Shelves of Shame

Today I’m talking about the shame that resides on my shelves — aka the books that I’ve owned since before I became a blogger in 2010 but STILL haven’t read. And it’s a lot more than 10 but I’m only going to talk about 10 of them and maybe you could tell me which ones I should seriously stop delaying. I feel like a lot of these are still unread because my reading tastes have evolved SO MUCH since before I was a blogger. As part of my whole bookshelf revamp project, I recently went through and actually officially got rid of some of them that had been on my shelves for even longer than 6 years because I was honest with myself about my interest towards them. PLUS, I figured I can always go get them out at the library if my interest is piqued again.

So, here we go….my list of shame:

 

Owned & unread books

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Ten Comics On My Comic TBR List

comics to read

Last year I started getting into comics (you can check out what I started with here) and since I’m still a comics newb I have QUITE the TBR list of comics to get to. I thought it would be fun if I shared 10 that were on the top of my TBR list. In other news, I should have another post up detailing what other comics I’ve been reading (Paper Girls & Lumberjanes for sure) soon.

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Ten Books I’d Buy Right NOW

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Buy RIGHT NOW If Someone Handed Me  A Fully Loaded Gift Card

What once would have been the easiest of topics at one point in my life just proved to be a daunting task. You see, once I joined Goodreads in 2008 and then started blogging in 2010, I became an out of control book buyer. Then my purchasing dwindled a bit due to me becoming unemployed. Then, after things weren’t so dire financially, I realized I was a bit of a reformed book buyer. I have a zillion unread books from when I went nuts buying books and also review copies PLUS I do soooo much librarying it’s not even funny (I love the library did you know that??).

So when I went to sit down and think, “WHAT BOOKS WOULD I BUY THIS MINUTE?” I was stumped. Because I would find all of them at the library likely. And my criteria for buying books is REALLY strict now (books from fave authors, books I read and loved and want on my shelf, from a series I love, have to want it 10000% percent).

SO I really had to step outside of my normal line of thinking for this one and stop thinking that I could get it at the library and just think about what a fun shopping spree would be like!

1. Harry Potter Box Set:

harry potter box set gift

Since I’ve now read Harry Potter this year at the age of 30 I decided that I HAVE to own these! I really want the hardcover box set too but this would be the one I’d likely pick.

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Ten Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Facts About Me

 

I feel like I had such a hard time with this one. Because 1) I feel like if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time that I’ve written in in the past 6 years you know a decent amount ABOUT me and 2) this exercise makes me feel completely boring. Like WHY DO I NOT HAVE INTERESTING FUN THINGS TO SHARE? Like that I’ve punched a shark in the face and lived to tell about it or that my second cousin is Taylor Swift.

I tried to make a mix of things to share for those who haven’t been around these parts ever/for long and things maybe you didn’t know even if you’ve been around this blog for the past 6 years.

1. I hated my husband when I first met him.

No really…I REALLY could not stand him. Once I started to not hate him I tried to hook him up with my sister because I felt like he was more her type. You can read more about that here. But here we are like 10 years later so.

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Ten Underrated Books I Love

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Love With Goodreads Ratings Under 2000

I love me a good underrated gem! Sometime I’ll get on Goodreads and be like WUT how does this book have so few ratings?? WHY HAVE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE READ IT!! So with topic I’ll note I left off things that JUST got published within the past couple months because they are so new.

1. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

Just Visiting Dahlia Adler

 

I really don’t understand how this has so few ratings because this book was soooooo fantastic. If you like contemporary YA, highly rec.

What I Said About It: “It’s just such an authentic story about friendship and love and that confusing time when that next stage (post-high school) is staring you right in the face. So compelling and so compulsively readable! I really just want to follow the next few years of their lives if I’m honest!” READ MORE

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10 Books On My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Freebie week — I chose: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

I already talked about my most anticipated for the rest of 2016 so any of those that I already have in my possession or come into my possession during the summer are on that list for sure. BUT THIS WEEK I want to talk about what is at the top of my TBR list for the summer — a combo of new releases and backlist books I own!

 

stack of books

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My Favorite 2016 Releases Thus Far

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Best 2016 Releases Thus Far

I’ve read quite a bit of 2016 releases and I have to say that it was REALLY easy to come up with this list because these were honestly the standouts for me with the exception of a couple others that could have easily made this list too. Some of the 2016 releases I read were lackluster for me but OH MAN these 10 were easily some of the best books I’ve read this year so far. It’s going to be SO hard to think about making a list again at the end of the year if I keep reading so many excellent books!

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Ten Releases I’m Anticipating For The Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Releases I’m Most Anticipating for the Second Half of 2016

(In the beginning of the year I talked about my most anticipated books for the first half of 2016 AND my most anticipated debuts, so check those out if you are looking for 2016 releases to read now while you wait for these!)

I’m going to start out by saying 3 of my most anticipated releases for the rest of the year are books of a series but they are pretty popular so I want to spend some time talking about other books in my ~official~ list of ten so know that Empire of Storms , A Torch Against the Night and The Midnight Star are like my top 3 for sure!

2016-releases-second-half

And now for my ~official~ top ten releases for the rest of 2016:

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Ten YA Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Beach Reads For YA Readers  — for the contemporary readers

beach reads for teens and YA readers

(come back next week for a post on YA books to stash in your beach bag if you aren’t into contemporary reads and then adult fiction books the next week)

I’ve done a bunch of these lists throughout the years so I’m not going to include any that I’ve included in past years so you should DEFINITELY check those out because they are some of my all time FAVE beach reads — here & here.

Basically a TLDR for you for the above links: pack everything by Jessi Kirby, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han and you will be GOLDEN. There are other recs in there too but these are my most reliable beach read authors in YA. Perfect mix of light and not so light elements that are just SO compulsively readable.

Anyways, on to another 10 YA books I’ve read since those lists that I think should be in your beach bag!

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My Favorite Travel Blogs

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Travel Blogs

 

If I’m honest, I follow way more travel blogs than I do book blogs. I’ve followed some of these travel blogs since before I even started blogging myself in 2010. The travel blog section in my Feedly is definitely the place I go first and I’ve found that my favorite travel blogs are the ones that give the location reviews, tips and the pretty photos but also talk about travel (and their lives) in a personal way, the ones that feel like I know them, the introspective and honest ones and the ones you can tell care about their integrity when accepting the sponsored posts and the free press trips. Some of them share other interests — books and fashion and more so I always love catching up on that stuff, too. I’ve followed some of these for many years and some of these are newer in the past couple years (especially after some of my favorite travel bloggers from years ago stopped posting — I had a need to find more!!).

 

The ones I’ve been following for many years:

 

1. Young Adventuress

honest travel blogs to follow

2. Alex in Wanderland

travel blog

3. Free Candie (formerly known as Candice Does the World):

travel blogs to follow

4. C’est Christine

travel blogs to follow

5.  Twenty Something Travel (though she’s not in her 20’s anymore…have loved “growing up” with her)

20 something travel blogs

6. Adventurous Kate

travel blogs to follow

My new favorites I’ve found in the past year or so:

 

7.  Global Gal

global travel blog

8.  Oneika the Traveler

travel blog written by a POC

9.  World Of Wanderlust

travel blogs to follow

10. This Battered Suitcase

best travel blogs

 

 

Latest Find: Wide Sea, No Anchor — I juuuust found this blog recently and I am always DROOLING over the photography and how she captures these destinations.

 

So tell me…are there any travel blogs you think I should be reading that I might not be??

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