Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about books we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees and boy oh boy, I know we all have pretty long lists about some of the books we’d like under our trees. So without further ado, here’s some books I’d love Santa to leave me:

1. The rest of the Fushigi Yuugi series that I don’t have. As my favorite manga series I really want to finish collecting the books, and I’m only missing seven of them, I think, but they’re kind of hard to find!

2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. This is a story about a girl who has a type of schizophrenia and as I’ve never read a book about that kind of perspective, I thought that it would be an interesting read.

3. Paperweight by Meg Haston. This is about a girl who has an eating disorder, and, like the book before this one, I’ve never read a book about someone with an eating disorder, so I think it would be interesting to get that perspective and see how this character deals with it.

4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’ve been interested in reading this book for some time now, I just haven’t picked it up yet. I hear it’s a much slower fantasy story, with a much more politically based plot, which intrigues me.

5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I’ve been wanting to read this since I first heard about it, I just haven’t picked it up yet! Also, Adam’s just a fun person in general so I think that this would be a really cool read.

6. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I think that this book that deals with music as a sort of therapy would be a good read because I know that I use music as a sort of therapy for myself even if I’m not consciously aware of it.

7. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. This is a story about a girl who’s been raped and how she lives life after the incident and I think that this would be one of those stories that would have an impact on me.

8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. A book about suicide is a very touchy subject, but it’s also a topic I’m passionate about and I hear that the writing in this book is really beautiful.

9. The rest of the Ceres: Celestial Legend books that I don’t own. Again, like the Fushigi Yuugi series, I don’t own all of the books to some of my favorite series by Yuu Watase, so I’ll also include Imadoki! Nowadays! here, too.

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10. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Yup. #noshame #Hamiltontrash

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What books would you love Santa to leave you? If you don’t want books, what kinds of things would you hope to find under the tree? Let me know!

Festive Christmas Book Tag

Hey peeps, how’s it going? I’m here to do a fun Christmas tag that I first saw on Jessethereader‘s channel, but the tag was originally created by GirlReading. I haven’t done a tag in a while and let’s be real: FESTIVE TAGS ARE MY FAVE. So without further ado, here’s the questions!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with.

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No gonna lie, I’d love to spend time with the Weasley family. I think it would kind of fun in a chaotic way? And I’m talking before all the crap happened with Voldemort. But even afterward, a few years down the road, I think it would be fun to sit with a big family and just have a fun magical Christmas dinner.

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift.

See my Top Ten Tuesday Holiday Gift Guide from this year because I need something from every single one of those small businesses I listed!

3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?

THIS GUY RIGHT HERE:

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…it didn’t say it had to be a fictional BOOK character…

Oh fine.

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For this one I think I have to go with Alice from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. She seems to have a knack for giving Bella a lot of really cool, expensive gifts, plus she has really good taste, so she’d be a great Christmas elf.

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

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For Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli I think the perfect song would be All I Want for Christmas is You. Because let’s be honest: it’s true.

And if we wanted to play off of a certain someone’s nickname, then it would be I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You. >> Harharharhar.

5. Bah Humbug: a book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the Naughty List.

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I was disappointed in The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski when I read it earlier this year because it had been so hyped up for so long by so many people that I was expecting to go into it and really enjoy it, but it just didn’t work for me. You can check out my review for more details.

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the Nice List.

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I think My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows needs more love and appreciation (even though it has lots) because IT’S SO GOOD. Historical fiction meets fantasy meets comedy meets romance? I mean, there’s seriously something really cool about it and you NEED to read it! Check out my review for more thoughts as to why!

7. Red, Gold, and Green: a book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

I mean, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is kind of already styling for the winter season, so…

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8. A book or series you love so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too.

THRONE OF GLASS.

But, I mean, that’s a given. So let me talk about something other than that series.

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I think everyone should check out the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. They whole series is already out and they’re available as ebooks on Amazon! It’s a YA fantasy series about a library apprentice named Vhalla who is just working her days in the library, a place she considers her home, when she saves the life of one of the princes when he arrives home. She is then thrown (quite literally) into a situation that awakens her powers as a Windwalker – the only known one in the world in many, many years. She faces a lot of peril, betrayal, love, friendships, and more. I still have to finish the fourth book then read the fifth, but the first three are definitely amazing and I highly suggest you check them out!

I tag…

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you celebrate Christmas? If not, what do you celebrate for the holidays? Do you like the festiveness of the season, or are you more of a Scrooge? What book or series would you recommend me to definitely read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide – Small Businesses

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. So today’s topic is a holiday gift guide! I did one last year where it was much broader and I talked about several things you can get the book lover in your life, so today I thought I’d talk about some small businesses that you should definitely check out for the bookish lover in your life!

1. Evie Bookish – Evie has such a talent when it comes to bookish designs! I love her products a lot (I’m expecting my second one by her soon) and I think she’s definitely worth checking out and potentially ordering something from.

2. Paper Fury – Cait is not only the Queen of Everything, but she also has a shop with bookish and writing related items! Her sassy self comes out even in her products, which are adorable and so fun.

3. Muggle Library Candles – This lovely little shop makes bookish inspired candles in 4oz and 9oz sizes! I’m expecting my first candle from them soon, but I’m so excited! They have scents like The Night Lord, AIDAN, The Forbidden Forest, and more. Plus, some of their candles sparkle, and if you’re a shiny/sparkle lover like me, then this is the shop for you.

4. Novel Ink Designs – She does some really cool stuff with bookmarks and other book inspired things! I believe some of her bookmarks are made by burning? Don’t quote me on that, but they’re customizable and super cute!

