Statistics Survey 2015

Last year, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born!

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 2nd annual Statistics Survey!

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early Jan to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2015 (not books necessarily published in 2015). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

number of statistics survey

  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas):
    • Between 400-449 pages:
    • Between 450-499 pages:
    • Over 500 pages:
    • Over 1000 pages:
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 
    • Re-reads: 
    • DNFs (did not finish): 
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 
    • One/Two Stars: 
  • Number of authors met in 2015:
  • Number of book events attended in 2015:
  • Number of books you read in one day:
  • Number of books that made you cry:
  • Number of 2016 books you have on pre-order:

by the books statistics survey

  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):
  • Book that took you the longest to read:
  • Book that you personally connected with the most:
  • Book that made you love the villain:
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:
  • Book you read on your birthday:
  • Book with a character who shares your name:
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):
  • Book you read in 2015 but already want to re-read:
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:
  • Most books read by one author this year:

this & that statistics survey

  • Happiest & saddest:
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: 
    • By title: 
    • From buying to reading: 
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: 
    • Books you read/your rating: 
    • Series enders: 
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2015:
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise:
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned:
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: 
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings:
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

grab bag statistics survey

  • Book you read that is red:
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z:
  • Book you hugged when you finished it:
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room:
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: 
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: 
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): 
  • Forced yourself to finish: 
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): 


  • First… 
    • Post of 2015:
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Last…
    • Post of 2015: 
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Number of posts in 2015:
  • Number of reviews posted this year:
  • Least coherent review:
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2015): 
  • Post you wish you could re-write:

Thanks so much for joining our 2015 Statistics Survey! We hope you had a lot of fun! Want to share with others? Post the link to your answers in the linky below!

Book and a Beverage [122] – Sarah from The Country Bookworm

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 Sarah from The Country Bookworm!

book and a beverage


Name & Blog Name: Hi! I’m Sarah and I run The Country Bookworm
Tell us a little about your blog! My blog is mostly about books, with a little bit of my farm life thrown in. I write reviews, hold book discussions and update my readers on whatever antics my animals manage to get up to. 
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!)
  I recently put together a book discussion about why I review books. Before this post, I hadn’t actually thought about why I do it, but there’s a lot more reasons than to just sum up the book.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I’m working on a Bookish Gift Buying Guide that will be two parts. I’m taking part in The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa, as well as the end of the year survey hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner.


Whatcha reading? Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc):
 I purchased it at my local bookstore when they hosted a Fierce Reads tour stop. I got to meet Leigh and get it autographed.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I am currently reading it and I think it’ll end up being one my favorite books of 2015.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book is a perfect example of Leigh Bardugo’s world building skills. Within the first chapter alone you feel like you’ve lived in Ketterdam for years and know just what daily life is like there. I cant remember ever reading a book that had me so immersed so quickly. I recommend it for lovers of all genres as it is enjoyable for adults and YA audiences and has elements of fantasy, crime and even a little romance.


Whatcha drinking? Spiced apple cider with Krupnikas, a Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur from The Brother’s Vilgalys Spirits Company, in Durham, North Carolina
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Anything warm! Coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider…
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Trapiche Malbec! Or a vanilla milkshake, depending on my mood


What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The All Souls Trilogy and Night Film.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Hmm…I can’t think of anything in particular. In general I am just proud of myself for finally starting a book blog and making an effort to find time to read and blog every day.
Anything else you’d like to share? I love animals, mostly dogs and horses and I am always looking for more book and animal loving friends. I am a Yankee transplant in North Carolina who has given in and started saying “y’all” a lot.

 Thanks, Sarah! So glad you’re loving Six of Crows! Leigh Bardugo is just fantastic. I can’t wait to see your holiday gift guides! I just put one together myself! 😀 And Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sarah! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Instagram // 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!#bookandabeverage

Holiday Gift Guide for Book Addicts 2015 | Glasses, Mugs, Bookmarks + more!

gifts for book lovers

Two days ago I kicked off the gift guides with candle shops, yesterday with tees and totes, and today I’m shifting the focus to glasses, mugs, bookmarks, and more!

