Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review Requests: I have made a decision.

So I am currently on holidays, and am not accepting any review requests as it is, but I've been having thoughts about things a lot while lying on the beach. I was thinking about this before I left a lot as well because basically, I am getting snowed under.

I have made the descision to not accept any more review requests until further notice, this is going to be at least up until January next year, until I can start clearing some of what I've got and reading some of what I want. Before I went on holidays I literally read 5 review books in a row, which is a lot for me and being a reader who prefers to pick up a book just because it calls to me, forcing myself to read at the moment just isn't working.

Now, I must take into account authors I have standing relationships with. If I have previously accepted work from you then feel free to ask me, but if you are contacting me for the first time, please don't. I have close to a hundred books on my TBR pile and 10% of those are Review Request books, which I am not comfortable with. I like being able to stick to my promises and that isn't happening at the moment, which basically makes me feel bad.

So unless we have a standing relationship please don't email me if I don't know you. Anyone that does will be deleted without an answer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is it just me? Smell Reminders

So I know I'm weird, but there is something about scent that triggers memories for me.

Now because I am a reader, a lot of my books have a certain memory attached to it and a certain smell.

So for example when I smell the beach, I am reminded of Robin Hobbs Liveship Trader series. When I smell my old perfume, I am reminded of Jeaniene Frosts Night Huntress series.

I just walked through a cloud of deodorant...and was reminded of my bookshelf.

Perhaps its because I keep my deodorant on my desk...which is right next to my bookshelf but the smell of deodorant makes me want to read...

Friday, September 2, 2011

TBR Drawer: September 2011

  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • Enchanted. Inc by Shanna Swendson
  • Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
  • Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  • Original Sin by Allison Brennan
  • No Rest for the Wicca by Toni Lotempio
  • Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
  • Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
  • What's a ghoul to do? by Victoria Laurie
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  • Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian
  • Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  • The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
  • Dark Beginnings by Gena Showalter
  • The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
  • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal
  • Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs
  • Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
  • Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  • Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Another One Bites The Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  • Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  • The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
  • Revving Her Wild Engines by Bethany Hale   RC 
  • Playthings of the Gods Anthology   RC
  • Initiate by Tara Maya    RC
  • Antara by Marilena Mexi    RC
  • Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck   RC 
  • Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
  • Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  • The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill
  • Shadowglass by Erica Hayes
  • Turned by Morgan Rice   RC
  • Betrayed by Morgan Rice   RC  
  • Loved by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Destined by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Masqurade by Melissa De La Cruz
  • I Am God by Giorgio Faletti
  • Taboo by Casey Hill
  • The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  • Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Rain by Virginia Andrews
  • Lightning Strike by Virginia Andrews 
  • Eye of the Storm by Virginia Andrews 
  • The End of the Rainbow by Virginia Andrews 
  • Melody by Virginia Andrews 
  • Heart Song by Virginia Andrews 
  • Unfinished Symphony by Virginia Andrews 
  • Music in the Night by Virginia Andrews 
  • Olivia by Virginia Andrews 
  • Celeste by Virginia Andrews 
  • The Starkin Crown by Kate Forsyth 
  • Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
  • Forget You by Jennifer Echols
  • Warrior by Marie Brennan
  • Lover Enshrined by JR Ward
  • Afterlife by Claudia Gray 
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L. A. Meyer
  • Love Story by Jennifer Echols
  • Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustanis   RC
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles 
September Arrivals:  
  • Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2011

August was another month that seemed to just fly by. I am currently on holidays which is why I won't be around much for a while.

My Favourite book for the month was: Earth Blend by Lori Pescatore

In July I read 7 books.
  • Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris 
  • Earth Blend by Lori Pescatore
  • Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever by Molly Harper
  • Accidentally Dead by Dakota Cassidy
  • All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris 
  • From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

I reviewed 10 books:

My Shelfari TBR Pile at the start of the month was 947 at the end of the month it is 949.

My physical TBR pile stayed the same at 79. Woops...this month I will try to read more TBR books.


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