Top Tuesday: Books I Read During the BTAT 2017!

     Okay now that the Book-Tube-A-Thon is over I wanted to post what I books I finished(or started) and what I rated them.

  1. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby                     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gabriel Savit ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer ⭐️⭐️
  7. Mosquitoland  by David Arnold ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole(not finished yet)

     So as you can see I completed my goal for this years BTAT and I’m pretty excited. My GoodsReads goal is 6 books ahead of schedule(a first Might I add) which is making me less stressed to finish A Confederacy of Dunces super quickly and not enjoy it as much. And on top of that I read a lot of older books(in the sense of they are TOTALLY not new releases) that have been sitting on my bookshelf staring me down every time I see them because I bought them so long ago. If you liked this post make sure to follow me to see more posts like this!

Top Tuesday: Favorite Way to Organize My Shelves!

     Today I’ll be talking about my favorite ways I see people organize their shelves. Since I’m moving soon I might as well figure out what way I want to organize them lol.

  1. Rainbow – I love seeing books in rainbow order because it’s just so satisfying everything slowly turning into the next color. But alas, I don’t actually have enough vividly colored books to do this ☹️(it’s also funny because I still have here bookshelves of books 😂)
  2. Hardcover/Softover – I’ve never done this just because it bothers me slightly and I still don’t know why, but you organize them by their cover, it just always seems that when people do this they try to “shame” or “put down” paperbacks. In my opinion paperbacks are just as good as hardcover, it’s not about one being better than the other, it’s about preference.
  3. Author – Some just organize their books by authors. So regardless of the genre, it’s all about who wrote it. Now some people have to do this already because an author has written so much that it takes up a whole shelf (cough Cassandra Clare cough), but not all the authors get a whole shelf to themselves.
  4. Favorite to least favorite – The first time I organized my shelf when I didn’t read a lot I would put my favorite books at the top of the shelf and least favorite at the bottom. I will say that if you are able to discern which books are better than others then I should give you an award, because honestly I can’t ever pick a favorite anymore.
  5. Genre – A pretty common way to organize your shelves are by genre. I currently kinda do this by each shelf having a certain theme but it doesn’t always work out.
  6. Making each Subcategory its own rainbow- long story short you’re making a double rainbow *que the gif* all on your shelf. I’ve never been able to do this because again, not enough books from each genre for each color. But I’ve seen this done and is just as appealing as the one big rainbow.
  7. Tetris by subcategory – this is how my shelfs are currently because this the photo he way you are able to fit the most books onto one shelf, but like Tetris, there are ones laying down, there are ones on top of this, there are some facing outwards in a stack of five. It’s all about making all the books from one category fit.

      So now that I’ve revealed all my secrets to how I’ve organized my shelves(or tried to) I’m probably going to end up doing the Tetris method when I get to moving because let’s be honest, I don’t have any more space for a new shelf. Also just a side note: I’m not saying that you have to organize your shelves this way or that these are the only way to organize them, I’m just talking about my favorite ways I’ve seen a shelf get organized. If you liked this post make sure to follow me to see more where this came from!

     What ways do you organize your shelf? Would you ever try the rainbow method? What’s the weirdest way you’ve seen a bookshelf get organized?

Top Tuesday: Things I do when I’m not blogging!

This was supposed to go up yesterday but I never got a chance to get online… Whoops! So this really isn’t that book related but I’ve been super caught up in finalizing everything for where I’m going to school next year, moving, and tons of other stuff. So if some of my post feel like I haven’t been putting in as much effort as I used to or like my posts are on auto pilot, you’re not the only one, just don’t quit on me now. By the middle of august everything should be fine as soon as school starts back up and I’m back to my normal schedule.

  1. Moving
    My family decided to move this summer into a condo, which is really cool. But that also requires packing. And if you know me I like to do things as ahead of time as I can.
  2. Painting
    Probably not the greatest artist in the world but I got into the mood to paint the other night and everyday since that’s pretty much one of the only things I’ve been doing. I’ll admit, I’m doing a lot better than I thought I would.
  3. Reading
    I’ve been so caught up in trying to keep a consistent sleep schedule that I no longer late night binge read, so sadly I’m not going as fast as I should. But coming up is the BTAT and I WILL be completing the challenges this year so I’m not too worried on the reading front.
  4. Cleaning
    As I just mentioned we’re moving. But that also means that we have to sell our old house… while we are still living in it. Let me just say, keeping everything clean 24/7 to pack up all five animals at the drop of a pin is hard work!Can’t wait to be moving into the new house hopefully by august 10th!
  5. Being the fill in mom
    My mom is in New York for a week(hoping she brings me back a mug!) so until she gets back I’m in charge of cooking, cleaning, taking care of the animals, and washing clothes. I do most of this stuff anyway but it’s still becoming a little stressful trying to remember everything I need to do in the day.

Like I said, life has been a little jammed packed lately. Once everything dies down near the beginning of the school year I should be back to normal. But until then just stay with me! I think the week I’m officially moving I won’t post anything but maybe one post just so I can unpack everything and have a week to get my life together.

