First Month of Blogging!

I never quite understood all the hype and excitement over monthsaries, particularly the romantic kind. Ones wherein couples celebrate by posting photo collages of their selfies together with a novel-length, sentimental caption that features a hundred kissy-faced emojis. Yeah, that one. I mean, a month consists of 30 or 31 days. That’s like 1/12 of an entire year. Now, if these couples intend (or at least, hope to, I guess) to spend the rest of their years still madly in love with each other, that little fraction is kind of statistically insignificant in the grander scheme of things. If we really think about it, that is. Don’t glare at me. Blame the math. I just pointed it out.

Regardless, as I type this, I think I finally get what all the fuss is about. Or at least a portion of it. I think. Whatever. Disregard my entire rant, and let’s get down to business to defeat the Huns.

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Mini Reviews || Batch 1

The books for Batch 1 are as follows:

  • The Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Destination Thailand by Katy Colins
  • Sever by J.M Miller
  • Everealm by J.D. Wright
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Segue: Okay, okay. I know. Chronologically, my next review should be about Forgetting August by J.L. Berg. However, I’m having a hard time with it because I have yet to really wrap my head around the novel’s story. I mean, I am a hundred percent certain that I really, really, really enjoyed the book, but the rest of my thoughts are pretty jumbled. I figured I should work on the reviews for these four books instead because 1) it’s a lot easier; 2) my opinions on these books are pretty straightforward; 3) I wanted to write down all my thoughts on these books before moving on and picking up another novel to read.



Title: Destination Thailand
Author: Katy Colins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
Rating: N/A (I only finished 8% of this book.)

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Official synopsis:

What if you had a second chance… to find yourself?

Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day crying into a warm Sex-on-the-Beach, wondering where it all went wrong.

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Review || Defects


Title: Defects
Author: Sarah Noffke
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Sarah Noffke and her publishers!

As far as I know, Defects is Sarah Noffke’s fourth published novel, which is (from what I’ve heard) eerily similar to her first trilogy, The Lucidites. This is the first time I’ve read one of her works. When I received her email, I immediately replied (and quite enthusiastically, if I may add) because damn it to hell, the book’s synopsis is insanely intriguing. The concept of Dream Travelers was very foreign to me, and I wanted to know more about them! Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

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Review || Defiance


Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Paperback
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Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the citizens of Baalboden cower at the mere thought of the Cursed One, a wingless dragon-like monster who looms outside the walls of their city-state, the story begins with Rachel Adams’s grief over her father. Having failed to return from a courier mission, Jared Adams is deemed dead by the city’s disciplinarian Commander. As written in Jared’s will, Rachel is then assigned under the Protectorship of his young apprentice, Logan McEntire, whom she has loathed for the past two years ever since he rejected her by giving back the heart she offered.

However, the two form an unlikely camaraderie as they share the same unwavering belief in Jared’s survival outside the walled city-state, in the Wasteland where the Cursed One roams free. Because of this, Logan and Rachel set out on a nearly suicidal quest to search for him themselves, determined to find answers and more importantly, the truth behind his absence.

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Entry || First 2 AM Thoughts of 2016

Entry #1
In which Shealea ineloquently writes about writing about her 2015 (without actually writing about anything that happened in 2015). At 2 in the bloody morning.

There have been plenty of times I wished I could write a tad more eloquently. This instance certainly falls under that category. I spent many a year talking myself out of writing about New Year’s Eve and anything that’s remotely related to the world completing another revolution around the Sun. Truthfully, the mere thought of writing about what my year was like and how it changed me as a person – it intimidates me. But more on that later.

I personally find it difficult (and sometimes even frustrating) to write about my day for multiple reasons:

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First Two Weeks of Blogging

Before anything else,

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES! 😊🎉🎊

For a brief moment, let’s disregard the fact that here in the Philippines, it is already the 2nd of January 2016. Like that’s relevant. I mean, it is never too late to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous year ahead, right? Right! Anyway, let’s move on to the main objective of this post.

Now, if you actually took the time to do a little stalking here (hint: ‘About’ page), you would know that I created this blog last December 17, 2015. I don’t want to bore you with the details of why I thought this would be a good idea or how I came up with my blog’s name (I’m pretty fond of it, to be completely honest) because those things aren’t actually relevant to what I’m about to say next: Before 2015 ended, my blog, That Bookshelf Bitch, hit its 2nd week!

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Book Challenges for 2016

More appropriate title: HOW TO GET AWAY WITHMURDEROUT A SOCIAL LIFE 2016.

I think I speak for plenty of college students when I say: Oh my god, I have nearly nonexistent time management skills. Personally, I’ve always struggled with finding that balance – that perfect blend of doing well in my studies, having an active and colorful social life while indulging myself with hobbies and interests, that stable state where none of my commitments, responsibilities or passions overpower each other. In other words, I’ve always found it difficult to determine my, for a lack of a better term and I swear, I’m not purposefully trying to sound like a massive nerd, triple point.

In a phase diagram, the triple point of a particular substance indicates the necessary temperature and pressure at which the three states of that substance all exist in thermodynamic equilibrium. At this point, solid, liquid and gas are capable of coexisting simultaneously.

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