Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm Back In A Whirlwind

Hi guys,

I know that I'm officially the lousiest blogger ever. I realize that the more often I take breaks from blogging, the harder it becomes to get back into the game. (And the higher my To-Be-Read pile grows, and the more emails I start to ignore, and the rustier I find myself at writing reviews, and the longer my break becomes.) It's like a self-perpetuating vicious cycle which I know has lost me quite some momentum in everything book-related except for my favorite pastime of reading (I'm still reading, never fear!), but the inertia of inactivity builds up and the time for me to snap out of it is

now!


Well, yes. In order to actually get some action done on this blog, I've decided to post do an update post on what you can expect from the blog in the next few months or so. So for those of you who still check back regularly (my page views say "yes"-- that there are some of you sweethearts who do that), read this and don't be disheartened by the lack of posts and please don't give up on this blog (I AM HERE FOR THE LONG RUN). 

So, here goes.

Current State of the Union


My Blog Tours


I am organizing several blog tours for some of the Young Adult debuts which I am highly anticipating! Most of them are YA Contemporary novels-- there is a good slate this year, and I'm pretty excited. But, the nearest blog tour is starring a YA historical fiction piece, PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG (Anne Blankman, April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins).

I will be opening sign-ups for that soon-ish on this blog and through my mailing list (to those of you who have signed up to be tour hosts, you will be getting an email about this!). Please support me, Anne and the marvelous story of a girl during Nazi Germany and the various secrets, romances and dark plots swirling around in a melting pot of scandals, conspiracies and propaganda. Gosh, the history geek in me is squealing.


Reviews


Well, if you take a brief look at my current e-reader, the titles are very contemporary-oriented:

  1. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (Hmm… Is it just me, or does the cover and tone just remind you of Eleanor & Park? Which is not a bad thing to be reminded of.)
  2. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
  3. How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
  4. On the Fence by Kasie West
  5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  7. What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin
  8. Sekret by Lindsay Smith

If I finish reading the novel, I will review it. You can expect at least 4 to 5 reviews to come since these are all brilliant titles! But who knows, my interest in contemporary novels might wane and then you will see me reading Martin's A Game of Thrones (never!) or picking up Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment again (I've been trying to find the right mood and setting to read this book for more than a month and I'm still not done with it).


What I've Read So Far (and have failed to keep track on Goodreads)


1. I've been re-reading the Harry Potter series, yay! It's so good, so funny, so familiar and homely and all things Hogwarts-ish that looking at it just makes me feel all happy and fuzzy on the inside. I'm currently in the middle of PoA, and I will be moving onto GoF which is my favorite HP book a few years back-- let's see how it stands now.

2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (I heard it's Jenny Han's favorite book. It was lovely, but not great. On a side note, I think A LOT like Cassandra, it's freaky.)

3. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. (Fantastic. Makes me want to play football. Sam Henry is the love of my life.)

4. Prisoner of Night and Fog. (Haven't read a good WWII YA novel for ages, this one meets all expectations and more!)


TOTAL COUNT: 6 books 

All in all, not bad for one and a half months into 2014! 

Signing off for now, will be back soon with blog tour updates and a review :-)



6 comments:

  1. Yeaaaay Sel, this makes me happy :D! Welcome back!

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  2. I'm really interested in reading more from your blog! Keep posting!!!:)

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  4. Sel!!! So glad to finally hear from you, dearie :) I hope everything is going well with you, and I'm really excited to see the reviews and other Sel-mazing stuff you have in store for us!! <33

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