No matter what type of reader you are, you generally have a spot (or a few) that you love reading in more than most. Sometimes, like me, you can pretty much read anywhere your heart desires. Standing, upside down, working out (okay, I tried that and got motion sickness…blech 🤢), on your back, on your stomach and so on and so forth.

Even if you can do that, there may be a spot you retreat to to enjoy your books. Mine happens to be a corner of my room. Since my entire book collection is in my bedroom, I don’t have much space for anything else. I love my little book nook, it gives me comfort to look at it…if only I used it.

I think Circe gets more use out of it than I do. She certainly likes to claw on the chair. I’d set this up so I could sit in my room and read and not kill my back in my bed (hahahaha) but somehow my chair always ends up occupied with several things:

  1. My clothes. Clean and dirty both seem to get dumped into that chair.
  2. Books…I drop books on it!
  3. Bookstagram props tend to go here as well…

I’ve yet to find a perfect solution to the fact I never get to use my chair because I’m so busy filling it with other things. Sometimes my depression makes it hard to focus and keep things picked up, but I try because it really is comfortable to read in. Last winter I sipped tea or hot chocolate in that chair. It was so pleasant! I’d like to go back to that.

I also have my little TBR cart next to the side. It makes a good place to stash all my extraneous things. I also have a fuzzy rug which I and Circe both love.

Things I hope to add to it in the future include:

  1. a little chandelier so I can read at night. Right now I don’t really have a good lamp to read with…so then I end up in my bed again!
  2. an ottoman to prop my feet up on. have yet to find one I love.

For those of you who have book nooks, how do you utilize them? Do you find you have trouble keeping them clean? What do you like or not like about them? What accents are must haves?

Hi all! First off, thanks to Ellie of Eleanor Sophie Writes who tagged me to do the Fellowship of the Ring book tag! I’m so stoked to do this. I apologize it took me so long!

Gandalf – A book that taught you something

Ooof. I guess it depends on what “taught” means. Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series taught me girls could be fierce fighters as well as loveable. As far as something more educational? Probably some of the ancient Greek Historians!

Frodo – A book that left a mark on you

It’s cheesy, but I always loved reading. The Elenium trilogy by David Eddings comes to mind as does Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels. I read both of them in middle school and they are two VERY different types of fantasy, but they left an indelible mark on me, and I totally know why I read the things I do to this day — it’s because of books like those. (Same for Tamora Pierce and Meg Cabot tbh).

Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting

See, okay. I finish most books in one sitting. So this is a bit…of an irrelevant question for me.

Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship

…can I same Gimli and Legolas? Haha! But in all seriousness I think that the group in The Raven Cycle is an unlikely friendship.

Merry – A book that pleasantly surprised you

I’ll admit to the fact that Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly pleasantly surprised me. I read it through the library then went and immediately bought myself a copy. I loved it. Also, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

Pippin – A book that made you laugh

So, the Crave series chapter titles never fail to make me laugh. Red, White and Royal Blue too.

Boromir – A book/series that you think ended too soon

Any of Margaret Rogerson’s standalones, An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns . So good! I want more!

Sam – A book with memorable side characters who stole the show

All of SJM’s side characters to be honest!

Aragorn – A good book with a bad/average cover

They’re not horrible, but The Queen’s Rising and The Queen’s Resistance have nice covers, but they’re just average looking. The books are five star reads.

Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end

Hah! Sadly, lots. I just wrote a whole blog post about disappointing sequels this year , but aside from that Elantris. Didn’t like it AT ALL.

I’m tagging all you who read this and want to do it!

A Year In…Sequels

Welcome, welcome. This particular “A Year In” is dedicated to sequels. There were quite a few sequels out this year, which is always exciting. And it is only May, which means there are more yet to come. This post discusses the sequels I have read so far this year in hopes of finding out if I have any desire to read the remaining series, or give them a second chance.

The term sequels is for second books and beyond. So third and fourth books apply in this category of sequels as well. Now, down to business!

Not yet released…sequels

I’m going to start off with an easy section. Books that aren’t out yet and that I intend to read.

  • Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow#3) – Rainbow Rowell
  • A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2) – Roseanne A Brown
  • The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) – Roshani Chokshi
  • Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2) – TJ Klune
  • Girls of Fate and Fury (Girls of Paper and Fire #3) – Natasha Ngan
  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #8) – Diana Gabaldon
  • Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove #3) – Shelby Mahurin
  • The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) – Kerri Maniscalco
  • Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) – Chloe Gong
  • Redemptor (Raybearer #2) – Jordan Ifueko
  • Rising Like a Storm (The Wrath of Ambar #2) – Tanaz Bhathena
  • The Seventh Queen (Warrior Witch #2) – Greta Kelly
  • Untethered (Shielded #2) – Kaylynn Flanders
  • Witchshadow (The Witchlands #4) – Susan Dennard

A long list…and I’m sure I forgot some as well. These all come out in the year 2021!

The Ones That are out…that I haven’t read

I have a bunch that are out…that I haven’t read yet.

  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) – Kathryn Purdie
  • The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) – R.F. Kuang
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones (From Blood and Ash #3) – Jennifer L Armentrout
  • The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen Trilogy #2) – Signe Pike
  • Grace & Glory (The Harbinger #3) – Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2) – Zoraida Cordova
  • The Memory of Souls (A Chorus of Dragons #3) – Jenn Lyons
  • Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Soul of Cinder (Heart of Thorns #3) – Bree Barton
  • Stormbreak (Seafire #3) – Natalie Parker

Yeah…I’m a little behind.

And now…onto the main event!

The ones I’ve read so far…

Let me preface by saying I always seem to have issues with sequels…generally speaking. But this year really took a toll on me in terms of sequels. The majority of them I did not enjoy.

Ones I didn’t Like as Much as the Original

  • All The Tides of Fate – just this one…was lackluster. It was mostly boring for me and I struggled with the ending. I didn’t feel like the ending made sense in the grand scheme of things. Especially since it was so focused on queenship. It just felt off and odd to me. Overall just not that good.
  • Bitterblue – I like Graceling so much more. I honestly don’t have much to say on this one.
  • A Queen of Gilded Horns – while I tend to mostly fall on the side of I like this, I did have a few problems. I felt it wasn’t overall as strong as book 1, but I did like the addition of Isa’s POV.
  • The Queen Will Betray You – yeah, it was cute. A firm cuteness level, although I don’t think I liked it as much as book 1!
  • Red Tigress – the first was GOOD. This one just left a meh kind of taste in my mouth. I felt it was too long and mostly with nothing happening.
  • Rule of Wolves – oh, Bardugo! Why??? Like your rep in this book was GOOD. But I ABHOR Nina’s storyline and relationship in this. I felt it was too sudden and intense after Matthias. I am team Nina/Matthias and anything else is unacceptable to me. Also it was just…again I felt too much going on in this book. I did love Zoya and Nikolai though.
  • Steeltide – I feel like this was very much a midseries book, that went on too long and I just didn’t love.
  • To Love and To Loathe – eh. Again, just not as strong as the original.
  • A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Lia Mara and Gray remain the best along with Harper and Jake and Nate and Tycho. I like everyone but Rhen. Not overly compelling as a final novel, I was satisfied with the end.

Ones I Really Enjoyed

  • A Court of Silver Flames – what hasn’t already been said about this book? I love Nesta and Cassian and the new women in this!
  • A Sky Beyond the Storm – SUCH a satisfying conclusion to this series overall…although I did cry a bit.
  • As The Shadow Rises – honestly, while this has three stars I did enjoy it! I am excited for book 3
  • Chain of Iron – usually I don’t like Clare’s sequels. But this was just as good as the first book. Except the ending.
  • Covet – any surprise here? Covet was SO DAMN good.
  • Fire – a GREAT sequel. Fire was more a prequel, but I LOVED it so much.
  • Namesake – UGH SO GOOD. This book was delightful.
  • The Queen’s Weapons – another Black Jewel’s novel? HECK YES. This was almost as good as the originals.

in the end…

Okay, so it’s about half and half with sequels this year so far. Suffice to say I’m nervous about the remaining year. About November or December I’ll do a second one of these addressing the sequels that have been published since!

Links to My Goodreads:

Unpublished Books List

To-Read

What about you?

