Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Need In My Life


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s topic? Top ten bookish things I need to own right the heck now! (Once again, I have taken some liberties with the topic to suit my mood, which is a little goofy…)

This is a custom book thumbprint made from your own thumbprint and titles of books you love. HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT?
You can purchase it from Etsy >>HERE<

This is a book shaped light. It is rechargeable, portable, uses LED lights and FSC certified wood.
Made by Lumio, and can be purchased >>HERE<<

Every book lover needs a bag to haul their books. And what better bag than one that proclaims your love for reading?
This particular tote can be found >>HERE<<

OK, this isn’t something I can just go out and buy like a bag or a bookmark. But it is still something I covet. I need a home library. Right now, I don’t have enough space to have one in my apartment, but when my husband and I buy a house, it is high on my list of priorities. Included with said library will be a reading nook, and hopefully a hidden bookcase door.
See more amazing home library pictures here, here, here, and here.

OK, let’s be honest here. As one book lover to another. You are always lending your books out, right? Me too. This is why I would love some personalized bookplates to put in my favourites so I know I will get them back!
These particular ones are cute and modern, and are sold from Etsy >>HERE<<

All you have to do is search for “book necklace” on Etsy and you get a plethora of adorable options. However this one speaks to me, because I am always reading and drinking tea.
You can purchase it >>HERE<<

For bookworms and Harry Potter fans alike, you can’t go wrong with this t-shirt. I needs it, precious!
You can buy it >>HERE<<

I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t covet a book clutch. You can make them yourself if you are crafty, or you can buy them from a plethora of places.
This one is made from The Wizard of Oz and can be purchased >>HERE<<

A book journal is like, the perfect marriage of all the things I need and adore. I love Moleskine books, and this happens to be made by them. Drooling already. Then there is the fact that I can be very scatterbrained and having something to write my points down immediately following a reading so I can make a more in-depth review later? DEAL!
Moleskine sells this amazing invention >>HERE<<

OK, I can HEAR you trying to figure out what this last picture is supposed to be. As you may or may not know, I collect perfume oils in addition to books. There are quite a few that even smell bookish! I have tried some of them, but I don’t have large bottles of them. So here are links to some of the ones I know of… (this is just a small sampling, if you want to know more options, please leave a comment)
BPAL – Dee
BPAL – The Book
BPAL – Miskatonic University
Delightful Rot – Harry Potter set
Delightful Rot – Game of Thrones set
Conjure Oils – October Daye collection
Violette Market – Library of Alexandria

So, dear followers… what kind of bookish things do you need in your life? Are there things on my list that you have wanted? Things you never thought of? Link me up to your TTT!


Top Ten Tuesday: Bring on 2014!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s topic? The top books I read in 2013. I read a lot of books (127) so I need to figure out which ones I liked the most, and why. This might take a while… As always, in no particular order.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I totally jumped on the bandwagon by reading this one, but I am glad I did. I loved it. It was a twisty-turny mystery, and I am enjoying other reads by her as well.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde – A truly original and imaginative (though believable) dystopian society, reminiscent of The Giver. I loved this book, even though ever time I told someone I was reading it, I had to say “No, not 50 Shades of Gray

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan – A Canadian author who took my breath away with her stunning historical fiction. I eagerly await more from Miss Buchanan and I think The Painted Girls will be a book I will re-read over and over again.

Life Disrupted by Laurie Edwards – A little more personal, and a non-fiction book to boot. My health has been horrible this year and this book has helped me deal. It is about being chronically ill in your 20’s and how that changes things. Because man, does it change things. I recommend this book to EVERYONE who is struggling with a chronic illness.

Wool, Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey – Hands down the best dystopian I have read in a long time, and probably the best I will read in a long time. I have the second omnibus, and I am thinking it will be read soon.

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The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee – I normally hate romance stories, because they don’t read true to me. No one writes about the fights, or the stupid little things. But Tanith Lee did. And it is about a romance between a girl and a robot, which is both super odd and really cool.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – While I haven’t read everything by Mr. Green, I have read this and his arguably more popular The Fault In Our Stars. While TFiOS hit me on a “I am sick and I get this” level, I just loved Looking For Alaska more for some reason. It gave me a book hangover. I had to step back and re-evaluate things in my life. I didn’t even cry at the end of TFiOS.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – OK, while I was reading this, part of me was like “Who goes to Paris with someone she doesn’t even KNOW?!”. And then the other part of my brain bludgeoned the first part with a bat and was taken along for an enjoyable ride. Something in the writing? I don’t even know. All I know is I am desperate to read Just One Year.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – I kept trying to describe this book to people. It is hard. It is a kid’s book, but it isn’t. The prose is so achingly beautiful, I kept feeling like it would be lost on children. But then I thought maybe it was actually lost on adults.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Want a snarky hero who is about to step in it? This is the book for you! I loved this book on many levels, from how certain everyone is that Locke is going to screw up in a monumental way to the cast of characters. It is quite a ride, and while it isn’t without some flaws, I heartily recommend it for the fantasy lover who doesn’t mind profanity.

So, what books did you read this year that you just LOVED? Comment below or link me to your top ten!

Happy New Year!

Top Ten Tuesday – September 10


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top ten books I would like to see made into movies or TV shows. (Assuming this is a perfect world and they don’t get butchered all to heck and back again!)

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Do I need to say anything other than YES, PLEASE!

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and later, Brandon Sanderson)
I have been working on a dream cast for this magnificent series for years.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I would love to see this.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
OK, words cannot describe how much I want this.

Feed by Mira Grant
If I had the money, I would fund this myself. I have multiple dream casts going of this one, too.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Another YES, PLEASE!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This one might be tough with so many pop culture references, but I think it would be cool.

