How Many is Too Many? (Books, That is)

So I was going to write my typical review…I’ve been quite busy working at the Kindergarden class as a sub and then will be going to the middle school (thank goodness – I have no patience sometimes for the antics of five year olds, lol)…so I haven’t had a lot of time to post. Which I hate because it feels like a betrayal. This is my outlet. I love my blog. 

I still have been reading…and receiving books…which made me start to think: how many is too many books??

I know that sounds like a silly question. We all want to scream out, “THERE ARE NEVER TOO MANY BOOKS!!” But I’m serious, guys. I think I’m getting to that point. Mainly bc my reading has slowed down, and mainly bc I live with my mom, who constantly is complaining about my books. I have literally one shelf. I’m trying to make room for more. 

Let me show you what I’m dealing with here:


This is my dining room table. No dining, just book holding. ๐Ÿ˜‚

By the couch, I found another spot for recent finds…


That’s the opened books downstairs – then there’s the book mail. 


Let’s travel upstairs, shall we? Let’s visit MY ROOM. 

(Disclaimer – what you are about to see may horrify you. Look away if you have a heart condition or may be pregnant) 

Here’s what I’m dealing with – and if you have any storage suggestions, I’m all ears! 



Yes, that suitcase in the pic is full, too. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ




Now, this is not me bragging. I was going to do a book haul post like so many do, but I couldn’t figure out where to start. I have recently received some beautiful books, so on the upside, I’d love to share those with you. But this was more of a question I needed to pose to all of you: do I have too many books? Is there a way for a girl with one bookshelf to store her others? Should I put some in the basement? Should I get rid of some? What would YOU do? 

Anyway, on the plus side, I received some great books that I’m truly excited to read (if you follow my Bookstagram then you might have seen some of these already)….


Yes! This book sounds fantastic! 

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past thatโ€™s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isnโ€™t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where sheโ€™s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathanโ€”a race of sentient alien shipsโ€”to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earthโ€™s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship sheโ€™s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.


Sounds good, right? And then there’s this beauty here:


This is the AUS cover a friend sent me…but listen to the blurb! 

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling familyโ€™s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Julesโ€™s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.


Love the premise and love the cover! 

I can’t forget about the most exciting book of the year…


When I got approved to receive this, I died. I resurrected as a zombie and plan to read and review this ASAP!

Secret Identities.

Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigiesโ€”humans with extraordinary abilitiesโ€”who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justiceโ€”and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. 


Now sometimes I know there are certain books that will always be awesome. I’m pretty sure Renegades is a book I’ll keep forever. I love Marissa Meyer and have almost all of her books. I could never part with them. 

I would love to make a regular post sharing the books that come, but I always thought it was conceited. I’ve seen book haul posts and felt guilty for wanting to share…is that something you’d want to see? Do you have a solution to my book horror show that would help appease my mom so I can keep receiving amazing books but stop getting heat for it? ๐Ÿค”

Or am I overreacting and this is totally normal? 

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78 thoughts on “How Many is Too Many? (Books, That is)

  1. There are books everywhere, it’s amazing! I guess it’s not so amazing if you live among those piles but seen from this side, it’s pretty cool! Yes I always love seeing book hauls, even if they make me a tiny bit jealous :-). It just confirms what a succesful blogger you are! I can’t help you with your storage questions.. just find another place because no there can never be enough books! You could sell/swap some books as well or just move to a bigger place ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Oh I’m definitely addicted to booksfortrade on Twitter and I win some giveaways on there, as well as Goodreads, so it hasn’t helped. So you don’t think I’m a book hoarder, lol? If it helps, most are YA!! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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    1. Oh, most are from friends that trade – I got very lucky at BookCon and ALA and it’s kept me going this long. The newer stuff is harder – I’ve had to email authors and also part with some big books to be able to read the next big book! But I still think you get amazing books!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  2. I love reading book hauls and don’t feel like it’s bragging at all……it’s sharing!! Can you put up another bookcase? Ikea has them pretty cheap. How about some Rubbermaid totes? You can put those in the basement and they protect your babies from smells and all that!

    Good luck!!

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    1. I wish I could put up another bookcase! The one I have is a used one from someone and it is IKEA…there isn’t a store near me unfortunately. My mom says I have no room for another one so I started using a trunk and a side cabinet to fill with them. The suitcase is helpful bc it keeps the smells of the basement away.
      Others have suggested Rubbermaid totes…I have been thinking about that! She (my mom) is worried that I have so many books on the second floor that the floor will cave in! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      I hate the idea of putting any in the basement but it might have to be done for the older ones. I’m glad you don’t mind book hauls. I guess I’ll start then! โ˜บ๏ธ

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  3. Oh my goodness that is a LOT of books! Thanks for making me feel a little bit better about my own book hoarding, hahaha. Personally, I’d probably go through and force myself to actually be honest about whether or not I’m going to read them all. If there are books that I’ve already read and won’t reread or others that I’ve kind of lost interest in, I’d probably donate them to the library or do a giveaway or something to make some space. Then again, I have a very hard time letting go of books so who knows how successful I’d actually be with that! I love reading book hauls. It’s fun to see what people might be picking up soon – especially if they end up getting books that I loved and can yell at them to read, hahaha.

