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October 14

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More Book Binging for the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

by Ann-Katrina

I’ve come to the conclusion that I should just not be allowed out of the house anymore. Why? Because every time I leave, I come back with more books…even though I tell myself, no more—for goodness’ sake, your shelves are bowing under the weight. But do I listen? Noooo.

Anyhoo, I bet you can already guess where this post is going…

Yes, you’re right. I went out yesterday (with the intention of only being moral support for my sister on her shopping excursion) and bought more books. Three books and a magazine to be exact. (Four if you count the book I conned my sister into buying so that I could borrow it later.)

Dork Diaries CoverThe Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Now let me justify. I was reading up on some 24 hour read-a-thon tips and they mentioned getting some short(ish) books. Well, looking back at my reading pool, there weren’t too many short books so I decided I needed some. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is only about 275 pages and has been on my Want™ list for a day shy of forever. I’ve kept putting it off despite all the rave reviews it’s received.

I learned about the Dork Diaries a few months ago (the blog’s name escapes me at the moment) and thought the drawings were “oh, so clever!” and the story sounded adorable. My downfall was picking up the book and leafing through it and realizing that I absolutely had to have it. Luckily it’s only 282 pages (and written in bubbly print handwriting, which means it’s only about 150 printed pages, so even better).

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was a complete impulse buy. I decided I needed to expand my horizons and pick up a book I normally wouldn’t get. After reading the back flap and having vague reminiscences of the Velveteen Rabbit, I decided to throw it in the cart. Thank goodness it’s only 210 short pages.

There you have it…three more books in the read-a-thon book pool (if I can restrain myself and wait to read them).

Now someone please come and bolt me up inside my home. And figure out how to set the child filters on my computer and block me from accessing Amazon (or any other online book dealer).

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December 30

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Book Binge: Apparently, It’s All About Vampires (almost)

by Ann-Katrina

As though I needed to expand my TBR list, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Plus the holiday shopping buzz got to me and buying more books just seemed like the right thing to do. :) Below is the product of my recent holiday book buying binge:

Blue Bloods Cover Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods Book 1) by Melissa De La Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.

Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan’s most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and—as Schuyler soon discovers—the unhuman. They are blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they’ve been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?

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September 4

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Another Book Binge: More Vampires, Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Elves and other Supernatural Stuff

by Ann-Katrina

While I haven’t yet finished reading all the titles from my last book binge, I did manage to float my way through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Nightlife (read review), Faeries, The Fantasy Illustrator’s Technique Book, and Hell Beasts. Yeah, I’m not sure why I even bothered to separate them into lists because I’m reading them out of order.

But, moving right along, I’ve been splurging on more books again. (Hmm, it really looks like I need to do more reviewing and less splurging. Not to worry, I have a few reviews that I need to polish and I’ll get them online.) So, without further ado, here is a list of the new titles added to my personal library: Ogle my library additions

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August 16

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Book Binge: Vampire Romance, Urban Fantasy, Faeries, The Supernatural and Other Good Stuff

by Ann-Katrina

Over the last month, I’ve been consuming books like bread and butter. Rather than sit on my pile of books and reviewing them whenever the mood strikes, I figure writing a quick entry listing my new acquisitions was in order. I’ve separated the list, with descriptions from the back cover, into Already Read, Currently Reading, To Be Read, and Being Delivered. See My Library Additions

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