Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blogger Bookshelves: Climb Out of The Cubicle

Hi Everyone, for this week's installment of Blogger Bookshelves I bring you Amber from Climb Out of The Cubicle. A fellow Midwesterner, she also has a 101 in 1001 list and coaches on personal development and achieving goals on her site. Read on to learn more about her bookshelf:

Even though I’ve an avid reader now, I only started steadily reading in my mid-20s.  I wasn’t one of those kids who read constantly – that was my sister’s job.  I could barely read an assignment for school, and in fact, most of the time, I didn’t read for my assignments….or do the work….or pay attention.

Things changed in my early 20s.  I was living in Italy and books in English were scarce.  The only place I could find a variety of books in my language was at the main train terminal in Rome.  Each time I went to Rome, I would stop in the train station and pick up 3-6 books.  I started reading out of scarcity, but grew to love the practice.  In college, I ended up majoring in English.  Now, reading is a constant for me.  I read before I go to bed; I read on my commute.  I also bring a book with me when I fear boredom is coming my way. 

Give us a mini tour of your bookshelf, what's it like?
My bookshelves are straight out of Ikea.  They are the darkest color Ikea sells, because I want all of the furniture in my living room to be black.  (I’m not good at the whole decorating thing.)  I organize alphabetically by author’s last name, but I do break up the shelves by “read” and “unread” sections.  These sections are separated by a silver bookend.

What's your favorite book on your shelf?
My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  This book completely changed my life.  It changed the way I look at perseverance and accomplishing goals. 

I have to admit something pretty controversial.  *Prepare yourself.*  I hate Mr. Darcy.  I think he’s a terrible hero.  Therefore, my favorite book to discuss is Pride and Prejudice.  Debating this piece is one of my favorite things to do.  I also have three copies of the book, just in case I need to loan one out. 

What's your oldest book on the shelf?
I can’t remember the first book I ever bought, but I think it might be The Da Vinci Code or Memoirs of a Geisha.  Technically, though, the oldest book on the shelf is The Iliad, which lives in the “unread” section.

How do you decorate your shelf?
Decorate?  Hmm…I don’t really decorate the shelf.  I just don’t have the eye to find knickknacks to strategically place in the right spot.  I just stick all the books up there. 

What other books and items live there?
Inside my books, I keep mementos of what I want doing when I was reading that book.  For example, I keep ticket stubs from plays or brochures from museums inside the book I was reading so I know what was happening in my life when I read that book. 

Anything else you'd like to share?
By the beginning of 2016, I plan to move out of the country as a minimalist.  That means that I’ll sell everything I own and move into a backpack. When I think about selling everything in my apartment, I get very sentimental about getting rid of my books.  My sister said would store all of my valuables, including my books, because I just can’t imagine getting rid of a single one.

Amber is the Strategist, Coach, and Blogger behind Climb Out of The Cubicle. She coaches those who are ready to break out of their comfort zone and to create a life they deserve.  Follow Amber on Twitter.

That's all for now,


P. S. If you're interested in sharing your bookshelf, please leave a comment below or email me at

Friday, September 26, 2014

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

I'm linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday! You can follow my reading progress and the books that I'm currently reading on my Goodreads.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

I picked up Labor Day when I was killing time at my local bookstore and waiting to meet up with friends. Much like the books I buy when I do something spontaneous like that, I started reading it immediately. This book in particular, I had trouble putting down and ended up reading the entire book in one weekend. It's the story of a young boy and his mother and how one day they pick up an escaped convict. Throughout the story readers learn more about the family and the tensions and confusion of adolescence. 

It reminded me of  the books that I really love, about betrayal and heartache, like Atonement and The Time Traveller's Wife. I'm definitely interested in watching the movie this book was based off of. I can only hope it holds true to the characters.

That's all for now,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogger Bookshelves: Carly Blogs Here

This week's installment of Blogger Bookshelves is Carly from Carly Blogs Here. I've followed her on Twitter for a while and I have to say, I'm a big fan. I was also pretty excited to see her bookshelf and read about what she reads. Continue on:

Q1: Give us a mini tour of your bookshelf, what's it like? 
It actually started off as something we were storing for a friend while they moved, but they ended up just leaving it here so our little bookshelf was formed. Most of my books are still at my parents house, so this is a collection of a few favorites, but most of these are newish books I've read or need to read!

Q2: What's your favorite book on your shelf? 
I'd have to go with Sloppy Firsts, it's one of my all-time favorite books-- Jessica Darling is who you wanted to be your BFF when you were in high-school. I also really love Quiet and Crazy Love.

Q3: What's your oldest book on the shelf?
 Well lucky for you, I used to write my name and date in all of my books so I think PS Longer Letter Later is the oldest (1999).

Q4: How do you decorate your shelf? 
I know it's hard to tell from my photos, but it's pretty jam-packed so it's not the most highly decorated bookshelf. It was kind of color coordinated though it's hard to tell as more and more books got stuffed in to the shelves.

Q5: What other books and items live there?
 I have a few leftover books from school, though I admit to selling most of them back...we have a few leftover knickknacks from our wedding-- the little yellow birdcage holds wine corks (though we obviously don't have very many). There are a few board games on the top shelf that aren't pictured.

Q6: Anything else you'd like to share? 
I keep a stack of some of my favorites on my desk (Maniac Magee, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and A Farewell to Arms). And oddly enough the only books that aren't mine are The Hunger Game books you can kind of see under the yellow birdhouse. My husband who rarely reads actually read them!

I love talking about books on my blog, so make sure to stop by if you're a fellow book lover :)

That's all for now,


P. S. If you're interested in sharing your bookshelf, please leave a comment below or email me at

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the Navy

As the seasons begin to change and fall wardrobes take on shape, one essential that transitions almost seamlessly between summer nights and fall workdays is the navy blazer. Paired with navy pants to make a suit, the ensemble can be dressed down or up but always looks polished and is a classic look. I know I'm looking forward to wearing my navy suit ensemble this fall at arts performances in the city since it's almost effortless to take the outfit from 9 to 5 and beyond.

I invested in a navy JCrew blazer and pants set and have every intention of making it last a good long while. For more inspiration, I collected navy suit on Pinterest. All images from my Pinterest.

That's all for now,