Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pinterest Sunday: Harry Potter Wands


I have decided that Sundays will now be Pinterest days. What does that mean? It means every Sunday I’ll be sharing a bookish craft with ya’ll that I found on Pinterest.

Obviously, none of these craft ideas were created by me, and I’ll give the creator the credit he or she deserves. I just want to share some cool and fun—and maybe even new—craft ideas with you. And maybe I’ll even scrounge up the willpower to actually do the craft one day. Who knows?

The craft I want to share today was posted by Gretchen over at Boxy Colonial. I’ve actually already done this particular craft at my Harry Potter party, which you can check out here. My roommate actually used these directions for us to make our very own wands, just like these:

This is a great craft for book clubs or just a night of hanging out. Besides owning a glue gun, all you need is brown colored paints and some of those weird sticks from the craft section of Walmart.


Mine from the party turned out a little more dark and loopy than I originally intended, but I like it. It makes great bookish d├ęcor. Of course, the Hermione wand I bought from Ollivander’s is cooler, but this one is MINE. Check it out:
 

So, what do you guys think? Would you do this? Yay? Nay? Maybe? Sound off in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here. Or, if you just want to check out what bookish crafts I have saved so far, you can go here.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves: The Hold Couple Edition

 "Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

I just picked these two books up like less than thirty minutes ago. And, miracle upon miracles, I did not buy them. 

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Two of my six holds (I don’t remember requesting that many books, but I’m sure I did) came in today. I have a three-day weekend coming up, so guess what’s going to be happening in that time. ;)

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the gif.

Is there anything better than a dancing Jensen? Is there? If there is, please let me know!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bookshelf Pics: Bookshelf #5

Unlike the other bookshelves I've shown you over the past couple of weeks, this one lives at my apartment. I say lives because its constantly changing. I bring the books I need to read from my home shelves and shuffle them out once I've read some. It's a never-ending cycle. That's why you'll see some repeats from the first four shelves. Also, most of the books don't have dust jackets because its dangerous to travel with them on.
 

Oh, I almost forgot, not all of these are my books. I'll get to that in a bit though.


The very top shelf has DIY maps and Honeydukes bag from my HP Party last fall. One of the maps is of Narnia and the other of Hogwarts.


The next shelf holds my roommates' books and various knickknacks, including her HP wand and potion from our HP Party.


This third shelf is mine and it holds my naked TBR books. There's no particular order here. The ones that aren't naked are actually books I borrow from the Book Review Board of MO to review. Also, my HP Party wand and potion sit on this shelf with Daenerys.


For this shelf I have more TBR books along with Dean, Sam, Cas, and Toothless!


This shelf holds some books I bought not too long ago from Book Outlet. It also holds a cup full of bookmarks and pens, a teddy bear, some pics, and a goblet from our HP Party.


This last shelf is pretty measly. It has some textbook-ish books on it and the J.R. Ward book that I managed to read. (I try and keep the books I've read together so I can take them home when I visit my parents.) It also holds the pile of books I plan on getting signed by Victoria Aveyard and Sophie Jordan in a few days.

Alright, there you have it. That’s Shelf #5 in all of its glory! What do you think? Any arrangement tips? Oh, and I hope you enjoyed my shelves!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Firstlife
(Everlife #1)
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Hardcover, 416 pages, Harlequin Teen
Genres: YA, Paranormal

ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

A new YA series by Gena Showalter?! Can you see my drool? I’m hoping to get my hands on this baby before it releases because I need it ASAP! If you have an ARC I will trade/sell my soul for it. I know there isn't much time left until its release, but I still need it! Please? Anyone?

EDIT: I actually received a Netgalley ARC of this book. Yay
 
I have to say THANK YOU to Harlequin Teen for letting me read and review this. Gena Showalter is a writing goddess and being able to get an early look at one of her works makes me want to sing nah-nah-nah-nah-boo-boo to everyone who has to wait until release day to get this. (I’m totally just kidding. I don’t get ARCs that often, so I feel your pain.) I’m going to stop being weird now.

What book are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bookshelf Pics: Bookshelf #4

Whew! This is tough work putting these posts together! I'm not even going to try to come up with a witty comment. Just prepare yourselves for Bookshelf #4.

As some of you may know if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, I went home over winter break. Besides my family and dog, the thing I love most about going home is drooling over my own bookshelves. See, I leave all of the books I’ve read, along with some I haven’t, at home so I don’t crown my apartment. There’s limited space in that sucker.

