I had planned for 12 this year, since I was planning to read more from my shelves and have a full time job again (pandemic reading was crazy). But, of course, I’ve already read 28 books from the library this year. I guess I’m aiming for the 36 tier now, because last year I didn’t even hit 48 so it seems unlikely I would beat it this year. Clearly I’m terrible at estimating my goals though, so who knows. 😊
I’ve been working on a new blog feature that I’m pretty excited about, and I think it will add a lot of value to the site. There is now a way to view all book reviews sorted by the author’s last name, in a lovely visual format featuring the book covers!
🔆you can quickly navigate to a specific author or title
🔆you can navigate to different sections easily — no eternal scrolling!
🔆you can use the search function on the page to locate a title or author once in the right area
🔆the book covers are so pretty!!!
🔆plus the covers link to the review on the site
🔆miscellaneous fascinating data about how SO MANY AUTHORS apparently have last names that begin with M? Yet N is basically empty??
So how do you get to this gorgeous new page? Just check out the top of the page in the navigation bar and click “Review Gallery (by Author)” (or click here, or the photo below. 😊)
It was really fun to go through the list of reviews I’ve posted here and think back on the good and bad ones. I might have to do some re-reading soon now that they’re on my mind again! 😊 One last thing: if you do happen to go check it out, and find a book that isn’t linked… please let me know!! There were so many and I started to go cross eyed, so it’s totally possible even though I’ve checked and rechecked more than Santa Claus.
Another topic I kept going back and forth on was HOW I should organize the new page! Author’s last name is pretty standard and safe, so that’s what I went with. But personally I am pretty mediocre at remembering the author’s name, but I will probably definitely remember the book’s name. It’s not terribly hard to look that up, but I debated if I should sort by author, title, COLOR?? So I’m wondering…
What method of sorting books / reviews do you prefer? 😊
Hey y’all! I have some very exciting news (for me, at least!) to share:
The Complete List of Jericho has finally arrived!
Chris Jericho is a wildly successful wrestler who just celebrated his 30th year in his career. As part of that milestone, he released a book based on notes he’s kept since his very first match that detail who and where he fought, how much he got paid, and his rating of his own performance. It also includes anecdotes, photos, and other lists. Top 10 places to wrestle, top 10 lucha matches, top 10 wrestlers who influenced him, etc.
For a while, one of his character gimmicks was adding people who pissed him off to a list, presumably of people on whom he was now seeking vengeance. xD His character was always very dramatic and hilarious, but he’s also an incredibly talented performer (both in the sense of his skills in the ring as well as in promos!).
I have been SO looking forward to this book, and it’s finally finally here! I’m probably going to be diving into watching some of these matches of his and enjoying them while knowing his commentary for them. 🥰
PS – I also bought his champagne to have my own little bit of the bubbly. It was delish! 😊
If you’ve tracked this blog over the past year, you’ve probably read about me complaining about all the work I’ve been doing on the house. It’s been kind of terrible, but happily it’s just about at a close for now.
What that means, my friends, is that I CAN FINALLY MAKE MY LIBRARY A REALITY! One of the most exciting things about buying the house is that my partner and I would each have room for our spacious hobbies (his: music production, mine: reading, both: gaming). So he gets a studio setup downstairs, and I get a library upstairs. 😍
Predictably, one of my favorite things to do in the past year has been to make a list of all my favorite books that I definitely wanted hard copies of for my soon-to-be personal library. It’s so indulgent, and I am so so lucky and grateful that I’ll get to set one up. So here’s my list of 15 books that I’m DEFINITELY going to get for my library!
Standalone standouts (single books)
Hart & Seoul by Kristen Burnham
Because culture shock when shared is one of my favorite things to read about, and especially when I have my own experiences with it to relate to!
I planned 11, fully confident that it would NOT happen, and indeed I got 8 completed, 3 of which weren’t even in my planned list. Nothing new there!
My plan was all books from my shelf, more or less: books I got from Book of the Month and hadn’t yet read, and books I bought from my fav local charity bookstore for Bookstore day. My goal was to clean up my shelves a little bit!!
BOTM books: 4/6
Books I bought recently: 1/3
Books I requested an ARC of instead of reading what I already had…. 2/2 😁
I was just perusing Barnes and Noble’s website for my friends’ registry when I saw their recommended beach reads list. I had to laugh, because several of them are ones I have read (though not necessarily at the beach) and definitely agreed with!
One of the few on this list that I haven’t already heard of! Judging 100% by the title and cover this might be a little too saccharine sweet for me right now, but does have a quick read beach book feel to it. ^.^
Well, I definitely read this one! I think I was actually a little late to the party when it came out, but daaaang did I love it! This is a slightly chunky read but it goes by super fast because of how much you love the characters. Just be aware that it does get, ah, somewhat steamy at points, so if you do read it on the beach be warned! xD
I just read this from BOTM and it was WAY better than I expected. It had a lot more character depth than I anticipated, and the main conflict is one that’s a true problem and says a lot about the insight and aspects of the characters as they navigate it.
It should be no surprise to avid chick-lit or beach-book readers to see Emily Henry on here twice! And it should be no surprise to ANYONE to see that a book titled “Beach Read” is on a list about books to read at the beach. No brainer. This one definitely fits the mold though, and I quite enjoyed it when I read it. I preferred People We Meet on Vacation, but maybe just because I’ve read it more recently. 😅
My only qualm with calling this a beach read is that it starts out with a bang. A literal one. Of the bedroom variety. You can probably guess that it doesn’t lighten up from there, so be prepared for some steam if you’re reading this on a hot beach!
The only other title on this list I haven’t already heard of! Judging this one as well by it’s title and cover, I’m probably going to be adding it to my tbr. If it’s anything to do with locations far from home, I’ll all about it!
Are any of these books in your bag to pack for the beach this summer? ⛱
I planed to read 7 books, and I read 5 with one in progress still because it’s really long. The one I skipped was my own additional, funny enough. The recommendations I got from everyone got read though, and WHEW WERE THEY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS! 🥰 I read 13 in total though, as my usual mood-reader-ness whims kicked in during the month as well.
BUT, with that out of the way, the rest of my reading was so so good! The recommendations I got from y’all were fabulous, and I enjoyed all of them quite a lot! I really should post some reviews of Head Full Of Ghosts and Legendbornbecause I certainly have a lot to say about them. We Have Always Lived in the Castleis a book I feel like I want to talk to people about to discuss interpretations and ideas. There’s so much more waiting for me in it, but I need others in order to get it.
And yes, the answer is yes, I most certainly did. Since I realized it so quickly I was just going to de-post it, scrap it, and write something new. You may realize: I did not do that. FOR SCIENCE!
I’m SUPER curious how this post will compare to the first a few months ago. I’m also really hoping someone calls me out on it because I think that would be hilarious (and delightful that anyone knows my blog well enough to call me out on a post from a few months ago. Thanks in advance, long-term readers! ^.^) So for now I’m leaving them both in the world and will update this after I see what happens!
The second post had 4x as many views, 3x as many likes, and engagement on twice as many days (so… two days. xD). BUT, the first post got a few comments, so had active engagement.
Somehow within 2 months, and the addition of 2 more books to the list, there was actually a fairly significant increase in stats on it. Also, 2 people liked both posts which cracked me up. I have to wonder if it seemed familiar to them too, or if they hadn’t noticed!