About The Cozy Shelf

*All you need to know about me and my bookshelf.

Alicen The Cozy Shelf

Hello! If you don’t know already my name is Alicen and reading books is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world.

I’ve been blogging about books off and on for almost two years. It’s something that I really enjoy doing. I also have a #bookstagram account that I am active on every single day.

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve always loved reading but I really enjoy it now that I’m an adult. My favorite thing about reading is finding characters or stories that you really connect with and getting all the good feelings from.

I have a lot of favorite books. I’m very liberal with my love of books and I would like to think I’m not a picky reader. I don’t read a wide range of genres but I find so many books within the genres that I like that make it on my favorites lists.

My favorite genres are Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and recently, Science Fiction. I read quite a bit of YA but I’m really liking the New Adult books as well. I don’t read a lot of adult fiction.

My favorite series of all time is A Court of Thorns and Roses. I don’t think I’ll ever find a book/series that will topple ACOTAR from it’s top spot.

Other facts about me:

I’m 29 years old. My birthday is on July 23. I have been married for eight years and we have two boys who are six and three years old. We won’t be having any more children.

I read around 100 books a year and average about 5-6 books a month. I do participate in readathons quite often so that helps me get to the 100 book total. I would love to read more, but that’s just not an option with two boys in the house.

I am a first time homeschooler. I teach both of our boys at home and I’m really liking it. There’s just something so satisfying about teaching my own children.

Other bookish facts:

  • I always read my hardcovers with the dust jacket on. Even if it annoys me.
  • I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks.
  • I really wish all books would be the same height.
  • I am guilty of buying entire book series without knowing if I will like it or not.
  • My reading beverage of choice is coffee.
  • My reading snack of choice is popcorn.
  • I love reading huge books/really long book series.
  • This year I’ve gotten rid of 100+ books from my shelves.
  • I don’t use the library. I buy all of the books I read.
  • I prefer brand new books to used books.
  • I spend way too much time on Instagram.
  • I currently own 258 books.

That’s probably way more than what you asked for but there you have it. I’m a book lover through and through.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading,


P.S. You can always reach me on my Bookstagram account. If you want to email me you can do so at
{ hello@thecozyshelf.com }.

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