My Favorite Bookish Shops That Make GREAT Gifts!


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I’ve been wanting to do a post dedicated to some of my favorite online bookish shops that I’ve purchased from! If you have a birthday coming up for a book lover in your life or you want to treat yo’ self.  I hope this list can help you! Feel free to share your favorite shops with me, too!

These are all my photos that I’ve taken. 

Disclaimer: This are all my recommendations, I’m not a rep or anything! I just want to recommend these small businesses! 

**These are only shops that I have purchased from!**


The MacBath 

They make literary soaps and other bath items made from goats milk. I found out about this shop from my Book Boyfriend Box in December when I received a Pride & Prejudice soap and I loved it so much that I bought the Hamilton soap just a few months ago!

These come in many literary themes such as Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more classics! These are definitely something I would give as a gift because they’re useful and anyone who is a fan of literature like these, will appreciate these!


Wick and Fable

Soy candles and organic tea inspired by your favorite books and fandoms. These include Gilmore Girls, Outlander, Six of Crows and Harry Potter plus much more. I’ve only gotten this candle from them but I will highly recommend it. But, I’ve gotten the tea in subscription boxes and it’s just loose tea.

I’m a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and I love the smell of this candle. It smells just like it’s described: Roasted coffee, mocha and brown sugar.

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NerdyGrlDesigns

If you’re looking for a bookmark, I highly recommend NerdyGrlDesign. They have regular bookmarks, magnetic bookmarks and stickers! Mostly their design is watercolor and that’s what makes it stand out. The magnetic bookmarks are very sturdy and they don’t bend the paper. I’ve gotten two bookmarks from this business and I’ll keep buying more!

Bookworm Boutique

This shop contains bookish and fandom designs for all things! I especially love my mug from this company, I got it through RedBubble but now BB is only on Society6. I love their designs, they’re very cute and the sayings are very #relatable! I highly recommend this shop for any gift such as a tote bag, mug, throw pillow,  or even a phone case!

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 These are just a few shops that I’ve ordered from that I wanted to shout out, in case you’re in need of a new bookish/fandom related shop! Let me know what your favorite shop is that I didn’t mention!

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Tips for a Successful Bookcon 2017


Bookcon is a book convention that I know very well. Bookcon is an American book convention held in New York City at the Javits Center this year on Saturday, June 3rd and 4th. I’ve been to two of the three Bookcon events, I went to the 2015 Bookcon in NYC and last year the 2016 Bookcon which was held in Chicago, IL. I have vlogs of each event if you want to see how the convention looks. (NYC 2015 Bookcon) (Chicago 2016 Bookcon)

I’ll be attending Bookcon for my third time this year. It’s just around the corner, there’s 9 days! If this is your first Bookcon, I hope this post helps you to navigate the convention and have a fun time surrounded by Teens & YA authors, Online Personalities, Bill Nye and more as well as fellow book lovers, of course!

 

PLAN AND SET SMALL BUT REALISTIC GOALS

Conventions are to be organized and not procrastinated especially Bookcon because of autographs and such. Bookcon is still a new convention and so they are always experimenting. I advise you read up on the convention by following their Twitter and browsing the website. But, my main piece of advice is to not over plan and just have a few realistic goals in mind! This year, you can only get two autographs per day.

I always tell people going to Bookcon to be very low-key about the event because you’re not going to always get to do everything you set out to do. So, just have little priorities and you’ll have a great time!

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ARRIVE BRIGHT AND EARLY

Bookcon says it opens at 10am but I advise getting there by 7am or 8am because the line gets long and you want to get into certain lines ahead of time! They do special lines as soon as the convention starts and you want to get in those for the free stuff! Forget sleep!! Books are more important. Plus, coffee is your friend.

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BRING LESS THAN YOU NEED

I advise you bring less than you expected because at the end of the day you’re going to have so many unnecessary tote bags that your arms can’t handle and so many books that you probably don’t need. This also goes for books that you’re bringing. Last year, I flew to Chicago for Bookcon and so I didn’t even bring any books with me really because my signings didn’t include it or I just didn’t want to take up space. It worked out and I also only grabbed about 6 books and a few totes.

So, when you’re at Bookcon think about less items especially if you’re traveling via airplane stacking tons of books into your suitcase/duffle bag/etc. You’re going to regret it because it’s hard to pack every single thing you got. In short, just get the books/totes/bookmarks/etc that you know you want & bring only one book for the signing. I know it’s hard but you’ll thank me later!

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Storytime: Last year at Bookcon, I flew to Chicago with my friend and her mom & we had so many books in our bags that it didn’t detect them and we had to get our bags searched hahaha!

ASK QUESTIONS!

