Added to the Bookshelf – 8/17/14

Posted August 17, 2014 by Melissa in Added to the Bookshelf | 49 Comments

(Inspired by Mailbox Monday, IMM, Clock Rewinders and the like)

Notes From Melissa:

I’m keeping my head above water both here and at work…but only just barely 🙁   I’ll be honest…I’ve been considering retiring this blog because I hate the fact that I just don’t have enough time to devote to quality posts, commenting etc.  For now though…I just can’t give it up.  And with my 3rd Blogoversary coming up this week…I’m too thrilled that I’ve made it this far to contemplate sacrificing all that I love about blogging and this community just because my work and other obligations are weighing so heavily now.

So with that said…please bear with me while I keep struggling to find a better balance.  

And please stop back later in the week for some awesome giveaways for my blogoversary!!

Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf:

What I Read The Past Two Weeks:

  • Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover (Audiobook)
  • The Longings of Wayward Girls – Karen Brown
  • Since You’ve Been Gone – Anouska Knight
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Mary Higgins Clark (Audiobook)

What I Am Reading Today:

  • NOS4A2  – Joe Hill (Audiobook) 
  • Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2) – Karen Kincy 

Ongoing Giveaways:

♥ Bewitching Boots Tote, Print copy of BEWITCHING BOOTS & $20 Amazon GC! (8/21)

Added to the Bookshelf Last Week:


For Review Consideration:

Title: The Last Breath
Author: Kimberly Belle

From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women’s fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family…

Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.

Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.

As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated…


Title: Wicca A to Z: A Modern Witch’s Encyclopedia
Author: Gerina Dunwich

Wicca A to Z explores the fascinating world of Witchcraft, from ancient legend through present-day Wicca and contemporary Paganism. No aspect of Wicca is overlooked in this remarkably comprehensive book, which features well over 500 entries and numerous illustrations.

Here are explanations of all the different traditions, sabbats, and rituals of the Wiccan spiritual path, as well as Wiccan jargon and folklore, amulets and talismans, herbs and gemstones. And as Wicca is essentially a Goddess-oriented religion and craft, this compendium covers the many pagan goddesses worldwide who collectively represent the power, beauty, and magick of the divine feminine. Arranged alphabetically by name, each entry discusses the particular deity and describes how each has influenced contemporary Paganism.

Written by a Wiccan high priestess, and arranged in A-to-Z format, this unique encyclopedia is an excellent guide for all who are interested in Goddess worship, folklore, the New Age, the occult sciences, and the Wiccan Craft as a positive spiritual path and way of life. It will be an invaluable addition to any Wiccan library.


That’s all for me this week!
What new goodies have arrived on your doorstep?
Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come check out your post!

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49 responses to “Added to the Bookshelf – 8/17/14

  1. I think every one goes through ups and downs while blogging. Sometimes it’s just easy to post than others. Still I’m a big believer that it doesn’t always make sense to end a blog, but instead taking a mini break, so you have time to kind of clear your head and you can come back to it once things get a little calmer.
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    • Melissa

      So true…I certainly hear about many bloggers getting burnt out. Guess we just all need to find our own ways to achieve that balance.

  2. It’s okay, and normal, to have bad patches where your blog suffers at the hands of your daily life. You don’t have to leave, I did that once and regretted deleting my blog and leaving the blogosphere for a year and a half, but I came back and learned from my mistake. Now, when we had a couple of emergency issues at home, I just took a hiatus and came back.

    If you don’t have required reviews coming up, please consider a brief hiatus to regroup and come back stronger.
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    • Melissa

      Ouch! I don’t ever think I could delete my blog but I can totally understand what could drive you to do that!

  3. I can’t believe you’re considering shutting down! NOOOOOOO! Well, of course we’d say that but you really shouldn’t be so down or hard on yourself about not getting around and commenting. Set a goal for yourself (a lower one!), maybe a list of five blogs a day you want to visit. And Maybe just posting 2x a week for now is good for a while. Maybe you can take a vacation, like Geeky does?

    Oh, the unsolicited advice that’s going to pour in now that you’ve opened that can of worms!!!! Either way, my vote is don’t close! Vacay, baby!!!!
    Kristin @ My ParaHangover recently posted…Sunday Post #42: Not Much Going On Here…My Profile

    • Melissa

      LOL! Thanks Kristin. I definitely think that taking it all a bit less seriously…and not feeling like I have to post 6x per week is key. And getting ahead of the game…more blogging on weekends will free up time for commenting during the week.

  4. Jillyn

    Good luck finding the balance- I know it can be hard. But don’t retire something while you still love it 🙂

  5. Don’t give it up, you have a great blog and would be missed. Real life’s not worth it! 🙂 Nice Cat thursday pic, we have rabbits too and our cats like to stare them down too. The rabbits somehow know they can’t get out, isn’t it funny how THAT works?

