I’ve shared my dream library before and honestly, it’s nothing TOO crazy. It’s actually an achievable goal… as long as I someday have a house to put it in. Right now we have a one bedroom apartment. It’s nice and spacious, but Chris and I both have hobbies that take up a lot of space – Lego collecting/building and books. I have two small bookshelves, a medium sized one, and some cubbies in an entertainment unit. I recently purged a lot of books to make more room but I’m already maxed out. I want to buy my some of my favorite books to have as a physical collection, but I just don’t have the space to do it right now. I’m really picky about book buying and acquiring in general, so I don’t have a LOT of books laying around. I’ve preordered some, bought random ones on a whim, and bought favorites after already reading… but there are plenty of my favorite books on my Kindle that deserve a physical space on my shelves. I saved money with the Kindle copy, got it out from the library, or borrowed an audiobook, so now I want to have them for my Instagram! It’s not fun to take a picture of your Kindle screen… So, without further ado – here are some of the books I read, loved, and will buy eventually!
I was too lazy to compile pictures with every book in the following series, so I just used the first book’s cover to signify the entire series. I also have some standalones I haven’t bought yet that I really need. I JUST NEED MORE SPACE. I need wall-to-wall bookshelves to fill with our books and Lego… otherwise these have to wait 🙁
Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty
How I read it: Borrowed from the library • Why:This series wasn’t a slam dunk for me like many of my blogging peers, but I did enjoy it enough to want the copies! They were such quick reads that I really could see myself revisiting this series again at some point. I just need Marcus + Jessica again.
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
How I read it: Own them all on Kindle or borrowed the audio from Scribd • Why: This series has become one of my favorites of all time, but I was picky about owning them all in the same format. I bought Cinder on sale as an ebook one day so I ended up going the same route with the rest of the series. Now I need them!
Dissonance duo by Erica O’Rourke
How I read it: Borrowed from the library • Why: This was a dumb decision on my part, although I guess it was a good idea in hindsight. I knew I was going to love this series but ended up checking out book one from the library. The hardcover has a different design than the second book, and they redesigned the paperback for the first book to match the second. I’ll grab both in paperback when the time comes!
The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
How I read it: Own the Kindle copy and/or borrowed the audiobook from Hoopla and/or own the Audible audiobook for Whispersync • Why: Ugh I am a broken shell of a person without this series in my life again. I bought the first book as a Kindle copy when it was on sale, then listened to the second and third books on Hoopla as audiobooks. I also own the final book as a preordered ebook and bought the audiobook to sync between them. So, I need them all to be in the same format – nice paperbacks – when I’m able to.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
How I read it: Borrowed from the library • Why: I read these with Kaitlin for Book Buddies and wasn’t sure how I’d like them. I generally enjoyed the first two books but was really pleased with the series as a whole once it wrapped up. I didn’t know that I’d be such a fan of this one and I definitely want to add them to my collection.
Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
How I read it: Own some and reread most via audio • Why: I read the majority of this series when I was younger but then lost touch with it. I did a Nostalgia Project writeup about it as I finished it off; I really enjoyed the audiobooks too! I want to go back and collect all of the paperback copies of this series. I own the first one and the final two, but need to collect the few books in the middle still 🙂
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
How I read it: Borrowed from the library and the audio on Scribd • Why: This book was so adorable. I loved the audiobook so much. I also read the physical copy from the library in tandem with the audio, which is something I usually enjoy! I definitely want a copy of this Oreo-filled book for my collection.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
How I read it: Own on Kindle • Why: First of all, I need to reread this very soon. Second, it’s one of my all-time favorite books so I just NEED the physical copy! I’m always tempted to pick it up when I see it in the store because I just want it… but I have to remind myself of the shelf space issue. This book means a lot to me because it’s what got me into blogging and introduced me to the idea of book blogs.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
How I read it: Own the Audible audiobook • Why: I listened to this as an audiobook because it was an Audible daily deal back in 2014. I absolutely loved it and need to reread it in a physical form! This is an underrated book I constantly recommend to people and would love to have it to take photos of.
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
How I read it: Borrowed it from Around the World ARC Tours • Why: Because I borrowed the ARC, I don’t have any kind of physical copy of this book. I’m not gonna lie, I mostly want it because of the cover! The inside of the book is fantastic too – don’t get me wrong – but I just need this for Valentines/heart-themed pics 😉
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
How I read it: Own the Kindle copy and audiobook from Audible • Why: The Room is a favorite cult classic of mine. I absolutely loved listening to Greg Sestero’s narration (and spot-on impressions) on the audiobook! I want to have this in all possible forms because I just loved it so much. I need to reference it 24/7, okay??
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
How I read it: Borrowed it from Around the World ARC Tours • Why: This was one of my favorite books this year and I realllllly need this cover in my life. I also borrowed this ARC so I am in desperate need of the real hardcover.