10 Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Dear readers, did you know that it was my birthday recently? On May 2 I turned 25, so let’s throw me a pretend birthday party!

It’s tough thinking of 10 different bookish things to have at my birthday party, but I have a few ideas in mind that you might like.

But I want to hear what bookish items you’d have at your birthday, so let me know in the comments, or tag me in social media!
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1 – My Favourite Authors

So I’m going to be selfish and invite my favourite authors to my birthday. Assuming they all say yes, because why wouldn’t they, I would invite Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan (yes he’s going to zoom call into the party from wherever he is resting) and Samantha Shannon (She’s currently my #3 fav atm).

Because they’re all lovely people, they’ll do a little bit of signing, but mostly they’ll just hang out and chit chat with everyone.


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2 – Some Book Characters

This will probably be the hardest thing on my bookish birthday checklist to get a hold of, because it involves some magic, but I am going to assume that we can find someone with the ability to make book characters come to life, even for a few minutes.

If that is possible, I want to have a station where people can “request” a certain character, and they’ll have the chance to take a picture or other PG-13 things.

Who would you want to bring to life from a book, even just for a picture with them?


3 – House Elves

Since it’s my party and I love to eat, we are going to need a lot of food. Why pay for that food, when I an have a few dozen house elves make food just appear in front of us whenever we want?

4 – In a bookstore

Where better to have a bookish birthday party, then in a book store? I don’t have one specifically in mind, but any bookstore will do. Here are some that might work.


5 – Free Book for Everyone

At the end of the night, once everyone has grown tired of the best party of their lives, they’ll get to take home one book of their choice for free.


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6 – Discussion Circles

When you have a bunch of book lovers in one room, the best thing you can do is give them a chance to gush over their favourite books. So, to keep my party guests happy, I’ll have comfy chairs ready, set up in circles, for readers to chit chat about life or whatever books they’re currently reading.


7 – Coded Invitations

I think it would be really cool, if I created a coded invitation for people to come to my party. People will get an invitation on their doorstep, and you’d need to use famous books to find certain letters or answer certain riddles in order to find out the time and date of the party.


8 – Reading Area with Comfy Chairs and Couches

Like the discussion areas, I’d have chairs and couches set up in quiet zones for people to read. There will be a warm beverage station, but otherwise it will be a quiet zone for people to just enjoy whatever books they want to read.


9 – Make Your Own Bookquote Shirt Station

Simple idea. People will be able to put one of their favourite book quotes onto a plain white t-shirt and take it home to wear. Maybe with a photo station for some selfies too!


10 – All the Book Lovers I can Find

Obviously I can’t have this party on my own, so I need to invite all my bookish friends that I’ve made since becoming a book blogger. Everyone is invited, and bring as many book lovers as you can carry!


What bookish items would you have at your perfect party? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Top 10 Longest Books I Own

Hello my dear readers, I welcome you to a post where I will be bragging about the books I own.

I was looking at my shelves last week, and I noticed I had a lot of large hardcover books. (As soon as I wrote that, a good post idea came to mind).

Since it was time for a Top 10 Tuesday, what better way to share my longest books with you, and maybe hear what your longest books are.

Looking through mine, I was surprised how many of my list were actually paperback!

For clarity’s sake, I am only counting the book page count that contains the story. I am not including any indexes, previews for future books, a glossaries, or anything of the sort.

You probably won’t be surprised that this list is basically made up of a small list of authors.

Let’s talk about your longest books in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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10: A Feast for Crows

Page Count: 976
Format: Paperback
Author: George R.R. Martin
Status: Read


9: Lord of Chaos

Page Count: 987
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan
Status: Read


8: The Gathering Storm

Page Count: 1071
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


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7: A Storm of Swords

Page Count: 1128
Format: Paperback
Author: George R.R. Martin
Status: Read


6: A Memory of Light

Page Count: 1148
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


5: IT

Page Count: 1153
Format:
Paperback
Author:
Stephen King
Status:
Slowly Reading


4: Towers of Midnight

Page Count: 1218
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


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3: Oathbringer

Page Count: 1233
Format: Hardcover
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read


2: The Way of Kings

Page Count: 1252
Format: Paperback
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read


1: Words of Radiance

Page Count: 1303
Format: Paperback
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read

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Top 10 Tuesday: Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Good morning dear readers, and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is a Book Cover Freebie, so I decided I would show you some of the beautiful book covers that I own. These are in no particular order.

Oathbringer
This is actually the inside cover that I find to be absolutely stunning. I feel it’s like something out of an old medieval book.

Norse Mythology
A beautiful and well detailed cover with a beautiful colour background.

Firefight
I love the colour in this cover, it just pops so nicely.

The Art of War
Simple, beautiful, and the material is nice to touch. Plus I love the binding.

Sword of Destiny
I love the shading and the colours in this cover.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Simple but effective. Great covers that carry a lot of impact for anyone who reads them.

Wheel of Time Series
I love the detail and the story that is put into the covers.

IT
Simple, sinister, and scary. A perfect cover for IT.

History’s Worst Inventions
Another simple cover, but I love the simplicity and the colour.

Priory of the Orange Tree
Orange is an underused colour, and it is used beautifully in this cover.

What are some of your most beautiful book covers? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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Top 10 Tuesdays: Newest Additions to my Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is the 10 books most recently added to my bookshelf. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m just gonna start…and these are in no particular order, just the most recent books I received/bought


The Alloy of Law

By Brandon Sanderson, and a Mistborn world book. I am excited to get to it, but I have to finish the original trilogy first.

The Dark Tower

By Stephen King. Many consider this a classic and a great book, so I wanted to see what it was all about.

