Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (11)

From Amanda’s blog:
Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and I shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.

Book review — Red Fox (Experiment in Terror, #2), by Karina Halle

ARC review — The Space Between Usby Jessica Martinez

Guest post — Reading Changes Lives, by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

Book review — Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror, #3), by Karina Halle

Book review — Lying Season (Experiment in Terror, #4), by Karina Halle

Discussion — Book Blogging & Real Life

Guest Post(ish) — Who Am I Stalking? Amanda @ On a Book Bender (and I was over at Amanda’s blog!)

Book Hoarder’s Selection — Croak (Croak, #1), by Gina Damico

Blogiversary Feature — One Year Stats and One Year of Favourite Books

What did I do this week? SO MANY THINGS!

  • Last Sunday, I was over on Laura’s blog. I had a post up about the Edmonton book bloggers and she decided to interview me, since I wasn’t in the feature.
  • I had a tweet from a local author ABOUT that Edmonton post and got a little out of joint about it. He mentioned that there were all of these local bloggers, but there was no mention of  books set in Edmonton or Edmonton authors. This sparked a discussion in our blogging group about whether or not we should be OBLIGATED to read local. I think we all came to the conclusion that, local author or not, we read for PLEASURE and that wherever we live shouldn’t dictate or reading material. HOWEVER, I have made the decision to try out some more local authors — maybe try one local or even one Canadian book a week. I’ve even added a local-authors shelf on Goodreads!
  • I started my training for my library job on Thursday and continue with it tomorrow!! I am SO excited about this!
  • The dog got spayed, which meant I had to spend 7 hours in a city that has absolutely nothing. My eReader and iPod came in SO handy! I read a book and listened to an audiobook (well, finished one). Sitting next to the water was nice, but the sound from the highway drove me nuts. It sure was nice to come home to silence! And a very tired, slightly awkward dog. She did super good in her surgery and was out of it for the rest of the day. I love her.
  • I started up another blog for the steamy reads I like to partake in. If you want to be a contributor, let me know!

Unbreaking the Shelves Progress: 

  • I so don’t want to talk about it. Books were added. Books were read. I’m not sure the numbers are actually moving.Well, a few of these categories ARE moving (up, that is), but the numbers aren’t going down.

Get free ebooks shelf under 20:

As of 10/20 — 84 (ha! 20 is NEVER going to happen)

Get own-must-read shelf under (or around) 300: 

As of 10/20 — 347

Get my raks-won-gifts shelf under 30: 

As of 10/20 — 53

Read my 4 6 signed books (leaving out anthology and series book):

As of 10/20 — 0/6

Awesome things happening around the blogosphere!

I feel like I’ve missed something. In that case, here’s a video from one of my favourite TV shows, Whose Line is it Anyway? You better be prepared to laugh!

*** my listing style for this section is totally stolen from the oh-so-organized Amanda, who got it from Tara. My hope is that some of their organization will rub off on me. Is it possible? Not likely. 

Read-in-2012 (210) 

  • Easy, by Tammara Webber – Review 11/05
    • Yay! This one got me out of my reading rut!
  • Exiled (The Protector, #1), by M. R. Merrick – Review 10/29
    • M. R. Merrick is a rock star!
  • The Turning (Blood Ties, #1), by Jennifer Armintrout – Review 10/29
    • Scottish vampires, anyone?
  • Catching Jordan (Catching Jordan, #1), by Miranda Kenneally – review 11/06
    • I loved this! And I don’t even like football!

DNF (12)

  • The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling
    • I started reading this the day it came out, made it 105 pages in, then lost interest. It got put down, never to be picked up again.
  • Past Midnight (Past Midnight, #1), by Mara Purnhagen
    • Whenever I started reading this, I wanted to get excited (ghosts!), but I was just bored.

Currently-Reading (3)

  • Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1), by Olivia Cunning
  • The Hallowed Ones, by Laura Bickle
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1), by Marissa Meyer

Own-Must-Read (347):

  • Dark Water, by Chynna T. Laird (local author)
  • Exiled (The Protector, #1), by M. R. Merrick (local author – read)
  • Under My Skin (Skinned, #1), by Judith Graves (local author)
  • Whale Song, by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (local author)
  • Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1), by Olivia Cunning
  • The Hallowed Ones, by Laura Bickle
  • Catching Jordan (Catching Jordan, #1), by Miranda Kenneally

Review-Books-To-Read (10)

  • The Vampire’s Daughter (Of Light and Darkness, #1), by Shayne Leighton

Free-Ebooks (84)

  • Afraid, by Jack Kilborn
  • Stunner (Alexa O’Brien, Huntress, #0.75), by Trina M. Lee (local author)
  • Once Bitten (Alexa O’Brien, Huntress, #1), by Trina M. Lee (local author)
  • Marked (Eternal Guardian, #1), by Elisabeth Naughton
  • Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy, #1), by Stephanie Rowe
  • Ruby Slippers, by Sophie Nicholis
  • Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family, #1), by Mandy Harbin
  • Dark Season: The Last Vampire, by Amy Cross
  • Adrienne’s Ghost, by Leah St. James
  • Emily’s Affair, by Elijana Kindel
  • Space Junque (Apocalypto, #1), by L. K. Rigel
  • Death’s Avatar (The Descent, #0.5), by S. M. Reine
  • Death’s Hand (The Descent, #1), by S. M. Reine
  • All Hallows’ Moon (Seasons of the Moon, #2), by S. M. Reine
  • Riot (Phantom Warriors, #6), by Jordan Summers

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How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?

