Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Most of my weekend was cleaning house and getting ready for this winter storm that started this morning.  We’re supposed to get 12+ inches where I live.  Not looking forward to it. But anyways…  One of the things I did this weekend when I was cleaning was to tidy and dust my bookshelves.  And I had just enough light to take some photos.

20180120_12304420180120_123109These are only three of my bookshelves but they are the only ones that fit in our office space right now. Eventually when my parents move out, the whole room will be mine so I will be getting my full wall of shelves that I’ve always wanted.  I also took a few closeup shots of some of my favorite shelves.


My Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings shelf!  I have so many GoT Funkos that I ran out of room and had to move some to the shelf below it.  Same with LOTR.  The Balrog is also sitting on my desktop PC because it’s so big!


My lovely Laini Taylor shelf!  Definitely going to need more space for some Strange the Dreamer paperbacks and room for the sequel and any other book she writes in the future! And I am still so in love with my custom Karou funko from Cait @ A Page With A View (link to her Etsy shop here)!  She does great work on all her custom Funkos! I NEED to get the Alina and The Darkling Funkos that she has for my Leigh Bardugo shelf!


Eventually Leigh will need enough space for her own shelf completely but for now she shares with a couple of my other favorites – Susan Dennard and Mary E. Pearson!  Completely random placement for Meiko and Pocahontas, I know, but don’t really have anywhere else to put them at the moment haha.


I can’t wait to get the new shelves I want because I’m running out of room for my favorite authors! My Jay Kristoff shelf is going to be overflowing this year with LIFEL1K3, Obsidio, and hopefully Nevernight #3 coming out! Plus, I need the Godsgrave paperbacks when those release haha.

Coming up this weekend, Ethan and I are both taking Friday off work for our 6th wedding anniversary and heading up north!  I’m so excited to go back up and the weather is going to be great for this time of year.  I’m really looking forward to some time out in the fresh clean air and just relaxing for the weekend.

In book news, I’m currently reading The Cruel Prince and even though I didn’t get any reading done this weekend I am loving it! Target had it for 15% off on Cartwheel so I ended up picking up a copy on Friday after work.  I’m hoping to get up to a Barnes & Noble sometime soon to try and find a copy of their exclusive black cover edition.

I have a few ARCs in my pipeline as well.  I was recently invited to review three upcoming titles for Ballantine Books, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin’s Press.

32912154PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin (4/17/18) Ballantine Books

An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.

Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn’t believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn’t believe him.

Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won’t see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.

36347830SONG OF BLOOD & STONE by L. Penelope (5/1/18) St. Martin’s Press

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

35297405SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS by K. C. Archer (4/3/18) Simon & Schuster

An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.

Have any exciting reads that you’re planning or other exciting things in general?

Ever Changing Bookshelves: Part Two

Hey guys! I’m back for part two of my bookshelf tours!  In part one I had a basic overlook as to what my shelves looked like.  Today I’m going to go into more detail on one of my shelves including which books have been read and which I still need to read.  Each post for the rest of this series will go through my shelves one by one.

Part Two

To begin, we will start with one of my smaller shelves on the left side of my book wall.


I have read 21 out of the 48 books from this shelf, the majority of those being Colleen Hoover’s books.  Now let’s start from the top shelf and work our way down.



In the first photo you can see all of the books that are on that shelf.  And clearly I need a bookend but for now the wall keeps them from falling completely off the shelf haha.  This is basically my Jane Austen retelling shelf.  In the next photo the books you can see clearly are the books that I have read and the blurred books are the ones I still need to read.


This is quite obviously my Colleen Hoover shelf.  The only books that I have not read on this shelf are the three Never Never novellas that she wrote with her BFF Tarryn Fisher.  CoHo’s newest books comes out later this year so I’m going to have to find a new shelf that will fit them all when the time comes.  For now, they all fit perfectly here.


This shelf is a bit of a mixed bag.  We have non-fiction mixed with the ultimate fiction, fantasy.  I didn’t plan that at all so it’s kind of funny 🙂  And although I do love my fantasy, oddly enough the only books I have read on this shelf are three of the non-fictions!  I actually really love Jon Krakauer’s writing.


