeper was one of my most anticipated books of fall 2016 so I’m really looking forward to getting to it!

Sunday Snapshots

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Link Lovin’

Personal & Blogging News

Oy vey! It’s been a crazy week full of doctors appointments and computer troubles! But even still, it wasn’t really a bad week. My mom’s laptop broke the week before ths past week, so she commandeered mine, but Friday night, when she was in the middle of working on my laptop, it went berserk! Luckily Geek Squad was able to fix it remotely, as well as doing some routine maintenance! My mom got her new computer yesterday, I got my laptop back in better condition, and all was well in the kingdom! Other than that and doctors appointments, I did some work on my Book Blogger Creativity Project (BBCP) team’s graphic and turned it in to my group!

On the blog, there was some good stuff gong on. I tried out Wordless Wednesdays, which I really enjoyed, so I think I’ll keep it up. I also joined the 2016 Discussion Challenge! For the first time in what feels like forever, I posted a discussion and I was actually really proud of it! The topic was “Am I Being Unfair In My Reviews?” and I got some great responses from y’all!

Other than that, not much is going on. How are you doing, ducklings? What mischief have you gotten up to? Anything exciting or interesting happen? What was the last thing that made you laugh? Tell me all in the comments!

Over and out!

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Am I Being Unfair In My Reviews?

So, my dear ducklings, I found myself with quite a conundrum on my hands the other day. See, while I was reviewing a book and I was thinking, “You know, I really, really, really enjoyed this book…Buuuuuuuuuut, technically speaking, the book could be better. So how do I rate and review the book???”

Here’s the thing: I’m a very analytical, critically minded reviewer. While I’m not an English major, I have taken many a writing course and know a fair amount of literary analysis. So I rate and review things largely based on technique. But here’s what I’ve been realizing: literature, as an art form, seeks to evoke emotion and if we disregard how it makes us feel in the process of analyzing it, then we cannot say we have truly been fully analyzing it as we have ignored an essential element.

Now I’m not saying we should evaluate literature solely on how it makes us feel. After all, technique is the vehicle by which emotion is conveyed and it is my opinion that if a work of art’s technique is not strong, then it’s ability to convey its message and emotion to full capacity is crippled. But I’m saying that it is my personal philosophy that in all things–and perhaps  especially in analysis–we should strive for balance, for equal parts reason and emotion.

But where does that leave me as a reviewer? From what I’ve seen, book bloggers seem to be split into two camps–those who review and rate a book based on how it made them feel and those who rate and review books based on technique. But it doesn’t have to be one or the other. The question then becomes not if we can write a balanced review based on emotion and technique, but how to do so.

That’s a question I honestly can’t answer, largely because how you write your reviews is up to you. But what I can say is that I will be striving to write more balanced reviews.

Do you rate and review books based on how they made you feel, their technique, or both? If you rate and review books based on both, how do you do so?

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I’m Joining The Discussion! | 2016 Discussion Challenge

Great news, ducklings! Y’all know I just love discussing things with you, right? I mean that seriously! I adore putting my opinions on topics out there and hearing your varied responses, regardless of whether or not you agree with me. And if I’m not wrong, judging by the number and lengths of comments my discussion posts get, y’all love discussing stuff too! We are a match made in discussion heaven, ducklings! So when I discovered the 2016 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Shannon at It Starts At Midnight and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, I knew it was the challenge for me!

The Discussion challenge is exactly what it sounds like: a challenge for us to engage in more discussions surrounding books and/or book blogging. There are different “levels” based on how many discussion posts you plan on making. Personally, I aim to be at least a “discussion dabbler,” featuring 1-12 discussions (and I’m more than confident that I will at least be publishing 10-12 more discussions this year)! Each month there is a link up and a random winner is selected to win a book from Book Depository! If you want even more details on the challenge, you can find them here!

So that’s all for now! Just wanted to let y’all know I’m taking the plunge and joining the challenge! If this sounds fun to you I hope you’ll join us. After all, the more the merrier! Ttyl!

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Wordless Wednesday | Songs Of My Life: Fighting & Triumphing

Heya, ducklings! Great news! I found an awesome new meme to participate in! It’s called “Wordless Wednesday” and it’s run by Grace at Kimmie.GG! For Wordless Wednesdays, the rules are as follows: Each week, Grace will give you a topic to write a post about and all you have to do is link back to her. From what I gather the post can be any format or style consisting of anything–photos, typical post entries, playlists, artwork, etc–or a mix thereof. It sounds super fun and I love the topic! This week’s topic is “Songs Of My Life.” I decided to focus “Songs Of My Life” around the sub-topic of “Fighting & Triumphing,” which is something that I feel really defines my life as a whole. I’ve gone through a lot of rough things, but I’ve always come out the other side stronger. These songs are songs that I listened to during rough patches which kept me going or songs about being a fighter and/or not giving up that I could relate to! So without any further ado…

Take A Listen!

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What’s Up On Wednesdays! | My Lovely Awkwardness PLUS Space Jam!

Whaddup, homies?! Lila is in da house, what what! Okay, I’m gonna stop being weird now (okay, so that’s actually kind of a lie, I never stop being weird). Erm, what I mean to say is:

Hello! Allow me to welcome you to What’s Up On Wednesdays, my own Frankenstein-esque mishmash off the weekly memes WWW Wednesday (hosted by Taking On A World Of Words) and Waiting On Wednesday (hosted by Breaking The Spine)! I’ve got lots to say so let’s not delay (haha, rhyming)!

