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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night!

It’s been almost two months since I put my blog on pause and almost three since I left my internship and started my job at Bloomsbury. Originally, the plan was to go on break, take a handful of weeks to figure out my life and rejuvenate, and then pop back into great with fingers blazing and engines roaring.

Well. The best-laid plans, eh?

I took longer than a few weeks, obviously, but these past two months have been AWESOME. I have two new roommates, a new apartment (with bookshelves!), and I’m settling in nicely at Bloomsbury. I have lunch buddies now! And access to a walk-in closet full of books! I live like two blocks from blocks of actual houses with actual front lawns and wrap-around porches! And you know what? As great as these things are, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy them as much without the break. Because let’s be real, change—even fantastic, wonderful, mind-blowing, wish-fulfilling change—can be stressful. These two months have been full of so many emotions and experiences, like:

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because let’s be real, food is a big deal in publishing

but sadly none of this:

because publishing is not kind, romantically speaking, to straight females

I love talking about books. I will ALWAYS love talking about books. I don’t think a power on this earth could shut me up once I get going. But at this point in my life, I don’t think blogging is a wise call for me anymore. I like having free time. I like not having to pound out five or six posts in a weekend. I like the thought of not having to second-guess bad reviews just in case I might someday have to work with the author.

So after almost four years and a bajillion posts and memories, I’m done, at least on here.

I’m still open to guest posting places or even teaming up elsewhere as a minor co-blogger (hit me up!), but I can’t run this blog on my own anymore, and I know if I try to bring someone in here under my name, I’m going to micromanage the sanity out of both of us. But don’t worry!

I’ll still be on Twitter and Tumblr, and I’ll still put up (short sound-bite-ish) reviews on Goodreads and Amazon—because again, you just can’t shut me up about books I love. But it’s time to put this blog to bed.

All that’s left is to say thank you. Thank you, guys, for sticking with me. Thank you for letting me be a part of this community. Thank you for squealing with me over book boyfriends, ranting over literary injustice, and pushing as many books on me as I pushed on you. And that goes for everyone I’ve met through this blog, from readers to fellow bloggers to authors to industry professionals. I literally would not have the connections and friendships that I have and be where I am without you all.

Peace out.

P.S. I’ll still check the email associated with this blog from time to time, but if you really want to reach me, use either Twitter or contact me for my personal email address. Don’t y’all dare lose touch!

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Out Of Control (In The Best Way)

My life is out of control. It’s all in a good way, I promise, but it’s still draining. My routines and my schedules keep me sane, but I haven’t had a solid day of normalcy in weeks now. In the last month, I’ve started a new job and moved from a sublet to a new apartment. (I’m still moving, really, since we haven’t bought everything we need yet.) Both of these things are FANTASTIC things that I’m so, so grateful for. However, that’s a lot of change, and change requires both time and energy.

I love blogging. I don’t think that will ever change. I love the zip I get from talking about books with people who love these stories just as much as I do. It’s a wonderful feeling. However, I’m tired. Working on posts over the last month has become more and more difficult, just because I don’t have the time, the energy, or the brain space to write the posts I want to write. I’m also trying to adjust my role as a blogger to accommodate my new role as an industry professional.

It’s time for a break. Rather than try to push through and grind out posts week after week, I’m going to take some time to figure out what my new normal is. Let me get comfortable in my new place. Let me feel like I’ve got a handle on this job thing. Let me devour some books until I’m so excited that I just HAVE to come back and share.

I promise not to leave you all in limbo forever. I AM coming back, no question about it. But I need to pause some of my obligations for a while. I’ll still be around on Twitter and Tumblr and Goodreads. I’ll still be more than eager to discuss whatever you’re reading. And I’m already looking forward to coming back with a new game plan and fresh outlook. But for now…

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Movin’ On Up!

Woohoo! Today is my LAST day as a resident of Southwest Florida. Tomorrow I’ll be on a plane to NYC to start my internship. With this move comes a lot of changes in my life, so I’ll be putting the blog on a break for the next week or so while I get settled. Don’t worry, I’ll be back—I have no plans of stopping my blog—but I don’t want to kill myself trying to crank out posts with everything else on my plate.

Also, if any of you are in New York and want to hang out, give me a nudge! I am going to be one lost, frostbitten, little Floridian. Please send books and hot chocolate.

