Friday, August 25, 2017

10 Book-Buying Struggles We All Relate To


I like books.

(Shocker of the year.)

As a result, I frequent bookstores, and I've run into a lot of issues of the years. Here are some I think we can all relate to, and cry over.

1. When your nearest bookstore is... lacking.


It smells funny, the carpet has suspicious stains on it, it hasn't been vacuumed in six years, a family of raccoons have made themselves at home, and the phone signal is terrible. But it's all you have. Just be sure to take a shower after a trip there.

2. When you find a copy of a book you already own, but with a better cover.

It's like God is taunting you.

3. When your TBR is already a mile long.


You already have a million things to read -- your to be read list is too long for you to ever actually conceivably get through it. The last thing you need is to go to the bookstore and add more books to it.

AND YET...

4. When your favorite genre's section is TINY.

There are 10 books in this section. You've read them all. You own them all. There hasn't been a new addition in about six years. You are desperate for new content, and you check every single time you go book-shopping. But it'll never come, so you just stand there, staring at the shelf (or half-shelf), sighing to yourself with each disappointment.

5. When the staff won't leave you alone.

You get that they're trying to be helpful, but sometimes, you just want to browse in peace and quiet.

6. When the only cover you can find is of the movie poster.



WHY?! It's especially annoying when the movie adaptation isn't even good.

7. When they don't have your favorite book.

Yes, you already have it, but if this store doesn't carry it, then how will everyone ELSE discover it and experience that sort of wonder and joy and awesomeness? Carrying your favorite book is really a public service, and they should get on that.

8. When you overload your bag and it rips.


Hard mode: it happens as you're crossing the street and you have to scramble to gather all your books before you get run over.

9. When you can only afford one book... but you want 12.


Decisions, decisions...

Oh, who are we kidding? If your self-control is anything like mine, you'll just buy them all.

10. When you're so broke, you can't actually justify getting a new book... but you still want it.

So then you just stand there, calculating if  maybe you can go without something this pay period.

Like food.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

OwlCrate, August 2017

OwlCrate is a monthy subscription box where you get sent a new YA book and all sorts of cool merch and goodies, all pertaining to a certain theme.

This month's theme was SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES! Here's all the stuff I got in my box this month. If you want to sign up for OwlCrate, their website is here.


This month's box included...

  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. Dee makes a deal with a demon; her heart in exchange for an escape from her awful home life. But she soon gets more than she bargained for, and she's thrown into chaos with other "heartless" teens.
  • Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories by Washington Irving. A short story collection, including one of the most famous horror stories of all time, featuring the Headless Horseman.
  • A fountain pen, with three refills! If I can ever figure out how to use it...
  • A lapel pin, inspired by The Hearts We Sold.
  • Socks with Edgar Allan Poe on them. Um... YES.
  • Coffee, specifically, the Dark Arts Roast. I don't drink coffee, but I'm sure someone in this house will appreciate it.
  • A sticker inspired by This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (which has been on my TBR forever).
  • A bookmark inspired by Six of Crows, which I am actually reading right now. (And loving it so far!)
There's also a preview for next month's theme: MYTHICAL CREATURES. Can't wait!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Merciless III by Danielle Vega



TITLE: The Merciless III: Origins of Evil

AUTHOR: Danielle Vega

GENRE: horror

PLOT SUMMARY: All Brooklyn wants to do is help people. So, when she gets an anonymous call on her helpline, she decides to look into it when the police fail to follow up. Her search for the truth draws her into the social circle of Christ First Church, especially the pastor's friendly, intense son, Gavin, and his rebellious daughter, Hope. But the closer Brooklyn gets to Gavin, the harder time she'll have breaking away... and she doesn't have a clue what's in store once she gets in too deep.

