Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Have you found a book that you'd like to share with the club? Fabulous! Here at Bookishly Delighted, it's all about member choice. 

As you add books, I'll fill up this lovely bookshelf. 

On the 12th of each month, I'll choose three that fit the theme of the following month and let you vote! All books that are not chosen go straight back onto this shelf to live another day.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Updates: Post #1

It's a new year, and that means it's time for another set of amazing reads! First though, we need to get some 2015 announcements out of the way. This is the first of three posts that will detail what is coming up in 2015. You'll see the site change soon too, so be ready for that!

#1 - Check In!

I need to know how many of you are seeing these blog posts, so please just give a little shout out in the comments! You can sign in as a guest if you don't want a Disqus account (although I highly suggest signing up!), but just let us know you're out there. Next year, this is going to count towards monthly drawings, so get in the habit of just saying hi even if you aren't reading with us that month!

#2 - Email List

The main way that I communicate with all of you is through our bi-monthly newsletter, so make sure you sign up! You can sign up here and it only takes a few minutes! Please make sure you fill in your first and last name. That information is how I identify you, and will also count towards monthly drawings in the new year!

#3 - Community Bookshelf

Previously, we spent each month submitting book picks, voting, and then scrambling to get the books before it was time to start reading them. This time around, we're going to be more prepared! I wanted to give you all the opportunity to submit the reads you'd like to share with the group right when you stumble across them. After all, isn't it so easy to loose track of newly found books?

From now on, each time you find a book that you think the book club will love, enter it in The Community Bookshelf. On the 12th of the month, I'll pick three at random for you to vote on! The two that don't win will go back into the bookshelf to be picked again at some point later in the year! Refer to this article if you need help picking a book.

Let's talk about our reading schedule for 2015. 

Discussion posts are now on Friday evenings, so on this list they'll be on the second date that you see. 
Here breakdowns for the first six months!

This won't change, it's set in stone:

January 2015 - Women's Fiction
Week 1: January 4th to January 9th 
Week 2: January 11th to January 17th
Week 3: January 18th to January 24th
Week 4: January 25th to January 31st

February 2015 - Novella Month
Book 1: February 1st to February 6th
Book 2: February 8th to February 14th
Book 3: February 15th to February 21st
Book 4: February 22nd to February 28th

March 2015 - Fantasy
Week 1: March 1st to March 7th
Week 2: March 8th to March 14th
Week 3: March 15th to March 21st
Week 4: March 22nd to March 27th

April 2015 - Middle Grade
Week 1: April 5th to April 11th
Week 2: April 12th to April 18th
Week 3: April 19th to April 25th

May 2015 - Science Fiction
Week 1: May 3rd to May 9th
Week 2: May 10th to May 16th
Week 3: May 17th to May 23rd
Week 4: May 24th to May 30th

June 2015 - Romance
Week 1: June 7th to June 13th
Week 2: June 14th to June 20th
Week 3: June 21st to June 27th

Friday, December 19, 2014

Our first read of 2015!

We're very close to 2015! I hope you've been having fun taking a break from reading, and instead completing challenges and chatting it up with your fellow bookworms! I really hoped that it would get people fired up for our new reads in the new year.

Are you ready to find out what we'll be reading in January? Our first read will be Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.

From the author of the beloved bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever…

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.

Get your copy ready to go! We'll start reading on Sunday, January 4th. 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Great Big Holiday Giveaway!

Well my darling bookworms, another year is winding down. Before we know it we'll be staring 2015 in the face! I have to say that I've had a blast being your moderator all of 2014. We've had some amazing conversations about books, bonded over awesome bookish paraphernalia, and made some new friends who don't mind our affinities for fictional boys. Having someone to talk books with is amazing. Having a lot of someones? Well that's even better!

To say thank you for a wonderful year, I'm gifting something we all love. THE POWER TO READ.

Yes, that's right. I'm giving away a shiny new Kindle to one of our lucky book club participants. I'll even throw in 3 of my favorite books once it gets you and you're all set up. I'm more than happy to start your library. Already have a Kindle? I'll gift you the value of the e-reader in books instead! You can choose to win $75 in books instead.

So how do you enter?

Here's the skinny.

All month long I'll be giving you opportunities to win entries into the raffle for this. You'll have 31 days of chances, so you'll have at least 31 entries into the giveaway! The trick? You must watch our Facebook group for the questions/challenges/scavenger hunts daily. If you miss a day, that just means you miss an entry. Each entry challenge is open for 24 hours. (Until 8pm PST the next day.)