Redshirts by John Scalzi
Please? So much cheek in this one, I’d love to see a TV show that breaks the fourth wall so thoroughly.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Really enjoyed it as a book, and I think it would make a good movie. Or maybe like, a three-part mini series. Three long parts.

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
So much win in these books, would love to see them on-screen.

And now, some of the books to movie/TV adaptations I am SO EXCITED for:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

How about you? What books would you want to see on the screen in a perfect world? What are you excited for? Link me to your TTT!

**Please note I have a specialist appointment today, so I may take some time to respond to comments and to visit your TTT, but I will get there I promise!**

WWW Wednesday – August 28


WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme hosted over at Should Be Reading.

It asks three simple questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

homebasedwritingStudy in Silks

I am currently working on two books, which is rare for me. I think what makes it easier is that one is non-fiction and one is fiction.
Non-fiction selection: How to Start a Home-Based Writing Business. Not very far into this one, but really looking forward to it! The fiction selection is from my NetGalley catalog: A Study In Silks. I really love this one, even though I am only like, 30 pages in. The main character is everything I want in a female main character. I hope it stays awesome.

Life Disrupted

I just finished Life Disrupted by Laurie Edwards. OH MY GOODNESS. This was an amazing book to read as a chronically ill person. While I don’t have the same intensity of illness as the author (mine won’t inherently kill me) I still identified a lot with pretty much everything she said. I got this from the library, read it from cover to cover, and I still want to own it… and that is rare for me. If you are chronically ill, FIND THIS BOOK. It is wonderful.

Broken Angels V-Wars

Up next? I have two coming up to be deleted from my NetGalley catalog, and I need to get them read.
Broken Angels by Harambee K. Grey-Sun and V-Wars by Jonathan Mayberry

So, what is your WWW for the week?

Top Ten Tuesday – August 20


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top ten things that make my life as a blogger easier.

This should be fairy easy. I hope.

  • WordPress. My blogging platform of choice (obviously)
  • Tumblr. My secondary blogging platform which I love for reasons other than WordPress. Tumblr lets me interact with my followers a little more, and I can post more frequently without feeling spammy. My tumblr can be found here.
  • Goodreads. Since I blog about books, Goodreads is essential for me to find the book cover and the book blurb. I am really bad at writing my own synopsis. Add me on Goodreads.
  • NetGalley. This is an amazing tool for getting review copies of books, and for interacting with authors and publishers.
  • The library. This is where I get most of my books that aren’t ARCs.
  • My e-reader. Because of my health issues, sometimes the e-reader is much easier to hold than a physical book, and I can make notes in it without defacing the book, which is a bonus.
  • My laptop. Again, because of my health issues, I can’t always sit at my desktop. So my laptop is a godsend.
  • Other bloggers. I love reading other blogs on all platforms! And it helps fight blogger fatigue.
  • My followers. Knowing I have people who enjoy reading what I write, even if there is just one of you, makes me want to write more.
  • Scheduling/Queueing posts. This is probably my holy grail of blogging, because it means I can write a lot when I am feeling productive, and skip days when I am feeling blah.

So, what are your essential tools for blogging? Comment, or link me to your TTT!

Top Ten Tuesday – August 6


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

These are books that were complete stories, but I could totally read more in the universe. This is tricky, because I find a lot of the time, sequels don’t do anything for the story. But I will do my best to come up with ten. As always, in no particular order. This week, the book images will take you to the Goodreads page for the book. Nifty, hey?

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
No secret that I thoroughly loved this book, and would love to see more of the rich world Gaiman created in it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a book I was legitimately sad to be finished reading. I want so much for Cline to write more, whether it be in the same world or not.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Such a rich, gothic mystery. This was one of the first books I truly savored, and I definitely wanted more.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Technically, there are “sequels” to this book, but they are really more companion books. And while they are awesome, I would love to have more direct sequels dealing with Howl and Sophie.

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
One of the first chapter books I ever read, this one has a special place in my heart.

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Another classic that will always have space in my heart.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A seductive and brilliant slow-burning story that left me desperately wanting more.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
While this one read like a love letter to Google at times, I still really loved the premise. I would read more of the stories of the bookstore.

Repo Men/Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia
I loved the movie, and then I read the book, and I loved the book even more. The world where you have to buy your organs to stay young, and the repo men who take them back when the payment is late? Such a unique idea. And yes, I have seen Repo! The Genetic Opera, too!

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
One of the creepiest and most realistic vampire novels I have ever read. If I recall correctly, it doesn’t even tie up in a nice bow, so a sequel would be do-able.

So, what books would you just LOVE to see a sequel for? How about books you think should never have a sequel made? Link me up to your TTT or reply in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – July 30


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Perfect Beginnings or Endings.

This one will be a toughie for me, because I tend not to remember the specifics of books. Memory like a sieve. Or a goldfish. Or a goldfish sieve. What was I saying? BOOKS!

Five of the best beginnings:

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Goodreads)
First Line: “It was a dark and stormy night.”

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Goodreads)
First Line: “First the colors.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads)
First Line: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Goodreads)
First Line: “Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.”

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Goodreads)
First Line: “The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened.”


Five of the best endings:

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The Book of Paradox by Louise Cooper (Goodreads)
Last Line: “Picking it up and turning it deftly, the Lord of the Underworld pulled away the remaining peel and began to eat.”

Feed by Mira Grant (Goodreads)
Last Line: “We stepped inside.”

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier (Goodreads)
Last Line: “And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Goodreads)
Last Line: “He looked a long time.”

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads)
Last Line: “I think I’ve earned that.”


So, what makes a beginning or ending great for you? What are some of the books you have read lately with the best beginnings or endings? Link me up to your TTT!