Tuesday, July 29

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Authors That Populate My Shelves The Most





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This was an interesting list for me.  I didn't realize how many authors I owned so many books from.  It is telling that many of these are Fantasy or Urban Fantasy.

Here are the Top Ten Authors I own the most books from (In no particular order because I have books in so many places I couldn't get an exact count) :

10.  Charlaine Harris ~ Oh Sookie, I heart you.  I haven't read the last few in the series though, I need to get on that.

9.  Sue Grafton ~ I really love Kinsey Millhone! She is tough, smart and just in general awesome.

8.  Terry Goodkind ~ Wizard's First Rule is one of my favorite books.  I equally loved the next few in the series.  And then. . . well he started getting preachy and the books just dragged and I haven't read past book 8.

7.  Janet Evanovich ~ Stephanie Plum. I love her. Despite how completely incompetent she is.  This would go back to being one of my favorite series if she could just learn a little from past mistakes!

6.  Jennifer Estep ~ The first chapter of the first book in her Elemental Assassin series blew me away.  I am hooked.

5.  JK Rowling ~ Because, Always.



4.  Richelle Mead ~ Vampire Academy rocks

3.  Kelley Armstrong ~ I love everything she writes. Everything.

2.  Jim Butcher ~ I think that if some YA UF readers picked this up, they would love it!

1.  Kim Harrison ~ This is probably my favorite UF series ever.  It was one of the first ones that I really got into.  After Anita Blake but I shall not speak of that! The Hollows series though is one I am sad is going to end.



Monday, July 28

Bout-of-Books 11 Sign-Up


I have seriously been MIA from the blog.  I know.  I suck.  Life just got so crazy the last couple of months.  I am ready to buckle down and work on my review list which has gotten to over 30 books! 30! That is crazy!

The best way I know of to knock that number down is Bout-of-Books!

Bout of Books

I will be participating in this week long read-a-thon. Haven't heard of this before? Here is the info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
My goal is to hit at least one book per day.  To my fellow blog friends, you are thinking "that's it? You can do that!" To my non reader friends that might happen to see this you are thinking "a book a day for 7 days, you are insane!" The funny thing is that I am somewhere in the middle of those two thoughts.  I have gotten out of the habit of reading as much as I used to.  I am hoping I can get back into it with the right books! 

I am planning to read between now and then so I won't decide what books will be on the list until it gets closer, probably not until the day of.  See you back then for all the reading fun! 

And stay tuned to Books Devoured! I will be back tomorrow with Top Ten Tuesday! 


Friday, July 11

Housekeeping

You may (or may not) have noticed that I have been completely MIA for about a month now. June was absolutely crazy pants.  CRAZY.

I am reorganizing my life right now.  Getting new planners and setting priorities and goals. I thought hard about letting Books Devoured go again.  But ultimately I have decided to just be realistic instead.  I figured out what has been making me get so overwhelmed with the blog: Review requests.

As a result I have a new policy for the foreseeable future. I am no longer taking review requests.  At all. From anyone.

I started this blog in complete ignorance of the (4 years ago, much smaller) community that existed.  I started by just reviewing whatever random book I was reading at the time.  I am going to start by going back to that place. I am going to read whatever strikes my fancy whenever I feel like reading.

I know that I might lose a lot of people who want to read the newest YA and only that. I understand that so I promise to read new stuff from time to time.  I hope though that you will take a chance and maybe discover something different with me every now and then.

With that said, if I have already accepted your request and I have the book I will honor that and get the review up as soon as possible.

Another thing that has changed is that I now have 2 blogs! I know, that's crazy when I couldn't keep up with one right? Well, yes and no.  Instead of changing Books Devoured like I was starting to do before I went MIA (remember the post about makeup?) I decided to leave Books Devoured purely about Books. Then I can have another place to post about my other passion: healthy living.  I have become an Independent Wellness Guide with Radiantly You.  I am so excited about their products but I am most excited about the opportunity to work from home and keep my family healthy and toxin free at the same time. I will of course from time to time cross promote but I promise it won't be too much.  My new blog will be HealthyLifeDevoured.com.  The tag line there is "Because Life is too short just to live it."



Lastly, this design has got to go.  Things are no longer showing up or working. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED it when it was first done by Parajunkee.  I still do actually but it is way past time for a change.  So I enlisted the creative skill of Lori from Imagination Designs and she is creating something fabulous! I am so in love with it and I can't wait for you to see it.

You should start seeing new posts from me next week!  Thanks so much for those of you that are still around to chat with me about books!




Thursday, July 10

DAC July LinkUp, June Winner

I know I am late on this but of course the fabulous Jana at Artsy Girl was on it like always! I was on vacation with NO INTERNET!!! Crazy right?! I loved it but I missed everyone!



Link up your July reviews below. Please leave a direct link to your review and include the title of the book and your blog name.

For more information about the DAC just click the link in the bar above.



I know why you are really here though. To see the winner for June! The winner is ~ 



Amanda with Late Nights with Good Books!

I will be contacting you soon Amanda! 




Saturday, June 7

Debut Author Challenge June Link Up


Thanks to everyone who participated in the May Link Up! You can link up reviews for June on this post or on the one over at That Artsy Reader Girl! Questions about the Challenge? Check the bar above and click on DAC.

(The Link is not working for me right now.  Please feel free to post at the above link for my cohost! I will try to have this fixed ASAP)

Sorry this is a bit late in getting posted!

I can also announce the winner for May: Congratulations to #10


#10 on the link up was Bibliophilia: A Love Story   ~ I will be in contact with the winner soon!
 
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