Book and a Beverage [82] – Amanda from Late Nights With Good Books

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Amanda from Late Nights With Good Books!

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1 Name & Blog Name: My name’s Amanda and I run the blog Late Nights with Good Books.
Tell us a little about your blog! Late Nights with Good Books is a place where I share my love of books and my love of writing. The majority of my posts are book reviews and, while I read a wide variety of genres across age ranges, most books reviewed will either be marketed towards a young adult audience or fall within the fantasy genre. I created Late Nights with Good Books as a response to that lonely, difficult period after college when I was unsure which direction my life would take next. Maintaining the blog has given me the perfect outlet to continue to think critically about books and discuss what I read with other book lovers, and it has contributed to my decision to pursue a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) A favorite review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. A favorite discussion: On Being a Long-Term Reader.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Not really. I hope to start reading and reviewing more middle grade stories, as well as discuss some aspects of librarianship, but I’ve been so focused on my classes right now that none of those plans have come to fruition yet. Soon, hopefully!


Whatcha reading? Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) It was a birthday present from my parents. I was so excited that the U.S. release was right around my birthday this past September, although I’m only now starting it.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I’ve been excited about this book for a long time now, from back when I found out it was released in Australia and was soon to be released in the U.K., yet had no U.S. release date. Fairy-tale retellings hold a special place in my heart, and I love the fact that this isn’t simply a retelling of Rapunzel, but that it also strives to incorporate the story into a historical setting; in this case I believe it’s seventeenth-century France and Renaissance Italy.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I am only just starting it, so I’m afraid I can’t say whether or not I’ll recommend it yet. Hopefully the answer will be yes, though, considering how long I’ve been wanting to read it. I’d say that anyone interested in fairy-tale retellings and historical fiction might be interested in this one.beverage Whatcha drinking?  A soy chai latte. I bought it from an organic grocery store that’s just down the road.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Nothing, to be quite honest. I don’t really drink or eat while I’m reading, partially because the majority of my reading takes place in bed. I also like to be fully absorbed in whatever story I’m reading, and I think that having a drink is an unnecessary distraction.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I’m going to cheat a bit here and say tea. I think that there’s a tea for every occasion and mood imaginable. I love having a chai or some sort of black tea in the morning and winding down with a green tea in the evening. But, really, I’ll drink any sort of tea at any time.bonus

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? My answer is totally dependent on each individual’s reading preferences and what they’re looking for in a book. For people like me who love their fantasies, I’ll go with a childhood fantasy, a fantasy I read as a young adult, and a fairly recent fantasy read. Childhood pick: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Forever and always. This was the book that first made me love fairy-tale retellings, and I’ll always consider this to be one of the better retellings. Ella is the best sort of heroine who rescues herself and finds love, in that order. Young Adult pick: The Thief (and series) by Megan Whalen Turner. Words cannot express my love for these books. It’s definitely the cleverest series I’ve ever read, and these are books where you can gain some new knowledge with every re-read. Adult pick: Graceling (and series) by Kristin Cashore. Strong female protagonists (not necessarily in the physical sense) each believably struggle against their own personal demons in this series. I honestly wish that Cashore had published this series when I was a teen, or that she already had more books published for me to enjoy.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Finding out that my blog’s name was listed in the paperback edition of Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm was pretty awesome. As is any acknowledgement of my blog from the book publishing and blogging communities, really. It’s also wonderful whenever anyone tells me that a review of mine has inspired them to start reading a book. That’s why I started this blog, after all: to share my love of reading and encourage others to also foster a love of reading.
Anything else you’d like to share? I’m always looking for great book recommendations! I recently started working with kids at a public library and realize I’m not very familiar with middle grade books in particular, so I’d love receiving some suggestions for what I should read.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Brittany! I always love reading these posts, and I look forward to getting to know more of my fellow book bloggers.

Thanks, Amanda! So happy to have you on the blog today! It is SUCH a good feeling to see your name in a book! I get tingles every time!
Wonderful recs too! Graceling was fantastic (even though I haven’t continued that series yet). 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know the Amanda! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads

And don’t forget! You can participate in Book and a Beverage at any time! Got a book? Got a beverage? Just tweet or post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage and I’ll retweet or repost your photo!

Sign-ups are once again CLOSED (you guys sign up so quickly!) and I am booked through May 2015! It will be a long wait, but keep your eyes peeled for sign-ups to reopen in the spring!


