28 July 2014

Clear Your TBR Pile Challenge: Intro

This challenge, hosted by The Observant Girl and Fly to Fiction, is something I actually can and will do.  I typically enter challenges with good intentions but the plane inevitably gets hit and slams into the side of a mountain George of the Jungle style.

The goal here is to read as many books from my TBR pile as possible in two weeks (July 28th - August 11th).  The especially good thing here is that I already have a stack of books on my shelves that I need to read so my books are coming from this pre-existing physical pile, with the exception of two.  (Since I wasn't anticipating this challenge, I already have previous engagements with books from the library.)

from the library

from my shelves

How To Customize Your Navigation Bar

Navigation bar (n): that thing that typically runs horizontally right underneath your header.  Maybe above it.  And sometimes it's vertical as a fancified list.  But it's always at the top, and it always has some prominence because it's displaying the most important parts of your blog in a compacted format.  You put links to your About page there, as well as your Contact page, as well as a few things like your Review Policy and Review Archive.

Making this sucker look good goes a long way towards instantly improving the look of your blog.

Some things to consider when it comes to navigation bars:
  • you can't put every important link you've ever had in the history of your blogging career in it
  • you're going to become a brilliant apprentice of creating navigation bars
  • you're going to do great

27 July 2014

In My Mailbox (122)

from the library

Defy by Sara B. Larson
I haven't read anyone's review on this but I've seen it around quite a bit.  Apparently there's a love triangle....so we'll see how that goes.  But overall it looks interesting.

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
To satisfy my sudden curiosity for Victorian life.

from half-price books

A movie, not a book, but what a movie it is.  Watched it a while ago and so when I saw it super cheap at Half Price Books in good condition... Well.  You see how that always goes.  ;)

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
My favorite Shakespeare play.  If you're into Shakespeare, and haven't yet seen it, check out the version with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.  It is absolutely amazing.  It's more fun to quote/perform than to read but I wanted a physical copy for a reference.

Airman by Eoin Colfer | Review
I've wanted my own copy for such a long time now.  I've read it a few times already.  Eoin Colfer is one of my all time favorite authors.

The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee | Review
I'm slowly working on own this series because it's such a lovely series.