Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Merch I’d Like to Own

Morning, everyone!

I’ve already done this type of post before. But you know me and my love for bookish merch. I can’t get enough of it.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is bookish merchandise! Over the last several months, I’ve collected an impressive lot of these goodies. But I’m dying to add the pieces below. (If you’re interested in buying them, you can click onto the link in the photo. All photos have been taken from the artists’ websites or Redbubble pages. I don’t own them.)

Finally, I can show off my new winter-themed graphics. I’ve been eager to see what you all think about them.

I hope you enjoy!

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Blogoween | Halloween Creatures 2.0 Tag

Guess who’s ready for another tag?!

I found this one at Reader Voracious. It looked like fun, and I loved reading the answers Kaleena gave. She inspired me to sign up for Blogoween. So check out her blog!

Anthony from Keep Reading Forward created this prompt.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been dreaming of this post. If I were to travel the world and to visit libraries and bookstores, I would die a happy bookworm.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is libraries and bookstores we’d love to visit! There are many on my list. So let’s get to the post. I hope you love my picks!

 

Bookstores

Mabel’s Fables, Toronto, Ontario

This children’s bookstore isn’t far from where I live. I’ve heard nothing but great stories from buyers. I love the splash of colour and the magical feel of it.

 

Leakey’s Bookstore, Inverness, Scotland

I think almost every Outlander lover knows about Inverness. But some may not have knowledge of the Leakey’s Bookstore. In the middle of the building sits a stove, which sets the mood of the entire store. Leakey’s isn’t complete without a spiral staircase, which offers views of the Scottish landscape.

 

Waterstones, Piccadilly, London

This beautiful art deco building will bring you back in time. It is the largest bookstore in London and should be the first stop for readers on their London trip.


Libraries

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

This library may be the most recognized. Like Scotland, I’ve wanted to travel to Ireland and find my family roots. And there’s one place, in particular, I want to see: the Long Room, which houses 200,000 of the oldest books in Dublin.

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

I would almost give anything if I could see the original library. But I guess the modern one will have to do. This library pays homage to the Library of Alexandria, which was destroyed thousands of years ago. Brimming with history, Egypt is one country I wish to travel to.

 

New York Public Library

Located in the iconic Midtown West location, the New York Public Library transports you back in history. The Rose Reading Room will inspire anyone to pick up a book.

 

Clementinum National Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Probably one the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever wanted to see is this one. Modern architecture hasn’t touched the Baroque Library Hall. And I don’t think it will.

So what did you think of this week’s topic? Do we have the same places on our lists? Have you had the chance to visit any of these libraries and bookstores? If so, let’s chat! I’d love to read about your experience there!

The Liebster Award

Morning, bloggers!

Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable recently nominated me! I loved reading her post and answers and knew I had to do this post. Go check out her blog!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that they asked you
  • Come up with 11 questions of your own
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don’t forget to let them know

Brittany’s Questions

How many pets do you have? If you don’t have any, do you want some? (Pictures always appreciated!!!)

I currently have one. He looks after me when I sick or sad. He makes my mornings better (and louder since we have yelling matches 😂). And he gave me hope when I needed it the most.

What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?

Venom! I went into the theatre, thinking I’d hate the movie. But I enjoyed it, especially the elevator scene.

What is your favourite book trope?

Enemy-to-lovers and villains doing good things/heroes doing terrible acts

What is your least favourite book trope?

Burying gay characters. Please, authors, stop doing this. Sure, you can put them in dangerous situations, but at least give them a fighting chance, especially if they’re the only gay person.

Coffee or Tea?

I can’t stand either. I hate the smell and the taste of coffee, and tea sometimes tastes like potpourri. 😂 And yes, it takes me a while to wake up.

What is your favourite Genre and why?

I love high fantasy. I love exploring different worlds that don’t match our own.

What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

I love writing book tags. I get to understand my followers and the bloggers I follow more.

What is your favourite type of blog post to read?

Lists and discussion posts! I always find new books to read with the former.

If you were given $30 to spend on a book today, what book would you buy?

Either Nevernight or the collector’s edition of Six of Crows.

Would you be excited or weary if you found out your favourite book was being made into a movie?

I have two series that will be turned into a movie and a TV show. I’m nervous as hell right now!

Are there any songs that make you think of certain books or scenes from books? If so, which songs/books?

Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine reminds me of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars reminds me of the Red Queen series.


My Questions

  1. If there is one trope you could get rid of, which is it?
  2. Which is a problematic book/series you love?
  3. Which character do you despise the most?
  4. What series do you want to see adapted?
  5. What is your most anticipated read for 2018?
  6. Which book do you wish you can read for the first time again?
  7. Which pet in a series do you love the most?
  8. Is there an author you can’t stand?
  9. What is your favourite bookish merchandise?
  10. What series would you love to throw into a fire?
  11. If you could do a crossover series, which two series would you combine?

My Nominations

I don’t want anyone to feel pressured. So if you don’t feel up to doing this award, that’s okay. If you do, link back to my post!

Lana | Taylor | Sara | Bibi | DoraHâfBerit & V | Laura | Jennifer | Holly | Dora

Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 3)

Morning, everyone!

