Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blog Ahead: Goals

To find out more information about this and the sign up post CLICK HERE

I love participating in this type of event. Especially if it helps me get ahead with blogging. Which this event does. My main goals are below and the event starts today, which means I really need to get started! Best thing about the timing of this event is that I'm on vacation this week and will have plenty of time to work on this one.

If I'm being honest the last couple of times I've signed up for a blog ahead, I've ended up not finishing, but this time I'm going to do my best to do so. Wish me luck, hopefully I can finish this time around. 

So my goals for this event is simple. I have 10 posts scheduled right now, that means I need to add 14 posts to my list. Giving me a total of 24 posts ready to go! Which will be a huge help to me and makes life so simple when you have posts ready.  This also means most of my posts in April will be finished and I can work on May's posts after that.

Are you participating in Blog Ahead? If so what are your goals for this event. 



Sittin on the Shelf: The Diviners

So Sitten on the Shelf is a post that I added to my blog a long time ago and it's one that I really want to bring back for many reasons. One of those reasons is that my TBR pile is huge, like extreamly huge and I need to start reading these books or unhauling them.

That's the main goal with the new Sittin on the Shelf here at Ali's Bookshelf. When I first started posting these posts here,  I had gotten the idea from a great blogging friend. Her blog was On My Reading Pile, but sadly she's not blogging anymore there.

Then the other day I found a similar post over at Kimberlyfaye Reads and her TBR Thursday posts made me really want to bring back this post. So a huge thanks to her for that. If you haven't read her blog, you really should! Her posts are fantastic! Her blog is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs.

I have a few questions that I'm going to answer for each book and then I'm going to ask your opinion. I would love to hear your thoughts about these books.  Seriously, I need your help!!!

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published:  September 18th 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 578 pages
 Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

This book has been on my TBR shelf since the day it was released! I'm not kidding, there is a reason I haven't gotten to it and I'll share that in a few minutes. Honestly, I've noticed a lot of readers saying the same thing about this book, so I don't feel too bad about it.

 Why I haven't read this book yet?

Alright let's get down to the real reason I haven't read this book...size! Yep size matters when you have a reading goal for the year and the book you want to read is huge. Like this one above, which is the main reason I haven't read this book. This book is huge!

 What I Plan On Doing?

My plan is simple, I purchased the book on audio, figured it would make it not as daunting to read and I was told that the audio is amazing! So I'm super excited again to read this one, or rather listen to it.

 What Do You All Think I Should Do?

So have you read this book? Should I be this scared to read such a large book? Did you listen to it? I'm excited to do so, I hope I'm going about this one the right way.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Blogger Hop #34

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.

If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 

Oooh interesting topic this week...

23rd - 29th - When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
For me it depends on the friend. I have serveral friends that don't enjoy reading as much as me and after awhile they tend to get annoyed if I bring up books too much LOL. But then I have a few great friends who love books and we can talk about them all day. Have to say those are my favorite kind of friends. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Every Heart A Doorway

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire 
Published: April 5th 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 173 pages
ISBN #: 0765385503
Challenges: Goodreads, 2018 Bookish Resoulution
Date Read: Feb. 13th 2018

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

I'm not even sure where to start this review when it comes to this book and how much I loved it! When I was a kid I loved the books where children walked through wardrobes or flew over the rainbow to other worlds, they were ultimately my favorite books. This book/series takes it a step forward to what happens after they come back and that I absolutely love!

Let's talk about the plot first, like I said above it's one that I can't get enough of and honestly I can't wait to read the next two books. I'm hoping the author writes more books in this series. I need to know what happened to all of the characters in this book. Especially Jack and Jill, which are two side characters, but they are both so interesting. The main plot is one that caught my attention right away, even the first page caught my attention right away and the best thing about these books is that they aren't very long but they are jam packed full of plot/story.

I connected with each of these characters right away even though you really don't get to know that much about them in the first book. You do get to know Nancy a little and Miss West a lot more toward the end of book one, but the rest of the characters not so much. Which made me want to read more of this series even more.

Now I want to talk about the writing style of this amazing author, her style is one that took me a few minutes, yep only a few minutes, to get used to. It's a little different than others and honestly I love that. I get so bored when it comes to the cookie cutter writing I've been reading lately, I've been needing something new and this was it. I couldn't get enough of this book and I'm so happy there are more to read. (Spoiler: I've already read the next one by the time your reading this review lol)

 I must not forget the world building that this wonderful author has created and it's not just one world it's a few, one for each child or siblings and that in itself had to be so incredibly hard. I don't know how she did this but I'm so thankful that she did. Nothing is generic either, each one has all these little details that are just perfection and even in the first book you see that. Just another way to pull you in as an reader.

I have to mention the covers of this series! OMG I mean look above at the one for this book, it's amazing and beautifully done! They are some of the prettiest and daunting covers I've ever seen. Just adding more want for me to read them. 

All in all this is a wonderful and fast read that I couldn't get enough of. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series! If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it and is now on the top of my list of to finish series.

 Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

Over all I'm giving Every Heart a Doorwary a Ali's Bookshelf...

Plot: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Characters: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

 Here at Ali's Bookshelf we accept books in exchange for a honest review. However, the book above was one that I bought and decided to review. We also use Amazon Affiliate links at times.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ali Talks: Reading Your Backlist

Ali Talks is where I get to share my thoughts on different subjects from blogging to read and even sometimes life itself. So let's get to it, today I want to talk about reading our backlist. You know those books that have been sitting on our shelves for years and we really meant to get to them but we haven't. 

This year I made a goal for myself to do just that, to read the books that are on my shelf and ones that have been there for awhile. I can't say that I've really done much of that, but I am starting in April to read more of the books that are on my shelf. My TBR shelf is really getting rather large and overflowing with books that I once said I really want to read soon and now they just sit there. It makes me sad, so again I'm telling myself it's time to read those books. 

Am I the only one that do this? My excuse is always "There are just so many amazing books coming out this year so the other ones will be read later." Or I'll say "I'll read that one next." Then of course another amazing book is released and the cycle starts all over again. Please tell me I'm not the only one that does this. I really want to get out of that cycle though and I have a plan to start at least reading one book that's sitting there every month from now on. I won't be posting a TBR post for these, just like I've been saying all year, no TBR posts will be made, but I plan to read books on my shelf. I did create a post about the books that have been on my shelves the longest. You can find that post HERE. So hopefully you all won't mind seeing some older books in my reviews. 

This is actually a goal that I have set a few times in the past, I'm just hoping I can stick to it this time. But at the same time, I'm trying to keep reading fun this year, so I think I'm going to just pick up the books without re-reading the back cover or summary. I've found that makes it better when reading. 

So that is my plans for reading my backlist of books, how do you handle those books sitting on your shelf for so long? 


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