BOOK BLOGGER ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE



I'll be updating and tracking on this throughout the year - finally got around to making a post. Link is in sidebar under participating events.

Runs January to June



   JANUARY’S THEME: Reading challenges, scheduling, & resolutions

  • Planning 2015 challenges - Done - Link
  • Picking 2015 resolutions -
    Didn't make official post, but have some resolutions (read more of certain genres, certain schedules, maintain blog, be more active in commenting, posting, catching up on reviews)
  • Find a buddy! - Skipping this one
  • Make plans to read and write! - Doing - On Goodreads shelf doing a new order of planning. Instead of by month doing by order bookshelves which have genres to move around as one is read.
 
   FEBRUARY: Blog maintenance

  • Updating old reviews, pages, layouts, features/memes, contact info - I didn't finish updating old reviews, will have to work on in March.
    • Updated a few pages - For About Me page, separated into two pages instead of one with reading history now having it's own page. Updated genres and ARC requests information. Also updated bottom of footer with information on sources.
    • Updated and re-registered with MyFreeCopyRight.
    • Changed design of bottom footer.
    • Created new DIV section to display most recent reviews at the bottom of the footer.
    • Created new website button, but have to make sharing code still (see on sidebar)
    •  Add new zombie banner on sidebar
    • Added sort by Star rating on the sidebar. Designed graphics, hover code. Created 9 pages of star ratings.
    • Removed section of random posts from sidebar (not needed, cleanup)
    • Updated Popular last 30 days code
    • Made a new Mailbox Monday banner to variate with.
  • Clean up images, broken links
    • Removed several website links from Blogroll page.
  • SEOs

   MARCH: Social Media + Review Outlets

Update social media accounts: bios, who you follow, delete old accounts you won’t use, resolve to use some accounts more
Organize Goodreads shelves: duplicate copies, version of books, creating shelves, removing shelves
Cross-posting

   APRIL: Graphics, HTML, CSS, Plug-ins

Update graphics for posts/memes/events, update button, update header
Learn Photoshop/Gimp/PicMonkey
Brush up or try to learn simple HTML and CSS (for layouts, fonts, etc). Take this month to delve into the scary world of coding! (Or at least teach yourself one new thing!)

   MAY: Book clean-up + spring cleaning!

Culling shelves, giveaways, donations, giving back borrowed books
Reading books you were given as gifts, ARC catch up
Rearranging shelves, updating Goodreads again, giving back borrowed books
More cross-posting & cleaning up GR shelves

   JUNE: Freebie

Recapping what you’ve organized, focus on biggest area of need, review TBR list

CITY OF LOST SOULS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

rating
(The Mortal Instruments, #5)
URBAN FANTASY, YOUNG ADULT


The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


"You're right," Clary said, "Our problems really aren't like other people's problems."

Here I am, the fifth book of the series completed, one more to go.

I read more for the characters than the story at this point. So far it still seems most of the book's world really was effectively wrapped up by the end of the third book. Now I'm reading more to see what happens with the characters: how they grow, what they do, what the result is.

The villain in the series is like Jason from Friday the 13th: hard to kill and doesn't want to stay dead. Scenes with him were actually fascinating sometimes, better than before; he has that intriguing darkness about him that livens up the page scenes. I still could care less about Clary, but the dynamic with them and that bizarre apartment and other worlds was almost mystical. The party scene with the fae was especially dark.

Jace...well, he is not here most of the book in the form we know him, and I still don't care much about the relationship angle. It's not as mooning this time around, though, and even if I kept skimming their scenes sometimes, it didn't get on my nerves as much as before. Isabelle has surprisingly grown on me - she shows stronger character and compassion. Simon is a favorite of the writer, it seems. His sidestory in this book isn't big and interesting, but he plays a major role in the team. I'm not sure what to think yet about the ending with him and something he lost.

I'm happy there was a lot more of Alec and Magnus, my favorite pairing. Alec makes some stupid decisions that made me grate my teeth, though, which was beyond annoying. The ending was a stab to the heart but the scene was powerfully written. Alec is one of my favorites with his seriousness and genuine issues, but he overdid the worry here sometimes. He finally got to shine as awesome with his fighting skills during the war, especially the arrow and then Magnus' pride.


 (“Speaking of hope, did you see that shot Alec got off with his bow? That's my boyfriend.”

The warlock himself = bliss. My favorite character of the series. He goes from being amusing with his clothing comments and accusing Simon of eating his cat, to mysterious with the father's history, to absolutely drool-worthy with how he's sweet with Alec. Be still my heart - although now it's broken after the end (Grrr) Spoilers at least prepared me for it.

The scene with Maureen was unrealistic, I'm already tired of her by the last book. Curious what's happened with the Lightwood's father. The ending note seemed a bit anticlimactic, but at least there was no big cliffhanger. Even though I have the next book ready, wasn't in the mood for that.

As always, action scenes are treated effectively and Clare writes them well. Dialogue goes from poetic (Sebastian) to funny (others), spot on.


 (“As far as I’m concerned, this is the worst thing that’s happened since I found out why Magnus was banned from Peru.” - Jace

Pacing is a little uneven still but that's why some skimming was invented.

So far one of my favorites of the series, hope I can say the same about the next and final book. Just hope my favorites are in there lot - I got so bored with Jordan and Maia scenes and a little too much head hopping around.


   Book Quotes:

“He is a Shadowhunter,” said Jocelyn. “His loyalty will be to Clave and Covenant.”
“He’s my friend,” said Magnus coldly. “His loyalty is to me.” 


“You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”  

“Ah,” said Magnus. “Nerd love. It is a beautiful thing, while also being an object of mockery and hilarity for those of us who are more sophisticated.”

   Similar Reviews:

http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2014/03/city-of-bones-by-cassandra-clare.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2014/03/city-of-ashes-by-cassandra-clare.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2014/03/city-of-glass-by-cassandra-clare.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2015/02/city-of-fallen-angels-by-cassandra-clare.html

Write On Review-a-Thon


The Lowdown:

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th. Let’s get those reviews done!


I have been so behind on reviews - actually my tagline in Goodreads by my name has been *is in a reviewing slump* for several months now.

I did a few reviews last week for schedule but have many left to do (at least 25) Yikes.

So hopefully this two day review-a-thon will help me get those sorted out. I won't bulk post all of them here at once, but will schedule them as usual.

My reviews I need to write:

No way will I get all these done this weekend. Links go to Goodreads page. As you can see, a lot of it is series.



Reviews to schedule:

This I'm leaving blank for right now - have several scheduled I wrote last week. I am not sure yet which of these will be completed to schedule.
   
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