Behind on My Reading Goal and a Plan to catch up

This year I set a VERY ambitious reading goal of 75 books read in 2018. This comes down to 6 or 7 books per month or one book every 4 or 5 days. I am now 11 books behind schedule. So I need to catch up or attempt to catch up and with just 3 weeks left in summer how do I intend to do this…

  1. Read-a-thons:

    There are several read-a-thons that happen at the end of July and I plan on participating in all of them that I can. The 24-in-48 is happening on July 21st and 22nd in which you read for 24 hours within the 48 hour period. I think I can finish at least 3 books on this weekend. Then on the 23rd the 7 in 7 challenge starts in which you are suppose to read 7 books in just 7 days which, if completed, would have me maybe just 2 or 3 books behind schedule depending on what I can finish up between now and the 21st. Then for the month of August I am running a read-a-thon for my bookmark box at BibliophilePrints which has 7 challenges. I am hoping to read one book for each challegne throughout August which should at the very least keep me on track. With no distractions from my fiance being around, I may be able to read more. We will see with the school year starting.
    Links to the Twitter accounts and websites for all three read a thons:
    24 in 48: Twitter    Website 
    7in7 Challenge: Twitter
    BibliophileThon: Twitter

  2. Setting a Daily Reading Timer:

    I try to read 1 hour a day on days off or weekends and 30 minutes a day on work nights. I didn’t do so well with this in the Spring but I am hoping that by setting timers for myself each day, I can make myself read more.

  3. Picking at least 1 easy book to read each month:

    This is a no brainer – pick one book a month for my TBR that is an easy, quick read to try to get ahead for at least a couple days. I have plenty of these on my TBR shelf to pick from. These can be middle grade books, short romance chick flicks, and books of short stories or poetry.

  4. Document, Document, Document :

    I keep a reading planner to remind me of upcoming book tours but each day I also write down what I have read and how much of it I read. This keeps me honest and pushes me to read more the next day or to finish a book I have spent too much time reading.

 

What do you do to read more? I would love to know. Leave me some ideas down below.

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June Wrap Up

I had an amazing reading month and amazing buy-all-the-books month. I haven’t indulged myself on book buying sprees in a long time but with it being my birthday month I went a little crazy.

Here is what I read:

  1. IS
    Is” by Masakazu Katsura – A Manga obsessed with a girl and having perverted daydreams about her. I didn’t care for it, but I loved the majority of the illustrations. 2/5 stars
  2. Last Day On Mars
    Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson – This middle grade sci-fi is now one of my favorite sci-fi novels. I cannot wait to read book 2. 5/5 stars
  3. The Lucky One
    The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks – I liked it as a typical Nicholas Sparks novel. This may be one of my favorites of his books. I listened to half of this on audiobook 4/5 stars Candle from Little Mouse Bookshelf on Etsy
  4. FURTHERMORE
    Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – This middle grade Alice in Wonderland retelling is amazing! I thought it was well done being different and whimsical in its own way. 5/5 Stars
  5. Nevermoor
    Nevermoor and the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend- This middle grade fantasy blew me away. On the back it says “For fans of Harry Potter” which made me interested, but it truly was magical. An absolutely delightful novel that reminded me of the magic in the HP series and some of the whimsical agony and humor of A Series of Unfortunate events. 5/5 Stars and my favorite read this month!
  6. The Raven Boys
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was so magical. I felt like I was friends with Blue’s friends. I cannot wait to read The Dream Thieves this month! 5/5 Stars
  7. She Walks in Moonlight
    The last book I finished was She Walks in Moonlight by Jennifer Silverwood. I wrote a full review of this for the author which is posted below. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

7 books in one month is really good for me. I am hoping to keep this number of books per month up because I actually love getting this much accomplished. This month I am participating in the 24 in 48 read-a-thon. Please let me know of any other July Read-a-thon’s happening so I can get through my July TBR!

Oh and here is a picture of all the books I acquired this month which is abnormal. I am thankful for a wonderful reading month!

June Haul

What did you read in June that you loved? What in this giant stack should I read next?

#FeatureFriday – Bookish Star Designs Owner and Bookstagrammer – Laura!

