My Bookshelf Dilemma ๐Ÿ“š

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Hello My Beautiful look Nerds!

So, I saw this online, and I feel like this is kinda like my bookshelf. Like, I don’t have the “pretend to have read” section, but it is “read” and “not read” and a huge disproportionate of not read on my shelves. How do you guys read all the books on your shelves? Do you make it a goal or add it to your reading challenges? I’ve seen like a book jar, does the work? Or do you have self control and you don’t buy books until you’ve finished the first one and have read all the books you own? Let me know!

Dorkily and Feeling Bookishly overwhelmed,

Hollie โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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Hello My Beautiful Book Nerds!!

So, just a quick announcement: I have a twitter account now! Feel free to tweet me and help me figure out what I’m doing over there! I’m @DorkieHollReads. Also, please leave your twitter handle in the comments, so I can follow you, too! That’s all for now!

Dorkily and Tweetingly Yours,

Hollie โ˜บ๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸพBye Felicia: The Tale of How I Got Rid of Books ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ข

Hello My Beautiful Book Nerds!

Today, I am going to talk about my latest book unhaul. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you get rid of books. It’s the opposite of a book haul, so they added the negative prefix “un” and yeah, you get the point. Anyways, so last year I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and no lies were told with that title. I learned so much and have adapted so many new habits for it. I am naturally disorganized, I like to say that I have organized chaos, but let’s be real, it’s just chaos and I am a hot mess, and need help. Lol. Part of the KonMari method is to take everything off the shelf and then go one by one and feel the item, and ask yourself if it brings you joy. While this was effective for me to let go of clothes, I always feel joy when holding a book, so it was ineffective in this realm. I then watched a video by Samantha from ThoughtsOnTomes, and she has a book specific guided lesson on getting rid of books, because, who wants to let go of their children, amIrite? The link to her super helpful video is here. So, I was truly honest with myself and was able to part with the 37 books! You may notice that a lot after cookbooks and Charlaine Harris and there is a reason for that. Both genre/ series of books were part of a phase of my life that I am over and not going to return to. Almost a decade ago, I was set on going to culinary school, and trying to absorb multiple techniques, cuisines, etc. I bought every cookbook I laid eyes on. Eventually, I ended up finding a different major that I love and have since gotten a degree in. While I still love cooking, I don’t need nor will I or have I used the cookbooks that I am giving up. Same goes for Charlaine Harris. Over a decade ago, I was OBSESSED with the show True Blood. I stopped watching after like season 5 (?) whichever was the season where we find out that Sookie was a fairy (What is the spoiler statute of limitation?). Anyways, I was so pissed that I stopped watching, not caring to see what happened after that to what storyline they gave Crystal, who was the first Were-Panther I had ever seen. (Like really, I waited like 5 years to find out that Sookie is freaking Tinker Bell?! WTF?!) I then vowed to read the books to see if they explain this tomfoolery that I was watching. I bought a book and realized it was number 6, then I realized there are like 30 in the series and she’s still writing! I’ve tried to grab some here and there, but honestly, I’m never going to read them all. I’ve had the first book for over 5 years now and have yet to crack it open, so chances are, it’s not gonna happen.

I’d like to say that I was Uber mature and was able to quickly identify and part with these books, with an heir of nonchalance, but y’all know me better than that. It took me like 2 days, cuz I wanted to sleep on some of my decisions and even still, I have some books that I am on the fence about now, that I probably should have gotten rid of, but didn’t. I watched the aforementioned video like 3 times and asked myself all the questions and went through all the processes and it was still so hard. One thing that got me through it was : sleeping on it, taking my time and the idea that I would be making room for new books. Also, after I got rid of them, I felt a little bit freer as I didn’t have that guilt of seeing that unread book everyday, and having it mentally slide further and further down my TBR list as new books come out. I’m not the only one who feels their books are silently judging them, am I?

Have you done a book unhaul or unload or whatever you want to call it? How did you do it? What was your motivation? How many books did you get rid of? Let me know! I want someone to share in the struggle, trauma, and cleansing of this experience with me. Haha.

