The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m overwhelmed. This year has been the hardest in many ways but I’ve been blessed with this amazing community whom I managed to make great friends out of! Sienna and I quickly became twitter mutuals after we discovered that we both are obsessed with Lore Olympus (and have pure hatred for Apollo…).

So thank you so much to Sienna for tagging me for the Sunshine blogger award, and guys check out her blog for awesome bookish content 😍


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

Rules

▪️ Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and 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 in your post and/or on your blog.


Sienna’s Questions

What advice would you give your younger blogger self?

Well I literally just started blogging a few months ago so I haven’t been doing this for long but one advice that I would give pre-blogger me is “You won’t know everything, you can’t know everything, so just start the blog and stop stressing”.

What do you hope for the future of your blog?

I really hope The NEC would flesh out as a project and not just a blog. I want to keep expanding and sharing my love of reading and books to a wider audience. The NEC is a sanctuary for bookworms and potential readers and how that may evolve is not something I exactly know but I’ll excited nonetheless.

Your top five favorite books you’ve read this year?

This year has been heaven in terms of books, I discovered so many good reads! I’m squeezing my brain for this but my top five for this year are (not in any order):

  1. Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  2. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  3. The Poppy War by R.F.Kuang
  4. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
What are your favorite tropes in fiction? And Why?

I’m a sucker for romance so specifically in romance I love enemies-to-lovers, forbidden romance, star crossed lovers, opposites attract, unlikely duo who then develop feelings for each other (don’t know if that exists but you get it) And there is only one reason why I agonize myself this way: the angst.

Other tropes I love are found family, because it seems so much stronger to me especially since the characters choose to be together and have each other backs. The “Here Comes the Cavalry” Twist, you know when the MC is in a middle of a battle or face off and they’re going to die but wait! Here comes that long lost army to save the day! Yeah I know it’s overwritten and the biggest cliche but some authors do it so well! I love the intensity and excitement of it.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

Lockdown finally gave me no more excuses to stall setting up my blog. I’ve always wanted to have one but I just never got the chance to bring out to life. I was going to start a bookstagram actually but then I discovered book blogging and fell in love!

What three bloggers inspire you?

When I was starting out there were bloggers who were a real inspiration, and I learnt so much from their content and site. They’re amazing people too!

What’s your MBTI personality type? Or Enneagram Type?

My MBTI personality type is “The Advocate” INFJ – T.

What is it that you enjoy the most about blogging?

Getting to talk and rant about books! Also meeting and making friends in this wonderful community.

Do you listen to music when reading or do you prefer silence?

I much prefer silence. I get distracted easily.

Do you do any writing other than your blog?

Once upon a time I did attempt to write a novel once but I got swarmed up by uni work and never got a chance to go back to it. But not going to lie I’m thinking about it!

Which one book has had a major impact on your life?

The Sun does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. I read this as part of my uni’s book club and it the story and writing of the book lifts you up like no other book. It’s the best memoir I’ve ever read.

I Nominate the following Bloggers: (Because ya’ll brighten up my day)

▪️ Briana and Krysta at Pages Unbound

▪️ Alissa at Alissa’s Booktopia

▪️ Anne at Books, Baking, and Blogging

▪️ Stacy, Justin, Nicole at A Court of Books and Coffee

▪️ Confessions of a YA reader

▪️ Marie and Nyx at Drizzle and Hurricane books

▪️ Chelsey at The Traveling Reader

▪️ Lia Carstairs at A Chain of Novels

▪️ Kate at The Quick and Read

▪️ Tracy at Truffle’s Literary Wonders

▪️ Tasya at The Literary Huntress

My Questions
  • What’s one advice you can give to those in a reading slump ?
  • What are your top 3 anticipated releases for 2021?
  • Who is an author you’ve discovered and loved this year?
  • What is a genre you wish you’d read more of?
  • Who is a fictional character you wish your family would adopt?
  • What is a fictional trope you’re tired off?
  • What’s a skill you want to learn or wish you knew?
  • What number do you consider a “low rating” of a book?
  • A book that makes you tear up just by looking at the cover?
  • I love weird questions so here’s one: Would you rather have the ability to speak to animals or know and speak every language in the world?
  • Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?