Top Ten Tuesday – November 25, 2014: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


November 25, 2014

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR 

Now normally when we do these seasonal TBRs, I head straight for the new releases that come out within those few months. For the first time in forever (you’re welcome for that Frozen song that’s now stuck in your head), I have an ACTUAL SCHEDULE. *gasp!* I have a few buddy reads plus a couple books I’m reading because I requested them from/they were given to me by an author that I’ve made a personal connection with and  I do not want to let them down. I’m terrible at following a reading schedule and usually these lists are total fails, but some of these I REALLY DO promise to read!


Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I have decided to read When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill together! We’re starting the first week of December as a totally casual buddy read but if anyone else wants to join in, you’re more than welcome! WJMM is Liz Czukas’ new adult book that comes out this February — right!? New Adult. I’m forging into new things. But I love Liz Czukas and her two YA books so I think this one is a safe bet for me!

Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas


I will be reading another new adult book *gasp* this one by Dahlia Adler. I LOVE Dahlia — she’s so personable and fantastic at interacting with people on Twitter and I just love talking to her — which goes to show you how terrible *I* am because I still haven’t read her first book (which I won from her. UGH. Seriously awful person. I PROMISE I WILL READ IT SOON, I PROMISE. DON’T HATE ME, DAHLIA). BUT because I love her so, I happily volunteered to take a part in a big promotion push for her upcoming new adult book Last Will and Testament! I’m so excited to read it and as soon as I finish my other books, this one is next on my list!


Last year, Estelle (Rather Be Reading) and I MEANT to read Lovely, Dark and Deep as a “winter read” and somehow we never did. Probably my fault? Since I’m not so good at sticking to the schedules (I’m gonna blame wedding planning?)… But hopefully we can read it together this winter! I’ve been meaning to!


It’s totally my fault that our On the Same Page schedule has been so messed up (oops, got married) but December’s read is Snow White and Rose Red, chosen by Alyssa (it’s her birthday month!) and we will definitely be reading this one! I’m excited for another group read with my besties!


My last “planned” read is Zodiac by Romina Russell. I was so fortunate to receive this one from Penguin Teen (with a sweet promo package) and I want to do them justice by reading it on time/close to pub date! I need to be better at reading books I receive around their pub dates so this is one I really want to do justice to! (And I really want to read it too.)


Lastly are my selections that are actually being published this winter. OBVIOUSLY we have Fairest by Marissa Meyer coming in first. I may have to take off work after I get this baby because HOW can I start reading it and stop? All the Bright Places and I’ll Meet You There are two I’ve heard nothing but good things about and There Will Be Lies and Cut Me Free are two I received from the publishers that I’d like to read earlier rather than later! :)

I ACTUALLY chose ten books for once! YAY! And I think this is the first time I’ve done a seasonal post where I may actually read a majority of them “on time”!!!!

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!

Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holidays start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway!

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway

**Graphic by Rachel from Hello, Chelly

Here’s a little backstory for you: Andi — the wonderful Andi of Andi’s ABCs – had the wonderful idea after seeing so many fashion blogs give out high-value items to apply that giveaway idea to book bloggers. With a bunch of people pitching it, it’s easy to give away large gift cards and high-money prizes! After a shout out to Twitter, she gathered up the other lovely bloggers that are a part of this project and I’m honored to be one of them!  Each blogger pitched in to bring you not one but TWO top dollar prizes for one exciting giveaway event!

It’s pretty easy to enter. Just click on the Rafflecopter link/widget and start following some great bloggers. For your trouble we are offering a first place prize of $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card and a 2nd place prize of $50.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Really you are the big winner either way as you get to add some fabulous new blogs to your blog feeds. Just a few rules to follow before you get started:

  • Giveaway is US only. (Sorry to international folks!)
  • It runs from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14.
  • Winners are selected at random.
  • PLEASE don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed. All entries WILL be checked and we are putting together this giveaway just because we want someone to win this awesome prize so please don’t take advantage of the generosity of these other bloggers! <3 Happy giveaway, happy winners!

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DNF Digest [3]


I didn’t intended on making “DNF Digest” a regular thing because honestly? I always hope to finish a book! Lately, though, I’ve been more inclined to mark a book as DNF because there are just soooo many books I need to read (you’ve seen my shelves) so I just can’t afford to be pushing through books that I’m really not enjoying. If I’ve read a lot of the book I finish, it’s sort of a policy of mine to try to write a small “review” saying why it didn’t work for me, but today’s collection of DNF round-ups didn’t quite warrant reviews because I didn’t make it as far as I’d hoped.