Book people are nice. If this is your first time at the Javits Center and can’t find things JUST ASK. You’ll get answers especially if you’re waiting in line and you don’t know where your next autograph is supposed to be or where the panels are held. Grab a map, they have them and you’ll need it once and awhile. I like the Javits Center because it’s easy to figure out and not complicated!

FOLLOW PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS FOR INFO.

Twitter and Instagram are your friend. Authors and publishers generally post their booth number and what they will be giving out. Last year, my friend got me two paper doll sets of Lara Jean and Peter K. Dreams do come true and you can get anything if you just search! Or scan the tables very closely…..IMG_4694.JPG

SIGHTSEEING IS FUN!!!

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I love Bookcon because it’s in a major city. Chicago was a blast! We went to the Bean and we ate Chicago pizza and it was so yummy!! Definitely plan key places you want to go to. This year, my friends and I are planning on going to the Strand. This is my first time going and some others too! We’re just picking key spots that we know we can hit up. Also plan the distance, we learned this the hard way in Chicago where we had no clue where we were going or how far things were. Our initial plans got changed but we still had a good time!

 

CHECK THE WEATHER BEFOREHAND

Luckily, last year in Chicago we only got hit with rain once or twice. But, I advise bringing an umbrella just in case. I know I’m going to bring that this year because NYC is a lot of walking! But, my first Bookcon in 2015, after the event ended it was pouring rain!! Never forget the horror and panic trying to keep my books safe.I like to make sure to check the weather and accommodate my outfits for the weather. However, weather can be unpredictable so I always pack a hooded jacket just in case!

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PACK LIGHTLY

Pack lightly because if you have lots of books & stuff, you’ll have more space. For example, pack one pair of pajamas opposed to two & you can always wear the same pair of jeans twice – we won’t judge! I’ll be staying two nights in NYC but if you’re staying longer two of each should do! Just pack what you’re going to need rather than overpack but make it comfy because you’ll be walking a ton & standing in lines! Bring a comfy shoe like sneakers because you’re standing in lines all day and running around.

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SNACKS!!!

This is a rule that I’m still getting used to. Last year, we didn’t really make time to get snacks. I became hangry and it wasn’t a good sight. But, since NYC is closer to me & I’m taking a train + bus I’ll be bringing snacks for lines. You can get lunch at the convention center but you’re going to be very hungry. Please eat breakfast!!! I beg you.  

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WHAT TO BRING: CHECKLIST

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Money!! (some lines you have to buy books or you’re going to want to buy books & eat). Cash or credit, you can use your card at check out.

YOUR TICKETS!! Do not forget these or you can’t get in! Also, your autograph tickets!

THE BOOKS you want to get signed!

☐  POST ITS.  If you’re a new book event goer, this is essential. Make sure you take a post it and write your name or whoever the book is being personalized to on the inside of the book so the author can sign it! I HIGHLY EXPRESS THIS!!!!! 

Portable phone charger! This is something I usually bring because I get paranoid that my phone will die and I can’t find my friends. You can just charge your phone in your bag and no worries!

Large backpack! I bring my backpack and it does the job of holding my phone, camera & money. I’m also bringing my own tote to hold my books in.

Snacks! Don’t forget the snacks 🙂

☐  Camera. This is really for me because I’m a Booktuber and I like to film/vlog my Bookcon experience as you can see above. I’m bringing my Polaroid too.

Girl essentials!! This is a reminder because you never know what could happen 🙂 Pack them anyway, just in case.

Business Cards: if you’re a booktuber, bookstagramer, blogger Bookcon is the best form of networking. I usually stand in the lines for Contemporary authors so I give out my business cards to get new subscribers and I got a few new subscribers last year! I also met Booktubers that I’m friends with now & they’re fun to collect.

SNEAKERS. I can’t express this enough, like I said comfy attire is key. You can still look fashionable with sneakers and your feet won’t be killing you afterwards.

SCHEDULE. You can build your Bookcon schedule on the app or make a spreadsheet on Google docs *which is what me and my friends are doing* It’s easier to put it as your phone lockscreen so you don’t have to keep checking it or just write it out. I’m not 100% but you may be able to sync your schedule to your phone.

And last, just have FUN! 

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Phew…*wipes forehead*

I think that’s it! If you have any questions, leave them below! But, for the most part I think I hit everything. If you follow my Booktube channel, I’m going to be doing a What’s In My Bag? Bookcon video. So, look out for that if you want to see more Bookcon related things!

