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Mar 20

The NetGalley Problem – is it worth it?

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Book blogger confession: NetGalley is both the most wonderful thing to happen to me, and my kryptonite.

We all dream of having hard copy ARCs, but sometimes it takes awhile to build the following for those! It seems safe to safe most book bloggers start off by using either NetGalley or Edelweiss to request ARCs  (or both).  I signed up for both but ended up only using NetGalley because it’s just more intuitive to me. I do use Edelweiss’s saved search feature – after learning about it from Reader Voracious’ most amazing and helpful post – because it helps me find new releases that aren’t as popular. Edelweiss has a TON of books, a lot more than NetGalley, and not all are available to request ARCs but you can at least see a lot more of what is releasing at any given time, and I really like that.

NetGalley makes it easy to request upcoming books. Just set up your account, add some profile information, and you can request away! It’s super easy. Almost too easy.

What Not to Do

I’ve been on Netgalley since 2016. I took most of 2018 off from reading ARCs, so in the 2+ years I’ve been a regular visitor, I’ve received 53 eARCs. Not that many, really. However, in the beginning I made some mistakes.

  • Request everything that looks interesting. Now, this might sound like a good idea when starting off, as you don’t have any NetGalley stats/percentage. However, you might get surprised and get an influx of eARCs, and then your feedback percentage goes WAY down and no one wants to approve you for books.
  • Review books super late. While you can always go back and leave feedback, which will boost your percentage no matter how late you are, when you are *coughoverayearcough* several months late with your reviews it seems like the publisher/publicist never sees them, which makes sense.
  • Don’t read publisher approval preferences. I didn’t notice this little feature when I started out, but if you go to each publisher’s page, there is a button that says “View Approval Preferences.” This really helped me start to tailor my requests. Some publishers don’t approve until you have over 1,000 followers. Some want you to have specific information in your profile.

NetGalley Success

When I came back to NetGalley this year, the first thing I did was try to clear off all the old titles I had. If you use the Send-to-Kindle option, the files never actually disappear. If you use Adobe Digital Editions (like I did for a long time), they automatically delete. Thankfully I had sent almost all of my old books to my Kindle app, which is what I’m using regularly to read eARCs now.

After that, I let myself wander over to the “Find Titles” section…just to see. Um, right. I promptly went on a requesting spree, because I told myself my feedback ration was still under the desired 80% so I wouldn’t get that many, maybe one of two.

Oops. I suddenly ended up with about eight new titles, which isn’t a lot for some bloggers but cued total panic for me. I hadn’t really paid attention to WHEN these titles were releasing, despite my goal of posting feedback within a month of publication (ideally BEFORE publication), which meant most of them released around the same time. OOPS.

There went my feedback ratio, AGAIN, and even further in the hole. I think at one point (around the time the approvals stopped), it was around 47%. ARGH! Like I said, that little “Request Title” button is like crack for me. Total kryptonite.

So, I buckled down to read these new ARCs. Thing is, I had so many that in my limited reading time, I had NO TIME to read all the other books I was hoping to get to! All those new releases I pre-orded for January, February, March…yeah, I’ve read ONE, because I’ve felt SO obligated to read all the NetGalley books.

That’s kind of…not fun. As much as I love reading new releases AHEAD of time, I also want to read the books I cared enough about to pay for, or put on special request at my library.

Is It Worth It?

YMMV, but for me the answer is – sometimes. Obviously I get SUPER excited when I get to read a book early. It’s like being let into an inclusive club, it’s fun, and I love hoping/knowing that my review might help an author get more readers. On the other hand, there is that sense of obligation – not for any particular rating, but to at least read and rate. When too many stack up, that’s STRESSFUL.

Reading should not be stressful. Books are my happy place.

So what does this mean? Am I/have I abandoned NetGalley? Not on your life. But I have implemented some strategies that have really helped me cut back on the stress and let me ENJOY the titles I do receive. I’ll be posting more about that in detail in a later post, but the end result is –

  • I have an 80%+ rating on NetGalley right now. Which, I’ve discovered, DOES actually boost your chances of getting approved considerably.
  • I have eight NetGalley titles currently waiting for reading/review, but they are spread out until SEPTEMBER. I have one coming out this month, two in June, two in July, two in August, and one in September. That’s a lot of time to read eight books! Did you hear the stress bubble pop?
  • I’m going to be reading many more of my MOST anticipated 2019 books, along with the books on my shelves already. This makes me SO HAPPY!

