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Creating a Capsule Library

I’m so happy that both Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Rachel of Hello Chelly tagged me to do the creating a ‘Capsule Library’ post which was masterminded by them as well as Hannah of So Obsessed With and Kelly of Belle of the Literati. I cannot even begin to explain how challenging this post is for me to write because if you’ve seen my closet or my instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m a more is more kind of girl. I’m honestly the opposite of a minimalist when it comes to clothes and books but I had a good time hypothetically paring down my collections.  Just don’t expect this to happen for me in real life anytime soon!

The Rules: You’re allowed to have 10 total pieces in your library, just like a capsule wardrobe. (You can also choose an actual clothing item and accessory for each of the items below too!) (Side note: I already failed because I couldn’t cut it down to 10 but I only went one over with 11. I think my engagement / wedding ring counts as a bonus item!) Here’s what you get:

The Clothes: 5-7 authors (any/all of their books would be in library)

  • Madewell skinny high waisted jeans / Sarah J Maas – Sarah J Maas’s books are some of the few releases that I’ve re-read (which aren’t Harry Potter).  The same way I look forward to wearing my favorite pair of jeans on the weekend, I look forward to diving back into Aelin and Feyre’s stories every time the next installment is released.
  • Madewell Boyfriend cardigan / JK Rowling – The Harry Potter series is essentially my true love in book form.  I’ve been re-reading this series since I was eleven years old and I can’t think of a better article of clothing to equate it to than a cozy boyfriend sweater.  It’s always there to welcome you home<3

  • Asos Skater skirt / Jenny Han – When it comes to contemporary, Jenny Han is my queen. I love her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series to pieces.  It’s delightful fluff and Lara Jean has to be one of the most fashionable and relatable main characters ever hence the skater skirt.  It’s perfectly girly and totally encapsulates Jenny’s stories.
  • Madewell Plaid shirt / Victoria Schwab – A plaid shirt has to be the perfect item to pair with Victoria Schwab books. It’s the edgiest piece in my capsule wardrobe and the red and black buffalo plaid pairs perfectly with the Shades of London series (especially considering the lovely collector’s edition that’s coming next week!).  Victoria’s books also scream fall to me- from The Archived, to ADSOM, to Vicious and beyond- they’re all books I tend to gravitate toward in the colder months.

  • Zara Gingham dress / Maggie Stiefvater – A gingham dress is the quirkiest and most fun piece in my wardrobe, just like Blue and her Raven Boys.  Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series fits well here because it’s the perfect transitional series to read as the warm summer air shifts to the cool breezes of Autumn.
  • Madewell Black leggings / Cassandra Clare – Cassandra Clare has such a vast range of books to choose from within the Shadowhunter world.  I couldn’t have a capsule wardrobe without a comfy pair of leggings because while I would prefer not to wear them most days, sometimes I just get lazy and they’re easy to throw on, which is kind of the same way I feel about Cassie’s books. I deeply love The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices but I have very mixed feelings about The Mortal Instruments.
  • Madewell Classic t-shirt / Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is the first adult writer that truly made me fall in love with fantasy.  I always think of his books as my library staple. There are so many stories he’s managed to tell, each one incredibly different than the last, in the same way a classic t-shirt has a lot of versatility.

The Accessories: 3-5 individual books (and series couldn’t be grouped into one)

  • 14K Gold Heart A necklace / The Night CircusThe Night Circus is a book that really touched my heart so it seems appropriate to pair it with the initial heart necklace that I’ve been wearing for as long as I can remember.  I love not having to think about changing out my jewelry and this piece stays on me no matter where I am, the same way that The Night Circus has stuck with me since I first read it.
  • Madewell cognac tote / The Cruel Prince – This one is a rather new favorite but it definitely makes my capsule library list. I love faeries and all of the politics, scheming and goings on in the world of the fae so my library has to include one of the most immersive fae books I’ve read in ages.  I can already feel that this book will be replaced with the second installment upon its release because OMG that ending! I paired The Cruel Prince with my everyday tote because it’s classic and dependable and I know I’ll be reading it again and again.

  • Loafers / The Hazel Wood – The Hazel Wood is another new favorite of mine that I read not too long ago. I love fairy tales and the dark original stories Melissa Albert told in this book have been chilling me to the bone since I finished reading.  I love the illustrations and the beautiful cover. It feels like it could be paired with anything, the same way that classic loafers add a touch of class or put togetherness to any outfit!
  • Engagement ring / The Name of the Wind – Ah, The Name of the Wind. The great adult fantasy love of my life.  There’s no other piece that I could’ve paired this with than my engagement ring.  Not only is The Name of the Wind my favorite adult fantasy novel of all time, but my husband has also read and loved this book so it feelings fitting to pair a reading experience I gave him with a symbol of the lifetime of love he gave to me<3


Man, that was hard! What would be in your capsule library? It’s certainly no easy task to pare down a wardrobe or a library but I tried my best! I’m certain there are a ton of favorites missing and I would be more confident that everything I really want could be included if I were to be allotted ten pieces per season in my wardrobe at any given time! I tag Sarah from What Sarah Read, Cristina from Girl in the Pages, Sajda from Across the Words, Lindsay from Bring My Books, Ginger from Ginger Reads and Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Books!


5 Responses to “Creating a Capsule Library”

  1. Alice says:

    Capsule Wardrobes scare me (I couldn’t pick only few pieces to wear!) but I love this post with books! Such a great idea :) <3
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  2. I’ve been working on my post and, like you, I’m a more is more girl when it comes to fashion. It’s SO hard to narrow down!

    I love the things you picked, especially the skater skirt for Lara Jean, and the mustard boyfriend cardi. I only have one Madewell top (it’s an off the shoulder mustard yellow floral blouse, so, yeah, I’m into the mustard), as well as some of their jewelry, and you’ve made it clear that I need to make their clothes more of a staple in my life. =p

  3. I used to hoard books, but now I’ve finally gotten comfortable not keeping books I know I’ll never read again. Donating them to my library helped – at least I know other people will enjoy them now! I still could never ever narrow it down to just ten – that’s so few!!
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  5. Alexa S. says:

    I loved seeing all of your picks for your capsule library (and wardrobe)! We have very similar tastes in both books and clothing ;)
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