Jamie is a 28 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating gelato, listening to music with oversized headphones and teaching her niece how to be as awesome as she is.


Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!


Put Down



22718754Forever For A Year by B.T. Gottfred: I had heard some hilara-bad things about this book but I decided to give it a try but within ~10 pages I knew I couldn’t do it. I could not handle the voice at all. The MC was going into 9th grade and it was too young for me and very stream-0f-consciousness…felt like reading my 8th grade diary. Seriously cringy for me. So I flipped around to see what was happening in the book to know if maybe the story would make up for it but NOPE…realized it was so not a ME book and I so would not get over the voice and just the story in general did not seem interesting to me. It was a book about a girl who wanted to be cool and not “geeky” like she had been and then she meets a boy and FIRST, FAST LOVE AND EXPLORATION OF SEX AND STUFF…but as I flipped through it was just so…boring? Not bringing much to the table? I don’t know how to explain it. Just MEH. Could have been great in showing young love but woof….not for me at all.






Our Brothers At The Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea by Jonathan Kranz: This one sounded interesting — mystery and grief and a good beach setting — but I just couldn’t get into it. There wasn’t really any reason that I can put my finger on…I just couldn’t. Didn’t really care what was going on enough to keep going and got distracted a lot but that could have been the structure of the book?  Could have just been a me thing and I wasn’t in the mood for it though? I don’t really know. Don’t think I’ll go back to this one.








Future Perfect by Jennifer Larsen: I had gotten two books for review around the same time where the MCs were fat. I was really excited! I read Dumplin’ first and loooved it. I tried to read this one and, I’m not one who tries to compare books, but I couldn’t help but think how much I’d rather be re-reading Dumplin’ again because things were not clicking for me in this book. Was excited about another body positive novel but it just wasn’t doing it.





Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

I legit did amazing with my library books lately! Only one out of like 7 of them went back unread. I AM ABLE TO CHANGE I SWEAR.



10572A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: So in August I watched the first season of Game of Thrones and I got really hyped to read the books so I thought maybe I would just start with this book (but before that check out online the differences between the book 1 and season 1) and hold off on watching the second season of GoT. But then I watched one episode and I was like okay I’ll start reading the book after this one. But then I watched another episode. And then in 2 weeks suddenly I was starting season 5. Soooo eventually I think I will go back and read the books but I got too absorbed in the show and I don’t want to read them and watch them at the same time. But I definitely feel like I AM interested enough to read the books. I want more. I am VERY curious how different the books are from the show. Can anybody tell me??



Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly?  Please tell me about how different the books vs. the show GoT is!!

Monthly Rewind: September 2015


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1. Will and I got a dog!!! If you read last month’s recap or this post you know we had been looking to rescue a dog and some things fell through but OMG WE GOT A DOG AND HE IS PERFECT. His name is Finnikin (named from Finnikin of the Rock, Finn for short) and he’s so great — he’s fun and loves to play but also he is literally your perfect dog to nap next to you while you watch 7 hours of Game of Thrones (I’m not proud that happened. It was necessary though).


2. I barely read or blogged this month — No really, I read 2 books (plus parts of a dog book lol) which is the smallest amount I’ve read in a month in the past 5-6 years. And I’ve been pretty sparse here. It was half the fact we got Finn and we’ve been spending time with him and also half my binge watching seasons 2/3/most of 4 of Game of Thrones. I tried to blame my MIA-ness on solely the dog but I’m like lols okay maybe at first that was it but then the rest of the month the dog was my GoT watching buddy. I’m honestly happy I took some time off blogging and just the book community in general. I’m not a person who has to blog every day and I frequently take days off when I don’t feel like it but I don’t know…it was just a much needed break.

3. We took a trip up to my dad’s house that didn’t go so well: Finn LOVES other dogs — dogs at the dog park and dogs we see walking at our apartment complex or the walking trail we like so we didn’t think we’d have any issues with my dad’s new pup. BUUUUT they hated each other from the first second and it didn’t get any better so we ended up leaving early because it was so stressful to work to keep these dogs away from each other because they were going to kill each other. Was really bummed because I wanted to spend time up there but just too stressful and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

4. My stepdad got remarried– It was a really hard day (because of how we feel about her which is super complicated and also because it was just another reminder my mom is not alive…and her birthday fell on the wedding weekend) but we were supportive and tried to put on good faces (okay so some day drinking happened before the wedding to survive). The reception was really fun though and it was SOOOO nice to see family and family friends we hadn’t seen in a while.

