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Filling the Shelf – 65

Posted by on June 10, 2012 12:22 pm in Book talk | 11 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog :D If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the current host!

 

Happy Sunday all!

This week in books was almost exclusively YA, with one exception of middle grade fiction. Next week should be a little more grown up!

Also, I got a second copy of The Stand by Stephen King for the readalong (Standalong!) as my first one got into a wine accident at a dinner with friends. Oops! Good thing this book is not too expensive!

Funny thing about Dearly, Departed and Masque of the Red Death : until I saw them together, I thought these two were the same book, with one in paperback and one in hardcover. Reading reviews, I ended up imagining a story that was a mix of both. I felt a little silly when I realized my mistake and both were intriguing, so here we are!

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel : 2145, a steampunk society, zombies, etc. Sounds fun.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin : Steampunk dystopia, with an inspiration of Poe, I think? You see how I got confused between the two, right?

Pegasus – The Lamp of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn : I nearly never read middle grade fiction, but a cover illustrated by Jason Chan will convince be to buy almost anything. So pretty! Also, I like the idea of Pegasus crashing in Manhattan. Two worlds colliding always make for an interesting story!

Ruby Red by Kirstin Gier : Two words : time travel!

In Honor by Jessi Kirby : After reading Moonglass, I knew I would have to read more from Jessi Kirby. Can’t wait to discover this new novel of hers, also a contemporary fiction.

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker : Summer on a sailboat, with a touch of romance? I’m in! (also, cute cover!)

What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these two books?

News of the blog

Posted by on June 9, 2012 11:55 am in other | 6 comments

Happy Saturday everyone! :)

When moving to the blog’s new home some weeks ago, I mentioned that many things still had to be done. Like in real life, there is often a lot more to it than simply moving the boxes from one house to the other. You have to unpack the boxes, decide where everything goes, decorate, then change you mind about one room, switch everything up, etc.

So I guess this is a simple update about my progress. I know most people usually fix all of this before announcing their blog has moved, but here’s the thing: my wordpress.com account was expiring, and since my blog over there had css modifications, it would have lost many of its features and have had a new look anyway before I could move it. I thought it was a bit silly to wait and have the blog go through even more different looks.

I’m very indecisive, moody and picky when it comes to picking an official look for the blog. There are a few designs that I have loved no matter what though, so after some hesitation I finally settled on something I would love, and for a great while I’m sure. It has everything I was looking for and I can’t wait to finally share it with you all!

All of this to say, here are what’s been going on behind the blog lately, and what you can expect soon :

  • New look! I found something very clean and that I really, really love. I’m right now trying to decide whether I want it to have a “magazine” look on the first page, with the blog accessible by a link (wouldn’t change anything for people following by feed, it would still be a blog) or a traditional blog look. It depends on a few things (your input is appreciates if you have an opinion on this!), though I really love the “magazine” because it would make it easier for visitors to chose, for instance, if they want to read the blog posts about books, books in French, or both.
  • Blogging in French! I have always neglected the blog’s French version, and I have always planned on changing that. What I want to do right now is this : have two different feeds that readers can follow, in English or in French. Have a “magazine” style front page, with sections “new reviews in English” and “new reviews in French”. It would be like having two blogs in one, which would be a lot simpler for me than running two blogs, and wouldn’t annoy readers with posts in another language. It’s a possible thing to do, I’m just in the process of figuring out how to do it and do it well.
  • Bloglovin! Always thought it looked nice, and joined this week. I also registered the blog over there this week and if you are on Bloglovin, you can now follow The Infinite Curio here. See you there! :)
  • Facebook! Planning on having a Facebook page for the blog. To be honest, this one is more about making it easy for me to follow other bloggers while keeping a virtual distance from my real life account. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m supposed to create a new page or a whole new account for it?

So those are the main things going on. I hope you won’t all tire from the constant changes and run away on me! :) And if there are things you thing there absolutely should or shouldn’t be on the blog, it’s time to let me know, here or via email (See contact section).

Have a great day!

Comic : How to Keep your Reader Busy for a Week

Posted by on June 7, 2012 4:47 am in My work | 13 comments

Can you tell I spend WAY too much time organizing my books? It’s a really great way to shoo the stress away!

Waiting on Wednesday – 6

Posted by on June 6, 2012 1:26 pm in Book talk | 4 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

If I was excited last week about the books I had picked for my W.o.W., then I don’t know what I am today! I have been a follower of Lenore’s blog for what seems like forever, when Level 2 was only a dream. Knowing what she likes and doesn’t like in YA fiction, which authors she admires and books that are her favorites, I am even more looking forward to reading this one. The summary is, in fact, something that would have made me curious even if I didn’t know of Lenore before.

Her strikingly gorgeous cover :



Level 2 by Jay Lenore Appelhans

(The Memory Chronicles, book 1 – January 15th, 2013)

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours downloading memories and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recall she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: a rebellion is brewing to overthrow the Morati, the guardians of Level 2.

Felicia is reluctant to trust Julian, but then he promises what she wants the most—to be with Neil again—if only she’ll join the rebels. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself in the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

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What are you waiting on this week?