FIRST THOUGHTS: The Merciless series is back, baby! I raved about the first book, so when the second entry of the series was such a disappointment, I was worried about this one. But I'm so glad I decided to stick with it. There's no official word yet as to whether there'll be a fourth book, but I really hope there will be -- there are way too many directions this series could go, and way too many unanswered questions for the story to stop here. While I still enjoyed the first entry in the series the most, this third novel, a prequel story, was a huge step up from the second, and I'm very optimistic about the future of the series.

DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES. READ THOSE FIRST BEFORE PROCEEDING.

THOUGHTS ON PLOT: I was really excited once I heard that this book would be a prequel; specifically, detailing the events of how Brooklyn became possessed by the Devil. It's not a prequel you can read before the other parts of the series -- it'd be understandable, and still a pretty good book, but having the full context of the story is what really makes it work. It's amazing how much tension Vega manages to draw out of the plot, despite the reader knowing from the start what's going to happen. You already know what the finale holds, and yet you actively dread it, and hope that somehow, the unhappy conclusion will be averted. There is a romantic subplot, but unlike the first book, it's actually vital to the main plot, which was a nice surprise. I did groan when I realized it was a love triangle, but it wasn't quite as bad as some other ones I read.

7 / 10

THOUGHTS ON CHARACTERS: Brooklyn is my favorite character in The Merciless series, so I'm happy to report that this book really did her justice. I like that her pre-possession self is still recognizable as her post-possession self, and yet so different. She's not all sweetness and light, and you see that darkness lurking within her, and yet she's still so, undoubtedly good. Part of what makes the story work so well is the tragedy of it all; we know we're going to have to watch as this good, genuinely kindhearted person slowly slips into evil, and there's nothing we can do to stop her. I was also really pleased to see Riley from the first book again; she's not quite the freakshow we know just yet, but give it time. Part of the fun of prequels is seeing flashes of the characters' future selves, and we definitely get that here. Riley isn't quite as present as she was in the first book, but her appearances serve to deepen her character in a surprising way. (A way that I think would be lost on a reader who hasn't already read the first two books.) Gavin and Hope are both delightful little basket cases in their own ways, and while I saw the conclusions of their characters coming from pretty much the moment they were introduced, I did really enjoy them. I also really liked Elijah, the other end of the love triangle Brooklyn finds herself entangled in. (Though, honestly, for a couple chapters there, I thought they might be angling for a love triangle between Gavin, Brooklyn, and Hope. Ah, well. Missed opportunity, I guess.)

8 / 10

THOUGHTS ON WRITING STYLE: The problem with reviewing series is that sometimes, things can get a bit repetitive. I'll keep this brief -- there's no real step up or step down from Vega's previous writing style. She's still great, and very engaging. And, as mentioned above, the fact that she managed to keep tension high despite the reader knowing how the book will end is quite impressive.

8 / 10

THOUGHTS ON POLITICAL STUFF: I've already discussed my mixed feelings towards this series' take on religion, so I'll let that rest until something new comes up in future installments. For now, let's just say: it's complicated. In terms of representation, this is a bit of a step down -- there's only one POC in the book, and she's not the lead, the way Sofia was in the previous books. I also take slight issue with the way abuse is portrayed in the book. At first, it seems to handle it very, very well, but the problem when you have demonic possession in your book is that sometimes, messages your book sends about the evils humans can do unto each other without demonic influence can get... mixed. If you just take it as a story, it's fine -- it's not overtly problematic, and it avoids falling into a lot of common, sexist traps that a lot of horror stories do. But if you read too deeply into it (as I tend to), it can get a bit... icky. Without getting too much into spoilers, I will also warn you that incest is brought up in one character's backstory -- we don't see anything, and it's not described in great detail, but tread lightly if you're worried about it.

5 / 10

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, a huge improvement from The Merciless II, one that's left me eager for the next book. I really hope any future installments manage to meet or even surpass the awesomeness of the first book, but for now, I'll settle for "nearly as good." I hope more people discover this series soon, because it's really great, especially if you enjoy a good twisted tale of human morality.