Wizard’s First Rule

The first book of a large series by Terry Goodkind. I’ve heard this is the best book in the series, so I can’t wait to step into another fantasy world.

Rebel

The final book in the Marie Lu series. I started reading this series years ago, and I can say I am quite happy with the way it all ended.

Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

I’ve mentioned this book quite a bit too, but I am excited to get a chance to read it.

Sword of Destiny

A Witcher book. My brother bought the first one, and I got the second one. I’ve heard they are good and gruesome, which are both okay in my eyes.

Fahrenheit 451

A classic, and some would say a great book. My girlfriend picked it out for me at random, but I am always willing to read a classic story.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Months ago I had seen this book all over Twitter, so I thought I’d finally get a copy of my own when I saw it in my local bookstore. I honestly don’t know what it’s about, but I am excited to crack it open.

Dnd Monster Manual

For any DnD player or DM, this book is a good source of information for the game, and a good source of inspiration for any writer.

Top 10 Games to Play in your Head by Yourself

I’ve said how excited I am about this book several times, but I just want to reinforce it one more time…I am excited for this book!


What are some of your most recent Bookshelf submissions? Let me know in the comments, or on social media.
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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Bookmarks

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s Top 10 list is My Top 10 Favourite Bookmarks. I guess this could be meant in a few different ways.

It could mean my Top 10 physical book marks–different ones I have owned through my life that look cool or had sentimental meaning, or it could mean the top 10 things I use for bookmarks.

My list is going to be a hybrid between the two…so here we go.

  1. Scrap Paper
    When you’re in a pinch, anything will do as a bookmark (except folding the page because that’s just wrong wrong wrong).
  2. Flash Cards
    I like to use flash cards as bookmarks when I want to see the physical progress I have made in a book. Seeing the distance between the starting bookmark and the flash card.
  3. Sticky Notes
    I don’t do it often, but when studying a book for school, there would be multiple times when I would take notes on a sticky note and use that as a bookmarker to go back to that page.
  4. My Finger
    There have been more than a couple times that I would walk around for an hour or two with my finger in the book, marking my page. A lot easier when you I found the moment to sneak in a page or two.
  5. Metal Book Markers
    I got these as a gift several years ago, and they are still my favourite bookmarks. They are small metal markers that you can hardly see or feel when running your hand along the book. They’re easy to lose, but when they come in a tin of 30 or so, you have several years worth of bookmarks that wont get ruined in your bag.
  6. Electronic Bookmarks
    So these obviously only work on eBooks, but I can’t deny how handy it is when I re-open the eBook I am reading and it is on the exact page that I left it on.
  7. Paper Bookmarks
    I haven’t used a paper bookmark for years. They were my favourite ones as a kid, usually with a tassle at the end of them, but they got ruined too quickly for my liking now.
  8. Nothing at all!
    I know it sounds a bit barbaric, but there have been a few times in my life where I would just pick up a book at random times when I was bored and would just find the spot where I left off. Usually it would be a book that had more of a text-book style reading to it, but still the idea of not using a bookmark sort of makes me sick.
  9. One Attached to the Book/Journal
    Sometimes I’ll find a book or journal that has one of those attached pieces of fabric to use as a bookmarker. I use one in my agenda everyday, and they’re really handy and can’t get ruined that easily.
  10. Paperclips
    I was not a fan of this when I did it, but a paperclip did come in handy to quickly mark the page I needed.

What are some of the most bizarre things you’ve used as a bookmark before? My list is pretty tame compared to some others I have heard, but let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Romantic Writing Prompts

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This Tuesday’s post is supposed to be about 10 Books On My Fall TBR List, but I am not really the type to read plenty of books. I go more for the lengthier reads, which generally takes me longer to read them.

Since I don’t really have any books I’m planning on reading this fall, other than IT by Stephen King, I figured I would give you a different Top 10 List.

So without further adieu, here are 10 romantic writing prompts.


Write about a character who is up for a big promotion within their company. They’ve put everything on hold for it – including their love life. But when an outsider is hired instead, they lose it, focusing all their energy on bringing this newcomer down. They just didn’t think about the fact that they might end up liking them.

Write about how a package is mailed to your main character. It’s filled with what seems like hundreds of letters all to a single person. Memories and confessions of love are penned within those letters. Your main character feels drawn to the person on the other end and sets out to find them – and the letter’s true destination.

Write about how your character started going blind at the age of six. Fifteen years later, they meet someone who makes their life better in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Then they realize that they’ve actually met that person before.

A waft of something flowery washes over your main character as they jog down the street. They turn and follow the scent to someone dancing in the middle of the street to no music while reading a book.

Her brother’s friends are off limits. Her dad’s friends are off limits. She knows those rules. But when a new coworker of her dad’s enters the picture, she’ll have to find a way around her father’s rules.

Write a story about how many memories of love and loss come to your character’s mind when they’re invited to an all-adult summer camp. They decide to go for it and spend 6 weeks in paradise with complete strangers.

Write a romance story about how you don’t know unconditional love until you’ve ever felt it at your core. And once you do, you can never settle for anything less ever again.

Write about how two old bicycles are embedded in a tree – grown into it from years of being chained to it. Upon further inspection, your character finds a bottle in one of the baskets and in that bottle, a letter. They attempt to return the letter to its owner to find someone else entirely.

Write a story about how in order to marry in your character’s society, suitors have to fight a person’s entire family for their hand. On the same day your character challenges their love’s family of 8, someone else challenges theirs – a family of only 3.

Falling in love is never easy. It’s even more difficult, however, when you find out the person you’re head over heels for is a torturer. And worse…they enjoy it.

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.