What have you been doing lately? What are you currently reading? Any new suggestions for books for me to read? Do you paint? Any tips for beginners who havent painted anything since 6th grade?

Top Tuesday: Underrated Standalone’s in Ya

So we all know those books that we read and never pick up again but are totally worth the read, or those books that we read and wonder why no one in the book community is talking about it? Yeah? Well thats what this post is about, if you have any other great underrated standalone’s make sure to leave a comment below letting me know to check it out.

  1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
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  2. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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  3. Reality Boy by A.S. King
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  4. This is Where it Ends Marieke Nijkamp
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  5. Salt to The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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  6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
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  7. Mr.Penumbras 24 hour bookstore Robin Sloan
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  8. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
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  9. One + One = Blue by MJ Auch
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  10. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
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I hope you enjoyed this post, if you want to see more where this came from make sure to follow me! Some of these might me talked about more than others, but in my opinion I just don’t see enough hype surrounding these books as they deserve.

What should I read next? Any other suggestions of underrated books that I should check out? Do you think any of these aren’t underrated? What constitutes a book as underrated?

Top Tuesday: Trilogies in YA

The topic of this top Tuesday was inspired by a question I answered in the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Series or Trilogies? Obviously I chose series but it got me thinking, what are my top trilogies that I would recommend to anyone? *None of these are in a specific order*

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    I flew through this series and fell in love with it. Warner is my weakness lol! But if you are looking for a quick dystopian read this is the way to go.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
    This was the first series that I bought the complete box set to. I fell in love with this complex world and Lani Taylor has the perfect writing style for it. You do have to pay attention to the world to get the best reading experience but totally worth it.
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Technically this isn’t a trilogy buuuuuuuut there are three books that all connect slightly so I’m counting it.
  • A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (this technically counts right?)
    I mean I know there are six books in the series, but the first three are out and they are following a different person than the last three supposedly so without a doubt, if I ca count this than I will.
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
    I haven’t read the last book yet and I will probably do a reread of the second book, but the series is really good so far and the last one is supposed to be really good too.
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    If this isn’t on this list then I don’t deserve to have this blog.
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    I started to do a reread for the third book of the series and I have fell back in love with this series, it is a great series with a strong lead female role.
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    I haven’t thought about this series in awhile, but with her new book coming out soon that takes place in this world I couldn’t pass it up. The world of magic is really well thought out which is amazing considering some series seem to have issues with explaing what is actually going on.
  • Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (if you count it as the bind up editions?)
    Really sexy aliens with a main female character who reviews books…. what more could you want?!?!?
  • Never Never by Colleen Hoover
    The books are relatively short but that isn’t a bad thing, it really gives the story more suspense and is great if you’re trying to catch up on your reading goal for the year.

So this is the end of my list, I hope you’re having a great fourth of July and are being safe. If you liked this post and want to see more make sure to follow me so you can keep up with whenever I post.

What are some series that you would recommend? What should be my next topic for Tuesday? Have you read any of these series? What were your thoughts on them?

Top Tuesday- Summer Reads

I’ve decided to start dedicating every Tuesday to a “top list” of my choice. Every week I will make a new post talking about my top 5-10 choices on a certain topic, this weeks topic is my top summer reads and recommendations.

  1. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
    If you’re looking for a cute, light-hearted, summer/beach read, then this trilogy is the way to go, and their matching covers are perfect! Also you don’t have to read all of them or any in a particular order, I read Lola first and it was still a great read.
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    If you’re more of a sci-fi/gamer type reader, look no further than this stand alone. It is one of the coolest books I have read so far. Ernest Cline has such good writing, I could totally see this happening in the future.
  3. Panic by Lauren Oliver
    This book is about a small town where every summer the graduating seniors play in a game called Panic. You follow these characters as they go through this years game, hoping to win the money and come out on top. It was a really interesting read and kept me reading it all in one sitting.
  4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    Need I say more? I love this book SOOOOOO much, I have read it three times since it came out and every time it is just as good!
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    This book isn’t on this list because it just a good book, it’s on this list because EVERYONE needs to read it in their lifetime. It follows a girl named Starr who witnessed her best friend Khalil being shot by a police officer. She is the only one who really knows what happened that night, but what she says could change everything. This story is revolved around the BLM movement and police brutality. In my opinion this book deserves to become a classic if it’s not already in the works.
  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    This was a 4/5 star read for me on Goodreads,I read in one sitting while on a road trip last summer. I reccommend going into it blind though, It will make everything that much more better.
  7. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
    This series is one of the best written Dystopian series I have read thus far considering I find many hard for me to get through. I binge read the series in a week the first time I read it. And to make this series even better, Tahereh Mafi just announced three more books to be added to this series!!

This is where I tell you to follow me if you liked this post and want to see more of it. Leave a comment telling me your summer reading plans and any other recommendations for me to check out!