Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015 Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge

March 2015 Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge

Since my TBR piles are getting out of control, I couldn't resist signing up for this one month Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge! During the month of March, I'm going to concentrate on reading some of the books from my TBR stacks and dust off a few sadly neglected titles. Knowing that I had signed up for this challenge, I didn't make any new review commitments for March.


  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog, then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
  • Make a Goals/updates/Results post (can be combined) On Goodreads, create a folder for Take Control and share your intentions on your wall.
  • Begins March 1st, 2015 and ends March 31, 2015 at midnight.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile .
  • ALL books must have been published before March 2015.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook, then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. (mini review)
  • You can combine events, challenges, etc.
  • No novellas for this one peeps
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Earn an extra entry for adding Take Control Button to your blog, or facebook (with link-back)
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Twitter Party and read-a-thon will be announced to help you reach your goals.
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2015 at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository/Amazon/ Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2015 release valued at up to $20.00. 


It's been awhile since I've read a book without a deadline, so I'm not going to choose my books in advance. I'll either let my mood dictate what to read or, if I'm feeling reckless, will let pick a title for me!

I want to read at least eight books for the month, hopefully more because I'm already behind with my yearly reading goal.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Book Haul 2/28/15

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox, as I'd already been sent an ARC. I guess the book gods decided that I needed a finished copy as well? Maybe I should play the lottery while my luck holds? Since it was unsolicited and I already have the book, will be having a giveaway for this one to spread the love.

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident. (Goodreads)

What did you receive this week?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Write On Review-a-Thon {13}

Write On Review-a-Thon {13}

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th.

Review-a-Thon Details:

  • Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.
  • This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.
  • To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. 
  • On February 27th, get working on those reviews!
  • There will be a wrap-up post linky on The Book Vixen on March 1st.

Reviews to write:

  • Captive by Aimee Carter
  • Uncle John's Weird, Weird World
  • Personal by Lee Child
  • Spider by Jennifer Estep
  • Art of Neil Gaiman

Reviews to format:

  • Anni Moon
  • Last Words
  • Worlds
  • Since You've Been Gone
  • Vanishing Girls
  • Love & Miss Communication
UPDATE:  Not bad for my first review-a-thon in awhile! I almost caught up on my reviews and have everything formatted now for my reviews-in-waiting. I'm calling this one a success!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Posts: To polish or not to polish?
The last time my computer crashed, it crashed hard. I lost everything, including all the pictures that I had uploaded to my reviews. Because I had saved the bookcover pictures I used in my reviews to my hard drive, when my PC crashed, all the pictures disappeared. Now I use photobucket to play it safe, but I'm left with lots of old reviews with no pictures.

One of my goals this year is to replace the missing pictures. I like seeing what the bookcovers look like when I'm reading reviews, so assume that others do as well.

Well, I didn't get very far. While I was charmed to see what my old reviews looked like (wish I could write short reviews like that again!), I hadn't included any information about the book. No title, Goodreads link, author's name, synopsis, etc. Just my review, all alone in all its glory.

So I added the missing information to one review, then stopped because I wasn't sure if I should continue. Was I destroying my old reviews by bringing them up to my current standards? If I changed them, then I'd lose the record of how I began. What to do?

I once heard a story about an old sailor who went into a tattoo parlor to have his tattoos retouched. The tattoo artist tried to talk him out of it, pointing out that if the faded tattoos were retouched, then they wouldn't be 40 year old tattoos any more. They may have been old and faded, but they were the originals and told a story. Not sure if the sailor took the artist's advice or not, but I've always liked that story.

So now I'm left with a dilemma about whether or not I should update my old reviews.

On the one hand, I could preserve my old reviews and just add the bookcovers. I'm 99% sure that I had bookcovers on all of my reviews, so I'd just be replacing something without any new additions. That way I'd have a record of my old reviews and can always look back to see how they've evolved.

On the other hand, I could update the reviews to include all the missing information and bring them up to par, so to speak. I've read more than one post recommending that we polish our old reviews to breathe new life into them and expose them to new audiences.

I'm leaning towards just adding the bookcover and not messing with the original review. But then the anal part of me speaks up and wants to update everything!

So please help me out? Do you update your old reviews? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill and shouldn't even worry about the missing pictures? Does anyone care if there's a link to Goodreads? Do you want a synopsis? I put the title and author's name in the post title, so is that enough? I need advice, as the voices in my head keep arguing! 

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