Tag Archives: instgram

Top Ten Tuesday – April 4, 2017: Ten Grishaverse Candles You Need To Own

TTTbanner

TOP TEN TUESDAY
April 4, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was fandom related and with the mention of merch, I immediately went to candles!

The other day for a #bookstagram photo prompt, I ended up photographing my Dregs-inspired candles, which is a lot and a little all at the same time! Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors and so I tend to collect a LOT from her books (other editions, candles, etc) but since I’m candle-crazy, I thought it would be fun to share some that I have and some that I still want! (Because I have to eventually get them all…)


KETTERDAM | In the Wick of Time 

This Ketterdam candle smells like the wafting coffee scents from the Crow Club to entice people inside. I own a mini version of this and it’s delicious!! Plus that label is gorgeous. I definitely need to own more candles from Kaylan’s shop!


MAKE ME YOUR VILLAIN | Icey Designs

Ugh, look how gorgeous. These candle labels are seriously to die for! There are so many Dregs/Six of Crows candles out there now that I’m still looking for more Grisha Trilogy candles to add to my collection too.


NO MOURNERS, NO FUNERALS | Lumiere Candle Shop

I’ve had my eye on this one since this shop opened but still haven’t shelled out the money for it yet. I love the darkness and the crows on the label. Let’s be honest, the book it was inspired by and the label are a vast majority of why I buy a candle!


KAZ | Seven Hearts Wax Co

I always need more Kaz and this candle looks divine! I love this candle shop too — I have one inspired by Ollivander’s and can’t wait to get more! This one is definitely on my list.


KAZ BREKKER | A Court of Candles

I recently did a candle exchange with Nali from A Court of Candles and I’m so glad I did! She actually sent me minis of Kaz AND Inej so now I have TWO more candles for my collection!!


KAZ | Wick and Fable

Wick and Fable has some gorgeous label images and I love this smoky crow for Kaz. I recently purchased one their monthly boxes and was so impressed! I definitely want to try some more candles from this shop.


MATTHIAS | Nerdwicks

Matthias is pretty much my favorite character in the Dregs duology. I loved him from the first book and need all the Matthias candles!


MALYEN ORETSEV | Fragranced Fandoms

I love that Fragranced Fandoms makes a Mal candle! I’m not personally a shipper of Alina with The Darkling and I’m a sucker for friends-to-more romances so I may need this Mal-inspired candle!


HEARTRENDER | Meraki Candles

Meraki Candles has an amazing selection of the candles of my heart. Look at this gorgeous Heartrender candle!! And it has a waffle on it! Ugh, I just love it.


DIRTYHANDS | The Melting Library

Raquel from The Melting Library has so many ingenuous candles and Dirtyhands was actually the first candle that I got of hers that wasn’t included in a subscription box. I love the way it reminds me of Kaz and has a little bit of a masculine scent on top of the scents as a whole. They blend together really well!


THE WRAITH | Novelly Yours Candles

And of course, I can’t leave you without a plug for my own candle shop. (Maybe only a little bit sorry.) I wanted to come up with a candle that was unique and there weren’t any Inej candles out there when I came up with The Wraith! Inej doesn’t really have a scent since she is the Wraith and all so I selected the scents from the story from her childhood. They were actually inspired by her mother but they’re all of Inej’s favorite scents so they combine for a lovely soft, floral and earthy mix in this candle.


Which fandom candles are you dying to own? As if I wasn’t already series-obsessed, these candles really bring each series to life even more and as long as these shops keep making them, I will keep buying them for my collections!

Top Ten Tuesday – March 28, 2017: Ten Authors I’ve Been Lucky Enough to Meet

TTTbanner

TOP TEN TUESDAY
March 28, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was things about meeting authors so I chose to talk about some of the amazing authors that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet! 

Let’s brag about Anderson’s Bookshop for a second, shall we? They’re my local indie (I frequent the Naperville, IL location but they also have stores in Downers Grove, IL and now LaGrange, IL) and they KILL IT with events! I first discovered them through the blogging world and ended up going to my very first Fierce Reads tour (well, really first author even EVER) on a whim and it was all downhill from there. They’ve brought sooooo many amazing authors to town and I’ve met most of my favorites through them!