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    1. Oh, that’s good! I always felt like I was showing off! So I will keep doing book hauls! Yay!
      I def have a hard time but I have been making piles of books that I’ll never read and taking them to Schuler’s to sell back – they wouldn’t take most of my adult books so those go to the library or on eBay – I see that old HCs sell on there so it would not hurt I guess! The YA books are hard to part with! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I know I’ll realistically never have time to read them all when I have more always coming. Sigh.

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      1. Trust me, I understand completely!! Even when I have books I know that I realistically probably won’t read, I just cannot admit to myself that I should just get rid of them! There’s always a part of me that hopes that I’ll be able to get to them anyway.

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      2. Exactly! They all sound so terrific! The covers, the blurbs, the reviews…I want to read them all! But I can’t – it’s physically impossible. There are new releases all the time and there are books I missed that I want to read! Ahhhh! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

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    1. That’s how I feel! I’m totally fine with getting rid of some furniture for shelves – they are so multi purpose! My mom thinks too many shelves will make the upstairs floor cave in! She’s offered me basement shelves and we have a dehumidifier down there, but I just don’t like the idea of having them down there.
      I wish I had my own house sometimes.

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    2. I told my mom your idea about a personal library and she’s like, “you can definitely do that!” So you helped me! Now I’ll de-creepify it by adding light and books! Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. This definitely looks like a lot of books, but part of the reason it seems so overwhelming is probably because theyโ€™re stacked and bagged all over instead of all in a few bookshelves. Can you find room for some new bookcases to help organize? Iโ€™m also curious if youโ€™ve counted how many there are lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. So far I have over 500 scanned into my app – but that’s not all of them. I try to scan them into LibraryThing so I know what I have and it helps tremendously! I’ll let you guys know what the final count is – and I have to remember to take out books I donate too!

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  5. Haha wow that IS a lot of books! I’ve gotten up to three tall bookshelves in my bedroom plus I had stacks and stacks of books covering the floor. I LOVE books, even ones that didn’t get 5 star ratings from me lol I just love having them and collecting them and seeing them. But I get what you’re saying. Eventually you start to realize that you’re drowning in books!

    I’m sure you’ll figure out what to do with all your lovelies but I’m the type of person who gets stressed with mess. I ended up going through every book I own and only kept those I’m sure I’ll read again or I at least genuinely enjoyed (this didn’t actually cut down as much as I’d expected though haha), plus I kept any physical ARCs I had. But my thinking was that if I wasn’t going to read it ever again or if I didn’t give it at least 4 stars/love it then why was I letting those books clutter my life? Also I figured that libraries could always use donations especially for current & good-condition books. So I went through my collection of almost 400 books (but about 75 of those are plays not technically books…) and ended up choosing 70 books for donation to my local library. If I’m not going to enjoy them or read them then I figured someone else should. (Although I have a few non-personalized autographed copies that I don’t want to donate but don’t know what to do with either lol).

    But that’s just me haha I have plenty of friends who could never bear to give away any book ever! So I guess I don’t really have any answers for your book overflow but I suppose you could always consider donating a few if you decide you really want to cut down on your collection.
    Good luck! โค๏ธŽ

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    1. Thank you! You just made me feel a lot better! I know that the stacks made me feel overwhelmed and when I got my first bookshelf it helped a lot. Then I started stacking horizontally and that helps too but it’s not as pretty.
      I don’t think I could part with ARCs so I’m trying to stay away from FCs if I don’t need them. I’ll see if it works – I will be weeding through and a giveaway or two will def come out of it. Thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

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  6. Thatโ€™s a lot of books but I wish I was in your position to easily get books! But you need to make space lol, the clutter would turn me mad and I know my mum would have gone to hire a carpenter and have me made shelves cause she loves order

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    1. Oh she’s going nuts! She’s like, “I’m going to throw all of them away!” I panic and try to hide them all over the place! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      She HATES my room. My only lucky part is that I’m an adult and technically what is in my room is none of her business. And she knows I would be PISSED since my ARCs aren’t replaceable. But yes, I need to do something quick! ๐Ÿ˜…

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  7. I still intend to have a two-story library someday–exactly like the one in The Wendy, by pure coincidence. Not like that’s where we got it from or anything… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

    So I want to save all my books for when I have that, even if it’s thirty years from now! (#authorconfessions) But I live in a very small house. (With the same rug in my living room as under the photo of your books in bags, lol!) I finally gave up and sprang for a climate-controlled storage unit that I rent by the month. The small ones aren’t that bad. Might be worth looking into? Anyway, I feel your pain!