Title: Starry Night
Author: Isabel Gilles
Format I was reading: ARC received from Macmillan
Started reading: 9/14/14
Date marked as DNF: 9/14/14
Marked DNF at: 15 pages
Reason for marking DNF: (My mini-review from Goodreads) I gave this book a teeny tiny shot after seeing the terrible ratings. I went sent an ARC by Macmillan so I wanted to at least open the book before brushing it off but only a few pages in and I already was very unimpressed with the writing. It was hard to read and the voice seemed very young and juvenile. If I had seen some good ratings, I would have given the rest of it a shot but I read other people’s reviews for a reason and that’s to help my choose which books I think are right for me and I just don’t think this one is it. I’m just gonna have to pass.
Extra Comments: I know 15 pages seems like a REALLY small opportunity to give the book, but like my mini-review said, if I had seen better ratings I would have given it more of a shot. Seeing all the negative feedback assured me that this wasn’t really a case of a rough start.
What did I do with the ARC? Gave it away to another blogger who will hopefully enjoy it more.

Title: Evidence of Things Not Seen
Author: Lindsey Lane
Format I was reading: ARC received from Macmillan
Started reading: 9/14/14
Date marked as DNF: 9/14/14
Marked DNF at: 50 pages
Reason for marking DNF: (Mini-review from Goodreads) Started and then shortly thereafter, marked as DNF. Made it about 50 pages in and what in the world is this book. It’s only 225 pages long so 50 pages in and we learn nothing about Tommy. Practically nothing except he was nerdy and into weird nerdy things. That about sums it up. The different POVs in this book (I mean, as far as I made it) were just… weird. I don’t mind heavy subjects and serious issues, but to throw in topics of sexual abuse like it was, and seemingly serving no purpose to the plot…? I mean, I didn’t finish the book, but what purpose does this serve to tell the details about how a girl is abused by her cousin and her uncle and give explicit descriptions of things that she went through? I don’t even know how she’s connected to all of this… or anyone really. Anyway. It may have gotten better if I kept reading but I felt totally taken by surprise at all of this intense content with no context at all how it related to Tommy. In fact, I don’t even know who Tommy is. This is a big issue with too many POVs too. Who are all these people and why do their stories relate? I’m not saying their stories don’t matter because clearly they have stories to be told… But maybe they shouldn’t have been told in this book. Maybe they need their own books because to tie this into the mysteries of Tommy’s disappearance… it just didn’t seem to fit. This just really wasn’t what I expected it to be and I just don’t feel interested in continuing.
What did I do with the ARC? Gave it away to another blogger who will hopefully enjoy it more.

Title: Lailah
Author: Nikki Kelly
Format I was reading: ARC from Macmillan
Started reading: 10/2/14
Date marked as DNF: 10/4/14
Marked DNF at: 70 pages
Reason for marking DNF: (Mini-review from Goodreads) I decided to put this one down. It wasn’t going terribly but I just wasn’t getting into it. I just have so much on my plate right now that I’m really being pickier about what books I pick up in the first place and what I want to devote my time to finish. If I had to rate what I read, it’d be about three stars? But I think I also have a Twilight complex and I almost can’t NOT compare vampire books to it. Anyway. Wasn’t awful but just not connecting with it and I think I need to put my time towards something else right now.
Extra Comments: This is a DNF I feel TERRIBLE about. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Nikki Kelly and OMG, she is just the SWEETEST. Seriously one of the sweetest authors (or just one of the sweetest people) I’ve ever met. (I sincerely hope she doesn’t see that I didn’t finish her book because I honestly feel BAD about this one. That’s the trouble when you make a personal connection with an author and you haven’t read their book yet!) Anyway. I was getting along just oooookay with LAILAH, but ultimately it wasn’t grabbing me and it just felt like I wouldn’t make that connection there. The people who had rated it high on Goodreads were people I know to have different tastes than I do when it comes to this genre so I felt confident putting it down (for now). Maybe I’ll try to revisit it again when I have more time to sit down and really get into it!
What did I do with the ARC? Got it signed by Nikki and gave it away! :)

Those are my latest DNFs! These are actually all from a couple months ago so that’s good that I haven’t been DNFing TOO much lately. There was a while where I wasn’t finishing a LOT because I was just trying to get through books and I wasn’t choosing wisely. With time at a premium before my wedding, I was being very choosy! Do you have any that you agree with? Any you’re disappointed I didn’t enjoy?

