Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Insane January Book Haul!


So for the month of January, I ended up buying an insane amount of books! Though I don't feel bad for doing so because the main place I bought said books were at our new Dollar Tree store and some of these books only cost me one dollar! Yep, that's what I said....$1. 



Now I know I usually don't post book hauls, but as I said in a few posts back some things around here are going to be changing. I miss sharing my love of books with you and one way of doing so is sharing what I actually bought or received each month. So that's the plan! I might skip a month sometimes if I don't have that many books to share, but we shall see. 

Alright, time to share some books! 


First thing first, though, for Christmas, I received a subscription to my first subscription box and I'm loving it so far.  I've been wanting to try Owlcrate for awhile now and had watched so many unboxing videos on YouTube, so that's the one I picked. It's super exciting to actually get the box in the mail, and as soon as I got it, I tore it open to see what was inside. I had meant to do an unboxing video, but my excitement got the best of me. Maybe this month I'll do one! Anyway, I want to show you what was inside January's box! 





The book is Roseblood by A. G. Howard, the theme for January was Classic Remix and the amazing looking book is a Phantom of the Opera retelling. I'm super excited to read it and it's part of my #TBR for February. There's this amazing calendar in the box and each month is an image of a classic book. The book soap, which is in front of the box above in the picture, smells so good! The tea really isn't my thing, but I actually tried it and it wasn't too bad.  Again I was so happy with my first box and can't wait for February's. 

Now let's get into the list of the other books that I received or bought this past month! 





Most of these came from Scholastic and I can't wait to read each and every one of them. I also received several other boxes from this amazing publishing company and will in the future start filming unboxing videos of these boxes! 


The next three images are books all from The Dollar Tree! I'm super excited about these books and can't wait to read them as well. 






This was my first trip and noticed they had books. Most of these are books I've been wanting to read for awhile.   







These two are from my most recent trip to the store and I was super excited because they had just stocked the shelf.  Some of these are amazing covers and sound just as spectacular. Blythewood is one that I'm adding to my February TBR. If you follow my Instagram, you've seen the cover of that one!  (You'll also get a sneak peak at the new blog URL that will be changing soon!)  

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments below what books you bought or received in January. I'd love to hear from you! 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Take A Break...Watch A Vid




Take a Break Watch this Vid is a post that I have her on Ali's Bookshelf from time to time.  It showcases a lot of book trailers or movie trailers that I'm excited to see/read. Today is no different.  Today I have the book trailer for the book I'm reading right now and loving.  




I hope you enjoyed this book trailer as much as I did.  I'm loving this book so far and can't wait to read the rest of the series. AMAZING! 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #104








Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.


He lay down, his hand still upon his sword, and fell asleep. Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back. 











I must say there are so many amazing lines that I could have shared in this book, but this is one that has stuck with me since I read it! I'm loving this book so far.  



Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?



This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  It's a meme where you share what you read last week, what you're currently reading and what you plan on reading that week.






Alright, I won't be doing these posts every week, like I have in the past, I'm trying to mix things up a bit.  This week, though, since it's the first week back to blogging, I'm going to post this one. 


Today I'm Reading: 




Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

I've heard so many wonderful things about this series and figured this would be a great second book of this year. I'm loving it so far! 


"Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin."

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she'd have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


This Week I Plan To Read: 


The Host by Stephenie Meyer 

I've read this before, so this is a re-read, but I started it and would like to finish it this week. 

 Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.


Up Next: 

 Caraval by Stephanie Garber
If Not For You by Debbie Macomber 









Both of these books are fairly large, so I'm only going to leave this post at two books for this week. I'm also really excited about the two books that are up next. I received each of those through Netgalley.  

I hope you all have a great day and as always....


Friday, January 13, 2017

Bloggiesta Starting Line! Let's Do This




Alright so it's day one of Bloggiesta and I'm super excited to get to work on this blog. As most of you know, I haven't really been blogging here lately, it's mainly because there has been real life things that have, well putting it nicely kicked my ass. Anyway, I'm getting back to it and Bloggiesta and a few other things are going to help me. One of which is a total revamp/rebrand of Ali's Bookshelf. This is one of my main goals. I've had this blog since 2011 and I think it's time for a new look, yet some of the look and branding will be sticking around. 

Anyway, let's get to my list for the first day of Bloggiesta! Oh and you can still sign up to participate, just CLICK HERE for more information. 


Game Plan for Today: 

Get my blogging binder set up for this month and Febuarary (The plan is by the end to have it set up for the whole year.) 

 Go through my tags and fix them 

 Clearout email  


I think this is a great start to a fantastic weekend! Hope you're all doing great on the first day. 


 




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