Wait I actually read something?

I am just as shocked as you dear reader to hear that I actually read a book in August. All the way through. And I started another one! My reading habit is back and long may it continue. Not sure what I am talking about? Catch up here

Now if I could just get back into the blogging habit…

Yes ma’am! I’m on it!

I’m also starting to #NaNoPrep. Last year I blogged about my NaNo experience on a different site which I no longer maintain. I am going to reblog some of the highlights over here and then share my experiences this time. Being a ‘book blog’ I think that is appropriate.

Best get to it…


5 Favourite Library Pins This Week

With our upcoming move I am becoming increasingly obsessed with designing our library. This is the first house we will own which means we can actually build things into the house.

I should clarify when I say library I mean a library wall in our living room. Granted some people may just call them bookshelves. Those people should stop trying to burst my bubble!

Here are my favourite additions to my ‘Library Planning‘ pinterest board from the past week:

I really want a ladder on the library wall. Partly because I am short and partly because they are just really frigging awesome.

While I mostly pin for inspiration, I do also like to pin ideas that are just pure fantasy.

And although I completely love this, there is no way I could live like it!

Would you like something like the above in your house?


New Dystopian Reads for my TBR

When I say new, I mean new to me.

Last night while up late talking at a friend’s house (yes you can still do that in your thirties), my friend asked me if I had watched ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. I haven’t by the way, but I did watch the film and read the book back when I was about 15. It was (probably) the first dystopian that I ever read.

Now I LOVE dystopian fiction (although some it is far too close to reality right now). For no particular reason it has been a while since I have read any so I was excited to be talking about them again. We talked over some greats.

My friend asked if I have read the books below, and typically hadn’t so welcome to the latest additions to my TBR!


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Interesting that two reference ‘The Hunger Games’ on their covers. I wish I could read that book again for the first time. It has been so long (I read it back in 2010) that I can’t remember it in much detail. I remember the feelings of fear and lack of control. And how hopeful a loaf can be. Maybe it is time to re-read (not something I tend to do).


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Are you a fan of dystopian stories? Have you read any of the above, or can you recommend any extras to add to my list?


I’ve Got a New Netgalley Badge

When I logged into Netgalley tonight I realised that I have been awarded a new badge.

Reviews Published

This means that three of my reviews have been added as a ‘Featured Review’ on the title detail page by a publisher.

Of the five ARCs I have reviewed so far, three have been five star (and funnily enough these are the ones that have been featured).

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Here are the links to Netgalley for each of the titles. I will be posting my reviews here closer to their publication dates.

‘The Boy from Tomorrow’

‘Little Moments of Love’

‘A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns’ (which by the way I cannot stop talking to people about!

Shelf Organisation

While I know that this is never going to happen…

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…I do have high hopes for creating a library of my own one day soon.

It will be floor to ceiling and it will have a ladder (although the ladder may not slide around). We are buying a house in the next few months though and well, lets just say there is a Pinterest board dedicated to the library. It may only take up one wall initially – I digress, that wasn’t the the point of this post.

This post isn’t about physical bookshelves, but Goodreads ones.

I have been playing around with how to work my shelves for the several years I have been using the site. Here is how things stand currently.


I am aware that this is VERY tame by book blogger standards). I am also aware that not all books on my physical bookshelves are included on Goodreads. I have learned that I use this more as a record of what I have read, rather than a plan of what I am going to read (although I am trying to address that).

Exclusive Shelves

abandoned and paused (the fact you can’t use capitals on shelves you create does annoy me) are the exclusive shelves I have created myself. Typically a book is either on the Read, Currently Reading or Want to Read shelves. It can also be on other shelves, but it has to be on one of those main three unless you create your own exclusive one(s).

Why ‘Pause’ Reading?

Sometimes I am enjoying a book, but my enthusiasm for it fades. Perhaps there is a bit of a rubbish chapter. Perhaps there is a bit that I know just needs pushing through because overall I am keen to see where the story goes. Perhaps I have just read too many of the series already.

When this happens I pause the book. I have every intention of going back to it, but in the meantime I am going to give something else a try. Otherwise I have found I tend to stop reading thanks to the pressure of thinking I must finish the story before I can move on.

When it becomes clear that a book has been paused for too long, it moves the the abandoned shelf. It is incredibly rare for this to happen, but it does. I’m looking at you ‘Death Cure’.

The ‘Others’

I have started shelving my reads by year, and by reading challenge as well. I have found that I am returning to these shelves so clearly they were a good idea :). I don’t really re-visit the genre/age groups shelves so I might do away with those down the line. I think I will keep the shelves that show the format I ‘read’ in though. That is something I would like to be able to easily look back on.

What about you? How do you organise your shelves on Goodreads? Maybe we could become Goodreads buddies to share ideas?