May 31

#ArmchairBEA: Is it really over?

 It’s hard for me to resign myself with the fact that yet another Armchair BEA has come to a close.
I was not able to participate as fully this  year as I have in previous years and feel as though I missed so much.  I will be going back through and reading many of the posts for several days to come, getting to know some more of the bloggers, reading the blogging Q&A posts and just generally reminiscing about this years event.
I was only able to make one of the Twitter Chats, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and getting to know some new to me bloggers.  Hopefully these interactions will carry me through and I will make every effort to be a more engaged and involved blogger in this community that I have come to love.
We as book bloggers are spread throughout the world and yet each year during events like Armchair, we come together and enjoy a sense of camaraderie and community that remains unrivaled.
What were your favorite topics?  Your favorite posts?  Hidden gems that you think I might have missed and really need to check out?  Let me know in the comments.  Until next year, my friends.
May 31

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 24th 2009

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

May 29

#ArmchairBEA: Day 3: Blogging Q&A

Well, I have been back and forth about what to post for this one.
I have been blogging for a number of years but I still feel like I don’t have a lot to say on this topic.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I could give a new blogger is to not get so obsessed with ARCs and status.  All of those things will come in time.  Focus in the beginning on getting a routine established and finding your voice and your style.
The worst thing in blogging is to feel like you are reading because you have to.  You will burn yourself out every time and not want to pick up a book for months.  Believe me, I speak from experience.
The other important bit is to not think you have to say yes to every request you get.  It is okay to say no, that you do not feel like a book would be a good fit for your blog.  But be professional about it.
The bottom line is that book blogging should be fun.  Remember why you started blogging.  And if you got into this for free books, please stop and think.
As far as ARCs are concerned, get familiar with sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss.  This is the best starting point.  Don’t expect to be able to email a publisher when your blog has been open for a few weeks and get results.  Establish yourself.  Reach out to other bloggers and ask for advice.  If you take the steps to make sure you have a quality blog in the beginning, when the time is right, you will have success with print publishers.  Feel free to pick my brain any time!
May 28

#ArmchairBEA Day 2: Social Media

I have been sitting here today struggling on thinking up what to write about for social media, because social media is an area where this blog and myself personally could stand to improve our presence.
I tend to be really good about being involved and active on social media during blogger events and readathons and the like, but then fall off the wagon in between.  It’s one of the reasons I always look forward to Armchair each year, because it helps me to get myself out there and be more active and involved.  And I even go back throughout the year and check back on posts from the previous year to get more tips and ideas for the blog as well.
I can be found on all the major social media outlets, with links somewhere over there in the sidebar.  I am also on Instagram as @destinyisntfree, though that particular outlet is still fairly foreign to me.
One of my more recent attempts with social media has been to join Triberr.  So if you see my stuff flooding your feed, sorry about that.  I am still working out a balance with that one.
I see so much room for improvement with my social media usage, but I don’t really know where to start.  I try to interact with people, but the trick is knowing who is open to the interaction.
I have had some awesome interactions with authors and other bloggers and found some great groups to be  a part of as a result of social media.
I do think in terms of social media, I am likely the most active on Goodreads.  Partly because it is simple to post a reading status update from my ereader.  I cheat.  I have both a Kindle Paperwhite and a Fire HD 7, so Goodreads is integrated right into the ecosystem, there.
For those who have had great success with social media, what are some things you think would help me to improve my standings there, to become more interactive and engaged with followers, friends and readers?  I know giveaways are great for driving traffic to social media, but how do you keep those new followers engaged?  I really want to know how to be more a part of the community.  I tend to be a bit on the socially awkward side and have trouble with social situations in general, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
May 28

#ArmchairBEA 2015: Day 1: Introductions (and an #ABEAShelfie)

Armchair BEA

So the first day of Armchair BEA is for introductions and getting to know one another and meeting new bloggers and networking.  I spent a large part of the day I spent in the emergency room due to strep throat and I missed getting this post up, so I thought, better late than never, right?  So here I am with my intro questions!


May 11

Bookish Survey #boutofbooks

Today’s challenge comes to us from  Writing My Own Fairytale.

The challenge is to answer the following questions and to get to know some of the other participants through this survey.  So here is mine!


The Questions: 

1. How do you organize your shelves?
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?
3. What is the last 5 star book you read?
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
5. What book do you recommend the most?


May 10

#Boutofbooks 13 Goals and Progress

So for a more official post regarding my goals and such.  This will also be where I will post my updates.
Time Spent Reading
I plan to spend at least one hour a day reading.
I want to read at least 2 books this week.
I want to participate in at least 3 challenges.
I want to visit at least 10 new to me blogs.
I want to participate in at least 1 Twitter Chat.
I want to finish re-reading City of Bones.  I am starting out on page 74.  


Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Number  of Pages today:  30