I want to thank Sara from Bibliophagist for tagging me. Today’s the last day of the challenge! I’ve had such a blast with this tag, and I can’t wait to see what you all think about my next pick.

 

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Since it’s October, you know I cannot resist finishing off this challenge with a twist. This song is my all-time favourite Halloween song. And naturally, I pick Marilyn Manson for the artist. I hope you enjoy!

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song
In this town, don’t we love it now?
Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise
‘Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something’s waiting no to pounce, and how you’ll
Scream! This is Halloween
Red ‘n’ black, and slimy green
Aren’t you scared?
Well, that’s just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take a chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night
Everybody scream, everybody scream
In our town of Halloween!
I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace
I am the “who” when you call, “Who’s there?”
I am the wind blowing through your hair
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!
Tender lumplings everywhere
Life’s no fun without a good scare
That’s our job, but we’re not mean
In our town of Halloween
In this town
Don’t we love it now?
Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everybody scream
Won’t ya please make way for a very special guy
Our man Jack is King of the Pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King, now!
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song
La la la la la la la la la la (Halloween! Halloween!)
La la la la la la la la la la (Halloween! Halloween!)

Tag Time!

Again, you aren’t obligated in participating. If you want to, link me up! I hope you all enjoy doing the challenge!

Norrie | Ally | Nina

Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 2)

Hey, everyone!

Since this week has been so bloody busy, I forgot to finish the rest of the challenge. 😅 So I’d like to thank Sara from Bibliophagist for tagging me!

 

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Today is day 2 of the challenge. And since I watched Venom last night, I want to pick a superhero-theme song, “Heroes” by Gang of Youths, which covered the original song by David Bowie. I fell in love with it when I first watched Justice League.

I, I wish I could swim
Just like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim

But nothing, nothing will keep us together
Yeah, we can beat them, forever and ever
‘Cause we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
And nothing can drive us away
We can be heroes, just for one day
And we can be us, oh, just for one day

And I, I can remember
Standing, by the wall
And the guns, the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall

And the shame, was on the other side
Oh, we can beat them, oh, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes, oh, just for one day
We, we can be heroes
We, we can be heroes
And we, we can be heroes, just for one day
We can be heroes


Tag Time!

Don’t feel pressured into doing this challenge. If you’ve already done it before or don’t want to, then that’s fine. But if you do, link me! I’d love to see what you’ve picked

Kalina | Cassie | Priyasha

Beyond the Blurb | Addressing Sexual Assault in YA Books

 

For months, I psyched myself out of writing this post. A part of me doesn’t want to address the topic. But I’m committing more harm than good. So, for this week’s topic for my weekly/monthly discussion post, Beyond the Blurb, I want to address what the pros and cons of sexual assault in YA books are and why we need to keep talking about it.

As I write this post, I want nothing more than to delete it and keep quiet. But I can’t. Sexual assault is a difficult and intense topic to discuss. So I’ll admit this now: I’m a survivor. And my scars still haunt me. My demons still control who I am, even if I want to fight back. I will spend the rest of my life healing. So you can easily guess that sexual assault in any book is difficult for me to read. However, let me be clear: it’s 2018, and we people (and readers) need to stop ignoring assault.

So how widespread is sexual assault? Here are some US facts from Teen Help:

  • 42% of female rape victims were assaulted before they turned an adult
  • 1 in 5 men have been assaulted
  • 28% of male rape victims have been assaulted before turning 10-years-old
  • Teenagers will account for half of all reported sexual abuse
  • Teenagers (between 16 and 19) are 3.5 times more likely to be the victim

Unfortunately, many assaults will go unreported. Our society has allowed predators to go free because victims must “think about the impact of the accused,” there “isn’t enough evidence to prove it,” or the “accused isn’t credible enough.” But we don’t think about the repercussions of the survivor. So when you see these statistics, we cannot keep ignoring the issue. So I commend YA authors addressing assault in their books. But here are the reasons why writing about it is so important for survivors and possible future victims:

It shows the survivors that they aren’t alone

You don’t know how crucial this point is for survivors. When they’re assaulted, they’re isolated and feel as if no one will understand their pain, shame, fear, and anger. But they aren’t. As much as 50% of all women will be assaulted. Let that number sink in. We all know that literature often reflects our society. So a character’s story may show them they truly aren’t alone.

It creates a platform for survivors to finally talk about their assault

One reason why survivors never report their assault is due to the shame they face. Sexual assault kits and procedures are invasive and can possibly revictimize them. But when they are given the opportunity to open up and to address their past, you give them the chance to heal. If a character who was assaulted opens up about their pain, that choice may give survivors the strength to come forward.

It allows them to cope with their assault

For years, I wanted to ignore my past. I didn’t want to acknowledge it. If I did, then I’d have to admit that I was assaulted. But when more character arcs addressed sexual assault, I was able to open that door, let out my pain, and finally cope with my feelings. And I’ll forever be indebted to the authors who have helped me with my demons.

 

But when there is a positive in a situation, then you’ll always get a negative. So what are they?

