Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 2!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Hello and welcome to my Bookish Holiday Gift Guide.

If you missed yesterday’s post, check out the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

If you’re shopping for a book lover in your life this list will help you find some fun bookish goodies that every reader will love. Feel free to check out the shops I’ve mentioned on both Instagram and on their websites.

4. Book sleeves!

These lovely creations protect our books while they’re in our bag or whatever we carry them around in every day! So every book lover should have one to protect our precious paperbacks. They come in all sizes, so some are even big enough to fit hardcover books too!

The Cozy LifeBookish Holiday Gift Guide

The Cozy Life’s booksleeves are durable and Steffani’s shop is restocked often. She uses a variety of prints, including seasonal ones, and ones that can be used year-round.

One thing I love about The Cozy Life booksleeves is that you can find one to fit everyone’s needs! They come in three different sizes: one perfect for tablets, e-readers, and small paper back. The Pine Cozies can fit paperbacks and some hardcovers. And the Redwood Cozies are meant to fit hardcover books.

Take Me Away Brand

Photo Credit: Take Me Away Brand

The Take Me Away Brand shop makes adorable crochet booksleeves and mug mates (cup cozies) to make your travels with your books all snuggly and warm. These booksleeves can stretch a little bit to fit more than one book. Find these and their adorable mug mates at their Etsy Shop!

These booksleeves are beautiful and come in a variety of different colors, all with the beautiful compass button closure, sure to keep all of your precious books protected when you take them on all of your adventures.


Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves makes durable and cute booksleeves, sure to make any book

lover smile. One thing I really love about this brand are the unique fabrics they use in their sleeves, even using some fabrics for different fandoms (The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Super Mario, etc.) so you can be sure to get something that the booklover in your life will love.



5. Coffee and/or Tea

One thing book lovers like when they’re reading or writing is a nice, warm cup of something yummy. I bet you didn’t know that there were shops that sell bookish teas and coffees!

Book Lover’s Coffee

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: @bookloverscoffee on Instagram

Book Lovers Coffee is some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. You can purchase it whole bean, or ground in a variety of different flavors. It always is delivered to your door, freshly roasted and full of tasty coffee perfection.

Shelly, the owner, has some delicious holiday flavors in their shop right now, along with some Harry Potter themed coffees, and some amazing roasts (Classic Roast is my absolute favorite).



6. Mugs

Speaking of warm beverages, we love mugs and things to drink them in! You can find many bookish shops on Society 6 or RedBubble, but here are some shops with beautiful bookish mug designs!

Stella’s Bookish ArtBookish Holiday Gift Guide

Stella’s artwork is gorgeous and features bookish quotes, images, and more. In her Society 6 shop, you can find all of her colorful and vibrant designs on ceramic and travel mugs, so there’s a perfect choice for every bookworm. One thing I love about Stella’s designs is that they pop. They are so detailed and colorful. She pays attention to every detail that goes into her work.

Stella also has an Etsy store where you can purchase bookmarks and prints of her gorgeous designs!


Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo credit: Evie Seo’s Society 6 shop

Designer Evie Seo is another bookish artist whose work is always beautiful. She uses gorgeous graphics and favorite quotes from the books we love to create lovely bookish designs. One thing I love about her work is that she uses quotes from recent books as well as classics. If you’re not sure what your literary friend likes the most, you can always find mugs with fun bookish sayings on them. There are both ceramic mugs and travel mugs with her designs in Evie’s Society 6 shop!


That’s all for today! Tune in tomorrow for the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 3!

I hope you’re getting plenty of ideas for gifts for your bookish friends!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Are you unsure what to get a your bookworm friend as a gift this holiday season?

Look no further because I’ve come up with a Bookish Holiday Gift guide.

Just for you. Complete with suggestions, links to some amazing bookish shops, and photos for inspiration. Through Small Business Saturday, I will be sharing a couple of categories with you each day to help you pick out that special something for the special bookworm in your life.

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Top 10 Books of 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016In 2016, I set out with a goal of reading 100 books. Ten of those books would be re-reads for me, another 12 to be contemporary, and 5 to be non-fiction. My Top 10 bOOKS OF 2016 ARE A NICE MIX OF ALL OF THOSE GOALS.

