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Ode to Books

I have talked about my love of Bookstagram and I do have my Instagram linked, but every so often, I like to share some of the content I’ve been posting with my blog followers.

 

I just moved across the country and set up my bookshelves:

 

 

  • ACOMAF necklace
  • Hogwarts wallet

 

Kindle Paperwhite in the Springtime:

 

Books and Bookish Tattoos:

 

 

Do you take bookish pictures?

 

 

Series Reread, Book Tour, Etc: A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J Maas

 

With the release of A Court of War and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas in early May, I was so excited to reread the existing books. I was also able to attend a book signing for the ACOWAR Tour in Connecticut before I moved across the country. 

My original reviews of book 1 and book 2 are still exactly how I feel, so I didn’t bother writing any reread thoughts. 

I think reading A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit different because I knew what would happen in book two for the first time, but I still found myself drawn in the parallels to Beauty and the Beast, even if I knew the Beast wouldn’t be right for the Beauty in the story. I still loved watching it all unfold, but I did pay extra attention to the section of the story that took place Under the Mountain in preparation for the book two reread. 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) Review

 

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) Review

 

 

 

A Court of War and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) Book Tour!

 

 

 

 

Bookish Birthday Gifts – Happy Birthday To Me

As a huge book nerd, I frequently find unique bookish items for my shelves. I also subscribe to book boxes that contain unique gifts, too. And I never expect people to send me bookish gifts because I know it’s hard. I mean, what do you get a book nerd who has everything?

This year, a few days before my birthday, there was a package from my dad and stepmom with one of the most unique bookish items I’ve seen and one of the coolest presents I’ve ever gotten!

 

It’s about the size of a book with a magnetic closure like that of a kindle case. In fact, that’s what I thought it was when I opened it. And then I opened the book and.. MAGIC!

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It’s a lamp! It’s LED and recharges at the bottom (just like a kindle would).

I absolutely love this unique item!

 

It’s been a great birthday week.. I’ve gotten all sorts of awesome gifts from my parents and friends:

This mug is from my best friend and it’s obvious that she knows me well. LOL I have to try really hard to not be “that annoying girl” who corrects people out loud.

(I have Weird New England, but I’ll be leaving New England for the opposite coast sometime soon)

 

 

I’m going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this fall and this was #1 on my Things to Buy Before I Go list and now I can cross it off! My family and friends know what’s up this year! I’m loving the gifts.

 I love giving the perfect gifts for people (I think I’m pretty good at it) and it’s just as awesome getting similar gifts because it feels like I’m getting things that people put some thought into or noticed I wanted. It’s a great feeling and I hope people feel the same when they open my gifts to them!

 What types of bookish gifts do you get? Are your friends and family pretty good at picking the perfect gifts? 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Love

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Top Ten Eight Reasons I Love #Bookstagram

 

It is different. I am a wordy person, which is why I’m hardly ever on Twitter. Being a part of the Bookstagram Instagram community has taught me how to capture a feeling or thought in one picture. It offsets my lengthy reviews.

It is a big community. I thought I’d be limited to blogging and maybe Twitter, but the Instagram book community is HUGE!

Photo a Day Challenges. I LOVE doing the photo a day posts because it challenges me to come up with a cool picture that fits the prompt in whatever way I interpret it.

It’s easy to navigate. Book blogging is awesome, but some websites are hard to navigate. Sometimes I have NO idea where people put their follow buttons. Searching for posts about something similar is hard to do. Different blogs go on different readers. Instagram utilizes hashtags which take me directly to a slew of pictures using the same hashtags, opening up my ability to find and follow bookish people.

It’s pretty. While blogs show their creativity in their layouts and HTML and even the way they format posts and the memes they participate in, I love that Instagram is all pictures. I love seeing how people interpret photo challenge prompts and the beautiful ways they highlight their favorite books.

