Life of a Book Hoarder

My Literary Tattoos

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some pictures of the half-sleeve I got in May. If you don’t follow me, here is a shameless plug where I say you should follow me: Hey, you should follow me!

Anyway – I figured I’d do a post with some nice pictures now that my arm is healed and give a brief explanation of what I chose to get.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Arcturus Austens

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Life of a Book Hoarder

The Shameful Shelf Tour

For quite some time I’ve been telling myself I should do an updated bookshelf tour. My last tour was in August of 2015 and boy, do I have even more books now! But due to a project that took Sweetbeeps almost a year to actually start for me, we didn’t really have enough room in our second bedroom for me to photograph the shelves in there.

I almost didn’t do this post though…

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Book Review

Book Review: The House in Poplar Wood

The House in Poplar Wood
K.E. Ormsbee

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 333 pages
2018, Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452149868 (hardcover)

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Felix and Lee Vickery live separate lives in the same house. Lee and his mother serve Memory and Felix and his father serve Death and while the boys can meet, neither can see the parent they don’t live with, nor can that parent see them. This has been the Agreement for their whole lives and the boys have done all they can think of to break it. When Gretchen Whipple comes into their lives stirring up trouble, the twins believe they might have finally found someone who could help them break the Agreement. If, that is, they can outsmart Death.

The cover caught my eye when I was browsing the LibraryThing Early Reviewers page (I mean, come on, isn’t that color combination gorgeous?!) and when I saw it was a dark middle-grade, I slammed the request button. I’m so happy I won a copy! This was a great read, perfect for the fall/Halloween season.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: 3 Lovely Covers

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls
By John Bellairs

My Edition:
Paperback, 179 pages
2004, Puffin
ISBN: 9780142402573

Lewis, newly orphaned, moves in with his uncle Jonathan. He soon finds that Jonathan and his eccentric but kind neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are more than they seem – they’re witches! Jonathan is happy to perform acts of magic to amuse Lewis, but he’s distracted by the constant ticking of a clock hidden somewhere within the walls of the house. Jonathan has a hunch the clock is evil and when Lewis accidentally resurrects the former owner of the home, they learn she means to use the clock to destroy humanity.

I’ve been listening to Richard talk about his love for Bellairs’s books for quite some time. But what sparked me to buy the book was the preview for the movie with Jack Black (which I might watch someday). I saw it and thought, hey, that book is probably pretty good! Turns out I should have taken Richard’s recommendation ages ago!

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Book Review

Book Review: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
By Lisa Jensen

My Edition:
Hardcover, 337 pages
2018, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763688806

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Lucie is new to her position as a housemaid at Chateau Beaumont. She’s got to be careful not to lose her position, as she can’t go back to her stepfather’s home. But the Chevalier de Beaumont, Jean-Loup, is a cruel and abusive master. When Lucie gets a chance to have her revenge, with the help of a wise woman, Jean-Loup is turned into a terrifying beast. Lucie stays on at the castle while all others flee, to ensure Jean-Loup suffers and her revenge is exacted to the fullest. But as time goes on, Lucie finds the beast is nothing like her former master. When a beautiful girl arrives and threatens to break the spell on the beast, Lucie vows she will do everything she can to prevent it and keep the beast she’s come to know.

Once again, Jensen wowed me with her retelling. My review on Alias Hook totally doesn’t do justice for my intense love of that book; and I was worried Beast wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I was so wrong! While Beast isn’t as dark, and has a vague YA feel about it, it was just as moving and engrossing as Alias Hook!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Lord of the Rings

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
By Mark & Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun

My Edition:
Paperback, 250 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9781101935880

In the city of Chrysalis, Oona Lee is training to become a sand dancer, though she’s clumsy and doesn’t have a way with her magic the way her older sister does. Her older sister who ran off without a trace and only recently contacted Oona once more. When the city falls under attack, Oona finds herself teamed up with An Tzu, a poor boy with some amazing friends and Jax Amboy, celebrity athlete. The kids soon find themselves wrapped up in a plot that spans the five worlds of their galaxy and Oona must delay her reunion with her sister if she wants to save her friends and her home.

I purchased this on a whim and I’m so pleased I did! I absolutely loved the mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements, the protagonists and the art style!

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