Clearing out….

Amongst all the chaos of the end of 2017, I had a massive clearout of my book collection. Not an easy thing to do seen as I had donated a couple of hundred to charity shops in the middle of 2016. I managed it though. I got rid of anything that I had read and felt that I would never read again. I also got rid of som e unread books that I had lost interest in. I am guessing that this is a pretty common theme with all you booklovers out there!

the good thing about this is that it game me room to actually organise my books properly for what feels like the first time in ages!

I now have a “Read” shelf.

I have a “Hauled in 2018” shelf.

I have a shelf for all my biographies.

Another for my hardbacks.

Another just has my Jodi Picoult collection on it.

This just makes me feel so much more organised, and also makes it way easier to find stuff.

I still have a physical TBR of over 200, but it just seems more manageable now.

It also means that the books I am picking up I am really enjoying. My least favourite read of the year so far (Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin) was actually one that had been lingering on my kindle!!!

I’ve also challenged myself to read all 6 books off the Women’s Prize Shortlist this year 😮

Anyway how’s about a #shelfie or two???

Shortlist row

women’s prize shortlist selection

Shortlist stack

Women’s Prize shortlist

Read books 2

READ bookshelf

big shelf 2

this is pretty much all TBR! (also my bedside table!)

Big Shelf 1

big shelf…

close up 1

the top shelf are my Harry Potter, Twilight and Sarah J Maas books, the next is my newest hauled books….


How do you organise your books?

How do you keep your TBR manageable?

How do you decide what to unhaul??

Until next time!!!Feel free to let me know!!


2017 – Books I need to review!

As I said in  my last post I have a ton of catching up to do, so for now, here is the list of the books I read in the second half of 2017 and have not yet reviewed.

I hope to get round to all of them at some point, but if you want me to do certain ones feel free to let me know, poke me in the ribs or throw a book at me…. well maybe not throw a book at me – it may get damaged, but I think you know what I mean!!!

Here goes….

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  • A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
  • Inheritance (Cemetery Girl vol. 2) by Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • New Boy By Tracy Chevalier
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  • A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
  • The Takedown by Corrie Wang
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • Release by Patrick Ness
  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  • Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
  • Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling
  • Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling
  • Ink by Alice Broadway
  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio

all I can say is…. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!

Trying to catch up…

So, it’s been close to 8 months since I last posted. Not because I haven’t been reading, but because life got really complicated…

I had a pretty severe bout of depression mixed with anxiety. I got a new flatmate, then lost a new flatmate (she moved into her own place with her boyfriend). I got a job – YAY ME!!!! And also all the regular family nonsense that you have to deal with….

Sooooooo, I have a ton of catching up to do!!

In 2017 I read a total of 136 books!

In 2018 so far I’ve read 23 books!

I do intend to upload synopses/reviews for all of them, but as you can imagine it may take a while, so please bear with me!!!

First I will upload a list of everything, and add links as I get them done!

Lets just see how it goes!