We've all thought about how we want our houses to look like in the future -how we want to furnish and decorate it, bookish style! A bookish home for a booknerd is the way to go. I've done a lot of daydreaming on my future bookish house. Some of them are quite realistic but others, not so much. They do require a lot of time and effort, not to mention money. (Because let's face it, we'd rather spend money on books!) Less of a discussion and more of a "hey let's talk about totally random things!" post, today I'm sharing with you my plans for the ideal bookish home!
1. Lots and lots of empty rooms...both huge and small.
There's nothing I can do better than going, "OooOhh!" at a bookstore and loading my already full basket with more books. That's when these empty, vast rooms come in handy. Remember the oh-so-beautiful library in Beauty and the Beast? I can already imagine room after room of books in my head. *drools* Let's see...one will certainly be colour-coordinated.
2. Outdoor reading rooms
I took a walk around my neighbourhood just this morning (which is not something I do often, by the way), found a house that had this patio/exterior room built outside with glass walls, and fell crazy in love with the idea of having a reading room in the garden. I love being outside while reading! Not too sure about open rooms or walls being all-glass though. I need a place where I can read quietly without much disturbance, although the point about a garden room is to be closer to nature. The pictures do look nice!
3. Bookshelf Doors
When I watched a spy movie back when I was really small, I decided there and then that I will have a bookcase door at soome point in my life. Bookcase doors have been popping out all over the internet lately and I think it's a truly creative and useful idea for non-bibliophiles and booklovers alike. Just recently, I watched a video on Youtube on how to build a secret bookcase door. Her steps and ideas are pretty easy and resourceful for a normal person. But if I were the one building it, the bookcase would have real books on it instead of fake ones and the room wouldn't be secret. I plan on putting TBR books on the shelves of these non-existent (YET!) bookcase doors and take one down to read whenever I feel like it! That way, TBR books can be read even sooner. The secret passage bookshelves featured in this article fascinates me too! Imagine reading in a room where you won't be interrupted!
4. Floating Bookshelves!
Time for some economical ideas. I'm fairly sure you've heard of the floating bookshelf, or even have one yourself! A floating bookshelf is a small shelf that you can mount to the wall, and when books are placed on it -voila! It becomes invisible, making the books look like they are floating in the air by themselves. Fixing a couple of them around the house would definitely add to that bookish look.
5. Bookmark cabinet
I once spoke about the significance of bookmarks and my love for them. A bookmark cabinet may sound a bit weird (and it is), but I've been daydreaming about it for a while. The visual design looks a bit like a key storage cabinet, 'cept that my version is going to take up half of a wall (or at least I think so). There will be hooks to dangle the hang tag bookmarks on, small boxes below to store precious ones, and wide glass doors protecting my soon-to-be-huge bookmark collection!
6. Bookish signature wall!
Since the signature wall in my bedroom never turned out the way I wanted, the thought of having a bookish signature wall in my future home excites me. There are so many ideas I could use to decorate this wall! For example, framed pictures of favourite quotes could go up on that wall. Or book/movie posters. A huge bookish illustration would be nice too!
A few weeks back I mentioned that I was busy with my school orchestra and would be participating in a music competition at the end of November. I'll be really busy with the competition for four days (not counting the day I get back home) so there's already one or two posts scheduled, and I thought it would be fun to share the books and bookish items I'm bringing along with you! By the time this is posted I'll already be on the bus and I'll be hella excited. So for now, behold - bookish stuff I'm adding to my already-sagging backpack -there wasn't a lot of space to begin with anyway. This list might change, though. Who knows - I might take all of these items or I won't take any or them at all (BUT THE BOOK HAS TO COME).
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I've been pining after Landline after a while because Rainbow writes one of the best and cutest contemporaries ever. I have always loved her books but still haven't gotten around to reading Landline! I was originally going to save Landline as a Christmas read - contemporaries at Christmas? Love! Contemporaries written by Rainbow at Christmas? Even better! But then I figured Landline would be a good book for the bus.
The Assasin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
So...I finally read Throne of Glass some time ago.
But then I read Crown of Midnight and it was EVEN BETTER
like WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS SERIES SOONER?!?
I wanted to start Heir of Fire right away. I desperately WANTED to, but I knew that I couldn't bring Heir of Fire with me. It'd either be too much of a distraction - just thinking of the awesomeness sitting in my backpack would make my emotions unstable enough I wouldn't be able to concentrate on the competition; or I would read it too quickly and miss some intense parts in the story as reading both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight required some major concentration. I'd hate for myself to skip over anything, especially if it's a story that I love. (What I'm doing instead is to wait until the December hols - and then have the absolute time of life locking myself in my bedroom to read Heir of Fire.) But inner-Kat is stomping her feet and demanding that she must bring a fantasy book, so I looked around...and bingo.
Because I live internationally, ordering fandom-based merch/clothing online is always a problem. One day I decided to make my own fandom clothing and quite surprisingly, it turned out to be really easy! Youtube and black Sharpies will be your best friend. Of course, you can't shake off the nagging feeling that something will go wrong during those D.I.Y. sessions but you just gotta go ahead and do it, y'know?
I went with my TFiOS "This is not a pipe" T-shirt. My dad doesn't understand why I even bothered and my mom still doesn't get it even after watching the movie, which is perfectly fine with me.
Carstairs Family Ring
The TMI family rings were an exception to my online merch-buying ban. I've forgotten where I ordered them from but you can get a more detailed and finely crafted version of the family rings at HebelDesign. I have two rings - a Carstairs and a Herondale. I know, I know. You'd take the Herondale ring, wouldn'tcha. Now take a deep breath before you read the next line or you *might* end up bashing your computer screen.
