How I Spent My Summer Vacation…

question markYou know when you have time off and you make big plans to get a ton of stuff done? Things that you have been putting off for months, that you tell yourself “I will get ALL of that done when I am off”, but the list has gotten so damned big that you can’t possibly get to it all? That was me, this week. Here is how my reading/blogging to-do list looked at the start of my vacation…

  • reformat all author pages to include all of their non-PNR/UF series, change the links and do new graphics for the character guide links.
  • add a couple of new Featured Author pages.
  • finish re-doing the links for at least three pages of the Series Reading List pages.
  • check to make sure all of the new release dates were current, and add all new cover art and blurbs to the monthly summaries.
  • add the new releases I have gathered over the last couple of weeks.
  • get at least 4 character guides up to date.

Yeah, most of that didn’t happen. I did get the new release dates double checked and covers and blurbs added, so things are current as of September 1st. Surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of shifts in release dates this time, so mostly what you were looking forward to should still be on schedule.

I did also manage to get the character guide updated for Gena Showalter‘s Angels of the Dark series, and half of the Dark Skye info added for the Immortals After Dark one, too. I am half-way through the re-read of Rule Breaker, so the Breeds one should be done soonish, as well. That means I am only behind on 8 or 9 now. Beauty.

As for the author pages, I got a grand total of two done. The Alexandra Ivy and Cassandra Clare sections, to be precise. Things are pretty much the same, but I have added a few new things. I dropped the biographical stuff, for the most part, but I did add a listing of all of their series and what genre they were on the front page (like adding Alexandra Ivy’s historicals written under the name Deborah Raleigh, that sort of thing). I also added a little “On the Horizon” section for those upcoming titles where there isn’t much info yet. If you find it awkward or confusing, just let me know.

The biggest thing I did manage to get done was all of my bookshelves cleaned and organized, and all of my books vacuumed. Individually. One. By. One. It is at those moments that I really hate my love of book hoarding. But see…the pretty…

hardcoversoftcoverHow did you spend your summer vacation? Any excitement, action, or drama? Or were you like me and it blew by before you knew it?


30 thoughts on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation…

  1. Abra says:

    I love your bookshelves. Do you have the horizontal ones by series? I have bookshelves in every room other than the bathrooms (unless you count my husband’s stuff on the back of the toilets). To this day, I still look for books my first husband got in the divorce before I realize where they are.

    • kaleigha says:

      Thanks…my photographic skills won’t be winning me any spots in National Geographic, but I was happy with how they turned out. I tried do the horizontal ones by series, or at least all of one author. Sometimes I did a few different authors on the pile, but then the next vertical section was a whole series. It was kind of fun, actually.

  2. Amber Hughes says:

    Oooh…the pretty! Love the bookshelves. If I had the room for more than one little book shelf, I would be in heaven. Thanks for sharing the photos!

      • Amber Hughes says:

        I rent a room (very small) and have a small bookcase outside my room. I have to store all my other books in boxes. I hate that I have to do that, but there just isn’t any room. I also had to get a bunch more boxes together for another purging. Unfortunately it has to happen. No room šŸ˜¦

    • kaleigha says:

      I guess e-books would be perfect for you, but since you love the “book” book like me, it would be a hard switch. Not a fan of the boxes, either.

  3. Rika Ashton says:

    Bookshelf porn, lol! Love how you’ve organized your bookshelves, I have almost the same black ones as you, but you’ve got six shelves while I’ve only got five…yours are wayyyy better, I’m going to run out of space soon.

    It’s awesome that we have so many of the same books though! Your taste in reading is exquisite! šŸ˜‰

    • kaleigha says:

      I actually have a seventh shelf, somehow, shoved in that room, too, but right now I use it for my blu-rays. I love black shelves, I just wish that they were a little less warpy. But, to be fair, the only thing that makes me get off my butt and clean them is when I have to rip them apart to turn the shelves over to get the warp out.

  4. cheryl says:

    I still have too too many books and slowly getting rid of some… finally made the jump to kindle. It took me a little while to get used to it but fell in love with the fact that if I want to reread a book, I don’t have to hunt it down, just scroll through my collections or by author. I have 2 four shelf book shelves and one wall size and about 25 boxes of books.
    sigh. When I die one of my siblings is gonna call me names when they clean out the house. haha.

    • kaleigha says:

      Honestly, I am a total e-book snob and I avoided them like the plague. But, I am so very grateful that I figured out how to read e-books on my i-pad for when I went away. It was awesome. I can’t say I will be making the switch, but I won’t be turning my nose up on them anymore, either.

  5. Rachel says:

    Love your bookshelves. I think I might even be drooling a bit! I have some but mostly read on Kindle now. I still by my absolute faves in actual books though.

    • kaleigha says:

      Thanks. You wouldn’t be drooling at all if you saw them the day before. I actually had cat-hair and dust tumbleweeds roll out of the bottom shelves. It was uuuugly.

  6. nightowlinil says:

    Aww, bookshelf porn is right! Love the lighter colored bookshelves. If only I could get my books organized. No summer vacation here. Spent 8 days (plus one other) in the hospital though.

    • kaleigha says:

      The lighter ones are way better made, too. You figure a cheap shelf is a cheap shelf, but nope.

      Hope you are feeling better now, though. I have never had the “pleasure” of being in the hospital, but I still sympathize.

    • kaleigha says:

      I bought a Dyson (like I am not a total spend-aholic), and it is perfect for books. Instead of hooking up the big floor vac and cleaning each book individually, now I can set it up so that I just tip all of the books on the shelf onto their spines and I can vacuum them all at once. Of course, I figured this out on the second-to-last shelf, but I will be smarter next time. I think.

  7. alexandra says:

    Your bookshelves are so beautiful! That’s a lot of work but totally worth it in the end – thanks for sharing. All my books are in storage (especially since I’ve been reading exclusively on Kindle the last two years), but eventually I would love to shelve and then catalog them all into Calibre.

    • kaleigha says:

      I am such a nerd that I love organizing things, but I haven’t actually tried Calibre yet. Or rather, I think I signed up, but didn’t do anything with it. It should be fun for you to go back through the storage books and actually see what you have.

  8. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho says:

    WOW! That’s a lot of books. And some good ones too. I would have this many if all my audio books and ebooks were print. LOL eReaders help save space.

    • kaleigha says:

      I have been trying to cut back a bit on my random buying, but not sure how well I am doing. I think what I am going to do from now on is maybe try books from new series on my i-pad before I buy the physical copy, and that way I won’t feel the pressure to keep buying even if I don’t like the book.

  9. Kristen says:

    I loooove how you have your books displayed!I had to switch to e-books to save space. I love my kindle but I miss the pretty book covers. I love your cover lover posts because I still get to see the pretty covers and read the blurbs (love book blurbs). Just the look of a bunch of books lining shelves makes me happy. I don’t buy regular books anymore but I still go to the book section of whatever store I’m in and browse the shelves for fun. šŸ˜Š

    • kaleigha says:

      I love the covers, too. And I get strangely annoyed when a great book has a crap cover – it seems to take some of the joy out of it, for some reason. I always head to the book section first, too. I don’t usually buy because I have my stuff pre-ordered, but it is fun to browse.

    • kaleigha says:

      Hey Karen…thanks! I actually had some old shelving around that I got cut in half, then I just bought some cheap little gift boxes from the dollar store to set them on. They were about 4 inches high, which worked out to be the perfect height.

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