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There are worse crimes than burning books…

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury

Hello wonderful readers. I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog post in so long. Truthfully I’ve been in such a massive reading slump for about the past 8 months and it’s been killing me. I’ve started so many books in the hopes of getting myself out of it but nothing seemed to be working. I tried new authors, short stories, long stories and even tried to reread my favourites, but nothing stuck. I feel so bad! So many new and exciting books have been released in that time, I even brought some, but they are still sitting either on the bookshelf or on the kindle waiting to be read and loved.

I haven’t even been blogging either. With the reading slump, I didn’t feel like doing that. I wanted to but just couldn’t get into it either.

So I decided to just take a break from both books and blogging. Not to panic, my time away was not wasted. I’ve still been bookstagramming (since I don’t have to read the actual books for that) and I’ve caught up on so many movies and TV shows that I was putting off because I was too busy reading. And now I feel better for it.

I went to a book signing in September and that was the first time that I felt excited and had the urge to read again. It’s been a slow process coming back, but I will get there.

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{Release Blitz} Stealing The Show

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Title: Stealing the Show
Series: Show Time Fever #2
Author: Lilliana Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2017

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Kristie comes to the Royal Adelaide Show every year with the sheep. This year will she return with more than just prizes? Or will she steal the heart of a man as well, and snag the love of her life?

Kristie Johnson plans to run the family farm one day. As the only child, she lives with her parents and struggles to get them to see that she can make her own decisions and that she is a grown woman. Then, she meets Tully Row, a dancer performing at the show and she turns to him for a few days of fun. Instead she finds herself falling for him, especially when she finds out he’s a country boy himself.

The youngest of three sons, Tully was forced away from the farm he loved to the city to make his own living. He started dancing and was given a gig at the Royal Show. His family are at the show with the milking cattle and they spend more time arguing. He feels unsupported by them, and can’t get them see his performances. Kristie is a distraction, an enjoyable distraction at first, but then she steals his heart. Their shared lust turns into something deeper and more special between them.

Can both of them stand up to their families and follow their hearts to begin a relationship and their lives together?

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EXCERPT

“Here you go, miss.” The guy slid her coffee toward her.

“Ta.” Slamming a lid on the top of the paper cup, Kristie quickly turned around to hurry back to Ellie. She collided with someone else. Her hand crushed the paper cup, causing the lid to pop off and coffee to squirt in the air.

“Shit.” Kristie quickly changed hands on the paper cup, shaking off the hot coffee that had landed on her skin. Her anger flared as she glanced for the person she’d bumped into.

“Sorry.”

She gazed up straight into the softest blue eyes that cooled her anger at losing half her coffee, which was now staining her good shirt. Damn it all. Heat flushed her checks. She knew damn well that she hadn’t been looking where she was going.

Her voice caught in her throat as her eyes soaked in his features as if he were the caffeine shot she needed. Just taller than her, his tousled blonde hair was styled in a deliberate unkempt manner, dark stubble graced his chin, and he stood slightly taller than her average height of five foot five. His biceps bulged at the edge of the tight shirt he was wearing, and with a quick glance down. Tight waist, and a flush of heat made her lift her eyes. In one second flat, she had gone through her requirements and by appearance alone he ticked every one.

She swallowed hard. “My fault.”

Her voice squeaked and she cringed. Get a hold of yourself. She wasn’t looking for a fling. Or even anything more serious, not since the scare on her dad’s life. She had to be ready to run the farm. But this guy, standing in front of her, apologising when it was clearly her fault had set a fire low in her belly, and muscles contracting with hope.

“I’m in a rush. Meet me here after the show and I’ll get you another coffee.” His blue eyes soft and intense seemed to speak at a soul level to her.

Kristie paused. About half the coffee was on the ground or down the front of her blue striped shirt, and some on her blue jeans. But there was enough in the paper cup. “It’ll be all right. It was an accident.”

“No, promise me you’ll be here.” He put his hand on her arm. The heat from his palm burned through the material of her shirt, causing her knees to weaken.

“Please.”

Bloody hell. “I’ll be here. Good.” He smiled, then hurried away. Kristie stood there, staring at him, his tight arse in particular until he disappeared in the crowd. She sighed. Took a sip of her coffee. Can I really meet him here after the show? 

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Lilliana has grown up on a farm in Australia, and has now swapped her work boots for city heels. Country life remains strong in her heart and this comes out in the characters and stories she creates. Check out more of her work: http://www.lillianarose.com/

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2015 End of Year Book Survey

Instead of my usually end of year review I thought I would try the one from the Perpetual Page Turner instead.

2015 Readings Stats

Number of books read: 80

Number of re-reads: 1

Genre most read from: Contemporary Romance

Best In Books

Best Book You Read In 2015?

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Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

My Wicked Stepsister

I really enjoyed the authors previous novels, but this one just felt flat to me.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

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Best Series Starter

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Best Sequel

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Best Series Ender

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Cleo Peitsche

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

awakening Desire

M/M/F romance

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Suspect

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

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Most memorable character of 2015?

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Q from Monsters in the Dark Series by Pepper Winters

Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

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Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

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Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

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Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys that fit our locks”

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Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

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Shortest Read

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Longest Page

Book That Shocked You The Most

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OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

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Q and Tess from The Monsters in the Dark Series

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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Simon WolfGuard and Meg

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

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Sebastian Blake

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

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Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

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Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)

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The characters, the insta-love after major life events, the timing of everything that happens and then there is no real ending. This book just wasn’t for me.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

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Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

2015 Challenge page

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Attending Fictionally Yours, Melbourne and finally getting to meet so many wonderful authors

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

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Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Finding the time to read and blog. The blog started to take over and all I really wanted to do was read. Need to find a better balance between the two next year.

