February 24, 2015

Cover Crush: The Last Good Day of the Year

I love book covers.  LOVE them!
I've even been known to drag my sister in to the bookstore just to show her a book ocver.  
I honestly think I develop a crush on them.

Today I'm Crushing On:

This cover is just covered with loss and longing and sadness.  I want to read it!

February 23, 2015

Snap Shot Monday

On Mondays I just take a quick picture of the book I'm currently reading, will read next, or just finished.  It's my way to keep blogging simple!

Snap Shot
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
I've heard it's creepy, and I LOVE creepy!

February 22, 2015

Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge - UPDATE

Show Your Shelf Some Love, No Book Buying Challenge 2015 Kickoff

I'm participating in Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge hosted by Second Run Reviews and Chapter Break

In this challenge we attempt to read what's on our shelves NOT buy more books. (you can find my intro post HERE)

This month we are sharing our book budget if we have one.

I'll tell you right now I don't have a budget and that's part of the problem! :)

Honestly my biggest issue is not being able to say no to review copies. I realize that's not spending money on books, so technically I'm not breaking the spending ban. BUT if I'm trying to show some love to the books I already own, I'm not doing that if I'm still asking or getting review copies left and right!

What I'm trying to do instead with books that I get without requesting:

1. I give them to the media specialist at my school to add to the school library or share with students.

2. We have several Little Libraries around town (those little enclosed cases where people put books to share and can take to read). I take some of the books I get and pass them along to those.

I also went through my bookshelves and cleared out books I had gotten that I knew I wouldn't read. I've passed those along or donated them.

What Will I Do With the Money?

Another question we can address this month is what we'll do with the money we'll save. I don't have a direct plan, but I am going back to school to get my media specialist license - any extra money helps pay for tuition!

So anyway - that's what's going on with this challenge. I'm doing ok. I've bought a couple of books but they are books in verse, and I'm writing a book in verse right now so I see them as research!

How Am I Doing in the Challenge?

Not too bad. I did buy a couple of books, but they were more for research then anything. I'm writing a novel in verse and the books I bought were novels in verse. I also bought them at Goodwill, so I saved money there!

February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

This is a fun meme were people share the books they got this week. I won't participate too often mainly because, for the time being, I'm challenging myself to only read books I own.

I do, though, still get books in the mail for review.  And that's what happened this week.
Stacking the Shelves was started by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review
This one is for a upcoming blog tour.
Thank you Blue Slip Media!
Jack at the Helm by Lisa Doan
Illustrated by Ivica Stevanovic

Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Rat with the Human Face by Tom Angleberger (Thank you Abrams)

 For Fun
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
That's my cat Hobbes

For "Research"
I'm working on a book in verse, so I need to read more examples!
Perfect and Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

What did you get this week for review, from the bookstore or at the library??