<3 Shae

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Soundtrack Of My Year

I love music. I can’t sing well or play an instrument, and I don’t understand technical things like counterpoints and arpeggios or whatever, but I love music. I always have a song playing in my head, and I often use music to regulate my mood. So as I was thinking about 2015 and all of the changes coming my way, everything I want and expect appeared in song form. Of course, every year comes with surprises and unexpected twists, but I thought it would be fun to put together a soundtrack for the year ahead of me. Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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Ah’ll Be Bahck

That’s right, I’m outta here! Not really out-out, though. Next week is BEA week, which means that the blogosphere will be pretty much dead. Not that I don’t LOVE you all who are staying home, but decreased readership gives me the perfect excuse to have a blogging staycation!

Seriously, I plan to do absolutely nothing.

Okay, so I’ll really be doing my version of nothing, which is power-reading through a stack of review books, but hey! No posting is no posting, and I’m looking forward to it. So that means no Rewind & Review, no reviews, no Cover Love, nothing. Y’all have fun in NYC, and I’ll see you when you get back!

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Holiday Celebrity Gift Guide

I daydream when I drive. It’s a thing I do. I pay attention to the road and drive safely, but only so much of my mind can be occupied by staying between a set of yellow lines. And when I daydream, I often daydream about random things. A few weeks ago, the daydream of the moment was what I would do if I ever met Tom Hiddleston. He’s such a charming guy, and that’s the kind of opportunity you can’t screw up. A girl needs to be prepared!

I decided I’d hug him, if he didn’t mind (I don’t think he would), and I’d give him a book. Because that’s what you do when you meet nice people. You give them books. But what book? You can’t just give any book to any person. Books should be tailored to a person’s tastes. I spent the rest of my drive home figuring out just what book I would give to Tom Hiddleston should I ever meet him, and it was so much fun that I kept going.

With the help of my Twitter friends (Blythe, Christina, and Gillian, especially), I’ve put together a holiday book-giving list for everyone’s favorite celebrities. You know, just in case.

Continue Reading →

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Taking A Break (Sort Of)

This January will be my two-year blogoversary. In those two years, I have taken exactly one break, which was this May for BEA. I don’t really count it, since I was away on blog business. Well, I plan on taking one now.

Frankly, November is a crazy month. I still work full-time (three 12-hour shifts a week), I’m still interning at a lit agency (lots of reading), I’m still assisting Robin LaFevers (tons of fun with more fun to come), I’m still working through my review pile (growing by the day), and now I’ve added two more things to my plate. I’m doing NaNoWriMo (not very well, but whatever), and I’m volunteering as the executive assistant for my church’s Christmas play (I get to boss people; it’s exciting).

If I really, really pushed, I could make it all work. I could read less, write more mini-reviews, cut out chill time, sleep less, and get really snippy with my family. But I don’t want to. Blogging is supposed to be fun. I don’t want to kill myself cranking out five or six posts a week, even if some of them are just memes. Everything that I’m doing this month is important to me, and while that doesn’t make blogging any less important, it’s also more acceptable to me to put that on hold, especially since I’ve been going pretty strong for the last two years.

So here’s the game plan. NaNoWriMo ends in just a couple week. My play is the weekend of December 14th. So by mid-December, two big commitments will be over. Until then, this blog is going on a semi-break. I say “semi” because I’m giving myself room for flexibility. If A Top Ten Tuesday topic comes up that I want to do, I’ll do it. If I read a great book that I want to review RIGHT THIS SECOND, I will. But I’m not going to worry about discussion posts. I’m not going to worry about Wishlist Wednesday or Cover Love or Rewind & Review. I’m not even going to worry about reviews. The reviews that I’ve promised will get written, but I may not have one every week. Or maybe I’ll have multiple reviews in a week. It’s up to me. I’ll still be on social media (though maybe not as much), and I’ll do my best to still check up on other blogs, but I refuse to stress about it.

Thank you guys for understanding. I’ll see you in a few weeks!

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Welcome To My New Blog!

Welcome to my blog

Welcome one and all to Shae Has Left The Room, the new home of the blog formerly known as Bookshelvers Anonymous! I’m so excited to be here in my spacious new WordPress digs, and I’m even more excited that you all were willing to follow me over here.

