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How I Organize My Books

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One of the fun parts about owning books is organizing them. There is just something so calming and exciting about organizing one’s beloved treasures. Then afterwards you get to marvel at the beauty that is your too meticulously arranged books. A perfectly legit book nerd pastime. And there are so many way books can be displayed by:

  • Title: A to Z
  • Title: Favorite to Least Favorite
  • Author: First Name A to Z
  • Author: Last Name A to Z
  • Author: Favorite to Least
  • Color
  • Height
  • Page Count
  • Hardcover to Paperback
  • Series: A to Z
  • Standalone: A to Z
  • Publication Date

and so on.

I actually don’t own a bookshelf (sadness!), so I use whatever space is available but will also showcase my darling books the best. I prefer to organize my books by height overall. Then I follow sub-arrangements as applicable:

  • If there’s a series printed the same way, I go by book 1 to last (left to right).
  • If it’s books of the same height but different authors, I go by a visually appealing transition (like this book’s spine looks good next to this one).
  • Non-series authors or authors I have random books from are positioned by page count (and/or by publication date if applicable).
  • Hardcover books tend to precede paperbacks (the par for course).

It seems like such a silly thing, I know, but it works for me and makes my books look beautiful. Next time I rearrange my books, I’ll probably try by color or author.


Question for you: How do you organize your books?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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July Happenings!

Welcome July 2018!

Writing When I Can But Still Delivering Good Content…

In last month’s Happening post, I mentioned how this summer was going to be really busy for me and that I might not get to post as much as I would like. Still true. My to-do list and work schedule is taking up a lot of free time.

But here and there there should be snatches of free time for when I can draft posts for the blog. As much as I want to continuously push out content, that’s not feasible. I’d rather push out quality more than quantity blog posts (same applies for my WIP) in order to give you all the best content I can make.

To Read Or Not To Read But Need Time To Read…

I’m still reading With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland. Reading may prove difficult to accomplish but I’m going to try because it’ll help me relax on the more stressful days.

Reading Next: either Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (YAF) or A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers (MG).

Recent Reviews: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee | Treasured by Thursday by Catherine Bybee | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (DNF)

For my full Summer Reading 2018 list, click here.

Book Recommendation of the Month

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
The Immortals, book 1
First Published: December 1, 1992
Hardcover Image: December 1, 1992 by Atheneum Books
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Action/Adventure

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Summary (via Tamora Pierce’s Official Website): Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.


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AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING AND HAPPY WRITING!


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The Bookshelf Corner Is On Summer Break!

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Hi all!

I’ll be off for the next two weeks with nothing but fun and relaxation (and, of course, books!) on my mind. I’ll still be around here and there checking the Reader on occasion and maybe posting/updating my Twitter and Goodreads.

New posts will resume JULY 1.

Have a great day and summer everyone!

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Folk of the Air, book 1
Rating: DNF
Recommend to Others?: No

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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My Review:
DNF at Chapter 15, Page 142. No Rating.

My thoughts from a previous post: I’m no stranger to Holly Black’s books and writing. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like this book – I didn’t think it was the right story for me at the time or at all. But Black does all things fae well so maybe it could turn out to be a good read. I’d like to give it a try.

I couldn’t find it in me to keep reading. I didn’t want to keep reading.

The title is an understatement. I couldn’t take the extreme bullying Jude was receiving from Cardan and his friends. It was all too much.

Jude was an okay character. Willful but reckless. I wouldn’t completely agree that she’s a glutton for punishment by provoking Cardan so much but I’m also glad she refuses to lower herself to being a doormat. Because she’s human, the only logical way for her to succeed in her desires would be to outsmart her adversaries and be mindful of words and favors. But it’s a mystery how she’ll overcome overcome; right now she’s angry and desperate to not feel powerless anymore. She also seems to be heading towards a dark path, one that might cause her to stoop to the same cruel level as Cardan. And I don’t think, and it seems she’s starting to see a bit, that she’s really thought through all her choices and decisions.

There were very few bright moments up to where I stopped. Vivi (Jude’s older sister) was the only character I actually liked. Taryn (Jude’s twin sister) I did not care for. Madoc (Jude’s “father”) was more terrifying than unlikable (based on his thoughts about the state of affairs in Elfhame). And Cardan is cruel to a T. Locke (who’s in Cardan’s circle) I don’t trust at all and suspect he’s up to something of his own.

There wasn’t enough to keep me interested, not enough good to cling to in the dark, wicked, beautiful world of this book. And with the impending change of rulers it seems the tone will be gloomy for quite a while. Objectively, I’m indifferent about this book. I can’t say if it’s actually a good or bad book unless I read the whole thing. But I don’t see myself finishing it in the future.


If you’ve read this book already, I’d love to know your thoughts about it. Let me know what you thought in the comment section below.


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Summer Reading 2018 List!

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A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

Black Butler (Volumes 23-25)

Fruits Basket (Volume 17 to end)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)

Star In The Morning by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 1) (2nd Read)

With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland (MacLeod, book 7) (2nd Read)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern, book 1) (2nd Read)


These are all the books I would like to get through this summer. However, I’m not gonna push myself to finish this entire list because I know I most likely won’t have the time. I’ve changed this list so many times but this final version seems right for the summer. I’m excited and curious about the possibilities of the stories here. Whatever happens I’ll get through them all eventually.

What books are on your summer reading list this year?


As Always, Happy Reading!


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Mid-Year Look-Back: Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018 (so far)

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2018 has been an exciting year for books for me. There have been surprisingly fantastic reads, reads that made me feel the feels and swoon, and some I didn’t expect to be disappointments. But it’s still been a good reading year.

I’ve managed to read 64 books so far and surpass my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal earlier than last year.

I recently posted my 100th book review to this blog, which was amazing.

I read books by 19 new authors that I haven’t read from before.

Obsessively read 39 volumes of manga (and probably consumed equally as much anime).

But the best thing has been being able to share this crazy passion for books with all of you and in turn discovering new books/authors from you. So thank you thank you to you lovely people. May your book hunting and reading be ever more fortuitous. 🙂

Here are my favorite books of 2018 so far (titles lead to my reviews):

Black Butler by Yana Toboso, Translated by Tomo Kimura (Volumes 1-22)

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (2nd Read)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (ARC review)

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


How are you all doing on your TBR lists? What are your favorite books that you’ve read so far this year?

As Always, Happy Reading!!!