5. Novelly Yours – More candles! These candles are so cute and there are so. Many. Scents. Like, how could you choose just one? Plus they’re super affordable and from what I hear they smell amazing. One day I’ll own a mini collection!

6. Novel Heartbeat – Even more candles! Jessi also does custom made orders and necklaces and clay dragons. Her shop is also just as cute, so check it out!

7. Bookworm Boutique – Lauren has cute bookish related items up on Society 6 that are simpler in design if you’re more into the minimalistic stuff. Lots of phrases, Harry Potter, and more await there!

8. Happy Hello! – THE CUTEST BOOKMARKS OF EVER. I swear, you won’t be able to resist them. Why don’t I have any in my own life? I need them. She offers a lot from series with multiple characters, so your fangirl/boy heart will be forever happy.

9. Uppercase Box – Yes, my favorite monthly subscription! I love the bookish swag, the awesome signed books, and just being able to see what will come each month. It’s so fun and I definitely recommend checking them out!

10. Fairyloot – Another fun monthly book subscription box that is very pretty and hosts a lot of fun items each month. I’ve seen a lot of the boxes since they launched and I SO want one!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What do you think of my suggestions? Is there anything specific you want this holiday season? What would you suggest for gifts?

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

We’re well into the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, this is usually the time of year when we give gifts to each other. Now, as a book lover, I’d love many book themed gifts! Even writing gifts are a plus, so today I’m going to give my own thoughts and ideas for what you can give that book lover in your life!

1 . Books

I know, I know, sounds kind of cliche, right? Well, if you know someone in your life who’s been dying to read a certain book or who loves a certain genre, then try to pick out that book for them or something that you think they’d enjoy.

For example, I love fantasy. So if you were to get me a book that’s based in another world with a magic system, kickass heroes/heroines, potentially mythical creatures, and a villain I love to hate, then I’m most likely going to enjoy and read said book.

If, for example, you have someone who loves contemporary, but doesn’t necessarily want YA, then head to the fiction section and search around for something light-hearted with some splashes of romance inside.

2. Gift Cards

I know that this seems like a cop out, but really, it’s a great thing to give someone a gift card! Whether it be Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or that indie bookstore down the street, a gift card can go a long way. Not only do you give a gift, but you’re allowing that person to pick out whatever they want on their own.

3. Adult Coloring Books

I’m listing this separate from the books category because, well, you can’t really read these. They’re just a fun, imaginative way for adults to escape for a little while and relax. Focusing on coloring, on a single task, can be extremely soothing to some people, so give that stressed out book lover in your life the gift of a coloring book – and don’t forget the colored pencils!

4. Litographs

These shirts from Litographs are wicked cool because not only are they tailored to book lovers, but they include a section of a book (or the whole book) of your choice from their selection. It’s so cool and your book lover would literally be a walking book. What more could they want?

5. Etsy

Okay, you can’t give them Etsy itself, but finding cool and quirky handmade gifts on there is pretty nifty. You can find handmade bookmarks, necklaces from your favorite series, book ends, book safes, and so much more.

6. Shelves and/or Bookends

I know this can be a little pricey, but I mean, the book lover in your life needs somewhere to put their books, right? You can find cheap shelves through Target and Walmart, but if you want something a little sturdier, then maybe check out your local furniture stores. If you’re feeling up to DIY, build the shelves! Just be sure to get exact measurements and permission before doing so.

As for bookends, if your book lover already has shelves and wants to spruce them up a bit, getting bookends could be the perfect way to do it. They come in all shapes, sizes, weights, colors, and prices, so find a set that you think will match the room, the person, or the shelf.

7. Journals

Even if your book lover isn’t a writer per se, a journal can unleash a lot of untapped creativity and they may just thank you for it later. You can find or even make journals from so many different stores: Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, The Paper Store, maybe even the dollar store. They come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, so pick one that you think your book lover would like.

8. Bookmarks

Honestly, who doesn’t love a bookmark? There’s magnetic ones, steel plated, 3D picture, shapes… There’s so many different kinds of bookmarks to choose from! And again, you can find them in a lot of places. Etsy has really cute handmade ones and Barnes & Noble and other book stores carry lots of different kinds, too. Trust me, your book lover will appreciate having something to hold their place other than a scrap piece of paper or the cat.

9. Something Handmade

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love handmade gifts. For your book lover, if you want to go the DIY route, there’s more than enough YouTube video tutorials to help you out in making little book ornaments for the tree, or really anything else you can think of. But there’s something about gifts being handmade that make it extra special, in my opinion.

10. Subscription Box

This can get pricey depending on the subscription option you pick, but a bookish subscription box could be the perfect thing to get your book lover! There are many different kinds of boxes and they all come with different books and bookish swag, so it’ll definitely keep your book lover happy for a while.

Here’s a few:

  • Owlcrate – Monthly, 3 month, 6 month subscriptions for YA book & swag
  • LitCube – Literary themed swag and book
  • Uppercase – Monthly YA book & swag
  • Book Riot – Book & bookish swag
  • The Book Drop – Choice between “Jane,” which is adult fiction, or YA

So there you have it! My gift guide for the holiday season. There’s obviously so much more that you can give your book lover that isn’t listed here, but this is a simple list that branches out to many different kinds of gifts and ideas. Get creative! No matter what you get your book lover, I’m sure they’ll, well, love it!

What do you plan on giving the book lover in your life this holiday season? Is it handmade? Store bought? Huge? Let me know what you’re giving and what you’d recommend to give!