RENEGADE RED Covers Reveal! — The Worn Bookmark

*Want to look closer? Check out the large-size cover graphics at the end of this post. RENEGADE RED REVEALED! RENEGADE RED, the sequel to the award-winning novel SHATTERED BLUE will be available in THREE special edition covers, in both Hardcover and Paperback, in March 2017! Distribution from online sites and into bookstores will […]

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Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition — The Worn Bookmark

Today on my book blog, I confess to being a book hoarder and lay out my plan to conquer the mess and get control of the chaos.  Check it out! 🙂

Hi, I’m Maren and I am a book hoarder. I think there comes a time in every bookworm’s life when their book collection gets a little out of control. Well, my collection has gotten BEYOND that point and I feel completely overwhelmed by it. I am without a doubt, a book hoarder. I have my […]

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Book Journal Project

I have been neglecting this blog and I apologize for that!  I’ve been so busy with personal things lately and projects around the house that I haven’t had a lot of free time to devote to this.  I see that a lot of people are viewing my KonMari posts and I promise that I will be diving back into that process soon!  My little brother is getting married next month so once all of the craziness dies down there will be more KonMari posts!  For now, check out my most recent project that I originally posted on my book blog, The Worn Bookmark.

11329862_957687869263_6909989782567211323_nI have finally completed my book journal project.  Although it’s not so much a book journal as it is a binder with different sections to keep track of things like my wishlist and my collections.  If the ring size had been bigger I may have had more room to keep a section with an area to take notes on the book I’m reading at the moment.  I am extremely happy with how this project came out!  Like I mentioned in my original post about this (see that here), I had been looking to make something like this for a long time but could never figure out exactly how I wanted to do it.  I was searching on Pinterest for what seemed like the millionth time when I finally came across two pins that in combination would make exactly what I was looking for.  I will have the links for those two posts at the bottom of this post.  This post is going to have a lot of photos!  I’m only going to use the medium size so you can get the general idea but feel free to click on any of them to see the full size image! 🙂

I got the materials I needed at Target and on Amazon.  In total it cost around $25 to make.  I would have loved to make it in a Filofax type binder like the original blogs but I just don’t have that kind of money right now.

IMG_20150526_192208I got this super cute binder at Target for only $3.99.  They also had a pink one with flamingoes and a salmon colored one with pineapples on it.  I’m not a huge fan of pink so I went with the mintish green with zebras.  It’s not a full size binder, it fits 5.5 X 8.5 sheets of paper.

IMG_20150526_192229I added 4 sections using Avery dividers that I got from Amazon.  You can write on the tabs.  On each divider I put a graphic that I either made or found online that I felt went perfectly with whatever that section was for.IMG_20150526_192238The first section I have is my wishlist.  I also have a wishlist started on my Goodreads page but I wanted to have a physical copy as well.

IMG_20150526_192246I added a column to check off when I get the book, a column for the title and author, then a final column for the format that I want the book in.

IMG_20150526_192301My next section is my Acquisitions section.  I found this fun quote graphic on Pinterest and decided it would go perfectly for this section!  I used the word Acquisitions because I will also be including any ARCs I receive and also any gifts from friends or family so not everything written down will be a book I purchase.

IMG_20150526_192310I have 5 columns for this section.  First is the date, then title, then place (or person if gift), $ amount and format.  I am trying to be better about buying books so I think this will help me keep an eye on how much I am spending.

IMG_20150526_192326The next one is my Daily Reads section.  I want to try and get in the habit of reading everyday, even if I can only get in half hour or less.

IMG_20150526_192334At the front of this section I will keep a list of every book I read for the entire year.

IMG_20150526_192354Then each month has a page and I numbered it down the side.  One line per day.  Every day that I read, I write down the title of the book I read that day.  If I didn’t read at all then it stays blank.  I want to have as few blank days as I can manage.

IMG_20150526_192403The final section is My Collection.  For this one there are really two parts to the section.  The first part is for my physical books and the second is for my Kindle books.  I got two sets of the A-Z labeled tabs from Avery.

