December 2018 TBR

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The last month of 2018 is here! This year has been such a blur. I am usually not a fan of winter because of my commute, but since my commute has been essentially cut in half, I’ve decided to just embrace it and spend my time getting cozy reading books. I’ve been doing pretty well with my monthly TBRs lately so I’m going to continue trying and put out a stack of books that I would like to try and read this month. I’m still a mood reader though so I’m not expecting myself to stick to it if I don’t feel like it anymore.

I decided to go with a wintery theme for this month. One of the books doesn’t quite fit the theme but Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm raved about this book and sent it to me for my birthday so I want to read it ASAP! It sounds so amazing! Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

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  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • A Year in the Wilderness by Dave and Amy Freeman
  • Son of a Midnight Land by Atz Kilcher
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I am really excited to read all of these books!


What are you planning to read this month?

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November 2018 TBR

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My favorite month of the year has arrived! Fall is definitely in swing here which makes the perfect reading weather. My birthday is coming up on the 18th. And shortly after that, we have Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR except for last month when I read every single book and more on my October TBR. I was so excited that I even started planning my November TBR towards the end of the month. I know last month may have been a little bit of a fluke so I have one main goal this month. Finish the Throne of Glass series. Another bittersweet ending for me, like Muse of Nightmares was for me last month. The final book of Throne of Glass came out at the end of October and I’m a book behind in the series plus I still need to read the short story collection, The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve already started off the month reading Tower of Dawn and hopefully after I finish that, I will immediately start Kingdom of Ash. We will see what kind of mood I am in once I finish these massive books. For now, I have the following books on my list.

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  • Light Years by Kass Morgan
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I initially had more on my rough TBR list that I started putting together last month but I don’t want to get overwhelmed and end up not wanting to choose any of the books. So as always I will say that this is a loose TBR and I may choose to read other books not on this list as well. I am very excited to read each and every one of these books though.


What are you planning to read this month? Are you good at sticking to TBRs or do you just pick and choose as you go?

October 2018 Halloweenie TBR

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Happy October! One of my favorite months of the year! Autumn is my absolute favorite season and I love choosing my reads to fit the mood of this time of year. I am really excited about the books I’ve chosen to read this month, especially after getting hardly any time to read during September. I am ready to go!

First off, I plan to read Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. It releases tomorrow! I am completely obsessed with the first book, Strange the Dreamer, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the sequel. The title does kind of fit the theme for the month, too. The rest of the books I have chosen for the month all fit perfectly into the Halloweenie theme. Ghosts, witches, vampires, etc.

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There they are! And how cute are the Hocus Pocus Funkos?! I could not resist getting them! I watch Hocus Pocus annually around this time of year so I’m very excited to watch it, read it, and have these little guys. I LOVE that they even included Mary’s vacuum and Winifred’s classic mouth.

Have you read any of the books in my stack? What do you plan to 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!

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?