About twice a year or so I manage to get home for long enough that I can rearrange my bookshelves. Usually it’s once in the summer and once in the winter. Now, because I rearranged, I have some updated bookshelf pictures for you to ogle. But, instead of showing you all of them at once, I’m just going to do one full shelf at a time. 


Today’s shelf has a weird mix on it. It's mainly children's books from when I was younger and adult romance books that I want to hide from my parents just because it would be embarassing if they saw them. Oh, and sorry if the pics are dark, this bookshelf resides in my closet.


Here are some YA paranormal books that were just "eh" and some larger coffeetable-esque books.



My collection of ARCs and some YA paranormal and paranormal romance.



This shelf is my Gena Showalter/J.R. Ward/Kresley Cole combo. I don't even have all of the books I need to complete my collections yet. *sigh*



Children's books and a few classics. I really should get rid of these, but I just can't make myself.
 I know I'm never going to reread them, but I'm too sentimental.

Alright, there you have it. That’s Shelf #4 in all of its glory! What do you think? Any arrangement tips?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bookshelf Pics: Bookshelf #3

We're over halfway through looking at my shelves! That's kind of sad... I wish I had more.

As some of you may know if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, I went home over winter break. Besides my family and dog, the thing I love most about going home is drooling over my own bookshelves. See, I leave all of the books I’ve read, along with some I haven’t, at home so I don’t crown my apartment. There’s limited space in that sucker.

About twice a year or so I manage to get home for long enough that I can rearrange my bookshelves. Usually it’s once in the summer and once in the winter. Now, because I rearranged, I have some updated bookshelf pictures for you to ogle. But, instead of showing you all of them at once, I’m just going to do one full shelf at a time. 


Today’s shelf is another one that is overflowing. Heck, who am I kidding? They're all overflowing. I need more shelves.


The very top shelf has my Meg Cabot collection residing on it. Gotta love Meg Cabot.



The next shelf holds YA and NA contemporary books. I actually don't own a whole lot of these, there's just not a lot of space on this shelf.



This third shelf is a mix of YA contemporary, middle grade, and fantasy. Basically, there's no order to it.


For this shelf I have some YA paranormal and a stuffed kitten that sings the "Soft Kitty" song from Big Bang Theory. This is the neatest shelf in Bookshelf #3.


Another semi-neat shelf. This one holds some YA paranormal and a few leftovers.



On this shelf there are a variety of books that I either didn't really enjoy or that I haven't heard anything about a sequel coming out OR that I need to buy the updated covers to.

Alright, there you have it. That’s Shelf #3 in all of its glory! What do you think? Any arrangement tips?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pinterest Sunday: DIY Bookish Cards


I have decided that Sundays will now be Pinterest days. What does that mean? It means every Sunday I’ll be sharing a bookish craft with ya’ll that I found on Pinterest.

Obviously, none of these craft ideas were created by me, and I’ll give the creator the credit he or she deserves. I just want to share some cool and fun—and maybe even new—craft ideas with you. And maybe I’ll even scrounge up the willpower to actually do the craft one day. Who knows?

The craft I want to share today was posted by Popsugar and is ridiculously cute. I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually make cards all that often. I usually buy mine or use online event stuff to invite people anywhere. But this craft totally makes me want to throw a party, just so I can use these cards:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/575405289865779315/

Can you imagine how cool a Harry Potter card like this would be? A silhouette of Harry waving his wand with Hedwig flying above or Hogwarts in the background? Or even the Pevensie kids under the lamppost? B-E-A-U-ITFUL. Of course, the Alice in Wonderland ones are cute too. It makes me want to have a kid, just so I can make their party Alice in Wonderland themed.

Now, other than printing out the text and folding the paper into an envelope shape, I’m not sure what exact steps are involved in this process. (I don’t know if I’d rip the pages of a book out to make these… I would have to definitely be having a themed party to spend money on a book and then destroy it just for some cards I’m not going to keep.) I can’t tell what paper they’re using. I would probably go for the heavier papers for the silhouette overlay, but I wouldn’t use construction paper. It’s too fuzzy.

If you can think of any other cool images that could be used, or that you want to use, definitely let me know!

So, what do you guys think? Would you do this? Yay? Nay? Maybe? Sound off in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here. Or, if you just want to check out what bookish crafts I have saved so far, you can go here.