Updating my Goodreads gives me pleasure; although not so much organizing it. I haven’t done this in a hot minute, but I wanted to go through everything on my Goodreads shelf and see what I could remove, add or reorganize. I often put books on there I’m interested in reading, forget about them and when I go back realize I’m no longer interested in them. As of right now I have 46 books on my want to read shelf and 47 on my to read unpublished shelf. I’ll be going through both of those first.

For those curious this is my profile.

I’ve been thinking of starting the Goodreads Monday again. The last time I participated it was last May (May 2020).

Updating My to-read shelf

I removed:

  • Fangirl, the manga. – I just wasn’t interested in reading this adaption.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – honestly, love Schwab, but I keep going to read this book and just…not. So it’s time to go I think.
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – with this going out of print, I know I’m not going to buying or reading this anytime soon, so off it goes
  • Radiance by Grace Draven – no longer interested.
  • Famine by Laura Thalassa – I’m never going to finish this series, so away it goes
  • Wings of Fury by Emily R King – supposedly this has everything I like. But…just not feeling it anymore.
  • The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – just don’t think I’m going to enjoy this one
  • Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera – I didn’t love the first book enough to continue on with the series

Updating My To Read Unpublished shelf

  • None because I want to read everything

I was going so well until I got to the unpublished section…and yet here we are. I got rid of eight books off my list, which I will consider a success. Do I wish I had gotten rid of more? Yes, I do. I had around 50 want to read books on there and I’m down to 40 something now. I have 49 to read unpublished ones as well. Soon, there will be more in my normal TBR shelf because as books are published they go from the exclusive unpublished shelf to the regular one.

So…was it a success?

Eh. Yes and no. I’ll try again later at some point.

Hello all! Welcome to my new blog post on book box subscriptions! I’ve been wanting to put something together for awhile, but I needed some more time to try the boxes and get a feel for what they were offering. I’ve compiled my thoughts on the boxes I have gotten here. These are just personal opinions, so YMMV.


image of fairyloot january box
January 2021 Fairyloot

Quick Overview of Book Box Subscriptions

This is a quick overview of the book box subscriptions I’ve received.

Owlcrate:

  • 2019
    • August 2019: Storms & Seas
    • September 2019: Fear the Night
    • October 2019: Dawn of a New World
    • November 2019: Through the Enchanted Forest
    • December 2019: Tales of Trickery
  • 2020
    • May 2020: Rebels with a Cause
    • July 2020: Date with Destiny
    • August 2020: Written in the Stars
    • September 2020: A Glorious Haunting
    • October 2020: Legends & Lore
    • November 2020: Growing Wild
  • Other
    • Call Down the Hawk Special Edition Box
    • Addie LaRue Special Edition Box
addie larue owlcrate box
Addie LaRue Owlcrate Special Edition Box

Fairyloot

  • 2019
    • December 2019: Defying the Odds
  • 2020
    • February 2020: Rulebreakers
    • March 2020: Break the Curse
    • November 2020: Enemies to Lovers
    • December 2020: Thick as Thieves
  • 2021
    • January 2021: Greek Mythology
december 2020 fairyloot box
December 2020 Fairyloot Box

Litjoy

  • 2020
    • June 2020: Mythical Gods
    • July 2020: As You Wish
    • August 2020: Elemental Magic
litjoy june 2020 box
June 2020 Litjoy Box

Bookish Box

  • 2020
    • September 2020: Thick as Thieves (no book)
    • December 2020: Winter Solstice (no book)
bookish box september 2020
September 2020 Bookish Box (no book)

Overall Thoughts on Box Subscriptions

I’ve gotten 20+ boxes overall, mostly Owlcrate at this moment.

Overall, I do have a preference. Despite the fact that I’ve only gotten six Fairyloot boxes I prefer it. Bookish Box is a close second. Owlcrate and Litjoy are tied. I really enjoyed Owlcrate in 2019 — however overall this year all the boxes landed rather flat for me. I did enjoy some of the cover changes, but overall I didn’t particularly really like any of the items in there. They went useful…almost too useful. For example, July and August I didn’t like at all. I thought the books were both gorgeous, but the office supply items weren’t for me. I liked September a little better, and then we had October…which was very lackluster for me again. The bowl cozy was a pretty item. November was a little bit better. I think the box was well designed, but once more, most of it wasn’t for me.

october 2020 owlcrate
October 2020 OwlCrate

Variety

I feel like Owlcrate lost a lot of variety this year. They went from items about fandoms to “inspired by” and these items are apparently procured off of Amazon or Wish. Or at least it feels that way. And there’s nothing wrong with it, but there was so much of it, and those items I didn’t enjoy.