Book and a Beverage [81] – Maura from The Whimsical Mama

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Maura from The Whimsical Mama!


1 Name & Blog Name: Maura @ The Whimsical Mama / Punk & Bug, The Whimsical Kiddos (they got jealous when mama was playing with the books and wanted in too!)
Tell us a little about your blog! I originally started this blog as a sort of Julie&Julia type of venture. Newlywed, just relocated from TN to VA, recently reunited after hubby’s deployment, I wanted a way to share my cooking adventures. This flopped miserably (posts have been hidden too) in the early days of my second trimester of pregnancy. Hubby had just taken a travel job, it’s no fun to cook for one, and with the pregnancy cravings, I didn’t want to own up to what I was cooking! (Lemon pepper tilapia and spaghetti was one craving!) I re-entered the blogging world last summer after helping my best friend Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog with hers. It definitely took some work! I had a toddler and a new baby and now a new baby project. It’s definitely been a fun journey and I’m happy I’ve finally found my niche!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I usually hate what I write (thus why I haven’t sent my manuscript to an agent!) but these are some of my favourite (& most visited) posts since I started. Tot Time Thursday #4: What We’ve Been Up To Lately: I LOVE that both of my children already love books. I started reading to Punk when I was pregnant. Yes, I felt ridiculous reading out loud to a baby still in utero, but I felt it was important. I have always focused on YA, but I read so much children’s lit that I wanted to start a feature just for them. It’s definitely a lot of fun! Top Ten Tuesday #47 Authors I Own the Most Books By: I knew I owned a lot of books by a lot of these authors, but I was seriously surprised by others when I started looking! It was nice to walk down memory lane on why I have a lot of these books. (: Random Musings: Remembering 9/11: Honestly, this was the first year in a while the full impact of 9/11 really made me think and I felt like I needed to share my thoughts. End of the Year Survey 2013:  Yeah, I cheated and put 4 posts, but this one was one of the funnest posts I did last year and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year! (: 
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Besides the holidays with my family? (: Well, FINALLY getting back on track after taking most of the summer to focus on my kids & then the author stalking incident which made me consider walking away from blogging. I do have some giveaways planned so be sure to be on the lookout! (:


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Whatcha reading? Perfect Ruin & Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) Purchased Perfect Ruin & I won an ARC of Burning Kingdoms from one of Lauren’s twitter giveaways!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Once I won Burning Kingdoms, it got bumped up the priority list! Good life choices! (:
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? They live on a floating city called Internment and everything about life is controlled. It’s hard to give a lot of details without giving it away! It’s incredibly fascinating and detailed. I just read a huge twist last night (Monday) and want to jump back in ASAP so it’s likely I’ll actually be on Burning Kingdoms when this post goes live so that’s why it’s included too! (: I definitely recommend checking this series out!beverage Whatcha drinking?  Hot chocolate in my favorite penguin mug (I LOVE penguins!) I usually have coffee in the mornings, but this morning I chose hot chocolate cause I’m not feeling well.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? French vanilla coffee, moscato, muscadine, hot chocolate, Strongbow (so happy it’s finally in the US!), or water
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Most definitely ice water. It’s what I’m most commonly drinking. (Boring, I know!)bonus


What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, or Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Harry Potter defined my childhood and I will push that series like CRAZY. Artemis Fowl, I stumbled across and fell in love with it. It’s a great middle grade series! Incarnate, I can thank Mary for introducing me to Jodi. I’m a bug fantasy reader and I love Jodi’s writing!
Punk & Bug top three recs: Pete the Cat by James Dean, Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis & David Soman, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Reading: Definitely my proudest reading moment is standing in front of the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh where JK Rowling finished Deathly Hallows just a few weeks before publication. My friend Lyndsay and I were too big of chickens to see if we could see THE ROOM, but we were for sure in awe just standing in front of the hotel! Blogging: My proudest blogging moment is every time I meet someone new in the blogging world. I’ve made some great friends in the last year! Writing: When I finished my first full length manuscript was a huge moment for me. Since then, I’ve completely dismantled it and rewrote it, but STILL.
Anything else you’d like to share? I recently opened up a custom order crochet shop! (: It’s Whimsical Mama Designs on Facebook. I’m quite addicted to crocheting! If I’m not reading or chasing the kiddos, I’ve got a crochet hook & yarn in hand. (:
Thanks for having me on the blog today!