The author may open up unhealed wounds or reach out to a much younger audience

You must allow survivors to come to terms in their own way. Many do not want to think about what has happened to them. And not every teenager who is the target audience for YA will face sexual assault. They may not understand yet.

The author may use sexual assault in the worst way possible

Please, authors, do not use sexual assault as a trope. It isn’t. It’s a real and dangerous life-altering event. Don’t use it as a way to make the character stronger. Because getting assaulted doesn’t make survivors strong at the beginning. They’re utterly broken. It’ll take years for them to harness that strength.

The author may have caused more harm to survivors

You cannot force survivors to confront their pain if they’re not ready. And if you do, you may hurt them more. Imagine being assaulted, then forced to deal with it. Why do you think court cases are so agonizing for them? Reliving their assault is hard enough. Being forced to remember what has happened, when all they want to do is to get lost in a book, may have negative effects on them and readers. So that’s why trigger warnings are so important. Use them.

 

So what are your thoughts on sexual assault in YA books? Do you think that including it in these books will help or hinder victims? Is it appropriate for the intended audience?

I’d love to see what you think on the matter.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey, book lovers!

Is it really Thursday?! I can’t believe it. Taylor from Nerd Narration nominated me. And I can’t thank her enough for doing so.

If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does it Work:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in the blog post & link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Taylor’s Questions

What is one of your favourite book quotes?

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” —Inej, Six of Crows

If you won a free plane ticket anywhere in the world where would it take you and what is the FIRST thing you’d do there?

Scotland. I want to see where my family originated from.

What is your favorite underrated/under reviewed book?

What celebrity would cause death by fangirling if you got to meet them on the street?

I think I would die happy if I saw Tom Hiddleston dressed up as Loki. I’d pet him before I let myself die though.

What is your favorite 2018 read — so far?

I LOVE MY LITTLE DARK BABIES

What is the last band you saw in concert?

HA. I’ve been to only two concerts, so I’ll say Jack’s Mannequin.

What’s the last book that made you cry?

I’m getting to the good stuff, and I’m all weepy. Someone smack me, please. 😭

What’s the current most played track on your Spotify/Apple Music/iTunes playlist? No cheating! 

You may laugh at this, but it’s the Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer track.

If you were going to get a tattoo based off a book what would you get and why?

I would take a quote from the Throne of Glass series. I never thought I’d relate to a character as much as I do with Aelin.

What’s your favorite meal? Your go-to dinner if money wasn’t an option. 

There was an old pizza joint in town. And it made the best panzerotti I’ve ever tasted. You don’t know how much money I’d spend just to have another bite of it.

Who’s your fictional crush and who would you cast IRL to play them?

*crushes (help me)

Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. Honestly, I’d be perfectly fine commandeering stuff and flying around the Earth. 😂


Tag Time

All of you deserve every single blogging award. But I don’t want you to be obligated to do this one. So there’s no rush. If you do want to do it, link me up!

Teagan & Jess | Kay | KalinaMerline | Jennifer | Alyssa | LaRonda | Sara | Ally | Rebecca | Alexandra


My Questions

  1. Which is the last book that made you giddy/laugh?
  2. Which fictional character would be your partner-in-crime?
  3. If you had limitless funds, how would you design your library?
  4. Which is your favourite season?
  5. What book reminds you of Fall?
  6. What book/series do you want everyone to read?
  7. What keeps you to continue blogging?
  8. What is your most recent post that’s your favourite?
  9. What book universe would you love to live in?
  10. Which book are you anticipating (and/or fearing) to read?
  11. If you could change the ending of a book, which book would it be and why?

Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 1)

Hey, everyone!

I want to thank the lovely Sara from Bibliophagist. 💜 Back in August, she tagged me. And I’ve been meaning to do this post but simply forgot.

 

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Today is day 1 of this challenge, and I can’t wait to start. I rarely talk about my musical love. I typically stay with the literary variety.

Not many people know that I adore Florence + the Machine. Several of her songs have helped me through some tough times. So I’m excited to share my favourite song, Seven Devils. It’s haunting, endearing, and uplifting all at once. I’ll never stop listening to it. I hope you enjoy!

Holy water cannot help you down
Hours and armies couldn’t keep me out
I don’t want your money
I don’t want your crowd
See I have to burn
Your kingdom down
Holy water cannot help you now
See I’ve had to burn your kingdom down
And no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out
I’m gonna raise the stakes, I’m gonna smoke you out
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I’ll be dead before the day is done
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
I’ll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done
And now all your love will be exorcised
And we will find you saying it’s to be better now
And it’s an even sum
It’s a melody
It’s a battle cry
It’s a symphony
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I’ll be dead before the day is done
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
And I’ll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done
They can keep me high
‘Til I tear the walls
‘Til I save your heart
And I take your soul
And what have we done?
Can I be undone?
In the evil heart
In the evil soul
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See I was dead when I woke up this morning
I’ll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done

Tag Time!

I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to do this tag. If you want to do so, go a head. I’d love to see which lyrics you choose. If not, I’m fine with that as well. And again, if I haven’t tagged you, you can do it either way. I don’t want to exclude anyone.

Shalini | Daniela | Brittany