November 17, 2016
The Beat the Backlist Challenge (further details can be found on NovelKnight’s site) is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. Over the years, and especially this one, I’ve noticed that new releases are getting more and more attention while our TBRs continue to grow. And the polls I’ve seen/hosted have shown that readers also really want backlist title reviews (if that’s an added incentive to read more of them).
This challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2017.
That’s right. You have en ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal.
Books must be released prior to 2017
(this challenge isn’t for new releases)
Set your reading goal
Pick the books you want to read
This is more about you working toward decreasing your TBR stack alongside a bunch of other readers!
Post updates throughout the year with #beatthebacklist
Here’s my backlist (subject to change as I buy more):
So I have 16 books as of right now and I’m really hopeful (and nervous) that I will get through at least the majority of them. I’m so excited for this is the first book challenge I have ever participated in! Thank you @NovelKnight for creating a challenge meant for a Procrastinate Reader like me! I’m super excited!
Also adding in my current reads and an ebook from an author I just met on Bookstagram.
- Darkness Whispers by Aubrie L. Nixon
- Spells & Sorcery aka #LexieSpells by S. Usher Evans
- Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
- The Touched Saga: The Caress of Fate by Elisa S. Amore
#BeatTheBacklist Hogwarts House Mini-Challenge
December 20, 2016
Aubrie officially had to announce first on her blog but here’s some great news direct from her:
Now that I have signed a contract, its safe to announce this amazing news!I signed with an amazing publishing company! Winter Wolf Press! I have become part of the pack, and I am thrilled. Its a small press, and that means that I have an amazing team working closely with me. How cool is that? That means that the books I publish will get the attention they deserve.
I did have to pull what was known as Darkness Whispers from the shelves, so if you got a copy, YAY for you! If not, do not fret, the book is being reworked, revised, edited and reborn! It will be released under an different title, and I can’t wait to share it with you. This journey I am taking is going to be very exciting! I am so glad that I get to share it with you all.
In the mean…
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December 14, 2016
Also, I am on page 193 of 339 of Aubrie L. Nixon’s Darkness Whispers. Hoping I can finish it and add it to this list before the year is up! Wish me luck!
And I have one other update for you all…BookBub alerted me about something very special- a new deal on a David Arnold ebook! If you have not yet read Mosquitoland (how you passed up this incredible gem IDEK) now is your chance to get it deeply discounted! I plan to post my review of this fantastic piece of work soon!
December 5, 2016
So I’m several reviews behind right now but besides motivation and time I think my problem is that I just don’t really know how to write them. Anytime I go to write a review I’m all “OMG this book is amazing. 5 billion stars. Read now.” See my problem? I don’t wanna give spoilers or have my entire review be the book summary so that being said…
I need some help
- How do you write reviews?
- Are there any specific techniques you use?
- Do you have any sources you can link me to that helped you in your early days of reviewing?
- Do you know of any websites that can point me in the right direction?
- Do you have any reviews you’re proud of on your blog? If so, please leave the link.
“Darkness Whispers” by debut indie author Aubrie L Nixon; page 133 of 343
November 28, 2016
Before we get into detail about what could be the most amazing opportunity of your life, let me tell you a little about Ms. Brauning (in case you spend the majority of your days living under your massive TBR pile).
So, Who Is Kate Brauning?1
At fifteen Kate Brauning decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since, and she’s not going to stop until she can no longer put one word after another. [Kate is the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed YA novel “How We Fall” (Merit Press, 2014)]
Kate has taught high school English, has taught fiction workshops at her library, and has worked with a literary agency and publishing houses. She loves attending writing conferences and book fairs, and is an associate editor at Entangled Publishing, where she works with young adult fiction. She’s also an advocate for domestic abuse victims and poverty eradication, and she volunteers with a grassroots nonprofit, One Body One Hope, which creates community-to-community relationships in Monrovia, Liberia, for infrastructure redevelopment and education.
The Opportunity of a Lifetime
So was browsing through bookish Twitter yesterday (by browsing I mean spending far more time than I should be. I swear it’s a trap LOL) and one of my favorite authors-whose-book-I-have-yet-to-read, Eric Smith, tweeted about a great opportunity fellow author Kate Brauning tweeted earlier.
So I read Kate’s status then followed it through to her feed and read the comments followed by the post, which can be found on Pit Hub and it really is such an amazing opportunity!
The gist of it (more elaborate details on Pit Hub):
- Internships open with Kate at Entangled Publishing. POC,queer, neuroatypical, & disabled applicants encouraged.
- It’s open-ended, so starting after the holidays and ending whenever you need.
- Needs for students can potentially be accommodated.
- It’s remote! You can live anywhere as long as there is regular internet.
- If you have a way to download and read digital files and at least twice weekly internet access, please do [apply]!
- [A summer internship may potentially] open up for a more YA focused one w/out (explicit adult), especially lgbt.
- If you and Kate know each other from Twitter, say so! Include your handle if it’s not your name, so she won’t miss you.
So there you have it folks…
Go forth and apply for the opportunity of a lifetime!*
*Posted with permission of Ms. Brauning*
November 21, 2016
November 18, 2016
My baby is growing up!
My blog relaunched as The Procrastinate Reader: A Different Kind of Book Blog back in July and it has now reached 10 followers!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited you guys! Thank you so much for coming along this journey with me! It really means so much!
In honor of my 10th follower– thanks Alicia–I want to do something very special!
IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
The first person* to respond to this post with the following information will win a backlist book of their choosing from one of my favorite bookstores, The Strand in NYC! First 4 runners up will receive a bookmark of my choosing promoting an awesome book.
- Blog/booktube/bookstagram name and address
- Favorite book of all time and why
- Favorite author
- Favorite genre to read
- Most anticipated book of 2017
- One thing you’d like to see coming up on TPR
UPDATE: TPR has just reached 15 followers!!
Thanks so much guys for your support! It really means a lot! To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to give away more bookmarks!!!!! Now instead of the first 5 people to respond, I’m opening it up to the first 15 responders! That’s right 15 people will win prizes! Go forth and enter fellow book nerds!
*Anybody who signal flares is not eligible but I very much appreciate the support and will find a special way to thank you!*
November 5, 2016
Can’t wait to read it Aubrie! That release party really was a ton of fun! Thanks so much for throwing it! Looking forward to discussing our next steps soon!
Your favorite little demon,