Bout of Books 23 Sign-Up

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It’s that time again folks! The next round of Bout of Books is coming up on August 20th and even though I’m currently in a big reading slump, I fully intend to do my best to participate. Bout of Books is my favorite readathon to participate in because it lasts for a full week and it is super low pressure. You can read as much as you want, or as little as you want, and you can choose to participate in the daily challenges or decide not to.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As the readathon draws nearer I will post a tentative TBR as well as a few goals I will have for myself during that week. Fingers crossed this slump ends soon so I can have a great week of reading!

Are you planning to participate in Bout of Books 23? Do you enjoy participating in readathons?

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July Wrap-Up & Haul

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Another slow month of reading. I’ve hit a bit of a slump where not much is holding my interest at the moment. It’s been probably about a week since I’ve even picked up a book. Oh well! Slumps happen. Just hoping I get out of it soon. I might have to revisit an old favorite or two to get back in the mood.

July 2018 Books Read: 6

Total 2018 Books Read: 77 (including 3 DNF)

July 2018 Pages Read: 1,654

Total 2018 Pages Read: 25,054 (not including DNFs)

  • Saga vol. 4
  • Saga vol. 5
  • Saga vol. 6
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

And for the haul portion of the post… I went a little overboard again. Which has led me to put myself on a no-spend month for August. The only thing I have going in August is a pre-order. Everything else that is considered extra is off limits. Anyways, back to the haul. I got 11 books although quite a few of them I got for nothing between Amazon Chase rewards points and selling a box of books at Half Price Books.

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  • The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz
  • A Reaper At the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Saga vol. 7
  • Saga vol. 8
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • Monstress vol. 1
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
  • Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
  • Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster
  • Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

What books did you read this month?

My Home Library Tour

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you’ll know that this past December my husband and I bought my parents’ house that I grew up in from 7th grade onwards. In addition to moving up from a townhouse with shared walls to a single family home, we were going to have enough room in the house for us each to have our own office space. For me, that meant LIBRARY! Over the past few months we’ve been working on a lot of projects around the house to make it ours. My favorite project has obviously been putting my home library together and getting it exactly how I want it to be. I chose the room that used to be my bedroom when I lived here growing up. I started off by painting it a darker, slightly purplish gray which really makes the white trim pop. I got all new bookshelves from IKEA and a new reading chair and ottoman, also from IKEA. I got a nice hand-me-down desk from my dad that is the perfect size for my needs. And plenty of room to just relax and have this be my happy place. I put up some photos awhile ago on Instastories but I figured that it would be fun to do a little tour and show you my setup.  First off, a general tour of the room.

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This is the view as you walk in the door to the room. I get so excited walking into this room every time I see this!

 

In the opposite corner I have my desk with my computer where I am currently typing this post 😉  I have the walls filled with various things that make me happy. Closer look at my desk shortly.

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Inside of the closet I have different things stored like my children’s books, board games, candle collection, etc.  My reading chair is SUPER comfy! The first day I had it all set up I ended up falling asleep in it.

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Here’s that closeup of my desk area. Have two IKEA Raskog carts in use alongside my desk that house various office supplies, all of my book sleeves (bottom right), and all of my Chic Sparrow traveler’s notebooks (top two). I spend a lot of time in this corner of the room whether I’m writing blog posts, surfing the internet or watching a show while I journal.

Okay… I know what you’re thinking… This is supposed to be a LIBRARY tour right?! So where are the books?!

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VOILA! My dream of having a wall of bookshelves has finally become a reality. I believe I’ve shared a similar photo on here before but I just can’t stop staring at these. The best part about the location of my reading chair is that this is my view while I’m reading!  I ended up boxing up about half of my Funko collection because the shelves were looking a little bit cluttered so that’s the main difference between the old photo and this one. I also ended up purging a lot of books that I just got rid of this past week. They still don’t all fit on these five shelves but I’ve definitely made progress. My goal moving forward is to only buy books from certain authors I know I love and to utilize my library more for other books I want to read. If I end up loving a book I borrow from the library and know I’ll want to re-read it at some point in the future I will buy it then.

So let’s break it down, shelf by shelf… I sort my books by authors and series. I don’t alphabetize, just have kind a random system that works for me.

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  • Morgan Rhodes, Susan Dennard, Sabaa Tahir, Evelyn Skye, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Lu
  • Sarah J. Maas, Samantha Shannon, Tomi Adeymi
  • Leigh Bardugo, Mary E. Pearson, Shea Ernshaw, Suzanne Collins
  • V.E./Victoria Schwab, Holly Black
  • Sarah Rees Brennan, Marie Rutkoski, Meagan Spooner, Heidi Heilig, Amie Kaufman, Dawn Kurtagich, Kerri Maniscalco, Kiersten White
  • Indies, Barry Lyga, Stephanie Oakes, Misc. YA fantasy, Mindy McGinnis, Alwyn Hamilton

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  • Marissa Meyer, Stephenie Meyer (and no, I didn’t put them together because they have the same last name lol)
  • Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman – This shelf is already jam packed so not sure what I’m going to do with all of his future releases including Darkdawn and the new series with Amie.
  • Laini Taylor
  • Maggie Stiefvater, Jason Segel, Alexandra Bracken, Rachel Caine, Kristen Simmons
  • Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Veronica Roth
  • Paullina Simons, Jojo Moyes, Sara Donati, misc. adult & YA fiction

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First four shelves, including top of shelf, are different Outlander series editions.

