Do You Keep Your Blogging and Real Life Separate?

Now at the beginning of college, I was somewhat shy about my nerdy ways. My friends knew I loved to read and watched Game of Thrones but that was pretty much the extent. Now as I came to know my true friends, who I have lived with all four years now, they began to see more of the extent of my neediness.

They’ve seen me scream at the TV during a GoT episode, and live tweet the entire thing. They see that 75% of my pins go to my “Such a Nerd” board on pinterest, they see the ever growing collection of books in my room and they watched me fangirl about meeting my favorite author. Yet at the same time they all groan and roll their eyes when I mention I’m being a book character for halloween.

So I never told them I had a book blog or bookstagram account. And it’s not that I was purposefully hiding it from them. I just didn’t really see it something that would interest them, but at the same time was always a little nervous about their response.

Which leads me to my question: do most people keep their blogging and real lives separate? 

Recently they found my bookstagram account, which was fine. I’m not ashamed of it, but it was still weird. They know who I am, and yet I almost feel like they’ve never seen the full extent of this side of me that blogs and full on fangirls about books.  And letting them see that new piece is a little nerve wracking to say the least. While these girls are some of my best friends, this is not an interest we all have in common, whereas me, Jess (starswholisten) and Emily (emiesnook) all became friends bonding over being fangirls and loving the same books so it was easy to let them into this piece of me.

Needless to say, them discovering my bookstagram led to them finding my blog and I guess the nervous side of me is just wondering, do people share the blogging side of them with most of the people in their real day to day life?

Thanks for Reading

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When Fan Art is Life Changing Part 2

Sometimes I just need to fangirl, badly. You can see it in the predecessor of this post (When fan art is life changing part 1) or in my many posts sobbing about Fanfic so amazing I literally can’t not share it.

So this is another one of those moments.

Needless to say I am UNWELL.

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Recently a there have been a few pieces of fan art that just make me a puddle (spoilers for ACOTAR ahead *duh duh duh*). Now please excuse the rest of this post where I display the true level of Fangirl Trash that I am.

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And yes…I have this sticker on my laptop. No shame.

The first are all by Coralie Jubénot who you can find on tumblr at http://cocotingo.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art or on twitter as @Merwild. She has done some absolutely STUNNING ACOTAR and TOG art. There are so many amazing ones I could share, so it was difficult to narrow it down to a few favorites. Her depiction of Feyre and her sisters are my favorites and her drawing of Rhys are beautiful.

This first one is her drawing of all 3 Archeron sisters and I think it’s stunning and that she captured the 3 of them so well.

2 other favorites are these photos of Feyre in night court attire and of course Starfall. Just looking at them so happy and holding each other makes me want to cry and collapse to the floor. BTW I did not include the PG-13/R/M drawings of some certain scenes from ACOMAF. One involving a certain high lords hands in a chilly inn and the other involving lots and lots of paint (following delicious meal of soup, if you know what I mean…)

Now the exciting thing is that she has just stared reading the Throne of Glass series (she’s only on Crown of Midnight so I’m sure we’ll have some special characters from Heir of fire soon). But for now her drawing of Celaena is my favorite and her depiction of Chaol is amazing. She’s also done head shot of Nehemia and Dorian, both amazing. (Left to Right: Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia)

BUT it does not end there. She also has a gorgeous piece of Chaol fetching Celaena from Endovier and it is stunning. He looks like a captain of the guard and she looks like she was just pulled from a mine.

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GAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. I love it.

Now I know I may be spiraling, but unfortunately I’m not done there. Oh no. I’m fully aboard the crazy train.

As you may know, I recently finished Crooked Kingdom and so naturally I had to pin all the new Six of Crows art to my pinterest board and came across this beauty from Fictograph.

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I’m not exactly sure why, but this is my favorite Kaz Inej art I’ve come across. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re out feeding the crows, but I think it’s beautiful.

Again. I am unwell.

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-Thanks for Reading (slash listening to the progressive ramblings of a fangirl)

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The Wine Book Tag

So I love wine, and love reading so what goes better together than doing the wine book tag!  I first saw this tag on Emma Kath @ lladyliterary. So grab some wine and lets do the Wine Book Tag!