I’ve also got to meet quite a few amazing authors at events like BEA and ALA. It’s always such a whirlwind because sometimes signings go by so fast or events are full of bloggers and authors so you try to talk to literally everyone there… But it’s so amazing to be able to mingle with your rockstar authors!


MARISSA MEYER

the book addict's guide

Obviously, Marissa Meyer is at the top of my list. I first met her when I was asked to moderate (!!!) the Fierce Reads even in 2014 and I was SO. NERVOUS. She was so amazingly sweet and kind enough to sign all of my many copies of her books. I got to see her again for the WINTER release and again at BEA 2016! She’s always so wonderful to talk to (and I hope I don’t scare her TOO much).

LEIGH BARDUGO

You think Leigh Bardugo is tired of seeing me yet? I just love every time I get to see her! She’s so funny, down-to-earth, clever, and an awesome lady all around. She actually recognizes me when we meet now (gosh, is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’m floored) and she’ll always be a favorite author of mine in so many ways, only one of which is that she was at my very first ever author event!

MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Maggie Stiefvater is AWESOME. I’ve only gotten to see her once (I saw her walk by at BEA but didn’t go to her signing since I already had The Raven King) and she was funny, unique, and amazing. I hope she comes to town again for future tours!! I need to see her again!

GAYLE FORMAN

I’ve actually met Gayle Forman twice now but failed to take a picture with her both times. Once was at Anderson’s YA lit conference and the second was at BEA 2016, but the signing lines went so fast that I felt bad asking to take photos! The Anderson’s YA lit conference was really what started my collection of her books because I forgot to bring my copies so I bought new ones while I was there but then couldn’t bear to get rid of the other ones! So I kept them all and started collecting.

BRANDON SANDERSON

I didn’t realize that I met Brandon Sanderson twice but looking back, now I remember! I was basically tongue-tied both times I met him and tried to come up with interesting conversation. I asked him his advice for which of his books I should start next but what does it really matter because I’m binge-reading them all anyway! (I did take his advice though.)

EMERY LORD

I adore Emery Lord and her books so it was so excited to finally meet her!! She came to town on a Bloomsbury tour and I also got to have dinner with the authors! Man, I had a hard time playing it cool. I was so excited to be around some of my favorites, especially Emery!

ROBIN LAFEVERS

His Fair Assassin is still one of my favorite series out there and I was so excited to meet Robin LaFevers many years back! It was so exciting to meet her and hear some fun and exciting things about her writing process and history on her books.

LAUREN OLIVER

It was a DREAM meeting Lauren Oliver! DELIRIUM was one of my first YA books and I read her series when I was obsessed with dystopian. She read a passage from her book during the event and she used my book to read out of. I died a little.

ERICA O’ROURKE

Erica is local to Chicago and I picked up one of her books BECAUSE she was going to be at an event and I looooved it! I’ve gotten to meet up with her a few times and it’s been too long since our last encounter! I can’t wait to read her latest adult mystery novel and I need to backtrack and read her earlier series too!

MEG CABOT

Meg Cabot was one of the authors who got me back into reading and I got to meet her at ALA!!! It was so, so surreal. Like usually, I had no idea what to say.

CARY ELWES

Okay, so this was more celebrity encounter than “author I wanted to meet” but he was appearing at BEA as an author and OMG I GOT TO MEET WESTLEY.


Which authors have you been most honored to meet? Who else is on your bucket list? I still can’t wait to meet Kasie West someday!!

Top Ten Tuesday – February 28, 2017: Favorite #bookstagram Photos of Mine

TTTbanner

TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 28, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie!

I always come up with these great ideas for some freebies or variations on topics with the best intentions like bookish infographics or the best #bookstagram photos out there! But I neglected to save all of the cool infographics I’ve come across and aside from the fact that I haven’t saved Instagram photos from other accounts, there’s no way I could pick ten favorites from all of the amazingly talented people out there! So once again, we end up viewing personal favorites from my own collection.