Not long into the year, I knew that reading 2 books a week would be difficult, if not impossible and the goal of 100 books was cut in half.  That was a much more manageable goal. I reached and surpassed 50 books easily.

I read a total of 73 books in 2016!

  • 12 of them were contemporary novels (goal achieved!)
  • 8 of them were re-reads (goal not quite achieved, but close!)
  •  2 were non-fiction (wah wahhhh– fail)

But so many of them were incredible. Here are my top 10 books of 2016 (in no particular order)!

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If I Taught YA Fantasy 101!!!

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish. But it was such a fun topic, that I thought, hey let’s do that post anyway!

YA Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. And as a teacher, I feel like YA fantasy would be a fun class for students. So here are the top ten books that would be on my YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus for both high school and college students.

Let’s get to it!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

hp1This is a given for me. I feel like it is something that everyone is familiar with and I could use it to teach different archetypes that we’d see in other fantasy novels. Continue reading

What I'm Reading and Writing Wednesday


Hey everyone, it’s Wednesday again and time to catch up with what I’m reading & writing this week. What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday is my spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Lipsyy also has a great, similar feature over on her blog called This Week in Books. Drop by and check them both out 🙂 .

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Books I'd Love to See as a Movie or TV Show

Books I'd Like to See as a Television Show or Movie

Last week, we found out that the Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi is going to be made into a TV show!

I loved this series, even though the first book was a little difficult for me to get into. The character development over the course of the trilogy was great and I think between the romance and action that it would make for a very interesting and entertaining television show. Congrats Tahereh.

This gets me thinking about some other books I’ve read since beginning Amanda’s Nose in a Book that would make for great movies or tv shows. So here’s my list. I’d love to hear what you think!

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Top Ten Favorite Heroines

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Heroines. I’ve chosen to do a mix of books, tv, and movies.


1. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter series

Hermione_Granger_posterHonestly, Hermione is my favorite. She is a badass in so many different ways. I always related to her as I read the novels, even as an adult because I was always a bit of a bookworm and enjoyed learning and studying. Hermione takes it to the next level though. I would love to hear the whole Harry Potter story through her perspective.

2. Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games trilogy

katniss-everdeen-the-hunger-games-catching-fire-24806-1920x1080Ever the reluctant hero, Katniss has always tried to do right by her family and by her district. Even when it meant putting her life in danger, she tried to protect those she cared about. One reason why Katniss is an awesome heroine is that she never asked for any of this. She didn’t want to be seen as the face of a revolution.

3. Annabeth Chase- Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus

Annabeth is another person who is bookish and smart, but who is kickass and unafraid to defend her friends and loved ones in times of need.

4. Karou- Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

tumblr_my7mvkVuQp1sfvv1po1_500I loved Karou. From her learning more about herself and who she truly was to doing things she didn’t want to just to protect her people, she was all around a great heroine.

5. Puck- The Scorpio Races

I loved Puck. She was spunky and unafraid to do something that only men had done previously. There needs to be more characters like her in books and movies.

6. Jo- Little Women

jo_marchDuring a time when women were taught to be proper and groomed for marriage, Jo March was doing her own thing. She helped to support her family, she was uninterested in romance and marriage. As a character, she was revolutionary.


7. Olivia Dunham- Fringe

1389017-olivia_dunham_03Olivia started off as a smart and cold badass, but she developed into such a wonderful and compassionate character over the course of the series. I loved how she never lost her smarts, even when in a relationship.

8. Sarah Manning- Orphan Black

bbcorphanblack-jpgSome might not consider Sarah a heroine, she has her fair share of issues, but she is such a strong character and wants to do nothing but keep her daughter and her clones safe. I also add her clone Cosima in this category because Cos is my home-girl.


9. Merida- Brave

c6593c936209ec40079e2e4a97906f7203ffa852I love Brave. I love how Merida fought for her own hand and didn’t want to get married or betrothed at such a young age. She is the kind of heroine that young girls need to see in movies, especially animated films.

10. Scout Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird

SCOUTI include this in both the book and movie categories because Scout, growing up in a difficult time period without a mother-figure, Scout learns about life the hard way— by watching her father defend an innocent man, by dealing with the aftermath. She is stubborn, but stands up for what she believes is right.



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