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Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | Iron King

6644117So kicking this off stealing lladyliterary’s first answer. This is what drew me into this post because I love this series and couldn’t agree more is a book people will judge. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is a series I love, and I feel like nobody else has read. I thought the books were so fabulous. I love Megan and Ash and was rooting for them the entire time. I love the setting and this take on the Fae. And I was even happy to have the spin off, even if it wasn’t as good of the original (of course).

 

Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Fangirl is perfect. There is nothing about Fangirl I did not like except the end, because it was over and I could have read 500 more pages about Cath. Never in my life have I connected so much with a book character so in my mind Fangirl is flawless.

 

 

Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander

21532133If Outlander isn’t spicy I don’t know what is. The chemistry between Claire and Jamie is electric and there are some steamy scenes between the two of them. Plus something about the remote Scottish setting just makes me want to curl up with a blanket on a cold day and read this.

 

 

Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The 5th Wave

16101128I didn’t expect to like this book because I’d heard it was about aliens and that didn’t really interest me. But there was so much mystery to the entire story and it was written so well that I ended up reading it cover to cover in under 48 hours, staying up all hours of the night just to see what happens.

 

 

Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows

23437156I did not know anything about this book when I picked it up except that it was a heist novel. I had never read the Grisha trilogy and actually didn’t know anything about it. But I just needed something to read and amazon suggested this. And Oh My Gosh was I BLOWN AWAY. I loved this book start to finish and it is now one of my favorite books.

 

Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | The Bet

17560674-2Ok so The Bet is good for when you just need that quality boy gets the girl in the end romance read, but a little bit more for adults. I enjoyed this story and then the 2 sequals a lot. This was one of the first romance novels I ever picked up and it will always be a favorite. It was a nice beach read.

 

 

Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | The Mortal Instruments

256683Werewolves, demons, vampires, Fae, Warlocks, Angels, Shapeshifters, Demon hunters oh my! This series has all the paranormal creatures, YA romance, action, politics, family issues you name it and it’s somewhere in this vast universe created by Cassandra Clare.

 

 

Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | Diminished Responsibility 

9205674So I had to read a book with a “responsibility theme” summer before my senior year of high school. I found this by simply looking for books with responsibility in the title and ended up really enjoy it. It starts off with a girl and her sister getting kidnapped and her sister dies. But because of “diminished responsibility” the murdered gets off with a lesser sentence. We then get to see how he haunts her for the rest of her life and what happens as she tries to escape her past. It was an exciting read and a little dark but full o lots of twists and turns.

Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Anna and the French Kiss

17453983When you just need that really cute love story, the it totally PG, then Anna and the French Kiss is perfect. It’s an adorable romance where everything works out, plus there are two more stories to go along with it where we do get sneak peeks of what Anna and her man are up to.

 

 

Champagne: Your favorite book | A Court of Mist and Fury

26073150How can I not mention this book. It came out in may and all this time later at the end of September it is still consuming my soul. Despite the fact that Empire of Storms has come and gone, A Court of Mist and Fury still holds the top spot in my heart as not only my favorite SJM book, but my favorite book in general. I still find myself searching the internet for new fan fiction, rereading chapters and falling in love with these characters all over again all the time and I don’t think that’s going to stop any time soon.

 

Who do you tag |

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook

Ann @ AnnsReadingCorner 

M @ ABlogOfOnesOwn

Poetry @ ABookWyrmsLair

Comment Below! What’s your favorite type of wine? Or do you hate wine and prefer something else?

Thanks for Reading

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Book Tag: Seasons of Book Blogging

Thank you Ann @ AnnTheBookMaster for tagging me to do the Seasons of Book Blogging Book Tag, which was originally created by Jordyn @ J.Bookish back in November 2015. Also I hope everyone appreciates my extreme effort to not use Sarah J Maas characters for literally every answer because let me tell you it is a struggle.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the creator and the person who tagged you
  2. Begin with the month you were tagged and move forward from there
  3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month
  4. Tag new people!
  5. Have fun

So, here is the Seasons of Book Blogging Book Tag!

September, the time students go back to school. Pick a book you read for school you actually enjoyed | The Book Thief

19063-2.jpgSo this was one of my summer reading books in high school and I absolutely loved it. The fact that it’s told from the perspective of death is so interesting and even though it was sad it was just such an amazing story, especially if you love books.