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26 thoughts on “Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (11)

  1. Yayyy for starting your library job! That’s so exciting 🙂
    And I agree that as readers and bloggers, we have no obligation to read local authors. I think I’ve read one author from my city, and honestly I didn’t really like the book! It’d be nice to find a local author that I do like, but I don’t feel like I have to.

    Hope you have a great week!!

    • Yay! It is exciting!

      THANK YOU! I like finding local authors on my own, rather than feel like I MUST find them and review them. Just as with any other author, if I’m not interested, I’m not interested.

  2. Hope you love the Hallowed Ones. I thought it was excellent!
    Hope your doggie recovers quickly — mine had to wear the head cone recently after some minor surgery and he was so sad about that 🙂

    • Oh, great! I’m not too far in, but I’m still loving it!

      My dog didn’t get a cone. APPARENTLY, the females are much better with staying away from itching or licking the area. Plus, my dog is a total wuss, so she’s been pretty good all week!

    • I was so BORED! I made it about 105 pages in and it took forever because the story was so dense. I was bored and I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I’ve read plenty of adult books, so it wasn’t an “Oh my god, this isn’t Harry Potter” issue, but if I’m not feeling anything at the 100 page mark, I’m not going to push it.

  3. I hope you have lots of fun with your library job!! Also, I can’t watch the video, I know those guys would make me laugh but my mouth is still swollen from getting teeth out lol.
    You may have gained books for the Unbreaking the Shelves, but you never know next week it might go down lots, just keep trying your best! Have a great week!

    • Aww … I should’ve posted a more sombre video for you. 🙂 I hope your mouth feels better soon!

      I know I’ll have fun with the library job! It’s kind of sporadic with when I work, but that’s fine with me. I’ll still be able to get lots of reading in!

  4. I love Whose Line is it Anyway? (!)

    I like discovering and reading local authors, but I don’t think it should be our obligation. That smacks of entitlement. (“Because you live in my area, you should support me, regardless of the kind of book I’ve written.”) Just… no. Randomly, I connected with an author on Twitter recently when I realized she was a few suburbs away from me. That was cool and awesome, and then she pitched her book at me after flattering my blog and I got a little turned off. It wasn’t “Support me, I’m local” but the pitch did come too fast. And perhaps that’s the problem with establishing that local connection: people assume that they can pitch their book (or ANY product) just because they have a connection with you.

    Yay for being excited about your library job!

    • I love Whose Line, too! Especially the older British ones — they were HILARIOUS!

      Yes. Local authors should not feel like they should pressure local bloggers to read their works. It’s just not right. If I’m not interested, I’m not interested. But, I’d rather come across a local author on my own, rather than have them seek me out. It just feels more natural that way.

      That’s kind of ridiculous that that author would pitch her book to you so soon! Whatever happened to just communicating and networking and letting it come naturally?

      I actually just realized this week that M. R. Merrick is from my province. So many bloggers LOVE his work, so I went out and got the first book in his Protector series. It was AWESOME. I’ve chatted with him on Twitter and not once has he come across as pushing his work on a local blogger. That’s what I like — being able to have a conversation with an author without them shoving their book down my throat.

      OH! And that makes me think of the one time I was at the farmer’s market and a guy was selling his book. It was $10 for the book, OR $12 for a signed copy. I had never HEARD of this author before but thought it was funny that he thought his signature was work a whole $2. As a reader, that really turns me off.

      • I think Matt is a GREAT example of how self-published authors should approach marketing and selling their books (i.e., be a professional). And I think he’s been very successful at establishing a large fan base. I’ve heard he’s got a pretty amazing copy-editor, too. 😉

  5. That search term is SO WTF? LOL

    I met some authors from Georgia recently, though I was already reading some locals even before I moved here! I think it’s nice to support them but you are definitely not obligated. I also love to read books set in areas I’ve lived or are familiar with. That is uber fun! Thanks for the shout out, chicadee, and good luck on library training! I’m wicked excited for you. I would love to spend my days in a library, though I might not get any work done. I love to organize things though…lol. I sometimes enjoy organizing my scrapbook supplies more than the actual crafting…o.O

    • Ha ha … I am a HUGE organizer. I absolutely love it. I reorganize my bookshelves ALL THE TIME, add them into spreadsheets, rearrange them by size or genre. You are not alone!

      I love reading books that are in settings I recognize. I remember reading a book set in Florida around an area I spent a very memorable trip at (that is, hubs and I spent lots of time WALKING down a certain stretch of Florida because we couldn’t find a bus) and it was awesome! And I just read a book set in an Alberta city where I’ve spent time in. LOVE IT.

      Thanks for the luck!

  6. Yay for library job training! Are you loving it so far? I start training for my new job this week too! I find it funny that you are able to add one canadian and/or local author to your reading pile PER WEEK! Ahhh, I’m so slooooowwww, I’m lucky if I read a book a week (which based on my stats, I’m failing at!!)

    Anyway 🙂 Glad your pup is feeling better!

    • Yay! Good luck with your new job! I’m loving mine so far – I’m SO happy to have gotten a position with them!

      We’ll see if I get to reading one Canadian author a week. It’s easy to say it, but I read so much by mood that it’s hard to stick to!

  7. Oh wow, I had no idea that this Edmonton author drama went down on Twitter. For me, reading absolutely needs to be for pleasure, not a chore or obligation, or else I will not enjoy myself. Though I absolutely commend you for wanting to try more local authors! And congrats on the library job training!! And that your dog is doing better 🙂

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