IMG_20150526_192410I totally love this graphic that I found on Pinterest so I had to use that for my physical books section.

IMG_20150526_192417Each letter gets a page (or two depending on how many books I have).  I have organized them by the author’s last name.  Then I added a column in the front to cross it off if I have read the book.

IMG_20150526_192429For my Kindle section, I just used the Kindle logo.

IMG_20150526_192437Rather than have a list of the titles, I felt like I needed to have photos to remind myself of what the cover looked like.  I tend to forget all about the Kindle books I own and it’s easier for me to remember what the book is about if I can see the cover.  Then to mark if I have read the book I got these cute little smiley face stickers.  If I have read the book, I put the sticker in the upper left corner of the cover.

IMG_20150526_192540And I have a little folder to keep the sheets of stickers in the binder.

To make the cover photo pages I copy and pasted the photos from Goodreads into a Word document, shrank them down so they are all 1.5 inches long.  Then I changed the margin setting so that they would fit easily onto the 5.5 x 8.5 paper.  Since each lettered tab has two (and occasionally three) on it I decided to just combine the two letters onto one sheet.  For these I decided to organize them by title rather than author. IMG_20150526_184930After I printed them out, I cut them to size and used double sided tape to adhere them to the paper.IMG_20150526_185501Then I went through and marked them with the smiley stickers if I had read the books.

You might have noticed that each of the pieces of paper is a colored border on the side with the holes punched.  Originally the paper was all white but I love color so I wanted to add a splash of color to each sheet while also protecting the holes from getting torn.  So I used my washi tape collection to make that happen.

IMG_20150525_201830First, I laid down a blank sheet of the paper on the table.

IMG_20150525_201903Then I added a strip of the washi tape, getting it as close to the edge of the long side as possible.

IMG_20150525_201917Then I flipped the sheet over to add another strip of washi to the other side.

IMG_20150525_201957When both sides had the washi tape on, I trimmed the edges with my scissors.

IMG_20150525_202037To re-punch the holes I took another blank sheet and laid it over the top to make sure I had the holes lined up perfectly.  Some of the washi tape was transparent enough to see where the holes but some were more opaque.  Then I used my single hole punch to re-punch the holes through the washi tape.  I opted for the single punch instead of buying an actual 7-hole punch because of the price difference.  A single hole punch cost me less than $3 whereas the 7-hole punches run closer to $30.  So it wasn’t a hard decision to make.

IMG_20150525_202658So that is how I got all of the fun colors while also protecting the holes from tearing off the rings.

And so there you have it!  My book journal-ish binder is now complete and I absolutely love it!

Here are the links to my inspiration:

It’s My Life! – Book Journal

Incarnations of Organization – Books, Books and more Books.

Summer 2014 Reading Quarter FINISHED!

OK!  This is the last post for the day and I will finally be caught up!!! 

Goal: 16 books        Total: 32 books – although 8 of these were novellas

The worst book was probably one of the novellas.  I’m not a big fan of those.  You get thrown into the middle of the story, and then it ends before you can even connect to the characters.  Oh well…

The best book was definitely The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  This book I read in a day.  I could not put it down.  I’m a pretty big softie when it comes to watching movies and tv shows but I don’t often cry when I read.  But this book turned me into a tear factory.  Normally I don’t like reading books about people with cancer because of everything my family went through but this book was so completely not what I was expecting.  The characters were so real and relate-able.  I loved the writing and the storyline.  I haven’t seen the movie yet but am really looking forward to seeing it.  I’ll definitely be watching it alone though… If the book made me cry, then I will definitely cry during the movie! 

But I also loved the Game of Thrones books that I read this quarter (3, 4, 5).  I’ll always be a sucker for this kind of book.

And now, on to the books…


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Spring 2014 Reading Quarter FINISHED

Almost there!  Almost caught up!  Whoo let’s hope I don’t get behind again!