This award means so much to me and out of every award I’ve been nominated from this taps on my heart because I want to be exactly the blogger that fits the award description so I appreciate it so much!

To my fellow nominated bloggers, you are under no pressure at all to answer this and if you’re already nominated than congrats you’re a ray of sunshine in the book community!

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Review | Best of Short Stories: Einstein’s Dreams

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a little commission at no extra cost from your end. 😊

Description Summary | Einstein’s enchanting and lyrical descriptions of time will leave the reader with a sensation of child like wonder.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Summary | (Skip to Review)

There isn’t much to say except that the book is basically a collection of Eintstein’s diary entries during his time working as a clerk in a patent office in his early twenties. These diary entries provide Einstein’s imaginative fictional theories surrounding time.

Review
Review

Review

I finished this in almost one setting (I read this during my sister’s birthday so I was a bit preoccupied), but still in such short sentences and so few pages this book has managed to shift my axis of comprehension and dare to dream of a world outside our finite perception.

This is a book of dreams, and it is easy to spot a dreamer. In the form of diary pages we peek into the mind of the famed scientist but I can’t help but see an entirely different person that wrote those sentences.

Lightman has done a wonderful job of including interludes that ease the reader deeper and deeper into the book and its setting. Life described in these pages has a bright joyfulness and innocence to it but sombre colors still makes its way to the painting.

For artists and creatives of any kind, this book is a must read. It has a wonderful ability to reignite your imagination and pushes you to question and think of the impossible. I can imagine the many stories Einstein has inspired by this written collage of work.

Do I recommend? Yes it is one of the best fiction books out there and is a great discussion book too!


How do I Join an Affiliate Program? | Blogger Tips and Info

Hello lovelies, the weather has been chiller in my hometown and that is a welcome relief to the scorching heat. I’ve decided to write up this post based on my own experience with affiliate programs and I thought I’d include some heads up for other newbie bloggers like me!


I’ll start off by a brief description on what is an affiliate program? (Feel free to skip this if you already know!)

An affiliate program, also known as associate programs, is when an online merchant pays you for clicks on the link that has resulted in direct traffic to his site, which generally results in increased traffic for the merchant’s site. However, you don’t get payed until an actual sale has been made via your link.

The more people click on your link, the more people end up going to the merchant’s site. And the more people, the more chance there is to have an actual sale.

Rates!

This is how you determine how much money you make out of the site. Each site has a specific commission percentage, these range usually from 1% to 7%.

Some sites have a fixed commission percentage and others have a buildup so you start small and slowly build up your percentage rate (These depends on how many sales you make aka sales volume in business terminology)

How do I know a good rate from a bad one?

Rates could be extremely tricky to judge because you either go with a lower commission for a major merchant but that ensures that visitors will most likely click on your link or go for a higher commission but with a lesser known merchant.

The general rule of thumb I would say is that a 4% or 5% rate is pretty good. If your merchant site is one that determines higher rates = higher sales volume (buildup) then you’re looking at a start of 1% or 2%.

I keep hearing about cookies and cookie duration, what is that?

Cookies are basically a text of data that has something totally unique to your computer or network, for example your username and password. In affiliate programs it usually means your unique affiliate link that you post on your site.

The merchant sets up a duration to each cookie and only within that duration if you make a sale via your affiliate link you are able to get payed. If the cookie duration ends and someone clicks on your link, the merchant is not obliged to pay you anything.

Normally cookies last about 30 days and the duration starts if someone clicks on the link for the first time. Recurring clicks are generally accepted by the merchant.

I came across sites that state their cookie duration is as low as one day (yeah I know), one day is definitely not enough to seal a deal in my opinion. With my blog posts I find that my readers increase over time rather in an initial spurt of views. So always go for cookies that have a 30 day duration at least.

