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As Seen on Bookstagram | Adult Fantasy Reads

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I’ve been in a little bit of a YA slump and trying to read more adult-focused novels, especially fantasy!

I’ve been having a great time reading fantasy/urban fantasy series this year like the October Daye series and the Alex Verus collection, as well as trying out some other adult fantasy series like PROMISE OF BLOOD, which I picked up on a whim at a used book store. Some I’ve loved and some were just okay, but it’s been a really fun change of pace from the usual YA reads.

I’m not sure if I’ve read so much YA that I’m getting sick of the themes or if some of these books really just need some more editing, but I’ve been finding that I’ve needed to branch out and away from YA for a little bit, which I also think is a good thing. I get into reading binges where I’ll read all YA or all adult or all of a specific genre so it’s been really nice to try to step out of that little box of reading and pick up something new.

I’ve had some deep loves for adult fantasy authors like Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Scott Lynch and ever since I fell in in with their works, I’ve been on the hunt to find something like those reads. It’s difficult because I don’t know where to start and some of my attempts, even books that these authors have blurbed, just don’t live up to the expectations I’ve set for them. It’s not entirely their fault — these are huge names that I’ve pitted them against (well, not against but you know. Looking for something to give that same feel) so hopes are high and sometimes they just don’t quite meet what I’m looking for, but I’ve been loving trying things based on recommendations as well as selecting some random books based on description.

I did recently love FOUNDRYSIDE which was a really neat fantasy read with an original universe and magic system. I just love the heist/misfit concept and things really came together for me in that book with that particular feel. I also adored Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series and that got me picking up a lot of sci-fi too.


What are some of your favorite adult fantasy reads? How about sci-fi? I’d love to hear your recommendations!!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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All the internet can talk about lately is the Netflix release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

Even the Netflix Twitter account agrees Peter Kavinsky is goals and people are just loving this movie! I’ve watched the movie three times now and I still think it’s just adorable. Where so many fantasy, dystopian, or simply drama-filled novels have been hitting the big screens, this romcom was exactly what we needed and Netflix was the perfect place for it! This easy, happy, fun romcom is the perfect kind of movie to watch and love, and in the age of the Netflix binge, when you only have one of them, what do you do? Watch it again! So many fans have watched the movie multiple times and I think Netflix was exactly the perfect places for this sort of feel-good movie.

With all the hype of the movie, I finally decided to read the series for the first time! I listened to the audiobook for all here and plan on posting reviews for the series, but I’m actually super thankful for the movie and maybe feel a little blasphemous saying that I loved the movie so much more. While some things are lost from page to screen (as it is with literally any adaption), I think the movie made Lara Jean and Peter easier to relate to no matter your age. Their relationship is something to appreciate and the movie amped up the “romcom” factor, adding in more humor and taking out some drama, just changing the tone slightly, in my opinion. I actually really enjoyed this change because I had a hard time with some of the unnecessary drama.

One issue I had throughout the whole series was Lara Jean’s narration/stream of consciousness. She was very young for her age and I found myself annoyed with a lot of her immaturity. I’m not sure if that was me reading this series for the first time as an adult and being more sensitive about that, but that aspect really did hinder how much I enjoyed my reads. I still read a lot of YA books but I’ve been having issues with some immaturity lately and I can’t tell if it’s the actual book, the writing style, or just me growing out of some of these YA level books. I felt like the movie still got Lara Jean’s character right and she is still naive, a dreamer, and young, but not being in her head 100% of the time really helped and it was more fun to see a lot of things unfold rather than hearing them in Lara Jean’s own voice.

I personally hope that Netflix ends up taking on some other YA adaptations! I know I’m not the only one hoping for a Stephanie Perkins Anna/Lola/Isla adaptation and of course, I still want to see the rest of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series hit the screen because there’s still a lot left to tell in this story! With its success, I feel like it has to happen! Hopefully this craze will bring us the rest of the series and will open the door for other adaptions to come through!


How many times have you watched the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie? What other books would you love to see adapted on Netflix?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Anticipating Kingdom of Ash

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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As we all know, KINGDOM OF ASH, the finale to the Throne of Glass series, is almost here!

I’ve been a complicated jumble of thoughts regarding this series conclusion and the Throne of Glass series has been such a roller coaster of feelings for me! I really enjoyed THRONE OF GLASS and then positively loved CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, HEIR OF FIRE, and QUEEN OF SHADOWS. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was even my top, top favorite book of 2016.