And the bottom shelf is completely full of books I haven’t read yet.  Looks like I better remedy that soon.  I especially want to read Big Little Lies before I watch the HBO series!

So that’s all for part two of my Ever Changing Bookshelves tour!  Have you read any of these books?




Ever Changing Bookshelves: Part One

As I have been working on my decluttering project, which is way more than a project if I’m being honest, I’ve been making room on my bookshelves and gradually working towards my goal of having all of my books in one room.  I’m very happy with what my shelves are like right now and the only thing that would make me happier was if I had all matching shelves 🙂

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done a full fledged bookshelf tour on the blog so that’s what I’m going to do.  I even went a step further than just a bookshelf tour.  I also edited the photos of each shelf to blur out the books that I have not read yet.  I thought it was a fun experiment to show myself just how many books I have that are unread without having them strictly on TBR shelves.  I like keeping my series and authors together so I just can’t see myself ever having just a TBR shelf.   Because I have 8 bookcases total this will be a series of posts.

Today is a general overview of my shelves and over the next few weeks I will post more in depth looks at each shelf.

20170315_143312This wall of shelves is in our office on the top floor of our house.  99.9% of these books are mine.  I do have 1 book on this shelf that is technically my husband’s but I keep it on my shelves because it’s a Star Wars book and goes with two of the Star Wars books that I have in my collection.  The hats in the upper right corner are also my husbands.  He collects different military memorabilia and at the moment we don’t have a better way of displaying them.


On this shelf, only about 45% of the books are mine.  The bottom shelf is mine with the exception of the 6 books on the right end.  The Star Wars Funko pops are mine but the rest of the Stormtroopers are my husbands.

20170315_143911This shelf holds all of my classics.  It used to be overflowing until I really thought about which classics I would actually be reading in the near future and which ones I would be just fine borrowing from the library instead.


My final shelf is the only one left on the main floor of our house.  This shelf (and a bit extended onto the shelf next to it) are my prized Outlander collection and part of my Wheel of Time collection.  I also have all of the WoT books in mass market but I have those in storage because there is no shelf space for them at this time.  The only book currently missing from my Outlander shelf is the trade paperback of An Echo in the Bone (book 7) because I am currently reading it.

That’s it for today! Stay tuned for part two next week!

Weekend Update

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was my first weekend home after a month so it was nice to just kick back and relax.  On Saturday I got together with one of my friends and we went to see The Shallows.  On Sunday Ethan and I went to see Star Trek: Beyond!  Other than that, I was home and relaxing with my books.  I finished reading The Song of Achilles.  It was really good but I think some of the hype made me expect something more than what it was for me.  It did put me in the mood to watch Troy so that is what I did Friday night.

On Saturday after I got home from hanging out with  my friend, I sat down to watch some Friends episodes and put together a collage with a bunch of the stickers I had purchased from RedBubble.  So many awesome stickers and I wasn’t really sure what to do with them at first.  I love how it turned out and it looks awesome hanging in my part of our office.  It incorporates a lot of my favorite things all in one spot.


I also tried and majorly failed to start this ARC I had received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  I couldn’t even finish the entire first page!  It is such a bizarrely written book and I just couldn’t take it.  So instead, I decided to move on to the next book in my July TBR pile.  I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for so I decided to grab the shortest one out of the pile so I could for sure finish it by the end of the month.  That one happened to be Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.


Look how gorgeous that cover is!  I’m now only about a quarter of the way through it but I am completely enthralled.

Last night I got an urge to do a little bookshelf rearranging so I started on my living room shelf which houses a lot of my favorite YA (and a few adult).  Next to this bookshelf I have a huge TBR pile that I have to keep on the floor because I have zero space left on the shelves in my house.  I started out with these few shelves looking like this…


Excuse the dark bottom right corner.  Our subwoofer covers part of the shelf and blocks the light there. These are the main three shelves that ended up changing.  Not much changed in the top two shelves.


