Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

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This week’s topic is…

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Booklovers

Books to Book-inspired Candles to Subscription Boxes


#1: YA Fantasy: 


#2: YA Historical Fiction:


#3: YA Sci-Fi:


#4: YA Contemporary:


#5: YA Magical Realism:



#6: NovellyYours: Created by a fellow book-blogger, Brittany runs my favorite book-inspired candle store on Etsy. I’m addicted to the creative candles that she makes. They always smell so amazing and delicious.

#7: The Melting Library: This is another bookish-inspired candle store that creates some of the best scents, which is run by Raquel Nevarez. My favorite candle from this store is by far Bite and Sting, which is inspired by Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy series.

the winner's trilogy haul


#8: UppercaseBox: A monthly YA book subscription, which always includes a signed, recently released YA hardback book along with other bookish goodies including tea samples, candles, scarves, nailwraps, buttons, bookmarks, etc. Expert Plan is $23.00 per month plus shipping ($6.00).

#9: OwlCrate: A monthly YA book subscription box, which includes a newly released YA hardback book with other bookish inspired goodies, including tea, Funko Pops, jewelry, candles, and etc. A 1-Month Box costs $29.99 plus shipping. 

#10: FierceReads GiftLit Subscription: This is one of my favorite subscriptions I discovered this year. You can choose between a 3, 6, or a 12-month subscription. For each month you subscribed, you will get a recently released YA Fierce Reads book (you can also pick and choose which books you want to receive). Along with the books, you will get one package filled with FierceReads goodies, which includes signed bookplates, posters, maps, nail polish, lip gloss, and tattoos. 

Note: If you have any questions about any of these gift ideas, please feel free to comment below. I will try to answer you as soon as I can. 

What are some holiday gift ideas you have for fellow booklovers?

Treat Yo Shelf & Giveaway: July Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

July Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of July.

What did I read?

What books did I buy? 

(This does not include Kindle purchases)

harry potter

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  • Poppy by Mary Hooper from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books ( e-ARC)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (e-ARC)
  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold from Penguin (e-ARC)
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Irish Banana Blog Tour in September)
  • There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane (XPressoBookTours in August)

What books did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers as gifts or to borrow?


My friend, Carrie, let me borrow this awesome read. Lets just say this book put me through an emotional roller coaster. 

Received this from Take Me Away to a Great Read through #booksfortrade on Twitter. Is this cover not gorgeous? 



From the best book and Funko Pop giver, my brother, Johnny


How amazing is my Secret Sister, Amanda? She has been the most wonderful cheerleader and friend throughout these last 6 months of #otspsecretsister (Round 4) project. I’m going to miss her 😦

Received this from Mary through #booksfortrade

July’s Uppercase Box


July’s Owlcrate 


GiftLit Box Book


Giveaways that I Won in July


Won from Jen at YA Romantics. Thanks, Jen. 

Riveted prize

Won from Riveted. THANK YOU!!! 


Won this beautiful book and book swag from YA author, Mindy McGinnis. THANK YOU, MINDY!

July Favorites

  • Writing a guest post for New Adult August on the wonderful blog, Dani Reviews Things (Posted August 1 for #NAAugust).
  • Going on a road trip with my brother to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. SO FUN!

  • I am obsessed with the PokemonGo App. I have to catch ’em all!!!

Have you heard? Bookish News!

  • I have a blogversary giveaway posted on my Twitter account. See information and rules below.


Click on the following link to enter my most recent giveaway.

The giveaway is (INTERNATIONAL). GOOD LUCK!!!



Treated my bookshelf with a new Ravenclaw mug from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida.

How did you treat your shelves in July? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

Treat Yo Shelf: May Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

May Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read and bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

What did I read?

May was not my best reading month. I am going through a reading slump, again.

What books did I buy? (this does not include Kindle purchases)

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  •  We Own the Night by Ashley Poston from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (e-ARC: Netgalley review)
  • The Graces by Laure Eve from ABRAMS Kids (e-ARC: Netgalley review)

What books did I receive from friends?

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (ARC w/ swag) (#booksfortrade exchange with Karina at 24hryabookblog)Books for Trade - KOA
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)  (#booksfortrade exchange with Sky)

May’s Uppercase Box


GiftLit Box: Fierce Reads Edition

Gift Lit Fierce Reads

I signed up for a 3-month subscription. GiftLit provides a list of book options and you get to pick what book you want each month. The swag is a surprise, and I’m so excited with what they sent me. Definitely give this subscription service a try. JOIN HERE!


Books/Bookish Swag from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

Favorite May Moment

  • Participating in my very first Blog Tour. Thank you to XPRESSO Book Tours and Swoon Reads for giving me the opportunity to review Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius.

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • Rick Yancey is signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati on June 1, 2016. My VIP ticket with a pre-order of The Last Star has already been purchased.
  • I am going on a “book buying ban” in June. WISH ME LUCK!!!

May Favorites

  • Target Hauls
  • The Books for Trade hashtag #booksfortrade
  • Receiving an ARC from one of my favorite authors. Thank you, Becky Wallace!
  • The 6th season of Game of Thrones (so far).
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How did you treat your shelves in May? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?