Tools that you may find in affiliate programs:

▪️ Banners and graphics: These are basically the visual ads that you see on various sites and blogs (I have one on my homepage right under my “Latest” column). These are an “extra” way to help garner more traffic to the merchant’s site. Some merchants have seasonal banners (ex. summer sale, back to school, etc).

▪️ PPC (Pay Per Click): PPC is basically like the ads that first appear on the top of your search page when you search for something on Google or any other search engine. You can create your own PPC that links back to the merchant’s site but most likely you’ll have to set it up by yourself.

How PPC works is that each time someone clicks on your ad, you pay the search engine. You only pay if a click happens and not otherwise. After creating the ad you can then choose the suitable keywords that go with it (it’s similar to “tags”), for example as a book blogger, keywords that are suitable are “book blog”, “blogger”, “bookish”, “book blogging”, etc. When it comes to PPC you bid on the keyword you’d like to have. (Of course with bidding it’s a whole other story about choosing the right entry price to bid with, sizing up your competitors biddings, and knowing when a bid is not worth the money) I highly suggest doing more research before creating your own PPC.

▪️ Sign up Forms: Sign up forms are a way to generate more commission by persuading others to join the affiliate program, each time someone signs up from your sign up form you receive a part commission from them.

▪️ Protected ID Affiliate Link: This is a more secure ID for your affiliate link, it protects your affiliate link from theft and having someone else benefit from your profits. I personally use this and literally it’s the same URL but just another written text and data.

Now that you understood what it is, there are some points I want to call out:

▪️ Always check if certain tax laws are applicable to you or not (this is especially true for non US bloggers), I wanted to join another affiliate program but because they wanted to know which tax laws apply to me I honestly couldn’t figure it out and thought it was better to stick with a more flexible program. This was a US based program and even though I went to IRS site, I ended up in a loophole and got confused even more.

▪️ Affiliate programs are open to 18 and above (sorry for all my teen bloggers out there 😦 )

▪️ A great tip is sign up with an affiliate program that you can get behind and promote, it’s so much easier to promote something if you believe in it!

▪️ Some affiliate programs don’t mind you signing up with other affiliate programs, but others don’t. So if you have a plan to include more than one program check first with your merchant if that’s okay.

▪️ Account managers are a blessing! Yes some programs like the Blackwell’s affiliate program that I’m using have account managers that help oversee and guide you throughout the process. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you’re feeling lost!

Affiliate programs for book bloggers:

I’ll link up various affiliate programs for you to take a look at, including the one I currently have from Blackwell’s. Blackwell’s are indie booksellers based in the UK but have worldwide shipping and they’re known for having student discounts and coupons!

I want to you to know though that I’ve prioritized indie booksellers and stores for my mentioned affiliate programs, the pandemic has really affected so many indie bookstores and I’m doing the best I can to promote and advocate for indie booksellers!

If you wanted more info do check out The Uncorked Librarian’s Post 7 Book Affiliate Programs: Affiliate Marketing For Book Bloggers 101″, it has great resources and really insightful info!


If you’re reading this, congratulations you’ve made it to the end of this post! Give yourself a pat on the back. I hope you guys found this useful and I would love to hear your thoughts about affiliate programs and/or your experiences with it!


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TTT | Top Books Found on These Movie Characters’ Holiday Amazon Wishlists

This week’s TTT focused on a seasonal TBR for the winter. While I did that last week for the holiday freebi one, I decided to take a look at some of movie characters in some of my fav winter themed rom com movies! Then I paired books with these characters based on what I think they’d have on their Amazon wishlist.

I hope you guys enjoy the twist on this week’s TTT!

Disclaimer: I get a little commission if you make a purchase of through my affiliate link at no extra cost from your end 😊

TTT is a fun bookish weekly meme created by theartsyreadergirl where you list your top 10s based on a different theme each week. I’ll link up her TTT if you would like to participate or know more.


