Category: Books

5 Tips to Help You Save Space on Your Bookshelf

Every bookworm knows how difficult it is to find space for books. Here are my tips to save space on your bookshelf so that you can buy books without worrying about where you’re going to keep them:

1) Store your books horizontally- I don’t know the science or logic behind this but somehow I can store more books horizontally than vertically. If you don’t mind not having access to some books (ie, the ones at the bottom of the pile), stack your books horizontally.

2) Utilise the space near your ceiling- if you have space near your ceiling you should be able to store books there as well.

3) Mix and match genres- I would love to have a shelf dedicated solely to one author or genre. Unfortunately I cannot afford that space or cost. Instead my shelves consist of “read” and “unread” books which are then divided into sections depending on genre. This makes it easier for me to find the book I need while still using as little space as possible.

4) Get rid of books you don’t need/read- yes this option hurts me as well but think of how much joy your books could bring to someone else. I usually donate my books to a charity where they sell it. It’s a win-win. Someone buys your books and you’re supporting a good cause.

5) Play book tetris- books come in different sizes so you sometimes an unusual gap in your shelf can be used to store a book (or three).

What tips do you use to save space on your shelves? I’d love to know.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman (Playful Brides #6)

The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides, #6)The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I binge-read the first three books in this series earlier on this year and really enjoyed myself. However I still struggle to identify the characters as there as so many (maybe it’s time for a brush-up of the series?) At first I had no idea who Christian Berkeley was. Eventually his title sounded familiar but I still couldn’t remember him from previous books. This annoyed me to no end but I tried not to let it spoil the book for me.
Christian Berkeley is a viscount who stutters and is uncomfortable in social situations. When he comes across Sarah Highgate, a runaway who was once the belle of the season they strike a deal- Christian will help her return to London with no harm to her reputation while Sarah needs to help Christian become the catch of the season.
I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books especially Jane Upton and Daphne Swift. This book was excellently written and such a pleasure to read. The Playful Brides series usually seems too long to me but this wasn’t a problem with this book. I couldn’t read fast enough or put the book down. This is a book that fans of historical romance will definitely enjoy.

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The first Saturday of the month is the day that the SPCA hosts their monthly booksale. It is also today! Here are the books I bought:

Lots and lots of Nora Roberts and J.D Robbs (I’m a bit disappointed that the books aren’t in such good condition like last month but I was really ecstatic to have Nora Roberts books. I love her work!)

I also made a quick stop to Bargain Books and got these gems on special:

I read the first 3 books in the series so I’m really excited to see how this ends.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn (Bevelstoke #1)

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I accept that Julia Quinn has great writing. I know that her books have entertaining and lively characters. However there was something about this book that grabbed me and refused to let go. Miranda had been in love with Nigel since the day he assured her that she was not ugly. Despite only being a kid at the time Miranda’s feelings stayed for ages while Nigel went on to become a young, bitter widower. Eventually they end up together but there’s one problem. Nigel is unable to tell Miranda that he loves her.
This is an incredibly sweet read and I wish that we saw more of these characters

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Pleasure of The Rose by Jane Bonander (The MacNeil Legacy #1)

The Pleasure of the Rose: The MacNeil Legacy - Book OneThe Pleasure of the Rose: The MacNeil Legacy – Book One by Jane Bonander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never read any of Bonander’s books before but I really enjoyed this one. Roz is instantly attracted to Fletcher when he arrives to reclaim his home and title as Duke. She reluctantly enters into a marriage of convenience with him so that they can both keep the property. As time goes on Roz begins to develop feelings for Fletcher but they both hide secrets in their past. I loved Fletcher’s character and found the chemistry between him and Roz tangible. This book was incredibly well-written and impossible to put down. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of Bonander’s work.

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September TBR 

​There’s been a strike at my university so the vice-chancellor brought our mid-semester break forward. This doesn’t work out to my advantage since I still have work to do for my classes. Usually my mid-semester break is spent catching up on reading but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon. It is for that reason that my September TBR is a mix of books for college and some really amazing Netgalley reads that I can’t wait to start.


Assigned Readings for Class:

1) A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo: this is the last book for my previous English module. I actually missed out on the classes on this section because the strike was violent so I didn’t go to campus.