I’m coffee and beer girl so I love bookish mugs and glasses. I’ve started to collect a few and I’m always on the lookout for more! Plus with most bookworms being coffee or tea drinkers, a nice bookish mug is usually a safe bet!

There are also so many places to find excellent prints, decorations, and so much more for the home (I’ll refer you back to Red Bubble and Society6 for those!!) … and who can forget things for your books like bookmarks and book accessories!? Today I’m sharing some of my favorites for allllll of the above!

** Please also note I am NOT getting any sort of commission for mentioning these companies! If any store has contacted me regarding a special feature in this post it has been noted. **


Etsy seems to be the spot with most of my favorites! Like the t-shirt post, I’m just going to list a few shops and what they carry because WHEW, don’t want to overwhelm you! We still have a long way to go!!
And don’t forget to check out the Society6 shops listed in the previous post grouped with apparel! So many of those shops have tees but they also sell mugs (and so much more)!



  • Nexus Glass | Mugs, pint glasses, steins, shot glasses, flasks, flutes| Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zelda
  • Karen’s Custom Glass | Mugs, pint glasses, steins, shot glasses, flasks, rocks glass, wine glass, mason jar | Harry Potter, superheroes, Star Trek
  • Fanart Glassware | Pint glasses, rocks glass, steins, shot glass | Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Game of Thrones
  • Silverblatt Design | Pint glasses, flasks, wine glasses| Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Firefly, Star Wars
  • Fandom Hearts | Pint Glasses, car decals | Harry Potter, How I Met Your Mother, The Office


  • Knot Nirvana | Mugs, decals | Harry Potter, Disney
  • 312 Ink | Mugs, invitations/prints | Harry Potter, Grumpy Cat
  • Seeds of Faith Mom | Hand painted mugs | Disney, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead


homemade bookmarks fandoms

  • Nook and Burrow | Harry Potter, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, #currentlyreading
  • RemHeathIllustration | Shadow and Bone, Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass
  • CraftedVan | Magnetic bookmarks of all kinds! (They did have to take down some of their fandom ones though. Whomp whomp)
  • Happy Hello Art* | Magnetic bookmarks | Throne of Glass, The Lunar Chronicles, fairy tales (they’re closed until February as noted in the shop but bookmark them anyway!)
  • Booked You Up | Magnetic bookmarks | The Lunar Chronicles, Disney, Young Elites, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson
  • Skinny Hues | Water color designs | Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Raven Cycle, hashtag
  • A Bookish Life | Bookmarks, totes


bookish supplies decor

Which of these shops would you recommend? Have you purchased from any before? Any more excellent bookish you’d like to give a shout-out to?

Holiday Gift Guide for Book Addicts 2015 | Apparel + Totes

gifts for book lovers

Yesterday I kicked off the gift guides of 2015 with bookish candle shops and today I’m shifting the focus to apparel, tote bags, and more!

I’ve started to amass many, many awesomely bookish shirts and I’m totally a tote bag hoarder so I definitely wanted to share some of my favorites for other book-lovers to find (both for themselves and for gifts)! Here are some of my favorites:

** Please also note I am NOT getting any sort of commission for mentioning these companies! If any store has contacted me regarding a special feature in this post it has been noted. **


society6 shirts books fandoms

Society6 has alllll kinds of amazing bookish (and non-bookish) things. If you’re not familiar with it, each “store” on Society6 is run by a different artist. You can purchase their artwork through Society6 and have it printed on things like T-shirts, totes, mugs, iPhone cases, pillows, prints — the list goes on! I purchased this amazing Cabeswater shirt from a store on Society6 (emileegraverson) and it’s everything I could have ever wanted! Here are some other amazing shops (most of these have more than just shirts too!):

