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!

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July 2018 TBR

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How is it possible that we’re in July now?! This year has been going by so fast. I have a busy month ahead of me even though I found out last week that I’ve been moved to part time at my job. Obviously not too happy about that but it is what it is, you know? Anyways! I’m pretty excited about the books I have picked out for my July TBR. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you may know that I have problems sticking to a TBR since I’m such a mood reader so we will see how this goes!

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  • Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Saga vol. 4
  • Saga vol. 5
  • Saga vol. 6
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (not pictured, releases 7/17)

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I also want to finish on my read of the Lord John Grey series by Diana Gabaldon.  I read the first story in Lord John and the Hand of the Devils and finished Lord John and the Private Matter. Next up will be the second story in Lord John and the Hand of the Devils.

What books are you hoping to read this month?

Shelf Control – June 20, 2018

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


685375Title: Lord John and the Private Matter
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: Published September 30th 2003 by Delacorte Press
Length: 305 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure — a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world — eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents — and life is good for a soldier.

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society — and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything — or nothing.

The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I bought it in the spring of 2015.

Why I Want To Read It: It’s a spinoff of the Outlander series featuring Lord John Grey. As you may already know, I am obsessed with Outlander so I want to read everything and anything I can get my hands on that relate to these characters.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?

May 2018 TBR

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I think this is the first month where I really have a solid TBR that I plan to stick to.  Normally I have a hard time adhering to a TBR because I am a mood reader but there are so many books I’ve received lately or will be receiving this month that I am dying to read.  I’m keeping it about half of what I usually read in a month so I have plenty of room for other books that strike my fancy during the month.  I’ve put them in the order I plan to read them as it stands now but that could change. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff will for sure be the last book of the month since it doesn’t release until the 29th.  I’m currently reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory but as soon as I finish that I plan to start A Court of Frost and Starlight right away. (Links go to book’s Goodreads page)

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  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – I have been dying to read this one ever since I finished ACOWAR.  I have missed Feyre, Rhys, and the others so much! I can’t wait to see what they are up to.
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara – I love reading true crime books so I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for months. My library’s hold list is so long and I couldn’t wait any longer so I recently bought a copy.
  • Lean on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – I adored Simon Vs. so when I found out she was writing a sequel about Leah, I knew I needed it.

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller – I really enjoyed Song of Achilles and I love mythology so I’ve been really looking forward to reading this one!
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Another one I’ve been waiting months to read. I wanted to let the hype die down a little bit before starting it for myself so I won’t have those opinions on my mind while reading.
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – If you know me then you know I love Jay Kristoff so having this one on my list is a no brainer!  I can’t wait for this to FINALLY be released!

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?

 

 

February 2018 TBR

Picture_20180203_224706655Hey everyone! After taking a long break from TBR lists, I decided that this month I felt like giving it a try again.  My goal is to read 8 books this month but I wanted to leave a little room for a couple spontaneous reads since I tend to be a mood reader.

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These are the books I am really hoping to read this month.  Most of them are ones that I’ve been putting off for no particular reason but am really excited to finally get into them.  Links go to Goodreads.

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I feel so behind on this series.  I loved the first 4 books but for whatever reason I ended up setting this one off to the side.  With the series ending this year I really want to get caught up with this one and Tower of Dawn.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I loved Truthwitch!! I wanted to wait until book 3 was released before I read Windwitch but the publication got pushed back and with the prequel coming out, I decided I was finally ready to start this one.
  • Blackbringer by Laini Taylor – This was a more recent edition to my collection.  After reading Strange the Dreamer last year and falling madly in love with it I have wanted to devour everything that Laini has ever written.  I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition sometime this month.
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I received this as a review copy through LibraryThing months ago but was in a weird place with how I felt towards review copies so I wanted to wait until I had a break from them before diving into this one because it sounds absolutely amazing.
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I had hoped to read this one closer to when I read and loved Mistborn but of course other things cropped up and this one got set to the side.  Kind of easy to do with how big my TBR is.

What books are on your TBR for this month if you make one?