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Another book shopping site that has free shipping to my country

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Completed Goodreads reading challenge and had a fun year with my first time reading challenges

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

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I love these characters and I really don’t know why I never got around to reading the next book in the series

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Marked In Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Sin and Suffer by Pepper Winters

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Read more and post more reviews on my blog.

A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Haven’t read one yet

{Wrap-Up} Top Ten Goals For 2015

So how did I go with the goals I set out at the start of the year. Read on to find out.

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!

1) Complete Goodreads Reading Challenge

So at the start of the year I set the goal to read 60 books. However come the end of June I had already read 48 books. Hmmm so I updated it to 75. Completed that one too.

2) Finishing reading the original James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Have only read the first one so far

This never happened and I’m a little disappointed. I really want to finish reading the original James Bond books. Maybe next year

3) Complete some book series’s that I have only read the first book of

I started new ones and completed them. Does that count. If only. May be next year I’ll focus more on this… or not

4) Do some different blog posts. I have a few ideas going on in my head at the moment

Posted one of my new ideas. When I was trying to do some of the other ones they just didn’t work out.

5) Finishing reading 2014 ARCs or at least shorten the list

I shortened the list, only to add more this year. Never ending this will be

6) Shorten my to be watched TV list

Managed to watch a totally of 216 episodes. That’s a lot for me, but I still have a long way to go.

7) Get a job to pay for all the new books that I want

No luck

8) Hopefully move out of home

No luck here either

9) Improve my time management skills

Improved but could still be better

10) Spend more time doing the things that I love

Yes this happened and I’m so much happier now

BONUS:

Without fail, see the new Bond movie. The wait has been killing me

Done

{Thoughts} Summer TBR Summary

Now that summer has been over for a few days, I thought I would look back at how well I did with my summer top ten TBR list.

By the looks of things I didn’t do very well.

I did mange to read 20 books over the summer, but only 2 of them were from my actually summer TBR list. While I did mange to read a few more off my TBR list, so that is also a good thing. But then I think I added another 50 books it seems because the list didn’t get any smaller.

Favourite book for the summer you say?
Tears of Tess (Monsters In The Dark #1) by Pepper Winters

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{Thoughts} 2 Year Blog Anniversary

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When I joined the book blogging community I never thought I would make it this far. So thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey. It really has been an adventure so far.

Bookshelf Dreaming come about when I was away holidaying with my partner. Coz that’s what you do when you’re away on holiday, think about starting a blog. I started out just as a place to post my book reviews and a few random thoughts.

However I so wanted to do more. So I started joining author and book promotion sites to help spread the word about the things that were interesting to me. Soon thou it felt like I was doing more promoting than reading.

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Last year was crazy. I read over my goodreads reading challenge and participated in quite a few author promotions. While all this was exciting; and discovered new authors (some that our now new favourites), the blog started to feel to much like a chore. It was suppose to be a fun way to connect with others in the book community. But some days I couldn’t even be bothered to look at it.

I know what you might be thinking, and no I’m not closing the blog down.

After much pondering, I have decided to take a step back with all the author promotions. Oh don’t worry I will still be doing them; just not as many. Sorry to all the authors that I may not discover. But I just really want to get back to reading for fun. I have so many books on my TBR list, but because of the blog tours and release day blitz’s they keep getting pushed down to the bottom.

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So if you start seeing reviews for older books, that could be why. It’s time to start reading all the books that I have purchased, reading favourite authors’ back catalogs and just general catching up on everything that I have missed so far. I may even throw in a new one every now and then.

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*weight lifts from shoulders*

Thanks to the author promotion sites for doing what you do and allowing me to discover new authors; to all the authors I discovered through blog tours; but most of all a huge thanks to my followers, I couldn’t do it without you.

Cheers to another two years

Karine

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{A Year In Review} 2014

Some interesting stats for Bookshelf Dreaming coming out of 2014.

Books read: 85 (26 ahead of my goodreads schedule)

Total # of Pages: 17 326 (which is less than last years total, but I read more books this year.)

Shortest Book: Dirty Dancing By Alexia Stark (7 pgs)

Longest Book: Hotelles by Emma Mars (592 pgs)

Most Read Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas and Ella James (4 books each)

Blog Posts: 528 (no way it can’t have been that many. I have been very busy this year on the blog then)

5 Star Reads: 29

4 Star Reads: 38

3 Star Reads: 11

2 Star Reads: 6

1 Star Read: 1

Also view my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge post for more book related stats

{Announcement} tsu

Bookshelf Dreaming is now on the new social media website; tsu.

I have only just created the page and still working everything out, hence why it looks a little blank at the moment. With everything going well I will expand on it in the coming weeks. For now it’s a work in progress

I can be found here https://www.tsu.co/bookshelfdreaming

{Random} Red and black, red and black, red and black

I just noticed that my current reading list has mostly red and black covers. Strange!

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{Article} Throw Away Your TBR List

Below is a interesting look into a bookworm’s TBR list and why do we really have them at all.

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The longer I work in books, the more I’m asked how I keep track of what I want to read. Every reader knows that the options are overwhelming–there are more books being published than ever before, and readers have more options for accessing them–and nobody knows how to manage it. So we ask each other. We build tracking tools and apps and social networks. We sign up for reading challenges. We join book clubs. We’re willing to try just about anything that claims to offer us a way to make order out of the chaos that is the unending flow of book recommendations that come at us every day. And if/when we wrangle our received recommendations into some kind of system, what then? How do we, given the finite nature of our lives and our free time, decide what to read, and when?

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