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    1. Oh wow! Rug sisters over here! ๐Ÿ™Œ You have great taste – my mom was an interior decorator in a past life.
      I long for Floor to ceiling shelving! That is my dream – and I’m kind of holding out for the same thing! Once I have my own space, I want my own library. I have it all planned in my mind. I can’t even alphabetize my shelves bc I have so many books I wouldn’t get past the first few letters on one shelf!
      Right now I plan to take off all the books (again) and put up all the ARCs and author copies I have received. Any personal purchase books will go in storage and anything for the class library stays in the car – I forgot to show off the car books! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  8. I’m fairly ruthless about clearing out my books and I still have possibly far too many. At least more than fit on my one bookshelf. I just ask myself how likely I am to reread a book. If the answer is “never” or “um, maybe, in…twenty years?” I get rid of it. It’s kind of like clothes shopping. If I have to convince myself I might read the book in the future, I won’t. So off it goes. I typically donate my books to the library or a place that gives books to kids or a Little Free Library–something like that. I just can’t justify hoarding my books when I know there are people who don’t own any. And if for some reason I find out I do want to reread that book twenty years from now, there’s always the library.

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    1. That is very true! My biggest problem is that most of the books are ones I haven’t read (I did start to get rid of my Anne Rice books and those I have no interest in ever reading but had bc everyone had it at one point i.e. award winning books or Oprah books) or sound fantastic. The dollar store gets awesome YA that sounds so good but might not have been popular or has been out awhile so it’s my guilty pleasure…and I have a lot of ARCs. So I need to cull but I also want to organize into a system where the books I really want to read are the easiest to access!

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      1. I’ve actually cleared out a lot of books I did want to read, too. I’ve realized that if I have 100 books I want to read, if I am truly honest with myself, I am not going to read them. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, even if I weren’t also reading other books from the library. So far I have not regretted donating a single book. The books keep coming in, anyway. It’s not like my shelves will ever be bare!

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      2. That’s so true. Oh, it’s so hard because they all sound fabulous. And the indie books are taking away from the big titles…which makes me sad when I can’t know how good a book is that everyone I know has read. I have to prioritize my reading for sure. No time to waste!

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  9. I do have a lot of books, which I feel obliged to state as a disclaimer when I comment on posts like these–because my general philosophy is that if I didn’t like the book, I might as well get rid of it and donate it to someone who might. I keep books because I like them, because I think I might reread them, I like them enough to recommend them to my friends and loan them out, or they just have sentimental value. If the book doesn’t fit any of that, if I realize I’m keeping it just so I can look around and be all “LOOK HOW MANY BOOKS I HAVE!” (either to myself to people who visit me), I get rid of them.

    Anyway, as a millennial living in a small apartment, I move a lot and don’t have tons of room and am not expecting to buy/afford a house anytime. I don’t really have room for 10 bookcases whether I want them or not, and hauling/shipping books around to new apartments gets expensive. I think moving really gets you asking yourself how much you want to keep certain books.

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      1. Oh, so you are going horizontal like I’ve been doing. It doesn’t look as pretty, that’s for sure, and I love the look of vertical books! I want to put my ARCs on one shelf, my HCs on another…but I dream. I know I’ll end up sticking them in a trunk and never see them. Sigh.

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  10. DL Jung

    Great post! I agree in principle with the idea of piling most of the books into storage and only having a subset “on display.” My kids are crazy about books, so we do something like with all their books. The problem is, to make this system work, you need the energy to rotate between storage and the bookshelf and, inevitably, a ton of great books just sit gathering dust while you keep re-reading the same ones. Sorry, I guess that’s not too helpful ๐Ÿ˜Š. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

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    1. No, it’s still an idea! I love all the help I can get! It’s so hard to see them all sit in little stacks on the floor. I like that you have a favorites shelf. That’s essentially what I want to do with my one shelf – make it the place where my faves are. I have a trunk and a side cabinet and that’s where I’ve been starting to store the extras. I’m constantly thinking of where to put the next set of books!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

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  11. See I feel like even after seeing all your pictures (wow that is a lot of books) my answer is still there is NO such thing as too many books. It’s just a matter of managing the space you have for them and fitting them all in your bookshelves! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Also I love reading book hauls, so I’d love to see your one for all these books. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    1. Oh good! I always was embarrassed to want to do one: I felt like it was bragging. But then I have a friend who does a meme called Mailbox Monday and it got me thinking.
      I just want to get the stacks off my floor and into some sort of shelf. It makes me feel better when they aren’t on the floor.
      I don’t know what I would do without LibraryThing, my app that keeps track of my books…though I have a lot still that need to be added into the app. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. Ohh, taking part in that meme could be fun, I suppose rather than going through all the books you have you’d focus on just one or two right?
        I have a few books on my floor, they’ve been there so long they’ve almost become part of the furniture now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Beware Of The Reader