5. I started to try running again but HAHAHA: I took Finn with me a couple times but mostly it was a fail. I really need to start running again because I’m doing a 5K on Thanksgiving and HAVE to do better than last time!! I’m suuuuch a self conscious runner which is part of the problem. The other problem is just that I hate running.




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Night Vision — Transviolet

2. Tired Of Talking — LÈON

3. Take It Or Leave It — Great Good Fine Okay

4. Bad Blood – Ryan Adams (Tay’s 1989 is still way better to me but I’ve been digging Ryan Adam’s interpretation of her songs!)

5. Shine A Light — Banners

6. Weak – Wet



Check out the rest of my September playlist



I only actually READ 2 books this month so I’ll just share what I read!

The Status Of All ThingsAll The Light We Cannot See

1. The Status Of All Things by Liz Fenton: Liked this oneinteresting look at social media and also marriage!
2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr:
This was as good as everyone said it was!!!




Queen of Shadows Sarah J. Maas

My spoiler-tastic (all spoilers are marked so have no fears!) discussion of one of my most anticipated books — Queen of Shadows!




“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”All The Light We Cannot See

I loved this sentence so much. NEW MANTRA.


Heh well since I didn’t blog very much this month I didn’t have that much going on but here are a few good posts:

1. Exciting Thing Is Exciting My Finn story!!

2. Ten series I need to finish: This was fun to go through my series that I need to finish (which is a lot because I’m awful at finishing series) and I LOVED your feedback about which ones I definitely should get to.

3. Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read This Year: Yay quotes!

4. Books To Read If You Like These Super Popular Books/Authors: Nice to give maybe less well known readalikes for popular books!

5. Books I’m Planning To Read This Fall : My Fall TBR has not gone so well clearly with only reading 2 books this month!


mr12Maybe Throne of Glass Retail Therapy post?



1. Why Snapchat MattersI have been loooooving Snapchat so much in these past couple months! Such a fun way to add content in a VERY different way than other places I am on the interwebs. A more behind the scenes way where I don’t have to proofread or use a filter or have a perfect picture or even feel pressured to do ANYTHING other than add stuff. SO STRESS FREE. I’m brokeandbookish if you are on there.

2. Let’s Stop Pretending It’s “SO EASY” To Be Healthy: Love this!! I would say I eat healthy about 80% of the time and I *try* to work out and be active but it is a struggle every day. Not easy but worth it. I just wanted to slow clap reading this.

3. No Regrets: I read this in the midst of my lack of blogging this month and I was like YEP this is exactly how I feel. NO REGRETS. I love blogging but sometimes I push myself to devote more time to it than I truly know I want to. It’s not like I FEEL like I have to but sometimes I feel this pressure, in addition to writing posts and stuff, like I have to reply to ALL the things and I have to comment on other blogs or keep up enough on Twitter or people will think I’m rude. I’m not. AT ALL. I want to community-oriented and appreciative to my readers…but I also want to have a life outside this computer and this online world. It’s a hard balance to find for me — being part of the community in the way that I want to but also not spending MORE time than I want to devote to this. It’s only a sliver of my life and sometimes I think I give it too much of my time. I’ve definitely reevaluated my Twitter usage and I have zero regrets about spending less time. Just need to find a time allotment to this hobby that makes me happy and makes me have NO REGRETS.

4. How To Love Your Work….Even When You Don’t Love Your Work: I feel like I have struggled with this a lot so definitely keeping these tips!

5. Why Experience Still Matters: Found this really interesting and mirroring some of my own thoughts lately.


1. GAMES OF THRONES: I know that was my obsession last month but I had only watched the first season. This month I watched the second, third and more than half of the fourth (I’m on episode 8 in that season right now) sooooo the obsession is real right now. I am devastated about some things that happened and OMG THE RED WEDDING WHY DID SOMEBODY NOT WARN ME I WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER THAT. Some of my faves: my Khaleesi, Tyrion, Arya and Jon Snow! Pretty much love all the Starks though! SO HAPPY THAT A CERTAIN AWFUL CHARACTER IS DEAD NOW THO. LOLS ALL AROUND.
2. PUMPKIN PIE COOKIE BUTTER FROM TRADER JOE’S– Oh my god you have no idea! I love the regular
3. My sister’s new puppy: Really I am just obsessed with ALL OF THE DOGS (my own very much included) but my sister’s puppy is just darling. Speaking of dogs I’ve been looking at volunteer options at the local rescue.