 

October is the time for Halloween. Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween | Nesta Archeron

tumblr_odtooygrjg1uv3gwvo2_1280So I have to pick Nesta because me, Emily @ EmiesNook and Jess @ StarsWhoListen have a plan to dress as all 3 Archeron sisters together at some point and I’m so excited to do it because I love Nesta and her fiery personality and “takes no shit” attitude. Now all I need is a Cassian to accompany me.

 

 

November is the month we are reminded to be thankful. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout out to the person who recommended it | Twilight

41865I know what you’re thinking…Twilight? Really? But let me clarify why. My friend Natalie forced me to read this the summer before 8th grade and this was a big jumping off point for my love of reading. I’d always loved to read but Twilight was special for me and one of the first things I’d ever hard core “fangirled” over.

 

December is the time for friends and family to celebrate and give gifts. Name one book you would give as a gift | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a book I have given as a gift and recommended to many people. The reason it is the perfect book to recommend is because if you are a real bookworm and love to read, then you will on some level see a piece of yourself in Cath which makes it such a special book. Plus Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing writer that you can’t not love this book.

 

January begins a new year. Name a reading resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not |Yearly Classic

9781435158108_p0_v1_s192x300For the past few years I’ve tried to make myself read one classic book a year. So far I’ve gotten through the Odyssey and Wuthering Heights and this year I’m trying to make it through the Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes. Now that is A LOT of stories so no way I’ll finish it this year but I have read a fair number of them so far so I think it’s going well.

 

February is the month for love. Name your favorite book relationship | Percabeth

f15f05e59c4e906cd447444fd72006af.jpgOk so this is a difficult question for me because I feel like I have so many OTPs. But in an effort to not use Sarah J. Maas characters for every answer I’ve decided to go with Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan I love percabeth with all my heart and they were the first couple I actively sought out fan fiction for so I could continue their story.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’ve never read it | The Infernal Devices

6131164.jpgThe Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare was so amazing. I loved every second of it and wish I could read it again for the first time over and over because it’s never as good as the first time. The characters were so amazing and I loved the historical setting with the elaborate dresses and carriages. And there were so many twists and amazing, action packed scenes that I wish I could reread the first time again.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations | Red Queen

22328546So it’s not that I didn’t like this book, I thought it was good. But after all the hype I was expecting it to be amazing and it just didn’t do it for me. I liked it but I just never really got that connected to the characters

 

 

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you | Starcrossed 

9462795-2This book I found when I was looking for anything to read right when I got my kindle and was flying through books, some great and some horrible. I found this series by Josephine Angelini and it was such a pleasant surprise. Not only did I love the Greek mythology in it but I also loved the Nantucket setting since it referenced places I had been.

 

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out | Contemporary

Sometimes you just need a really adorable contemporary, fluffy love story and nothing is a better break from the world than that perfect love story where boy meets girl and after some mild, mid story drama, they live happily ever after together.

July is the time to celebrate your independence. Name a book that made you see fireworks | Throne of Glass

81PUjYDq2yLThrone of Glass was another pleasant surprise for me. I avoided it for so long because all I’d ever seen of it on Goodreads was that horrible original cover with that awful little excerpt on the back. But after watching PolandBananasBooks RAVE over it I finally picked it up and the rest is history as it is now my favorite series and Sarah J Maas is my favorite author.

July is also my birth month but I have no idea what the best present I’ve ever gotten was. However once for Easter, the Easter Bunny fulfilled my life dream by leaving 2 baby bunnies for me so that was a real highlight for my 5 year old self.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing | Kara Thomas

kara-mustafa-newSo I have not yet read Kara Thomas’s book, The Darkest Corners, but I saw her speak with Sarah J Maas in Pennsylvania last spring and after listening to her speak I really think she has a lot more to offer and that she’s going to be big.

 

Who do you tag?

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook 

Becca @ BeccaAndBooks

And anyone else who wants to do this tag! Happy Book Tagging!!!

What’s your favorite season? What would your answers be?

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

Nessian Fic Part 4

Ok so if you follow my posts, I’ve been dying a slow death reading StarsWhoListen’s Nesta/Cassian Fics. The original idea for them were my own and there is only one person I would trust to write them for me (since I am talentless in the creative writing department) and now we have finished the beautiful story of Nessian’s Family.

The reason these fics are so amazing is a) they all have Mumford and Sons lyric titles (my fav band), b) Nessian is written so well and true to character and this last reason only applies to me but c) these fics are full of inside jokes for me of things I’ve said or would say because the reason my friend StarsWhoListen writes Nesta so well is because she writes her as me.

