Bullet Journaling: A Bookworm’s Guide to Getting Started

Bullet journals have really grown in popularity in the past couple of years, and whenever I looked at those amazing pictures on instagram and pintrest, I would get so intimidated. I have no artistic talent, and no creativity, plus I’m a perfectionist. So basically, the worst combination for a bullet journaler. I never let myself try it, because I was so afraid I would be bad at it.

Well, in December 2018, I decided to try it anyways. No one else would know, but me, so if I failed spectacularly, only I would witness it.

I’ve been bullet journaling for about six months now, so I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned, and my advice for beginners. And since this is a book blog, I’ve also included pictures of some of my bookish spreads!

This will be an overview of sorts, so if you want specific tutorials on how I did any of these spreads, let me know!

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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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2019 in 12 Book Covers

Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers.

There is nothing better than a beautiful book with a beautiful cover to match, so I wanted to highlight some books that are coming out in 2019 (or already have) that have absolutely stunning covers. Admittedly, this is just an excuse for me to fangirl over some beautiful art, but maybe you’ll see something you love as well!

Now for some quick disclaimers. Naturally, this is all my opinion. Maybe there’s a cover I love that you hate, but I just want to shine a light on some of the gorgeous works of art that I know I’ll be wanting on my shelf.

Also, I’ll only be covering covers of books released from January 2019 – July 2019. A lot of later 2019 releases haven’t released covers yet, and I don’t want to miss some potentially gorgeous covers. So we’ll be doing the first half of the year in the post, and hopefully, later I’ll make a part 2 with the July – December releases!

I tried to find the cover artists for all of these amazing books, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find them all. If you know any of the artists I missed, please let me know so I can correct it!

Okay, let’s get started fangirling over books.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date:
1/15/2019
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy (Paris, 1889)
Cover Artist:

I love the entire color scheme. I can’t think of many green books, and this one is absolutely stunning!

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date:
1/29/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Billelis

This is a cover that gets better the longer you stare at it. There are so many details, and they become even more significant after you read the book.

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Release Date
: 1/15/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Cover Artist: Sara Pollard

I’m absolute trash for illustrated covers, and I loved how intricate this design is. There is so much detail, and all of it relates to the story itself.

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An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
Release Date
: 2/26/2019
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy (France, the reign of King Louis XIV)
Cover Artist:

Another beautifully illustrated cover. It was the colors and the elegance of this one that really stood out to me.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Release Date
: 4/2/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist:

I just really love this cover, and this book in general. The cover really matches the atmosphere of the book and is overall gorgeous.

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Release Date
: 4/2/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Feifei Ruan

Soooo this is absolutely stunning and I can’t stop staring at it. From the art style to the color scheme, it’s perfect and beautiful and I’m in love.

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Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Release Date
: 5/7/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Mark van Leeuwen
Design: Aurora Parlagreco and Jenna Stempel-Lobell

I just saw this book while getting all the covers saved to make this post and was blown away by the details in this design. I love the mosaic style used in the title, and the details in the design behind it.

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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Release Date
: 5/14/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Simon Prades (Typography: Erin Fitzsimmons)

Okay this post is just turning into me going on about color schemes and illustrations, BUT LOOK AT IT! That typography? Zafira’s cloak and hair caught in the wind? Gorgeous.

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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Release Date
: 5/14/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist:

Usually, I’m not a fan of people on covers, but just look at how beautiful this is! This cover is breathtaking, and I can’t wait for it to be published so I can actually hold it in my hands.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Release Date
: 6/4/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Charlie Bowater

Charlie Bowater can do no wrong. Any time I see a cover drawn by her, I immediately add the book to my TBR. It was Charlie’s cover on Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens that got me to pick it up and fall in love with her Margaret Rogerson’s writing, so I was so happy to see her work on Sorcery of Thorns!

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Release Date
: 7/9/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Tran Nguyen

This cover is just so pretty. I love the way the skirt of Maia’s dress fades into the background towards the bottom, I love the details in the fabric, and the beautiful color scheme!

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The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Release Date
: 7/9/2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Cover Artist: Tran Nguyen

I don’t really know what it is in particular with this cover that I love, but it is so stunning. Anthia’s expression just seems so intense, the amount of crows and the details on their wings is amazing, and I especially love the little crow sticking his beak into the “O” in the title. He’s adorable and he’s my favorite.

And that’s my list! Twelve 2019 releases with covers that I adore, and that I can’t wait to see on my shelf.

What’s your favorite book cover?

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: King of Scars absolutely blew me away. It was everything I wanted and more, and I don’t think I’ll be able to function normally until I can read the next book!

“The monster is me and I am the monster.”  

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January 2019 Wrap Up & Possible End of Reading Slump!

January started rough. I was in the middle of a horrible reading slump and just had no motivation to get through books, but I think it’s really turned around! I spent the last week and a half of the month rereading some favorites in preparation for one of my most anticipated books of the year! I think those rereads helped me get back into the reading habit and saved me from my slump (although if you want to hear about more tips to get out of a reading slump, I have a whole post about it).

Read more to see all the books I’ve read this month!

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Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Ruin and Rising is a spellbinding conclusion to an amazing and unique fantasy series.

“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”B

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Shadow and Bone is an amazing introduction to a fascinating world and complex characters that will take over your life. I’m serious. This series (and universe) will ruin you.

“‘Fine,’ he said with a weary shrug. ‘Make me your villain.’”

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Crooked Kingdom is the epic finale you never could have imagined. It is enthralling, earthshaking, and electrifying. You can’t miss this book.

“Sometimes, the only way to get justice is to take it for yourself.”

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Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Disclaimer: If you came here for a critical review of Six of Crows, I won’t be able to help you. I read this book back when it came out in 2015 and it has remained my favorite book of all time since then. This review is just an excuse for me to fangirl over it

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Six of Crows is a beautifully written, captivating heist novel with characters that will stick with you long after you close the pages.

“Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man.” 

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