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Book Blogger Hop: January 17th-23rd

The Book Blogger Hop was created by, and is hosted by, Billy over at Coffee Addicted Writer. Each Friday, there’s a new question, and you have the whole week to post and add your link.

This week’s question is…

17th – 23rd – Do you think that readers make better employees, as opposed to non-readers? Why or why not? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My answer:

I don’t think so, but my experience is a bit limited. I haven’t had a real job in a while, but taking my own experiences and what I’ve heard from other people I know, I don’t think it matters much, for the most part. When I was working, only a few of us were readers at all, and some of our nicest and hardest working co-workers were not readers. It really didn’t seem to make a difference.

I do think it’s possible that readers could make better employees/co-workers, depending on the job, but in general I don’t think there’s a noticeable difference.


What do you think?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2019 Bookish Discoveries

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week, it’s a little open to interpretation, and I kind of struggled haha. I couldn’t think of ten for any one category, so I’m just going to break up a list of ten total discoveries into different categories.

In no particular order, as usual…


Booktubers

The Naughty Librarian (Inspired me to try some romance novels)

Becca and The Books (I just love her personality, and her Bookopoly board inspired mine)

Codie’s Book Corner (I was drawn in by the TBR wheel and now I watch everything she posts)

How to Train Your Gavin (Inspired me to read more middle grade, and gave me a good laugh on some bad days)

New Favorite Authors

(Author names link to Goodreads)

Tessa Dare (love her historical romances, which got me hooked on romace last year)

Alyssa Cole (I am obsessed with the Reluctant Royals series omg)

Claire Legrand (I only read Sawkill Girls but I’m reading more ASAP)

My Reading Preferences/Choices

I actually do like romance, I’m just not into all romance.

I can listen to audiobooks (hurrah!), but I usually have to listen to them at 2x speed (sometimes 1.5 or 1.75, depending on the narrator and the specific book) or I can’t focus on them.

Other

CAWPILE, a rating system created by G (BookRoast) on YouTube! I found her original video about this about a year ago and I used it all year. I think I only skipped rating maybe 4-5 books by this method, and I absolutely love it! I actually had a similar rating system a few years ago, but I think mine only had five categories and I abandoned it pretty quickly because I never worked out a set range for each star rating.


I really wanted to include bloggers, but… I can not keep track of when I followed blogs :/ I just get so used to seeing them that I forget if I’ve been following them for a month or for years. With YouTube, I’m subscribed to so few channels, and I watch so little on there, that it’s easier for me to remember when I subscribed to someone. (I think I only watch videos from maybe a dozen channels with any regularity at all, but I’m following many more blogs.)


Did you make any bookish discoveries in 2019?

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OwlCrate: Tales of Trickery (December 2019) Review

I’m not sure if I should call this a review or a gush haha. I feel like OwlCrate boxes just keep getting better, I’ve loved September through December’s boxes, and I have a feeling I’m going to love the January 2020 box as well.


From the OwlCrate team, we had these Caraval by Stephanie Garber inspired, rose patterned earmuffs. It’s not secret that I did not like Caraval, but I do like a lot of the merch I see, and I really like these earmuffs. There’s no way you’d know they’re inspired by Caraval just by looking at them, and I think they’re so pretty and soft.

It hasn’t been cold enough for me to wear them yet, but I’m glad I have them. They’re comfortable, even with my glasses, which is something I had a problem with in the past with other earmuffs I’ve used.

The red is much more vibrant in person, but it’s been really rainy here so my lighting was not always great :/

I think I’m way too excited about the hand warmer haha. This is such a simple item (created by KitCronkStudio), but I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this in a book box before. I use things like this all the time in the winter (we seriously have almost a dozen of these kinds of things), and I love the little cozy it came with. This item has a phrase from Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep on it: “Qnd eldr. Breathe Fire.” I was so excited to see a Sky in the Deep item because I really enjoyed that book, and I feel like I’ve only seen maybe one other item in a book box inspired by it.

There was a bookish candle with a wood wick, from Novelly Yours, and I am pumped! This is my second bookish candle (the only other one I have was also from an OwlCrate box), and it was my first wood wick candle. It smells like cinnamon, and I love it. It’s not super overpowering or chemical-y like some cinnamon candles I’ve had in the past. This candle was inspired by Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart, which I haven’t read yet. I think wood wick candles might become my next obsession. I’m not sure what the throw of the scent is, but that’s not something I pay much attention to unless the scent is overpowering, which this one hasn’t been.

Then we had the item I was losing my mind over when they posted the sneak peak: a book sleeve! I’ve been looking at book sleeves for years, and I think this one that Chatty Nora designed is gorgeous. It was inspired by Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (which I haven’t read yet), and I’m delighted to have it. The sleeve is quite spacious, and I think any of my regular hardcovers will easily fit inside it. I think it might fit two standard paperbacks, if they’re not too chunky. I do wish it had a closure at the top, but that’s just me nitpicking. I can’t really say how well padded it is in comparison to other sleeves, since this is my first, but it does feel like it will protect my books.