Risa Rodil | Bookworm Boutique | I Heart Big Books | Evie Seo | Drop and Give Me Nerdy | Emilee Graverson | Fiction Tea


Pretty much the same deal here as Society6! Lots to choose from, lots of great bookish/nerdy things, and lots of fandoms! (There’s an extensive amount to choose from if you search Throne of Glass…) Here are some of my favorites:

Cute Crazies | Only by Laura | Believe Luna | Sung Kim | Katie Paints | Samantha Weldon



Litographs is super cool. Ever wanted to WEAR your favorite book? Well now you can! Litographs prints an entire book onto a t-shirt (or tote or poster) and they also have some sweet bookish tattoos. I’d say most of the available books are classics (classic novels, older children’s books, etc) but there are a couple newer releases too. I was lucky enough to win the giveaway from Andi’s ABCs for the Throne of Glass t-shirt (pictured below!) and it is SO cool. (But it’s so awesome that I’m almost afraid to wear and wash it haha!) They were also incredibly kind and offered to send me a piece to picture in this post so I chose the Wizard of Oz tote so you could see a tote too!


Etsy has a ton of great shops for bookish t-shirts and totes! I could list and feature them all individually  but there are just soooo many that I’ll make a quick list for you of some of my favorites and the fandoms they include!


Did you know that several book blogger friends have Etsy/Society6 shops? There’s some pretty awesome merch there and it’s always fun supporting and friend too! Check ’em out:


Hand-painted book totes by Becca featuring scenes, covers, or quotes from your favorite YA novels!


Appraising Pages has an AWESOME 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! They also have jewelry, things for the home, and more!


Gillian from The Writer of Wrongs has an amazing Society5 shop! You can get t-shirts, totes, prints, tapestries, pillows, and oh the list goes on! Throne of Glass, The Raven Cycle, Anna and the French Kiss… she’s got your fandoms covered!

Which of these shops would you recommend? Have you purchased from any before? Any more excellent bookish shops you’d like to give a shout-out to?

Holiday Gift Guide for Book Addicts 2015 | Candles

gifts for book lovers

I know it’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas but I KNOW some people have already started thinking about the holidays (and a select few have been dying for Christmas for months… or all year-round, whatever) so it’s that time again to start compiling the lists of all of my favorite bookish gifts! I’ve discovered so many more companies that great some awesome gifts for fandoms and book lovers that I’ve decided to split this year’s guide into a few posts so as not to bog you down with everything in one huge post. First up, bookish candle shops! 

love literary-themed candles. I didn’t use to be a candle person but I’ve gotten so much more into them over the past year… probably because there are so many awesome companies that make book-themed candles and I just can’t resist!! Here are some of my favorites:

** Please also note I am NOT getting any sort of commission for mentioning these companies! If any store has contacted me regarding a special feature in this post it has been noted. **


Fandlemonium makes some BIG candles (as in big in size). Compared to the 8oz size that many companies produce, Fandlemonium’s candles mostly run 16oz for a glass jar. From Disney to Stan Lee to Sherlock, Fandlemonium has a nice selection of fandoms to choose from (sadly it looks like their Harry Potter candles are gone — I’m guessing because of naming since I’ve seen that happen to a few other shops that aren’t allowed to use specifics anymore!) and the scents sound just delightful.


FROSTBEARD STUDIO Etsy Shop is one of the first places that I ever saw literary and fandom candles! 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, and Cliffs of Insanity or just plain old bookish scents like “Old Books” and “Bookstore”. I’ve bought from them a few times and received them as gifts and I’m always so satisfied with their products!



From the Page is another Etsy shop that features a variety of candles as well as wax tarts and lip balms.  I’ve been eyeing up SO many of these, I can’t even tell you, BUT I’m trying to buy things as gifts and not for myself!! You can get scents like Peeta’s Cakes, Mother of Dragons, and Pemberley. There are also some nice pick two, three, or four bundles if you want to buy candles for multiple friends (and get a deal)!