Whereas Bookish Box has similar things to that. However, they’re items I’d use. (see: jewelry). Again, this is very personal preference. I know some people HATE the Bookish Box jewelry, but I love it.

Litjoy was a very mixed bag for me, but overall I moderately enjoyed their items. I wasn’t a huge fan of their books, but with their new YA quarterly subscription I’m going to give them another chance! Whenever they have a theme I’m interested in at least.

Fairyloot seems to have the right mix of items for me. They also all feel fandom oriented and I really like that.

litjoy july 2020
Litjoy July 2020

Shipping

I will admit Bookish Box shipping is…slow. Very slow. But I have liked what I’ve gotten. I’ll be getting the April 2021 box, so I’ll be excited to see if my opinions change.

Fairyloot has alternately used Fedex and UPS. I much prefer UPS because my boxes seem to come intact. The others use USPS which is just fine!

may 2020 owlcrate
May 2020 Owlcrate

Book Reviews of Books Featured Here

Past Boxes

I will admit I don’t have pictures of everything. But here is a gallery of photos! Click images to enlarge to see fully.

It is January 2021. Which is so freaking WEIRD to type. Honestly, I can’t even wrap my head around this. I’m hoping 2021 brings me new and better things than this year does!

I saw that Dini had done this, and so I decided that I wanted to give it a try as well. This was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

This page looks long…but it has a lot of images!

Anyways, I suppose you want to get to the meat of this post!!

2020 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: 407
Number of Re-reads: 16
Genre You Read the Most From: YA/Fantasy/Historical Fiction

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

This one is really tough — I had two top books of the year, so I’ll divide it into Adult/Young Adult.

The adult book is…..From Blood and Ash. I just fell in love with Poppy & this world.

And the young adult book is…Crush!

I just absolutely loved this book. It destroyed me in the best way!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’ve got two for this…the first was an ARC I thought would be 100% totally for me. And the writing just ended up falling so FLAT and juvenile that I didn’t like it. You can read my review here.

The second book that fell flat to me was Scavenge the Stars. I picked up the OC version in my used bookstore, and just…it didn’t do it for me. I don’t think I even posted a review of it on my site. You can read my GR review here.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I seriously got into Regency Romance this past summer and did not expect to love it as much as I did. This one really surprised me and made me absolutely devour more books. I was so delighted to see it come to screen last month!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Probably Kingdom of the Wicked or Mexican Gothic! Read my reviews of them here (KOTW) and here (MG).

 5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?

Best series:

Any of the JLA book series I started this year! As well as Raybearer and A Song of Wraiths and Ruin.

Best sequel:
This should come as no surprise…but Crush was definitely the best sequel.

Best series ender:

One of two Ember Queen (review) or The Faithless Hawk (review). Both were excellent book conclusions!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

Anything by Jennifer L Armentrout. Holy!!! I am now obsessed with her stuff!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I generally don’t like Sci-Fi or dystopian, but Samantha Shannon does such a great job with The Bone Season and I absolutely love it.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

This book had SO MUCH going on, but I was obsessed with it and I read it in one sitting! Super excited for book 2! It was thrilling and action packed!

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The House in the Cerulean Sea.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

That is difficult, so here is a compilation of covers I adored.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

Poppy or Addie for me!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

That’s going to be Addie LaRue or The House in the Cerulean Sea.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

This and Stamped (YA Version) were excellent reads this year.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

It’s out there, but I couldn’t believe I didn’t read The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black before now. I guess I worried it wouldn’t be as good as TFOTA series.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

From Blood & Ash: “Nothing is ever simple. And when it is, it’s rarely every worth it.”

House in the Cerulean Sea: “We should always make time for the things we like. If we don’t, we might forget how to be happy.”

Addie LaRue: “Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives–or to find strength in a very long one.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Yeah, these two were both shocking!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The family-ness of this. It’s SO SWEET.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Big surprise, haha.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

I don’t really do crushes…but maybe Hawke?