Let me know if you’re going and if these tips helped! I’ll be meeting RAINBOW ROWELL for the first time this year and I’m ecstatic!!! She’s in my top 5 favorite authors and I’ve never met her I’M SO EXCITED!!! I’ll probably cry to her about how much I love Levi and Cath. I’ll also be meeting & getting autographs of these authors for the first time: Morgan Matson (Saturday) , E. Lockhart (Sunday), and Jennifer E. Smith(Sunday). I’m so excited and for those who aren’t going, I hope you live vicariously through us!

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Bookish Fancasting #1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


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I’ve wanted to do a fan-casting for my favorite book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Especially since the series is coming to a close in May. This is just my personal opinion on who could be casted if TATBILB became a movie or tv-show.


Lara Jean

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Arden Cho – She is known for her role on Teen Wolf. I think she would make a great Lara Jean! As for ethnicity, she is Korean American.


Peter Kavinsky

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Justin Kelly – He is a Canadian actor known for playing Jake on Degrassi. I picture him as Peter, he’s just a perfect representation in my eyes.


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William Brent from Lab Rats on Disney Channel.


Kitty

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmon from Modern Family.


Margot

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Cynthy Wu – She is known for her role in Before I Fall as Ally. I couldn’t find out her ethnicity, so I do not know if she is Korean American. But, I would like a Korean American actor to play her, as well.


Chris (LJ’s Best friend)

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Mae Whitman – Parenthood, Perks of Being a Wallflower.


Genevieve

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Halston Sage – Paper Towns, Before I Fall.


John Ambrose McClaren

Logan Miller – ever since seeing him in Before I Fall, I’m obsessed. He’s a great actor! I could see him as John, especially from this picture reminds me of John at Model UN.


What do you think about my fan-casting? Do you agree or disagree?

April TBR 2017!


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I’m hoping to get to most of these books this month. April is the big month for new releases, as well as May! Here are the books I plan to read this month.


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April 4th – This book comes out today as I’m posting it. I was sent this from Quirk Books to review. I have read about 40 pages of it, but March was a crazy reading month as I hosted a readathon and I abandoned this book. However, I plan to read it and review it this month.


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I was sent this gorgeous book from Penguin Random House Canada and I’m excited to dive in! I don’t know too much about it but it is a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel. Historical Fiction is a genre I haven’t read much of and so I’m excited to see what I think of this!


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April 11 –  EEK!! I’m so excited for this book. I read Simon for review before it came out and ever since it has become of my favorite books. Thanks to my friend Anna @ Unquenchable Reads, she sent me her ARC of this book so I could read it early. We’ve been borrowing books, it’s fun! Thank you, thank you to her. Go check her out b/c she’s fab. Anyway, I’m just so excited for a new Becky book.


Of course I’m doing a re-read of TATBILB & PS I Still Love You this month because OMG!! THE LAST BOOK COMES OUT MAY 2ND IDK IF I’M READY??!?! But, I just realized this so…


These are the books I want to read this month. What book is on your TBR for April?

 

Book Theme Songs #2


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I have done a Top 5 Wednesday last year titled, Book Theme Songs and I recently did a Books & Songs on my YouTube channel. So, I thought I would bring it here too so everyone can be introduced to new songs!

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I Lived by OneRepublic

Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises, you built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad
The only way you can know is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer but take the pain
Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

 

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Science & Faith by The Script

Tried to break love to a science
In an act of pure defiance
I broke her heart
There’s a pull up on her theories
There’s a watch her growing weary
I broke her heart.
Having heavy conversations
About the furthest constellations of our souls
We’re just trying to find some meaning
In the things that we believe in
But we got some ways to go
Of all of the things that she’s ever said
She goes and says something that just knocks me dead.
You won’t find faith or hope down a telescope
You won’t find heart and soul in the stars
You can break everything down to chemicals
But you can’t explain a love like ours
Ooh, it’s the way we feel, yeah this is real
Ooh, it’s the way we feel, yeah this is real
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Broken Home by 5 Seconds of Summer

They would yell, they would scream, they were fighting it out
She would hope, she would pray, she was waiting it out
Holding on to a dream
While she watches these walls fall down
Sharp words like knives, they were cutting her down
Shattered glass like the past, it’s a memory now
Holding on to a dream
While she watches these walls fall down
Hey mom, hey dad
When did this end?
Where did you lose your happiness?
I’m here alone inside of this broken home
Who’s right, who’s wrong
Who really cares?
The fault, the blame, the pain’s still there
I’m here alone inside of this broken home, this broken home

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Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding

This book is actually inspired by this song!! The MC in the book discovers the song and he became obsessed and jams to it and it’s great.