In case some of you are confused, I’ve prepared a little Q&A. I’ve also prepared a rockin’ giveaway at the bottom of this post, so be sure to hold on until the end!

Q: Why aren’t you running Bookshelvers Anonymous anymore?

A: I quit my job as a shelver this summer and showed my face for the first time at BEA in May. Since I’m no longer a bookshelver nor anonymous, it didn’t make any sense to be running a blog called Bookshelvers Anonymous.

Q: What happens to the old blog now?

A: It’s all still there, lurking in the cobwebbed corner of Blogspot. But I transferred all my posts and comments and things here, so the old blog still lives on, just under a different name.

Q: Why did you move to WordPress?

A: I’ve heard great things about WordPress, and I knew it would give me more flexibility. Also, while I didn’t have a bad experience at Blogger, it was beginning to annoy me.

Q: What kind of a name is “Shae Has Left The Room?”

A: A cool one, that’s what kind. In my family, I’m notorious for zoning out mid-conversation while reading. My family jokes that I’ve “left the room,” because I’m completely oblivious to what’s going on around me. It also takes me a few minutes to “reenter a room” when addressed while reading.

Q: So this is still a book blog, then?

A: YES! Absolutely! I’ll still write reviews and discussion posts and have fun with memes and giveaways. And yes, it’s still a YA-heavy blog, though I’ll likely read a lot more MG and maybe even some adult lit (but only in very special cases.)

Q: So what am I supposed to call you, Shae or Shelver?

A: I’ll answer to either. I’ve grown very fond of my pseudonym, so I certainly won’t mind if you’re more comfortable addressing me that way. But if you call me Shae, be sure to spell it right. I am neither a stadium nor a type of butter.

Q: Is that your real face?

A: Yup.

If you have any more questions, burning or trivial (or both), drop me a line in the comments or contact me via any of the various ways listed in my Contact tab up at the top.

Now it’s time for the giveaway! The point of this giveaway is to celebrate the official start of Shae Has Left The Room and to reward any and all followers willing to make the trek over from the old Blogger blog, so this giveaway is for followers only. However, all followers old and new are welcome!

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All other normal giveaway rules apply (must be 13 years old or older, no cheaters, etc.) The main part of this giveaway is USA only, due to shipping costs, but I am offering a small prize to international followers. I wish I could do more for you, my far-flung friends. :-/

So what are the prizes? I’m glad you asked. In the corner of my room, I have a massive giveaway box. The USA winner may pick as many of the books shown as she or he wants. That’s right, if you want them all, you may have them ALL (even though I will likely cry the entire way to the post office.) Here are the prizes you may choose from:

Giveaway ARCs

ARCs

  • Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
  • Level Two by Lenore Appelhans
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • United We Spy by Ally Carter (Limited Edition Excerpt)
  • The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  • City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
  • The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (SIGNED)
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
  • The Loop by Shandy Lawson
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Skin by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (SIGNED)
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (SIGNED or unsigned – I have 2 copies)
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  • Poison by Bridget Zinn
  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  • Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder (not shown)
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (not shown)
  • The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward (not shown)
  • Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange (not shown)
  • Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz (not shown)
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (not shown)
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (not shown)

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Finished Copies

  • The Culling by Steven Dos Santos
  • The Thief’s Queen Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon
  • Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted
  • Wheels by Lorijo Metz
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Silver by Talia Vance (SIGNED)

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If the main winner has bankrupted me, I may scroll through the comments and dole out the remaining books to a few lucky commenters. We shall see, but be sure to comment just in case. For my international followers, I have a $5 Amazon virtual gift card. Like I said, I honestly wish I could do more. Since I can’t, this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL ONLY. No USA entries, please.

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BEA Hiatus

Hi all!

As you read this, I am probably wandering dazedly from room to room in my house. That’s my usual packing MO for the first six hours or so, and I’ll be especially dazed this time, because I’M PACKING FOR BEA!! My gosh, you guys. My nerdy little planner brain is going into overdrive. There are so many variables, so many possible outfits, so many outcomes, and it all has to fit in my Big Red Monster suitcase (and matching mini-me carry-on). Let’s just say that minimalist living is not my strong suit.

I’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon and arriving in NYC sometime that evening. Wi-fi at the hotel and Javitz may be a little spotty, but I’ll try to check in with you all via Twitter. However, there will not be any blog posts this coming week.

