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Tumblr Read-A-Thon?

I have been running my Tumblr book blog for years now, and I have participated in my fair share of Read-A-Thons which have occurred in the YouTube book community and other blogging book communities.  However, I have never witnessed a Tumblr Read-A-Thon, and there are so many of us bibliophiles on here!  Therefore, I’m wanting to propose a Tumblr Read-A-Thon for the New Year! The goal of this Read-A-Thon is to read at least one book within 24 hours to put towards our 2014 reading challenge and set us on the right path.

This is nothing I can do myself.  I need help from other Tumblr book bloggers.  First, I need other people to co-run this event with me.  Secondly, I need participants.  SPREAD THE WORD!  If you’re interested, please message me.  

Let’s make this a thing!  Please reblog this.  Please make your own posts about this.  Please direct any questions about this to me.  Please get involved!

Happy reading!


4 months ago · 10 notes

Book Review: Sweet

Witnessing a brutal murder at work is only the beginning of Celia’s problems. The fact that the victim is a vampire only proves to complicate her life even more. The vampires of New England have always had an undetected existence among humans but with the unprovoked death of one of their own, the lust for revenge has begun. Celia’s concerns are magnified when a hunter from Dallas arrives in town. With Jay’s sexy smile and rugged ways, Celia finds herself wanting to spend time with him despite being mysteriously linked to the nest that is threatening to become extinct if Jay gets his way. When four bodies are found drained of blood; Jay teams up with a local bunch to take out all the undead which coincidentally, includes her boyfriend Victor. Celia won’t stand seeing anything happen to Victor but refuses to hurt Jay as well. Confusion, lust, rage and violence intertwine as worlds collide. Celia will soon discover that her neat little existence is not what it seems as her cryptic past and present start to unravel.-Goodreads summary

Favorite Quote from the Book:

‘Anything gets tough, you push it away.  Anything that threatens your little bubble, you lash out ’cause that’s the only way you know how to handle it.’


Judge the Book by its Cover:

I’m not the biggest fan of this cover.  In addition to the plot summary, I find it to be misleading.

Things that Made Me Happy:

Wilkerson wrote in a way that was easy to comprehend; her writing reflected a conversational tone, which made it a quick and easy read. 

The last 30 pages of the novel were tense, and I wanted to read to the book’s conclusion.

Things that Made Me Unhappy:

Oh, I hate when I struggle to find pros for a book but can assert numerous cons…well, here we go.

As mentioned, the writing style of this book was extremely rudimentary.  While it made this an easy read, I found there to be a complete disregard for basic grammar and mechanics.  Had these errors been contained to just the dialogue, I would not have felt quite so perturbed, as the conversation would reflect typical slang formatting.  Rather, the writing style, primarily in the non-dialogue passages, was too lackadaisical and unprofessional.  In fact every page of this book had at least one error, which made me, an English major, cry.  I could not believe that the publishing company had such a disregard for all of these mistakes.

Additionally, I was not a fan of any of the characters-both the ones that readers were supposed to like and the ones that the readers were supposed to dislike.  First, I found the main character, Celia, to be too much of an annoyance and quite contradictory.  Frequently, she snapped at other characters and created havoc.  However, at one point in the book she stated, “‘Believe me, I do not like drama.’”  I could not even take that line seriously because up until that point she had started every fight with her boyfriend, Victor, and other love interest, Jay, for ridiculous reasons, and believe me, there were many arguments.  Additionally, she treated men terribly.  All she ever stated about Victor and Jay pertained to their looks and how desperately she wanted to sleep with them, which made all the romance elements of this book to be laugh-worthy.  Speaking of romance, let’s focus on her boyfriend, Victor, as a character.  He was probably the guy your parents don’t want to meet.  He was manipulative and had to be the person in control at all times.  If there ever was a moment where he felt inferior, he disappeared-just like Celia (reference above quote).  He was detestable.  Equally repulsive was the love interest Jay.  Surprise, surprise, there was a love triangle in the book.  Jay mirrored every quality of Victor, which made Celia’s rash decisions to run to Jay every time Victor upset her completely bogus.  No rational person would surround himself or herself with an individual who was identical to his or her enemy.  Regardless, these three made a stereotypical love-triangle, which made readers either be Team Victor, Team Jay, or Team You Should Probably be Single because You Seem Slightly Unstable, Celia.  Why does this sound eerily familiar?

That’s right!  It sounds familiar because this plot has been executed many times: girl has guy; new guy comes into the equation; old guy and new guy are enemies; girl has feelings for new guy, while still leading on the old guy; girl chooses who we all know she will choose.  This book was just too much like every other post-Twilight and Twilight fanfiction that I have ever read.  I was disappointed because I appreciate an author’s boldness to step outside the boundaries and create a fantastical world, but that does not happen in Sweet.

My Rating:

★★2/5 stars!

Overall, this book was a disappointment.  I was anticipating a new vampire world only to be greeted by one that I have visited many times.


I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy Twilight fanfiction.  I would not recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal/vampire novels, as I feel this book would greatly aggravate you for its lack of originality.  

*Please note, I was provided this book from the author and publisher via Read it and Reap in exchange for an honest review.*

9 months ago · 2 notes

Thirsty Thursday-Book Edition!