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

I’m not picking one. I’m picking a few.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m picking The Dark Elements series, because I felt it was REALLY vivid for me!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

No contest. This one.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This was super adorable, and I am not normally a contemporary fan! Read my review.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

One part in this book absolutely destroyed me.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

Gideon the Ninth was so weird…but good…and unique. IDK even know now.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

FFFFF. Probably this one because I liked it up till the last like 10 pages and then it made me MAD.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

Hmmm….I feel like I discovered a few. But uh, yeah. I don’t remember if it was in 2020 or not. Let’s just say I discovered booktube this year.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

I quite love my Evolution of Bookshelves post. It makes me remember how much I love collecting!

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I really like this one.

But I also really like this one:

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I went to a few YALLWEST and YALLFEST panels.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

I hit 3k on IG this year! So that was really exciting!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Consistency. Between Covid, work and grad school I got thrown off my rhythm.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My evolution of bookshelves.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

None, because I did not update much this year.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Booktube. It was booktube.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I hit 400 books this year!!!!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

None!!! 🙂

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

A Court of Silver Flames? A Crown of Gilded Bones.

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Sweet & Bitter Magic, There Hollow Vows atm.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

I don’t know if any of the series I’m reading end next year!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

Get organized, get to 5k on bookstagram and post regularly on my blog and booktube.

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Down Comes the Night! It was excellent!

Thank you for sticking with me until the end! How did your year stack up? What do you want to read next year?

There is just something about book covers…you are drawn to them (or not) and so I have compiled a list of some of my favorite 2021 book covers. This list is not extensive, and I’ll probably do a second round later!

These are in no order.

I love how creepy this cover is. I also love the inverted city on the bottom. Feels very LOTR like.
I love the colors and art work in here. It’s just so beautiful. I also love the clasped hands.
The colors and text are just divine on this. I love the geometric pattern in the background with the two faces centered on top.
Honestly this cover is just fierce and I love it.
This may be better than the first cover. I love the colors and her expression is perfect.
This book just has GORGEOUS colors and I love the expressions and the notepaper everywhere.
I love the movement and colors in this one.
So eerie and beautiful. This is just…so lovely and enchanting too.
I’m a simple person. I love this cover. It pleases me.
I love Kova’s covers. I just love the whole aesthetic appeal of this.
I loved the original cover, but this one is lovely as well! I love how…IDK how to describe it. I just love it.
I just love how the tree and wolves are almost like etchings on here.

What are your favorite covers? Are there some I should look at? Let me know in the comments!

(Or, How Can You Afford To?)

Every so often I get asked this question, mostly because my collection grows at quite an insane rate. But about 90% of the time I am not buying these books full price. I price stalk all stores and wait for coupons until I can get the best deals. Honestly, most of my books that are new come from Book Boxes (Owlcrate previously, Fairyloot, Litjoy previously) and the occasional preorder for preorder goodies or a signed edition. That’s when I buy new books. I also tend to buy through either Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million (depending on which one I am a cardholder for currently).

So…where do I get my used books?

  1. The top place I get my used books is my “local” (see: hour away) used bookstore. They’ve recently started putting everything online. I create a wishlist with all the books I want, and watch until they come into stock then I nab them! Alternatively, since they don’t ship, sometimes some books don’t get put online and I happen to browse and score amazing books. (Star Touched Queen, signed copy of Blood Heir). This is my number one place to acquire used books.
  2. My Local Library is another place I have gotten used books. Sometimes they’re withdrawn library copies, and other times they’re donated. If they’re withdrawn library copies I dissemble them and make them pretty again. I remove the barcode and spine labels on them all. You never know what you’ll find!
  3. Amazon Marketplace is where I also locate used books. HPB and several other large services use Amazon as a way to sell used or gently used books. I have obtained quite a few this way.
  4. E-Bay may be surprising, but I’ve gotten one or two good books this way!
  5. Thriftbooks has been hit and miss for me, but I do like them. I got a good deal on some old mass market paperbacks that I was looking for.

Those are the five ways I’ve picked up most of my used books. What about books that are overstock?