On December 31st I'll tally the entries, and let the random number generator pick a winner! Then  your Kindle will ship straight to you, and you can cuddle it forever and always ;).

Ready for today's entry?

Head back to our Facebook page and leave a comment on the thread where this was first announced. Tell me what your favorite book of 2014 (so far) was! That's it. You'll get one entry. Then check back tomorrow for another.

Happy winning!

2014 Winter Wonder Swap

ARE YOU READY? You'd better be, because it's time to swap again!

To start, please make sure you read the General Guidelines post. If you get to the end of the document and still have a burning question, email me or comment here! I'm always happy to help.


This swap is Christmas themed, or Winter themed if that's better for you. I understand not everyone celebrates Christmas, so tweak it to whatever suits you. The theme is open to interpretation!

The following items are required in your package:
* One book of your choice. It can be Winter/Christmas themed... or not!
* One handmade item. That's right! You're going to make something. Make an ornament, knit a scarf, or bake some cookies. Your choice!
* One bookmark. This can also be handmade, or store bought. Give your buddy something to help mark their place!
* A note to your lovely swap partner.

Money Limit: 
Your box must contain items that add up to at least $15. Anything beyond that is your own personal choice, if you'd like to add extras. You may also add items that are not on the theme list if you so choose!
        * Some helpful hints:
                 - Check out dollar stores. You can get lots of fantastic and fun items there!
                 - Shop the dollar spot at local stores like Target or Walmart.
                 - Go thrift store hunting. This is perfectly okay! Just make sure the item is in good condition.
                    (A good rule of thumb is to think, "Would I want to receive this?")
                 - Re-gift something of yours (in good condition of course) that you think fits the box.
                 - Make something. It's cool to include something handmade. Again, just make sure it's something     
                    you'd like to receive yourself.

Shipping Information:
This swap is open to all our members, but please make sure to include if you are not located in the U.S. or, if you are in the U.S., whether you're willing to ship internationally. All delivery confirmation numbers must be in no later than December 19th. This also means your box should be shipped no later than this date. You must procure a delivery confirmation number when sending your package, and include it in the form located here. No delivery confirmation means you won't be eligible for future swaps.

Ready to join in?

Fill out THIS FORM completely to sign up. 

I'll match you with a swapping buddy and send out information as to who you will be mailing to. Please know I try to keep this a surprise, so you won't know who is mailing to you unless you specifically ask.

***Sign ups will be open until December 8th***

Late sign ups will not be accepted. I need that time to match people up and still give you ample time to go and do some shopping!

If you sign up, your are promising to send a package. Please make sure you can follow through! I never want anyone to end up without a box. Thanks!

Final Discussion Post - Shatter Me

So, a week was skipped. I hope all of you enjoyed the rest of the book though!

Let's talk Shatter Me!


Discussion Questions:

* Let's talk character development! How do you feel like Warner, Juliette and Adam have grown over the course of the book?

* We've met new characters. Give us your first impressions of Kenji, Winston and Castle.

* What are your thoughts on the ending? Ready for the next book?


My Thoughts:

Ah, this book! I have to say that my favorite part about the character growth is that it's only skimming the surface in this book. Juliette is finally starting to realize that she's strong. Adam is showing his true colors as an all out hero, and our darling villain Warner has a soft side. Well, not quite soft. But definitely filled with obsession. Finding out that he was also able to touch Juliette totally blew my mind the first time I read this book! This time around, it still hit home hard.

I LOVE Kenji, and I promise you that he only gets better. There's a lot of half truths flying around between the characters, but Kenji at least (so far) has had decent intentions. I love his snarky attitude, his carefree and cocky persona. He's hilarious. Is he actually on Adam's side? Should we trust him? Well, that remains to be seen. The fact is that he's a nice addition. Winston and Castle are a little more on the outskirts when it comes to me trusting them completely. They seem to have only good intentions in mind. At least, for the moment, our characters are safe.

THE ENDING! What do you think guys? I feel like this is one of the few books where the ending is relatively happy, yet satisfying. It's not quite a cliffhanger. It is, in the sense that it leaves you wanting to find out what happens next. It's not, in the sense that we don't have to worry about the well being of our poor characters hanging in the balance. I'm curious, how many of you think you'll go out and try the next book?