  • Outlander mass market editions
  • Anniversary editions, Easton Press leather bound, UK editions, Lord John Grey series, short story collections, graphic novel
  • US covers in hardcover and trade paperback
  • Magazines, The Making of Outlander, the Outlandish Companions vol. 1&2, Starz tie-in trade paperbacks, older editions of US hardcovers
  • Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, The Princess Bride, The Night Circus
  • Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Becky Albertalli, Jeff Zentner, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ruta Sepetys, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Francesca Zappia, Kara Thomas, Jandy Nelson
  • Deborah Harkness, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Neal Stephenson, Juliet Marillier, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elizabeth Kostova, Hannah Kent

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  • Harry Potter UK boxed set, Harry Potter Library boxed set, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter illustrated editions, Harry Potter original US hardcovers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone house editions in hardcover and paperback, various books on the films
  • George R.R. Martin, The Wheel of Time graphic novels and companion, various graphic novels including Saga.
  • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (last three books completed by Brandon Sanderson)
  • True Blood graphic novels, Charlaine Harris, Supernatural (TV show) books
  • E.L. James, Nicholas Sparks, three other adult contemporaries

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  • Very top: Shakespeare, Postsecret book, Jane Austen boxed set
  • Various adult fiction and non including Margaret Atwood, Jon Krakauer, Stieg Larsson, Naomi Novik, Katherine Arden.
  • Jane Austen, Jane Austen retellings, various other adult fiction
  • Gone With the Wind, Scarlett, Rhett Butler’s People
  • Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Susanna Kearsley
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Various Tudor fiction and non-fiction including texts by Alison Weir

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  • Mostly all Book of the Month club picks on this shelf. On the bottom there is also a Hemingway collection of four novels, a memoir by Atz Kilcher (Alaska the Last Frontier), and another memoir by Lauren Graham.

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  • Childrens/Middle Grade series including The Face on the Milk Carton, Little House on the Prairie, Chronicles of Narnia
  • Dear America series, Royal Diaries series
  • Princess Diaries series, all books of the original 5 American Girls (Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Molly, Samantha)
  • Childrens classics including Heidi and Black Beauty.
  • Childrens picture books including Dr. Seuss

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  • Anne of Green Gables series, the Bronte sisters
  • Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Huckleberry Finn, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, Christy, Great Expectations
  • The Original Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Robert Frost poetry collection, The Old Man & the Sea, Vanity Fair, Doctor Zhivago, Anna Karenina, War and Peace
  • Daphne du Maurier, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill A Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-Five, 1984, In Cold Blood

And there you have it! The grand tour of my library is complete. It was really fun putting this post together so I hope you all have enjoyed reading it and looking at the photos. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below! 🙂

Happy reading, everyone!

WWW Wednesday – July 24, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

Recently Finished

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I really LOVED both of these books! Uprooted was really imaginative while also feeling like a classic fantasy. All Your Perfects was another great one that just solidifies my love for Colleen Hoover even further. I laughed, I cried… I stayed up late to finish it.

Currently Reading

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I’m still in the middle of the second novella in Lord John and the Hand of Devils. I’ve set it off to the side for now because I’m a little bored with it.  On Monday I started reading Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I have never read one these two have written together before but LOVE Amie’s series with Jay Kristoff. I haven’t gotten very far into it yet but so far it’s pretty good.

Up Next

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I’m not exactly sure what I want to read next but these two are high on my list. They are both on my July TBR and since the month is almost coming to a close I want to try and read at least one more from the list.

What have you been reading lately?

Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories. HOWEVER, I’m not a huge fan of novellas and short stories because, well, they’re just too short for my taste. So instead, I am going to go with the Top Ten Books I Want To Re-read.  I’ve been in a major mood to reread some old favorites and these are the ones I want to revisit the most.

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  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #5) – I’m on my third time through this series and I love it more and more with each read. The Fiery Cross is next on my list so I’m definitely planning to re-read this one this year.
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – This book (and movie) is one of my all time favorites. I’m obsessed with Scarlett and Rhett. It’s been awhile since I’ve re-read it so it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

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  • The Outlander by Gil Adamson – I read this book back in college and really enjoyed it. Mary Boulton, the main character, is so fascinating!
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo – Another one that I read back in college. There’s something relaxing about reading a novel about an ordinary seeming little town.

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  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – I first read this book when I was a junior in high school. I’ve read it probably 4 times but I definitely want to read it again sometime before the TV adaptation that Amazon is going to be working on.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – It’s been so long since I’ve read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love the world and the characters. The Two Towers is my favorite of the trilogy.

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – This is my favorite of the series and it has been A LONG time since I’ve read it. I was hoping to this fall when the illustrated edition would be coming out but I saw recently that it won’t be released until the following year.
  • The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – I really enjoyed this one but I’m not really sure what exactly it was that drew me in to the story. Definitely a good reason to re-visit it.

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  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been craving a re-read of this one for awhile and my current read, Uprooted, is giving me serious Alina and the Darkling vibes.
  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (The Great Library #1) – I read this as an ARC back in 2015 and it was fantastic and so imaginative. I have since acquired books 2&3 but it’s been so long since I’ve read this one I feel like I need to refresh before continuing on with the series.

Do you like to re-read books? What are a few of your favorites that you always come back to?