Bookshelf tidyup

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Sometimes I feel my bookshelf is a little like that on the left – always moving, never neat!  And sometimes it’s like the one on the right, where everything is in a pile out on the floor and tables.

Current arrangement

My shelves were reorganised about 2 years ago into some kind of “theme”. For example: all the books by one author were out together; books based in or set around “Asia” or “Indian Subcontinent”) were grouped together.   This worked well for a while, until I realised that if I had just finished a book set in India, I rarely wanted to go straight into another book based in India – I often wanted something completely different.

Also, with the movement of some stuff on the shelves, and the absorption of some books from Bookcrossing, the shelves started getting a little messy to say the least.

The picture above is an example of the mess it was in. Stuff stacked with no rhyme or reason, and generally looking a mess.

One of my objectives at the beginning of the year was to reorganise my bookshelves, but when it came down to it, I wasn’t up to a full reorg.  The picture below gives some indication of what I was up against!  These are JUST the TBRs!

 

What I ended up doing

What you cant see from the photos above is that there is storage space below the books, that I took the chance to tidy up as well. This meant that I moved crates of stuff away, but it did mean that there were crates lying all around my sitting room, making it even more cluttered. I needed to put them back but it meant that I wasn’t in the mood to therefore dismantle so many books in order to do a full reorg (those shelves are double deep in books, so there are twice as many as you would think.

Therefore I did a partial reorg, going back to my original stacking process of going by book height. Below is what my shelves look like now: not a huge difference but it makes the place look a little tidier

 

So: what do your shelves look like? Do you need to do a tidy up? How do you organise them – is there some kind of plan in place?

 

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Netgalley #booktag

This was copied from “Destiny at Howling libraries” and her post on the subject. Like her, I haven’t been tagged for this post, but thought it would be something to post on, especially since so many of my books come from Netgalley.

AUTO-APPROVED:

Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

I’m auto-approved for Erica Ridley as an author and have read many of her Romance novels as a result. I’m also auto approved for Tule Publishing and was approved for Le French Book, before they left Netgalley

REQUEST:

What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

At the beginning I did splurge on the books, irrelevant of the author, and only paying moderate attention to the blurb. I’ve slowed down in my reading the last few years, so I’m being more selective with the books that I ask for now. These are generally from Authors I know and want to read; or from the blurb would imply that I would read and review soon. My current reading ration is 57% which is not great and really needs to be better.

FEEDBACK RATIO:

Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I try and review everything I’ve read, even if only on Netgalley – it’s rare, though not impossible for me to not review on my own site. This is generally because I know the audience of my blog includes my mother, and it would just be my luck if the only time she reads on of my reviews is for one of the more saucy of books that I’ve read!

BADGES:

If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

“She’s getting better”. I’m working my way backwards on my books,

WISH FOR IT:

What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Because I’ve so many books to read, I’m not really paying attention to what’s coming out, either in print or ebook, so I have no “Dying to reads”.  I did leap when the new Debbie Macomber came on board, and the review will come out closer to the publication date.

2017 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE:

What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

My last ARC was for Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley,  It was published on the 18th September, which is early for a Christmas book.

TAGS:

Everyone! I tag EVERYONE! Leave a comment below to your post so everyone can see your answers!

 

Armchair BEA Day 2 – What do Readers want?

I’ve been to several Author Events, in various different locations, in differing styles and different levels of “fame”. There has been only one author event that is definitely marked under the “downright awful” title.  I won’t mention the author, or where I met him, but all he did was read extracts from his book(s) in a low monotone voice and barely looking up from the page. Considering he was supposed to be a teacher, he was certainly lacking in the engagement department and he soon lost his audience, the majority of whom disappeared in search of alcohol, never to return.  I have no idea whether he twigged what had happened.

letters book readWhat do I think makes an event successful? That the author is engaging, articulate, willing to look the audience in the eye (we’re there to buy the book in the end, right?). I’ve had a warning that one relatively famous author was known to be a little “difficult”, but on the day was lovely, took questions, gave promotional info on her new book, and then signed everyone’s book (even chatting with the starry eyed fan who Wouldn’t Let It Go) etc. If that was “Difficult” then sign me up!

I’ve noticed that I can get tongue-tied with various authors, and it must be hard for them in return to make some kind of connection. Terry Pratchett signed for me a couple of times, and remembered me once (because of my unusual name) and was relatively easy to talk to. Neil Gaiman is harder to talk to because I’m such a fan-girl. Henry Wrinkler? The loveliest man I have ever met, I was the last in the queue in what I knew had been a hard day for him, so I just shook his hand and wibbled. Continue reading

Armchair BEA 2017 Day 1: Introductions

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I usually attend Armchair BEA (Now called Armchair Book Expo), and I am usually a LOT more prepared than this!” It only really came up in my twitter feed the other day, and it turns out that I can’t get to the main site from here! Boo!  We shall see how we get on. Anyway, as usual, there’s the space for Introductions, so here’s my answers to some of the questions.

I am…Nordie, a crafter, reader, tweeter, comic book nerd etc.

Currently, I am not reading as much as I should, even with 3 books on the go.

My favorite genres are: Romance, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction,

My Least favourite Genre is: Christian Fiction. I end up feeling slapped around the head with a very unsubtle brick. I dont read non-Fiction or Poetry, not because I hate it, but because I simply don’t find it interesting.

My Social Media Links include: twitter (as @Brumnordie), Facebook (closed, Personal account), this blog, google+.

My summer plans . . . there’s a lot going on this summer In Real Life, so there is nothing planned for the summer. However, there is a bookish meet later in the year, that I am currently planning on atteding

My blog/channel/social media . . . chat with me on any of the following social media outlets

Blogging: guess what? It’s hard work

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I was at a blogging event recently and arrived a few minutes after it started to find a slightly unusual dynamic had emerged:

An older American lady sitting in a chair, surrounded by young English bloggers – some of whom are still very new to blogging. The American, who had never been to one of these events before, was dominating the conversation and had been from the beginning of the session, and it soon became clear that she had *no* experience of writing or publishing for anonymous readers, blogging in general, commenting, networking, social media accounts and in fact, had little experience of the internet as a whole.   She had decided that she was going to use this event as a “learn how to blog in an hour” session, and wanted to learn *everything* about blogging, whether or not that’s what the event was about.

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Spring 2017 Bloggiesta

Well Spring Blogiesta is upon us, running march 20th to March 26th, and the sign up post is up.

I’m going to keep it relatively light this year, and so my to-do list is relatively short.  It’s the standard stuff that should be done, but often gets forgotton or pushed onto the back burner. They are as follows:

 

  • Review uploaded media…anything not attached to a post?
  • Do Librarythng. and Goodreads match, including reviews?
  • Any posts that need to be completed/scheduled?
  • Tags and categories right on blog, Goodreads and Librarything?
  • Any posts that can be schduled into twitter?
  • Take part in twitter chats where possible