Let’s face it, that’s how we should feel about the books we read. Not stressed.

How About You?

How do you manage your ARC requests? What are your strategies?

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If you’re struggling under a mountain of ARCs, check out Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme. I haven’t joined but it sounds like an awesome way to tackle the pile!

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Mar 14

Cover Reveal – Witch’s Honor by Anya Cosgrove!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Shadow Walker, so I’m super excited to get to participate in the cover reveal for the sequel, due out April 11, 2019! Oh, and I like this cover much, much better than the first. 😀 Be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway! 

Witch’s Honor
Anya J. Cosgrove
(Bloody Hearts #2)
Publication date: April 11th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

First rescued by two smoking-hot brothers and now torn between them, what’s a witch to do?

Be good? Or wicked…

Alana is still a long way from mastering her magic when she embarks on a journey to save other witches. Jealousy and secret fester as she can’t help but fall for the two insanely similar but drastically different men in her life.

She has to choose between light or dark. Human or demon. Thom or Liam.

But her alluring roommates will soon be the least of her troubles. From deadly angels to uncovering her legacy as a Garrett witch, Alana’s life is about to change once again. And the maniacal demon that almost devoured her is still alive, biding his time…

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Sequel to:

 

Author Bio:

Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.

What would Buffy do? Kick ass!

Read it first! http://bit.ly/anyaslair

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Feb 19

February 2019 New Book Releases

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I hope you all are having a great February! This post is…LATE. Very late. However, there are some books coming out this month that sounds absolutely amazing and that I’m eagerly waiting to dive into, as well as a couple I was lucky enough to get to read early! So here is a very short list, by no means all inclusive of awesome books from February. 😉

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All covers link to GoodReads!

  • The Matchmaker’s List just sounds like so much fun. I feel like it might be sort of a grown-up When Dimple Met Rishi? Maybe a little?
  • The Winter Sister synopsis intrigued me. Unsolved murders/disappearances, sisters, old houses…yes please!
  • The Silent Patient – I’m not sure what it was about thrillers this month, not normally something I’m THAT much into but this one…even just the description gave me chills and I really need to KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!
  • Two Witches and a Whiskey – I’ve done several reviews of Annette Marie’s books lately, and I have absolutely loved the previous two books in this series, Three Mages and a Margarita and Dark Arts and a Daiquiri. Urban fantasy with a kick of humor and a dose of sexy. I’m so excited for this one!!!
  • Four Dead Queens just sounds epic and creepy and cool. I don’t know when the hell I will get around to reading all these but hell yes please.
  • The Beast’s Heart – I’ve already read and reviewed this one, it’s a nice read in a more traditional fairy tale tone than a lot of retellings.
  • The Psychology of Time Travel – finished this a few days ago, review coming soon! It was good though. More women’s fiction than anything else, though obviously it’s futuristic.

Are any of these on your TBR? Anything not on my list that you’re super stoked about for February? It’s so hard to choose!

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Feb 10

January Reading Wrap Up!

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Yes, it’s 10 days into February and I’m just now getting this up. I really wanted to at least do a January post though, because I had a fabulous reading month! This was partly due to having much more time than usual to read, as I didn’t go back to classes until January 15th, but also I just read some awesome books that I thoroughly enjoyed.

FIRST, an apology – I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at replying to comments in the past month. Please be sure I read every single one of them but replying to them on my phone is kind of a pain and sometimes I forget by the time I get to my laptop, which is old and starting to be a complete pain in the ass to load WordPress on. Why, who knows, but…I will try to do better! Please keep commenting! It seriously brightens my days.

The above picture is of books that found their way to my shelves this month, but unfortunately I haven’t actually gotten around to reading those yet, hehe (except The Winter of the Witch and The Au Pair). So here we go!

Basic Reading Stats

  • 15 books finished (check out my GoodReads shelf to see what they were!)
  • 3,786 pages read
  • 3 hours 51 minutes of audiobooks
  • 8 Beat the Backlist books
  • 6 New Release books
  • 5 Diverse Reads books

Incoming Book Haul

You can see these from the picture, obviously, but of note:

  • the OwlCrate special edition of The Gilded Wolves! I’m in love with the silver and blue accents. Also the character cards came as a pre-order gift from the publisher and are they not just the most awesome thing. 😀

  • Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Read-a-long is still going on, so PLEASE check it out! I am woefully behind, but still have hopes of catching up (hence the Curtsies and Conspiracies purchase). Also, I might have, um, FINALLY obtained the illustrated edition of Soulless…signed by the author, no less!! EEEEEEP.