The OwlCrate team also designed an awesome little coloring book and set of colored pencils. The coloring book features all of their enamel pins from 2019, and the pencils all have bookish hashtags on them like #bibliophile, #currentlyreading, and #booksandcoffee. I really like these, and I feel like they’re pretty unique. I have seen pencils or pens in book boxes before, but I don’t think I’ve seen a coloring book. I definitely haven’t seen one like this, that features the art of the box’s pins.

I’ve only used the pencils once so far, so I haven’t really tested them out a ton, but I don’t think I’ll really use them for coloring books. They’re fine, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I need to press down quite hard to get much color payoff. However, I think they’ll be perfect for my bullet journal because of that (I like pencils for when I want a lighter wash of color than I can get from my markers, but I don’t want to break out my watercolors).

I knew what the book was as soon as I started reading the theme announcement, and I was so excited. Kiersten White’s The Guinevere Deception has been on my TBR since early 2019, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I love a good Arhurian story, and I can’t wait to see what this one is like.

I don’t actually remember much from the synopsis (and I want to keep it that way), but I’m pretty sure it’s from Guinevere’s perspective. She’s gone to Camelot to protect Arthur, or save him from something, but she might not be who she seems to be, and that’s all I remember.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty the naked hardcover is?!

Finally, there’s this month’s enamel pin, which was designed by Read and Wonder. I love this pin! I don’t know what else to say about it. I love castles, I love Arthurian legend, and I think this pin is so pretty.


I really enjoyed this box, overall. There was nothing in it I disliked, and I love it when there are useful items in book boxes, which most of these items were. I think my favorite item is probably the candle. It’s a scent I like a lot, it was my first wood wick, and now I have a tiny collection of bookish candles started ❤ But really, I loved it all.

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The Bookish Community and Australian Relief Efforts

As you probably know, things are really bad in Australia right now. “Really bad” honestly doesn’t even come close to describing the current situation, but I don’t have words to adequately capture just how horrible it is. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by trying to figure out where to donate, because I know I’ll only be able to make one or two quite small donations, but I feel like I have to do something to try to help.

I haven’t decided exactly how/where I’ll donate, but I have discovered that some members of the bookish community are going to be donating fairy large portions of sales from January 15-25 to some charities for firefighters, other people in need, and wildlife. Some shops also have items for which all profits will be donated to relief efforts.

It looks like donations will be going to:

  • Community Enterprise Foundation
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

I’m pretty sure that for the following shops, you use the code AUSRELIEF to indicate that you would like your purchase to go towards the charities.


I heard about this first from the Instagram page for Uplugged Book Box. (I highly recommend clicking that link so you can see the shops currently participating, linked in their post, then click around to see if others have added their names in the comments.) They have stated that between the 15th and 25th of January, 20% of profits from new subscriptions will be donated, and you DO NOT need to use a code for that to apply.

If you don’t want to subscribe, but you do find something in their shop that you want to buy, if you use the code AUSRELIEF, that will give you a 20% off discount, and they will be donating 50% of all shop order profits.

Belle’s Book Sleeves has designed a koala print book sleeve, for which all profits will be donated to charity. (I think the AUSRELIEF code still works to donate a portion of all other profits, but that print specifically will have all sales donated.)

ClockworkHeart Co. also has a koala print (at the time of writing, I’m not seeing it in their shop yet) for which all profits will be donated.

Additionally, 50% of profits from all of their made to order book sleeves will be donated, and they have a donation listing in their shop if you want to do that instead of buying something.

Bookish Signs is donating 50% of all sales from the 15th-25th.

StrangetheBookmark has designed some new bookmarks for which all proceeds will be going to the Australian Red Cross (and they’re offering a free bookmark of your choice with the purchase of a set for charity).

Fablebands will be donating 30% of all net profits to the relief funds. They have also included a donation listing in their shop if you don’t want to buy something but still want to make a contribution to relief efforts.

TheBookishCreations will be donating 30% of profits from the 15th-25th.

Get Fictional currently has a sale going on through the 12th. During this time, you can receive 15% off your order with the code HELPAUSTRALIA. Profits from this time period will go to WIRES (a wildlife rescue organization), but from the 15th-25th you can use the code AUSRELIEF for profits to be donated to the other charities.


OwlCrate has also stated on their Instagram that 20% of all shop sales (NOT subscription sales) will be donated to WIRES. They also have a sale going on right now for past books (through the 15th), no code required.

Also! If you already made a purchase during the sale (from January 1st onward), they have decided to include those purchases for funds raised for WIRES. They also currently have a listing to donate, if you don’t want to make a purchase.