 

 

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Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran

[Taylor Swift]
All I knew this morning when I woke
Is I know something now, know something now I didn’t before.
And all I’ve seen since eighteen hours ago
Is green eyes and freckles and your smile
In the back of my mind making me feel like

[Taylor Swift]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now

[Both]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

[Both]
‘Cause all I know is we said, “Hello.”
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
Everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday is everything has changed

 

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge: On the Road (Trip)!


Hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel HermitMel of The Daily Prophecy, & Kristin of Super Space ChickLove-A-Thon is an event—a lovefest—that is dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

This challenge is hosted by the Novel Hermit.

Let’s go on a road trip! Pick 3-4 people—fictional characters, readers/bloggers, authors—you’d love to take on this road trip; a place you’re headed towards like Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Martha’s Vineyard, etc; and what you’ll be doing on this road trip, like topics of discussion, who’s driving, who’s in charge of the road trip music, etc.

 I’ll admit, yes I purposely picked four books featuring road trips…But, I want to have people that have already done road trips to help me out!

I’ve only been to Disney World, so I think it would be really fun to go to Disneyland! Especially since I want to go to California.

WHO’S GOING?

  • Hannah Cho – In Real Life by Jessica Love
  • Amy – Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • Quentin – Paper Towns by John Green
  • Jane – Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

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I would put Amy in charge of music because she wasn’t as in charge for her road trip because Roger didn’t like musicals…But, I think Jane and Hannah would appreciate them! Jane writes fan fiction about Doctor Who, which I’m sure everyone will be able to talk about! Also, they’d be talking about their past road trips!

Everyone would rotate driving because like Paper Towns road trip, it’s fair! Just hope they don’t run into any cows on the road!!

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I’m sure they would all have agendas for each day, especially Jane & Amy..maybe Q too?


I had such a great time this weekend with LOVEATHON. Thank you to the lovely ladies that hosted it, I’ll be back for next year FOR SURE!

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge: If You Like This TV Show…You Should Read This Book!


Hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel HermitMel of The Daily Prophecy, & Kristin of Super Space ChickLove-A-Thon is an event—a lovefest—that is dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

This challenge is hosted by The Daily Prophecy. 

  • Mix and match away! This challenge is made for you to combine the books and movies/tv shows that you love in some way, in order for other people to find new recommendations for things to check out. Whether inspired by characters or themes, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

I’m so here for this challenge! This is one of my favorite things to do matching books with tv/movies! I do have two posts on this. Book Recs Based on TV Shows ⋅ 5 Books to Read If You Like Gilmore Girls


 

images-2The Distance Between Us by Kasie West + Gilmore Girls

This book is ALL GILMORE GIRLS FEELS. I imagine that every Kasie West book is though…They all feel like Gilmore Girls. But, this one is most perfect.

  • Xander (Logan from GG) – Rich boy, doesn’t want to be in the family business
  • Caymen – is always working at her mother’s doll store, and they don’t have a lot of money. Also, Caymen’s mother doesn’t talk to her parents (LIKE LORELAI!!!)
  • Other things are too spoilery, but Caymen and her mother have a Rory/Lorelai relationship!

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  • My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul has A Cinderella Story vibes, basically this boy Hank tries a Prom Proposal for a girl he really likes and well..it ends up in flames because he uses sparklers to write out P-R-O-M- and then he runs away. So, the girl sets up a survey to try and find out who it was. I really like this book, but it does have some darkness to it.

 


I know, nothing can be as good as the Breakfast Club but Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan is like a modern-day version of The Breakfast Club.

Don’t Get Caught is a prank war filled book about high school teens that wouldn’t get together otherwise. One night, five high school teens receive the same invitation to meet at a spot near their high school at night. They follow clues leading up to the water tower.

Meet Max Cobb, Ellie Wick (good girl), Kate Malone(artist), Tim Adleta (jock), and Dave Wheeler (bad influence) – known as the Water Tower Five. After being caught and humiliated by their Water Tower incident, their mission is to take down the Chaos Club; they are known for pulling the greatest pranks but never getting caught.


The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak & The Backstage Pass Series…If You Like, Big Time Rush or Boy Bands!

  • The only boy band like show I could think of was Big Time Rush, but hey I mean this was a show I watched in middle school! These two books are perfect boy band books, and they show romance but also the antics that the boys do!

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Summerland & The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy

Okay, now I’m going to full nostalgia! Any summery romance could work here, but I think the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy works here. It’s about family, and it’s about coming of age as Isabel “Belly” learns about boys and how the boys that she grew up with are starting to have feelings for her. Also, who misses Summerland? Fetus Zac Efron!!


This was really fun, I’m loving Love-A-Thon! It’s really fun! Definitely go to my other posts for more like this! I tried not to repeat those posts. But, I have loads more on those posts.