Finding My Bookshelf Style with

Books. We love them, we hate organizing them. When you have too many books and not enough space, bookshelves can turn into certified natural disaster areas.

Going on Pinterest for organizational inspiration sounds like a good idea, but their huge user base is both a blessing and a curse. Where to start? What is my style? How does that style translate into organization; specifically book organization?

Well, to help me help you, I’ve enlisted help of

Understanding your style is the best way to begin any organization project, and Havenly makes it easy with an Interior Design Style Quiz!

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In seven steps, hopefully, Havenly will help me.

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After a few more questions like these…

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… I had all the secrets to the universe! Okay, not really, but I did get insight into what my personal style was called!

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Coming out of this style quiz throughly obsessed with the results, I decided to try my luck on Pinterest, this time with a little more detail.

One search for “scandinavian bookshelf” later and I notice the definition of “Scandinavian” from Havenly brought to life in front of me. Simple colors with a lot of texture.

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One – more specific – search for “scandinavian bookshelf styling” later and I’m sobbing myself to sleep over how aesthetically pleasing these organization suggestions are.

Notice: the alternating positions of books (standing, laying, spine out, spine in…)

Notice: the featuring of textured objects like BLANKETS and PLANTS

Notice: the grouping of colors


Not a lot of us know our style, and that’s okay! But in today’s Instagram turned Bookstagram world, defining your personal aesthetic is so important. Now that I’ve helped myself, I can help you. My first lesson: figure out your style!


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Overview: The First by Dylan S. Perry

Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  2. Specifically: sneaky ~lady~ witches
  3. A main character who tries to deal with her emotions but just can't because sometimes emotions aren't preferable
  4. Time travel (can I get a whoop whoop?)
  5. The main villain in this story is every male, ever and you know what? I'm 100% okay with this.
  6. Fun little cliff-hanger in the middle
  7. Ending with a resolution
  8. SASS
  9. Visceral description of witchy stuff
  10. A main character who loves books??? Sign me up!!!

4/5 Stars

I loved this plot and the story-telling but here's what I was missing:

  1. Badass women of color
  2. More pages

I think this story needs more space to breathe and be told; I wish it were a full length novel rather than a novella!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 20th Anniversary & What Harry Potter Means to Me

Like any diehard fan/collector, I ended up with all four of the special 20th Annoversary Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (No? Just me? ahahahahaha *sobs*)

Harry Potter means so much to me, and these special House editions are gorgeous. 

Each one includes several pages of extra House-specific content + artwork!

These books tugged at my heart-strings and got me thinking…

It would take several months and a two-page thesis to describe what the Harry Potter series means to me; what Jo has given me. In lieu of that, I’m going to make this short and sweet:

To honor the 20th anniversary of this introductory book, I’m listing the top five things that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone taught me. 

  1. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.
  2. The magic can never be stamped out of you.
  3. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. 
  4. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
  5. Love is powerful, and leaves a mark.

Tell me some of your favorite Philsopher’s Stone teachings in the comments!

Overview: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Summer vibes ☀️
  2. Excellent execution of a main character struggling with religion + life
  4. Seriously the best summer book you’ll ever read
  5. The “summer camp” book I needed by never got in my childhood !!!!!!!
  7. One of my favorite mom and daughter relationships
  9. Teen pregnancy? Trans character? Yes plz
  10. I can’t even explain in words how relatable this book is read it NOW OKAY BYE

Overview: When We Collided by Emery Lord

Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Main character struggling with mental health (anxiety + bipolar disorder)
  2. Alternating views between the two main characters! (Jonah is a real treat, y’all)
  3. Small-town beach life 
  4. Mom vs. young adult struggles
  5. Clear focus on sibling relationships
  7. Nobody “fixes” anybody
  8. Jonah’s cooking skills amirite?
  9. Vivi’s unapologeic love of anything she’s interested in
  10. Tear jerking resolution leaving you satisfied yet unsatisfied at the same time

Book Signing: Emery Lord, Brittany Cavallaro, and Emily Henry

Joseph-Beth Cincinnati hosted two back-to-back signings with my newest favorite contemporary authors! First up: Emery Lord for her newest book The Names They Gave Us

Waiting for Emery!
She’s hilarious.


Emery made us cookies!

Emery was hilarious and down to earth! I had just finished her book When We Collided two days prior to this, and when I told her that it destroyed me she suggested I read something more lighthearted between it and The Names They Gave Us because it would destroy me too! She’s one of the most effortlessly funny people I’ve ever met.

Day Two involved meeting Brittany Cavallaro for her newest book The Last of August and Emily Henry for A Million Junes!

(I haven’t ready anything by Emily yet, so I also picked up The Love That Split The World.)

Waiting for Brittany and Emily!
Their friendship is #goals.
How cute are they?!

Brittany and Emily are best friends, and it was so cute to watch them interact with each other and lead the discussion! They had us laughing, crying, and wanting to be in their #squad. It was a seriously great time, with some seriously awesome ladies! I’ve never met anyone more kind than these two.

Meeting Cassie and eating the cupcakes Emily’s mom made us!

Emily’s mom made everyone these DELICIOUS cupcakes, and I got to enjoy mine with Cassie, a friend from OTSP Secret Sister! it was great meeting her and getting to hang out with her on both nights of signings!

Both signings were small and intimate, and there were some great questions asked! I love getting to go to these events, and couldn’t believe some of my newest faves coming this close to my tiny area! I still had to drive an hour and a half to get to them, but if they got any closer they’d have to host it in a corn field.

Two Year Blogaversary: A Short Letter

Dear Self and Readers,

Today marks my two year Blogaversary!

I started this blog as a venting process for an ended relationship, and as a way to relate my feeling to my favorite books or characters.

(Blogging is cheaper than therapy, homies.)

Now I do overviews of the books I read, and other posts like discussion topics, and interviews with other bloggers!

It’s been a long road, but I’m finally happy with where I am, blog-wise. I’ve made a commitment of posting once per week – no matter how busy my life is – and it’s working out for me! I stock pile book reviews and schedule posts like, “Today I’m Recommending…” and what I’ve found is: I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN!

Before, I felt so pressure to do lengthy reviews and discussion posts and get a million ARCs like the bloggers who had been doing this since before I could talk. It was so unrealistic of me, and blogging started to suck. I’m so excited that I’ve found this rhythm.

I still don’t get a lot of traffic to each post, but I love doing it for ME and for those who do happen to read, and appreciate, them.

I didn’t think I would be this involved in the community two years ago. I’ve made friends through the OTSP Secret Sister group that I never would have otherwise! I go to events and pick up swag and even joined Bookstagram.

I can’t wait to see where I’m at this time next year!