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Monday, November 28, 2016

Gift Ideas for Bookworms

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Looking for some gift ideas for the bookworm(s) in your life? Fear not, I’ve got your back!

1. Library from Beauty and the Beast

You’ll be sure to please the bookworm in your life with a gift like this!

2. A time-turner

Bookworms are desperate for more reading time and whats better than gifting them a time turner so they can have all the time they need?

3. A $1,000,000 gift card for any bookstore

Don’t look at me like that. Bookworms tend to hoard and we would appreciate a nearly unlimited budget for when we go book-shopping.

4. Their fav author so they can fangirl and cry

It may require you to break some laws (since you might have to kidnap their fav author), but the smile on their face (or the ugly crying) will make it all worth it.

5. Pay them to stay home and read. Alternatively, get a (second) job and pay them all your earnings.

What better gift can there be than for them getting to stay at home and read AND get money?

6. Become their personal assistant or get them one.

Who has time to do ~real life~ things? Do those for them so they can read!

7. If you cannot do any of those things, just buy them some books.


Post-Election: What can you-as a reader-do to help?

Posted by on 11/23/2016 • 2 Comments

There have been several incredibly helpful posts floating around twitter, encouraging you to get involved politically and call your representatives. I don’t have enough knowledge to give you that sort of advice but I do have experience working at a library and being a blogger so I wanted to put together a mini-list of how you can be helpful on a smaller scale as a reader (but please also do things on a larger scale because those are the things that will really help make a difference.)

1. Check out diverse books (by diverse authors) from your library.

You have no idea how important this is. If books don’t get circ’d (checked out), they have to be ‘weeded’ (aka, taken out of the collection) and now more than ever, diverse books…

Diverse #QuietYA Recommendations

Posted by on 11/18/2016 • 2 Comments

You may or may not have read my post from earlier this week talking about how I was doing after the election. The answer is that I am not okay but so many other people aren’t either. I’ve been struggling to do books lately but I recently finished my first book post-election and felt so much love for it. Post-election, one of the biggest things we can focus on in this bookish community is supporting #ownvoices and buying more diverse books. Today, I put together a list of some great #quietYA diverse reads. I’ve read a majority of these books and can vouch for their amazingness so without further ado, here are some books to add to your TBRs. Buy them, check them out from a library, give them some…

I am not okay…

Posted by on 11/13/2016 • 17 Comments

Hi everyone. I hope some of your weeks might have been better than mine but if not, know that I am right here with you.

The elections happened in the US this week and it’s been one of the roughest weeks in 2016 for me (and 2016 has been a terrible year in general so that is saying a lot.) The reason why I am talking about any of this is because I NEED to explain how I am feeling right now. I am stuck and I cannot move on. I don’t WANT to move on. The results of these elections mean a lot of things to a lot of different people and for me, they show that hate is trumping love across the globe. We seem to be taking…

Halloween-y Book Recommendations

Posted by on 10/31/2016 • 6 Comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FRIENDS! I hope everyone has a creeptastic day and that this Monday will be better than most! My real life horror story for today is that I had a finished draft for a final essay due today and I started it last night so who knows how that will turn out. But anyway, I am here to do what I do best and recommend some horror books to celebrate this day.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Amity by Micol Ostow

5 Books With Well-Written Unlikeable Main Characters

Posted by on 10/11/2016 • 5 Comments

I firmly believe that just because a character is unlikable doesn’t mean that they are not well-written. In fact, I love reading the occasional anti-hero because I love their character arcs and I love the struggle between good & evil present in books with well-written anti-heroes. With The Young Elites series coming to an end, I was inspired to compile a little list of some of my fav unlikable characters.

1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Since this post is inspired by the series, it makes sense that the first book I mention is The Young Elites. Adelina is NOT likeable but you sympathize with her and you hurt for her. Unfortunately, all that doesn’t magically make her good and over the course of the series, she spirals further down as her…

If Book Titles Were Literal

Posted by on 08/30/2016 • 16 Comments

Book Titles. They have the power to be enticing but also confusing… Sometimes they have something to do with the book and other times they are just a metaphor. What if book titles were literal? What if the book title was an accurate representation of what would be inside the book? I am going to reconstruct synopsises (IDK THE PLURAL okay?) of some books by taking their titles literally.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The night sky has fascinated many brilliant minds across the centuries but a recent study found that the stars in our night sky aren’t perfect. They have faults, are broken and all of them might explode into supernovas at any given point. What does this mean for the fragile life on Earth? Do…

10 #OZYA Books I Need in My Life

Posted by on 08/10/2016 • 4 Comments

I love complaining but my fav thing to complain about is how I cannot read so many amazing #OZYA books because I cannot afford to pay a fortune in shipping and because they are not available outside of Australia. So here is a list of 10 books I want to read so badly and am hoping will be published outside of Australia.

1. Spark by Rachael Craw

I’ve had this on my TBR since before it came out and it just appeals to me on a spiritual level. Superpowers? Kids who are experiments gone wrong? YES PLEASE.

2. Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

This one is a YA/NA crossover that I’ve had on my TBR since my early Goodreads years. I absolutely love the sound of it and am DYING…