What was your favorite book from January? Either that you read or bought? *wink wink*

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Jan 27

2019 Reading Challenges

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Eeeek! January is almost over and I still haven’t put up a post with the reading challenges I’m participating in this year. Whoops. In the beginning of the month I was busy reading – *gasp* – and then the semester started so I’ve been busy with homework and studying. BUT. I’m still here! And I am trying to play along in a few challenges. If you’re still looking for one yourself, or you’d just like to see what all is going on out there in the blogosphere, check out this amazing list of reading challenges over at Girl XOXO. Anyway, here are mine! I’m typically HORRIBLE at keeping up with these, but I always have good intentions and it’s always so exciting to jump into a new year. 🙂

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As I have the last several years, I’m setting a GoodReads goal. I actually kept the number the same this year as last year, because I got SO behind last year due to school being more overwhelming than I anticipated. I only met my goal because the semester ended with two weeks of 2018 left to go, and I pretty much did nothing but read during those two weeks! 😛 So, my overall reading numbers goal is 52 books in 2019. That’s one a week. No biggie. Or so I always think…

Next is NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge! I’ve participated in this every year since it started, even though last year I failed SPECTACULARLY. Haha. This year I do want to really focus more on reading books from previous years, especially ONES I’VE ALREADY BOUGHT. Ahem. I’m linking to my GoodReads TBR shelf as my list, because even though there are a TON more books on here than I could ever possibly read, I know that yes, every book I own is on that list. My goal is 20 backlist books.

Next, the 2019 Diversity Reading Challenge! I’m so happy that Celebrity Readers has managed to combine the two diverse book challenges I participated in for 2017 and 2018, and I’m really sad they’ve had so few people sign up. So if you’re reading this and you want to challenge yourself to read more diversely – GO SIGN UP! My goal for this one is 25 books.

And one of my favorites – a Debut Author Challenge! I’d been participating in That Artsy Reader Girl’s debut challenge, but she doesn’t seem to be doing it this year so I’m linking in with this one from Class of 2K19 Books. I will probably never remember to submit screenshots of things, but I *know* I will be reading at least a handful of debuts. My goal is 12 debut books.

Last but not least, the 2019 New Release Challenge! Hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms. I think, like a lot of book bloggers, I read more new releases than backlist books. I wish I had more time to read more, because I think they are equally deserving of attention, but I do so love the feeling of reading a new book along with everyone else who’s been so excited about it. So my goal for this one is the same as the backlist challenge, 20 books.

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What challenges are you doing this year? If you don’t do reading challenges, why not? They don’t work for everyone and I’m always curious as to what does or doesn’t work for other people.

 

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Jan 02

January 2019 New Book Releases

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Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope you all had whatever kind of New Year’s celebration you prefer, be that at home on the couch curled up with a book or out at a party, and everything in between!

It’s the start of a new month, which means all kinds of awesome new books are coming out. I wanted to highlight the ones I chose to pre-order for January – but this is by no means an exhaustive list! For a more extensive look, try the Top 200 of January 2019 list on GoodReads.

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  • If you follow my blog already, you will not be surprised at all to see Winter of the Witch – the conclusion to the amazing Winternight trilogy – on this list! I did get an ARC but I ordered a finished copy of both the US version and the UK version (because both covers are fabulous and I couldn’t possibly choose).
  • Okay, I admit, I got this one mostly for the cover…also I’ve really enjoyed the other A.G. Howard books that I’ve read. Stain is a retelling of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale…I have no idea how you could possibly write a full-length novel based on that, but I guess I’ll find out!
  • If you haven’t heard about Roshani Chokshi’s forthcoming The Gilded Wolves, seriously what rock have you been living under? This sounds like the ultimate tale of friendship and survival and I am so excited for it!
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (do you sense a theme here?), described as being “perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.” Um, yes? I am so here for that.
  • I’m kind of terrified that The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali is going to completely break my heart, but it sounds like a very important story and I can’t wait! It’s author Sabina Khan’s debut novel.