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1. My birthday: Soooo I am half looking forward to it and half not. I’m turning 30. I’m having a slight breakdown about this even though logically I know it’s just a number but OMG I AM GOING TO BE 30. I feel like I enjoyed my 20’s as up and down as they were. I KNOW 30 IS NOT OLD BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT WHEN I WAS 30 I WOULD BE A LEGIT ADULT.

 2. FALL THINGS: As much as I cry every time summer ends, Fall is my 2nd favorite season and I love all the things about fall minus the dropping temperatures.
3. New Børns album: Very very excited for their new album!!



What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Also, do you like to read certain types of books or *a* certain book in the fall?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Ten Books To Read If You Like THESE Super Popular Books/Authors

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors

I decided to do 10 different books/authors rather than a list for just one book or author!



1. If you like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green….


The Fault In our Stars

Read Extraordinary Means by Robin Schneider


Extraordinary Means Robyn Schneider

I think writing style-wise and plot it makes a great readalike but Extraordinary Means is SO different than it plus I love that it feels like contemporary but it’s not. I wasn’t as much of an emotional basketcase with EM as I was The Fault In Our Stars so there’s that!


2. If you like The Throne of Glass series….


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Read Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock

One of the most underrated fantasy series everrrrr! It’s a little more like the pacing of Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows and it doesn’t have quite the romance of Throne of Glass series but if you love great storytelling, kickass females and just epicness….GET ON IT. Definitely my favorite completed fantasy series! I feel for these characters just how I feel for Sarah’s cast of characters — just so in love and PROUD of them. You will root for them as they try to take back their kingdom.

3. If you like Sarah Dessen’s books, read Jessi Kirby’s books:



I think Jessi’s books have that same feel of being a ~Sarah Dessen~ book but definitely are their own. Recommend all 4 that she has out — Golden, Moonglass, In Honor and Things We Know By Heart!

4. If you like Divergent…


Read Pawn by Aimee Carter:

Pawn Aimee Carter cover and review

I haven’t really been reading much dystopian these days but I liked this one alot and think fans of Divergent would totally dig it! I haven’t read the second installment of either series coincidentally enough so can’t speak for the rest of the series. Definitely a page-turner if you are craving a dystopian!

5. If you liked Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

read Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas:

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Sure, Gone Girl is adult and Dangerous Girls is YA but a good thriller is a good thriller, yeah? I liked the guessing game and the page-turning qualities of both!


6. If you like Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

read Not After Everything by Michelle Levy:

Not After Everything Michelle Levy

Here’s the thing, this was such a hard one to come up with a readalike for that I felt lived up to this book. It’s one of my favorites so clearly it hit high marks for things that I love. I think Not After Everything is a ~good~ readalike for it but the writing and everything was just MORE solid for me in E&P if I’m being completely honest. That being said, I think there are things that make it a great readalike if you are reading about two teens who have their own hard stuff going on and find solace in each other. The sadness and intensity I felt about Eleanor’s home situation is how I felt about this main character’s. HEART HURT.

7. If you like Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline Rainbow Rowell

read After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid & The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Status Of All Things










I couldn’t choose which one to pick for this one! After I Do is my FAVORITE book out of these 3. It touches on some of the same things Landline does but in a different way re: marriage but I thought what I got out of it was even more profound than Landline which I loved. The Status of All Things also touched on marriage in the same vein of having a ~supernatural~ way of doing things over to repair your relationship/do it over.

8. If you like Wild by Cheryl Strayed



read Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center


Happiness For Beginners

Happiness For Beginners is not as intense or tough as Wild and obviously it’s fiction as opposed to a memoir but facing a tough wilderness adventure + finding yourself…it’s a good readalike!

9. If you like If I Stay by Gayle Forman


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

read either The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler or The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand:


The book of broken hearts by sarah ocklerThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand









I could have picked a couple of good readalikes for If I Stay but I think these two are solid!


10. If you like John Green in general….read Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid & All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Let's Get Los Adi AlsaidAll The Bright Places









I don’t have a specific reason why…I just read both of these and and I thought “huh I think John Green fans would totally like this” but also you can totally like it if you DON’T like his books.


So tell me…do you have any recs for these popular books/authors??

New To The Queue {17}

New To the Queue is a sporadic thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!