I actually JUST stumbled upon Geek Nest so I don’t know much about them yet but it you’re looking for some more fandom candles in the realm of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, check them out! They’ve got a smaller 4oz size candle as well as 8oz.



I’ve also been eyeing these candles for a long time. They have some great scents like Dark Arts, Loki, and Winter Is Coming along with some non-fandom scents, lip balms, roll on scents, and more! It’s a very versatile shop and I may have to make a purchase from here soon…



This shop is really neat. They actually have tons of fandom stuff, so much more than candles, but I’m including them in the candle post because they have some really neat fandom-themed pillars. Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time and more — from candles to jewelry to coasters… This shop really has it all!



Hearth and Hammer is a local candle store that’s actually only about 25 minutes from my house! I found them on Instagram but clearly I need to go visit their actual store since it’s so close to me! They have some fun literary candles and it looks like even more in their Batavia store, but only the candles are sold online. You can also buy from their Etsy Shop or take a look at where Hearth and Hammer candles are sold (The Strand!!) and see if you can find them in a local store near you!


I had been wanting to try candle making for a loooong time and finally gathered up the necessary materials to do it! I’ve been experimenting and practicing and literally JUST launched my own Etsy store (so please pardon my construction) called Novelly Yours! I’ve had a blast brainstorming ideas for scents and themes so far and I’m currently working out all of the little details to make each candle perfect. I was hoping to get everything ready to go for the holidays but things are taking JUST a bit longer than I expected so I’m working on finalizing everything now to get this shop up and running!

Which of these shops would you recommend? Have you purchased from any before? Any more excellent candle shops you’d like to give a shout out to?

Social Media Support Sunday | Instagram

Social Media Support Sunday

Social Media Support Sunday is an idea I’ve been fiddling with for a long time now in various forms. There are SO many times where I realize I’m not following some of my friends on social media somehow or I’m looking for new accounts to follow and I just have no idea where to begin. Sometimes we get stuck in our own social groups on social media or just the opposite — get lost in the sea of social media users and followers — that it’s hard to find new accounts. I’ve also been toying with the idea of posting “social media hacks” (which are really just any tips or tricks I’ve learned over the years). I don’t claim to be an expert on any social media site but I find that it’s always helpful to share information because you never know who has been looking for just that thing for a long time! I decided to combine these two things into Social Media Support Sunday with the hopes that I can help some book bloggers who are aiming to grow their social media presence in the easiest way possible!
Note: These posts are not designed to tell people “how to” or “how not to” use social media. They are simply packed full of helpful information to get knowledge out to people about various functions on social media sites that they may not be aware of or would like to learn more about. I am in no way saying there is a right or wrong way to run your social media accounts! The “best” way can only be determined by each individual user!

Over the next few Sundays, I’ll be doing features for multiple social media accounts that a prevalent in the book blogging community/book industry. Hang tight for:


I’m always in awe of people’s gorgeous Instagram photos and I’m not going to lie… I try my hand at coming up with some beautiful ones too but let’s be honest. I’m no photographer. Try as I might, my Instagram photos still suffer from so many photography faux pas but it doesn’t stop me from trying! Anyway, this post isn’t really about how to take better Instagram photos because A) that’s not the goal here and B) I’m not the best person to offer that advice but I WILL offer up some of the things that I’ve learned to help those photos look even a little bit better so you’ll see a couple very basic photography tips (since that is the only knowledge I possess haha)!

Instagram is a hard social media outlet to really give tips/details on since most of the results are dependent on how you photograph and how you edit… Because of that, this post will be a LITTLE bit heavier on the “how-to” tips instead of just detailing features you may not have known about Instagram but please —  I am not a photographer so note that these are “tips” from an amateur and maybe geared a bit more towards Instagram beginners vs. long-time pros and of course, you can take or leave any of them!