It helps writer’s block. When I’m not writing a review or participating in a meme, what on EARTH am I going to write about? Instagram is like that fun side hobby that requires no words. I am still challenged because I prefer words over pictures, but it’s easier to snap a cool picture sometimes instead of trying to word something the way I want or come up with an issue.

No drama. Now, that’s not always true, but since pictures are the focal point, sometimes I disregard captions altogether. Sometimes, bookstagrammers are dramatic, but I just don’t participate and the picture posted rarely has anything to do with the drama in the caption, so it’s easy to avoid. (Unlike Twitter, where I feel drama regarding authors and bloggers and everything is just right there, front row.)

On the go. Now that I’ve switched to WordPress, it’s much easier to blog on the go, but I’m still very picky about my layouts and I find it’s still easier to post from my laptop. I feel like using Instagram to participate in bookish activities is easier to do when I don’t feel like pulling out the laptop and writing.

 

What did you pick for today’s prompt?

 

 

 

Literary Tattoo: A Much Needed Fix

For a couple of years now, I’ve had books tattooed on my ankle. I didn’t share them often because I wasn’t quite happy with the way it came out.

My husband recently got a tattoo, which prompted me to think about getting mine fixed. The tattoo artist actually ended up being an acquaintance and I felt really comfortable with her, so I finally decided to have my books fixed. (And think of other literary tattoos to come…. )

Here are the results!



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I am totally satisfied, ecstatic, and just relieved to finally have a decent looking tattoo I’m going to want to show off instead of feel “meh” about.

Do you have any literary/bookish tattoos?  

Tattoo artist: Danna Bats of Sublime Ink Tattoos in Groton, CT

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Social Media Accounts

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Top Ten Bookstagram Accounts You Should Follow

It’s no secret that I’m super active on Instagram and love being a part of that community. I’m not a big account, but that doesn’t matter much to me. I just enjoy taking pictures and sharing them with a bookish community. Here are some of my favorite accounts!

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  1. @booknerderie She also has a book blog, but she’s a HP addict and she even has her own Etsy shop.
  2. @eviebookish She has various stores with tons of bookish stuff you can buy, but her pictures are also awesome
  3. @celinereads She hosts many of the Bookish Photo A Day challenges I do each month, but she also posts great bookish pics for the prompts herself.
  4. @ursula_uriarte She has some of the most gorgeous book pics ever.
  5. @dropandgivemenerdy A HP fan who sometimes hosts fun Photo A Day Challenges and has a ton of nerdy pics
  6. @bookworm_365 hosts a few Photo A Day challenges and has some great pictures of books, too.
  7. @bookmarauder She posts a ton of gorgeous book pics.
  8. @readsleepfangirl She hosts a few Photo A Day challenges and has awesome pictures.
  9. @bookaholic_banter So many gorgeous bookish pics!
  10. @certified_fangirl63 books, nerdiness.. I love it!

 

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, too! @meganm922

 

What bookish social media accounts do you follow?

 

 

 

My First Owlcrate!

After months of waiting on the list, I finally got through and was able to purchase my very own Owlcrate. It worked out perfectly, too, because the box was set to ship on the 20th of September, just two days before my birthday.
It arrived earlier than I expected, but I decided to open it even though it wasn’t quite my birthday.
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The Unboxing:
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I’m pretty happy with everything I got. For just over the price of a brand new hardcover, I got all sorts of cool stuff. I’ll admit that the necklace is awesome and will likely be something I’ll wear nearly everyday.
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Now I have 1 Targaryen (or maybe 2?) on my shelf. =)
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Sassy Voldemort dislikes sharing the shelf with books named after Harry Potter and now a picture of Hermione.
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I hope this book is a good one!
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I happened to buy these socks today and now I have a necklace that matches. How’s that for a coincidence?
As always, follow me on Instagram for more bookish pictures and experiences. I’ll likely order more boxes in the future until cool bookish things becomes pile of bookish things I’ll never use/wear/look at and then I’ll go back to spending forever on the internet trying to find obscure bookish necklaces.