Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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WWW Wednesday: Jan. 29 2020

Hello my dear readers, welcome back to another WWW Wednesday.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I Currently Reading:

I currently have 2 books on the go, and 4 manga series, so I am quite busy with my reading. I have IT by Stephen King that I am slowwwwwwwly working through and Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan that I am focusing most of my attention on.

In terms of manga I have Seven Deadly Sins, Made in Abyss, One Piece, and one I started this morning; Pygmalion.

What Have I Recently Finished?

I just finished an audio book version of Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3, which I reviewed.

What Will I Reading Next?

After I finish Winter’s Heart, I’ll move over to something short and easy to read; The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. It’ll be a nice quick read so I can get back to The Wheel of Time.

What are you currently reading, and what do you plan on reading next? Let’s talk about that.
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Top 10 Tuesdays: Newest Additions to my Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is the 10 books most recently added to my bookshelf. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m just gonna start…and these are in no particular order, just the most recent books I received/bought


The Alloy of Law

By Brandon Sanderson, and a Mistborn world book. I am excited to get to it, but I have to finish the original trilogy first.

The Dark Tower

By Stephen King. Many consider this a classic and a great book, so I wanted to see what it was all about.

Wizard’s First Rule

The first book of a large series by Terry Goodkind. I’ve heard this is the best book in the series, so I can’t wait to step into another fantasy world.

Rebel

The final book in the Marie Lu series. I started reading this series years ago, and I can say I am quite happy with the way it all ended.

Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

I’ve mentioned this book quite a bit too, but I am excited to get a chance to read it.

Sword of Destiny

A Witcher book. My brother bought the first one, and I got the second one. I’ve heard they are good and gruesome, which are both okay in my eyes.

Fahrenheit 451

A classic, and some would say a great book. My girlfriend picked it out for me at random, but I am always willing to read a classic story.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Months ago I had seen this book all over Twitter, so I thought I’d finally get a copy of my own when I saw it in my local bookstore. I honestly don’t know what it’s about, but I am excited to crack it open.

Dnd Monster Manual

For any DnD player or DM, this book is a good source of information for the game, and a good source of inspiration for any writer.

Top 10 Games to Play in your Head by Yourself

I’ve said how excited I am about this book several times, but I just want to reinforce it one more time…I am excited for this book!


What are some of your most recent Bookshelf submissions? Let me know in the comments, or on social media.
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WWW Wednesday (1/1/20)

Happy New Year my dear readers. I hope your night was fun and safe.

I have never participated in a WWW Wednesday before, but I figured since it is the start of 2020, that I should give you a bit about what I’m reading.

This meme was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I Currently Reading:

Currently I have three books on the go. I’m slowly making my way through IT by Stephen King, Rebel by Marie Lu, and Volo’s Guide to Monsters (a DnD handbook). I have different times to read each of them, but my main focus is on Rebel right now.

What have I Recently Finished:

I haven’t finished anything too recently except a short story, The Dead Smile by Francis Marion Crawford. It’s a scary story and It was interesting listening to it while walking my dog at night.

What do I Plan on Reading Next:

I haven’t decided what will be next, but it’s a tie between Mistborn #2, Wheel of Time, or 10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself.

What are you reading right now? Get any books from Christmas you’re excited to crack open? Let’s talk about it!

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Reviewing My Own Blog

Hello dear readers, sorry for the almost week break from giving you the content you crave every day. I figured with the holidays I would take a break from writing on my blog, give you all a break from reading whatever I wrote, and plan out what I want to do for the next little while.

The idea to review my own blog came to me just last night, and I really liked it. I think it’s a good chance for me to do a bit of soul searching and give you my honest opinions on what I think of On My Bookshelf.


If I had to be blunt about my opinions on my blog, I’d say I am not totally happy. I love writing the content, and interacting with people on my posts, but I am not happy with my level of commitment.

I want my life to focus a little more on my reading and writing. I want to pour more of my soul and myself into my writing for On My Bookshelf.

I too often find myself writing posts the day they go up, most times moments before they do.

I want to finish them early, giving myself plenty of time to make them better, instead of rushing just to get them out.

This is probably the biggest issue I have with myself/my blog. I know the writing could be more insightful, which I also plan on working towards, but I think giving myself more time to write will give me the chance to be more insightful.


I am extremely happy I started this blog, and I want it to grow, so 2020 is going to be the year I stick to my goals. I plan on doing everything in my power to reach those goals (which I will write about on Thursday) and make On My Bookshelf more succesful than it already is.

It won’t be easy, that I am sure about, but I want to test my commitment and see what I can do.