That’s it for me! I put a cap on my pre-orders at five…even that sounds like a lot to me but I just couldn’t narrow it down this month. Are any of these on your TBR? Anything not on my list that you’re super stoked about for January?

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Dec 29

2018 Year in Books Survey

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Many thanks to Jamie over at the Perpetual Page-turner for creating this lovely survey (now in it’s 9th year!) and allowing us to use it and the graphics she’s made. I always love reading people’s end of the year surveys, so feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments! I didn’t fill out the survey last year but you can see my 2016 End of the Year here!

**2018 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 55 (as of 28 Dec)
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

This is always the million dollar question, isn’t it? I’m going to cheat and do two, one YA and one adult.

  

Starfish was amazing and I felt such a kinship with Kiko and I cried so hard over her story. Winter of the Witch doesn’t come out until next month but it was my hands down best adult read. Also lots of tears for this one.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Sigh. I had SUCH high expectations and hopes for Escaping from Houdini. While it wasn’t HORRIBLE it definitely wasn’t what I wanted for Audrey and Thomas. Fingers crossed the fourth and last book will be better!

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Totally did not see this one coming! I signed up for the blog tour of Three Mages and a Margarita and whatddya know, I have a new favorite author and TWO new favorite series!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Haha, see above.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Oh geez. I didn’t read very many books in a series this year, beginning, sequel, or otherwise, so I don’t have a whole lot to choose from! In order though:

  

Bind the Soul, same author different series. I’m obsessed, I tell you. Also nothing is going to top Winter of the Witch for a series end. My heart.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t usually read romance or women’s lit much, so The Christmas Sisters was a pleasant surprise for me!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

  

I want to re-read the entire Winternight trilogy. Are these not the most GORGEOUS covers? You can read my reviews for the first and second books at the links.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

I just love the vibe the cover of Sky in the Deep gives off.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Beck, from A Thousand Perfect Notes, is stuck in my heart. If you haven’t read this PLEEEEEASE do!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Yep, this one again. Sorry, I know I’m totally cheating.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

I’ve had The Love that Split the World since the month it came out and finally read it! It turned out to be a really sweet story.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

Believe it or not, it’s from this little gem! Cue sappiness:

“I’ve looked all my life for family…now I know it is you…this is what you and I will do now. We will hold these broken parts of ourselves dear because they brought us to this point, and we will love each other wholly and completely.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

 

Shortest: When Spring Comes to the DMZ. Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

How I did this: I used my GoodReads Year in Books!

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

There’s something at the end of this that just completely broadsided me! And then it just made so much sense. But still. Holy crap on a cracker.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Piper and Ash from the Steel and Stone series. I’ve finished the second book and they’re not officially together yet but DON’T RUIN IT FOR ME, FOLKS!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

These sisters totally warmed my heart.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I’m going with The Curses because of the sheer scale of the improvement in Laure Eve’s writing in this, compared to the first in this series.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

I picked up The Midnight Witness based solely on a recommendation post from Crime by the Book. I loved it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Ash. I always go for the anti-hero types. Hehe.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

 

I only read three debuts this year, and two of them were 5-stars!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Sorry not sorry.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Gail Carriger hasn’t disappointed me yet, and How to Marry a Werewolf was just adorable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

I can only think of three books that made me cry this year, and since I’ve already talked about the other two…A Dog Called Hope is a fantastic memoir.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think I read any truly “hidden” gems, as most of the books I read were relatively high profile!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Errrrrrr…sorry, again.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

I absolutely loved this retelling mashup of some of the great literature classics!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Definitely Wolf Tamer. And in this case it DOES mean I didn’t like it. It’s my only 1-star book for the year!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

Somehow I STILL haven’t read Six of Crows!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Read at least 20 backlist titles. I failed miserably at backlist this year. I just get so excited for new releases!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Bet you can’t guess! Haha.

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Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s lists for 2018. Drop me a link to yours in the comments!

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Dec 01

TisTheSeasonAThon TBR!

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It has been SO long since I played in any kind of readathon, when I saw Heather @ Bookables video announcing it…I just had to. Had to! I missed doing much halloween reading this year, and I’m sort of in the mood for warm and fuzzy, feel good books, soooooo…without further ado!

The TisTheSeasonAThon is running December 3-9 (right in the middle of finals for me, hahaha how convenient), and is being hosted on Twitter and YouTube by Heather from Bookables, Kristin from SuperSpaceChick, Trina from Between Chapters, Chelsea from Chelsea Dolling, and Amy from Crowns and Quills. I’ve linked to their Twitter accounts but they all have awesome YouTube channels as well (that I never have enough time to watch)!

