Life of a Book Hoarder

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Bookhoarder

Are you new to the bookhoarding scene and looking for pointers on how to live up to your fullest hoarding potential? Well, I’ve put together a few tips to help you on your path to building a successful hoard of books.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Lamb

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: Lost in Austen

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Lost in Austen
By Emma Campbell Webster

My Edition:
Paperback, 345 pages
2007, Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9781594482588

From the back of the book: Your name: Elizabeth Bennet. Your mission: to marry both prudently and for love, avoiding family scandal. Equipped with only your sharp wit, natural good sense, and tolerable beauty, you must navigate your way through a variety of decisions that will determine you own romantic (and financial) fate. Ever wonder what would happen if Elizabeth accepted Mr. Darcy’s proposal the first time around? Or ran from his arms into those of Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth? Now is your chance to find out.

Get ready, this is a long review!

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Book Review

Book Review: Rat Queens

Rat Queens
By Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrated by Roc Upchurch

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 128 pages
2014, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781607069454

From the back of the book: They’re a pack of booze guzzling, death dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the gods’ creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. 

As a fantasy reader, RPG fan, I was an instant fan of Rat Queens.

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Life of a Book Hoarder

2015 Reading Challenge

A friend sent me an email with a book challenge for  2015 and I think I may try my hand at this as well. It’s a 50 book list (well 52 because one item is for a trilogy) from PopSugar. I’m not going to go crazy trying to complete this list, because with my goal of reading 110 books and making 40 of them books I already own, I’ve got enough on my plate. But I figured it might be neat to see what books I do pick this year that can be crossed off this list.

Are you taking any reading challenges this year? Aside from just trying to read 100 or more books a year, I’ve never really done any of these challenges before.

Here’s their list, in case you want to try it yourself:

Monthly Wrap Up

December and 2014 Wrap Up

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December!

In December I read 4 books, for a total of 2,542 pages and an average of 83 pages per day. One of these was a review book and 1,439 of the total pages came from The Stand, which I’m surprised I was able to finish before the end of the year.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Notable Quotes:
“Even though adults were tall, what we knew about anything, including ourselves, was small.”
“It’s a terrible thing to lie. It’s a field you keep seeding and watering and plowing, but nothing will ever grow on it.”
“The bad things that happen to you don’t have to mean anything at all.”

I Am Sophie Tucker by Susan Lloyd Ecker

Dancers Among Us by Jordan Matter

The Stand by Stephen King
Notable Quote:
“Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.”

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Another year has come to a close, and this has been the fourth year that I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read and stats related to that. I really enjoy tracking my progress like this and I think it’s something I’ll continue for a long time. Here’s what I’ve got from 2014:

  • Read 103 books
  • A total of 33,048 pages
  • Averaged 8.7 books per month
  • Averaged 2,754 pages per month
  • Averaged 91 pages per day
  • Most books read in May
  • Most pages read in February

This is the first year that most books read and most pages read weren’t the same month. For 2013 and 2012, I also read 103 books, and when I started all this in 2011, I read 104 books. For 2015 I’ve set my Goodreads goal for 110 books (if you want to friend me, I’m here), though honestly, anything over 100 is awesome. I’ve also set up a goal with one of the groups I belong to, to read 40 books from those I already own, rather than any new ones I purchase this year.

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I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, book-filled 2014, and I hope that 2015 brings even more books your way! Did you meet your goals for last year or set any new bookish goals this year?

Nostalgia Reads

Nostalgia Reads: Holiday Stories

nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh] – noun:
A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

Since it’s December I wanted to do a sort of holiday post – in reviewing my bookshelf, I realized there’s a lack of holiday-themed books, but I found a few cuties from my childhood to reminisce about.

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