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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. **

GLASSES AND MUGS

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)!

BOOKISH GLASSES

GLASSES

  • 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

MUGS

  • 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

BOOKMARKS

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

BOOK ACCESSORIES/SUPPLIES/DECOR

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

society6 shirts books fandoms

society6.com

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


RED BUBBLE

redbubble.com

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

litographs.com

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 SHOPS

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!

BOOK-BLOGGER RUN SHOPS

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:

PIVOT BOOK TOTES
etsy.com/shop/PivotBookTotes

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


APPRAISING PAGES
appraisingpages.com

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!


THE ART OF YOUNG ADULT
society6.com/theartofyoungadult

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

fandlemonium.com

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.com/shop/Frostbeard

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

etsy.com/shop/FromthePage

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)!

         

GEEK NEST

etsy.com/shop/GeekNest

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.

         

BUBBLE AND GEEK

etsy.com/shop/bubbleandgeek

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…

         

THE FANDOMS MENACE

etsy.com/shop/TheFandomsMenace

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

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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!


NOVELLY YOURS

etsy.com/shop/NovellyYours

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 called Novelly Yours! (And it’s LIVE!)  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. Check out the store for candles inspired by The Raven Cycle, Fangirl, The Grisha Trilogy, Anna and the French Kiss, and more!


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?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [14] – Blogger Spotlight Features

MLBA

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Blogger Spotlight Features!

Somehow, someway I ended up hopping onto a lot of blogger guest posts and/or Q&A features in March (The Bloggers We Read @ The Things We Read, The ABCs @Andi’s ABCsInside & Out @ Bookmark LitBook People Talk Movies @ Bring My Books) so I figured what better time and what better way to repay the favor by spreading the word?

I really enjoy blogger spotlight features! Naturally, we’re always wanting to get to know books and authors, but I also really enjoy getting to know more about the bloggers behind the posts. I’ve made SO many great friends by being a part of this community and I’m always thankful for the people who helped spread the word about my blog, especially when I was starting out. I really wanted to compile a list of all of the features I could possibly find that showcase other bloggers and their work!

We bloggers love spreading the word about books but I think it really creates even more sense of community when we help spread the word about each other! I think it’s a great way to reach a new audience, show support for fellow bloggers, and also get to know someone new yourself. I’ve had a few bloggers sign up for my Book and a Beverage feature that I got to know because of the feature and I’m so grateful that we started to chat!

So without further ado, here’s a list of all of the blogger Q&A/guest post features I’ve been able to find so far! If I missed one that you know of, please hop on over to the Google Doc so I can add it to the list!

** Thanks to Asti from Oh, The Books! for the heads up that she also has a list of Blogger Spotlight Features! Some of these were found thanks to her blog! **

BLOGGER INTERVIEW FEATURES
(includes question and answer format)

BLOGGER GUEST POST FEATURES

Which blogger spotlight features are your favorites? Are there any other blogger Q&A features or guest post features that I’m missing? I’d love to add them to the list!

And to see where else The Book Addict’s Guide has been featured, check out a complete list on my About Me page!

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

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

GLASSWARE + MUGS

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

 

BEVERAGES

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

BOOKMARKS

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

Lillytales anna lola isla bookmark

PRINTS + POSTERS

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!

BOOKISH GIFT SHOPS RUN BY BLOGGERS

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

Pivot Book Totes Anna and the French Kiss

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

Appraising Pages Snitch ain't one

appraising pages literal heart of jesus


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!

BOOKISH GIFT SHOPS:

My Latest Bookish Addiction [13] – Preordering

MLBA

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Pre-ordering

I never EVER used to pre-order. I really didn’t even know this existed (much) until I started blogging and even then, there were never any books I really wanted or needed that badly to order them before they came out in stores. I also never wanted to pay the shipping so there wasn’t much of a need to pre-order if I was only going to pick it up in stores! Somewhere along the way (not to long ago, actually) I started pre-ordering a few books because I knew I would want them anyway… And then somehow the pre-orders became a THING in my typical book buying habits.

Shipping. Ah, shipping. It was always my biggest deterrent. Honestly, it still is for online shopping. I can add a little or a lot to my shopping cart, get all the way to checking out, see how much shipping costs, and then totally just dump my order. It used to happen all the time with books, so I would just go to the store when it was convenient. Browsing the bookstore was more fun than shopping online anyway, I told myself. But also… how glorious is it when books show up at your doorstep!? I’m always excited for mail. Amazon Prime is kind of amazing. Two day shipping!? For free!? (Well, virtually free. Obviously you’re already paying for it with the Prime subscription.) I bit the bullet and signed up for a B&N membership too which also features free shipping! I love my local indie, but I can’t ALWAYS afford to buy my hardcovers there so do I a lot of pre-ordering from Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Sometimes — if you’re lucky — the book even arrives a day early. YAY!