I repeat: NO BLOG POSTS UNTIL I COME BACK FROM BEA.

I’m already working to get posts pre-written for after BEA, and I don’t want to stress by adding another week. Besides, BEA week is usually pretty chill around the blogosphere.

So if any of you happen to notice how quiet it is around here, don’t worry. I promise I’ll be back and bubbling over with good tidings for you all after June 3rd. If you’re going to BEA, send me an email or DM on Twitter with your phone number, and we’ll meet up! If you’re not going to BEA, definitely check out all the awesomesauce going down at Armchair BEA. You can also keep up with my adventures on Twitter, as I do my best to condense my over-the-top excitement to 140 characters. 🙂

I’ll see you all in a week!

Shelver506

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BEA Goals


If you all know me at all, you know that I like to organize things. I NEED to organize. Lists help me think and function, which is really helpful when it comes to planning for events in my life that incite high levels of emotion. And nothing is currently inciting high levels of emotion in me like BEA 2013.

BEA carries a lot of firsts for me. It will be my first time at a professional conference, first time in NYC, first time rooming with an Australian, first time meeting other people as a blogger, first time interacting face-to-face with publishing professionals, first time out of state on my own. (I’ve been out of the country all by myself, but never out of the state. It’s scarier, somehow.)

I’ve been reading like a madwoman on different blogs to gather together the best tips and tricks for packing, what to expect when at BEA, what to see in NYC, etc. I’ve even put together an itinerary of the autograph signings I want to attend and programmed it into my phone, complete with times, locations, and pre-set alarms.

One thing I really need to get on top of, though, are the things that I have to do before I leave (as opposed to once I’m there), so I was super-excited when I came across a BEA Goals post on Hobbitsies. The point of a BEA Goals post is to list all the things that need to be done before leaving for BEA so that they’ll be in one place and public, thereby keeping the goal-maker accountable. The biggest point of the post seems to be listing books that the blogger wants to read before going to BEA so that they’ll be fresh and ready to dig into whatever books they receive in NYC.

Tara, the creator of Hobbitsies, borrowed the idea from April of Good Books and Good Wine, and I in turn am borrowing it from her.

Books I’d Like to Have Read Before BEA:

  • Furious by Jill Wolfson
  • The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  • Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
  • You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  • The Cavendish Home For Boys & Girls by Claire LeGrand

It’s not a huge list, but I only read 1-2 books a week, so I’ll be pushing it right down to the wire. The first six are review books that release either the month before or the month after BEA. I’d like to have them at least read before I go so that they get their fair shake before I come home with an armload of new review books. The last two are books by authors that I’ll hopefully meet at BEA. I’ve interacted with both authors on Twitter, and they’re both ridiculously nice. I’ve also heard great things about their books, so I want to have them read and firmly cemented in my head so I can gush when I meet the authors in NYC!

Other Things I Need To Do:

  • Create a way to identify myself
  • Design and order business cards
  • Buy more business casual clothes
  • Buy a business card holder
  • Buy a straightener
  • Preschedule posts
  • Print out some resumes (because you just never know!)
  • Make a packing list
  • Make a sightseeing list

As you can see, I’ve already gotten a head start on this part of my planning. I was worried that it would be hard to find and connect with fellow bloggers at BEA since it’s not like anyone knows what I look like, so I ordered a big lapel button with my Twitter avatar on it. Between the familiar picture and my badge (which lists me as “Shelver M.”), I figure I have my bases covered. After much whining, complaining, and general anguished flailing, I also designed and ordered business cards.

I need to buy some clothes for the trip, as the unspoken dress code is “business casual” and my wardrobe needs a revamping anyways. [Completed this one in the time between scheduling this post and actually posting it!] I also need a cheap straightener, as I doubt Sunny will let me take hers with me, and my bangs take on a life of their own without proper handling. Prescheduling posts is a must, because while I’ll let the blog take a little break while I’m out of town, I’ll have to start back up again when I get back, and there’s no WAY I’ll want to write a week’s worth when I get back in town. And I need to have some crisp resumes ready to go, because I do want to make connections while at BEA, and if one of them gets me started in the right direction career-wise, so be it!

And lastly, surprise surprise, I need to make more lists. 🙂

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