Instagram is fairly user-friendly but just in case you’re looking to start a new Instagram account or are looking for more details on the main functions, here’s what I got for ya:

Instagram basics

  • Search. Most of the basics of Instagram are pretty self-explanatory (locations explained more below) and easy to catch on with some exploration but the search function is pretty nice! You can search for a user, for a hashtag (which is helpful if you’re a host of a feature/event that’s using a hashtag!), and even photos tagged in a specific location.


  • Photo set-up. Photo set-up is something that I’m still learning. I’m trying to organize things in an appealing fashion but sometimes it feels like something you need to learn or something you have a natural eye for (neither of which I have). It also depends on how you really want your pictures to turn out and again, is personal preference (yadda, yadda, repetition) but I enjoy neat backgrounds that don’t distract from the main objects or on the flip side, enhance them. I usually try to fit everything in the frame nice and neat but often times my “accessories” that I include for decoration clutter it up or I’m trying to photograph too many books and they just don’t fit well together. I’m always checking out other accounts for inspiration (INSPIRATION. Please do not copy other people’s photos. Obviously, but you know. I have to say it.) to see how they’re arranging things and what I might be doing wrong. An angle here or clutter there can really make a difference.
  • Your camera. I actually have a nice DSLR camera that I ended up using when I broke my iPhone 5 screen and had to temporarily switch back down to a 4S (the phone was SO crappy that I couldn’t take any decent picture with it). I found that my pictures were so much better. They were higher quality, clearer, and the focus was better as well. I know we don’t all have DSLR cameras but if you do have one and are willing to do the work to photograph, upload to a computer, and then email to yourself to get it on your phone (seriously. That’s the work I do sometimes because the pictures are that much better and there’s no fancy email function on my camera (I WISH)), then that might be a nice idea!
  • Screen size. Any time I take a photo with my phone that I know is going to Instagram, I take it on the square setting instead of the regular rectangular option (on the iPhone). It will allow for less editing later and better composition because you can see how things will fit inside of that square frame.
  • Multiple photos & angles. I always, always take tons of pictures of the same thing from different angles, with flash on/off, positioned in lighting differently, etc. There have been too many times where I take one picture, disassemble my set-up, and then realize it was a terrible photo. I’m either stuck with a bad photo or nothing. Taking many different photos allows more options to choose from and I never, EVER take a picture through the Instagram app. I always take a picture with my camera so in case I do something and accidentally close out of the app, my photo isn’t gone forever.


  • Filters. Filters are one thing I instantly ran with when I first signed up for Instagram and the app has many, many filters to choose from. I loved the variety they added to my pictures and it was an easy way to edit and get creative. Personally, I don’t use a lot of the pre-set filters anymore because I’ve started to get pickier about the lighting, color, and sharpness of my photos so I’ve opted to manually edit things myself but the filters are always there for a quick and easy edit option. Once you choose a pre-set filter, you can also tap on the filter you selected again (or double-tap) to see a scale of how you want that filter to be used. The auto-setting is 100 and you can scale down from there.
  • Borders. Each pre-set filter comes with a pre-set border. You can find that border on the filter screen (when you double tap to adjust), one the right side of the screen. I also don’t really use borders so much anymore because I don’t like the way they look in my feed but as always, it’s a personal preference!
  • Tools. The tools menu is the thing I use the most. Instead of the pre-set filters, I generally adjust lighting, saturation, highlights, shadows, sharpness, angles/cropping, and more from this menu. I find it’s easier to get that final finish that I’m really looking for and I think the pictures come out nicer if I edit them on my own instead of trying to get a filter to do the job. It’s usually just a matter of playing around with things and seeing how they affect a photo for me.

instagram filters & tools

  • Photo editing apps. I don’t always use Instagram for my photo editing and other people swear by outside apps to do a better job for them. (They really do a great job — sometimes I’m just lazy and I go straight to Insta.) Ones that I’ve used are Aviary and VSCO. Both of these apps offer similar photo editing options to Instagram’s tools but each one is a little bit different and may offer you a better edit on your photo depending on how you use them.
  • Editing once you’ve posted. The nice thing about Instagram vs Twitter is that if you screw up a caption or hashtag, you CAN edit after you’ve posted. The not nice thing is that you can’t edit your photo at all. If you end up with a picture you don’t like, you have to delete and start all over if you decide not to keep it. If you do decide to immediately scrap it, copy your caption, start over, and then paste that same caption so you don’t have to do THAT all over again! You can also add/remove a location once you’ve posted a photo and add/remove a tag.