Top Books Found on These Movie Characters’ Holiday Amazon Wishlists

Prime Minister David , Love Actually

Book Choice: Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

I could totally see PM David getting down with a feminist read as he debates gender equality at parliament, and let’s be honest Natalie would have totally recommended this to him!

Other books on his Amazon wishlist:

Kevin , Home Alone

Book Choice: Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

I find it very unlikely for Kevin to just sit back by the fireplace and read a book, but an interactive journal with lot’s of wrecking and causing havoc? Sounds about right.

Other books on his Amazon wishlist:

Iris, The Holiday

Book Choice: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Iris is such a hopeless romantic so anything with winter and romance in the synopsis I feel she’ll pick it up straight away.

Other books on her Amazon wishlist:

Amy Stone, The Family Stone

Book Choice: Fangs by Sarah Andersen

Oh yes, our Amy is a massive fan of the vampire trope and basically anything that is gothic.

Other books on her Amazon Wishlist:

Elsa, Frozen

Book Choice: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Elsa strikes me as someone who enjoys epic high fantasy and if it has a strong female protagonist even better, she’s always whisking herself into one adventure than another.

Other books on her Amazon wishlist:

Miles, The Holiday

Book Choice: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

While Iris is a major hopeless romantic, Miles in my opinion has to be a sci-fi reader. His favorite movie is probably Avatar.

Other books on his Amazon wishlist:

Jamie, Love Actually

Book Choice: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Of course our awkward writer Jamie would only pick suspense thrillers and crime fiction even though he wouldn’t dare hurt a fly.

Other books on his Amazon wishlist:

Stacey DeNovo, The Princess Switch

Book Choice: Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Stacy DeNovo loves Hallmark movies and you will most likely find her binge watching “The Great British Bake off” (you didn’t think she magically nailed that British accent did you?) So a book with cupcake wars AND romance? This book was made for her.

Other books on her Amazon wishlist:

Susan Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia

Book Choice: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix.

I had to include the spiritual mother of my HP house Ravenclaw. Susan being Susan she’ll most likely read books about books!

Other books on her Amazon wishlist:

Rose, Titanic

Book Choice: The Poppy and the Rose by Ashlee Cowles

You know how much I like to suffer with star crossed lovers and tragedy so I had to include Rose in this (and yes there was space for BOTH OF THEM). And did I choose a Titanic retelling? Why yes, yes I did.

Other books on her Amazon wishlist:


Hope guys liked this week’s TTT! Do you like any of these films? What’s a “winter” movie to you?

If you wrote a TTT, link up your post below. I would love to check them out!

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Thank you so much to the coolest ever Alex @ The Scribe Owl for nominating me! I can’t say this enough, but check out her blog! She calls her blog “A fangirl’s guide to YA books” and is a major fan of Top 5 Wednesdays.


Rules

▪️Provide a link back to the creator’s original post ( This award was originally created by Colton Beckwith)

▪️Answer the questions provided

▪️Create 7 unique questions

▪️Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.

▪️At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.


Alex’s Questions

What is your most treasured childhood book?

Sadly I lost it, but I used to have this classic fairytale collection of mini stories for everyday of the year. The book has a total of 365 stories and it was so much fun going to bedtime with a different story each time!

What is your most favorite holiday? Why?

Summer! I love the idea of longer days and warmer evenings, and though technically I don’t have summer vacation anymore since I’m not a student the season just brings out a child like joy from within me!

What are you currently reading? How are you liking it?

I started with Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo but I found it to be really slow so I’m not getting into it at all. Hence I picked up something “murder-ry” but a bit lighter; One of Us is Next by Karen McManus.

That was the right thing to do because now I can’t wait to see how this book ends! I might come back to Ninth House after.

What is your favorite sport?

Not much of a sports fan but I do like exercise. I would say badminton is a sport I really enjoy playing!

How do you organize your bookshelves?