Hello! I wanted to start a Friday series where I interview some of my favorite small bookish companies and let them take over a post on Fridays. I have been friends with Laura since last June when I held my first rep search for BibliophilePrints. Laura has since been a huge inspiration within my store and one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. In turn, when she opened up her own shop BookishStarDesigns , I helped her start her Etsy page and brand her with her logo. We have shared so much more than just business tips and some nights we find ourselves talking wayyy too late and daydreaming about getting a chance to visit one another. (She is all the way in Minnesota, and I am down here in Texas – so far – *cries*) I am thankful to have her as a friend, supporter, and mentor in so many things that I am passionate about.

I did interview her over email, so here are the questions and answers I received!

1 How did you get started on Bookstagram? 
Riddles Tea Shoppe rep search. *laugh*  So, backstory..  I never ever thought I could be a bookstagrammer. I’d always admired the lovely photos and set up, and to be a rep for awesome bookish companies would be a dream come true, but to actually imagine myself doing it? I knew I wouldn’t be good enough to compete with the awesome accounts I saw. Well, my best friend saw my desire and encouraged me to give it a try. She believed in me, and thanks to her, I started.  It was hard at first. I had huge confidence issues, but everyone on bookstagram is so wonderful, awesome and supportive, I fell in love with the community and learned more and more as I went. It’s so fun to share my bookish love with others who instantly just “get it.” And nope, I still haven’t snagged that dream Riddles Tea Shoppe rep spot. Someday! 🙂
2. What was the inspiration for Bookish Star Designs?
Well, I had already been sewing rice bags as a fun way to earn money at local craft shops/shows, and I even had them featured in a store in my hometown, but it was always in the back of my mind, “Should I make an etsy shop?”  I talked myself out of it a few times, just due to all the unknowns, but finally in July, I took the plunge, and made my etsy shop.
I just love natural calming ways to relax, and I hoped others would love my rice bags & fandom prints, and you all do! It’s awesome and amazing.
3. You are famous for your #TeaTuesday posts, what is your favorite type of tea and do you have a favorite company you buy tea from?
It makes me smile that I’m now famous for #TeaTuesdays, because initially, when I started my little account, I wanted a way to be unique and stand out, and since I adore tea, and had a lot of pretty tea things, I decided to start a #TeaTuesday weekly post where I could feature my favorite teas, to share with others. I also figured it’d be a great place to practice my tea photos to hopefully get a tea rep spot, and it was! Plus, they’re some of my favorite photos to take. I just love them.
I am a sucker for any fruit teas. That’s really my jive, although I do love a strong cup of black tea with cream, and a delicious herbal or green tea with honey.  Some of my favorite tea companies on IG are Grimoire Tea, Bookish Teas, and Riddles Tea Shoppe.
4. If you were trapped on a desert island and had a limited library of ten books, what would they be? 
Oh man. Probably a few Harry Potter books, the Illuminae trilogy, ACOMAF, Mark of Athena, Everything Everything, and some Bardugo titles.
5. What are your future goals or dreams for your bookstagram, company, or other goals and dreams you hope to achieve in the bookish world? 
I actually LOVE to rep for companies, its one of my passions. Not just to get free stuff, but to get to know the fabulous owners, other reps, and to help them build & expand their business. I have a small list of companies I’d someday love to work with, so here’s hoping some of those get to happen someday. Especially a book box! I’d love that.
When I started my small account, I thought I’d finally “arrive” the day I was sent free books from companies and authors to feature on my page. And thanks so some awesome Book Tour companies, that’s started to happen, and I just love it. Free books are a great perk of bookstagram!
And honestly, my shop dreams have already happened. In October, my shop exploded with sales, and really took off, and I was SO not expecting that. To see so many people love my products was incredible. I recently reached 1,000 sales and still can’t believe it. I’m so thrilled & excited. But I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’d love to collab with a few more book boxes! That’d be really fun.
6. Do you have any hobbies that don’t get featured on Instagram as much?
I actually am a homemaker at heart, and I love to garden, can and preserve foods for my family of 6. We live on a small rural hobby farm, and I love all that comes with it. Well, maybe not watering my chickens in winter. That just stinks. *laughs*
I’m also a huge movie buff, and love any PBS and BBC dramas. I love to travel and explore new places, and am a huge aspiring foodie. I love trying foods from different cultures.
7. Imagine you are throwing a character dinner party. Which characters would you invite and why? 
Hm.. I’d love Nina Zenik & Nikolai, (Their one liners & sass are epic) Jace Lightwood (he’d be so fun to have at a dinner party!) Nik Malikov & Ella Malikova (their conversations would be epic) and Ginny Weasley, (she’s my fave HP character) I think that sounds like a crazy fun dinner!
8. You are a homeschooling mama to 4 kiddos, and as a teacher I understand how difficult that must be. What do you do to make homeschooling fun for you and for your kids? If you could recommend 5 books to teachers and parents for all kids to read, what would they be? (Sorry I know that is two questions…they just go together)
Yes, honestly as a 2nd generation homeschooler, ( my parents homeschooled me) I thought I’d have this homeschooling thing in the bag. But, wow.. it’s a lot more work & sacrifice than I thought. But it’s worth it to have my kids at home and know exactly what theyre learning, and to control the speed/timing/scheduling etc.  To make homeschooling fun, I do a lot of field trips, and we participate in a homeschooler’s co-op, which is a group of fellow homeschoolers who get together 2x a month for fun classes with their friends/peers & mom time for us.  It keep us all sane! haha.
As far as books, Harry Potter, Narnia and Percy Jackson books I will forever recommend to those starting with elementary readers, for parent read-alongs. I’m not much of a non-fiction reader, which might be horrible as a teacher, but I do love historical fiction, either kid or YA. Things like “Magic Tree House” “Dear America books” “American Girl books” and the like. It’s a great way to get kids interested in history and the world around them, while still being fun.  Just find something your kid loves and read it with them. It’s that simple.
9. Running a small business is so rewarding and so difficult at the same time. What is the best part about it for you, and the worst part?
I love having a small business, but my danger is letting it take over. I love it so much I’ll gladly put aside other parts of my life (housework, teaching, etc) to put my full self into it. So, I very occasionally just step back and do as much as I can, when I can. The best part also goes right along with it, is getting to choose your own hours, work when you want to, and meeting all my fabulous customers, and my reps, and hearing their reviews. It’s so worthwhile!
10. If you could give a newbie to #bookstagram some advice, what would it be? 
Your account should be a reflection of YOU. Do it your own way, at your own speed. And don’t worry about the quality of your first few photos, or compare yourself to other accounts that have been posting for years.  You WILL get better and learn more as you go. Have fun with it, and just enjoy this magical bookish community and your journey. We’re all here for you. Don’t let it stress you out. Bookstagram should be FUN. Enjoy it!
Please visit Laura’s Instagram page HERE and her shop instagram HERE to join in all the #bookstagram fun!
Laura also has a blog so step on over to check out what she writes about over on ToReadisToBreathe
Also go grab a ricebag from her whether or not you care about books because these things are HANDY.
All Photos from this post are from Laura’s Instagram! Thanks so much Laura.
Who would you like me to feature for a feature Friday?? Drop a comment below to let me know!