I’ve been getting more and more into taking those neat #bookstagram photos and it’s interesting to see how things have come along over the years! Photos that I was proud of last year look totally horrible to me now and I feel like I’ve really worked on my lighting and props to come up with some really solid photos. I’m not photographer and I don’t have the skills that some other bookstagrammers do but I’m pretty proud of some of these photos! I picked my top ten favorites from my Instagram account to share today. (In order from most recent told oldest, for convenience.)

LUNARTIC SHELFIE | January 13, 2017
I had finally gotten around to taking a new selfie after the addition of HEARTLESS and special Owlcrate edition of HEARTLESS… but it’s already outdated because I’ve since added WIRES AND NERVE to my Marissa Meyer collection! OH DARN going to have to take another one…

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

SIMON TEEN ON THE SCENE | December 24, 2016
Simon Teen sent this AWESOME blogger package and I was thrilled to receive these books AND a mug! I really liked the way this photo turned out as far as lighting went and I think it looks nice in more muted tones instead of amping up the saturation. I also loved the pop of the plaid scarf for some reason!

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

CARAVAL, COFFEE, AND COOKIES | November 12, 2016
I did it for the ‘gram when I set up this photo while on vacation and bought two more macarons just so I could get the fancy box for my Instagram photo. What can I say… their packaging totally succeed in getting me to buy more! They were all delicious and to this day, I still miss them and want more. I was reading CARAVAL while in Salem with my BFFs (and I also miss this whole trip to this day because it was glorious) and this all came together for an interesting photo that’s apparently pretty popular on Tumblr.

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

HALLOWEEN AND SERIAL KILLERS | October 31, 2016
I got to interview STALKING JACK THE RIPPER author Kerri Maniscalco for our Fortnight of Fright blog event and so naturally, I had to take another photo of her book with the Foggy Knight candle! The lighting on this one highlighted the blood splatter so beautifully and I love it so.

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

AN ABUNDANCE OF CINDERS | August 29, 2016
I added some new versions of CINDER to my Lunar Chronicles collection and I had to snap a photo of them! I was too tired to drag the whole collection out so I just grabbed all of the copies of CINDER I had instead!

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

THE SUN SHINES ON THE SHELFIE | August 21, 2016
This was the first FULL shelfie I had taken in a while and the sun left a night highlight in the middle. It’s hard to get the whole bookcase in one shot and I liked the way this one turned out!

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

A STACK OF THRONES | August 6, 2016
This photo isn’t very complicated but sometimes those simple, clean photos are the best. I simply stacked my mass markets of A Song of Ice and Fire, popped some color in, and added a candle to complete the scene!

MY SORCERER’S STONE | July 30, 2016
I used a prompt from a photo challenge to come up with this photo. It was a “House Cup” challenge, so I represented my house of Ravenclaw and the other part of the prompt was “Horcruxes versus Hallows”. Secret? My husband and I both had rock collections when we were kids and we both still have them haha! So I went into the basement to sort through our rocks to find one that was Sorcerer’s Stone-appropriate and this was what I got! Also, have you ever included your hand in a photo? Whether it’s holding a stone or a mug, it’s REALLY hard to get your fingers to cooperate and look delicate instead of clunky and awkward.

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

ANGRY IN NANTUCKET | May 27, 2016
This was another photo prompt for some underrated reads and I chose books by Louise Rozett and Leila Howland. Another simple, clean photo turned out be one of my favorites.

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | May 12, 2016
This photo was a totally random moment that I took after a day on the floor of BEA 2016. I had just stacked up my books on the bed to assess what I had picked up and was chilling out with my delicious Starbucks when I decided to snap a photo of my current view because it looked like the perfect photo opp. I think all I did was make sure the coffee was at a good angle and move that clutch further into the photo frame to round it out and it turned out pretty awesome! I think this is actually the Instagram photo of mine with the most likes ever. Go figure!

A post shared by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on


Are you a bookstagrammer? Do you take the time to set up photos or is it just more work than it’s worth for you?