Friday, December 16, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday // Books I've Been Meaning To Read // BLOGMAS

We all have books we've been meaning to get to this past year or the year before: declare them as part of our TBR on our blogs, but yet never getting around to it. I am really skilled at that actually- making a plan for myself and failing at fulfilling it. Here are the top 5 books I've put on my TBR's on this blog that I never got around to, but I MUST read in 2017!

The Graces by Eve Laure. I received the UK paperback edition in one of my Illumicrate boxes this year. This is one of my most anticipated debuts this year! I want to have the right weather and mood for reading this book and I hope to get to it in 2017. I think September will be a good month. 

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. I was planning on reading this last November, but life shitted on those plans and I was too depressed to read it. It was part of my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 2016 and I've comes to the realization that I won't be able to complete it. I will still get around to it next year.  

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This is my anticipated TBR for October 2017. My husband read this last year and said I have to read it in autumn. It didn't happen this year but I hope to get to it next year. My husband and I love the Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet

Asena Blessed by Tracy M. Joyce. Altaica was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog in 2014 and I enjoyed it. The second in the series has been published and I was asked by the author to read and/or review it. I hope to get to this soon to spread the love for the series to my readers!

1984 by George Orwell. I bought this for my husband for Sant Jordi years ago. It's a classic that we own and I wanted to get to it for the Pop Sugar Challenge. I plan on reading it next year. I still hope to finish Animal Farm by the end of 2016, but it doesn't look like I will. 

What are some books you plan on reading in 2017 that you had put on your 2016 TBR?
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday // New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2016 // BLOGMAS

I don't read many authors continuously because I like reading new authors. The criteria for this list will be based on the author's writing, book layout, and the style they used to tell their story. My list only consists of 8 stand-out authors for me, but that doesn't mean the rest of the authors new-to-me aren't good! For more thoughts about the books I read by these authors check out my reviews and mini reviews! Top Ten Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. She has a whole list of topics for us list-loving bookworms. What are your favorite new-to-you authors from 2016?

Katherine Mansfield. What I Read: Miss Brill.

Stephen Chbosky. What I Read: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Rupi Kaur. What I Read: milk and honey.

Daniel Wooddrell. What I Read: Winter's Bone.

Mary-Louise Parker. What I Read: Dear Mr. You.

Hannah Kent. What I Read: Burial Rites.

William Ritter. What I Read: Jackaby.

Marisa Silver. What I Read: Little Nothing.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 2016 TBR // BLOGMAS

I have to catch up on my blogs that I planned for this past weekend. Great, I'm already behind. Here is my TBR for December! I am currently reading Three Tang Dynasty Poets and A Room of One's Own. They are taking longer than I thought they would. I just finished Divergent yesterday actually. I have come to terms with the fact that I will not be able to finish my Pop Sugar Challenge. The books I have left to read for it I will get to in 2017 since I own them. I also got off the loan wait list for a digital book from my library. I hope to read My True Love Gave to Me the twelve days leading up to Christmas, Harry Potter and another book to get in the holiday spirit. Sorry if my photo is horrible looking, but I tried to make it work.    

All the books in list form:

Three Tang Dynasty Poets by Anon. Penguin's Little Black Classics collection.
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf.
Divergent by Veronica Roth.
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins.
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. (Kate Daniels #9 - Library eBook)
The King of Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy. (It's so adorable!! I JUST got it in the mail. Great advent or stocking stuffer gift!)

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What are you reading during December? Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?


Friday, December 2, 2016

The Sea, Manx, & Sea Monsters: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh // Book Review

Fear the Drowning Deep
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

My Thoughts

Witches, the Sea, Manx traditions and sea monsters. Marsh (Glenn Marsh?) wrote a wonderfully atmospheric book set on the Isle of Man in the early 1910's. A time when new technology hasn't quite taken over the island and magic still finds lives, if people want to believe in it or not. She captured the magic of living in a small, old Manx harbor village in which the sea is a constant feature in the everyday lives of the village. Marsh weaves the old traditions and beliefs of the Manx into the story well and with abundance. This is what separates her story from others circulated around sea monsters and folklore. The Isle of Man assists in creating the atmospheric setting that gives Fear the Drowning Deep a memorizing quality.