Zebulon Finch


The Life & Death Of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – October 27, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:  It showed up in the mail and I had never heard about it. I promptly read the back and it sounded AWESOME.

What It’s About:May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. His second life will be nothing like his first. Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.



Big Magic

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- September 22, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I really like Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing and this sounds like the sort of ~self improvement~ type book I’m into.

What It’s About:  Elizabeth Gilbert’s guide to living the creative life and sharing her creative process.

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Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Really really going to try hard to stick to this list!!! But being a mood reader sometimes makes that difficult.


1.City of Thieves by David Benioff: This has been on my TBR for a long time and I need to get to it. Plus I always seem to crave historical fiction in the Fall for some reason?? I don’t even know why!

2. The Rose Society by Marie Lu: I’ve been dying for this sequel because The Young Elites was SO amazing and THAT ENDING. Highly recommend

3. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: The vibe this book gives off just screams FALL. Historical thriller + insane asylum setting? YEAH.

4. Rules For A 50/50 Chance by Kate McGovern: It wouldn’t be a Jamie TBR if there wasn’t an emotional contemporary YA on it right??

5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas: “Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.” YEAH.

6. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus: This one showed up unsolicited in the mail and I’m SO GLAD IT DID because I had never heard of it and it sounds AMAZING. Planning on reading this in October because it seems like the perfect Halloween read that isn’t super scary or anything.

7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich: This sounds pretty creepy! Love having a creepy read or two in the Fall!

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I’ve been meaning to read this since the day it came out. Love Adam as a person and have heard nothing but phenomenal things!

9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Been meaning to start this fantasy series!!

10. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson: GOLD RUSH WILD WEST SO THERE FOR THIS.

So tell me…have you read any of these? Tell me what you think my NUMBER ONE priority should be from this list??

What I’ve Been Reading Lately – Mini Book Talks

Times have been busy so it’s time to just let you know what I’ve been reading with a little bit about what I thought!



Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

About In A Sentence (ish): Theo is a talented ballerina who has been through a lot — the disappearance of her best friend and an eating disorder that landed her in a group facility. When her best friend returns, 4 years after he went missing, secrets that Theo kept make her realize maybe she held a piece to her friend’s disappearance all along.

Thoughts: This one was my book club pick for August as I had really wanted to read it. I really liked it but I definitely didn’t OMG LOVE IT like so many of my friends did. There’s a lot going on to make it a page turner — a friend who was kidnapped returned, eating disorders, competitive ballet and a big secret that Theo has been keeping. I read it in one sitting and really felt for Theo and all the secrets surrounding Donovan’s disappearance. Theo has been through a lot, as we learn, and I really liked watching her become more free from these things and help herself and others even though it takes her a lot of mistakes to get there. Well written and definitely emotionally grittier than I thought it would be when I started!



All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

About In A Sentence-ish: A blind young French girl and a young German orphan boy paths collide as they try to survive World War II — she having to flee to a relative’s home as the Germans invade and he trying to survive being thrust into the Hitler Youth as they sharpen his skills at fixing and making and dissecting radios and everything to do with them.

Thoughts: THIS BOOK WAS AS AMAZING AS EVERYONE SAID. Though I have to say I struggled with the first 50 pages. Kept falling asleep but it was probably my fault for starting a new book at night. I loved both of the main characters so much and their stories were just so well written and hit me right in the feels. Marie-Laurie is so strong and I loved her perseverance and her curiosity. Werner’s struggle with what he knew was wrong/right vs. trying to survive (while coming of age) is heart-breaking. I always seem to be drawn to WWII books even though they hurt my heart and this one is one of the best I’ve encountered! I loved the way it was told alternating between the beginning of the war and then the end when they are both in danger. The way their stories converge is just masterful. I was reading SO ridiculously fast to see what would happen next for our main characters and how their paths would meet. Just so pleased that this lived up to the hype for me!!




Not After Everything Michelle Levy

Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

About In A Sentence-ish: From old friends to opposite ends of the social hierarchy, Tyler and Jordyn are thrown back together when Tyler needs a job to pay for his basic needs after his mom commits suicide and he’s left to fend for himself with his abusive father.. So much has happened since they were friends all these years ago to change their life and who they are but they find a sense of comfort in each other.