2) English Handbook: I’m going to be honest with you guys…I’m probably not going to read this until just before exams. Reading the articles based on the books we’ve studied in class is my way of preparing for exams.
3) A Grain of Wheat Study Guide: I found this in the library and I’m in awe. I’ve never found a study guide for any of my college books so this is so fascinating to me. I’m still undecided as to whether I will be reading this now or in preparation for exams.
Netgalley Reads

1) Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp: I’ve heard really great things about this book so I can’t wait to start it. Preferably before the book releases.
2) Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers: I was actually reading this before university closed and it was so fun. The Immortal Writers are writers who are so talented that their characters COME TO LIFE! How exciting is that? I get giddy imagining what if that could really happen.
3) The Pleasure of the Rose by Jane Bonander: I’ve never read anything by Bonander before but I love historical romance so I was really excited to read this.(I say “was” because this was a while back and I can no longer remember what the book is about. I do know that I really liked the plot though).
4) Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin: I love love love Holly Martin’s writing. Her characters are always so colourful and lively and her writing is very entertaining. I can’t wait to start reading this book.

Library Books

I hate hate hate my local library (we’ll get into that some other time). However when I visited them to get a copy of A Grain of Wheat, I ended up with the books pictured above. Am I going to finish them all? Probably not. But I’d love to try.

What books are on your TBR for the month?

Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #1)

The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved meeting this unusual family. The Bridgertons are a family of eight siblings who are all named alphabetically. Their adventures in London are chronicled by a mysterious gossip columnist named Lady Whistledown.
Daphne and Simon meet when she tries to get rid of an over eager suitor. There is an instant attraction which poses a problem as Simon is a) friends with Daphne’s brother and b) has sworn off marriage.
This was a wonderful read and I especially enjoyed reading Lady Whistledown’s gossip.
This series is a must-read for fans of historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Cranberry SkyChristmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit disappointed that this wasn’t a White Cliff Bay story but Juniper Island seems just as interesting as White Cliff Bay.
Pip and Gabe were each other’s first loves until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Now twelve years later they reunite on the picturesque Juniper Island. However can they really trust each other and fall in love again? Gabe has a daughter and Pip has a secret that may tear them apart.
I especially enjoyed all the Christmas festivities that took place. This book is a great Christmas read.
I didn’t really like Gabe’s meddling family members at first but they eventually grew on me. I also found the ending predictable. Besides that I really enjoyed this novel.
Gabe and Pip make a cute couple and I loved that they were always so close throughout their lives. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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Book Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)And I Darken by Kiersten White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has left me speechless. I have so many questions and so many feelings I don’t even know how to put them into words.

Lada is a vicious girl who is abandoned in the Ottoman courts by her father along with her brother, Radu. Lada and Radu soon make friends with Mehmad, the son of the Sultan who holds them captive. However the Ottoman courts are a brutal place and their happy friendship is soon threatened by outside forces.

I really loved Lada’s character. She is strong but almost blood-thirsty at times which makes her both terrifying and amusing. I especially enjoyed her unwavering dedication to her brother. Radu was an annoying character and I hated his childhood (he was pitifully weak). However Radu’s character development was amazing. I fell in love with him just as the characters in book did. My favourite part about these characters was that as they grew up and changed, so did my feelings for them. I pitied them, I hurt for him, I rejoiced with him. This is an incredibly long novel and by the end of it, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’re parting with a long-time friend.

At first I found it difficult to keep track of all of the cities and places that Lada and her family visited (It was only afterward that I discovered a glossary at the end of the book). However as time passed I became familiar with the places and their scenery which delighted me. I really feel like I was a part of this book. The story is just that well-written and immersive. I grew really attached to this book and it’s characters and can’t wait to read the next one.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

It Ends with UsIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve yet to read a Colleen Hoover novel that doesn’t leave an impact and this one is no different. In fact I was having a pretty great time with this book and was sucked in until I realised “Wait! This is a Colleen Hoover book. Something has to go wrong and it’s going to hurt when it does.”So I read. And I read. And then the bad thing happened and I cried. I cried because it was nothing that I had expected. Nothing on the internet, the book’s synopsis or even Colleen Hoover’s social media alerted at precisely what the conflict in this book would be. Believe me, the conflict is MAJOR! I understand the importance of not revealing spoilers so I’ll try my best not to (it’s so damn hard not to!). I will however say that this is a book that every woman needs to read. The significance of the words “It Ends With Us” is beautiful.Lily and Ryle have an instant connection when they meet. Despite Ryle’s aversion to relationships the two of them are blissfully happy. Then they’re not. Lily’s first love returns to town and her relationship with Ryle is threatened. Except Lily’s ex isn’t the only risk to both her relationship and happiness.I couldn’t put this book down (except for when Colleen Hoover’s words moved me and then I needed to share them on social media). I cried throughout the last few chapters but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Lastly (and this might be considered a SPOILER SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION), I especially loved that I was able to fall for the villain in this novel. He was flawed but he was an amazing person. I loved that I was able to hate him and love him at the same time. I pitied him but I desperately wanted him gone. I’ve never felt such complex emotions for a fictional character before. I’ve always enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work but this is a work of art.

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