I flew through the book - the story was engaging throughout. Some aspects were predictable and revealed to the main character, Bridey, after it was obvious for a few chapters, but it was fun to see if I was correct. I liked the characters the author created: Bridey's eccentric family, the mystreious old lady, and the captivating boy that appears on the island. The insta-love was so adorable and I love Fynn as a character. Bridey herself is a dynamic character with a multitude of interesting secondary characters. There could be another book after this one and I wouldn't mind that. I enjoy historical fiction that incorporates local folklore and then add fantasy on top of that I'm definitely gonna love it. I would recommend this young adult book if you love atmospheric settings, a little bit of fantasy, books that incorporate old cultures and beliefs, mystery, and stories centered around the sea.


About the Author

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult fantasy novels full of danger, mythology, and kissing. Sometimes she writes children's picture books, too.
She lives, writes, and paints things in Virginia, supported by her husband and four senior greyhounds.
If she could, she'd adopt ALL THE ANIMALS.
Oh, and she'd love to be your friend here on Goodreads, or over on Twitter!
Her gorgeous website:

Thank you so much to Sky Pony Press for loaning me a review copy!
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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In anticipation for the Gilmore Girls special on Netflix I wanted to combine two Gilmore Girls book tags. The show aired the evening one of my great-grandmothers passed away in the hospital with her family around her. We were in the waiting room after with a couple of my cousins and the older one had the TV switched to the premier of GG. I hadn't heard anything about it, but later during my high school years my parents and I would watch it together on Thursday night. We had a tradition of watching it, plus Smallville, after dinner while I studied my vocabulary words or for an English test. It was because of Rory I started to store extra books in my dresser drawers. I'm happy that with the events going on in the world that Gilmore Girls is coming out with the four long episodes/movies. It's bringing people together, a small distraction for the pressing issues that many of us are experiencing. We are being transported to when we were younger, more carefree, more optimistic about the world and our future. We will all be hygge -ing it up while watching it. Season 4 and on aren't really my favorite years for Rory.. She didn't really know exactly what she wanted in life, or if she had a minor setback she didn't know how to deal with it. I loved Lorelai's wit, coffee addiction, positivity, and strength. However, Christopher was her Achilles heel and she kept going back to him or being there for him. I'm not a fan. I don't think any of the boyfriends Rory had are for her. I hope she at least gets closer with them in the new episodes or if Jess matured a lot I could see them together. I really don't Dean. Anyway! Here are the tags: *I got these from PrettyDeadlyBlog and RebelMommyBookBlog*

1. I JUST GOT HIT BY A DEER – character having the worst day ever.

Ann and T.J. from On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. Thinking you are going to have a nice vacation in the Maldives, but your pilot has a heart attack during the flight. 

2. STARS HOLLOW – wildly eccentric cast

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

3. COFFEE – a book you’re addicted to/a character w/ an addiction

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Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

4. SOMEONE DEVIL EGGED BY CAR?! – great act of revenge

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The novel Vengeance Road is all about revenge. It's a great gritty and intense YA western that makes me wish there were more in YA.

5. MR. MEDINA – an illicit affair

I think Mr. Medina was the only intellectual soul mate for Lorelai, but I hope she ends up with Luke. Anyway!!! The most notorious affair to me is the tragic story of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. If you want a somewhat more update version (and easier to read) check out Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum.

6. KIM’S ANTIQUES – a world you’d be afraid to enter

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I wouldn't want to live in the world of Divergent's Chicago. No one can be who they want to be. I would rather have freedom with a couple monsters than be forced to act a certain way.

7. HARVARD VS. YALE – character who needs to make a life-changing decision

Elizabeth Holland's decision in The Luxe on whether she marry the rich boy in her arranged marriage or follow her heart and head out West with no money with the stable boy.

8. LUKE’S DINER – a comfort read

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Of course Harry Potter!

9. AM I CRYING OR LAUGHING? – a book that messed with your emotions

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Who do you root for? Wanda or Melanie. I felt so bad for Wanda, more than Melanie.

10. EMILY – the HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge)

A in Pretty Little Liars (never read the series,but became obsessed this past year with the show!)

11. LORELAI AND RORY – favorite family dynamic

Lola and her parents from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. 

12. I PUSHED HIM IN THE LAKE! – a book you’d throw in a lake

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

13. 1000 YELLOW DAISIES – favorite romance

Anna and the French Kiss.

