TBR Pile

Even though I love my Kindle, it will never be a replacement for real books. I love going in and pulling books off my shelves, and there is nothing better than reorganizing those shelves. I’m quite anal about books–everything MUST be in alphabetical order. However, now that I’ve seen how other bloggers sort their shelves, I have been thinking about reconfiguring some of mine. That may be a project after we move in August…OH YEAH…you don’t know yet. WE ARE MOVING TO DALLAS!!!!!!!! Which means I get to unpack all my books, which I’ll be honest, is my favorite thing about moving. Expect lots of blogging that day.

I did create a To Be Read shelf the other day. I had so many I couldn’t fit them all! Guess I better get to readin’. Here’s everything that’s on that shelf, plus a few.

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This pile doesn’t include all the “husband” books that I haven’t read. That list includes basically all of John Grisham’s collection, a good portion of Stephen King’s, and most of Tom Clancy’s too. He has a bunch of sports and political books, but I don’t care so much about those.

I also took a Book Haul picture for May. I was surprised at how big this stack was. Don’t get used to this…or maybe you should! I would like this trend to continue, but we’ll see. I would like to keep increasing my collection, but I’m also not the type of person to spend money on myself either.

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I can’t wait to read all of these! That Raymond Chandler book is gorgeous. The cover is sort of a squishy leather, and the pages are lined in silver. The ribbon is a little frayed, but other wise it’s in fantastic condition.

Yay books! What did you pick up this month that you are looking forward to reading?

June Book Challenges

Fellow Bloggers,

I have yet to find a June challenge that intrigues me enough to join. With May coming to a close, I am looking for ideas or challenges to join. Is anyone aware of anything going on in the next month? I have plenty of books to read and review, but I like these fun posts to keep the blog flowing.

I’m sure I’ll come up with something, but with all sorts of summer reading programs going on, I thought I’d ask if you guys knew of any.

Happy Reading!

Favorite Book Blog

Starting this blog has been one of the most refreshing things for me, because it is encouraging me to become more involved in the books I read. My book club teases me relentlessly because I always show up with PAGES of notes that I’ve taken about the book–it’s become almost involuntary now.

And not only that, but the discussions I am getting into, here, and on Tumblr, are incredible. The Book Community on Tumblr is unlike anything I’ve ever imagined. Sure, I’ve gotten more recommendations on books to read. That I expected. But I am also quickly gaining friendships–that I didn’t anticipate from a relatively “anonymous” website. Everyone has each other’s back, and everyone (for the most part anyway) keeps an open mind. The goal here is to fuel constant discussion, and that is not something you see anywhere else.

It is also a place for humor and beauty, creativity and wonder. I am constantly amazed by what people post. We have artists, poets. We have photographers and writers. But my favorite…mostly because I am one myself…are the book hoarders. I am always in awe over the pictures of  constantly changing shelves, the weekly, monthly book hauls. I may post a book “haul” of my own every month on Instagram…though don’t get too excited guys, it’ll only be a few at a time. I think I MAYBE have 5 this month.

Mostly the book community is a place for encouragement, and a place to be ourselves. Every day I log on, because I cannot wait to see what else is new in my world, the world that no one on the outside of “nerdland” really gets. I had a full on discussion about Game of Thrones and a few other books the other day when we went out, and my husband just watched in awe, and I looked at him and said “SEE?! THIS is what I’m talking about.” That so rarely happens on the outside.

Sometimes I feel like I really do need to say, “I like your shoelaces.” And wait for the appropriate response, just to see if my people are out there.

I could never choose just one Favorite Blog. There are way too many. But here are just a few I follow, both on WordPress and Tumbr.

Librocubicularist

letyourvoicebenerd

Beth’s Books

Bitten and Written

bibliophilenycmom

thebooker

xgingerbookworm

The Bookvengers

teethequoter

treesofreverie

grangerandherbooks

Payge Turner

Oh man I know I’m leaving out so many amazing bloggers. I love all of you, and I’m meeting new people every day. Come join the conversation!