Bookshelf Tour + Organization Tips

Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.

Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.

One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.

I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.


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Top 10 Best 2018 Releases (So Far)

There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, so far. Obviously, I haven’t been able to read them all, but I still wanted to talk about some of my favorites!  There are a few I haven’t quite gotten to yet (A Reaper At The Gates) so don’t think they’re not on this list because I hated them. I just haven’t had the time to read them (or I’m really afraid to read them, like with Reaper. Please Sabaa don’t hurt these characters anymore they need a break!) Also, I’m not including any books being released after June, I’ll make a different list in December or January covering all of those releases.

Okay on with the top ten!

Sidenote: I’m extremely indecisive so they aren’t in any particular order, with the exception of the first three probably being my top 3 reads this year. 

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824This series. I remember reading ACOTAR for the first time back in 2015 and falling in love with the world and the characters. I still adore it now, 3 years later.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters:
5/5
Setting:
5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes:
4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor:
5/5 
Review in a Nutshell: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breathtaking fantasy that will immerse you in a beautiful yet cruel world, with characters sure to stick with you and quotes that will stay in your mind for years.

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

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May 2018 Wrap-Up

Another 10 books read! Honestly, I feel like my reading slump is going nowhere which sucks. But I did read 3 of the 5 books on my May TBR so I’m happy! Two books were rereads though, so I do wish I read a bit more.

Bold titles have reviews, click the rating to check it out!

1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Reread) ||  5/5 Stars
2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Reread)  ||  4.9/5 Stars
3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas  || 4.8/5 Stars
4. Allied by Amy Tintera  ||  4/5 Stars
5. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne  ||  3.5/5 Stars
6. Yumi by Renee Ahdieh  ||   5/5 Stars
7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  ||   5/5 Stars
8. Royals by Rachel Hawkins  ||   3.5/5 Stars
9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett  || 4/5 Stars
10. The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh  ||   4/5 Stars

What books did you read this month?

Check out last months wrap up, my most anticipated June releases, or my June TBR!

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell:
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a fluffy, quick read that sets up the next book in the universe while also just making my day 10000% brighter.

“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”

 

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Most Anticipated May 2018 Releases

Most Anticipated May Releases

May is a crazy month. There are so many insane book releases that I’m dying for! So, naturally, I want to talk about them all. Since there are so many, I won’t talk about them too much, but I will include links to their Goodreads pages if you want to learn more!

So here are 16 highly anticipated YA releases of May 2018!

Read more for release dates, titles, and synopsis!

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May 2018 TBR

So… I may not have done too well on my April TBR, but this month I’ll make up for it! (check out my April Wrap Up!) May is a crazy month for releases, but hopefully my horrible reading slump is ending and I’ll actually be able to get to them.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Allied by Amy Tintera
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

What are you most excited to read this month?

Also, check out my most anticipated May releases!

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

To avoid spoilers for the first book, I won’t be going into detail on the plot of this series. That said, here is a link to my review of the first book! As you probably know, I’m a die-hard ACOTAR fan, but I will say ACOWAR was my least favorite in the series (-note from the future- that title has now been granted to ACOFAS-). However, that really doesn’t say much because I love this series so much.

Overall: 4.9/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Would you recommend this book to fans of the first? Yes

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Click here to see my review of the first book!

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Would you recommend this book to fans of the first? Yes!

“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered”

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