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A New Home

I know that I have been so fickle with this blog but I really am striving for it to be all that it can be! Today, I finished the move over to blogger. I’m not going to shut down this wordpress site but I hope that this post will redirect you to my new home. The dust is settling over there and I still have some things I am working out but for now I am very happy with the move and I hope you will join me over there!

Click here for the new Within Pages!

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Upcoming Blog Changes

Okay dear readers, I thank you for all the patience that you have shown me as I settle into my new blog, I really am quite fickle and have a mild case of perfectionism.

In my previous blogging experience, the blogging crave was wordpress; it was ALL ABOUT wordpress in fact. But now, in the book blog community, its different and blogger is the preferred. I have only really come across one wordpress book blog, and while they are successful, I think that blogger has a lot to offer, including Amazon Affiliate help (which I have recently been approved for!). I’ve done some testing and I think I might be happy there.

I will be working on these changes across the span of today and tomorrow in hopes that by the beginning of the month I have it ready to go. If you have subscribed to the feed using the RSS icon in the left sidebar, you won’t have to worry about the change in feed as it is designated through feedburner, but otherwise you may need to be on the lookout; I will post here when it is ready.

Again, thank you for ALL your patience.

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2011 Challenges

Notice: Due to some theme & layout changes, challenges are found on the sidebar; all the bars are hyperlinked to the full list of selections and items read.

Getting back into the idea of reading has been slow but it is something that I do enjoy doing and to help organize my reading goals and maybe because I love lists, I joined in a couple challenges and spent two days making lists of potential selections for these challenges. So I thought I would take a minute to direct you to where you can always find the progress updates and a little about the challenges in the event that you would like to join in!

Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Goodreads and has no specific details other than reading books; you set the number yourself and you work towards the goal. I had forgotten how much I like reading, but I do read somewhat slow, so I settled for a comfortable 10. I really feel like I will blow this out of the water but we shall see. I can’t really do reviews without reading hehe. You can always find the progress on the sidebar in a widget provided by Goodreads!

101 in 1001

A bucket list style challenge for life experiences gone TBR list! In 1001 days, I hope to have read every book on this list; there are some options available to me as time goes on but for the most part, the list is set with books I genuinely want to read. The project started at Day Zero and my list can be found in the top right corner under Challenges.

Dystopian Challenge

Hosted at Bookish Ardour Reading Challenges, this challenge has 5 levels to chose from and even 2 more advanced levels for intense readers. This challenge focuses on a new and uprising sub-genre of science fiction known as dystopian (opposite of utopia fyi). I have chosen Level Two which is to read 15 books in the genre by the end of the year. Some of my top choices for this are Wither, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Enclave, etc. For the whole list of suggestions/selections, check out my challenge & progress page.

First In Series

Series are highly popular these days; it seems that the number of series books is beginning to vastly outnumber the standalone books when it comes to Young Adult fiction. Some of the best series in time are Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Mortal Instruments but there are always new things to explore including the House of Night and The Infernal Devices; I am also intrigued by selections that crossover from the Dystopian Challenge such as Wither (Chemical Gardens #1), Divergent (Divergent #1), and The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1). I will also be using this series as a reason to start The Sookie Stackhouse Series/Southern Vampire Mysteries. This contest has a varying levels and I am going for Level 3: 12 first books. Thanks to a Few More Pages for hosting this challenge and you can see my whole list of suggestions (YA and Adult titles) as well as my progress (1/12) on my challenge page!

With all that said, I am pretty excited to get into all these; this week I should conclude Clockwork Angel which will move to strike off of two challenges and then onto The Forest of Hands and Teeth and who know where from there!

Are you in any challenges? If so let me know, I’d love to support you and check out your progress!

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Supporting Teen Literature

I just happened to start this amazingly awesome (read: vain) book blog in the middle of National Library Week! During the week, different events and days are celebrated to put the glory that is the library in the limelight. Yesterday was Bookmobile day, not to thrilling from my personal opinion; nothing beats getting lost in the stacks for hours. Today is different; today is a day to Support Teen Literature (YA!)! I am a big fan of YA fiction and was considerably disappointed by the small “Teen Corner” my home branch of the library had to offer. Knowing just how many fantastic authors are and how many books are releasing on a weekly basis, it is a little underwhelming; so the YA section of the library is something that needs to be bolstered, loved,, and nurtured just a little.

This event is celebrated and promoted every National Library Week by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). They also host the teen choice awards of YA fiction. Last year’s top choices had a couple titles that I knew, read, or recognized at the very least.

