Magical Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowThis week I actually have time to answer the Follow Friday, hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee, question, so here we go:
What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

I desperately try and find a place for them somewhere in my room. If I didn't like the book, it's more likely that I will lose it because I don't like seeing "bad" books next to my favourites on a bookshelf, it just feels wrong, slightly sacrilegious even. I don't really read library books, although maybe I should, so I can't return them either.

With E-books I just leave them on there, although I fo shift them from collection to collection. Don't laugh, but I have a 'New Netgalley' and an 'Old Netgalley' collection, and when I've read and reviewed a book it moves from the former to the latter, unless I hated it in which case I archive it and never look at it again.

And there's also time for the Book Blogger Hop, which I haven't done in aaageees! Now hosted by Billy Burgess over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, here's the question:
How do you organize your books to be read?

If they're E-books, I have loads of different collections on my Kindle. Two of them are for Netgalley books, another just called '2013 Reviews', another 'Desperately TBR'. Sometimes I think I have too many different folders, but since I usually read several books at the same time I hop from one collection to the other. With hardcovers I put them in a very visible place, and that's as far as that organisation goes. The oldest ones go on top, so I read them first, but that's it.

This week I am using a book I just finished for Book Beginnings (Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (Freda's Voice) and it's 'The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic' by Emily Croy Barker. I absolutely loved it and the review will be up tomorrow!

'Much later, Nora would learn magic for dissolving glue or killig vermin swiftly and painlessly or barring mice from the house altogether, but that morning - the last normal morning, she later thought of it - as she padded into the kitchen in search of coffee, she was horribly at a loss when she saw the small brown mouse wriggling on the glue trap in front of the sink.'
I absolutely love magic, that shouldn't be a surprise, and this book is just really fun. Nora is a great character and really pragmatic, in a good sense of the word, even though the BB might not seem like it. But who isn't at at a loss when faced with a random mouse?

'"What did he do yo you?" Moscelle said quickly."I don't know, exactly," said Nora, "but I couldn't tell how many legs a horse has.""Is it a riddle?""No, I just didn't know.""Oh, darling, you know how many legs a horse has, don't you?""Four," Nora said carefully.'
It's perhaps a bit long, but I just thought this part was really funny because when it happens, Nora just seems so affronted by the fact she can't remember how many legs a horse has! There's quite a lot of humour in the book, which made it really fun to read!

So, how about you? What do you do with your books? And which one did you pick for the memes?


  1. Sounds like a quirky fun read!

  2. Good organization. I am loving seeing everyone's answers.

    I use an Excel spreadsheet to keep my books in the order I need to read them.

    Stop by for my full, organized answer if you like. :)

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  3. Passing through for Feature and Follow! I love that you dont like to keep your "bad books" near your faves. Sounds like something I would do, haha.

    New follower via GFC and Twitter!
    Amanda @ i solemnly swear

  4. I was not sure when I read the part about not knowing how many legs a horse has, but this does sound like a fun read. Check out my Friday 56:

  5. I featured this book in my Waiting on Wednesday post this week. I started to read it, but have since put it aside to pick up something else.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Hopping through. I usually get rid of Netgalley books once I've reviewed them. Unless I loved the book.
    My Hop

  7. I have been seeing this book around. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    I organize my Kindle mostly by genre. Although I do have a Review collection. After I finish a review book, I archive it or delete it. Most of the other books on my Kindle just stay there.

    Happy reading!

  8. Well, I'm just envious that you organize your kindle reads into folders. I use a kindle app on ipad and everything is just lumped together into the library. I knew there must be a way to put the books into some sort of order, but I haven't been able to figure it out. I'd like to even sort it into read and not yet read. Now you've inspired me to sit down with the annoying piece of machinery and figure it out.

  9. Hi Juli,

    Whilst this probably isn't a book I'd read, unless it was an author review request, I love those opening lines. We had some very tiny field mice living in our attic space some years ago and when poison traps were set for them, we ended up with a few bodies which I just couldn't bear to go near. I certainly couldn't have contemplated emptying the traps, or having to finish off a live mouse, I can quite sympathise with Nora!!

    I still haven't come to grips with setting up folders on my Kindle and somehow I have ended up with the same book in multiple places, which is very sad, given that my 80 year old mother-in-law can manage it!!

    My review books, I read strictly in the order they were received, although all the various posts needed for each book, are written down in a series of small notebooks!

    My own TBR shelves, which I haven't taken anything from in so long, started out in order, but seems to have descended into organised chaos recently!!

    Nice busy post and great fun. Have a good weekend,


  10. Wait, I thought when you download Netgalley books they disappear on you after a certain date. I always deleted mine after reading so I never really tested the theory on my kindle. I know on my laptop using adobe they do disappear. Huh. But still, if there was a netgalley book I read and loved it was usually one I had to own physically anyway!

    All loved books go on my shelves somewhere. And for the rare book that I didn't love I donate it in some venue!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  11. My books are all over the place, both on shelf and on my Kindle. I save a lot of eReads to a folder on my computer, and a lot of them somehow get archived? Goodness knows how that happens! New Bloglovin' follower :D

    Check out my FF here, as well as my second blogaversary giveaway!

  12. I like long, rambling, complicated opening sentences like that one. They are my favorite kind.

    Thanks for participating in Books Beginnings on Fridays!

    Rose City Reader

  13. LOL Netgallery man, if only they don't disappear on me if I've loved it.

  14. Ooh, I hate the look of the mouse in the glue trap, too! Yikes....this sounds like an interesting book.


  15. I don't get how she can be at a loss when she spies a mouse in the trap.... isn't that what she out it there for?!
    LOL @ the 56. And not that long at all, no worries.

  16. Interesting start to a book - luckily I have a cat who deals with stray mice !
    Happy Reading !

  17. Great beginning. Like the sound of it!!

    Here is my post

  18. Heya! Happy weekend! I really love the name of your blog.
    New follower via GFC and bloglovin

    My FF Whit's Book World

  19. Juli, that's a fantastic idea about folders in your Kindle, I've got a Nook so I certainly hope I've got folder options :(

  20. Eww...eww...eww...the beginning made me shudder.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  21. Hello! New follower. I look forward to your future posts!

    eBooks: I archive. I only delete if they are free or if I really disliked them
    Physical: Overflow on my bookshelf, which is unfortunately in my closet. I dream of the day when I can have my own library in my house. Until then, I save my books so that I can create said library ;-)

    The great thing about eBooks is that no one can tell that I'm a book hoarder and judge me ;-)

    On some occasions I will give books to the library or local schools.

  22. Eeek! A mouse! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post too!

  23. Great opening to the novel! Been seeing this book quite a bit on GoodReads lately, will have to check it out

    Thanks for dropping by my blog last week, hope you had a lovely weekend :)

    - Lianne @

  24. That's hilarious ... sacrilegious? But then I know exactly what you mean :)


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