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Camp NaNoWriMo Recap: July 2017 Session AND July Wrap Up/August TBR

Camp NaNoWriMo Recap

Camp NaNoWriMo didn’t go as awesome as I anticipated. I slacked off…. a ton. Spent many weekends out on the lake or in the mountains (made for some good inspiration) but I didn’t write too much. Weekends are usually big for my writing, always my catch up time but I got lazy. I also got really into the books that I was reading and preferred to spend my time doing that.

I did get some words written though. The main goal I had was to not force the words to come out. I did that during the April session and it was mentally miserable. I didn’t want to write or edit for a month after that.

During July, I tried something new. If I got stuck on a chapter, I’d step away and work on another one that I had outlined. This was nice because I could knock out a couple thousand words immediately instead of being stuck.

My cabin did pretty well too, we kept up with the pace for a little over halfway through camp which is way better than normal. I created a private cabin with a few cabin mates from the first session and other NaNo-ers (that’s so not a word…) that they knew from previous years.

Here’s my stats for the month:

 

By the end of the month, I fell short and gave up. Pretty much going MIA in my cabin. I just got too caught up in reading, which isn’t a bad thing. I also got into taking Barre fitness classes and those took up a decent amount of writing time, I figured my health was more important.

Next Step? Edit what I’ve written so far, fill in some plot holes, and finish the novel.

For the official NaNoWriMo, I’m planning on working on a new piece that I got inspiration for halfway through camp. I’m very excited for it! Check back in November for my prep and recap on Novel Writing Month!

If you do NaNoWriMo, add me on the site! Username: anna.mounce

 

July Wrap Up

 

Bad Penny by Staci Hart– 3/5 Stars. Loved how this book started out, but gradually got tired of the back and forth of ‘I love him, but I don’t want to be in a relationship’. Needed different conflict.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen– 5/5 Stars. As always, Dessen’s novels are beautifully written. I’d feel bad giving her anything less than four stars. This novel was probably the strongest and saddest subject matter I’ve ever read from her. It’s not your typical fun YA summer read. It haunted me. Once and For All is also the book that has completed my GoodReads challenge goal! I don’t plan on stopping here though! Let’s see how many books I can go over this year!

Trust by Kylie Scott– 3/5 Stars. I received this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I loved it toward the beginning but it fell short and the climax seemed very delayed. The beginning and end were amazing! I do plan on trying out more of Kylie Scott’s novels. Full review coming soon!

August TBR

 

 

 

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips– This months NetGalley ARC! I don’t know much about this one, but I’m sure it will be a cute read.

Dirty (Book 1) by Kylie Scott- Decided to give her adult romance books a try. And what’s not to like about a tattooed guy on a book cover?

Dearly Departed (Grave Reminders Book 1) by Rachael Rawlings– Plan on starting this series with the arrival of fall just around the corner. It’s a three book series by a local (to me) author.

Wonderlost by Jen Malone- I feel like this one will be a great book to close the summer on!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- I probably won’t read more than the first two books mentioned because I should be receiving my own novel back to go over edits but if I do manage to get ahead. This will be the next one I pick up. I’m dying to see the movie, so I have to read this before then!

 

Book Buying Ban

I have a problem.

I officially have purchased too many books and I’m in over my head with my TBR list. Yikes!

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I heard a ‘booktuber’ the other day mention in a video that they’re currently on a ‘book buying ban’. I thought, huh, it’s possible to stop buying books? I used to not be bad about buying books and not reading them. I would only buy a book, read it and then by another one. Since I’ve started blogging over a year ago, I’ve gone into the habit of buying a book every time I see one that interests me, even if I didn’t have the time to read it.

My name’s Breanna and I’m addicted to buying books.

 

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But some of them are cheap e-books! I protest.

No, I must not buy any more books until I at least finish my hard copy TBR list.

Here are the books that I must read before I can lift my book buying ban (non-e-books). Preferably in this order:

 

 

Wow, that’s a lot of paperbacks/hardback books…

I’ve been piling those up for about a year now. I have read Nevermore, but I’d like to re-read it before I read the rest of the series. I’ll probably marathon those in October.

And here are the books I’ve been stockpiling on my kindle that I need to read. I usually breeze through those because I read quicker on my kindle as opposed to physical copies.

 

Folks, if you didn’t count, that’s 18 books to read before my book buying ban is lifted. That’s a ton in my opinion. I’m also less than five books away from completing my GoodReads challenge! Thanks to my subscribers for pushing me to read more this year! 

Have you considered going on a book buying ban? This is a first for me!

The Happiness Tag

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Let’s take a break from book talk! Found a fun tag from a blogger I follow, Beth (Reading Every Night) and I thought I’d join in one the fun! I get tired of doing the usual booktags and trying to pick out 5-10 books for each post, so I thought this would be a fun little tag to do. As always, I tag anyone who is reading this!