This is not a complete list of all shops raising funds for Australia at this time, but these are the ones I could find that had stated on their Instagram that they were participating in this. If you know of other bookish shops who are donating, let me know!

Lastly, if you don’t want to donate through any of these shops, or make purchases, but you do still want to donate to relief efforts, here’s a link to a New York Times article about how you can help. That article has a bunch of links to organizations you can donate to, and if I don’t end up buying something from the bookish community, I’ll probably donate to a couple of those.

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Top Ten Tuesday: (Freebie) Bookish Gift Ideas

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


Originally, this post idea was going to be a list with multiple links to tons of things, but it honestly overwhelmed me and got out of hand, so I decided to pare down the idea for this week’s TTT.

From fairly inexpensive (under $15) to a little pricier ($25+), I feel like most of these could work as stand-alone gifts, but some might be more suited as stocking stuffers or small gifts to go with something else (like a book 😛 ).


Gift cards

I know, they don’t have the best reputation because they’re “impersonal” or whatever. But I personally love getting gift cards, and so does my kid, so they’re making the list. If you’re looking for specifically bookish gift cards, I highly recommend checking for an indie bookstore first. I’m not sure how many do gift cards/certificates, but it’s worth checking into.

Then, there’s Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million in the US, BookOutlet for online ordering, Amazon, and Waterstones in the UK also offers gift cards. (Sorry to non-US folks out there, but Waterstones is the only non-US bookseller I know of that offers gift cards :/ )

Bookmarks

There are sooo many styles to choose from, but I personally recommend metal, wooden, or magnetic bookmarks. Etsy is a great place to look for unique designs (and also to support small businesses), but you can also find magnetic ones in a lot of stores (I’ve even seen them in Walmart and Target).

In a recent OwlCrate, we got a set of magnetic bookmarks from CraftedVan which I love, and I’m probably going to order from them at some point. We also got a metal bookmark from HerPaperWorld that is gorgeous.

Bookish Candles

I only have one bookish candle (from FlickTheWick, and I love it), but there are a bunch on my wishlist. Etsy is also a good place to look for these, but I’ve always heard great things about Frostbeard Studios, Wick and Fable, and Novelly Yours Candles.

Enamel Pins

I hardly know where to begin with recommending pin designers because there are so many great ones out there. I really love many designs from That’s Lovely Dear, Dust and Pages, Brio and Brandish, Icey Designs, and I’m dying to get a few pins from Alchemy & Ink (I actually do have one from designed by them for the January OwlCrate this year and it is gorgeous omg).

Book Sleeves

I don’t actually own any book sleeves, but I want one so bad! I recommend checking them out on Etsy. There are loads of designs from generically bookish to fandom specific, as well as some with simple prints, animal prints, etc. Prices I’ve seen start around $10, with $15-25 being the average (but I’ve also seem some closer to $40).

Bookish-Themed Tea

This is one I don’t have many recommendations for, but I’ve gotten tea from Adagio Teas before and they have a lot of fandom blends. Mostly it’s TV and movie stuff, but there are also bookish ones. I also really want to try some tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, which I’ve only heard good things about.

Mugs

Is it just me, or do bookish people seem to really love mugs? I like pretty much all the mugs (and other merch 😛 ) from Out of Print, but this mug is more “generically” bookish, instead of fandom-specific. So, if you know they love books, but you don’t know which books, something like that, or the many designs on Etsy, could be nice options.

Reading Journals

There are a lot of reading trackers/journals out there, but before I got the OwlCrate ones (they’re planners, but multi-purpose planners that double as reading trackers/journals), I was considering some like this one and this one. I’m thinking about getting this one for my kid this year, but I’m still checking around to see if I find something I like more. (I keep coming back to that one, though, so I think it’s the winner.)

Coloring Books

Coloring books for various fandoms have become really popular, and I’m becoming just a tiny bit obsessed now that I know so many exist. I actually only have one that I picked out (Beauty and the Beast ❤ ), but I’ve been considering picking up at least one Harry Potter one and maybe checking around for other bookish ones. I know I’ve seen Red Queen, Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and I’m 90% sure I’ve seen Percy Jackson ones and at least a few classics, so I’m excited to actually look around for some I might like, and I’d be delighted to get one as a gift.

Book Subscription Box

This one is probably the priciest thing on the list. Not all subscription boxes have a gift option, but I know OwlCrate and OwlCrate Jr. do, as well as Once Upon a Bookclub (I haven’t tried this one, but it’s kind of cool because the items in the box are wrapped and have page numbers so you unwrap them as you read), and Unplugged Book Box (which offers a YA or adult option, but I also have not tried either of these yet). I’m pretty sure you can still purchase a single box from FairyLoot, but I’ve never been able to complete a purchase because they sold out so fast.


Do you give bookish gifts?

Do you have any bookish things on your wishlist?