10 months ago · 1 note

If you have a Wordpress book blog, let me know!  I just made one and would love to follow you! :)

10 months ago · 1 note


Thank you, everyone!  I can’t believe I have over 300 followers.  When I started this blog, I did not think this would be attainable.  I appreciate everyone’s time, messages, and activity on my blog.

You are all awesome and perhaps there may be a little surprise in the future! :)

Thanks again!

Happy reading!

     The BookshelfBlogger, Katie

10 months ago · 4 notes

Book Review: The Heavenstone Secrets

The common saying, “All that glitters isn’t gold,” is verified in this recent V.C. Andrews’ book.  Semantha Heavenstone struggles with her manipulative older sister, Cassie, who insists on constantly upholding their elite “Heavenstone position” in society.  Cassie swears that their Heavenstone bond grants them a closer relationship; however when tragedy strikes on the family, Semantha learns the secrets and bounds of the Heavenstone name.

“‘You’ve had a terrible, terrible day.  Just remember, you’re always safe here and always loved here and always part of this great family.  We might not approve of everything each of us does, but we’ll never betray or desert each other, ever.’  She leaned down and kissed me on the cheek.  Then she brought her lips to my ear and whispered, ‘We’re the Heavenstones.’”

 I could not stop reading this book and regretted every moment I had to take a break while reading.  Cassie is the most controlling character I have ever read; I loathe her and empathize for Semantha.  Throughout the novel, Semantha frequently succumbs to Cassie’s directions, and I grew increasingly frustrated with Semantha’s inability to disregard her sister.  After much thought I realize that the combination of Semantha’s fragility and Cassie’s power, makes Semantha unable to see any faults in her sister.  Therefore, I could not help but to feel awful for Semantha.  

This novel is twisted and contains many secrets.  As an outsider, some of Cassie’s behavior is predictable  but it nonetheless is shocking to read.  She is truly a mystery wrapped in her own manipulations.  Moreover, Cassie is unbearable to read, but Semantha’s development enables her to put an end to Cassie’s games.    

Overall, I’d give The Heavenstone Secrets:

5/5 stars and consider it one of my favorites!

Happy reading!

     The BookshelfBlogger, Katie

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*Please note: This novel is classified as adult fiction that contains some scenes and language that may not be suitable for a younger audience.  Reader discretion is advised!*

11 months ago · 1 note

Book Review: The List

An interesting book that is told during post-WWII and the Holocaust.  The main characters, Edith and Georg, are struggling Jewish refugees in England who are trying to find lost relatives, while attempting to solidify their future.  After countless rejections because of their Jewish faith, they find that, despite the end of the war and Hitler’s defeat, discrimination continues in England.  Yet, there is a glimmer of hope in Palestine, who is fighting the British for total control of their country in order to create a new land for all Jewish people.  Quickly, prejudices unveil, and everyone realizes that the end of the War and Hitler’s reign has created more problems than ever anticipated.

"It was clearly a list of who had been taken to the camps and who had survived.  The idea was obviously to tick off those who survived and cross out those who didn’t."   

This novel takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions.  With the characters I found myself rejoicing in their triumphs and weeping in their failures.  Simply, Fletcher offers an interesting perspective of the effects that war, prejudices, and tyrannic behavior have on civilians.  Moreover, it offers interesting insights into the obscure events that took place after the war.

The journey of Edith and Georg is eloquently imparted.  At times, I struggled with the author’s writing style, but it never deterred me in truly appreciating this novel.  

Overall, I’d have to give The List:

4/5 stars, and it deserves it!

Happy reading!

     BookshelfBlogger, Katie

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11 months ago · 0 notes

Bout-Of-Books Read-A-Thon Update for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Well, today was not nearly as successful as yesterday.  Unfortunately, I had a migraine last night and all day today, which made reading painful for extended periods of time.  My progress today was exactly 100 pages.  Not too shabby but definitely not my greatest, but that’s okay!

After some medication and lots of water, I am starting to feel better so I hope to knock out a ton of reading tonight!  The book I have decided to read is The List by Martin Fletcher.  Click the title of the book if you want to read more about it!  It’s eloquent and definitely unlike anything I have ever had the privilege to read.

I hope everyone’s Read-A-Thon was superb today!

Happy Reading!


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11 months ago · 0 notes

Bout-of-Books Read-A-Thon Update for Monday, May 13, 2013

Well, today was pretty successful for me for this year’s Bout-of-Books Read-A-Thon.  I read one book today, The Devouring.  Click here if you want to see my review!

I also managed to go to the library today to pick up a few books for the Read-A-Thon.  I decided to go with all adult books since I have been neglecting this genre lately.  The books I got were:

You can click on any of these titles to be directed to further descriptions of these books!  I’m super excited to delve into these books, but I don’t know where to start!

My goal was to read at least 4 books, and I have already read 1.  I hope that the rest of the week goes like today!  I hope everyone’s Read-A-Thon was just as awesome.  Feel free to message me and let me know about your progress.  Stay tuned tomorrow for another update!

Happy reading!


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11 months ago · 2 notes

Bout-of-Books Read-A-Thon Starts TODAY!

Happy reading!  Be sure to keep my updated! :)

11 months ago · 2 notes