Thanks so much, Maura! Finishing a manuscript is SO impressive! Good for you! And I love the Harry Potter connections! That would be so cool.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know the Maura! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads

And don’t forget! You can participate in Book and a Beverage at any time! Got a book? Got a beverage? Just tweet or post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage and I’ll retweet or repost your photo!

Book and a Beverage sign-ups are currently OPEN… BUT they’ve already been open for a few days and we’re already booked through April. WHEW! If you can stand the wait, I’d love to feature you in spring/summer 2015!

Sign up for Book and a Beverage here!


Holiday Gift Guide for Book Addicts

I know it’s only mid-November but admit it. You’re already doing some Christmas shopping. With Secret Santas, holiday parties, and gifts that we need to mail to our loved ones across the country, the holiday shopping starts early! I had so much fun with the Top Ten Tuesday post all about bookish gifts back in April and I thought things from those posts would also totally come in handy when shopping for your favorite book lovers this holiday season!

** Please also note I am NOT getting any sort of commission for mentioning these companies. Just sharing the love and gift ideas! **


Candles aren’t necessarily something you’d consider to be literature-related but there are some amazing shops that combine the two perfectly. The first is FANDLEMONIUM (who so graciously sent me my very own Hermione candle a few months ago after seeing my Top Ten Tuesday post and including them! Thank you again! (Though I still haven’t had the heart to burn it. Love it too much!!!!)) They have an awesome selection of candles that have been carefully put together with scents to represent not only book fandoms but others as well! Their tagline is “Candles for Geeks” so trust me — there’s something there for all you proud-to-be nerds out there!
They have 16oz jars — featuring fandoms like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and even Disney Princesses — and 8oz tins (more variety in the jars) OR you can create a custom jar as well with your hand-picked selections! Be sure to check them out if you know of a self-proclaimed geek who would love to get a fandom candle this holiday season! // Website: Fandlemonium

Another VERY popular place to seek out fandom candles is FROSTBEARD STUDIO Etsy Shop. They have 8oz jars, and sets of 6/3oz tarts with a few variety packs to choose from as well. You can pick some fandom specific ones like The Shire, Winterfell, Sherlock’s Study, and Butterbeer or just plain old bookish scents like “Old Books” and “Bookstore”. I already have a few of these in my cart to buy some for my friends for Christmas too! I’ve received one as a gift (“The Cliffs of Insanity”) and I love it! // Website: Frostbeard Studio Etsy Shop


Book lovers are notorious for loving coffee and tea as well. Me personally? Yes, but I also do love beer (and wine goes well with books too), so what better presents to get book-lovers than some glassware? GLASS BLASTED ART has a variety of mugs, pint glasses, wine glasses and more with some of your favorite literary references! (Personally, I’m a fan of their Harry Potter stuff!) // Etsy Shop: Glass Blasted Art



You got them the glasses… why not get them the beverages to go inside?

TEA: Adagio Teas has quite a few fandom samplers to choose from! Their tea is delicious (I haven’t had these but I have tried some fruity ones) so these should be a safe bet for the tea lover you need to buy for! // Website: Adagio Teas


Of COURSE bookworms need bookmarks, right!? Right! I know bookmarks are collectibles for some book-lovers (I’m that crazy who just uses scraps of paper BUT I do love my fancy-looking bookmarks too!) so here are some places to find some really neat ones: CRAFT’ED Etsy Shop specializes in magnetic bookmarks (thanks to Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything to sharing this one with me!) and they are just too cute! Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Harry Potter… there’s a number of them to choose from! // Etsy Shop: Craft’ed

LILLYTALES SHOP also has some wonderful wooden bookmarks with some great fandoms as well!There are quite a few Harry Potter ones to choose from but OMG this Anna/Lola/Isla one! There are also some more just with general reading and book quotes and art. So much fun! // Etsy Store: Lillytales Shop

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Alyssa got me this amazing print as a gift and I LOVE it. I mostly just love things printed on book paper too. OWL’S NEST COTTAGE has a ton of prints as well as recycled book page crafts featuring Harry Potter, Divergent, classic lit + more! They also have tons of jewelry options too! // Etsy Shop: Owl’s Nest Cottage