    Happy blogoversary this week!!
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    • Melissa

      Awww…thanks Greg! And it is funny just how brave those critters are when a pane of glass is separating them!

    • Oh and I have felt the same way you do and had to take a break..I changed a lot and no longer post very often except for reviews. I hope u find the right balance! It’s hard bc book blogging is a lot of work, energy, and effort.
      Keep your chin up and whatever you decide, you have my support.

    • Melissa

      You’re so right about finding good pagan resources…some are just total crap or regurgitations of other books!

  6. I totally relate, when real life is time consuming, there’s a moment to consider where the priorities lay. I’ve considered doing that too recently. Maybe not close the blog, that would be too sad, but a break, maybe ? I hope this week will be easier on you. Take good care of you 😉
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  7. I finished Sine You’ve Been Gone the other day and really liked it.

    I hope you find a way to strike your balance because I would miss you. But I do get it. I’ve cut way back on blogging and I just don’t worry about it anymore. I post when I want and have fun. It’s hard to do at first though lol
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    • Melissa

      I really liked it too…I hope to review it next week:) And I admire how you’ve been able to make your blog fun again…I need to work on that!

  8. I’ve gone through those same thoughts about closing my blog, but I haven’t been able to do it either. Sometimes I bit of a break for a couple of weeks helps and then you come back refreshed. I hope you stick around because I love your blog. There has to be a happy balance for you.

    The Last Breath sounds really good.

    Have a great week.
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  9. I’m so sorry that you’re feeling so overwhelmed. It’s so hard to keep up with life and blogging, especially if you’re the only person doing it all. I have felt the same way lately and wonder if I’m better off taking a break or if I should consider a partner to help… I hope things get better! Although I don’t comment much, I do follow via email and would miss seeing your posts show up 🙂
    Enjoy your books! xo
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    • Melissa

      I’ve been contemplating the same…but then I’d have to give up some control and I am so bad at that!! lol

  10. Maybe take a late summer break after you celebrate your blogoversary. Then you can figure out how you want to pick things back up. Maybe pare back on how many times you post/week. Make the blog work for you, not the other way around 🙂
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  11. I think we’d all like to see you continue, Melissa. But you have to do what’s right for you, whether that’s continuing with the blog as is, making some changes to find a better balance, or letting it go. I do agree with other commenters that we all go through times when it’s hard to keep up, or the fun has gone out of it, or life just plain gets in the way. As Rita says, it’s also OK to take a short break or a longer hiatus and come back later. I’ve also seen some bloggers take on a co-blogger, as a way of taking some of the pressure off. Whatever you decide, do what feels best and right to YOU.
    Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard recently posted…Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me I Must ReadMy Profile

  12. Sorry to hear you’re feeling so overwhelmed right now ~hugs~ Maybe take a short hiatus and give yourself a break? I’m taking one for September and I think it will help get my mind back in the right place 🙂 Otherwise, maybe start posting less frequently? This fall I’ll only be posting 1-2 times a week and it will be a nice change of pace from posting almost every day!
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  13. I’ve been having the same thoughts – I don’t work but lately I just haven’t felt the same motivation. I went on vacation and then I didn’t really feel like jumping in right away to come back, and have been feeling so bad because I’m not commenting and replying like I usually do. Part of this is also because I’ve had some med changes and have been feeling sick, so that doesn’t help – I’m chalking out much of my angst and lack of motivation to THAT and not that I really want to quit my blog, because I know I’d miss it too much.

    I’ve been trying to cut myself some slack in the meantime – not having to post EVERY day, etc.

    I hope you love NOS4A2, I bought that not too long ago and can’t wait to get time to read it 😀
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  14. Hi Melissa,

    There seem to be quite a few of us feeling the same way as yourself about the trials and guilty feelings associated with being a good blogger and maintaining content which is fresh and relevant, although you are the one who has had the nerve to come out and say it publicly.

    I am not sure what the answers are, but like you all, I am trying to work through the problems in some logical way, so that it doesn’t actually come to the point where Fiction Books gets consigned to the archives!

    Meanwhile, you keep adding review request books to your TBR pile and I find myself doing the same, so we really aren’t doing ourselves any favours, are we?

    ‘The Last Breath’ sounds like such a great debut novel, that I just couldn’t resist, so my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ list just got longer!

    Thanks for sharing this one and if you find the magic answer to our problems, please let me know!!


  15. Awww I too understand how you’re feeling, I’ve made a few changes to my schedule and trying to make sure that I post when I’m able and don’t force myself, I’ve also tried mixing it up a bit by having posts that aren’t book related and its helping me write reviews I am a lot happier with too. Good luck 🙂
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