    Well you put me in stranger place where I’m salivating with envy but am concerned at the same time LOL I think I get your mom’s complaint! I don’t have a miracle solution for you except build a new romm and shelves and…or organise giveaways and donations for those you don’t plan to read or not re read at least ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. lol I know! I need a whole house for my books! It’s a wonderful collection but it does take up a lot of space!
      I’ll be doing some giveaways for sure! They will have to be US only bc of shipping costs, but I would love to share my books with others. Right now I trade ones I don’t want on Twitter and get great new books – but then again, that just keeps the prob going! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. Oh yes. I donate there all the time. I used to use the library all the time too but I could never get the books back in time. I have a bunch in my car that need to be donated and I’m thinking of putting some up on Amazon to bring money back into my pocket instead of always having it fly right out! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Agreed. My mom flipped out on me last night. She threatened to throw away anymore that come in. I really need to get rid of some STAT. So this weekend is going to be a rummage in a hurry!!

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  13. That’s a lot of books, Steph!!! I see some amazing books in those stacks (I’m glad you finally got an ARC of The Empress! That’s awesome!). Have you ever considered maybe donating or giving away books that you don’t need to your local library or maybe your kids in your class? As much as BooksForTrade is awesome (and I want to be a part of it soon), sometimes culling is the best option. Believe me, I had a culling session a few months ago and it felt good to get rid of 40-50 books that I didn’t need anymore! But I wish I had more ARCs like you do, but I’m restraining myself from overrequesting lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Many of them are in the classroom library and I try to cycle them out. That’s why it is hard to part with them. But I also have new ones coming all the time.
      I plan on donating many FCs with all of the ARCs that I have…I also try to send some to friends bc it helps the book get reviewed. The ARCs are tricky bc the library cannot take them and they are not for sale. So mainly those are the ones that I try to get into other people’s hands.
      Yes, I’m thrilled I got a copy of The Empress…you know how much that mattered to me.
      I also got a copy of the Broody book! Thank goodness for Carrie for being so sweet.

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      1. I’m happy that you got both The Empress and Broody Book–I know you’ve wanted them so much and I’m thrilled you’re able to get them! And I see what you mean. If you ever need to get rid of ARCs, then I’m happy to receive a few, haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it’s great that you’re doing your best getting these books into the hands of kids–it’s a noble effort. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Thank you, Kester! I do miss you and all that’s going on in your life! Is school going well? Is it hard to read and blog and do school work? I remember high school but I was also from the pre-blog era…so all I could do is read and I couldn’t share any of my book thoughts except through this thing called “Battle of the Books.” (It was a quiz contest-type thing)
      So I hope all is going well with you!

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      1. Aww thanks! I’ve missed talking to you too! School is going well! It’s been really busy and hectic lately but I’ve been managing the stress as best I can! It is hard to juggle blog and school work but I normally have a strict rule where I blog only on the weekend–it really helps me restrain myself from blogging when I should be working, haha! Reading isn’t’ too big of a problem, but sometimes I wished I had more time! Thanks for checking up–I hope everything’s going well with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Oh my god your room is like a bookish wonderland!!! I love it ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’– I’m probably no help to you because I say that having that many books is my dream. I’d love to have books just spilling from my room, looking like a mini bookshop. However, if YOU feel you have too many books then I’d suggest going through all of them and maybe picking out the ones you don’t think you’ll ever crack open again or the ones you didn’t quite like and consider donating them to your local library or school library, and maybe giving them away to some students who might be interested? You can always pack up the ones you haven’t read (and will probably never read again) and place them in the basement/attic but then they’ll always just be sitting there ๐Ÿ˜” And of course, you could always look into some IKEA space-saving pieces and go from there! Either way, I think you having that many books is fantastic and I’d always be happy to see which books you’ve hauled! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Awww! Iโ€™m glad you like my book room! But itโ€™ll become my book tomb if Iโ€™m not careful, lol! Iโ€™m moving some today and putting some HCs in the basement or on Amazon for sale. My ARCs I will never part with, unless itโ€™s for those who love the book (I donโ€™t read contemporaries so there are a lot of ARCs I will give away lol). If youโ€™re on Twitter, let me know and we can always trade books: I use the booksfortrade hashtag a lot!
      I will have to post more book stuff then! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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      1. Good idea keeping those ARCs. Those ones are special! Though I don’t read them often, I actually love contemporaries so I’d be down trading some things! I’ve never used that hashtag. How does it work? As you can see, I know nothing about Twitter ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†

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