Goodbye and Thank You!

So I have to say this is the end of Shelf of Melanie. 😦 I’m gutted to leave. I love blogging, I love chatting with followers and other bloggers, and of course I love the books that come with book blogging!

I know I’ve barely been around five months, but life has become somewhat stressful and I have to focus on the bigger things. If things were going to plan, I’d keep the blog. Sadly, that isn’t the case.

I want to say thank you to everyone who’s looked at the blog, read a post, commented, subscribed, tweeted me or shared a link to the blog. It mattered. It still matters. Thank you.

I also want to say thank you to Netgalley, Bookbridgr and Goodreads and the subsequent authors and publishers, as they are the websites and people who have given me books to review. They took a chance on a new, small blog and I’ll always be grateful for that.

I won’t drag this out, because I want to keep blogging but can’t and I’m sad about it. Maybe one day I’ll get to a place where I can blog again.

I’ll still be around the web; Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter. If you add me on any of them (if you haven’t already), do let me know you’re a follower from here. I’ll still be reviewing books on Goodreads and the links to those reviews will appear on my Twitter as they’re posted.  It’ll look like this:


I’ll also be posting Library Trip photos, which will look like this:


Thank you.



Rest-of-the-Year Releases I’m Drooling Over!



Pennyroyal Academy


Damsel Distressed


[Abhorsen #4] Technically a prequel but it’s book four in the series.

Legacy of the Claw [Animas #1]

The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides






Waistcoats and Weaponry [Finishing School #3]

The third in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School Quartet (final book out November 2015).


The Bane Chronicles

The ten Magnus Bane (of Infernal Devices trilogy and Mortal Instruments series fame) stories previously only available as ebooks, in physical book form!


There isn’t anything I know of yet, releasing in December that I’m excited about.

Best Books: July/August 2014

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan: 4 out of 5 stars

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart: 5 out of 5 stars

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard: 4 out of 5 stars: Review here

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr: 5 out of 5 stars [Synopsis will spoil first four books]

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision: 4 out of 5 stars: Review here (This has a similar feel to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: 5 out of 5 stars

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan: 5 out of 5 stars (highly recommended if you like John Green)

Sea Legs by Guy Grieve: 4 out of 5 stars (a non-fiction tale I couldn’t put down; it read like fiction; good for those who don’t get on with non-fiction normally – like me!)

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin: 5 out of 5 stars (The definition of urban fantasy. No romance. Takes a while to get into but is SO worth it. Awesome worldbuilding. Author writes as Catherine Webb and Claire North as well.)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: 4 out of 5 stars (I nearly DNF’d this one as the descriptive language was so… bizarre. It grew on me though. The book that is, not the langauge. It’s a sweet, fun read. It’s toted as challenging and moving, but I found it sweet and fun, with a few heart-achey bits. And it definitely surprised me. A lot.)

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen [Skink #7 – Synopsis may spoil previous books] My Review here 5 out of 5 stars


Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I wasn’t expecting to like this as it didn’t seem like my kind of story, even though I LOVE Fangirl and Attachments. I am so so glad I read it. It is quite different to Rainbow Rowell’s other books, but I LOVED it. The characters were just awesome. ALL of them. This is a new favourite for me. 5 out of 5 stars


Just One Day [Just One Day #1] by Gayle Forman – I was finally persuaded to read this and I am so glad I did! I LOVED the characters (all of them were so well developed, even passing minor characters. Everyone was unique and solid.) I also loved the travelling parts, loved Wren, loved-to-hate Melanie and Allyson’s mum. I loved Allyson and identified well with her. I wasn’t too crazy about either Willem or the plot. But there was plenty else I loved about this book! 4 out of 5 stars


Nocturnal Academy #1 by Ethan Somerville – This is free for Kindle, but is the first in a ten-part (so far), series. Also, just to warn you, she doesn’t start the school in this book, which would usually disappoint me massively, but not with this one, This was awesome! Alice just really pops. 4 out of 5 stars

What are the best books you’ve read this summer? Have you read any of these?