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I know I blogged a lot this week with the Review-A-Thon challenge from The Book Monsters. I enjoyed the adventure, and I hope you enjoyed it as well!

I turned into quite the reading machine in the last few weeks, partly because of some great graphic novel finds. I’m really excited that I am now over 80 books read for the year! Go me! I’m still working hard on tearing through my massive To Be Read pile and so things like this challenge really help.

I had fun going back to mostly single reviews of each book. What did you think about that? It’s kind of fun and nicer to do things closer together than my random massive book post.  I might change the way I do reviews in the future. At least for a while.

So here’s the review of what went on this week!

The 21 books I reviewed in that pretty “cover view” I adore (click on the cover to go to the review):
Falling SkiesGrave Sight (Grave Sight Graphic Novel #1)Cowboys and AliensI, Q (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Gone (Gone, #1)
The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)BeastlyThe Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)Desperate CupcakesShip Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)Unwind (Unwind, #1)Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin, #5)Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Time Of Your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate (Season 8, Vol. 3)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You (Season 8, Vol. 2)Daniel X, Vol. 1 (Daniel X: The Manga, #1)Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin #4)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Vol. 1)Miki Falls: Autumn (Miki Falls, #3)<

Miki Falls: Winter (Miki Falls, #4)

That is a lot of wonderful books! How fun!

While working on the Review-a-thon, I enjoyed the mini-challenges, though I didn’t blog about them. Some I worked on, some I didn’t. One I plan to do in the upcoming weeks. Let’s take a look at the mini-challenges:

Mini-Challenge 1: Rethinking Your Review Format

I made a big change to my review format. I’m really happy with the changes. I went to mostly one review per entry. I included the page count of each book and the synopsis found on Goodreads. I then put that information in a blockquote to separate it from the rest of the entry.  I saw some really cool formats out there that I liked, however I could not find a way to simulate that on wordpress.  Honestly, I was just plain too busy to mess with the html editor.  All in all? I like what I did.

Mini-Challenge 2: Cross Posting Your Reviews

I’ll admit I’m bad about this. I never do it. Well, not never. I used to. What I normally do when I finish a book is post it to my Goodreads. I give it the number of stars I want, add it to the proper shelves, and add the date that I finished reading it. Then later I post to my blog. This week, I cross posted every review except the Buffy and Miki Falls Graphic Novels.  It was just a simple copy and paste function that I’m normally too lazy to do. Thanks for the challenge!

Mini-Challenge 3: Setting Up Future Review Posts

I started writing my reviews on Monday. I like to schedule my posts for times when I see good viewing returns. Every post I made this week was scheduled. Even the Monday ones. It’s just the way I roll. Even this post is scheduled. (Hey I might read another book and write one more review!)

Mini-Challenge 4: Updating Review Lists

This is one I don’t really think I did. What I did do, I made sure my “TBR” was up to date with the new books that came into my house this week. I moved the books I wanted to read next to my e-Reader, and I decided on my next series. If that counts, great. (My next series is Kitty Norville and following that will be the Harper Connelly. Thanks graphic novel for the Harpers!)

Mini-Challenge 5: Organizing Upcoming Reviews

Ditto from Challenge 4. That’s really all I have to say. 🙂  As of this particular moment, I have nothing to review since I’m absolutely up to date. However I’m in the middle of two books. So you know how that goes.

Mini-Challenge 6: Organizing Your Bookshelves

Honestly, this WAS my plan for this week. However, I got roped into this review-a-thon. And then that made me all competitive. I want to re-do all my bookcases, weed out some books, so on and so forth. There are five bookcases in my house so this is a pretty massive project. I need my house to 1. survive the Attack of the Return of the Scouter and some time to dedicate to this task properly. A crazy psycho busy Friday was NOT that day. I have a crazy psycho week next week so we’ll see. However, this will be done in the upcoming weeks. So I didn’t do this, but I plan to in the not-so-distant future!

It was most definitely a BUSY week for me! It was a good one.

Now, to go add those EIGHT books I got last night to my TBR list. Well, I WAS down to only 271 books left…

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*This post is part of the Book Monster's Review-a-thon going on this week. Expect a busy blog week!*

–Lady O