I divide them by genres with the YA genre and it’s sub genres on all together in one end of the shelf while the other end is divided into fiction, non fiction, and classic literature.

Would you prefer to be freezing cold or burning hot? Why?

Although I like being warm, I’d choose freezing cold because: a) I’m already always cold as it is b) You can always layer up! c) A great excuse to bury myself in fluffy blankets and wear fuzzy socks.

Do you like a TV series or movie more? Why?

I could binge watch tv show after tv show but movies? Nope. I get distracted and restless after like 35 or 40 minutes of the film, with tv series at least it’s divided so that way I don’t have to sit through the whole story in one setting.

The ten bloggers that I nominate are:

▪️Ali @ In the Lost and Found

▪️A Novel Glimpse

▪️Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds

▪️Karla @ Another Bookworm

▪️Dini Panda Reads

▪️Phoenix @ Books With Wings

▪️Sage @ Fishing for Books

▪️May @ Dreamer of Books and Coffee

▪️Caitlyn, Cossette, and Mary @Tea Time Lit

▪️Jenny @ JenJenReviews

My Questions
  • What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
  • Do you have a go to “feel good” movie or series? If so, what is it?
  • Are you the type of person who would feel lonely if they’re alone?
  • Tea or Coffee?
  • Who or What introduced you to the love of reading?
  • If you had to live somewhere else, where would you live? (Can be fictional!)
  • If you had to write a book, what would it be about?

Thank you so much for reading! For my fellow bloggers, please don’t be pressurized to answer these questions, I know how insanely busy things can get! And if someone already nominated you, you can just ignore this lol.

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Black Friday Book Haul | I Wish This Never Happened

Soooo I may have splurged on this year’s Black Friday, and I don’t know how much longer I can use the “it’s a pandemic” excuse much longer…

So now my wallet has pretty much burned a hole, my TBR is not getting any shorter, and my shelves are suffocating with the books I bought. But I got new books! Yayyyy!!

Seriously though don’t follow my example and either set a list prior to buying or a budget at least 😂 😭

Here are the Books!

So the books are mainly YA, but I bought my first physical graphic novels (I’ve only started getting into them this year and I can’t believe how much I’ve missed out!). Here’s all of them:

The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Genre | Fantasy, Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Genre | Historical Fiction, Mystery

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Genre | YA, Mystery, Thriller

Book The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Genre | Fantasy, YA, Asian Literature

The Shadows by Alex North

Genre | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia

Genre | Comics, YA, Superheroes

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

Genre | Comics, YA, Superheroes

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Genre | YA, Romance, Contemporary

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

Genre | Fiction, YA, Fantasy

The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

Genre | Historical Fiction, World War II

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre | Fantasy, YA, Paranormal

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre | Historical Fiction, Mystery, YA

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Genre | YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre | YA, Mystery, Contemporary

Get Coding! by Young Rewired State

Genre | Non Fiction, Middle Grade, Coding

Most excited to read? I’ve always wanted to read Pumpkinheads, currently I’m reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo so if I’m in the mood next for something light hearted I would go with that if not than I’d most likely pick up The Inheritance Games or Stalking Jack the Ripper.


There you have it! Phew that’s a lot of books…

Have you read any of these? Did you shop for books on Black Friday?

Double Review | The Cousins and Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

So I wanted to try out shorter reviews for books that are part of a series or written by the same author, or books I think would fit together.

Compiling my reviews might really help me with putting up more reviews and is perfect for when things get super busy in life and I can’t write down a full review.

Disclaimer: By ordering the book via my Blackwell’s affiliate program, I receive a small commission at no extra cost from you.


Description Summary | A less morbid murder mystery that is reminscent of Twin Peaks (minus the supernatural) x Pretty Little Liars.

Goodreads Synopsis

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an easy swift read.I found this enjoyable mainly because I allowed myself not to dissect and plan ahead of the book and rather just go with what the MC is thinking. you got small town murder, high school drama, and teens acting as amateur detectives. However it’s not Riverdale messy, it’s the “ooohhh what’s happens next” messy.