FINAL GRADE: 7 / 10

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

15 Things You'll Definitely Do While Querying


The query process, or, as I like to call it, the Devil's fetish scenario, is a grueling experience for us writers. It's where our book is done, edited, and polished, and now, we need an agent who can help us get published. So, we send our baby out into the world, asking for someone, anyone to represent it... and instead get our guts handed back to us. Usually in the form of a polite but somehow soulcrushing email. Yeah, the query process is brutal at best, downright traumatizing at worst.

But there is one good thing about suffering: it's great fodder for columns.

Here are the fifteen things you'll definitely do while querying.

1. Get a headache from how many options there are.



There are thousands of literary agents to choose from. Literally. Thousands.

There's no shortcut here. Just settle in and prepare to read a thousand different websites use a thousand different ways to say... basically the exact same thing.

But God help you if you get two different agencies' requirements mixed up.

2. Realize you really suck at getting to the point.

A large part of the query process is summing up your 50,000+ word novel into a short paragraph; possibly a few short paragraphs if the agent wants a synopsis.

You will suddenly realize that you ramble. A lot. Your one-page synopsis has somehow turned into five, and now, you have to figure out what to cut. But how can you possibly explain your masterpiece in only one page? Doesn't this agent know that great literature cannot be crammed into such a small space? Do they not care about every imperative detail of your magnum opus?

(Spoiler alert: no.)

3. Question EVERYTHING you thought you knew about your own book.

You can explain every detail about every character in your novel with no notice. You know the plot inside and out. You know every page, every word by heart.

And then you have to write your query letter.

Suddenly, you don't know what genre your book is. Or what age group you'd market it towards. Or who'd even buy it. Or why you want to be represented by this particular agent. And what is fiction, really?

4. Realize you don't actually know as much about the publishing industry as you thought you did.


During a single hour of querying, you will learn six new words, one of which you'll learn from context clues because even Google was stumped. And everything you learned about publishing back in 2010 is now totally irrelevant, and you have to start over. Since when did agents want you to tell you what social media you're on? Why does this agent use an online form, while this agent wants direct emails? And what the hell is a boutique agency?

(Seriously, does anyone know? I've seen the term pop up a few times, and I'm stumped. I tried Googling it. Didn't help.)

5. Wonder how much past writing experience you can claim before it becomes flat-out lying.


Anything can qualify as writing experience if you're desperate.

6. Accidentally hit "send" on at least one email before you're done.



We've all done it. If you're feeling ballsy, you can send them your real query with an apology note, explaining what happened, and hope they understand that you're only human and mistakes happen, and give you a fair shot anyway.

If you're me, you go through the five stages of grief in about ten seconds, before accepting that you've burned that bridge, and devour yourself inwards as you spiral into a vortex of shame.

7. Query two agents from the same agency at the same time without realizing it.

If you're lucky, you'll catch it before you hit "send" and stop yourself from committing this major querying faux-pas. (Unless, of course, the agency in question explicitly says they're okay with it.)

If you're not... yeah, you can scratch that agency off your list. RIP, you.

8. Obsessively check, double-check, and triple-check to make sure you didn't upload the wrong file.

More like centuple-check, if you're a paranoid wreck like me. Yes, I know I definitely uploaded the right file, because I checked it a thousand times already... BUT WHAT IF I DIDN'T?

9. Have about sixteen heart attacks before you can bring yourself to send that requested manuscript...


...and about ninety-three heart attacks after you finally do. At first, an agent requesting your full manuscript seems great! But once you hit send, you suddenly realize, there's no going back, and the anxiety hits you like a tidal wave. What if you uploaded the wrong file? What if there's a typo you missed? What if they don't like it?

What if they DO?