My Overly Ambitious June TBR

June TBR

Good Evening Bookish Peeps!

I am here today with my overly ambitious TBR for the month of June. I recently got a new shelf to house all my TBR books and I realized how many I have and how I just tend to read whats new. So from now on I am making a 10 book TBR and for that month I have to pick from those. Here is the criteria for my ten picks:

1. A Book I have started but haven’t finished: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
2. A Book for the Lectio Award List (I am on the selection committee for this award list for 4th through 8th grade books): Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Last Day on Mars
3. A Book Subscription Box Book: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (from the May Owlcrate Box)

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4. A Next Book in a Series or 1st Book in a Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Stalking Jack the Ripper
5. Book Jar Pick #1 (I put all my TBR on slips of paper in a TBR jar): I”s Volume 1 (manga) by Masakazu Katsura

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6. Book Jar Pick #2 – The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One
7. A Library Book – Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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8. An ARC of a Book that has not been released – Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh 

Thank you so much to the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and to Renee Ahdieh for giving me an ARC of this book at the Texas Librarian Association Conference in April!

smoke in the sun
9. A Book That Was Give to Me (author, publisher, or gift) – Dragon’s Bane by Melody Jackson which was given to me by the author for review. Thank you Melody for gifting your beautiful book!

Dragon's Bane
10. Book of the Month Club Book – The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

(Click on the Book of the Month Club link to get a free book when you subscribe to their service, I get a free book too!)