Weirdly I kind of like how a lot of Ellery’s criminal theories downright flops. It makes things more believable unlike some shows where the MC miraculously is handed over all of the answers like some form of holy vision.

Do I recommend ? Yes, particularly during fall.


I would to thank PRH Global for provding me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my personal opinion.

Description Summary | McManus takes “Appearances are deceiving” to a whole another level with this murder mystery fit with family scandals and malicious secrets.

Goodreads Synopsis

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

They were not joking when the publishing company said: “You’ll never feel the same about family again”.

The story was intriguing from the start: you literally have no idea if what is presented to you is real or fake. I kind of knew who would be the villain behind all this but that did not make this story any less enjoyable.

This was in my opinion McManus’s best writing thus far. The writing just flowed and it has that “couldn’t put it downess” that is very much needed in mystery books.

I was worried I wouldn’t like our main characters at all but I was completely wrong. It was so incredible watching them bond together and develop into something so fleshed out and real.

Do I recommend ? Yes especially if love fancy mansions and high class families with dark pasts in your mystery.


November 2020 Wrap Up | My Top 5 Posts

November was crazy to say the least. I got nominated for 3 blogger awards and my mind is absolutely reeling, splurged on crazy book haul on Black Friday, and had my heart wrecked by Addie LaRue. Also I joined BookTok (don’t judge okay I’m just trying it out 🙂 )

In between interviews and emails right now, so here’s to hopefully scoring a great job! 🙏🏼🙌🏼


The NEC Blog Top 5 Posts | November 2020

  1. I Got Nominated!! | Blogger Awards

One of the highlights of my whole year! I can’t believe I got nominated by the awesome Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award and Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of a Book for The Liebster Award (both have amazing blogs so check them out!).

2. Pairing Books with Tea | Finding the Perfect Cuppa

This post was a delightful hit, and I’m so happy that many of you guys liked it because lots of effort and research went into it 😊

My post was also mentioned by Kristin @ Kristen Kraves Books in her weekly blog post roundup so massive thank you to Kristin!

3. Review | Addie LaRue : Where I Don’t Talk About the Book “Technically”

Of course I had to include the most important review of the year.

4. TTT | Top 10 Disney/Pixar Animal Characters Named as Book Characters

This was so much fun to do! For this TTT post I put on a twist on Disney/Pixar animal characters and gave them alternative book character names!

5. Finest Rare Books | Peter Harrington Bookstore Review

A lovely hidden gem of a bookstore, I snagged some stunning rare editions from this place 😍

Be sure to check this review out if you’re a fan of vintage or rare books.


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TTT | Top 10 Books for Winter

During fall, I’ve already assembled a top fall books in a previous TTT and thankfully that was a great success! Even though I despise winter I still thought of putting together books that are just perfect for flu season 🙂 (You can tell how much I hate winter can’t you?)

TTT is a fun bookish weekly meme created by theartsyreadergirl where you list your top 10s based on a different theme each week. I’ll link up her TTT if you would like to participate or know more.

*Little Note: I have an affiliate link to the books mentioned in the post, at no extra cost if you decide to buy via the link, your book blogger here gets a commission 😊


Top 10 Books for Winter

The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nichols

This follows Margot as she sadly breaks off her engagement after her fiancé is reported Missing in Action, so to avoid any scandals she gives her baby to her parents to be raised as their own and making him Margot’s “brother”. But when Christmas arrives and the family all gathers together, Margot is forced to reconcile with hidden truths.

One Way or Another by Kara McDowell

Paige is faced with two decisions as to where she should spend the holidays and being an anxious indecisive wreck nothing could be worse, but fate slips in and now she’s going through with both decisions through parallel universes. This will keep your eyes peeled for sure!