2010 Top Ten

  1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series) by Suzanne Collins — Goodreads
  2. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare — Goodreads
  3. Heist Society (Heist Society Series) by Ally Carter — Goodreads
  4. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series) by Maggie Stiefvater — Goodreads
  5. Hush, Hush (Hush Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick — Goodreads
  6. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles Series) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Goodreads
  7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen — Goodreads
  8. If I Stay (If I Stay Series) by Gayle Forman — Goodreads
  9. Fire (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy) by Kristin Cashore — Goodreads
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson — Goodreads

2011 Nominees Are…

  1. Drought by Pam Bachorz
  2. I am J by Cris Beam
  3. You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
  4. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
  6. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  8. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins
  9. Matched by Ally Condie
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  11. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  12. Lies by Michael Grant
  13. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  14. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  15. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  16. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  17. Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
  18. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  19. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  20. The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal
  21. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  22. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  23. Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  24. Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
  25. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Voting for the top ten will begin August 22, 2011! I haven’t read a lot of these so if you have feel free to let me know what you thought!

 

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Reborn Within Pages

Since I started this blog, I have worked on it everyday. Whether it be posts, or pages, or little tweaks on imaging or layout; I wanted to get it 100%, I wanted it to be perfect in my eyes. Eventually, it got to that point…physically. I could spend hours looking at the color scheme and graphics but something was off and I wasn’t sure what.

Today, I was sitting in the library writing a post about my insanely hard work out last night and my weight loss journey so far when really, all I could do is long to have the books beside me in my hands. I have recently been getting lost in a sea of book blogs and have enjoyed every minute of it and suddenly, I became very torn in the idea of the direction I wanted this blog to go. I was having an identity crisis of sorts.

So I did some calculating (I left the library with 4 new books) and did some advice seeking. So I found my best friend and an influential blogger that sends most of my daily hits from their blogroll and asked their advice. Could I do this? Should I do this?

Essentially, they both gave me the encouragement that I needed; if I am going to blog, I should blog about what makes me happy and grow an audience. Obviously, the audience here is vastly different the last one I worked with and appealed to and the theme is completely different, but I can do this and I am going to…I’m going to write a book blog!

Beyond the stacks in the library and beyond the store shelves, you can find brand new worlds that stretch beyond your dizziest daydreams, if only you’re willing to look…Within Pages.

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The Beginning of Something New

In August 2005, I left home for college in Central Kentucky some two and half hours away. I was single, fresh out of high school, and still determined at that point. As always, college is never what you expect and I wasn’t living the party life, I wasn’t walking downtown, I wasn’t even making that many friends. I was the quiet type who was overwhelmed by the overburdening coarse work and living on the fourth floor, a building away from the elevator. I struggled with 8AM classes and extra curricular activities that extended way into dinner time.

At a certain point our freshman year, my roommate (a friend I had had since Kindergarten) was tasked with the assignment that sent her to the public library entirely in walking distance from where we were. We were still solid at that point so I opted to go with her and I at that point, some 5 or 6 years ago, I registered for my Lexington Public Library Card.

It wasn’t that impressive back then. I didn’t even check out a single book, hook up with the WiFi or rent a movie, I just had a fancy card (which at the time was rather ugly). It fell by the wayside; I had my own university library and the only thing I had time to read was the crappy stuff that I didn’t have a choice about (ie. homework).

But after recently leaving World of Warcraft, I found myself looking at my bookshelf wishing that it was fuller (it is small so it is full but I want a BIG one!), wishing there was more of an option than age-old favorites like Harry Potter or Twilight.

So I decided to join GoodReads and I took up part of the Reading Challenge. I found book reviews from some community friends like Jaedia and links to other book blogs and I found myself thinking about reading. I’m pretty slow, and pretty peculiar about what I read (I prefer Young Adult or Romance) but I want to read and so here I am…5 or so years later getting a brand new library card!

The system is a little different, they give us the option for a key-fob (those are my mini obsession) and they’re much more attractive than Times New Roman on a green background too! They have an online process completed by full registration with an ID and everyone is incredibly helpful, the moment you begin to look lost they’re there!

So here I am, sitting and blogging in the Beaumont Center Public Library and squeeing like a 5 year old girl about to own her very own bicycle. I don’t know where this journey will take me but I’m walking the path. The interest that I have in this isn’t shared by most of my circle, only hints on the wind of interest it seems, but that is okay because I am doing it for me.

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