  • Cross-posting. I link up other social media accounts (specifically Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook (to my blog’s page, not my personal page)) and cross-post my photo so people who aren’t following me on Instagram can still see, or someone who’s on another social media networking site will be brought to my Instagram page. You can set up which accounts you want to cross-post to by going to your options and selecting “Linked Accounts”. From there you can add more social media accounts that Instagram will also post to. These are NOT automatically selected when you post a photo to Instagram so you do have to manually select them each time you post — or leave them unselected if you don’t want to cross-post. NOTE! If you link up your Facebook account and you want it to post to a PAGE and not your personal account, you do need to go in and select that and maketagging instagram sure your personal Facebook feed is not selected.
  • Mentioning vs. Tagging. You can tag a specific account in a photo instead of just mentioning them. What’s the difference? A mention is just using that person’s handle in your photo’s caption. They will be notified by Instagram that they’ve been mentioned and that’s about it. Ever tap on a photo and see that little black box pop up with someone’s name in it? That’s someone who has been tagged! The main difference is that besides showing up as “in” the photo, you can go to your own profile (and other people’s profiles) and see “Photos of You”/”Photos of X user” so other people will be able to see the photos you’ve been tagged in whereas they cannot see which captions you’ve been mentioned in.
  • Location. You can add locations to your Instagram photos too. If you allow it, the app will pick up on where you are and it will make suggestions for you in the screen where you enter your caption, etc. If you don’t like those suggestions, you can always search for your own. A nice thing about Instagram’s location feature is that if you do a #latergram (or post any time you’ve moved out of the area where the picture was taken), you can actually search and tag any location at all, unlike some check-in apps that will only pick up what’s in your immediate area. Anything has a location attached to it will be included on your map of photos in your profile. NOTE! If your smartphone automatically geotags your photos, they WILL be added to this map aka, if you ever take pictures in your house and post them to Instagram, they’ll show up on your map. (I had 585 photos tagged at my home and then went to edit and remove them all so it wasn’t traceable to my actual address. Good thing I looked!!) Here are some instructions on how to turn that off on your iPhone/iPad if you want to do it that way. You can also keep the geotag on your phone, if you so desire, and then remove the tag in Instagram after you’ve posted.
  • Hashtags. I think we pretty much all know how to use hashtags by now but I’ve seen a lot of questions on how many is the “right” amount to use. Honestly, that’s a question that may not have an answer. I’ve seen some “advice articles” say to keep it minimal and I’ve seen others say to get a good mix in there but no more than 10-15 and if you need more, add them as a comment instead of in the caption. Honestly, I think it’s a personal preference thing. As a book blogger, I feel like it’s common to throw a whole crap ton of hashtags on a picture because we’re used to using our social media platforms as “advertising” for our blogs. Personally, they don’t bother me and I do feel like they’re helpful! I always hashtag my book pictures with #books, #bookstagram, and #instabooks because they’re some of the most popular hashtags for book-lovers!

Linking accounts to Instagram

locations instagram


  • Iconosquare. Iconosquare is a really helpful tool that I began using in order to facilitate the use of Instagram from a desktop/laptop and not on my phone. I can’t be on my phone all day at work and I hate typing a ton on my phone when typing on a computer keyboard is so much faster… So I use Iconosquare to check up on my #weeklybookstagram hashtags to make sure I catch them all and to reply to comments instead of doing that from my phone. It’s also a great place if you’re looking to check in on Instagram stats. It’ll tell you who’s followed you/unfollowed you, most-commented photo, most-liked photo, and really so much more. I use the free version but you can upgrade to a paid version if you really need more in-depth stats.