Now that being said there is one little inside joke I would like to address: CUCUMBER SANDWICHES ARE A THING. If you read part 3 of the Nessian Babies Series then you’ll notice this reference and I would just like to say it’s a real sandwich that my family eats and I enjoy for lunch frequently.

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See? Normal.

*Ends rant here*

But please, if you love Nessian and need some seriously adorable Nessian moments in your life then go read Roll Your Stone Away, I Saw A Flicker Then Just Smoke and Awake My Soul. 

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Thanks for reading (and putting up with all the feels I’m currently having)

-maggie

BFF Book Tag

So I was tagged by Jess @ StarsWhoListen to do this tag and of course she is my actual real life BFF so I’m not surprised, so this is the BFF Book Tag:

Setting the Example: A pair/ group of book BFFs that you love | Ruby, Liam, Chubs & Zu

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 6.27.25 PM.pngHow could you not want to a part of their little family in the Darkest Minds? Not only are they the kind of friends you consider family, but they just have so many jokes and witty banter that keeps them all simile even though they’re in a horrible situation.

 

Childhood Bestie: Book character you would have liked to grow up with | Percy Jackson

27c36927e150c50f27f4f51c62d219ffHow could you not want to grow up with Percy? Sure his home life with his stepdad was not ideal, but imagine going on quests and saving the world with him and just getting to be at Camp Halfblood. Plus I appreciate the fact that he is the sassiest demigod out there and know we would get along great.

 

Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side | Manon Blackbeak 

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Now don’t get me wrong I love Manon but you have to admit she is the perfect frenemy. And sometime you just need that friend who is going to taunt you until you finally take action and I feel like Manon would not be shy about brining out my competitive side.

 

 

Fashion Guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or go on a shopping spree with | Isabelle Lightwood

isabelle-lightwood-shadowhunters-the-mortal-instruments-cassandra-clare-favim-com-4171901How can you not love Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments Series? Not only is she a strong kick ass female but she also always looks good. She does not care what anyone else thinks of her outfits and the girl’s got style so I’d love to have her help me with anything appearance related.

 

 

Bad Influence: Character you would commit a small act of rebellion with | Kaz Brekker

kaz_brekkerNot just Kaz but the whole Six of Crows crew would be ideal group to commit any crime with. I mean with how skilled they all are there’s a 99% we’d get away with it PLUS can you think of a more fun group of people to hang out with? Their dynamic is hilarious since none of them trust each other and all they do is bicker because they’re all secretly in love with each other.

 

Blood Brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister | Nesta Archeron

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Obviously Nesta from ACOMAF. I am borderline obsessed with her and all I want is a Nesta Cassian spin off series. Now as sisters,  we would fight like dogs and cats because we’re too similar but I know she would tell someone off for me in a heart beat and be a fierce protector if I needed it (even knee an immortal fae warrior in the balls if I needed her too)

 

 

Mother Hen: Which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day | Levi

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Sorry Jess but how can I not steal your answer. There is literally no character sweeter and more likely to cheer someone up than Levi from Fangirl. He is so unbelievably positive, plus he would bring me free coffee which would immediately make my day better.

 

 

The Counsellor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice or confide a secret to | Tessa Gray

the_infernal_devices__tessa_gray_by_caroline1233-d7u97k9.jpgI feel like Tessa from the Infernal Devices series would give great relationship advice. After all, she’s been around for a long time, plus had some tricky choices in her own relationships but it all ended up working out for her (thank you Cassandra Clare for happy endings). Plus she’s super smart so no matter what I think she’d be good at giving advice in general.

 

 

More than Friends: Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend | Cassian

195398adf9e3bc0e211f7a39ac973b25Ok so this question is hard, because in my mind I have A LOT of book boyfriends, BUT as ACOMAF is still first and foremost all I think about during the course of the day, my little baby bat Cassian would obviously be my BF since the “sarcastic asshole, who is super protective of his family” is my “type” (mostly the sarcastic asshole part *looking at you John Murphy*) Also there is a shockingly small amount of Cassian fan art so enjoy this beautiful man SJM pinned as “cassian”

 

Who do you tag | Anyone who wants to do this tag plus…

Megan @ bookslayerreads 

Rachel @ LifeOfAFemaleBibliophile

Becca @ RebeccaReads

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Emily @ EmiesNook  (since I know you were tagged but you haven’t done it yet)

 

Let me know what you think. Who are you book best friends?