10. Suddenly doubt that you even know how to write. Like, at all.

And once you start doubting, you will begin to spiral rapidly. An average look into a spiral-session:

Does my book even qualify for this genre? Does it meet the standards for this genre? Does it meet the standards of any genre? What makes me think this book is truly the best it can be? What makes me think I'm even qualified to write this book? Does this story even warrant telling? Do I actually have a grain of talent in my body, or have I only deluded myself? I deluded myself, haven't I? I totally deluded myself. I managed to trick myself into believing I can write, and now I've inflicted this monstrosity upon some poor, unsuspecting agent. OH GOD, I'M A HACK.

11. Get rejected.

The email they sent didn't actually say, "Fuck you and the horse you came in on," but it sure feels like it did. Yes, unless you are the luckiest bitch alive, you are going to get rejected by a few (dozen) agents. Probably more. Usually, they'll send a form email, but sometimes, they'll detail all the reasons why they rejected you.

Pros to that: it lets you know what went wrong, and what your weak spots are in your manuscript, and sometimes, the agent is even interested in trying again if you edit your manuscript to their liking. If you're exceedingly lucky, they may even give you some pointers, and tell you how you can improve.

Cons: It's an email detailing all the reasons why they rejected you.

12. And cry.




Ice cream is optional, a whole new wave of self-doubt is not.

13. Get rejected five times in one day.

See, this is a fun side effect of sending out multiple query letters around the same time. Most agencies reply within 6 - 8 weeks, which means, if you sent two agencies a letter on the same day, there's also a chance you'll hear back from the two agencies on the same day.

So, the more agents you query on the same day, the more likely you are to also get shot down by them on the same day.

Fun fact: I once got rejected six times within an hour. It was like they were firebombing.

14. Realize that there is no escape from the query process.

Not even while you sleep. Once you've started, it's on your mind 24/7. And once you start having dreams about it, it's officially too late for you.

15. Refresh your email... every 10 seconds... forever.

So what if you sent the query literally five minutes ago? Maybe they replied!

So what if you've already checked twenty times today? Maybe they replied!

So what if you're giving yourself heart palpitations by stressing yourself out? Maybe they replied!

Repeat ad nauseum until one of them actually does reply.

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What are the struggles you go through when you're querying? Tell me about them in the comments!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


TITLE: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

AUTHOR: Mackenzi Lee

GENRE: historical fiction, comedy

PLOT SUMMARY: Henry "Monty" Montague is an English gentleman about to embark on his Grand Tour of Europe, his younger sister Felicity and his best friend Percy in tow. Monty sees his Tour as his last hurrah before he comes home, takes over his father's estate, and begins a boring, empty life of responsibilities. Monty has never been one for responsibility. Between his excessive drinking, his tendency to wake up with men and women alike, and his love of partying, Monty's pretty secure in his role as the family disappointment. Not helping matters is that Monty's been in love with Percy for years, but after the Tour, Percy will be off to law school in Holland. Determined to have as much fun as possible, and maybe finally tell Percy how he feels, Monty sets off on the Tour, but things go awry when Monty steals a box from someone that annoys him, and inadvertently sets off a chain of events leading to our heroes going on the run. Everyone from London to Venice seems to want that box for some reason, and will do anything to get it from Monty. And that's before the pirates show up.

FIRST THOUGHTS: Holy hell, I loved this book. I pre-ordered it as soon as I read the summary, and I'm glad I got it straight away -- I loved every single page. And this is coming from someone who normally has difficulty with historical fiction! Everything about this book was a delight, from the romance to the main character to the adventure, and I never wanted it to end. But end, it did, and now I'm here to talk about it. Onto the review!

THOUGHTS ON PLOT: This is the classic road trip plot, excepted filtered through a historical setting. Monty, Felicity, and Percy traverse all across Europe, getting into lots of trouble along the way. I was already enjoying that aspect of the book, but the "going on the run" angle was a pleasant surprise, and things got infinitely more exciting after that. Despite the book being pretty long by YA standards, it moved along very quickly -- I easily got through over 150 pages in one sitting. Be warned, though; this isn't a book you can really skim. If you blank out and miss some details, you may miss some vital plot info. Constant vigilance!

