We’re fairly certain we’re going to get the house we’ve found, so that means I can start planning how I’m going to decorate my room! Now, my new room is about half the size of my Albuquerque room, which means I’ll need to change how I’d normally decorate. For instance: I don’t think I can have three or four tall bookshelves in my room now, because I’d feel like they were about to fall on me and/or the walls were closing in, etc. I’m also planning on painting my walls, doing something fancy with my closet organization– basically, I want my new room to be much more interesting than my old room was.
So! Those of you with small rooms: how do you deal with your books? I can keep most of them in the “media room,” so that’s no problem, but I’d still like to have at least one shelf for favorite books/TBR books. What sort of shelf would be best for a small room? I’m kind of thinking something like this would be good. What do you think?
Besides that whole thing, I’m trying to figure out which sort of bed would be best: should I go for a futon mattress, which I can fold away during the day and thus clear up a lot of room, or should I get a daybed, with drawers underneath for extra storage? Choices, choices…
Weekly Book Stats
Books read this week:
049. The Poison Diaries – Maryrose Wood ★★★½ e
Proper review coming later, because I have FEELINGS I need to work out and it’ll take longer than one paragraph to do that. So!
050. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer ★★★★★ e
Publication: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 4, 2006), ebook, 368pp / ISBN 0618329706
Read: March 13-14, 2012
I got this because it was $0.25 and because I thought the movie version looked interesting. I’d actually tried reading another of JSF’s books before ( Everything Is Illuminated) and it didn’t work out, so I was a bit worried about how I’d find this one. But I LOVED it– it’s funny, and sad, and quirky enough to keep my interest without necessarily being over-the-top (though maybe the grandparents were a bit OTT), and overall I just really enjoyed reading it. I think this is the sort of book that either people love or people find really annoying, and maybe if I had been in a different mood I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. Who knows!
051. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer ★★★★★ e*
Publication: Disney Hyperion (August 10, 2009), originally published 2001, ebook, 308pp / ISBN 0786808012
Genre: MG/YA Science Fantasy
Read: March 14-15, 2012
Source: NetGalley (thank you!
Like I said in my Thursday Tea post, it’s been ages since I’d read this book but I’ve read it at least five times before. I still like it just as much as I did the other times I read it, although I think that maybe the writing isn’t as sophisticated as I thought it was back when I was a kid. The sentences seem much choppier than I remembered them for some reason. Still, it’s a fun book with lots of action/adventure stuff and if you like that (or YA science fantasy) I think you’d like Artemis Fowl.
052. The Arctic Incident – Eoin Colfer ★★★★★ e*
Publication: Disney Hyperion (August 10, 2009), originally published 2002, ebook, / ISBN
Genre: MG/YA Science Fantasy
Read: March 15-16, 2012
Source: NetGalley (thank you!)
I haven’t read the later Artemis Fowl books nearly as much as I’d read the first one, which actually makes me really happy because it’s almost like reading it for the first time again. The Arctic Incident is great because it continues Artemis’ (perfectly paced) character development from evil genius kid to morally ambiguous genius kid. I also loved the fleshing out of Commander Root’s character, and though the villains were big ol’ hams at least their motivations made sense. I think maybe the best thing about The Arctic Incident, though, was that it wasn’t a direct repeat of the first book. The plot was set up in a different way, the characters were (slightly) different, and it actually felt like the story arc was moving forward. That’s not something every second book of a series can do!
Also, btw, I really like these new covers! I mean, the old covers were pretty nifty, but I like that illustrated book covers are coming back into vogue now, too.
Books acquired this week:
- A Taste for Green Tangerines by Barbara Bisco (fiction).
- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (YA fantasy). I am REALLY EFFING EXCITED about this, omg.
Still making my way through Burn Mark. There’s some intrigue that’s shown up now, which is exciting.