I love spring cleaning, and I’ve been doing a lot of it recently. It’s getting warmer here, mostly. It did snow yesterday. But, we’re getting things ready for new projects both inside and outside of the house and this seemed like a great tag to go along with that. I couldn’t find the original creator, but it looks like this one has been floating around for quite a while. Let’s get into it.
1. Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to read
I’m making my way through a few series right now, but for a series I want to read and haven’t started yet, The Black Company by Glen Cook. I have the first 3 books and I’m excited to start reading them, but I’ve been trying to wrap up a few other series before I start another longer one.
2. Cleaning/organizing the closet: The best way to organize books
My fiction books are organized by genre, then author’s last name. I also keep my hardcovers and paperbacks separate because I think it looks tidier than having so many sizes all mixed up.
My non-fiction books are organized by Dewey Decimal Classification. Although it’s the ‘correct’ way, I’m not sure it’s the best way. I rearranged them this way recently and it took a while to do, so I plan to keep this system at least until I move my bookshelves to their permanent home.
3. Getting rid of unnecessary things: Book/series you no longer need
I have a small collection of books in my car that I recently decided to un-haul, but have not donated yet. The one book I’ve allowed to live on my shelves still, for absolutely no good reason, is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I have 2 copies of it. They are exactly the same, there are just 2 of them. I don’t know how this happened, I don’t even have any attachment to this series, and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten rid of the duplicate yet.
4. Get some air: Your favorite light-hearted read
I wouldn’t call most of the books I read ‘light-hearted’, but I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. It’s a super sweet romcom that’s an easy read, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
5. Clean out the kitchen cupboards: Favorite food-themed read
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. A fun read about a chef and second chances.
6. Dust the shelves: What’s the fifth book on your bookshelf?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
7. Wishing for the end: A 2022 release you’re really excited about
I’ve been looking around at some of the 2022 releases, and while a few of them are intriguing, nothing has truly excited me yet. It’s still early in the year, and I’m still conquering my physical TBR, so I’m sure I’ll find something really exciting as more books come out and I’m looking to add to my TBR in the next few months. If there are any new releases you think I should check out, I love a recommendation.
8. Long but satisfying: The longest book series you’ve read
Only looking at the series I’ve read in their entirety, I’d have to say either Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory, which has twelve books in total, or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, which only has 4 books in total, but I think it’s the longest by word count.