No rules for this one, it’s just a couple of lists of things that make me happy.

List Five Things That Make You Happy

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  1. Cats… I don’t care if they’re mine or someone else’s or even just visiting cats at an animal pound or pet store. I love seeing cats and snuggling them. Sometimes if I’ve had a bad day at work, I’ll go to Petsmart after and visit the cats there.
  2. Weekends with my husband and away from electronics… Sometimes I think people get sucked into their own little world of social media, gaming and mindless scrolling. My favorite times spent with my husband are when we get away from cell service or just turn our phones off and hang out.
  3. Reading… It’s nice to just get away for a little while, and I choose to do that via books. My favorite (if you couldn’t tell) are contemporary young adult summer reads. There’s something youthful and romantic about those.
  4. Mountains… I love being able to see the mountains, if I drive about three hours from my house, I can get to my favorite mountains. Every summer my parents would take me on vacation there and I used to hate it but now I can’t get enough. I would love to visit more national parks one day!
  5. Working out… I wish I did it more often, and it sounds silly that it makes me happy but I feel so much better after a workout and if I had a bad day, it’s a good way to blow off some steam.

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

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More so, my five favorite songs that I currently can’t get enough of…

  1. The Chainsmokers ‘Kanye’ I loooove this song, it’s so catchy. The video is a sequel to their song selfie. I like most of their songs, but this one is my favorite.
  2. Oh Sleeper ‘The Finisher’  This is the song that my tattoo is based off of and it’s God speaking to the devil, telling him He will cut off his horns. This band deserves way more attention than it gets! They should be releasing new songs this year!
  3. Pierce the Veil ‘I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket’ Yes, this song is kind of sad but I have a fond memory of it. I saw them in 2013, it was me and my husbands first concert together. Half way through the song, Vic stopped playing (he was doing acoustic) and the crowd kept singing through the song. It was amazing! Here’s the video...
  4. A Day to Remember ‘Already Gone’ I love the soft songs that ADTR puts out and this is probably my favorite.
  5. Rob Zombie ‘Dragula’ We ‘moshed’ to this at our wedding, and it’s just a fun energetic song!

My Favorite ‘Cancer Books/Movies’

Ah, that sounds like a tough subject doesn’t it? Cancer is scary. It’s best to stare it right in the face and attack head on. This Sunday marks 18 years since I, myself, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was eight years old when I found out I had cancer. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, my family and medicine, I quickly became known as a ‘survivor’.

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I thought this week I would make a post about my favorite ‘cancer books’ or ‘cancer movies’. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you have any ‘cancer book’ recommendations!

1.) A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Though I’ve never read the book, I loved the movie when it first came out. I know book to movie adaptations don’t always stay true to the original, so I’ll just be explaining the 51zxxgtyhul-_sx324_bo1204203200_movies plot. From what I’ve read, the book and the movie are two completely different plots, so I’m going to only recommend watching the movie. Literally, you will be in tears! Mandy Moore gives a fantastic performance in this story.

Landon is the popular, bad boy and Jamie is the preacher’s daughter who always has a Bible with her. Landon has to befriend her when he gets into trouble at school and soon learns about Jamie’s illness, but it’s too late because he’s already fallen in love with her.

 

 

2.) Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

If you’re going to read any ‘cancer book’, read this one. I thought it was way better and truer to the disease that TFiOS.

 

3.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

 

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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.

Another book that I didn’t read but actually loved the movie. The plot twist at the end threw me for a loop but I totally sided with Kate’s choice. How long can you push a child to fight cancer before it’s time to let them give up?

 

4.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot the-fault-in-our-starstwist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I actually read the book and watched the movie for this one. I recommend reading the book and passing on the movie for this one. My only issue is I felt like this book romanticizes cancer too much, I didn’t feel like any of the characters were really sick.

When you have cancer, you’re low on energy, you’re sick all the time to the point you can’t even get out of bed, your hair is (usually) gone, and love is the last thing on your mind (or so it was for me, but I was 8.)

 

 

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1999, the face of a cancer kid who thought the only perk of being in the hospital was that you didn’t have to go to school. Clearly, they have tutors.

2017 Writing & Reading Goals +Books I Read in 2016

 

 

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over. It went by so quickly! Now it’s time to mark myself down for the 2017 GoodReads challenge and take a look back on the books I did read in 2016. How many books did you read in 2016? What was the best book that you read this year?

 

Books Read in 2016

Sadly, I didn’t meet my GoodReads book challenge. I only finished 15 out of the 30 books I said I would read in 2016. I’m not going to beat myself up over that though. It was a busy year of traveling and writing. I participated in two Camp Nano’s and the official NaNoWriMo. Here are the books I finished this year along with the rating I gave them.