I love both boys, but I favour Jem more. *cowers* DON'T HATE ME
OTHER BOOKISH STUFF
You all know how much I love bookmarks. I treasure this bookmark deeply (it was given to me by a friend) and I trust myself not to lose it...because I have quite a penchant for leaving things behind.
If you read every day and don't have problems with your eyesight (which I think is a lot of people), I envy you. My eyesight has become so much worse since I started reading more books and it's becoming really unhelpful. But it's not like I don't take extra care of my eyes!
I've seen people read in so many unhealthly reading positions:
...but they'll have good eyesight.
It's always nice to bring something from home with you when you're out on vacation or going someplace far. We all get a little homesick even if it's just a few days, right? RIGHT? I hope you enjoyed reading what I brought for my trip - and wish me luck!
What bookish stuff would you bring on a trip? Tell me in the comments!
creeped out. Really easily. My soul just can't handle ghostly or eerie things. I'm the last friend you'd want to choose to watch a horror movie together, because you'll be leaving the theatre with nail marks all over your throbbing arm. I don't even want to tell you the most common of things that scare me. The first (and potentially the last in a while) time I ever read a horror story, I was SO spooked out that I would follow people around for days, not trusting the eerie thoughts that would pop up in my mind if I was left alone. I have to admit though, that horror story was really well-written. Although my mind screamed at me to just FREAKING PUT THE BOOK DOWN, my hands didn't want to listen and my eyes kept zooming all over the pages. I wanted to curl up into a ball and throw the book across the room, but instead I kept reading. It was such a sinister and blood-curdling story that I knew I would have to put the book down immediately if I wanted to keep my sanity in check for the next few days.
But I didn't, and lo behold, the next day I couldn't even go to the toilet alone. I begged my mom to sleep with me for a few nights because I couldn't stand the nightmares. The week following the day I finished the book was one hellish nightmare -I was scared of a lot of things and wouldn't go anywhere by myself. I went a little insane for a while and for that reason, I put my foot down, even though all I read was just one horror story. No more.
For me, reading that horror story was extremely pleasurable and agonizing at the same time. From that book onwards, I knew I had to stay away from the horror genre, because while the fear that we experience while reading a horror story is what makes us enjoy reading them the most, mine goes into overdrive which causes my mind to overthink things. I banned myself from horror novels because I decided that it wasn't worth it. It's sort of like getting drunk in a way.
However, I do and will read witches, werewolves, zombies -that type of thing.
I'll be sharing said horror novel with you on Halloween, so look forward to that! Until then, what are your horror reading experiences?
Bookish Musings is a feature in which I share my bookish related thoughts with all of you! May it be discussions, recommendations, or just silly bookish insecurities, this feature is all about sharing opinions -yours and mine both!- on the topic with me! Having said that, please don't shy away from commenting, as I will be very pleased to read what you have to say!
I AM THE QUEEN OF ALL PAPERBACKS!!
There. I said it. Now excuse me while I go and evil laugh my heart out.
But in all seriousness, almost 97% of the books I own are in paperback. I only have a small number of hardcovers sitting on my shelf compared to paperbacks while other book nerds would have their whole bookshelf crammed full of them, and I used to be really sensitive about it. Like, the throwing-a-tantrum-and-stamping-my-foot-on-the-floor kind of sensitive.
WHY?? WHY CAN'T I HAVE A PRETTY BOOKSHELF LIKE ALL BOOKNERDS DO?!??
There's nothing grand about having all of your books in paperback form. Sometimes I get all green-eyed at seeing all those shiny hardcover books in #bookshelfies. I mean, why not? Hardcovers are pretty! They're really easy to read, and they look good on my bookshelf!
However, there's one teeny tiny thing that inevitably, all readers, book lovers, and I have to face -rather painstakingly- when it comes to stocking up on your TBR pile. Buying books are costly.
Yes, here comes the unavoidable thing, SLAM BAM, right in your face. It hurts like a wound that has never healed, and whenever I want to go on a book haul, this ugly, hateful...thing, comes right up to me, pats me gently on the back, and says, "Another time, okay?"
And while you can grumble on how you had to pay $20 for a hardcover, I have to pay thrice the amount of that for the same book so it's no wonder that I can't have all my books in hardcover. Plus, our local bookstores don't sell a lot of hardcovers due to it being more expensive. Therefore, if I want a book that is just released in hardcover, I have to go to Amazon or another online store to purchase the book for twice the amount of a paperback when converted to local currency, and with all the additional shipping prices that can sometimes cost waaaaay more than the book itself,
It's no secret that the majority of book nerds love their books in hardcover, that we absolutely love to show off our beautiful bookshelves in #bookshefies, so imagine how crushed I was when I had to accept, begrudgingly, at first, that I can't buy every book in hardcover if this passion for books of mine was continued. I'm grateful enough that my parents support my excessive book buying, and while I had a 'just let that sink in' moment, I eventually came to realize that I'm already very fortunate to have parents whose encouragement allows me to carry on with my extravagant hobby.
A few books that I have in hardcover:
(as always, clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads!)
Realizing how many hardcover books I have on my bookshelf was fun! It led me to realize how much I treasure my hardcover copies, which got me thinking. Maybe I'll make a new shelf on Goodreads and name it, books-I-have-in-hardcover...
What about you? Do you prefer paperback over hardcover or vice versa?
Kat is a voracious reader who enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good book. Fantasy is definitely her cup of tea. She often complains about never having enough time to read and constantly struggles with keeping her TBR pile a considerably decent size. Read more or keep up with her bookish whims on Goodreads or bloglovin.
none at the moment!