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.

 

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 »

Discussion: Book Series

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried my best to not get into too many book series. I’m always worried that I’m not reading enough variety when I do that, but I realized just how much I love series this year. It’s so nice to read a book where you already know the characters and understand their world without having to read 100 pages to get into the action. In my journey to read less series, I ended up leaving some of the ones I was reading behind when I used to marathon read them (for the most part). So, I thought it would be nice to make a post about the series that I’m currently reading. Maybe I will finish them or catch up with them in the next year or so.


 

  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson – I’ve mentioned this one a few times because I’ve been behind for the last year or so, but I do plan on getting the latest volumes soon! Currently on Volume 3.
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – This is the first superhero graphic novel series that I’ve ever read, and there have been a few times that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep reading, but I love Kamala too much. She was my first Funko Pop! Currently on Volume 4.
  • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman – I’m on Volume 3 of this one and I need to continue. There are so many!

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Discussion: The Perfect (Bookish) Night In

Last week Leesa mattresses contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in talking about my perfect day or night in, and I thought that was a great idea. I’ve heard about this company through several podcasts and I’ve found their giving to be commendable. Although this isn’t a sponsored post and I’m not receiving anything for making it, I’m excited to share this with everyone because I love reading about how people relax after a long day or a taxing week. Maybe mine with give you some ideas. Here is my definition of my perfect day or night in, with a bit of a bookish twist because that’s how I live my life.


I am on my feet for the majority of my time at work. There is little to no downtime except for my break, and after a long day or an even longer week, I’m ready to get in my bed and stay there. Now, I don’t typically jump back into bed when I get home, but there is usually a good chunk of the weekend dedicated to me relaxing (and reading). And my bed is the best place to do that.

The weather here has been all over the place, from 1 degree Fahrenheit one week to 70+ the next, but the way I relax really doesn’t change. I prefer to spend my days or nights in while laying on my bed, but sometimes I’ll lay back on the couch.

My essentials are a book (currently, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella), my television connected to Netflix (you know how much I love historical dramas), and my phone. I like to read a bit, watch a little, and do it all over again. A few extras are earbuds, a blanket, water or hot tea, and my Kindle if I’m reading an e-book or want to play a game. I like to play games between reading and watching television to give it some variety. My current obsession is the Tsum Tsum game I have on my phone. I play that during my lunch break to have mini me time at work! When it comes to food, on these days I’m all about easy snacks and putting something in the microwave. Lots of popcorn. Oh! And fuzzy socks.

What are your essentials for a day or night in? Thanks to Leesa for reaching out to me. I like having posts every once in a while that are a tad more personal, and I’d love to know what you need to enjoy your time to yourself.

Discussion: My Favorite Genres (Gothic Fiction)

The past few weeks I’ve been interested in finding out more about my reading taste and what exactly makes me want to read a book. There are so many great genres and one of my favorites is definitely Gothic fiction, and that’s what I wanted to post about today.


The first novel I ever think of when I think of Gothic fiction is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The Brontë sisters are all known for works of Gothic fiction, and they’re among the most famous and well known works of all time, but for some reason, that’s the one that always comes to my mind first. Despite studying some of the book and taking a class on Victorian Literature, I’ve sadly never sat down and read it from the start. Still, I feel like it’s a perfect example of the setting, elements of horror, mystery, and the rise of romance in Gothic literature.Read More »

Update (2016 Bookish Resolutions)

As we are officially past the first 6 months of the year (2016… I’m still shocked we’re here), now seemed like the perfect time to look at my Bookish Resolutions posted in January and find out how I’ve been doing on them.


Read 30 books in 2016. I’m about halfway there. Even though I’ve been on vacation, I still haven’t read very much. Still, I think I’ll be able to reach the goal I’ve set for myself. I know my limits and anything more would end up seeming like a competition and that wouldn’t be fun.

Take advantage of what I already own and stop buying so much. Out of all of my goals, this is the one I think I’m doing the best on. I can’t even remember the last time I bought a book. At the same time, I can’t say I’ve only been reading what I own, but I’m trying.

Less YA. This year’s reads are about half YA right now. That’s a hard habit to break! Read More »