Oh and there’s also a bookstagram challenge (of course) that I *might* try to play along with. We shall see. I’m horrible at taking photos every day but maybe if the light is nice this weekend I might get them taken in advance…anyway, on to the TBR. 😀 Obviously most of these would cross over into the other categories…also I highly doubt I will get to them all, but I’m hoping for at least three. All covers link to GoodReads!

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TisTheSeasonAThon TBR

 

Read a book with Red or Green on the cover – I’ve picked Newness and Wonder, because there’s that fabulous tree and it’s just so pretty. Also it’s about a small town, and second changes, and…ok yes, it sounds sappy but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. I expect warm fuzzies all around.

 

 

 

 

Read something short (250 pages or less) because the holidays are crazy busy – I picked this almost entirely on the cover, because it is GORGEOUS. I swear I was born in the wrong time period because I would love to wear pretty dresses like that and have it be a real thing, not a costume. I did try the book preview and was interested enough to buy it, despite that it is – gasp – ANOTHER romance. What is happening to me?!?

 

 

Read something holiday-themed – I’ve actually already read this, but there are now three more in the series and I barely remember it at all, so I’m going to have to re-read before I can get to any of the others! It is DEFINITELY holiday themed though, I remember that much.

 

 

 

Read something while listening to holiday music – ah, one of my favorite self-spoiling things is to put in earbuds and read. Literally tuning the entire world out so it’s just me and my book. My local book club is reading this for December and it seems like the perfect thing to just sink into with some good music.

 

 

 

 

 

Read something warm and fuzzy – uhhhh well I think just about ALL of these would fit this category, but let’s add this one just in case. I would have to get a copy of this from the library, so we’ll see, but I absolutely love the original A Christmas Carol story and this sounds like a fascinating twist on it. Also it’s by Cynthia Hand, one of the fabulous ladies who wrote My Lady Jane.

 

 

A few others that are on my holiday list and could be subbed if my reading mood suits:

  

Snow in Love is the declared group read for the TistheSeasonAThon, but I don’t have a copy and the library doesn’t have it, so I feel like I probably won’t get to as much as I’d love to.

The Winter Soldier sounds fabulous but also kind of gritty and I don’t know that I’m in the frame of mind for it.

Someone to Trust I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of, and I’m probably starting it today so it won’t count for TistheSeasonAThon, but just in case I thought I’d put it up here. It’s the 5th in the series but all the other reviews I read said it could be read as a standalone.

Are you participating in the readathon? Feel free to drop me a link to your TBR below, I’d love to add some more awesome holiday books to my list! 🎄📚📚

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Nov 26

Indie Bookstore Spotlight #1 – Parnassus Books

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If you are buying all your books online, you are seriously missing out. I understand it, I really do – Amazon is almost always (like 98% of the time) cheaper than buying new from a local shop. However, as chain bookstores continue to shrink (here’s looking at you, Barnes & Noble, indie bookstores are actually growing, in part because while they may not be able to compete with the prices offered by Amazon and Barnes & Noble, they offer something worth much more, and that money can’t buy – community.

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Parnassus Books is located in Nashville, TN, and owned by author Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes. It has now been open for 7 years, and is one of the most beautiful bookstores I’ve ever had the privilege to set foot in – not because of its size, because the store is truthfully only a moderate size – but you immediately have the vibe that yes, books are loved here, and when you speak to any of the employees you know that they, too, love books. Only a few years ago people were declaring local bookstores to be a thing of the past, but to quote Ann –

You may have heard the news that the independent bookstore is dead, that books are dead, that maybe even reading is dead—to which I say: Pull up a chair, friend. I have a story to tell.

Books, books, books…

Lovely collection of books from native Tennessee (Tennesseean?) authors.

Special event space! Which normally is somewhat more hemmed in, but on this particular day I was at the store a Maggie Stiefvater book event. EEEEEEEP yes.

Spectacular children’s section!

And the YA selection that nearly stopped my heart. Like my entire TBR was on these shelves. It was with GREAT difficulty that I didn’t empty my entire bank account. I still have some vague regret over that but I’m sure my utilities providers thank me.