I’m also not impressed with how On My Bookshelf looks. I went through a re-design a few months ago, and initially I loved the new look, but the more and more I look at it, the more I realize it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t give of the same feeling that I want it to, and it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

I’ve only had my logo since late 2018, so I am not sure I will change it up just yet, but I definitely want a new look to the blog, and possibly a little “mascot” to go along with it.


I don’t want to get too deep into what I want to achieve for the blog in 2020, because that is more of my goals which will come on Thursday.

I don’t totally love On My Bookshelf, but I am getting there. I think little by little, if I keep changing things to see what works, I will eventually find the On My Bookshelf that I am happy with.

Ultimate Blog Tour Book Review: The Devil’s Apprentice

Title: The Devil’s Apprentice
Author: Kenneth B. Anderson
Rating: 8/10


Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne? 


Hello dear readers! I know this week has been a bit different in terms of my posting, but today is finally the day.

I joined a Blog tour for the first time, and the pleasure of getting to read The Devil’s Apprentice, which turned out to be much more enjoyable than I was expecting it to be.

Before I start, I just want to thank TheWriteReads for giving me this opportunity. If you don’t already follow them on Twitter, then you are definitely missing out!

They gave me an ecopy version of this book in exchange for an honest review of it…and honestly I liked it.

Now let us get into the review.


The first thing that came to mind when reading this book, was the writing style. It took maybe three pages before I realized how unique the writing style was.

As I was reading through it, all I could think about was how immersed I felt into the story.

It was as if I was the characters in the story, I was feeling anxiety, stress, and whatever other emotions they might have been feeling.

It was a different experience than I am used to, but it was definitely enjoyable.


I also found this book was a nice mix of seriousness and humour. It’s a refreshing break when you can find both of those in one book, especially in a book that does it as well as this one.

The whole premise of the book is pretty funny if you think about it. Philip, a good boy that is being bullied at school is probably the last person you’d imagine running Hell, but he is the one that is chosen to be The Devil’s Apprentice.


Going back to the writing of the book, I found the characters to be very well developed. It’s not often I am rooting for the “bad” guys, (though I have on occassion) but I found myself rooting for a Demon or two through this book.

The main character Philip changes at a nice pace through the book. As the book continues, he realizes he has committed many of the seven deadly sins.

I never felt like this change of character was forced, or out of place, or moving too fast. It all seemed to fit pretty well into his character.


AudioBook Review: Outlander

I have said before that it is a rare occurrence for a TV show or movie to be better than the book, but Outlander is one of those books that might just be an exception.

I had binge watched most of the TV show in a few weeks, knowing that there was a related book series, but I didn’t really feel like I had the time to start another series of books since I already had a few going at the time.

I had a free audio book that I could download, and I figured Outlander would be a good choice of book, and I am happy I was right.

Despite being a fantastic book, that the TV show is very similar to, I think an audiobook was a good call for Outlander, because the woman who was reading the story had a nice accent, and did a good job changing her voice slightly depending on who was speaking.

This is one of the few audiobooks I have listened to, but each one I listen to makes me love the medium more and more.


In terms of how the book actually was, I thought it was well written, very descriptive, and historically accurate (from my small understanding of that period in history).

I think when doing a historical fiction piece, it is important to get some level of accuracy, and I think Diana Gabaldon did a great job of writing about the period and the characters.

I haven’t read too many historical fiction pieces before, but I thought that I could really understand the period and the society that Gabaldon writes about in Outlander.

I haven’t learned a lot of this period in history, but I have done some research after watching the TV show, and from what I can tell Outlander is pretty spot on to what I could have expected.


Gabaldon’s writing style has caused her to quickly cracked my Top 10 favourite authors even though I only listened to one of her books.

I find her descriptive writing to be captivating enough that I can see myself in the story, but not overbearing that it becomes a grind getting through different scenes.

I think there is a time and place for overly descriptive writing. I think George R.R. Martin does a good job of it, but he is one of the few people that I have read that was able to do it well.

Gabaldon’s writing has enough description in it that there were times I could see the scene so perfectly, and the sex scenes were…interesting to say the least.


I think a historical-fiction book does its’ job when it makes the reader want to explore more. After listening to the entire book on my walks to and from work every day, I watched a few other shows about Scotland and their history. I also did some light reading online about Scotland and their fights for independence.

As you probably know, I am a lover of history, and Outlander has definitely made me want to dive a little deeper into the historical fiction genre.


I plan on continuing the series in the future, but not any time soon. There’s a few other series I want to finish first, but I won’t forget Outlander because I really enjoy the TV show.