9 / 10

THOUGHTS ON CHARACTERS: I really adored all three of our leads characters -- especially Felicity, who was by far my favorite character. I loved her intelligence and her willingness to let her strength prove itself, as well as her dynamic with Monty. Monty himself was a great lead; deeply, deeply flawed, but also incredibly sympathetic and likable. His wit and snarkiness made for a great window into the world. He's just oblivious enough that we don't find out vital plot stuff right away, which makes for good reveals, but he also helps ease the reader into the historical setting. Percy was also really likable, and remarkably more well-developed than most YA love interests. He's more down-to-earth than Monty, but he's not without his own sense of humor and his own fantasies for what he wants his life to be like. The side characters also round out the novel really well; I especially loved the pirates, who I can't talk much about without going into spoilers, but trust me when I say they're great.

10 / 10

THOUGHTS ON WRITING STYLE: Really, really good first-person narration, and one of the few books I've read that makes present-tense actually work. I like how the author introduces you to the historical setting, and gives you the need-to-know stuff without it feeling like an info dump. Even if you know virtually nothing about history, there's enough exposition that you won't be confused -- without being forced. The author also clearly put a lot of research into the settings, which is much appreciated, and helps enrich the world the story takes place in. Overall, I really enjoyed Lee's prose, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

9 / 10

THOUGHTS ON POLITICAL STUFF: In terms of bisexual representation, I only have one word: FINALLY. The book may never use the word "bisexual" (since it, you know, didn't exist at the time the story takes place), but Monty is far and away the best-written bisexual lead I've seen in fiction. His attraction to Percy is strongest, but his attraction to women is never cast aside or downplayed, which is much appreciated. And the queer representation isn't where the awesomeness stops; Percy is biracial, and there are a number of disabled characters, too. And what really makes it is how the book doesn't shy away from how all of these things were treated at the time, but also manages to avoid any doom-and-gloom stereotypes. It's also a refreshing change from the angst that usually plagues disabled characters in fiction. This book is proof that you can have a diverse cast in historical fiction while still being "historically accurate" -- and still have a happy ending.

10 / 10

FINAL THOUGHTS: Seriously, please read this book. It's amazing. There's a sequel about Felicity set to come out next year, and I can't wait -- The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy can't come out fast enough as far as I'm concerned. This book is the fun adventure all queer readers deserve. Even if you're not queer, even if you're not normally into YA or historical fiction, check it out. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did.

FINAL GRADE: 9.5 / 10

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Friday, August 4, 2017

GIVEAWAY: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


I've acquired two copies of this book, so I'm hosting a giveaway!

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
 

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  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • The giveaway ends SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
Good luck, everyone!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: E.D. Baker


E.D. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in a suburb of Buffalo with her parents and older brother.  She earned her BA in psychology from Allegheny College and her MAT from Johns Hopkins University.  Elizabeth has three children and two grandchildren.  She currently lives with her family and way too many animals on a small farm in Maryland.  Her first book, The Frog Princess, was loosely adapted into Disney's movie, The Princess and the Frog.  Since then she has written nearly thirty books, some of which will be coming out next year.

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What's the hardest part of the writing process?

I think the hardest part is having to leave a work in progress to work on something else - like revising a book I've already written.  It always takes some time before I'm really into a new project and I hate leaving it to work on something else.  It takes me out of my mind set and then I have to get back into it all over again.

Your books have a strong fairy tale motif. What is it about this genre in particular that appeals to you?

The endless possibilities, the ability to make up my own rules about magic and the chance to let the pages take me on glorious adventures.

What's your favorite book that you have written, and why?

I've been working on a particular book off and on for a few years now.  I've rewritten it five or six times, but I like the story so much that I'm willing to keep rewriting it until it's just right.  I also really like a science fiction book that I've written for a slightly younger age group.  The one that will always hold a special place in my heart, however, is Dragon's Breath.  It had just come out in galley form when I went to sit in the hospital with my mother before she died.  I read the book to her, even though she was unresponsive the last few days.  She had liked the beginning and I hoped that she was still able to hear it at some level.  