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3*                                        2*                                    2*                                   5*

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4*                                    2*                                     5*                                         3*

 

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5*                                        2*                                      4*                                        2*

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5*                                  5*                                                 3*

 

 

2017 TBR

The entire Harry Potter series. Yes, I’ve never read them. This will be a first.

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Between the Harry Potter books, I plan on reading some of the following:

 

 

Obviously, I’m going to run into some books I want to read on the spot, but these are just the ones that I must finish next year because they’ve been sitting on my shelf for awhile now!

 

Writing Goals

As for my writing. I plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, both months and normal NaNo possibly. I’m going to outline my next novel earlier in the year and figure out what I want to do. I plan on writing 25000 words for each Nano, instead of forcing it all out at once. This will give me time so I don’t get burnt out and quit.

As I currently write this post, I’m working on editing one of my novels in the hopes to have it finished before New Years. Fingers crossed that The Last July will be published before July 2016.

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hey guys, I’m doing an easy peasy book tag for this week. Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday weekend! I have three days off work and I can’t wait to spend time with my family! I found this book tag via YouTube from PeruseProject, if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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  1. What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart? The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I just think her books are so cute and sincere. summer-series
  2. What is your favorite book with a white cover? Forever by Judy Bloom, this is the cover I have for it. 37743
  3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, sipping on your favorite winter beverage, what monster (large) book are you reading? Probably my husbands Omnibus version of Goblin Wars because he’s been hounding me to read it. When will I ever finish it?! It’s about three inches thick. Goblin_War_eCover_embiggen.jpg
  4. It started snowing and you decided to have a snowball fight, what fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with? Embarrassing as this is, Emmett Cullen from Twilight because I think he’s super playful and would totally do this. I just hope he’s on my team! Twilightbook.jpg
  5. Sadly, your fire is going out, what last few chapters would you throw in to keep the fire going to stay warm? This whole novella, I just haven’t enjoyed Hoover’s novels. This novella did not make her look like a good writer. 23587984
  6. What book is close to your heart that you would love to give as a gift?  I still haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen the movie and I just think it’s a classic story that will never age. It would make a good gift to anyone who is young at heart, especially younger girls. This was one of my favorite movies growing up. Hoping to read it in 2017.9781250059291

 

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Halloween Book Tag

Guys! Halloween is almost here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Have you figured out what/who you’re going to be this Halloween? Let me know! I’m going to be a nurse from Silent Hill (I cosplayed it at a recent convention and everyone loved it. I took pictures with about 30 people!)

This week I’m doing the Halloween Book tag! As always, I wasn’t tagged by anyone and I’m tagging everyone who is reading this! I found the tag through this blogger!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

Anna Dressed in Blood is probably the scariest book I’ve read. I honestly can’t read too many scary books because they stick with me.

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2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I don’t even know, I don’t read horror too often, but the Miss. Peregrine books always kind of creeped me out. I have yet to read them though.

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3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

Probably Lance Rubin, author of Denton Little’s Deathdate because he seems super cool and wrote a book about knowing when you’re going to die and I just want to chat about how awesome the cover is.

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4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

Claire Fraser from Outlander, all of her dresses are so cool and I love her present day attire too!

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5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

Possibly money, what book possesses unlimited money so I can get out of debt?

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6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

The world of Harry Potter would probably have a really awesome Halloween! All of the strange wizard goodies you would receive!

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

President Snow from The Hunger Games possibly. I’m not fond of his personality.

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8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

Vampire, hands down.

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

Anything but the jelly beans! Gross! The chocolate frogs always looked yummy…as long as they don’t hop off…

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10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

KitKats or Milky Ways. I’m a chocolate addict.

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Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a huge fan of fall time! I pretty much start decoration for fall on the first day of September. I also got married on Halloween, so it’s a special time of the year for me. So look forward to a ton of Fall/Halloween themed posts over the next two months!

As always, I was not tagged and will not tag. Feel free to do this tag on your own! So I guess I’m actually tagging anyone reading this!

Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

– Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.

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– Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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– Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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– Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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Even though I didn’t really like this series, I would love to trade places with the main character. Would be really cool to see an alien planet.

– Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest,
hottest thing?

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I will always stand behind this book… always.

– Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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Oh god, just look at it for a second…. how embarrassing. I don’t think I actually finished this one.

– Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Hmm, I’m not a coffee or tea drinker. I do enjoy a good chilli or soup though.

 

 

 

World Traveler: Book Tag

I just got back from my surprise Germany trip on Sunday, so I thought that I would do a fun travel themed book tag this week. I searched and surprisingly couldn’t find many book tags with a travel theme so I figured I would do my own.