Then came the downward slide, for me. I had also adored A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and didn’t quite feel the love for A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, despite it being nearly everyone’s favorite sequel ever. I was very disappointed in EMPIRE OF STORMS and couldn’t believe how bad A COURT OF WINGS AND FURY felt and now I’m still struggling to even finish TOWER OF DAWN. I’m so disappointed still that Chaol’s story was shoved aside in EMPIRE OF STORMS and that TOWER OF DAWN was even “necessary”. I’ve been told it’s important but I’m about halfway through and so far, it really doesn’t feel like it.

It’s so sad to feel so apathetic about a series I once told people they must read, something I bragged about and shared, and now I don’t know what to feel! I really am interested in seeing how the series will end and how everything will wrap up. EMPIRE OF STORMS and TOWER OF DAWN aside, one thing I really liked was how the whole series kept folding in on itself and things from the first books were constantly brought up again, now known to be important. I’m hoping she knew how the series would end the whole time, so I’m hoping to see a lot more of that in the final book and I’m hoping it will bring back those feelings!

After the conclusion of A Court of Thorns and Roses with ACOWAR, well…. it makes me really nervous. You’d think a series conclusion would have ended a lot better than that but since Throne of Glass is a much longer series, I’m hoping there will be a lot of things ready and waiting to wow us.


How are you feeling about the upcoming release of KINGDOM OF ASH? Are you excited? Nervous? Apathetic? I’m such a jumble of feelings!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Pin Pals, Pin and Button Storage/Display

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

I recently made an excellent purchase to display all of my buttons and pins!

It’s called a Pin Pal and it’s from a shop called Ardent Adornment! These Pin Pals come in various sizes and have the option to include a pocket for your bookmarks too! It’s just exactly what I needed to display my pins and buttons because they’ve just been sitting around in mugs and balance on shelves and I never got to admire them!

I really love the quality of these hoops too. April, the owner of the shop, hand makes each one and they’re quite sturdy! The fabric is wrapped tightly within the hoop and the back is reinforced so if you ever need to move your pins and rearrange, there won’t be glaring holes in the fabric and it helps keep everything stable.

I have one Pin Pal with a pocket where I’ve tucked some bookmarks in and stuck pins on the front pocket, and I have another that doesn’t have a pocket (seen here) so I can fill it up with as many pins as possible!


How do you display your pins and buttons? Do you have anything like a Pin Pal? Don’t forget to stop by Ardent Adornment to check out her shop and Instagram!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Shefie Sunday

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

Do you ever participate in #shelfiesunday?

There are many different photo prompts for the days of the week — #mapmonday, #socksunday, #stacksaturday, but one of my favorites is #shelfiesunday! I love my built-in bookcases and I’ve truly filled them to the max! (No, really. I have four other bookcases in the house and I STILL can’t fit all of my books on the shelves.)

This magical main feature is filled with all of my favorites, including favorite series, collections, and all the main books that are still on my TBR. I have some overflow shelves for ARCs, other books like my cozy mysteries, and even just other random things on my TBR but this is my pride and joy!

It’s also where a lot of my merch sits and let’s be honest, it’s mostly candles. The above photo was for a Shelfie Sunday a couple weeks ago and I tagged all of the shops I could see in the snapshot! You get a little peek at my Lunar Chronicles shelves, some contemporary favorites, and a little bit of sci-fi.


Are you on bookstagram? Do you have amazing shelves that you show off for #shelfiesunday (or any old day of the week)?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | There’s Someone Inside Your House Movie News!

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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In case you missed the news, Stephanie Perkins recently shared that her latest novel, THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, has been picked up by Netflix for production!

The article with the announcement first appeared on Deadline, name-dropping Stranger Things producers & more! It sounds like this is slated to be turned into a movie, which I seriously love! The whole time I was reading the book, I kept picturing it as a 90s slasher movie, so that’s totally on par with the feelings I got from the book.

I’m not sure how far they’ve gotten with negotiations yet but you bet I’ll be follow Stephanie Perkins’ accounts to keep up with the news! I love that it was Netflix who grabbed this one because we’ve seen some amazing things adapted for TV and movies and I’ve been loving the Netflix original series. I feel like sometimes when Hollywood gets involved, as cool as it is to see things in theaters, we tend to lose some of the original story (I mean, you do with any adaption but I’m excited to see what these producers do with it) and I definitely don’t think it has a TV show vibe. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited!


Have you read THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE? How do you feel about the movie news?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Bookish Celebrity Sightings

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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Sometimes I go through the books sitting around my library floor to see what I haven’t taken a photo of in a while and I came across NIGHTMARES! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I still haven’t read it yet but it made me remember when I got at ALAMW in Chicago a few years back, which I actually realized was almost three years ago to the day and not two like I had thought. How time flies!!