Did you always intend for The Frog Princess to have sequels? If not, what made you decide to continue the story as a series?

When I wrote The Frog Princess I thought it was going to be a single book, not part of a series, but when I finished it I started to think about what would happen next.  My editor asked if I'd be interested in writing a prequel, but I said I had a sequel in mind – Dragon's Breath.  I eventually did write the prequel – The Salamander Spell.  

Who is your favorite character in the Tales of the Frog Princess series, and why?

Emma because she's strong, resourceful and brave.  She isn't extremely beautiful or graceful, but those weren't the qualities that really mattered.  

What made you decide to continue the Tales of the Frog Princess series after six years?

It was actually my editor's idea as a way to celebrate the fifteen-year anniversary of The Frog Princess.  When I thought about the series, I realized that there was a story that would fit perfectly.  I had a great time writing it and revisiting my old friends in Greater Greensward.



What fairy tales would you like to adapt or reimagine in your future works?

I'm not sure yet.  I collect books of old fairy tales and have found inspiration in a few of them. Nothing solid yet, but then I already have a lot of other stories in my mental line-up.

What's your favorite fantasy creature?

Dragons, definitely.  If I could be a fantasy creature, it would be a dragon.

Do you outline? Why or why not?

I've tried writing with and without outlines, but I've found that the more pre-writing I do, the easier it is to write a story.  I not only do outlines, I also create timelines, character studies and maps before I begin the actual story.  

What was it like when you first got published?

Nothing changed, really.  I was super excited, and so was my immediate family, but it was a while before being an author made a difference in my life.  The Disney offer was exciting, of course, but that didn't happen until months later.  It took years before they made the movie, and then it had very little to do with my book.  

If you could have lunch with any three authors in history, who would you choose, and why?

Beatrix Potter, because I like that she was into farm land conservation.  Sarah Maas, because I really like her vision for fantasy, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, because I like her sense of humor.

What's your advice for new writers?

Be persistent.  Keep writing even if it's hard to fit it into your schedule, or you don't have a special place to write, or you've gotten countless rejection letters.  You'll never get published if you don't keep trying, and the more you write, the better your writing will become.  

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You can visit E.D. Baker's website HERE, and you can buy her books HERE. You can also follow her on Facebook HERE.

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Thanks so much to Elizabeth for taking the time for this interview! Tales of the Frog Princess was one of my childhood favorites, so this was a seriously exciting interview for me. If you enjoyed this interview, please take two seconds to subscribe to this website (the box for that is at the top of the page), or become one of my Patrons! You can also buy me a coffee by clicking the button above -- every little helps.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

OwlCrate, July 2017

OwlCrate is a monthy subscription box where you get sent a new YA book and all sorts of cool merch and goodies, all pertaining to a certain theme.

This month's theme was WANDERLUST! Here's all the stuff I got in my box this month. If you want to sign up for OwlCrate, their website is here.

This is a bit late this month, since I was on vacation when my crate arrived. But, better late than never!


This month's box included...

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. A historical comedy with a bisexual protagonist, this follows our main character Monty as he, his sister, and his best friend make a tour across Eurpoe -- and run into lots of shenanigans along the way. Fun fact: I already own this book! Be on the lookout for a giveaway soon.
  • A map of Europe, themed to go with the book.
  • A luggage tag shaped like an owl. Thank God -- I've been needing a luggage tag. (Shaped like an owl.)
  • A Lord of the Rings inspired backpack.
  • A pocket mirror, inspired by the series A Darker Shade of Magic. (Which I have not read but everyone tells me is incredible.)
  • A pocket journal, because I always need one more notebook. The cover art is lovely -- I wish my photo captured it.
  • A poster with the words "I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps."
  • A keychain of Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
There's also a card with next month's theme -- SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Can't wait!

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