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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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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!!!



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Book Review: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: The Weekday Brides, book 5
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
He’ll do anything to keep her safe…for the rest of their lives.

Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned- bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.

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My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to put in down and finished it in under two days. Taken by Tuesday was just a sweet tale and interesting mystery inter-playing with each other.

I love Judy’s strength and persistence. She’s independent and relies on herself to make her dreams come true. Rick is very persistent in pursuing Judy, an alpha male to a T. He’s a good, honest man and very swoon-worthy. Judy and Rick are very attracted to each other (which started before the book began) but Judy wants a career first. She just graduated college feels pursing her long-time crush now would derail those plans.

In terms of fictional couples, Judy and Rick’s has the craziest beginnings of a relationship that didn’t seem nor was there any time to really explore what could be. Then threat to Judy becomes a major interruption. But against all odds the relationship is still able to find a way to develop.

Finding the culprit was an interesting mystery that gets complicated as the story goes on. I wasn’t sure who the bad guy was until right before the characters found out. I totally forgot the whole bride aspect of this series until it was brought up in the book and it was shocking yet impressive with how it’s inserted in this book. The climatic scene was slightly anti-climatic, but the story still ended well enough.

This is only the second book I’ve read of Bybee’s and I’m now a huge fan of her writing. This book was so good.  I loved the story and the family ties that bind everyone. Taken by Tuesday is a nice light, attention-grabbing, contemporary romance.


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June Happenings!

Welcome June 2018!

Preparing the Blog for Summer…

Now that it’s June and summer is right around the corner it’s time to make some serious plans. I’m doing a lot of things this summer so I don’t think I’ll get to post much. For June, I’ll be taking a break in the second half – a happy-summer-this-time-is-for-you break. For July and August, posts may be just one or twice a week. I’m predicating that at most any blog posts I write once summer is finally in full swing will be book reviews.

I’ve also changed the blog to brighter summer shades…just for the summer. I really like the color scheme in darker tones but a change of scenery every now and then can’t hurt.

Summer Reading Here I Come…

My summer reading list is nearly ready – that post will be up soon. I’m really excited about the books on this list. Hopefully, I’ll manage to get through them all before the Fall season starts but I plan to read at my leisure.

Currently Reading: Treasured by Thursday by Catherine Bybee (The Weekday Brides, book 7)

Reviews Coming Soon: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee – June 4

Recent Reviews: From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon | How We Roll by Natasha Friend (ARC) | Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Book Recommendation of the Month

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes, book 1
First Published: October 14, 2014
Hardcover Image Edition: October 14, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Goodreads Summary: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 

My Review of Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3


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Book Review: From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Maybe
Favorite Quotes: “I wanted people to see me, to like me for who I was and what I had to offer. I wanted to use my talent to transform people’s lives and how they saw the world.”

“It’s never happened. But there are people out there, people like me, who need someone to come along and tell their stories. To explore all those different universes for them. So why can’t I be the one to do it?”

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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My Review:
This book was a lot to take in and has left me feeling torn about what to make of it.

I picked up this book because it sounded interesting (first book I’ve read of Sandhya Menon’s) and I’d never read a book where the MC was aspiring to become a filmmaker as a young Indian-American woman. I thought that sounded awesome.

In terms of the obstacles Twinkle faces, this is one of those stories where, as the saying goes, things get worse before they get better. And they do get worse and worse. So much that it made me an anxious reader while openly yelling things like “NO!” and “That’s not a good idea!” and “Think. Think. Think!” and “I can’t watch.”

There’s a lot of teenage drama, clicks, unrequited love, and social angst. Twinkle’s dwindling friendship with (formerly sister BFF) Maddie is also a major source of contention. Everything was too much sometimes. Perhaps there were too many issues going on that pulled the reader’s attention every which way despite it all being connected.

I liked how flawed Twinkle (and pretty much everyone else, except Dadi, Twinkle’s grandmother, really) and how strong and direct her voice is. For the teen characters, the biggest flaw is their insecurities: Twinkle feeling invisible and not good enough to be noticed at school and home; Sahil always being compared to his star-athlete star-academic twin brother. I think this heightens what Twinkle seeks to accomplish with her film (and future films) as well as the overall theme of the book about finding one’s voice and being able to share that voice with others (as well as the importance of telling underrepresented voices/stories).

There are times while reading when I was like, “Twinkle seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders and is a really passionate person.” Then other times I was like, “Why, Twinkle, why would you do that?”, whenever her rational fled when deeper emotions took over. Also, I thought it ill-advised that she blindly believed that “N” had to be Neil – her crush who she’s had (so it appears) very little interaction/conversation with and knows nothing about. That would have been (reluctantly) fine if she also, logically, thought the email could well be a dangerous stranger on the internet or a troll cat-fishing her. “N” got her email from the school’s directory, so “N” being a student is more likely but still! Not once does she think “stranger danger,” even a little. I find that incredibly impossible. Also, it wasn’t hard to figure out the true identity of “N” but I was somewhat surprised by the why of it.

I like that Twinkle tells the story through letters to her favorite female filmmarkers in diary format. When she’s directly talking to them her passion comes through. I also like that her choice of the film she adapts for the festival, even if I haven’t ever seen it. I’d watch her version of it though.

I loved Sahil. Perhaps too perfect of a character? Maybe – he certainly wouldn’t think so. But he’s just a bright light in this crazy mess of high school drama. And I like that he too takes steps to be seen, to be heard in a way that is unique to him. He does it better than Twinkle by fa,r but everyone takes a different path to get to such a grounded place.

As dramatic as this book was, I think Sandhya Menon is a fantastic writer. There were lots of phrases whose diction was so amazing and seemingly effortlessly written. I thought it genius for her to have Twinkle describe her social status as “groundlings” versus the “silk feathered hats” (aka the rich and popular crowd) from Shakespearean days at the theater. She took something (super) old and made it feel fresh and new. Loved it.

The ending made me kind of emotional and happy. No storm lasts forever. When the clouds finally cleared things felt changed. Maybe a little to sugary sweet of an ending but good nonetheless.

Based on all that, I’m left conflicted about my overall impression of the book. It was too much drama but not bad. Inspiring in many ways at its core. And a talented writer at the helm.