Whatcha Readin’ Now?


I haven’t read/listened to an audiobook in an entire week, ducklings. WHAT HAVE I BECOME???! A shame, that’s what! But I plan to get back on the wagon (which is eons harder than falling off, mind you)! And I’m currently making attempts! And by that I mean I have Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge all queued up and ready to go on my laptop! And I’m excited about it too! That counts for something, right??? Right????!

Whatca Been Readin’?


So two weeks ago, I finished Young Avengers Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Mike Norton and I have to say, I wasn’t overly impressed with it. I mean, the art was great but the story was pretty lacking in substance. It was okay, but I wasn’t hooked or grabbed and honestly I don’t feel too compelled to pick up the rest of the series. Oh well. Ya win some, ya lose some but what can ya do? Last week I finished Ruined by Amy Tintera and I have to say, I’ pretty split on the book. On the one hand, the book wasn’t some great technically speaking, but on the other hand, the cliffhanger ending really has me hooked and I desperately want to know what happens next. Overall, I liked it a lot emotionally, but had to give it a middling rating due to its technical issues.

Whatcha Gonna Read Next?

As per usual, I’m not completely sure what I’m going to read next, but I’m seriously considering Riders by Veronica Rossi and Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry. Since Walk The Edge is a library book, though, I’ll probably go with that one.

Books On My Radar

Y’ALL READY FOR THIS?!
23203252Okay! So today, Imma tell y’all about a book (shocker, I know) that sounds all kinds of incredible! Aaaaaaaaand that book would be A Shadow Bright And Burning by Jessica Cleuss, expected to be released on September 20, 2016! The book is a YA fantasy book that subverts the traditional chosen one trope! In the book, Henrietta Howel, the heroine, who happens to be able to “burst into flames,” is believed to be the chosen one…only, she’s not so convinced. This all takes place against the backdrop of a school for sorcerers in Victorian London. There’s romance! Magic! Betrayal! It’s all very dramatic, if you ask me…I’m not doing the story enough justice, though, so let me give you the good ol’ Goodreads summary…

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

 

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Top 10 Tuesday REWIND | Magical And/Or Just Plain Awesome Things Books Made Me Want To Learn Or Do

HELLO, DUCKLINGS!!! I’m excited, are you excited?! Of course you are because it’s Top 10 Tuesday!!! Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and run by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish! This week is a REWIND! week, so we get to choose a previously used topic of our choice! I chose a topic that I skipped out on from a few weeks ago: “things books made me want to do or learn.” I’ve put a semi magical twist on the topic, though! I can’t wait, so let’s just jump right in!

Read People Out of Books AND Read Yourself Into Books Like Meggie in Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is honestly my #1 ultimate dream. I can’t imagine any avid reader not wanting this ability. Being able to visit the worlds you’ve imagined and meet the characters you love so much? It would be freaking amazing! I’d never want to leave!

Apparate Like The Wizards in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

If I could apparate I could travel anywhere in the world in second–and free of charge! Just think–with a snap of your fingers, you could go anywhere in the world! How awesome would that be?! Mega-awesome, ducklings, that’s how awesome.

Ride A Dragon Like Eragon in Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Can you imagine riding on the back of a dragon? Soaring through the open skies, free as can be? Swooping and turning through mountains and valleys and gliding over vast bodies of water? The sky really would be the only limit if I could ride a dragon.

Learn The Art of Assassination Like Celaena in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

With this skill I could totally be the ultimate BAMF! I admit, I’m totally softhearted, so I might not work out as a career assassin, but you have to admit, the art of assassination comes in pretty handy when you’re trying to defend yourself from any sort of attack.

Learn Fencing Like Mallory in The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Swordplay could totally fit in with my above goal of learning the art of assassination. In fact, it would probably be part of my training! But back to the topic. Fencing not only looks totally cool but it would lend to my credibility as the ultimate BAMF.

Own A Necklace Made of Teeth That Grant Wishes Like Karou in Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Who wouldn’t want this is a good question. It’s akin to having your own personal genie! There would be few limits! I could do anything or be anyone I wanted!

Kick Some Demonic Ass in Some Wicked Hot Boots Like Izzy Lightwood in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Again, this would lend credibility to the whole ultimate BAMF persona. Kicking demonic ass is cool on its own, but doing so in some hot, high heeled boots? Now that’s truly cool!

Be An Apprentice To A Supervillain Like Nimona in Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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As I’ve said, at the moment I’m pretty softhearted, so where better to learn how to be wicked than a supervillain themselves? I could learn all the evil tricks in the book (and I’m a fast learner)! Watch out, ducklings, cause you’re lookin’ at the girl who could be the next Big Bad!

Be A BAMF Poison Taster Like Yelena Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder)

Naturally, as a BAMF supervillain, all sorts of people could be looking to kill me, using various methods. And one of those methods could very well be poison. But if I knew how to poison taste…Problem solved!

Have Some Sort of Sweet Super Power Like The Characters of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Naturally, as a Big Bad BAMF (my take on being a Big Bad), I’d need a cool superpower like the kids of the Shatter Me trilogy. Juliette’s power might come in handy, eh? Or maybe having skin of steel or something of that sort!