June Recap


Happy July book lovers!
5171 Miles Books achieved two exciting milestones in June. Our shared review of Edge of Regret was the 150th post to be published on this blog. On top of that, our Instagram account @5171milesbooks reached 1.2k a few days ago. Yay!

Now it’s time for our monthly recap! Here are the books we reviewed in June:

Last month we were approached by the furniture store Arhaus to create our own dream reading spaces. It was so much fun and we came up with some cool and totally different ideas. Check them out here.

We were also nominated for the Versatile Blogging Award. Check the post here.

Last but not least, here’s our list of possible reviews in July:
The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount, The Windling Sisters by Eve Chase, Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner.

Happy Reading,
♥Ashley & Sabrina♥


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Our Dream Reading Space

What would you say about your very own reading space and your very own library in your apartment/house? A place that only belongs to you. A place where you can give your favorite books a home and rearrange them by color, author or genre. Your own safe haven to read, relax and dream. Have you ever thought about such a place? What would it look like? With the help of Pinterest and the Arhaus living room collection, we decided to bring you our individual visions for the perfect reading nook.
Arhaus was founded in 1986 with a passion to provide unique, high quality, well designed home furnishings. Their philosophy was to design their own products, search for the best manufacturer while controlling quality, and bring the furniture direct to their customers. Their product developers travel the globe working directly with skilled artisans to craft pieces that can only be found at Arhaus, ensuring that every Arhaus piece meets their high quality standards.

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The Versatile Blogging Award

Hey book lovers!
The following blog post is actually a German one but since the majority of our followers don’t speak German, I translated the post into English. 🙂


GER Vielen lieben Dank and Selina @ fraeuleinlovingbooks, die mich für den Versatile Blogging Award nominiert hat. ♥
EN Thank you to Selina @ fraeuleinlovingbooks, who nominated me for The Versatile Blogging Award. ♥

GER Und hier sind die Regeln:
Danke dem Blogger, der dich nominiert hat.
Verrate 7 Fakten über dich.
Nominiere andere Blogger.

EN And here are the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you
Tell us 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate other blogger. Continue reading “The Versatile Blogging Award”

Bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany

About six weeks ago I found out about a bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany in May and since I only live 2 hours from Hamburg I signed up. I couldn’t wait to meet bookstagrammers from Germany and the girls behind the accounts. And finally it was May 13th and I was on my way to Hamburg.

I met the girls in the early afternoon in front of Hamburg’s train station and I was one of the last girls to show up. As an introvert I was a little overwhelmed and slightly anxious to meet so many new people: What if they are not nice to me? What if they don’t like me? What if I say something totally weird? But my initial concerns were unfounded because all the girls were super sweet and kind. I’m not sure, but I still might have said something weird but the girls didn’t tell me, so who knows! 😀 Continue reading “Bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany”

My History of Reading – Ashley

I remember the very first book I read by myself as a kid. I don’t recall the title, but I can still see the illustrations in my mind’s eye – clocks and animals with simple words. I read that book nothing short of a thousand times, feeling so proud of myself each time because I was able to read the book on my own. From the moment I could read by myself, I was hooked. Little did I know how much reading would mean to me as I aged. As an independent person, my ability to read is paramount to me learning new things about cooking, building objects, or simply to satisfy my curiosity on a certain subject.

Before I was able to read to myself, the best days were when teachers would read the Amelia Bedelia books, because they were hilarious to me. I loved seeing how Amelia would confuse things. The Frog and Toad books also filled me with much excitement. I enjoy reading them to my own children now.

Some of my favorite novels to read as a kid were those in a series, such as The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and The Baby-Sitters Club. I was always rushing off to the town or school libraries to check out the next book in the series, and read countless numbers of these books.

My favorite standalone book from childhood was a book I read in third grade, called Letters From Rifka by Karen Hesse, about a Jewish girl who had to leave Russia in 1919, but becomes separated from her family at Ellis Island. In the book Rifka writes journal entries about what is happening in her life and on her journey. This book opened up the world for me; I remember for the first time feeling empathy for a character’s struggles, interest in history, and the cultures of people who were different from me. I would love to buy a copy of this book to read again as an adult and give to my kids to read someday!

Then came Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Like every 90’s kid, I was drawn into the Sorcerer’s Stone in my fourth grade year. The characters were the same age as I was at the time, making the story all that much more compelling and relatable. As a lonely child who was the new kid in school for the second time in a year, I was drawn into Harry’s story and felt myself wishing for my own letter of acceptance to Hogwarts and great friends like Ron and Hermione. Each year I anxiously looked forward to the release of the next book in the series and would spend the day (sometimes two) locked in my room reading, annoyed by any interruption, even the interruption of meal-time. The final book came out the summer before my senior year of high school. Like many of my fellow Potterheads, I rushed to my local store at midnight with my little brother in tow to buy a copy of The Deathly Hallows. The series and characters grew with me, and will always hold such a special place in my heart.  And, I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter to come – hint, hint.  Continue reading “My History of Reading – Ashley”

Happy Cover Reveal Day, Laura!

💜💚💙LAURA BARNARD COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!💜💚💙

How beautiful is this cover of Laura’s latest romantic comedy, Excess Baggage?  It’s out on the 23rd and you can pre-order now myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB

Details of giveaway below. Continue reading “Happy Cover Reveal Day, Laura!”