I attended ALAMW kind of by myself but I know enough Chicago book friends that I was able to tag along with a few people and I was hanging out with Katie from The Polished Page a lot that day! We ended up finding out that Jason Segel was there signing for NIGHTMARES! I hadn’t really had interest in the book but I was a huge How I Met Your Mother Fan and while I get to meet a lot of authors, it’s rare that I get to meet an actual TV/movie star! So we hopped in line, which was actually was surprisingly not too bad, and got a super quick meeting with Jason Segel!

The light from the window behind the signing table made for a horrible photo opp but it’s still pretty neat that I was able to meet him! I can’t believe that that was already three years ago! I feel like it was just last year, even though so much has happened since then.


Have you met any big celebrities? How did you end up meeting them?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Foreign Editions

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

If you follow my blog/social media accounts, I’m sure you know by now that I’m a big collector of my favorite authors/series, one of those being The Lunar Chronicles. Most of my collections started out by accident — an extra copy of a book here, a different version there — until I started collecting and then really got into it!

By now, I have quite a few Lunar Chronicles books to the point where I’m needing more shelf space! I really enjoy collecting because it’s a fun way to support an author that has brought me so much joy with their books and I don’t always need to own or keep everything that I read so I spend a lot of time dedicating my shelf space to the series that mean the most to me!

Because I also have so much merch for the series, I don’t often share photos of my foreign and special editions outside of shelfies. The merch sits on top of and in front of my books so more often than not, I’m trying to take photos quickly and I don’t feel like disassembling my merch set-up to get to those books and then put it all away. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wasn’t doing these books justice! What better purpose for these books than to photograph them and share those photos? I’m obviously not reading Polish or Greek (though I may try to read my Spanish editions) so they deserve to be shared and loved through the magic of social media!

My first shot at this was of my Spanish version of CINDER, as seen here. I positively adore how the Cs are crescent moons! The cover art is maybe not the most fitting but it’s interesting and unique and I love seeing the different cover choices from different countries!


Do you collect any books/authors/series? Which book do you own the most of?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | #12Daysof2017Favorites

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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Yesterday, I shared a photo that began the #12Daysof2017Favorites, which is a little something my friends @_livelaughread and @bookswrotemystory are doing this December! Instead of sharing 10 favorites, they extended it to 12 and are sharing a different favorite each day! I thought it was a really fun idea and also wanted to share my top 12, some of which I probably haven’t photographed since they’re audiobooks and some of which I haven’t shared since the beginning of the year!

My #12 book was WIRES AND NERVE which was the Lunar Chronicles graphic novel by Marissa Meyer. I rated it 5 stars but it’s still #12 on my list because, well, okay. It’s kind of a fluffy rating! If I was actually writing a critical review, there are things it could have improved on but I took it simply as an enjoyable reading and put my critical reading hat aside.

I read WIRES AND NERVE at a time where I really needed a good comfort read. Macmillan sent a copy of the book straight to me while I was staying with my husband in the hospital out-of-state and it was so wonderful to get book mail away from home, read a book by a favorite author, and have such a great time returning to the world of The Lunar Chronicles! It made the top 12 books of the year not only for its content but also the way it made me feel at that time.

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I’ll be counting down the rest of the Top 12 books over the next week and a half alongside Kori and Brittany, and you can join in too if you’re interested! Just post with the hashtag #12Daysof2017Favorites!


Did WIRES AND NERVE make your top reads this year? Are you excited for the next installment in this series of graphic novels??

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As Seen on Bookstagram | A Never-Ending Unread TBR

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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I guess an unread TBR is redundant, but you know what I mean, right? The TBR keeps growing and all I can think about is how many books I still want and NEED to read. The ones I feel the most guilty about are the books that I’ve borrowed (seriously, don’t let me borrow things. Although I HAVE warned these people) and ones that I’ve purchased on friend recommendations.

I purchased PARALLEL (or did I get it as a gift? Gosh, I don’t even remember at this point. Maybe Goodreads knows but I’ve changed my shelves around a few times) a whiiiiile ago. Like, has to be years at this point. I know Andi (Andi’s ABCs) loves this book and it seems like a total me book! But with the TBR forever growing and less and less time to read, it’s still gone unread, sitting on my shelves even though it’s something that I really want to get to. (Don’t even get me started about the copy of TWIST that I’ve had at my house forever. I told Andi I’d take forever to read it. I didn’t think I meant this long!!)

Do you set priorities for the books you want to read? How do you figure out what you want to read next? Do you skip over high priority books that never get read??


How do you prioritize your TBR? Tell me in the comments below! What books have you been meaning to read for ages??

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