Goal: 13 Books           Total books read: 23

I can’t really decide on the worst book because none of them were really memorable enough to like or dislike.  The best book was The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.  I will always be a Nicholas Sparks fan and his latest definitely made me like him even more.  I’m not sure exactly why but I really, really liked this book!

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Winter ’13-’14 Reading Quarter FINISHED

And still playing the catch-up game!  Moving on to winter 2013-2014 quarter! 

So the goal was to read 13 books.  I blew that goal out of the water!  I read a total of 30 books!

So many good books!  Quite a bit of variety this time around.  Everything from memoirs to fantasy to Christian fiction.  The best book of the quarter was without a doubt, Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I LOVED this book!  I read the entire thing in one day.  The worst book was most definitely the novella In Love With Eleanor Rigby by Stacey Cochran.  Luckily it was only 38 pages so it wasn’t a huge waste of time.  The story line was completely ridiculous and the characters were not likable or even relatable. 

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Fall 2013 Reading Quarter FINISHED

Ok so I know this post is WAY overdue… I’ve been slacking on my duties.

So my goal for Fall 2013 was to read 12 books. I ended the quarter with 18 books under my belt! Some of the books I read were a complete waste of time. I also started one book that I still have yet to finish as of today.
The worst book out of the bunch was probably On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. I was completely uninterested in the topic and it just seems to go on and on even though it was only 203 pages.
The best was a tie between two. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. PHfPC was such an interesting book and nothing like I had ever read before. I loved that the author wrote a story around weird photographs. TPoBaW I could not put down. I just wanted to keep reading and reading.

Without further ado…. here are the books that made up my Fall 2013 reading quarter.

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2013 Book Challenge

Hello everyone!  It’s been awhile!  I hope your 2013 was as great as mine!  Today I am looking back at all of the books I read throughout the year.  I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I read, as well as find new books.  One thing I love about Goodreads is that they have a yearly reading challenge.  Basically at the beginning of the year you set a goal for how many books you would like to read over the next year.  You can also view your friends’ challenges, if they have one, and what books they have been reading.  If you love reading and have never heard of Goodreads, you should check it out!

So, my 2013 reading challenge for myself was to read 48 books.  As some of you may already know I like to keep a separate log in a notebook of all my books and give myself goals for every 3 months (which I call quarters).  For all 4 quarters, my goal was to read 12 books each, giving me my yearly goal of 48 books.  I am pleased to announce that I surpassed my goal by 11 books and read a total of 59 books!  Granted, there are a few that were incredibly short and don’t exactly count as one whole book but oh well.


I read a lot of great books, and some not so great.  I ended a few of my favorite series and it makes me sad there won’t be more.  I discovered a few new authors I would like to continue to read.  But without further ado, here are the books that comprised my year of reading in 2013!

ImageImageImage  If I could I would try to review each book, but that would take a long time.  I ended the Wheel of Time series, which is a really great fantasy series written by Robert Jordan (the last few finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan died).  I had been reading that series for about 10 years.  I was sad the series was over but excited that I was finally able to complete it.  I also ended the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, which I also really loved.  I was not pleased with how the series ended (and I don’t want to give anything away for those of you reading the series that hasn’t finished yet).

The new author I discovered was Amy A. Bartol.  I discovered her first book, Inescapable, as a Kindle Daily Deal.  The synopsis sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try.  The writing wasn’t always the greatest but I couldn’t get enough of the storyline!  Luckily for me there were 3 books after that in the same series and she is currently working on the 5th!  I can’t wait!  One of the books I’m reading now is another book that she wrote about a completely different world of characters.

So that was my year of reading for 2013.  Stick around to see what I’ll be reading in 2014!  I set a new goal for myself on Goodreads.  60 books!

Summer Reading Quarter FINISHED!

So my summer reading quarter is now finished!  My goal was to read 12 books and I surpassed that once again.  My total was 17 books.  Most of them were great, others not so great.  I was hoping to finish my current book in time to add it to the list but alas, I’m not quite finished.  So without further ado, here are the books that I read and completed.