Discussion: The Perfect Reading Space

Molly from Arhaus, a company that sells furniture, contacted me last week asking if I would be interested in making a post about my ideal reading space. This came at a good time as I recently mentioned that I was wanting to create an area specifically for reading in my bedroom. The pieces on the website are beautiful! There are a lot of things that appeal to my style, a bit traditional with some shabby chic and international inspirations. I chose a few items that, if I had an unlimited budget, I would love to have. The items are above my personal budget, but it was nice to look around for some inspiration.


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I chose, of course, a bookcase, a chair where I could stretch my legs, an ottoman, and some paintings. I’m a fan of grey, but I realized that some color is necessary and I love the flowers in these pictures. They would go perfectly with my ever-growing house plant collection. A blanket of some sort would also be nice. I like that Arhaus has some faux fur throws. Again, I love grey and I tend to gravitate toward grey throws the most. I’m using one right now. I have to mention, though, that this bookcase has hidden compartments. Not sure what I would use them for, but it seems useful. They also have some lighting which is something else I need to look into for my reading space.

Thanks to Molly for contacting me! I enjoyed looking around. It got me more into the mood to think about what exactly I am wanting to do with my own reading space.

What about you? Are you more of a traditional person when it comes to furniture or would you go for a modern style? Or something else altogether.

 

Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

I saw this tag on The Sassy Book Geek and I realized that I haven’t done a wrap-up post for the first half of the year. This was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjane on YouTube. There are 15 questions and I like that it makes you think about what you’ve read. I actually did this last year as well, so it’s definitely interesting to see the books there that I still haven’t read… but that gives me more motivation. At this point in the year, I have read 15 books and my Goodreads goal is 30.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

 

 

Atonement by Ian McEwan
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

This has to be a tie between Atonement and Crown of Midnight. They both broke my hear in different ways, but for similar reasons, and I love the way both were written. For being two completely different books, I love that there are some similarities between them that makes them such emotional reads.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

When I finished Throne of Glass, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be continuing with the series right away, but I ended up reading the second book immediately and it solidified that I have to continue reading the series.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I mentioned this in Wednesday’s post as a book I want to read this summer.

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Discussion: My Favorite Female Book Characters

I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time, but it took me a while to figure out how exactly I wanted to do it. I did a little research by reading other blog posts to get some ideas and to see if there were any tags. There are some tags, but I decided a good old-fashioned list would be the best way to go because, hey, I love a list. And I thought starting off with some of my favorite female characters made sense seeing as most of the books I read are in the POV of a female character and the books I read are generally by female authors. Let’s start with 7 characters.


 

  1. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice – I’m not sure we’d have a list without Lizzie. Saying you love Pride and Prejudice is a cliche in many ways, but one that I don’t mind being part of at all. It’s one of my all-time favorite books and this character is so complex. I love her fight against societal norms in a time when that was extremely difficult for women. Her love for her family is also one of her best character traits, but being true to herself is the one that I admire the most. She grows a lot in the book as well.
  2. Margaret Hale from North and South – I wasn’t sure if I should include Margaret because I haven’t read the book. I’ve only seen the 2004 BBC mini-series, but I loved that version of her. I’m interested in seeing how different the book is from the TV version, but I think I’ll love her in the book as well. It felt wrong not to include her. She’s a lot like Lizzie in the sense that she could have easily followed society’s expectations of women, but instead she decided to use her sense of right and wrong to help people who were technically below her social status.
  3. Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling/Jessica Darling’s IT List series – Jessica was one of my first “me” characters. I started these books in high school when I was dealing with some similar situations and I saw a lot of myself in Jessica and her personality. Even if I didn’t like some of her actions later on in the book series and I wasn’t into a sport like her, she was a real character and I’ll always appreciate that I kind of grew alongside her from my teen years to my twenties.Read More »

Summer TBR

Happy Summer! I don’t usually set myself up like this, but my reading has been unfortunately slow lately. Considering I’m on vacation from work, you would think I would be reading all the time! I have caught up on Supernatural from being 2 and a half seasons behind and, yes, I have left my house quite a lot, but my reading has taken a bit of a hit. But with a trip coming up, I thought it would be a nice time to decide the books I’m going to bring with me and the ones I plan to read in the coming months.


Current Read

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

I’m almost finished with this one! I have about 130 pages left and, as expected, I adore it. It ended up being a sadder book than I expected, but Sarah Dessen has a gift of also making it a cute book to read. Excited to finish it. It’s becoming one of my favorites from her.

Vacation Reads

Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) by Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic to the Rescue (Shopaholic, #8) by Sophia Kinsella

It’s time to get some of my beach reading done while also catching up on a loved series. I started Shopaholic to the Stars after it was released and couldn’t get into at the time, but I’m hoping that reading it during my vacation may be a better experience. They’re not the shortest books, but with a 6-hour car ride to and from and downtime at the beach and pool, I’d like to finish at least 1 of them.Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday‘s topic is Book Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t. It came at a great time because last week I posted about series I’m currently reading. A few of these I’ve mentioned before.


Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper) by Kerri Maniscalco
Ruined (Ruined) by Amy Tintera
The Thief (The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner
Caraval (Caraval) by Stephanie Garber
Cruel Beauty
(Cruel Beauty Universe)* by Rosamund Hodge

Outlander (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad) by Tana French
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas (Preacher) by Garth Ennis
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale (Maus) by Art Spiegleman

There are some series on here that I feel like I would really love, but like I said last week in my book series discussion post, I need to catch up/finish one or two of those before I start any other series. My library does have all of the Outlander books as audiobooks (what a score!), so I think I will get to that one soon.

*I realize that Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound aren’t set in the same universe, but they seem to be companions in a way, so I’m putting it in this post anyway.


Are any of these series on your TBR?

Tag: The Goodreads Book Tag

Happy Monday! Last week, I was tagged by Heather from The Sassy Book Geek to do the Goodreads Book Tag. Thanks so much for tagging me! I love doing these things and it’s always nice when someone thinks you should do one. This is a tag that I did almost a year ago, so I thought an update of my answers would be fun to do. Goodreads is one of my favorite resources as a book reader.


What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – ★★★★

What are you currently reading?
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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen – This was on the top of my TBR list from the moment I knew it was going to be released this year!

What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?
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Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #4) by P.T. Michelle – Technically it has been on my TBR for a while, but I finally put it on my Goodreads.

What book do you plan to read next?
Good question! I haven’t thought too much about this yet. I may continue reading I Hate Everyone But You or pick something else. 
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Friday 56: Once and For All

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! My current read is Once and For All by Sarah Dessen.


onceandforallTitle: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Status: page 70/357
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (Young Adult)

I felt a prickle at the back of my neck, hairs raising up. Immediately, Jilly glanced at the twins who were still absorbed in their game, then put a hand on my arm.

Last month, I did a Waiting on Wednesday post about this book. I’m so excited that it’s finally out and I have a copy! It took me about a week to get my copy, but it was worth the wait. Physically, it’s a beautiful book and I love getting into a Dessen book. There are parts of it that are reminding me of What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, which I read a couple of months ago. There is a bit of a mystery as to what happened in the previous summer. I can’t wait to get further into it.