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The Book Room Diaries, Part 1: Chaos

When I started Reading in the Wildwood, I had no real working space. I worked mostly from my living room couch. I also didn’t have shelves. As you can imagine, that was a huge problem for an avid reader. I had books everywhere. It was getting out of hand. So this year my husband and I decided to turn one of our extra bedrooms into an office/book room.

That wasn’t as easy as it sounds. The bedroom we chose had some moisture damage, so we basically had to start from scratch. And by scratch, I mean we had to rip out all of the walls and the carpet. When we got the carpet ripped out we noticed that there was some damage to the subflooring as well. So, of course, that had to go. I’m not exaggerating when I say that we basically started from the ground up.

Right when we decided to do this my husband’s job started to pick up, which is a total blessing. However, he is the construction master of this marriage. I know nothing about it. I just wanted to get past this part, so that I could pick out paint colors. Luckily, my grandfather has a construction company. He came and put my floor and walls back together. Let me just tell you. That was a process, but we got through it.

After the Construction

So now the walls are painted and the flooring is down. This is where I come in. This is what I’ve been waiting for. It’s time to turn this room into my dream room.

Piece by Piece

My husband bought my this awesome antique roll top desk for Christmas(below). This was the first piece of furniture to go in this room. Now I’ve got a little recliner for reading in the corner of the room. It’s right next to a window with a beautiful view.

Slowly, the pieces are coming together. Last night we brought in my shelves and my books. I’m going to find some contact paper to wrap the white shelf in. It has some damage and since it’s not real wood I can’t paint it. But I think contact paper will work just fine.

Today, I’m organizing my shelves and getting everything into place. I still have a few more pieces of furniture that I need, but it will all come with time. I’m so ready to start decorating, and I’m ready to finally have the book room of my dreams. I’m so thankful and I’m definitely blessed. I can’t wait to share the finished book room with y’all!


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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Review

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I am so happy to finally mark The Queen of Nothing off of my tbr. It has rekindled my love of fantasy, and that makes me so happy. The Queen of Nothing wraps up The Folk of the Air Series, so if you haven’t read The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King, you might want to skip this review.

The prophet said, “He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.” Jude is now Queen of Faerie. The only problem is Cardan exiled her. Now she is stuck in the mortal world. Jude anxiously tries to find a way back to her throne. When her twin sister, Taryn, returns to the mortal world, an opportunity presents itself. Jude risks punishment to venture back into Elfhame to help her sister. Unfortunately, a lot has changed. Elfhame is on the brink of war, and Jude finds herself behind the enemy lines. When an ancient curse is released, Jude must decide between her ambition or her humanity.

My Thoughts on The Queen of Nothing

I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this up. I loved it! Holly Black’s writing is so clever. I loved the way she worked around the exile. It was an obvious solution, but still fun nonetheless.

The characters in this series are all morally grey, but the character arcs came to a satisfying conclusion. Strangely, I even began to like Taryn in this one. Every character is faced with a choice that makes them think of more than just themselves.

I have always loved the fairytale aspect of this series. It is literally a modern day fairytale. That fact stands true with The Queen of Nothing as well. The curse was brilliant. It felt like it could a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, but it was also still completely unique. I would love to see an illustrated version of this whole series.

Well, I think I have rambled on enough. I truly enjoyed this book. If you haven’t read this series, pick it up now! It is so, so good.

My Rating: 5/5

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