Here’s the part where we share and explore! Feel free to add your Instagram account to help others find you on Insta! Part of this process is also to find other people to follow and for us to support each other on social media so please do click on at least a few accounts that you don’t currently follow to check them out. It’s just a common courtesy since people will be doing the same for you!! Try to find at least a couple accounts to follow, or follow back some people who will be new followers to you. This is all about community!

Some of us have Instagram user names that are different than our blogs/other social media accounts so please add your first name and your Goodreads user name to the “name” section. (So for me it would be “Brittany/bookaddictsguide” — I’ll get it kicked off here!) Your link should be the link to your Instagram account, NOT your blog! 

I know most of us use Instagram strictly from our phones but you DO have a URL for your Instagram account. You can find it by signing in with your credentials on OR just insert your username at the end of (for example, mine is

** This feature is mostly directed to book bloggers since I feel like that is who will use it most but authors and other active book community members are also welcome to link up and share as well! Again… community! ** 

Pub Date [18] | Music

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: Music

I had plenty of ideas which book to feature for this month’s Pub Date with a music theme (The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill, The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding) but since Andi the name of the wind pub datefeatured The Trouble With Destiny and I wasn’t the biggest Reece fan, I started thinking of other books where music was if not a main theme, an important part of the character’s life and I immediately landed on THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. THE NAME OF THE WIND is about a boy named Kvothe and his dream to attend the University to become an arcanist (that is, essentially a magician). Having grown up around music, theatrical performances, and the arts his entire life, one of Kvothe’s most prized possessions is his lute and throughout the book, readers really experience how much music really means to Kvothe and how much it impacts his life. I absolutely love seeing his dedication and passion for his craft and Patrick Rothfuss really does a great job at bringing the musical performances of the book to life. (Also, not going to lie — I really want a set of talent pipes.)

“I took a drink from the tall tankard to give myself a chance to collect my wits, and something wonderful happened in my mouth: cool spring honey, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, pressed grape, burnt apple, sweet pear, and clear well water. That is all I have to say of metheglin.”

I wish I could say the drink I was featuring today was metheglin, a mead featured in the book. I’d love to make a bookish drink when homebrewing someday but I’ve never made a mead before. I’d really love to taste something like it because it sounds absolutely amazing! It’s definitely on my list of things I’d love to brew someday and I’ve dreamed about making a drink from a book but since I read a lot of YA, it’s not like there are too many beers out there, ya know? But hey, that’s what adult fantasy is for and that’s what THE NAME OF THE WIND has me craving!

The awesome thing is that Patrick Rothfuss even wrote up a whoooole blog post about the making of this magical mead including ingredients (!!!) but honestly there are a whole ton of them so that’s another reason why I haven’t made a valiant attempt on producing this yet! It is my dream someday though so my future batch of metheglin is today’s brew of choice. (Cheating, I know.) Cheers!

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!

Recent Beers 

  • Anti-Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing Company. American IPA // 6.5% ABV. IPAs have really been growing on me and Revolution has some pretty amazing beers. Anti-Hero is one of their flagships and it’s always top-notch.
  • Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale by New Belgium Brewing Company. Brown Ale // 6.30% ABV. I will absolutely admit that I bought this sampler back because of this beer. I was super intrigued. At first sip, it just tasted like a brown ale but the more I drank, the more I tasted that chocolate coming through!
  • Lavender Wit by Penrose Brewing Company. Witbier // 6.20% ABV. Penrose is a local brewery and I just love their beer. You could definitely taste the lavender here and it was weird to have such a floral taste (well, for me personally — I’m not too much of a floral person) but it was light and delicious!

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