The Astonishing Color of after

 

Leave a comment below if you have read any of these books and if you liked it or not! Tell me what is on your TBR too!

 

The Widow’s Watcher – Review

THE WIDOW’S WATCHER
by
ELIZA MAXWELL
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: March 29, 2018
Number of Pages: 286Scroll down for the giveaway!

From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…
Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.
Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness. 
But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?
PRAISE FOR THE WIDOW’S WATCHER:
“There was a moment I had to tell myself that this is just a book…”
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“A well-paced story of healing, forgiveness and tragedy, with enough unexpected twists to keep readers guessing.”
— Amber Cowie, author of Rapid Falls

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MY REVIEW:
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This is my 2nd 5 star review for some amazing #LSBBT authors and I think this is my favorite read of May thus far! This book made me cry and made me smile. I loved every minute from beginning to end. It was just icing on the cake when I realized that Eliza Maxwell lives in the same small town as me!
This story follows Jenna Shaw who is grieving after a tragic accident in which she lost her family. She stumbles upon Lars Jorgensen who also knows a lot about loss and in their journey throughout the novel, the two get to know each other and realize that they can help each other find the answers they need in order to live with their grief everyday. Throughout the novel, Jenna has an inner monologue with her deceased eldest daughter who sort of acts as her conscience. At first, I completely did not understand this because it is introduced as the first sentence in the book and wasn’t really properly explained until much later, BUT I got over it the deeper I got into the plot.
Eliza Maxwell makes the characters in this novel come to life completely. Each character seems completely real and complicated from the two main characters to the unsubstantial side characters. She has a way of giving depth to the characters emotions and envokes the same emotions in the reader. I legit bawled for the last 100 pages. My lovely signed copy is completely tear stained. I am okay with that though, not many books can bring out that sort of emotion from me.
This book is for fans of thriller and mystery. My favorite part is definitely the plot twist that wraps up the mystery within this book (I wish I could say more but I cannot and will not spoil any part of this book. You need to read it!!)
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Review – Royals by Rachel Hawkins

I was given the ARC of this book at the Texas Library Association Conference by the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and the finished edition will be released on May 1st.

 

Royals is the story of Daisy Winters, little sister to the future queen of Scotland. Daisy is an American, born and raised in a fairly normal household in Florida. Her sister goes off to college and manages to land the prince of Scotland, the future king. Now that they are engaged, Daisy must give up her summer plans with her best friend to go to Scotland and try to win over the royal family with her charm and wit. Disaster ensues, chaos, etc.

Okay first off, I knew immediately that this was a sort of Princess Diaries tale because there is no royal family of Scotland and so it is a warped sense of realistic and historical fiction. That being said, I did take this to be a light-hearted contemporary book, and not something where the author was just trying to give us a warped sense of Scotland or trying to pass off false facts as truth. There are so many reviews of this book where the reviewer thought that it was embarrassing for the real Scotland, but I just viewed this as a book written from the point of view of an American and the facts and history that we are fed here through pop culture.

This did take me back to the days when I read The Princess Diaries book because like those, the main character does not fit into the royal life very well, she is strong, independent, quirky and funny. I enjoyed this book for the humor and the nostalgia throughout the story.  Daisy is a memorable character who gave me some laugh-out-loud moments like when she is at a very fancy horse race where everyone has those big fancy hats on, and this woman is sneering at her because she is a common American, and Daisy compares her hat to Big Bird’s butt. The romance aspect to this book is cute and very PG. The ending is wrapped up very nice which is a relief, and I didn’t feel that it was dragged out.

Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, because it was great but not one of my absolute favorite novels of all time and because of the skewed view of Scotland throughout the novel. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books with royalty or who loved The Princess Diaries.

Here is the link on Amazon to Pre-order this novel:

Netflix and Books Tag

I grabbed this tag from Mikaela over at The Well Thumbed Reader I love this idea because my whole life revolves around Netflix and books!

Recently Watched

Name the last book you finished reading!

Winter

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book was the last in The Lunar Chronicles series and I ADORED IT SO MUCH. I cannot get enough of this series and I have been adding Lunar Chronicle inspired bookmarks, candles etc onto my Etsy wishlist ever since I finished this. This series was a brilliant fairytale retelling that takes place in the future.