I also love Amazon’s lowest price guarantee. If you’re not familiar with it, basically you pre-order the book and if prices drop between then and when the book ships/releases, you get the lowest price. Usually it’s only a few pennies, but hey, I’ll take the savings no matter how small! (Do they do this with Barnes & Noble? I haven’t pre-ordered as many things from them…)

Of course there are the downsides. I’ve heard some bad stories where people haven’t received their book until a week or more after the pub date (from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and sadly it happens to some more than others but I can’t seem to pinpoint whether it happens because of a certain area the book is being delivered to or what book it is or if they’re just totally random incidents. So far all of my pre-orders have gone pretty smoothly!

I haven’t gone crazy with pre-ordering all my must-haves because some I just don’t buy right away… But I do have quite a few fall books pre-ordered at the moment! (And the nice thing is, I can pre-order without TECHNICALLY breaking my current book-buying ban because my credit card won’t get charged until the book is shipped! LOOPHOLES.) I do feel like pre-ordering usually helps me get the best price, though, and especially when I have memberships that allow a free shipping option and my closest book store is at least thirty minutes away (which is not TERRIBLE but it’s not really CLOSE and not anywhere near on the way home from work), ordering books online just seems like the most convenient option at the moment!

So tell me! Do you pre-order? Was there ever a reason you didn’t pre-order/don’t see the appeal? Do you pre-order from your local indie as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [12] – Re-Reading

MLBA

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Re-Reading

I’ve been re-reading a lot of books lately. Before I was a blogger, I re-read books ALL THE TIME. Literally. Those were all of my reads. I was constantly re-reading Harry Potter and sometimes the Twilight saga. I never really paid attention to new books other than what my sister was reading and what my friends were reading from time to time and I barely had half a shelf full of books that I actually owned and kept and those were my re-reads.

Since I became a blogger, I obviously haven’t had as much time for re-reads, but I also don’t want to forget all of the books that made me fall in love with reading. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of re-reads, most of them via audio (I even made a previous My Latest Bookish Addiction post on my love of audiobooks!) and I’ve been finding that’s a great way to experience my favorite books in a new way to experience them for a second time.

Re-reads have always been really important to me and I’ve been in a few reading slumps lately… Nothing big but sometimes I just end up not feeling my current book and for some reason… it’s been happening a lot lately. What to do, what to do? Pick up a re-read!

It all started a while ago when I felt the need to re-read Harry Potter again. It’s probably been… well, YEARS since my last re-read and those books need to be read way more often than that. I had heard good things about the audio so I decided to try them and just love them! I’ve been making my way though the series (Order of the Phoenix up next!) and ever since then I’ve been picking up a LOT more books to re-read (mostly via audio) as well.

In the last year, I’ve re-read quite a few books and it’s SUCH a good feeling. It’s so nice to remember what I loved about these books and how they made me feel. It’s so fantastic to spend time with them again and to see different things in them that I didn’t recognize the first time around because I was focused on a different aspect of the book when I first read it. Even re-reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time, I find something different in each book each time I read them. How I read a book and what I see not only changes because I already know some of the basics and don’t have to focus as much on them, but also my reading styles and interpretations change with age.

I’ve read quite a few books for the second (or third… or fourth… or more) time recently and honestly with each re-read, I appreciate the book a little bit more. I might not be as amazed and astonished as I was the first time around but I learn different things about the book that I might not have seen before and I get to spend more time with the characters that I love and the worlds I wish I could experience even more!

So tell me! Do you find yourself wanting to re-read some of your favorites? Do time and dedication to other books hold you back? Or do you make the time to spend some time with your favorite books?

MY RECENT RE-READS: 

 

My Latest Bookish Addiction [11] – International Editions

MLBA

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? International Editions

Way back before I was a blogger (and even after), I wasn’t the kind of person who actually kept books once I was done reading them. I borrowed a lot from my sister, some from the library, and the only books I really bought at full price were ones I was going to keep for sure. Some secondhand books I ended up reading and just selling back to the used bookstore. Nowadays, well… You’ve seen my shelves. They’re filled with all of my favorites and then some. I do go through and pass along or giveaway books that I don’t feel the need to keep, but if I have a favorite, boy, do you bet that book is staying on my shelf and even in multiple formats.

Some books I just have in both hardcover and paperback — like when I already had the paperbacks of If I Stay and Where She Went, but purchased the hardcovers when I met Gayle Forman so I could have her sign them. Other books, I’ve basically just started collecting in all forms and any editions I can get my hands on. I’ve purchasing both paperbacks and hardcovers of The Lunar Chronicles and The Grisha Trilogy, but that obsession didn’t start until Macmillan did this cool thing where they had a special page of blogger acknowledgements in the paperback. I mean, how could I NOT purchase a book that my blog’s name is in!?

Then my lovely friend Amy from Tripping Over Books bought me the Spanish editions of Cinder and Scarlet for my birthday back in March… And a new obsession flourished. The international editions of this series are so gorgeous and I MUST own them all.