Dorkily Yours and 37 Books Lighter,

Hollie ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ข

New Year, New Blogger ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“–

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Hello my Beautiful Booknerds!

So, I have been AWOL for quite a bit and THIS is the year that I FINALLY get my blog and life together! Lol. I know I say that a lot, but I got this! Last year I finished my BA, set a new career goal, got a new job and had applied to a Teaching Credential Program. Whew! While my year was hectic, I still found time to read, but I didn’t blog or IG or Litsy as much as I would have liked. This year is the year I figure out the Social Medias. Lol. I am going to make a valiant effort to not only blog more, but Litsy, Instagram and figure out Twitter. I also, will be doing a couple of Reading Challenges, I’m in a book club, and will post more reviews as well as other bookish things that I come across in my little slice of the world. Just to catch up a bit, I read 50 books last year, which is a HUGE deal for me, because I am a slow reader, but Audiobooks for the win! If you would like to know which books those are, they are on my GoodReads account (DorkieHollieReads), so feel free to click that link and see what all I devoured last year!

Last year I started a Bookstagram account (Dorkieholliereads) and it has been going okay. I’m still getting the hang of it and it has sparked an interesting in photography for me, but I would like to post on their more often, as well as do some Bookstagram Challenges to liven up my feed. I also, joined Litsy, it’s like if Bookstagram were its own app. It’s pretty cool so far, and I can never have too many book recs, so I’m in! I’m sorry if this sounds more like a shameless plug, but I really am trying to be more diligent with my social medias and connecting with you all. Also, if you have any idea how Tumblr works, holla at ya girl! I don’t quite understand how it works or what I’m doing on it. LOL.

Anywho, Thank you all for hanging in there, even when I was an absentee blogger. You all are amazeballs and look forward to having great conversations with you all in the comments section!

Dorkily Yours,

Hollie ๐Ÿ˜Š

BookNerd Rage ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ“š


So, I am doing a summer buddy read along of the Mortal Instruments series. We are actually just going to have a Cassandra Clare Summer, but we have to start somewhere. Anywho, so I called to like 5 different used bookstores and only 1 had City of Bones in stock. I had them hold that and then City of Ashes was on the shelf, so I grabbed that as well. I wasn’t paying attention when the  guy took City of Bones from the hold bin and placed it in my bag, because I was distracted, because Used bookstore. Haha.  When I got home, I realized I have the Television Series cover of the first book and the original cover of the second book. I have so much nerd rage over this. Lol. Like, really?! Not even the damn movie cover, but the freaking television show and as a bookstore employee, I feel this is something imperative to have told me! The cover is ugly and they will look ridiculous on my shelf! I haven’t read them yet, but if I fall in love with the series, like everyone else has, I am totally returning this monstrosity for credit and am going to order the original cover for City of Bones on Amazon. I know you are asking “Why didn’t you just order it, in the first place?” Well, I like to support used bookstores and they said they had a copy, so now I can get it cheap and not have to pay for shipping nor wait for it to ship and it’s an excuse to spend my day off wandering the aisles of a USED BOOKSTORE. Lol.  So, yeah, that’s my nerd rage moment of the day. Have you guys experienced this? Not just this, but it also infuriates me when a book series decides to switch from paperback to hardcover mid series and never releases the first books in hardcover (I’m looking at you Steig Larsson and the Millenium/ Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series!)

Outraged,

Hollie ๐Ÿ˜ก

“Hell hath no fury, like a bookworm scourned.” -Me

Bookish Research ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽฌ

Am I the only one like this? I haven’t watched “The Handmaids Tale” nor “American Gods,” because I want to finish the books first! Also, I haven’t seen Divergent yet, either! It’s been on my TBR, but it keeps getting pushed further down the list and knowing that I probably won’t read it anytimesoon, doesn’t make me feel like I can watch the movie yet. Lol. 