RECENTLY WATCHED ON NETFLIX 

Shameless

I started binge-watching Shameless when I had the flu a couple weeks ago. This Showtime show is both a drama and a comedy which makes it SO binge-worthy. I love the dynamics of the characters in this show and it makes me feel all the feels. I am currently about halfway through Season 7.

Top Picks

Name a book/ or books that have been recommended to you based on books you have already read.

 

So for this one I couldn’t think of anything any particular person has told me to read based on something else I liked so I got on Amazon to see what my top 3 recommended books were and here they are!

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

The Fates Divide is the sequel to Carve the Mark which I own, but have not read and Legendary is a Caraval story.. which I own and have not read. BUT The Hazelwood looks SO GOOD. I actually would like to read all 3 of these.

TV SHOWS RECOMMENDED TO ME:

So all 3 of these shows have been recommended to me by friends or family based on shows I like or books I have read! I have actually watched a couple episodes of each and just haven’t finished any of them! I need summer to come so I can binge watch ALL THE THINGS.

Recently Added

Name the books you recently bought:

I recently joined the Book of the Month Club and my pick for February was The Philosopher’s Flight by tom Miller and I got a free add on so I picked A Million Junes by Emily Henry. I love that each month I get a $15.99 hard back book and I can add a 2nd and 3rd book to my box for just $9.99 each. Plus I get to pick my books so I am not stuck with something I don’t really want to read. If you are interested in joining the Book of the Month Club try it using my referral link so that you can get a FREE BOOK!

TV Shows I have recently added to my queue: 

I have watched the 1st episode of all 3 of these and so far have love all 3 shows. I just need more time for TV like I said before. C’mon summer! 

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Name 4 books that everyone knows about: 2 you have read and 2 you have no interest in reading.

So I just looked at the most popular books of all time on Goodreads and picked 2 that I had read: The Hobbit and The Book Thief and I picked two that I don’t have any desire to read at this point in my life: The Da Vinci Code and Les Miserables. Nothing about these two novels piques my interest at all so until they do I shall read books I want to!

Same as above but TV shows: 

Once again Google is my best friend. The first two most popular shows listed were Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things which I have watched and LOVED and somewhere on the list was House of Cards and Arrested Development both of which I started and DNFed because I just couldn’t get into them. ‘

Comedies

Name a funny book and show:

The comedic book I picked had to be a Rick Riordan book. Rick Riordan is the king of randomness which of course leads to laugh out loud moments of humor in his novels. I found The Hidden Oracle to be particularly funny. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the most ridiculous comedies on Netflix and I LOVE IT.
Dramas

Name a dramatic character from a book and your favorite TV drama:

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TAMLIN is one of the dramatic characters that came to mind. His fits are childish AF. I could rant about other mishaps in his personality, but I could write a whole post about the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre.

Favorite TV Drama:

Greys

I have been watching this show for almost 10 years. I was a little young when it started but I caught up my senior year of high school and have continued watching this drama as it has evolved through the years. There are like 4 remaining characters from the first season and a billion new characters have filtered through the years but I really enjoy this show. Although, I kinda hate Meredith. I just love everyone else.

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Name a book or series you want to reread:

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I actually have 3 series that I have been itching to reread including ACOTAR. The other 2 I want to reread is Hunger Games and Red Queen. I read ACOTAR really fast last summer so I feel like I didn’t absorb everything like I should have. I read The Hunger Games trilogy in 3 days when I was 20 years old which was almost 7 years ago (HOLY COW). Even though I didn’t rush through Red Queen, with the finale coming out this year I really just want to reread it.

Shows that were so Good I had to Rewatch:

I have rewatched Friends like a billion times and have been since 1999. Parks and Rec is one of those shows I always have on in the background while I am working. It is either that or The Office. I am currently in my first full rewatch of Supernatural but I love this show so much and there is so much of it.

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Name an Action Packed Book:

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is completely full of action – murders, dragons, wars, battles, crazy fights, swords, dragons, sex, dragons. DID I SAY DRAGONS YET? I am also going to use this for my TV show that is action packed even though it isn’t technically on Netflix.

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Name some new releases/soon to be releases that you are excited about:

I did end up pre ordering these two books and I have never Pre-ordered anything EVER. So I am really excited about these two. I need more ACOTAR and I cannot wait to see how the Red Queen series ends.

