Saturday, August 24, 2013

Moving Day!

Dear readers and friends,

We're moving! Yes, the time has come to pick up the suitcases and board up Bookshelvers Anonymous. But don't worry, we're just moving across the street to Wordpress and our spacious new abode, Shae Has Left The Room!

If I did everything right, all your subscriptions through Bloglovin' and email should transfer over. (Fingers crossed!) Unfortunately, since GFC has gone the way of the dinosaur, those particular subscriptions will not transfer. Sorry.

If for some reason your subscription did not transfer over, please visit Shae Has Left The Room directly and sign up via the widget in the sidebar. Be sure you don't delay. I'm hosting a major giveaway RIGHT NOW for all my followers!

Can't wait to see all your lovely faces on my new blog!


Friday, August 23, 2013

Down For Moving Day!

Hi all! Thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes yesterday. I had tons of fun and can't wait to share all my cool new books with you. First, though, I have some work to do.

Back at the end of June, I promised some changes. After quitting my job at the bookstore, there was no longer any need for anonymity. Since I was no longer anonymous or a shelver, keeping the same blog name seemed a little stupid.

I don't do change very quickly, however, so for the last two months, I've been mulling over a new blog name.

I found one.

Then I needed to figure out whether I was going with a normal Wordpress site or a self-hosted Wordpress site. (No way was I sticking with Blogger.)


Then, with my dad's help, I found some really cute images and pieced together a new header.

All I need to do now is transfer my posts, fix the formatting, change all my social media usernames, and get the word out. You know, the easy stuff. (She says with a roll of her eyes.)

I have the weekend off, so I'm going to try to get everything up and running by Sunday. I hope it doesn't take that long, but I fully anticipate setbacks. Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Totally Selfish Post (Happy Birthday To MEEE!)

WARNING: The following post is entirely and unapologetically self-centered with absolutely zero connection to books, reading, or the publishing industry whatsoever. And that's okay, because...

It's my biiiiiiirthday, it's my biiiiiiirthday!

I love birthdays, mainly because it means that people will give me pretty clothes and books for FREE.

Also, dessert! Birthdays are awesome.

This year, instead of having a birthDAY, I'm going to have more of an extended birthWEEKEND. As you read this, I'm actually at work pulling a twelve-hour shift (boo). But once I clock out for the day, I'll be off for four whole days.

I usually like to do a giveaway on my birthday, but I can't this time. Sorry. (See, I told you this post was going to be entirely self-centered. I can't even give things away to balance it out.) However, the reason I can't is that there's a MUCH BETTER giveaway coming your way as soon as I get my blog settled at its new domain.

I'll be back with (only slightly) less self-centered posts tomorrow. But until then...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #34

Hosted by Pen To Paper
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.
The more I reread this synopsis, the more I hunger for this book. At first I only paid attention because of the weird cover and the author. I really enjoyed Mindee Arnett's Nightmare Affair book, so while I wasn't sure about her switch from paranormal to sci-fi, I was intrigued.

But guys, this is SCI-FI, legit outer space SCIENCE FICTION. Even better, it's sci-fi in space with mercenaries. I love mercenaries! *cuddles Han Solo* Also, it appears crime lords are involved, which can only be a good thing. I even approve of the name Jeth.

O Avalon, why are you not in my hands?

Are you looking forward to this book? Why or why not? And what book are you wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make My Reading/Blogging Life Easier

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
The following things are written down in the order I thought of them. If I tried to do them in order of importance, I would drive myself nuts. I take rankings very seriously.

Goodreads - Oh my word. Goodreads can be such a mess, to be sure. Its search engine stinks, the details for each book are often wrong, and there seems to be a new drama every week, but I value Goodreads for one specific thing: my TBR list. I mourn for all those wasted years when I would get excited about a book and then forget its title. Such wasted potential! Now I just hop on Goodreads and add a book to my virtual pile.

Twitter - I also don't know how I lived before Twitter. It is overflowing with my people, my lovely, bookish people. I learn about the news through Twitter, discover new books through Twitter, enter giveaways through Twitter, and make new friends through Twitter. It's wonderful.

Notes app - My Notes app on my iPad is a lifesaver. Not only is that where I keep my list of Agatha Christie books (for thrift store trips), but it's also how I organize my ARCs. I have two lists, a "Read By" list and a "Review By" list. The dates may differ between lists, as publishers sometimes archive a digital ARC before the release date. By keeping both lists up to date, I make sure I don't forget my digital ARCs and then all ARCs, both digital and physical, are read and reviewed on time.

iCal - I think I may have written about my scheduling before, but my entire blogging life is planned through iCal. All my memes, discussion posts, blog tours, reviews, etc. are all carefully planned and dated at least a week before go-live. iCal keeps me sane.

Edelweiss/NetGalley - Hooray for e-ARCs! I must admit, I wasn't sold at first, because e-ARCs are often wonkily formatted, but then I realized that publishers are more likely to part with e-ARCs than physical ARCs. Win!

Fellow bloggers - I LOVE YOU ALL! Seriously, you are my people, and I love you.

My dad - When I first started my blog, I didn't tell my parents for three months. Three months is a long time when I'm used to telling them pretty much everything, but I kept my mouth shut because I wanted to see if I could do it without any help. And I did. I set it up, gave it a name, designed it, and even did some (very rudimentary) coding. But now my parents know, and all I can say is THANK GOD. Both my parents are great, but my dad is the Tech Guy of the house. He seems to know a little bit of everything (which makes sense, since he has multiple blogs and podcasts of his own), and I feel like I'm constantly going to him for help/advice. CONSTANTLY.

The library - Free books and audiobooks! Wheeeeeee!

Book Closeouts/Better World Books - Cheap used books with free shipping! Wheeeee!

Amazon Prime/Book Depository - Cheap new books with free shipping! Wheeeeee!

What about you? Please share your tips with me. I need all the help I can get.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.
Before reading this book, there was very little I could say about it. If pressed, I would probably mention the promise of Egyptian mythology, because I have loved Ancient Egypt from a young age. I would probably also make a general comment about the pretty cover. Other than that, there wasn't much for me to say. Just based on the description, Isadora sounded bratty, her problems petty. Even the cover, while gorgeous, doesn't tie in to the actual book, so my overall expectations going in were meh at best.

Hooray for being proved wrong!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rewind & Review (20)

Blog Posts You May Have Missed
Again, no vlog. I usually work on Saturdays, which makes filming difficult. Maybe one day, if I think ahead, I'll be able to whip one together. Maybe.

Stuff I Received
  • Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon
  • The Culling by Steven Dos Santos (both from Flux)
  • Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (from Lee & Low via Edelweiss)
Thanks, Flux! Thanks, Lee & Low!

Books I Read This Week
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison
Miscellaneous Happenings