Friday, 7 March 2014

Choose Your Own Blog Content (1)

This semester is kind of crazy for me. One part time office job, full time student, freelance work, monthly visits to my parents' (one who had surgery, the other working a lot of overtime due to snow), spontaneous trip to Philly, class trips, impending removal of my braces, and a wedding. 

So taking care of my mental health has become a HUGE priority for me. Despite all this, I usually have 4 day weekends, or Thursday/Saturday/Sunday free. I've been taking advantage of that time to sleep a lot, watch movies, mindlessly surf the internet, and read. I've been managing at least one book for every day of my weekend for quite some time. Not including the many, many books I've read for my two jobs, I've already read 26 books for the year.

Between all of this reading, plus a lot of books that I just never reviewed, I have a lot to review.

My idea for getting back into blogging is by getting you involved in a two-step process.

1. You guys pick one of my weekend binge-reads (this will be especially important in the upcoming weeks as I'll be traveling at least 4 times in the next six weeks), which I will then review the week after.
2. Pick one book I've already read to review.

There are limits to this, of course. I'll be giving you guys some options to choose from and making sure that they're out or will be out within a month. But we all win this way. I write more reviews, they're reviews for stuff you guys want to see, and it has the potential to bring in some variety. Some weekends, I just want to read romance novels. Others, non-fiction or adult or New Adult. It's also going to mean some back list reading and bringing up books you may have missed because their "older."

Basically, it's like Misty's Stack of Five, but weekly, because I'm crazy like that.

It's a little late to do it for this weekend (though I may still try to fit in anything with a really high vote count), but whatever doesn't happen this week(end) will definitely happen in the next one!

Binge Reading Options!
1. Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (adult high fantasy)
2. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (non-fiction set in WWII)
3.  Changeless by Gail Carriger (adult crossover steampunk)
4. Starstruck by Rachel Shukert (YA historical set in 1930s Hollywood)
5. Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley (YA contemporary romance)
6. Deception's Princess by Esther Friesner (Kind of like Brave as a YA book)
7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (YA contemporary romance)
8. The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson (YA political contemporary)
9. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (YA paranormal)
10. Steel by Carrie Vaughn (YA historical/time travel/piratey)

I'll read and review whichever one of those gets the most votes next week, unless there's a really strong lead this week and I have time to write a review. Next week is also a travel week, in which I'll be spending an hour and a half on a train and I'll be visiting my parents', which means very little time spent online, so there's a chance that the top three books could all get reviews in the next two weeks.

As for books I HAVE read and can review in the upcoming week...

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (YA contemporary; I'll also be reviewing her second book in the near future)
2. Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (YA historical/Downton Abbey-esque)
3. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (YA paranormal with genies)
4. Human .4 by Mike Lancaster (YA sci-fi)
5. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (YA historical)
6. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd (YA paranormal historical)
7. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins (YA paranormal)
8. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (adult paranormal)
9. Faking It by Cora Carmack (New Adult)
10. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund (New Adult/Adult about secret societies)

So, what do you want to see in the blog in the upcoming week? I'll review whichever one (or two) has the most votes) And since this review list is YA heavy, if you'd like more non-YA options or different genres, I can keep that in mind for future lists.

You've got your options and hopefully a clear explanation, so get to voting in the comments!



  1. Binge:
    Changeless, Let The Sky Fall, & Steel.

    Out of the Easy, School Spirits, & Vicious.

  2. Binge Read:
    Hmm, Starstruck sounds interesting and fun, and for some reason makes me think now of that Taylor Swift song, "Starlight".
    Oo! Or, Nantucket Blue!

    Review Book:
    My Life Next Door. Everyone's been talking about it so I'm curious on whether or not to buy it soon.

    There it is!

  3. Read Nantucket Blue & review Vicious. I liked them both. Vicious was a 5 star read for me.

  4. I vote for The Zoo Keepers Wife for the binge read because it sounds so interesting and anything WWII related is fascinating to me.

    For the other category... I say Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys because Between Shades of Gray is one of my all time favourite books, but I'm nervous to read OftE in case it isn't as good as I'm hoping, so I'd love to see what you think about it!



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