Thoughts: Woah this book was intense! Poor Tyler — what a rough situation he is in. His mom kills herself and now he’s left with his abusive dad who has only gotten worse since his mom passed. My hurt physically hurt as his story unfolded. So much to bear. I really liked the relationship between him and Jordyn as it developed though I think I would have loved this book more had it just been a friendship (though I do love a good “from hate to love” relationship). I loved how they got to know each other again after so many years and so many changes in their lives and as people. I loved how raw and honest Tyler’s perspective was even if at times he came off as so rude and brash. You could feel the immense hurt and brokenness in him. Definitely an emotionally tough book to read but really good. Also I loved the moments with he and his therapist so much. Ehhh to some of the uber high school drama that seems soo Mean Girls like.

* I received this book for review consideration. It in no way affected my opinion on the book*




Fates and FuriesFates & Furies by Lauren Groff

About In A Sentence-ish: The story of a husband and wife — first half from his POV, second half from hers.

Thoughts: Oh man I almost put this down. The first half KILLED ME. Like I gave zero shits about Lotto and wanted him to just go away. And then I got to the second part and was floored and OH MAN. Seriously, the addage two sides to every story is all you need to know and Groff is masterful as she tells the other side in the Furies section. Oh how the story, literally being told in much of the same timeline but through Mathilde’s POV, changes once you see the story told from both sides. How you view success of relationships, careers, moments in your life, interpretation of events — all in the eye of the beholder and incomplete without knowing other sides to things. Very thought-provoking and well written. Glad the second half made up for the boring first half in the best way possible. Definitely will be reading more books from Lauren Groff. Very talented!



Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Giveaway: A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston

I looooove retellings. LOVE. So I’m super excited to be able to offer my readers a prize pack for a book that is a retelling of 1,001 Nights.



 About The Book




A Thousand Nights Ek Johnston



Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

A story threaded with shimmering vibrance and beauty, A Thousand Nights will weave its spell over readers’ hearts and leave them captivated long after the final tale has been told.” —Alexandra Bracken, New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series


Check out the first four chapters of A THOUSAND NIGHTS here.
Add It To Goodreads
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About The Author



E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don’t ask her, because then it will be stuck in both of your heads.



ThousandPrizeOne lucky winner will this Pretty Things In A Dangerous Place prize package:

 –  Copy of A Thousand Nights;

– Branded nail polish set & tea bag dispenser

Giveaway open to US addresses only. You must be 13 years or older to enter.

Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.


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Queen of Shadows Blog Tour: A Throne of Glass Inspired Edition of Retail Therapy


So very excited to be on the Queen of Shadows blog tour with the Maas Thirteen — it has been such a great and creative tour so far! It’s no secret I’m a big fan of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (if you don’t know about it…check out this post) and I was so, so pleased with Queen of Shadows!! Okay, pleased is being very, very tame. I haven’t been right since I’ve read it, to be honest.

I had two really fun, albeit VERY involved and time-consuming, ideas for my spot on this tour. I was so planning on devoting the time to doing one of them because, seriously, they were so fun (at least I thought so)….but then I went and adopted a dog on Labor Day so any and all time I had to invest in filming these ideas was GONE. But I shall save them for the next tour should the Maas Thirteen invite me back. Related, I tried to name the dog all of the following: Fleetfoot, Chaol, Dorian, Aedion and Rowan but Will said no. So if that I had worked out I could have just taken really cute pictures of my ToG named dog and posed him into scenes from the series. But alas, Will vetoed the names and we’ve found that the dog (Finnikin) won’t sit still long enough to take a photo of him soooo yeah.


If you frequent this blog you know I’ve been doing Retail Therapy posts (with varying degrees of consistency) since 2011. If you are stopping by from the blog tour, welcome to Retail Therapy in which I make you empty your wallets and feel zero percent bad about it.

It’s not enough that I spend money on books but I really like to spend money on bookish things and so I thought it would be really fun to highlight some of my favorite fan made products. I love how books inspire creativity in people. Especially with this series I’ve seen sooo many amazing displays of fan art — even songs inspired by this series and these characters!


*Clicking on photos will take you to the shop of the artist who made it*
*I do not own these photographs, they are the property of the artists I’ve linked*



Because really who doesn’t need more bookmarks!