Jay Kristoff is becoming one of my new favorite authors so I wanted to make room on this shelf for my growing collection of his books.  I have two copies of Nevernight preordered (a US and UK limited edition) and then Gemina also which comes out later this fall.  I don’t think I was able to clear enough space for all three books so there will be some changes made to these shelves again.


I debated leaving the space open until the books arrive but that will still be a week at least so for now I filled in the space with some other books.

I moved around some of the other shelves to fill in some spots and move others to the TBR pile on the floor.  After all was said and done, I really like how it turned out.  Here is the rearranged TBR pile on the side of the bookshelf.


And here are the rest of the shelves working my way from the bottom to the top.



The only thing different about the shelf with Draco, Snap, Dobby, Neville, and Dumbledore is that I moved Illuminae to the next shelf to create a Jay Kristoff niche and put Truthwitch in its place.


The only thing different in this shelf, which happens to be the top shelf of the bookcase is that I moved And I Darken by Kiersten White to the bottom shelf, and moved Lost Stars by Claudia Gray to the 3rd shelf and put The Crown’s Game in its place.

Among the TBR pile on the floor I had a few Jane Austen spin-offs/what ifs/retellings so I decided to take those out and keep them all together with others I had on the bottom shelf of our TV season shelf.


I love seeing them all together in one place!  I have only read a few of these so I am really looking forward to reading the rest and adding more to my collection.

Overall I am very happy with how this rearrange project ended up.  I am a little worried about how I am going to accommodate new releases, especially when they are part of a series I already have.  But I will deal with that when the time comes.  Adding in Empire of Storms and Crooked Kingdom later this fall is going to be an interesting dilemma 🙂

So that was my weekend.  How was yours?





Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition

Hi, I’m Maren and I am a book hoarder.  I think there comes a time in every bookworm’s life when their book collection gets a little out of control.  Well, my collection has gotten BEYOND that point and I feel completely overwhelmed by it. I am without a doubt, a book hoarder. I have my TBR books mixed in with books I have read so when I look at my shelves, and the other random places I keep books, I just don’t even know where to begin.  Trying to figure out what to read next is always a lengthy process because there are just too many unread books that I want to read in my collection.  I ran out of space a long time ago so I have books on window seats and stacked in piles next to my bookshelves.  I have decided to make the hard decision of culling my books down to a more manageable collection.  My husband and I have been making plans to sell our house and buy something bigger next year so I want to have less stuff in general to move when we do.  Packing up and moving nearly 900 books (not including duplicates I collect) is not exactly my idea of a fun time.  While I love my messy book collection, I just don’t have the room for it anymore.

The Current Collection (in all it’s glorious mess):

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The Stats (which can also be seen here):

Total # of Physical Books: 849

Total # Unread Physical Books: 509 (59.95%)

The Plan:

  • Go to each shelf and look at every single book and ask myself  if I will actually read this book (or reread if it has already been read).
  • Make a note of which books are leaving the collection permanently to remove from my Home Library spreadsheet.
  • Decide whether these books will be sold or donated.
  • Once I have gone through all the books, fill in empty space on shelves with books from the floor and/or window seats.

My Hopes:

  • Have an easier time deciding what to read instead of wasting my time staring at my shelves.
  • Utilizing my local library more rather than buying a bunch of books I may not end up liking.  Ultimate goal here = saving money.
  • Still have a big, beautiful collection of books but not feel guilty about the number of unread books that make up the majority of said collection.

I don’t know how long this plan will take.  I would say at least a week but probably more.  I don’t want to short circuit my brain so I think I will tackle one normal bookcase at a time.  The smaller ones I will group together to equal a larger bookcase.   So far I already have a bag and a box which I plan to sell and/or donate.


I have not yet taken them out of my Home Library spreadsheet so those will be included in the final tally of the books that I got rid of.

Stay tuned for an update post on the books I chose to remove from my collection.

Are you a book hoarder like me?  Have you read less than 50% of the books you own?