Sunday, August 31, 2014

But What Books Do I Pack!?: A Look Inside My Dorm Room

Hello lovely readers. About a week or two ago, I asked the Twitterverse if they would be interested in a post about what I packed in my dorm room. More specifically, interested in what books I packed, since I mentioned that I only allowed myself to bring exactly one crate of books with me. (And some in my backpack, but shhh those don't count.) I was pleasantly surprised when people other than my girlfriend and I were interested in learning what I packed and why. So, this post came to be. Below is the list of books that I decided were worth packing for a five hour long journey from their cozy shelves at my house to my new dormitory. I have also included some interior pictures of my room as well because, well, why not? Shall we begin?

First, I should mention that I have a single room. This means no roommate struggles, and my room is mine all mine.
This is my bed area. On my wall, there is a poster from The Hobbit (because Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace), a signed photograph of Ian Somerhalder, and a signed Aurelio Voltaire poster. And if you have never read or listened to anything by Voltaire, you really should do so. Click here to get addicted.

And this is my desk-ish area, covered with all things My Little Pony, Disney, and Hello Kitty. And of course, more Ian Somerhalder on the wall.

I may or may not have a book light on a giant fake lollipop on my headboard.

This is the aforementioned backpack. It is where I shoved all of my erotica books during the move. I am in total love with Cleis Press, and I definitely wanted to make sure I caught up on all the books of theirs I had.

This, however, is the crate in question. The one crate I allowed myself to take with me. The one box that got picked among a dozen shelves. Let's look inside.

Because I Can't Leave it Behind:
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This is a book that blew my mind. It is one of my favorite books, if not the #1 favorite. It made me sob and broke my heart and I fell in love with it. This book has moved everywhere with me since I got it in the mail. Plus...
This copy is signed and personalized to me. I could try and leave it at home, but I just love having this close by. I guess that's what happens when you overattach yourself to fictional characters.

Because It's About Damn Time:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. I have been wanting to read this forever. I have owned it forever. I need to read it. I won some swag in a contest and the author was amazing enough to send me a signed copy instead. She is a complete and utter sweetheart, and I WILL read this book, damn it!

Because They're in Progress:
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn & Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. These came along for the ride because I had started reading them before I had to move into the university. I wasn't about to leave them behind unfinished!

Because They're First Reads:
Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner & Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas & Salvage by Alexandra Duncan. These are all books I won from Goodreads. I've heard hype for all three of them (good, bad, or otherwise) and I decided I needed to give them a shot.

Because of You:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell & Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta & If I Stay by Gayle Forman & Delirium by Lauren Oliver & The 100 Kass Morgan & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. These are all books that I have seen discussed everywhere on the internet, and I don't want to miss out. So, in the crate they went.

Because I Want to Love Them:
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear & Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire & Splintered by A.G. Howard & The Selection by Kiera Cass. These are books that I DESPERATELY WANT TO READ. I have heard great things, they have stunning covers, and I need to read them. I have a mighty need.

Because Hiddles:
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. Tom Hiddleston narrates the audiobook of this. Need I say more?

Because Football Season:
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton. I am a HUGE football fan. I am also a huge romance fan. Football season fast approaches, so this book just seemed like, well, the perfect play ;)

Because Manga:
Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose, Soumei Hoshino & Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Masayuki Taguchi & Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi, Reiko Yoshida. My girlfriend is a huge manga fan, and I'm in a few classes this year that involve Japanese culture. It seemed natural to take them along.


  1. Nice! I am LOVING that bag you packed your erotica books in. So neat!

    1. Isn't it lovely? My dad sent it as a gift last year after I got into an honor society.

  2. It makes me happy to see books we got together made the final cut to your dorm room. I'm still in love with your backpack, too. So pretty.... -caresses screen- Also, I love your selection of books, and am jealous of more than a few.

  3. How lucky that you have a room to yourself! I need to read Eleanor and Park too, and Time Between Us. And I love Burton's Play by Play series.
    Thanks for sharing, Jillyn!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I haven't heard much about the Play by Play series, but I adoooore the covers.

  4. Amazing haul this week. Love your dorm. Lucky girl with a single room.

    1. I paid extra for the luxury lol. I can't deal with awful roomies again

  5. Very neat post, I had a single for a bit as well... it was nice. I had a hard time deciding about packing books as well.

    1. I love it. I had awful roommates my freshman year. Never again.