(If you would like to see my pictures from Germany in a post, let me know!)

For this tag, I’ll list a handful of countries and then you can pick out a book for each one that reminds you of that country whether it’s the setting, heritage, atmosphere, whatever. I hope you enjoy! If you do this tag, let me know!

1.) United States of America:

Pretty much any summer time contemporary romance reminds me of the US (where I’m from!) I’ll go with Dear John by Nicholas Sparks for this, it’s a lovely story of a girl who loves a boy who is fighting for his country.

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2.) Germany:

This one is a toughy because I don’t recall reading anything set in Germany. So I’ll go non-fiction for this one and choose the Diary of Anne Frank. If you haven’t read this, you should!

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3.) United Kingdom:

Harry Potter of course!

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4.) Ireland:

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is set in Ireland, when Morgan’s boyfriend dumps her, her parents decide a change of scenery would be best. They send her to Ireland for a bike ride across the country where she finally can do some growing up. I read this book way back, it’s very short, but so cute.

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5.) Korea:

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, sticks out to me for this one because it’s one of the only books where I remember culture sticking out to me. Our main character talks about how her mother was Asian but her father is not, yet he still manages to keep the girls Asian heritage prominent in their lives even though their mother is deceased.

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6.) Australia:

Zac and Mia takes place in an Australian hospital where our two characters are handling their cancer diagnoses. This is by far one of my favorite books, if you enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy) TFIOS by John Green, you’ll enjoy this one. I think it’s way better!

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7.) Canada:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I honestly wasn’t sure what to use for this so I just went to Google and typed in ‘YA books based in Canada’ and it gave me a link to Goodreads list of Canada books. Was this actually based in Canada? I can’t remember! But the book is super spooky and a good read!

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8.) France:

This one is easy, of course I’ll go with Anna and the French Kiss for obvious reasons. I don’t remember much of this plot, but I did enjoy the book.

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9.) Spain:

I’ve stumped myself, do you know of any good YA books set in Spain?

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10.) Italy:

I’ll go with New Moon because a portion of this novel happens in Italy. When I think of Italy, I immediately imagine Bella running through the festival there to prevent Edward from exposing the vampires in an attempt of vampire suicide.

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Bookshelf (Library) Tour 2016

I didn’t realize until I started this post that my bookshelves are actually one huge hot mess. So this is a bit embarrassing but maybe we can just pretend that this is a before post and I’m going to do an after sometime this year. Surprisingly, my shelves are kind of organized. This is me and my husbands books combined but this isn’t even all of them. There are three large moving boxes filled with books in our garage that we need to clean. Yes, clean. My husbands aunt had a house fire and some of the books she was giving to him were in that fire. They’re covered in soot on the outside, but the inside is fine. We’re going to be needing a new shelf soon, so we’ll be making some room soon.

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Above is the overview of our ‘library’. The very top shelves hold misc items that just don’t fit anywhere in our house (Stu’s Star Wars legos, the model VW bug me and my dad made when I was younger, some of Stu’s notebooks from college and art supplies. I need to figure out what to do about these items. Whoops.

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The three above pictures are obviously most of my YOUNG ADULT books along with various knickknacks. My favorite of those shelves has to be my Sarah Dessen/Jenny Han/Other YA Contemporary books!

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The next bookshelf is our random shelf. It has all of Stu’s miniatures that he hand painted along with some SyFy books and historical non-fiction (those are some of the books from the fire). Only one of these books is actually mine, You by Caroline Kepnes.

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The above bookshelves are again mostly Stu’s SyFy books with some memoirs, biographies, self-help and horror mixed in. The bottom shelf is actually just some of our text books from college that we couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of.

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Now we have my second favorite shelf above. It’s full of so much knowledge! Again, mostly Stu’s books, he’s the brains in this marriage. I like this book shelf because it’s where most of our books come together. We have our collection of bibles and books we consider classics. My favorite set of books has to be the pretty red and gold group of classics.

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The final bookshelf in our library has even more bibles and various old books. The gigantic ones are actually just German medical dictionaries I believe, but they just look cool!

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Ah, now to my favorites shelf. It’s ever changing. It contains some of my favorite books and some of my TBR books. I keep this one in our bedroom. The top shelf holds one of our wedding pictures and my jewelry, the next one just holds miscellaneous items like tissues, a bible and more jewelry. The middle shelf is favorites ending at Stolen and then my TBR starting at Enshadowed. The other books between those two are actually Stu’s TBR. The bottom shelf is where I keep my favorite comics/graphic novels, a copy of Stu’s series, my Twilight collection, another TBR book, a copy of The Odyssey (the first gift Stu got me) and some photo albums.

My goal for the rest of the year is to get our books better organized. How do you organize your books? By genre? Color? Author? Size?