I’ve also purchased an item from POSTERTEXT, a company that makes posters featuring an image of the selected book using that entire book’s text. It’s a VERY neat idea and I loved how the poster turned out (I bought The Wizard of Oz for Alyssa last year!) and I think they also have very reasonable prices for what you’re purchasing. (The only below is an example for Dracula!) Currently it looks like they only have classic literature but they’re working on contemporary and popular literature as well!  // Website: Postertext
If Postertext doesn’t have what you want, you can also check out websites like Litographs, Spineless Classics, and Novel Poster!


There are also quite a few blogger-run stores (mostly through Etsy, that I know of) and these amazing bloggers create their very own fandom-related and book-related merch! They are QUITE fantastic and I’ve been yearning for some of these myself!

TOTE BAGS: Becca from Pivot Book Reviews makes some AMAZING designs on tote bags! I’ve seen a few of them on her blog, but some of my personal favorites are her Anna and the French Kiss and Fangirl totes and I am green with envy staring at them! // Etsy Store: Pivot Book Totes

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T-SHIRTS: Appraising Pages has an AWESOME Etsy shop featuring their original designs on T-shirts! From quotes to references to images… Divergent to The Fault in Our Stars to The Hunger Games and more — they’ve got your bookish fandoms covered! // Etsy Store: Appraising Pages

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Oh gosh, you guys, there are SO many more amazing bookish gift ideas that I haven’t included in this post so that is where YOU come in. Tell me some of your favorite bookish gifts! Do you have a favorite Etsy store? Some great gifts that you’ve given or received in the past? We want to hear it! Help our your fellow bookworms (or maybe just someone who stumbled upon this post) in purchasing the best holidays gifts a book-lover can get! Pretty please leave your favorites + links in the comments below! I’d love to check them out!


Top Ten Tuesday – November 18, 2014: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get


November 18, 2014

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

I love series. Usually I end up reading book one and then psych myself up for how much I need to read the rest of the series and then I just take forever to continue, but there are a few series that I actually keep up with and HAVE to read the most recent books right away! I’m sure you’ve seen me flailing about all of these recently so let’s just jump right in!

FAIREST (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
The Queen’s Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) – Marissa Meyer

Well obviously FAIREST is the first on my list. It’s the closest one that I’m SUPER anticipating to actually being released and OMG MORE LUNAR CHRONICLES. I am too exicteddddd.

WINTER (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
The Queen’s Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5) – Marissa Meyer
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) – Marissa Meyer

It’s a bit longer of a wait for WINTER but at least I have FAIREST to hold me over! I also am a little afraid for this series to end…? EEEEEEEP. But omg WINTER. I just can’t wait for more Marissa Meyer. I adore her writing and what she’s done with this series is just amazing.

UNTITLED (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass # 0.1 – 0.5) – Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas

I binge-read the first three books (plus novellas) in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series so the wait for book #4 will be LONG to say the least. I fell in love with the series the more I read and HEIR OF FIRE totally blew. me. away. I can’t wait to see how much more this series grows!

UNTITLED (Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)  – Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) – Maggie Stiefvater


THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) – Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) – Scott Lynch

Okay, so I haven’t read book three yet. SHHHHH. But honestly it’s partially because I can’t start it and finish it without book four in sight. So far we’re guessing THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN is coming out in 2015 but WHEN? I need to space things out haha.

SHADOWS OF SELF (Mistborn #5) – Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson

We’re no strangers to how much I fell in love with the Mistborn series… so having just finished THE ALLOY OF LAW (review to come!), now I just need MORE. MORE MORE MORE PLEASE. I know there are other Sanderson books out there (many more, which I will read to hold me over) but I just feel so many things building up in AoL that I cannot wait to see what happens next!

THE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Curse #2) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1) – Marie Rutkoski

I’m actually reading this one RIGHT NOW. I’ve been told the wait for book three will kill me after I finish book two but… I must start it anyway! (Actually I’ve already started. Page 80-something!) Oh well. Just expect book three on my next list like this!

Okay, that actually wasn’t even ten! But I stuck with books that haven’t been released yet because if I included ALL the series that I want to keep reading, well… we’d be here all day! I’ve started quite a few that I just need to finish so this is my list for now! :)