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Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: Review them All

Happy Friday Everyone!
And welcome to another Book Blogger Hop.
What is Book Blogger Hop all about?
Each week the host at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted writer will prompt a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers. You should join us! It's quite fun!  No really it is!

This Weeks Topic/Question

December 19th - 25th: Do you write a review for every book you read or only review copies from publishers? (submitted by Samantha)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Winter Must Haves

This month three bloggers are hosting a month long linky meme thing to promote your favorite things.  And guess what?  There is a giveaway too!  I love events with giveaways.
Here is the official blurb.
All December-long, Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge will be sharing our fave bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) experiences from throughout the year AND we want YOU to join us! The schedule of topics is posted below – in some cases, we’ll be joining with other bloggers events – and other times, one of us will be hosting a link-up. Plus, there will be 3 GIVEAWAY WINNERS for a book of your choice from Book Depository. Every time you post on one of the topics below, and join the Linky on one of our 3 blogs – you’ll be entered to WIN!  

  5 Must Haves for Winter Survival 

My 2014 DNF List

Every year I try my best to completely read every book I start before the end of the year.  This is only a habit I started when I started book blogging 3 years ago.  I have no idea where it came from but it's just one of the many rules I stick with to make blogging "fun".
I know there are a big group of book bloggers that have a 50 page-ish rule out there.  You know the rule.  If you get to page 50 and you don't like it then you just put it down and never pick it up again.  Sometimes you might get the urge to post the book info and file it under the DNF tag but I am a bit...different and my DNF list is too.

What do I call a DID NOT FINISH book?
If at the end of the year I have not finished a book because of the following reasons it becomes a DNF
1.  I put it down and forgot about it because I started something else.
2.  I lost interest in the subject.  This happens with Non-Fiction mostly.
3.  I ran out of time.  I was reading it and the year ended before the book.
4. I got to the halfway point and thought to myself "Why am I doing this to myself?  Just let it go!!"

I like to hold out hope there will be something good about a book past page 50.  Page 50 is still the intro and set up to me so I need more before I can put it down.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Golden 2015 Pocketbooks

Can you believe the year is almost over?  
2015 is only weeks away!  Weeks not months!
It's time to make those New Years Eve Party plans and figure out what the heck to wear.  My honey and I are going out to celebrate our first New Years together and I am going to treat myself to a new (yes another) purse.  I love purses what can I say.
This year no matter what I am going to wear (it will be comfy) I will have a gold clutch in my hand.  I love clutches because they are small and are perfect for everything and everywhere.  But I don't own a gold one at all.  I think 2015 will be my year of adding a touch of gold to my outfits.  There is something just chic and stylist when you see a women in jeans and a  t-shirt rocking a metallic purse.  So 2015 it will be me.  
Here are four cute ones I ran across I think are perfect for New Years and all my jeans after.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 10 Mind Blowing Books

This month three bloggers are hosting a month long linky meme thing to promote your favorite things.  And guess what?  There is a giveaway too!  I love events with giveaways.
Here is the official blurb.
All December-long, Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge will be sharing our fave bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) experiences from throughout the year AND we want YOU to join us! The schedule of topics is posted below – in some cases, we’ll be joining with other bloggers events – and other times, one of us will be hosting a link-up. Plus, there will be 3 GIVEAWAY WINNERS for a book of your choice from Book Depository. Every time you post on one of the topics below, and join the Linky on one of our 3 blogs – you’ll be entered to WIN!   

Top 10 Books That Blew My Mind in 2014 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: Her Dark Curiosity

 
Author: Megan Shepherd
Genre: YA
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Series: Madman's Daughter (Book 2)
Audiobook: 12 hrs and 52 mins 
Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Source: Free from e-Library
http://amzn.to/1HSSX27

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Delight: Christmas Next Week?

Happy Sunday Everyone!
OH MY GOODNESS 
Christmas is next week!!

OH No!  
I'm not ready! 
Why?!  Why so soon?  When did this happen?
Yes!  I am having a small freak out.  It just seems like I just finished dealing with Thanksgiving and now I have a week to get myself ready.
*deep breathing*
 Let's focus on something in the here and now first.  I am happy to say... I have maintained my 20+ scheduled post from The Blog Ahead Challenge for a whole week now.  Whoot!  Whoot!  Yeah!  Now if I can do it for the next two months then there will be a real reason to celebrate.  Can you just image?  Always having 20 post scheduled and ready to go.  That is like a month off for you and not the blog.  WOOOWWW!!  *sigh*
Ok!  Now onto the bookish stuff.

Diversity on the Shelf 2014: Giveaway and Wrap Up

For Particapants of the D.O.T.S. 2014 Reading Challenge Only

Thank you all for joining my first year hosting the Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge 2014.  This has been great fun and I hope you all sign up and join in for 2015.  

If you signed up then I want to give you a BIG thank you by giving three of you a chance to win the end of the year giveaway.

Prize #1

1. A Free Pre-Made Blog Design by Mommy Blog Design.
Start your new year with a new blog design.  These beautiful designs are:
FAST! Have your new design up in 1-2 business days! (Sometimes even same day … depending on my work load!)
EASY! I take care of everything for you! I personalize the PreMade design with your site title and tagline … AND I handle complete installation!
What You See Is What You Get! Each of the PreMade designs has a DEMO site that you can view … so you can see the exact site that you will receive!
NOT Mass Produced! I limit the sales of my PreMade designs to a maximum of 10 times.

These designs are available for both BLOGGER AND SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS!
- See more at: http://www.mommyblogdesigns.com/premade-blog-designs/#sthash.Efr71UiB.dpuf
2.  $25.00 to spend at The Book Depository

Prize #2

$20.00 to spend at The Book Depository

Prize #3

$10.00 to spend at The Book Depository

So here are the rules to be able to win
- Must fill out the rafflecopter
- Must enter before 12/29/14
-Must have signed up for the reading challenge
  Good Luck!
Link up your wrap up post below.





Saturday, December 13, 2014

Diversity on the Shelf 2015

My Little Pocketbooks
 
Inspired by the POC Reading Challenge
 Welcome to the 2nd year of the Diversity on the Shelf reading challenge. The aim of Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Challenge is add diversity to you bookshelf by reading books by authors of color and/or about a main character of color.

Challenge Details
1. Any book (by any author) with a main character that is a person of color qualifies for this reading challenge, as well as any book written by an author of color. The goal is to encourage readers have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry by reading and reviewing books by or about person of color.

2. The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 12/1/2015. Sign up at My Little Pocketbooks

3. Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

4. Novellas, Short story collections, Poetry, Graphic novels/manga, Children Books, and all genres are allowed.

5. Books can be of any publication date.

6. You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Americanah

 
Americanah
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher:  Recorded Books
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Audiobook: 17 hours and 28 minutes
Narrator:  Adjoa Andoh
Source: Purchased from Audible

http://amzn.to/1zEayH7