14. JESS – an unpopular opinion

The Martian wasn't written that well. I didn't love it.

15. FIRST SNOW – snowy or holiday read

Of course my first reaction is Harry Potter. The magic and how harry finds a home with the Weasley's. There is also A Christmas Carol. This year I am going to read My True Love Gave to Me. 

16. HEP ALIEN – book centered around music

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I am not a musician so I really don't gravitate towards books that center around music and the instrumentalist "feeling the music course through them". I liked the cello parts in If I Stay by Gayle Forman, but I can't think of many books.

17. HE’D BETTER HAVE A MOTORCYCLE! – your book crush

Soooo... Morpheus from the Splintered series... Four from Divergent.... 

18. IT’S REPETITIVE AND REDUNDANT – a book that could have been shorter

I can't remember a book that made me think that. Maybe Breaking Dawn or Glass Sword.

19. KIRK – the weirdest book you’ve ever read

Little Nothing by Marissa Silver. It's like a modern fairytale set in Eastern Europe. You have to just go with the flow and not ask to many logical questions when you read it.

20. IT’S A LIFESTYLE. IT’S A RELIGION – that one book that means more to you than any other

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Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall.

21. Rory and Lorelei – a book with an awesome mother/daughter relationship

I don't read many books with good familial relationships that much. I can't think of one.

22. Rory – favorite character who is a bookworm

I just finished Season 5 of Pretty Little Liars and I'm sorry if this answer ins't completely from a book. However, I have been loving Spencer more and more. I love the many quotes she uses throughout the show and her love for Shakespeare.

23. Paris – a character who is snarky and completely honest, almost to a fault

Kara, the brave and fiery pilot from Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. 

24. Lane – book with an awesome best friend

Alyssa's BFF from the Splintered trilogy.

25. Sookie – a character who makes you laugh

Kate Daniels makes me laugh a lot. Her friends as well. 

26. Lorelei and Luke – a book about best friends who fall in love

Lola and the Boy Next Door by S. Perkins. 

27. Jess – most swoon worthy fictional boyfriend

I guess Eddie from These Shallow Graves, or Four from Divergent Series, or... others. ;p

28. Lorelai – character who is super clever and quick witted

Kate Daniels from the series by Ilona Andrews. They are good at writing snark. 

29. Logan – character who is a bad boy with that you can’t help but love

Morpheus from the Splintered trilogy.

30. Dean – character who is the perfect boyfriend but is boring

1. Dean is not perfect. 2. That would be Jeb from the Splintered series or Peeta from the Hunger Games.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Holiday Gift Guide // Top Ten Tuesday

   Still don't know what to get your bookish friend/family member/lover for the holidays? Here are some ideas. I will be listing brands and items that I myself have bought and love or am coveting. When giving a gift for a bibliophile they will be happy with beautiful editions of books, completing their collection or receiving a collection of books they have never read. I love getting gift for people, trying to find the perfect one for them and helping others pick out gifts. For many of my photos I will be using Etsy stores I am interested in or would like to purchase from. I will use their store for one example, but many stores usually have all kinds of merchandise. For example, Obviousstate is used for tote bags, but their designs are gorgeous in bookmarks and on other mediums. Two years ago I published a five part series of posts on my blog with other ideas with many options. Feel free to look up that embarrassment! Top Ten Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. She has a whole list of topics for us list-loving bookworms. **Links provided on photos!**


1. Subscriptions. There are lot of bookish boxes and book subscriptions to give as a present. There is Book of the Month, Owlcrate, Uppercase, Fairyloot, Illumicrate, Novel Tea Club, Cozy Reader Club, and more.  

2. Bookmarks. I am a bookmark addict! I'm a long time customer of Craftedvan on Etsy, but I love bookmarks like those and the painted slim bookmarks like Illumicrate had with their first box. Unless someone reads with just their eReader I think bookmarks are a safe and fun gift.

William Shakespeare Magnetic Bookmark (Jumbo)
Craftedvan on Etsy.

Gilmore Girls Magnetic Bookmarks Individuals and Set
Gilmore Girls bookmarks from BeyondthePages19 on Etsy.

Bookmark - Hashtag, 3-colored
SkinnyHues on Etsy

Outlander Thick Watercolour Bookmark
behindthepages on Etsy

3. Tote bags. I love a good tote bag. I have one of the orange totes by Penguin with The Great Gatsby on it and use it for going to the library. I've found some other totes that I have been coveting.