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There are a few places to go to get some international editions like Fishpond and The Book Depository which ship for free internationally, but they don’t really have a wide selection of international versions. AbeBooks actually has a pretty great selection, but of course, if you want an international edition, you’re going to have to pay more for it! Since AbeBooks is less of a distributor straight from their warehouse and more like Half.com or the area of Amazon where users are able to list and sell their own books. Some sellers offer free shipping, but most of those are for American editions or if they are international, the book itself starts to get costly. I haven’t made any purchases from AbeBooks yet, but I’ve been eyeing these books for a while now, still not ready to let go of my money with all the things I have going on at the moment. I may look into making a purchase soon though!

Some International Editions I’m Dying For!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

  Cinder (Crónicas Lunares, #1)  Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Italian, another Spanish edition, Portuguese 

Scarlet (Cronache lunari, #2)  Scarlet (Crónicas Lunares, #2)  Wie Blut so rot (Luna-Chroniken, #2)  Scarlet (Saga Księżycowa, #2)

Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish

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THE GRISHA TRILOGY

The Gathering Dark (The Grisha, #1)  Grischa: Goldene Flammen (Grischa, #1)  Tenebre e ghiaccio (The Grisha, #1)

Les Orphelins du Royaume (Grisha, #1)  Cień i kość (Trylogia Grisha, #1)

UK, German, Italian, French, Polish

Grischa: Eisige Wellen (Grischa, #2)  Szturm i grom (Grisza, #2)  Sol e Tormenta (The Grisha, #2)

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HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers (Harry Potter, #1)

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Okay, REEEEEEL it in here, B. I could honestly show you each and every  international cover I want but this would be ONE LONG POST (like it wasn’t already).

NOTEABLE OTHER AWESOME INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Tamara Ireland Stone’s Time Between Us has some GORGEOUS international covers! I’ve also seen some really neat ones for Just One Day by Gayle Forman and the international covers of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell aren’t as snazzy but I love it so much that I’d end up collecting those someday too!

So tell me! Do you ever buy international editions of books for your personal collection? Do you have a special source to purchase them? Which ones do you already have in your personal library and which ones are you currently drooling over? I must know!

Top Ten Tuesday: April 22, 2014 – Top Ten Characters Who I Totally Relate To

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Characters Who X and we get to fill in the blank so I’m picking characters I related to as I was reading!

soulsisters

ANNA: Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
JULIA: Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill
MALLORY: Going Vintage – Lindsey Leavitt
STEPHANIE: Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) – Janet Evanovich

relationships

ALLYSON: Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman [re-read: Just One Day]
MACALLAN: Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg
LEXI: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality – Elizabeth Eulberg

hobbies

JUDE: The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
DEVAN: The Reece Malcolm List – Amy Spalding

personality

CAYMAN: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
HERMIONE: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
MAGGIE: Also Known As (Also Known As #1) – Robin Benway

Okay, okay, so that’s twelve. But these are for sure the girls I relate to most in the books that I’ve read! Each for different reasons, but clearly the characters I relate to the most help ease a book into being one of my favorites!

Top Ten Tuesday: April 15, 2014 – Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

Oh there are just so many bookish gifts and things and AWESOME out there in the world. How do I possibly choose? To be honest, I have no idea, but here’s a list for Santa should he need ideas for me this Christmas: 

LITERARY CANDLES. Yep. I need them. I actually haven’t bought any yet myself but Alyssa DID get me a Princess Bride-themed candle for Christmas last year! It’s called “The Cliffs of Insanity” <3 She got it from the Frostbeard Etsy Store which has SO MANY THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM. I kind of want them all.

  

Then there is this freaking gem that is HARRY POTTER CANDLES. I want these. A lot. These babies are from a website called Fandlemonium (and yes, they have other ones besides Harry Potter too.) I want them SO badly but they’re more money than I’m willing to spend on candles at the moment!

    

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ANYTHING MARAUDER’S MAP. I realized back when I was looking for Christmas gifts last year that somehow I became obsessed with the Marauder’s Map and didn’t even realize it. It just LOOKS so fantastic and I basically want ALL THE GIFTS.

    

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FANTASY MAPS. Well, I really don’t know where I would hang any of these (maybe a T-shirt is in order?) but I soooo want these maps. They look so amazing and I would just sit and stare at them, I’m sure.

 

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BOOK LAPTOP CASE. Because how awesome is this laptop case that looks like a book? So awesome.

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COFFEE MUGS. Because one of my favorite times to drink coffee is while reading and honestly, everything is better with books.

   

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BEER GLASSES. Because besides coffee, I ALSO love beer. Different kind of brews & books!

    

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PRINTS. There are honestly soooooooo many out there that I could possibly want. Again, no place to really put them unless I start decorating our guest room as a Harry Potter room (though really, is that ever a bad idea?) so I will hold off for now.

     

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ACTUAL LITERARY BEER. I actually had the “Take the Black Stout” at a restaurant and it was pretty good! Strong, but good! There are more Game of Thrones beers and I’ll have to research more too…

Okay, so that’s actually only eight but I’m already on fandom overload (and somehow I can’t come up with ten even after searching my Harry Potter Pinterest board! There are really so many more things I could possibly want but I think eight will get the Christmas ideas going, no? 🙂