Throne of glass bookmarks

Throne of Glass bookmark

handpainted throne of glass bookmarks* I may or may not have bought the last 2 of the *rattle the stars* bookmark here and will be giving one away at the bottom of this post. I’m not sure if she will make more or if they are sold out for good!*

Wall Art




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Book Talk: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Book Talk: Dumplin’ by Julie MurphyDumplin' by Julie Murphy
on September 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



Willowdean has always been the fat girl and she’s always been pretty okay with that despite the normal teenage insecurities. It’s never been a THING for her. Until she gets a job and crushes on one of her hot co-workers who totally ends up liking her back. And then insecurities and what people think get the best of Willowdean and makes her second guess herself and if Bo could really like her. So she decides to remind herself of how confident she is and enters a beauty pageant (that her mother is the coordinator of) — an act that sparks a little bit of a revolution when a couple of other girls, who are inspired by Willowdean’s bravery, to join with her despite them not looking like the usual beauty pageant contestant.



This is definitely one of my most favorite books of 2015 and I want everyone to meet Willowdean! She’s definitely one of those characters you want to wish into existence so that you could be friends with her. There are a whole lot of adjectives I could use to describe her but really you just need to meet her. And the best thing about this book? As much as she is this dazzling star of this novel, she has so many other supporting characters in this book that shine equally as much in different ways. It’s just packed with amazing characters — especially females. I loved the girls who do the beauty pageant with Willowdean and I love how they all learn from each other and find friends they didn’t know they needed in their life. One of my FAVORITE scenes involves these ladies and some Dolly Parton awesomeness.

Sometimes it feels as if it’s hard to find body diversity within YA. It’s rare when I come across a ~fat~ main character and even more rare when that book isn’t solely about that person’s struggle with their weight or is trying to lose weight. Those are super important stories. Stories that need to be heard. But it’s really hard to find a fat main character who is fairly confident about being fat/isn’t really looking to change themselves or at least is no more insecure about being fat than about other things we as ladies get insecure about — which is also important and is a voice that needs to be heard. And the one thing about Willowdean in Dumplin’ is that she’s pretty okay in her skin and her being fat isn’t the biggest deal to her. She’s confident yet, like most girls, still has her insecurities and self consciousness that comes with being a teenager. She doesn’t really have a problem being the fat girl (aside from the crap from other people about it). Being fat is just a part of who she is — just a piece of her. Until she gets a boyfriend. A guy she thinks people will perceive is too good for her based on looks alone. And then nagging insecurities come full force and mess with her head threatening to break that confidence.

It is so, so relatable whether or your ~thing~ is your weight or a stutter or a flat chest (hello, me…I’m almost 30 weren’t my boobs supposed to show up by now lols) or a big nose or whatever. We see this vulnerability within Willowdean that shows just how hard it is to be confident of the things you love about yourself when the world makes it so easy to let those self-conscious feelings or insecurities attach themselves to you like a leech that just sucks your confidence blood supply dry and possibly make you feel like you need to CHANGE (because people say you should) or loathe yourself. And I loved how the beauty pageant was her way of proving to herself and others that you don’t have to be a certain way to deserve to be on the stage of a beauty pageant, to deserve love, to deserve to feel beautiful, etc. etc.

God it was just such a great coming of age story that seamlessly delved into so many things in addition to the body positivity and self-acceptance. Willowdean is dealing with the first real loss of her life — her aunt who meant a lot to her and was someone she was closest to. I loved how Julie Murphy portrays a lot of common teen experiences — crushing on someone, falling in love, heartbreaks, shifting best friend dynamics, feeling like your mom just doesn’t GET you etc. It’s just such a delightful and REAL story with strong messages that never feel like they are hitting you over the head. Just straight up REAL TALK through the plot and dialogue that is thought-provoking and I still have a few passages that have stuck with me.



factors(+ )characters, writing, storyline, lols, overall message
(– ) Nothing really that I can think of.

a5contemporary YA/realistic fiction fans, readers looking for body diversity & body positivity, readers who want a book that brings the lols and the sentimental feels, readers looking for strong female friendships

a8Dumplin’ was just an altogether delightful read that made me laugh out loud at times and put my hand to my heart and sigh. I enjoyed the ~message~ about loving your body and recognizing how worthy you are of love and feeling beautiful and other good things — no matter what your body looks like. I loved Willowdean and think she’s truly something special!


Dumplin' Julie Murphy

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
I’m really looking for more books with diversity when it comes to body type! Any suggestions?



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Ten Quotes I’ve Loved From Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Freebie — Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

(If you are a quote fiend like I am check out my top ten inspiring quotes from books)

I decided for this top ten tuesday freebie week I’d talk about some of the great quotes I’ve saved from books I’ve read this year!





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