Patriotic Musings on the 4th of July

A few weeks ago, a new friend asked me a question, and I started my answer with something along the lines of, “Well, you know how we’re patriotic about our country?” As the first generation of her family to be born in the USA, her quick answer was, “No, not really. Mostly I hear people talking about how much they hate different things.”

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Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Books?

Bookish Needs

Schoolwork needs to get done, but that book is calling your name. That brand-new release looks amazing, but how can you justify spending $20 on a new book when you have a whole stack of books you haven’t read yet. And let’s not even start on the addiction issue made obvious by our winning quote variation! If you’ve had these problems or others, you probably have a love-hate relationship with books.


While participating in an online summit to learn how to blog better, I realized that I don’t know what your book related struggles and needs are. Oops! What’s the use of posting a book review every week if what you really need is help culling your to-read list? Or maybe you want more inside peeks at books that haven’t been published yet. Whatever it is that you want, I want to know about it!

Right now Leah’s Bookshelf has 296 followers. Those who take the survey will guide the direction the blog goes. The power is yours for the taking! 😉

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I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about your bookish needs! Leave a comment explaining your love-hate relationship with books to see if others can relate.

E-Reader Survey & New Story Shop Prizes

New Prizes Added

Just in case you missed the survey posted yesterday, here’s a post dedicated to it. I’m currently hosting a survey to see how many of my blog followers have e-readers. You’ll want to participate in this survey for two reasons.

  1. The results will probably influence future giveaways. If you have an e-reader, e-book giveaways are simpler for me and convenient for you (especially if you don’t live in the US but really want to participate in the giveaways). On the other hand, if you don’t have an e-reader, you’ll want to make your voice heard too because you won’t be able to participate in e-book giveaways. Don’t worry, I’m not going to switch to entirely one or the other. I just want to know if people do or don’t have access to reading e-books!
  2. You can earn a point to spend in the Story Shop by taking the survey. Just leave a comment here or on yesterday’s post verifying that you participated, and I’ll award you your point!

And speaking of the Story Shop, there are two NEW prizes available. You can now purchase books from Shop My Bookshelf using Story Shop points. For 30 points you can get a free book and pay for shipping yourself. For 80 points you can get a free book AND free shipping. Visit the Story Shop page to find out how you can earn points and invite your friends to do the same.


Guess a Quote (8.19.14)

Guess A Quote (8.19.14)Last week’s Guess a Quote was pretty quite. Only one person correctly guessed the quote. Kudos to Hanna R. for being the champion guesser last week! As you can see in the picture, last week’s quote came from Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. If you have a kindle or a kindle app, you can read this one for free.

Actually, I’m curious to see how many of you own e-reader devices. If you take a second to answer the survey at the bottom of this post and leave a comment confirming participation, I’ll award you 1 point for use in the Story Shop.

Before we get to that, though, here’s this week’s quote. Some of you might understand and appreciate the posting of this quote at this specific point in time. 😉

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

Happy Guessing!

Don’t forget to answer the survey and leave a comment confirming your participation!


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Join the Reading Habits Survey “Team”

Green GraphHello everyone! I’ve been so excited about the results for the reading habits survey. So far 76 people have responded. The drawing for the giveaway winner will be held tomorrow, so if you (or anyone you know!) would like to participate in time to enter the giveaway, you still have time to do that.

After asking two friends of mine for their help recruiting survey takers in exchange for access to the survey results, I had an idea. If anyone (homeschooled authors in particular, but anyone with a primarily christian and/or homeschooled reader or friend group) would like access to the detailed results, I’d love to make a trade. If you will recruit more survey takers by sharing the survey on your blogs/Facebook/Twitter/etc, I would be happy to give you access to the data collected. If you are interested, leave a comment or use the Contact Me page to tell me where you plan to share about the survey.) Help me spread the word!

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Also, I’m hoping to do a follow up survey soon. Do any of you have suggestions for questions or something you’re dying to know about people’s reading/book purchasing habits? I can’t promise I’ll include everything or anything, but I’ll do my best!

Thanks again to everyone who has participated. Even if you don’t care to see the results, please share this survey (and this blog!) with your friends and internet groups. I really appreciate it.

❤ Leah

Reading Habits Survey

Giveaway Options
Yes, another survey. And another giveaway too. In order to enter the giveaway, simply take the survey and leave a comment to let me know you’ve completed it. The winner of the giveaway will receive his or her choice of the books shown above; a hard copy of The City of Ember or In Freedom’s Cause or a kindle copy of Supervillain of the Day. International participants may only receive the supervillain e-book.

Princess Story Survey

I thought it might be fun to try doing some surveys about books, starting with one about our monthly theme. Let me know what you think of this new idea/feature. I look forward to seeing the survey results!