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

Book Tag: The Book Blogger Test

So I saw this tag on RececcaReads blog and loved it so naturally I just have to do it. So this is the Book Blogger Test Book Tag.

What are your top 3 pet peeves for books and reading? | 

  1. When the next book in the series isn’t physically larger than the one before it (looking at you Empire of Storms). I hate when this happens. In my opinion the next book in a series should always be longer than the one before it. It just makes sense. And now with this “thin paper” Empire of Storms is a massive book, and it looks like its 200 pages long instead of 700. Hate that.
  2. When you own an entire series in hardcover/paperback except for that 1 book. I am a bit OCD about this. If I have a series its gotta be one of the other. The only series on my shelf that doesn’t follow this pattern is The Hunger Games because my 1st book is paper back but it has sentimental value so I can’t bring myself to replace it with a hardcover.
  3. Memory Wipes in final books. I feel like I mention this a lot now, but I cannot stand when authors use any sort of memory loss because I hate knowing more about the characters than they know about themselves. I will never forgive Lauren Kate (spoilers for Fallen ahead) for the way she ended the Fallen series. 4 book I go through and in the end they don’t remember any of it?!?

Describe your perfect reading spot | My couch

At my house we have the nice cozy family room that’s attached to the kitchen, with the TV and always loud. But then, because my home is of an older colonial style, we have the “formal parlor”. Now there’s nothing really formal about it. Half of it is occupied by a pool table but the other half has a nice sitting area. There’s a giant leather couch in there with a massive pillow and the best part is no on else in my family except my dogs goes in there. So it is the perfect reading spot.

Tell us 3 book confessions |

  1. I love Twilight. Twilight will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what people say about it.
  2. I hated the Legend Series. I don’t know why, since everyone loves this series but I just did not enjoy it (plus a memory wipe ending? Nope).
  3. I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books yet. I have now completed 1-4 but no I’ve never read the entire series so I did not get my start in reading with Harry Potter.

When was the last time you cried during a book | Dog Crazy  Continue reading

Archeron Sisters Book Club

So this is the start of a monthly book club, where myself, Emily @ EmiesNook and Jess @ StarsWhoListen will be selecting a book each month and reading it together. Then we will each review the book separately and do a single, collaborative discussion page about the book.

We are 3 best friends and a branch of the same sorority family. Jess is my Big and I am Emily’s Big. Together we love to watch The 100, Outlander, and Game of Thrones. Plus we love to go to the bookstore together and stare longingly at Sarah J Maas’s books. By the end of last year we did absolutely everything together, and even though we are not all in the same place anymore we still love to read the same books together and discuss them.

We call ourselves the Archeron Sisters as a reference from Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta, Elain, and Feyre are the 3 sisters with very distinct personalities.

fire-clipart-cliparti1-fire-clip-art-jpgI am Nesta, because of my sarcastic, sometimes abrasive nature, and the fact that Cassian is totally my type.

17169-illustration-of-red-tulips-pvEmily @ EmiesNook is Elain, as she is the most gentle of the 3 of us.

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And  Jess @ StarsWhoListen is Feyre (although she is really more of a combination of Feyre and Mor) as she is all about justice and is currently studying to be a domestic violence lawyer.

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September Book:

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So if you’d like to read along with us and join our discussion, this month we’ll be reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith. It’s a contemporary romance and is praised as being gorgeous and heartwarming.

 

 

Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet – albeit virtually – when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig Wilbur. The two seventeen year olds strike up an email relationship even though they don’t even know each other’s first name.

 

Jess @ Starswholisten

 

ACOMAF Merch


So my good friend Emily @ EmiesNook is a big SJM fan and so for her birthday which was over the summer I ordered her a print from The Quoted Page on Etsy. I am so happy with this purchase. It was not super expensive but I think it’s a stunning print.

I opened it today and it looks perfect. It looks just like it did online, a really high quality print and not blurry at all. PLUS it came with 2 beautiful watercolor book marks with ACOMAF quotes on them! What a nice bonus!! (Planning on keeping 1 for myself).

Anyways if you’re interested I highly recommend checking out The Quoted Page etsy shop as she has all kinds of merch for book lovers!