ObviousState on Etsy make great totes and prints.

Poe-Ka Dots by Out of Print. Another great website!

Writer's Typewriter & Coffee - Literary Tote | Gift for Writers, Readers, Librarians, Book lovers, Artists, Book Worms | Book Typewriter Bag
GreymadeCo on Etsy.

Book tote with penguin print
For those who love Penguin Publishing. MGBooksandTea on Etsy.

4. Mugs. I have gotten only 1 bookish mug as a gift and it was the Banned Books mug. I love it and I love collecting mugs. They are a good idea if you know the person likes to drink coffee or tea. I am typically pickier when it come to mugs because I like to have a certain style of mug, nothing too narrow because I love drinking coffee. Here are some I have been eyeing:

Alice In Wonderland Mug Special Edition, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Cup, UK
For those who love Alice in Wonderland. missbohemia on etsy.

Drink Coffee, Read Books, Be Happy Mug
CoffeeReadingWriting on Etsy.

Shakespearean Insult Mug
Shakespearean Insult Mug by The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild. 

Books And Coffee Mug - White Ceramic Mug - Gifts For Readers - Bookish Mug - Literary Inspired - Librarian Gift - English Teacher - Books
BookishSerendipityCo on Etsy. 

5. Completed (or most) of a graphic novel series.Y: The Last Man by Brian K.Vaughan is a series I have been collecting and requested the last four volumes to complete my collection. I think Saga series would also be a good option for a gift. I would either stick to a series you know the person with love or buy them a couple volumes of a series you'd recommend. Graphic novels that are memoirs are a great idea too!

6. Candles

Embers | 8oz tin | An Ember in the Ashes, Elias, Laia Inspired Soy Candle
NovellyYours on Etsy is catered more to YA lovers.

Walden Woods Literary Candle // Inspired by Walden
HearthandHammer on Etsy.

Nook & Burrow candles and more.

Charles Dickens Library Candle by Paddywax

7. Book series. I think a lot of Harry Potter fans now want more than 1 set of the series, especially with the illustrated editions coming out yearly. Game of Thrones has boxed sets of regular paperbacks and leather-bound editions of the first books. An urban fantasy or fantasy series like the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, or Jim Butcher, or paranormal mass-market paperback collections. Mass-market paperbacks are usually the cheapest for of printed books and you can buy multiple to make a nice package. Some series that have been popular this year are Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

8. A beautiful edition of their favorite book or classic. Classics, and recently the first book of a fantasy series, have been incredibly popular over the last several years for being reprinted in gorgeous editions, like Barnes and Noble editions and Vintage classics, + many more. If they are a collector of beautiful editions that would be a great gift. The editions by Vintage are pretty affordable. 1 Barnes and Noble leatherbound classic is worth 3 of the Vintage editions. They have recently come out with Russian literature from various authors.


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Virginia Woolf Collection by Vintage:

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Jane Austen by Vintage (I have them and love them):

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9.  Literary Prints, Clothing, Tea. You can get your Harry Potter fanatics Harry Potter anything like scarves or the candy they have in the trolley. For other fandoms check out Etsy where you can find many little stores that ship internationally and you should really check out Society 6 for merchandise. Here are some ideas from Etsy that I like or would like to try:

The Literary Tea Collection - Loose Leaf Tea - Gift for Book Lover - 5 x 50g tins
FirstEditionTeaCo on Etsy.

Shakespeare Literary Print - Bookish Quote Poster
shopnevermore on Etsy has really great minimalist prints.

Miguel Cervantes Don Quixote - Man Horse Windmills Illusion Delusion Bookish Decor Book Lover Gift Bibliophile Art Spanish Author
CreativeDaffodil on Etsy has amazing minimalist author prints.

Jack Kerouac "On the Road"  - Art card, literary gift, illustration card, literary print, printable art, digital download
RedHillPrintables on Etsy have artistic prints for famous books.

10. Gift card to bookstores or shops with bookish items. Barnes & Noble, BookOutlet, Chapters, Amazon, Society 6, Etsy... You can get a giftcard almost anywhere. 

What are some of your ideas for a holiday gift guide? Any favorite shops?