Category Archives: Ramblings

Juggling Personal Reads with Review Books


I don’t know about you but I have a lot of books on my shelves that have been there for a handful of years now. Pretty much since I bought bookshelves, I’ve had books waiting to be read. With reading review books, ARC’s before they come out, and just plain blogging, my personal reads have fallen into the land of Forgotten. So I decided to take part in Roll Back Week where for the entire week I read older books that had been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Given the fact that Thanksgiving was this week and it was also the only week I had to spend with the Mr. before he went off for training, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. I was shooting for a book a day. What I got was three and a half books… I’m still reading the fourth book.

I know I’m not alone on this though, with so many books coming out and review requests coming in, how do you stay on top of it all? Do you make time to read your personal books or are they like mine, forgotten on the shelf? I’m having a rough time trying to juggle personal and blog reading. There are so many series that I’ve started, like Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and LOVED but now just buy the books if I remember and put them on the shelf next to the others to read at a later date. You can imagine with doing this my bookshelves are overflowing with books since I’m not actually reading them and instead just saving them up for later. Which is why I’m giving away the four books I read during the Roll Back Week. With doing the challenge I realized that there are good books on my shelf just waiting to be read. Maybe I will try to alternate between reading personal and review books. Maybe I will continue to take a week off every month and just read personal books. I have more than enough on my bookshelves, I don’t even want to think about the hundreds of books on my e-readers. :cringes:

How do you juggle your personal reads and the review books?


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Hold Me by Betsy Horvath
Hot Property by Carly Phillips
Risking Her Heart by Liz Allison, Wendy Etherington
Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter

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Lull in Posts


I generally try to keep my personal life a bit personal with the exception of a random tweet here or there. However, I need to come out and address something since it will be affecting the blog. I recently went from part time to full time at my job. So whereas I used to have four wonderful days to catch up on reading, I now only have one since one of my off days will consist of running errands and what not. Needless to say, my reading habits have taken a huge nose dive over the last couple of weeks. I also found out last week that my fur-baby of 18 years had cancer.

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Ramblings of a Book Sniffer: Author Pseudonyms

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Book Comparison in Synopsis

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Goodbye 2013!


2013 has come and gone and it has been one very busy year. I went to my first book signing and attended my first book convention where I got to meet some awesome authors. I’d like to thank all my readers for sticking with me. Who knows what this year will bring but I’m sure it’ll be amazing.


Pictured below is D.T. Dyllin and Gina Damico.

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This year I set a goal to read 225 books. I wound up surpassing that goal which is amazing in itself.

Maybe next year I’ll shoot for 250.2013booksI won’t go into detail about all the books I loved. However, I did link the image above to the goodreads 2013 shelf. Pretty much all of them have reviews but not all of them have been featured on the blog. One thing I am hoping for in 2014 is to branch out of my comfort zone (romance) and try reading other types of books.


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Making the Switch!

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Unsolicited books


Ramblings of a book sniffer is just that, ramblings about book related topics. You may see my ramblings from time to time whenever I feel like putting my two cents in. Enjoy.

I remember when I first started blogging, I’d read posts and comments made by other (larger) bloggers who complained about the unsolicited books they received.  It’s something that, a year later, still baffles me. It’s not that I beg for books, but I do use NetGalley, and when an author/publisher tweets about available ARC’s to books that I’ve been wanting to read, I write them back. However, I can honestly say that I don’t really get random packages in the mail. The majority of the books I receive are e-galleys that are from either NetGalley or the author/publisher and on very rare occasions I may get a print copy for review. So imagine my surprise when the UPS guy delivered a package that I wasn’t expecting. When I opened it, it was from an author that I’d previously read but was a brand new series of theirs that I’d never heard of. I will admit that I was a bit confused and questioned my memory. “I don’t remember this title. Did I request this?” After looking the book up on goodreads, I realized that it was an unsolicited book. Not only was I unfamiliar with the title but I didn’t even have it marked as “to-read” on goodreads and I’m always clicking that button for any book that sounds remotely interesting.
*Now, queue the happy dance* My first unsolicited book!

To me I found it as an honor. Someone out there, publisher or author, saw my reviews/website and felt like I was worthy enough to read their book before it was released to the general public. Even though getting the book threw a monkey wrench in my reviewing schedule, I just tried to fit it in where I could so that I could review it around it’s release date. Since that first book, I’ve received another unsolicited book. This one however was a second in a series that I’d never read. So I had to track down the first book and read it so that I knew what was going on in the book that I received. But I still did a happy dance. I guess I’ve been lucky that the senders took notice that I enjoy reading romance before sending the books. The first one was an Urban Fantasy with a potential love interest and the second was a Romantic Suspense. Both books were not on my radar but after reading them, I will be looking for the next books in their series. I still don’t understand the upset over getting unsolicited books. Worst case scenario, the book isn’t for you and you pass it along to someone else. Best case scenario, you enjoy the book and find a new series/author to follow.


Have you ever received an unsolicited book? What was your first reaction? Where do you stand with receiving them, love em or hate em?

Vampire Academy Movie with Cast Pictures!

Okay so maybe you guys have heard and maybe you haven’t but either way I’m shouting it from the rooftops…

Vampire Academy is being made into a movie!!!

And not only is that awesome but there’s already a cast selected!

Rose Hathaway will be played by Zoey Deutch
Lissa Dragomir will be played by Lucy Fry
Dimitri Belikov will be played by Danila Kozlovsky

I must admit that even though I’ve never seen any of these actors in anything I am pleased with the cast. I would’ve liked Ben Barnes for Dimitri but he’s a bit too old and well Danila is from Russia. He won’t need to fake an accent that leaves viewers wondering “Is he supposed to be Scottish or Australian?” I’m happy that Mead has already said that the script is true to the books that we’ve read because that’s the one major thing that irks me about Twilight. Well, that and the acting. I wish we had a release date for the movie but it’s still in the early stages but the good news is, we have a cast and a script which is a big step. If you’d like to read more about this awesome piece of news, check out Richelle’s blog.

If you’ve not read these books, than I’m demanding that you drop whatever you were planning to do today and go to your local library.
My review of Vampire Academy.

Now excuse me while I continue to gush to the Mr. about how amazing this is and how I’m dragging his butt out at midnight when it comes out. Oh and a party… I totally want to have one of those themed parties.

I wonder if the Mr. will let me dress him up in a duster?