  1. Formerly, Book Outlet. I’ve gotten quite a few good deals from them. There were some very insensitive incidents with them earlier this year and they did issue an apology as well, so be aware of that if you would like to purchase with them.
  2. Books-A-Million bargain bin. Yep. BAM has an amazing bargain bin. I have found many one off books I’ve been looking for both online and in store. Honestly, I love it.
  3. Local Used Bookstore has some as well. They’re more expensive than their used copies, but I’ve found some good bargain books there as well.

So when I’m averaging $3-$10 a book, it makes a huge difference. I can buy double the amount of books.

Hello my friends! Today I am going to take you on a journey over a years time…a long journey…a journey of discovery…mostly. You don’t have to go anywhere, you just have to put up with pictures. And some text. But this is a blog post talking about how quickly I got out of control in terms of book collecting in a little over a year! (And how I’m attempting to reign it in.)

July 2019…I was just beginning this journey. It was a small shelf then. I had a few books, but not many.

August 2019 wasn’t much different, still only a few books. It wouldn’t be until I got my first OwlCrate that I developed a collecting bug.

September 2019…I painted a new shelf. I loved it! It was bigger and better than my old one! I was also prepared for Spooky season! I could not wait!

October 2019 had A LOT of changes in it. Far too many, but part one looked thus! Two full shelves! Lots of great books! All rainbow ordered (when it was easy!)

Part 2 turned into this…more books, but just a few.

Then came a little later in October…and all the shelves were full! I was making use of my local used bookstore and of BAM’s bargain bin! Love them both!

Then this was the last change in October of 2019…I got myself a target shelf. And some more books. So my collection had drown! It was still looking lovely and had plenty of room to grow.

November came and I got myself a second shelf. YALLfest had been good to me, and I had more books than ever before. It was lovely to feel that my collection was growing. I was starting to feel like a part of the community.

January 2020. No pictures for December as I apparently didn’t take many? Also, apparently it didn’t change a lot. We then move onto having moreeee books. I was getting addicted to book buying. But it was fun!!!

February came, and again, very little changes other than some more books. It wasn’t anything hugely different to be honest.

March I started actually decorating the shelves more. The HP set (and funkos) gifted to me moved to make room for my sign. I added more shelf decorations. At this point they were still organized by color.

When Covid hit in March we were only working Mon-Thurs. So one weekend late March we repainted my room, and I moved my 2 shelves together and stacked all the books up. No longer by color. I loved the corner shelves!

April 2020 I went and got a third shelf. I was really enjoying the look of them together. It really appealed to me.

June 2020. No May pictures as nothing changed. In June I added a fourth shelf! It was starting to look really good and I was happy with it!

July 2020. In which I acquire a fifth shelf. They are slowly taking over my room — the only space I have for bookshelves.

August 2020 I added a sixth shelf. Lots more space! Lots of good books!

Right now, I have space for one more shelf and that’s it. But it is all good because I can stack books on the shelves I have, and take up unused space. I have started buying less books in general, and buying more used.

It’s really interesting to see how my shelves evolved over a year. In another year they probably won’t have changed much, except for maybe order. Recently, I started thinking about arranging them by rainbow again, which I may do.

(a.k.a. the ones I was sobbing during)

So, I decided not too long ago that there are some sad books that I absolutely adore, and now I feel the need to inflict them upon you all. So here are my top four books that made me cry.

Most of these are last books in the series, but I promise I will not give any spoilers!

#4: Clockwork Princess

We all know Clare is hit and miss for me, but this book made me cry! I enjoyed this series, and felt the ending was satisfying. Doesn’t mean I wasn’t sad for a few days after though.

#3: Night of the Dragon

We just aren’t talking about this one — I did cry. However, I love the aspects of hope Kagawa inserts into this series, and overall, I did (mostly) appreciate the end. I went into shock with this one. I still haven’t recovered.

#2: Magic’s Price

This is an older series, but is still really good. I mean the whole series was fairly dark and sad. The final book, this one…was heart wrenching. I wanted to scream reading it. *cue ugly crying* The first time I read this I just lost it and screamed and threw my pillow across the room.

#1: Song of Achilles

Is it really any surprise what is number one on this list? I have repeatedly talked about how this one crushed and stomped on my heart DESPITE my knowing the actual myth. I mean, really, how hard could it actually hit? Hard. I still ugly sob every time I read this book. I pretty much end up in this ball on my bed bawling my eyes out.

So…what books make you sad/cry? I want to know!