I’m Booked: tips and tricks to decorate your home with books!

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WE MOVED! My two wonderful roommates and I moved to Harlem and we are living in our dream apartment. I mean, it’s a fifth floor walkup, but once you get up here, it IS the dream!

Faced with this new space, we decided to make our home the bookish paradise it was destined to be. And now that it finally feels like home, I want to drop a few tips on you!

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15 Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, bookworms!

I’ve never hated this holiday. When I was little, it was a day of candy and overly decorated shoe boxes, ready for valentines. My mom always made it about her love for all of us, surprising my brother and I with cards and fuzzy socks and magazines when we came downstairs for breakfast.

As I got older, its magic changed. Senior year of high school, I happened to discover my boyfriend’s promposal on that day (it was in a book he lent me. I know, very me). I was at rehearsal for the winter play and was using some downtime to sit backstage and read when the book jacket slipped off and I discovered three post-it notes: “will you go,” “to prom with,” & “me?” Safe to say, I said yes (we didn’t end up going, but that’s a long story for another time).

Senior year of college, my roommate of all four years of school and I treated ourselves to a movie and brunch at our favorite spot in Durham. Through some fluke, we ended up having our meal completely comped by the restaurant. And the movie was silly but we loved it. Whether it’s been a meaningful night with a guy, a box of valentines from CVS and a day of crafting with mom, or an evening of wine and friends, I’m here for you, Valentine’s Day.

So, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite love stories – some picture perfect, others not. Organized by mood, of course!

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6 Books to Read if You Can’t Get Enough of the Grammys

Calling all Music Lovers!  Obviously music is a huge part of my life – it’s how I store my memories, how I get through the work day, how I get (and stay) excited about, well, life. And I’m a sucker for a music story – movies (Begin Again, A Star is Born, School of Rock, Almost Famous, Across the Universe), musicals (Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Jersey Boys), and obviously books!  Here are some of my favorite stories that celebrate creating music.

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7 Books You Can Read (and Finish) During the Super Bowl

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I am not the biggest football nut.  Shocker, I know.  I have been known to bring a book to the couch as everyone gathers to watch the game – I like being surrounded by my friends and family and I like the excitement, but I like to have a little literary comfort as well.  If you’re in the same boat, here are seven books best read in one sitting.  Pick one up of these at 6.30 PM tonight and you’ll be done by the final touchdown.  Now, that’s my kind of Sunday!

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Holiday Book Haul

A realization: people are intimidated to give me books. I totally understand why – the odds of handing me something I already own are not in their favor. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting books as presents, like the one that struck my heart this year or the beautiful vintage Dickens volumes my brother gave my last year (pictured below). And I give books as gifts like there’s no tomorrow.

But this year, I received more bookish gift cards than books themselves. And I was thrilled. So I got to work! Both at Barnes and Noble and our local independent bookstore, I added to my shelves a collection of books I can’t wait to dive into. Here’s what made the cut and why!

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