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Desperate to make it back to her mother for the winter holidays, she hitch hikes a ride with four strangers to get through the winter storm….nothing bad happening here *cough *cough

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I’ve heard so many praise for this series and the synopsis sounds like a perfect winter fantasy read! It’s set in the Russian winters and is inspired by Slavic folklore.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak

This is the representation of the gritty cold in winter, Spinning Silver is a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin where Miryem’s ability of turning silver into gold has caught the grim eye of King of the Staryk.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Maybe because “January” is in the title, but a girl dreaming to travel the globe is really befitting to many of us who can’t wait for 2021 to come so we can hopefully get to go out!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Another alternate reality /universe book! This time it’s about Rachael who goes to sleep one December night seemingly having a perfect life ahead only to wake up to find herself in a different apartment, with a different engagement ring, and a very different husband to be.

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper

December means plenty of romance under the stars and is filled with everything cheesy and cringy (Literally just take a look at Netflix’s holiday rom com movies). Though this book is all about hopeless romantics, its anything but cringy and cheesy. So if you want to fill your heart and break it at the same time, this book is for you.

Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington

Another romance! This has major Love, Rosie vibes so if you loved the movie (or read the book Where Rainbows End by Ceila Ahren) you’ll like this one too.

Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale

The Toymakers is one of my favorite books of all time. So I am beyond excited to get my hands on this. It has fairytales, kindred spirits, found family, magic realism, and of course Paris!

I know this list is all over the place, but because I never figured an “aesthetic” for winter. I can’t relate to Christmas holidays so the Christmas “aesthetics” never really appealed to me. There is the excitement of a new year coming, yet the profound sadness that a year is wasted, also there’s the cold…that’s not nice.


Thanks for reading! Do you have a winter or December TBR?

If you wrote a TTT, link up your post below. I would love to check them out!

Music for Books : Henry Strauss (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue)

I wanted to leave out Goodreads Monday for a while because there are some original posts that I would love to share with you guys and I know this one couldn’t wait!

My next guest is probably one of the hottest celebs in the book community right now and though how low-key he keeps himself, I’m so happy Henry managed to send through a playlist! (I have to say it might be my favorite one thus far)

Of course since it is Henry, he’s put it together via vinyl record. I picked a light teal mug from his “mug wall” with abstract silver cracks woven through them, and settled down across from him.

I told him I’m definitely stealing the mug wall idea and there’s nothing he can do about it. He laughed and that broke the ice it seems.

Well everyone, I present you the one and only Henry Strauss.

“Quite an introduction Jawahir, you made me sound too big for my own good. Yup that’s me Henry: avid bookseller, lost and reluctant adult, and not a storyteller as many would believe”

I like collecting stories and finding the storyteller within others more. Everyone talks about the people who create but never those who collect. Those who collect may not always have the ability to create but they are just as important. They keep things from going into oblivion, in a way they’re a key basis to art, culture and history.”

“Thus I present you a poem by my fellow NYC creative Christi Steyn whose work may just kick off. From a lover of stories to another I hope you like this as much as I did.”

You are not your age, Nor the size of clothes you wear,

You are not a weight, Or the color of your hair.

You are not your name, Or the dimples in your cheeks,

You are all the books you read, And all the words you speak.

You are your croaky morning voice, And all the smiles you try to hide,

You’re the sweetness in your laughter, And every tear you’ve cried.

You’re the songs you sing so loudly, When you know you’re all alone,

You’re the places that you’ve been to, And the one that you call home.

You’re the things that you believe in, And the people that you love,

You’re the photos in your bedroom, And the future you dream of.

You’re made of so much beauty, But it seems that you forgot,

When you decided that you were defined, By all the things you’re not.

“I haven’t written any descriptions next to the songs because now this playlist is yours, draft your own story if you like or collect them, either way may our songs and stories never die.


That was hauntingly beautiful.

What did you think of Henry’s playlist? Any song recs for Henry?

In case you missed it I’ve posted my review of Addie LaRue so make sure to check it out if you didn’t!