Thanks for sticking through this post with me. I had so much fun! If you are reading this, you are now tagged! Have fun 🙂

Welcome to The Book Robin Hoods

Hello!! I have recently received some very happy news… I am part of The Book Robin Hoods Bloggers! We are a group of bloggers who help review and promote author’s books. Please check out The Book Robin Hoods Webpage found here.

I am at the very bottom of this list but my blog is next to so many amazing ones! I cannot wait to get paired with some authors and read their books!!

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Why Having a Bookish Penpal is the best

I’m baaackkkk! I have been super busy in my store lately. I have filled over  200 orders since the beginning of my store plus rep packages and freebies I have sent as giveaway awards and what not. With my classes this summer I got so busy and just had no time for anything else.

Tonight, I had a lightbulb go off about something I should write about though!

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So here are the reasons Why Having a Bookish Penpal is the Best 

  1. SNAIL MAIL
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    Who doesn’t like to get snail mail? I LOVE it. Getting the mail is something I look forward to every single time I leave work and am driving home. I love stamps, stationary, and handwritten letters. I also collect postcards. Also I order lots of stuff and love getting packages.
  2. TALKING ABOUT BOOKS
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    I mean no one else but a fellow book lover is going to understand you love of sniffing books, an ever growing TBR pile, and the fact that you refer to yourself as a book dragon. We have our blogs and instagrams and we occasionally chat about books with our followers, but having a pen pal gives you the platform to write pages about your passion of reading.
  3. SENDING BOOKISH GOODIES
    gift giving
    Now I am not talking about receiving bookish goodies, I am talking about sending them. I love picking out presents for people. In fact I start shopping for Christmas in October because I love gift giving so much. The thought of getting to pick out a new bookmark for a friend who loves Jon Snow as much as I do would be super fun for me.
    Jon Snow
  4. FRIENDSHIP
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    I don’t know about y’all but the best part of having Bookstagram or a blog is for the friendships you develop along the way with your followers. Being someones penpal is an even more special bond to strengthen your internet friendship.

 

If you are interested in a bookish penpal let me know!! You can message me here or on my Instagram: @erinthebookdragon.

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

The Broke and the Bookish are taking a break until August 15th for TTT until August 15th so I thought I would take this time to do some of their old prompts that I missed out on.

Summer is my favorite time of year because no school and little or no work so naturally  I get a lot of reading done. My literature class this summer is taking up all my reading time which is not a bad thing but I am definitely not working on my TBR pile like I normally would. I also haven’t been traveling so no car or airplane time to binge read during. 

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So here are the top ten books on my summer TBR list that will more than likely remain on my TBR into the fall.

  1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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    I absolutely adored Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys so I will no doubt love this book. And that cover is just so pretty.
  2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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    Cait at PaperFury just raves about all Victoria Schwab books and this one really intrigues me because I played the violin for 9 years. Also how gorgeous is this cover??
  3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
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    Okay, I admit. This was a total and complete cover buy. (I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL)
  4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    20170409_160551This is a book about two worlds colliding, friendship, magic, and the word ‘blades’ is mentioned more than once in the blurb. What book isn’t good where ‘blades’ is a word in the blurb? (YAS WOMEN WIELDING BLADES)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    20170507_141606I almost always tackle a classic or two during the summer. This is one of those books I am deeply ashamed I have not read yet.
  6. Cinder by Melissa Meyer
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    I have had so many recommendations for this book and have not picked it up yet. I want to read it so bad. CURSE YOU MASTER’S CLASSES
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  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    This duo has also come highly recommended to me and seems right up my alley with the crime and outcasts. Also, my reps are begging me for Six of Crows bookmarks so I need to get on that.
  8. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
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    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was a laugh out loud kind of funny. I did get this around the time it came out but have yet to read it…
  9. My Lady Jane by Multiple Authors
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    My Lady Jane was recommended by one of my other favorite bloggers, Miss Leslie Ann. I originally followed her because of her classroom blog and discovered how much I adored her as a human being and I follow her lifestyle blog and instagram as well.
  10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    20170528_133137Actually this whole picture is pretty much in my TBR pile. However, I love these tortured love stories and “not all is as it seems” plots.

 

What is on your summer TBR list?