THEY HAVE SHOP DOGS. Yes, plural. I’ve only ever seen one at a time, though (when I lived in Tennessee I went to Parnassus semi-regularly). You can meet them all if you read this page. If I have correctly identified, this particular shop dog is Bear.

Me with Maggie Stiefvater at the event (for All the Crooked Saints, obviously). It was PACKED, naturally, and so you handed off your phone to a lovely staff person who took your photo while she signed your books. This picture still makes me inordinately happy. Hehe.

Parnassus also has a fabulous event program! I swear every month there are at least three events I wish I could go to, and I only ever made it to two when I lived in the area. One of which was the before-mentioned Maggie Stiefvater event, and the other the launch party for When Dimple Met Rishi – YES, THAT BOOK. Even though I sadly do not have pics of that particular event. There is also a frequently updated blog, and they have TWO monthly book box programs, one of which is YA specific. Be still my heart…

Oh, and the decor is also fab. They have Elizabeth Hartman pattern pillows and enough bookish merch to fill my entire house. Sadly I forgot to take pictures of THOSE shelves. Also, my photos are about a year old, so if you visit now it is possible things may have changed…but I think I can say with confidence that the heart and soul of Parnassus will be the same. 🙂

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This post is the first in what I plan to be a monthly (or so) feature, as I live within 100 miles of over 20 locally owned bookstores. If you want to find local indie stores near you, use this lovely tool from Indiebound – though I warn you, it is NOT comprehensive. Within 15 miles of me I know of two local bookshops that don’t show up on my map. Indiebound doesn’t list very many used bookstores, at least not ones from my area. So be sure to check Google and local pages to see if there are any near you!

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Nov 14

Top Ten Bookish Candles

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The Top Ten Tuesdays meme was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! I don’t usually play anymore, but the theme for this week was “top ten bookish merch items you’d love to own” and OH MY. I love bookish stuff. Candles, jewelry, bookmarks, art…the list continues. My main obsession though, is with bookish candles! There are so many talented and amazing shops out there, I still haven’t managed to try all the ones I want to but I am slowly working on it.

All photos are courtesy of their respective shops unless otherwise noted!

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In the Wick of Time  – this was one of the first places I ordered a bookish candle from! They have such an amazing lineup, especially for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Diana Gabaldon, and several other popular fandoms. They have some general bookish scents as well.

Wick and Fable – I only have the sample size candles from Wick and Fable, but they are just. so. gorgeous. And there are so many to choose from! I am in love with their aesthetic and so many of the books represented by their candles. They also make teas.

Canterbury Road Co.  – another one I haven’t bought yet, but just look! Almost every single one of their candles is such a MOOD. I love them. I need some of these in my life. They focus more on general bookishness than fandoms, though they have a few related to specific books.

The Leaky Candle – I bought two candles from them EONS ago, and they are still a couple of my favorites! The Hufflepuff one was AMAZING (but had their old label, so I’m showing the other one I got). It looks like the shop is kind of empty right now but I’m sure that will change.

The Melting Library – SO MANY amazing ones to choose from! Haven’t managed to try them yet, but they are on my list! Just look at the Anne of Green Gables inspired line, and the Hogwarts ones…

Novelly Yours – where to even start? I think I have about 15 different scents from this shop on my wishlist, haha. Novelly Yours is run by Brittany of The Book Addict’s Guide. She also has general home scents, along with the HUGE bookish line. Ahem, there are Audrey and Thomas candles…just shut up and take my money, ok?

Flickerink – I see this shop on Instagram all. the. time. Their candles are so beautiful and sound like they smell amazing. I desperately want some, but they are in the UK and of course international shipping is outrageous, and candles are heavy. Check them out though!

LiberdeStella – another one that I’ve had on my list to try for ages. She has bookish jewelry and bookish mugs, too! Also some fandoms you don’t see that often from other makers, like Six of Crows and the Grisha trilogy.

BriarWick – yet another store that makes me want to just buy them out. LOOK. THEY HAVE RAVEN CYCLE INSPIRED CANDLES.  Ack! My heart. I need these.

Frostbeard Studio – another one of the first bookish candle companies I found! They are more into the general bookish scents, but still have some HP and other fandom types available from time to time. I have their Sassenach scent and oh my.

I hope you enjoyed this look through my candle favorites! If you have a favorite candle shop I didn’t mention please leave me a comment! I’m always looking to grow my list. 😀

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