June Wrap Up!! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“š

This is the first time doing a wrap up, so let me know what you guys think!  I would like to state that this is the first month after graduation, and I think I had a newfound fervor and zeal with my accomplishment and free time. I have never read or listened to so many books in a month! This may be an average for some, but I got 6 books read this month and possibly 7, if I finish this graphic novel that I am reading by Midnight. Anywho, here are the books I read in June:

  •            The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Adieh
  •            The Life and Loves of a She- Devil by Fay Weldon
  •            The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  •            Giant Days by John Allison
  •            Simon VS The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  •            Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

So those are my books! I am kinda all over the place in terms of genre, I read some YA, Fantasy, Adult Contemporary, and Graphic Novel. I am in the middle of Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1, and if I finish that tonight, I will have read 7 books! Again, for me, this is a number to celebrate. Haha. I have SOOO many books on my July TBR and I will have a post with those and a brief synopsis on them soon, but I’m hoping to have read the same amount, if not more books than this month, because, why not? I really want to push myself this year and reach my new goal of 50 books. I am really enjoying myself so far and I am delighted that I am exceeding my goals thus far. How did June treat you? Was it a good reading month for you? Let me know!!

-Hollie ๐Ÿ™‚

“Now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to confer benefits on a lion.”  -Aesop

My Eyes are Bigger Than My Literary Stomach ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


So, here is my latest library book haul.  This is beautiful, however, why did I think I could read all of these books, in addition to completeing my  “currently reading” books?! I feel like I get a little over zealous in the library, like I go in for planning to just getthe  book I have on hold, but them I end up strolling the aisles and I end up like this, with 4 books, 2 graphic Novels, and 20 days to finish them all. Y’all know I am a slow reader, so why do I keep doing this to myself? I REALLY want to read them all, I just cannot possibly physically do it. I know I can’t read that fast, but every stinking time, I do this to myself!! Are there such things as too many books, when it comes to me checking them out? Maybe I won’t go that far and I’ll just say that I have a lack of restraint, self control  and a unrealistic view of my reading speed in juxtaposition to the amount of books I check out.  That sounds better, right? Lol.  Does this happen to you? Are your eyes bigger than your literary stomach, so to speak? Do you check out more books than you can possibly read before you have to return them? Am I the only one still doing this library thing? Let me know!!
-Hollie ๐Ÿ™‚
“My taste is for freedom, and I have no relish for constraint.”

                                                         -Miguel de Cervantes 

Book Rebel or Potential Recluse? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿก

Lately the weather has teetered between blistering hot and extremely nice and I would like to partake, but just like the meme says: My “stay in the (air conditioned) house” game is too strong. I have so many great books to get through and I want to enjoy them in peace. I know you guys are thinking “you can go read in the park, under a nice tree.” To that I say  “that’s what everyone and their mom is doing.” The parks, pools and community centers are all packed with everyone enjoying the weather in the same way, so I will be a rebel of sorts and stay home! Lol. Do you guys experience this or am I just exhibiting early symptoms of becoming a recluse? Haha. Let me know!!
– Hollie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

โ€œLiterature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.โ€ – Fernando Pessoa

This Girl is On Fire!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ


Okay, so I may not be as dramatic as Katniss, but I did just complete my Reading goal!! So, for Goodreads I made myself a goal of 25 books. Before you roll your eyes, let me state that 1.) I was in my last semester at college and didn’t think I would get any recreational reading done, 2.) I am a slow reader and 3.) I only read 20 books last year, so I thought I was being ambitious by streatching to 25.  

So, what does a bookworm do when she reaches her Reading Challenge Goals? She DOUBLES it!! Now my GoodReads goal is 50 books! For me that’s a lot, due to the aforementioned slow reading, but I’m pumped that I made it this far! What are your reading goals this year and how are they coming along? Let me know!!

-Hollie ๐Ÿ™‚

“Live your life, take chances, be crazy. Donโ€™t wait โ€™cause right now is the oldest youโ€™ve ever been & the youngest youโ€™ll be ever again.”  โ€“ Suzanne Collins