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My Top 10 Favourite Bookstagram Accounts

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One of my favourite new bookish discoveries is the thriving bookish community on Instagram. I initially joined it earlier this year, but I didn’t post many photos. These past few weeks, though, I’ve been working on building up a collection of images so I can post as often as possible.

Currently, I use my bookstagram account to post photos of books and promote Bookish Serendipity Co. I’m not a great photographer, and I’m amazed by all the people who can take amazing bookish photos.

Here are a few of my favorite Bookstagram accounts:

1. Madamereadsalot

Don’t you just love the aesthetic of this photo?

2. Twirlingpages

 

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I’m obsessed with her bright, cheery photos!

3. Paperfury

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Not only does Cait have a great blog, her bookstagram is #goals.

4. Evieseobookish

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I’m in love with her bold, colorful photographs.

5. Readingteen_books

Nothing but clean and bright photographs from this account!

6. Readingoncloud9

Can we just talk about how cool these bookish photos are?

7. Whatever.books.forever

This is a new discovery, but I absolutely love this account’s aesthetic.

8. Commasandampersands

This is one of my favourite images from their account. It sparkles off the screen!

9. Thepagemistress

If you aren’t following her, what are you waiting for?

10. booklover_221b

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No. Words.


What’s your bookstagram account? Link me up in the comments! I’m @bookishserendipityco. :)

 

Why You Should Move Your Book Blog To WordPress Self-Hosted

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When I started my blog, I started out with the standard free WordPress.com account (yourbookblog.wordpress.com). I stayed on WordPress.com for several months before moving my book blog over to WordPress self-hosted with my web host, IPage.

Since making the move, I haven’t regretted it at all. If you’re thinking about making the jump or aren’t sure why you should, here is why you should move your book blog to WordPress self-hosted.

1. It’s more professional

If you want to make your book blog look more professional, having it on WordPress self-hosted makes you stand out right away. When you move to self-hosted, you get to use your own domain name. That means that instead of having your blog link be yourblog.wordpress.com or yourblog.blogspot.com, it becomes yourblog.com. Doesn’t that look so much more professional? (Plus, it’s easier to type into the search bar :-) )

2. You can use your own design

The thing about my old WordPress.com site was that the design I was using was one of only a few options, meaning hundreds of thousands of other people were using the EXACT same design.

By moving to WordPress, I was able to access thousands of other cool themes by independent designers, not just the same couple designs that everyone else was doing. That means that Bookish Serendipity Co is the ONLY website that looks like this.

3. It’s cheap

You’re running a book blog, not Amazon. You shouldn’t be spending more than a few dollars a month on web hosting. In fact, you can get web hosting cheaper than you think. For example, my web host IPage is currently running a promotion where you can get web hosting for only just $1.99/ mo, which is around $24/year. That’s less than the price of two paperback books!

4. It’s easier than you think!

I thought that moving my site from WordPress.com to self-hosted would be complicated and take a long time. Surprisingly, it wasn’t! I completed the entire transfer and set-up process in less than 90 minutes.

That means that in less than a few hours, you could have a fully functional self-hosted WordPress website. Whether your site is currently hosted on WordPress.com or on Blogger, there’s an option for you to import all of your current blog posts onto your new site without having to manually move everything over. It’s ridiculously easy, and you don’t need to be tech-savvy at all!


Are you ready to move to WordPress self-hosted?

You can get set up with your new web host (I recommend Ipage) really quickly. In fact, if you follow my tutorial right here, you can get started for less than $24 and be finished today.

 

What Have I Been Up To? – An Update

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Hi friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on Bookish Serendipity, so I wanted to give you an update about what I’ve been up to! Life has been crazy busy, and I haven’t had time to post much, but here’s an update of what I’ve been working on next.

1. School started again!

School started in early September, so I’ve headed back to school. I have to say, the year has been great so far! This is my easier semester in terms of classes, so I haven’t been *too* stressed yet, and I’ve joined several clubs and extracurriculars.

Outside of classes, I started working at the library, which I’m really enjoying so far. I’m working between 10-20 hours a week outside of school, which definitely keeps me busy, so I haven’t had a lot of time to blog or do other things outside of work, school, and school clubs.

2. Bookish Serendipity Co

My Etsy store, Bookish Serendipity Co, has been doing really well, and I love running it! Currently, I’m preparing for the annual Christmas rush. I wasn’t ready for it last year, but I’ve adjusted my order processing procedures so that this year I’ll be able to get everything out ever quicker than last year.

Besides that, I’m working to add even more products to the current catalogue, such as:

  • New winter sweatshirts + other clothing articles.
  • Fun minimalist new prints, mugs, and more.
  • Socks (a new product that will be great for #SockSunday).

If you want to check these out, you can visit the shop here.

3. Bookstagram!

Since I haven’t had time to blog as much, I’ve been working on my bookish Instagram account. The account is for Bookish Serendipity Co, so I’ve been taking photos of books as well as featuring some of my favourite Bookish Serendipity Co products. When the new products launch, you’ll be able to see them first on the Instagram account.

If I don’t already follow you, tell me your username in the comments section below. I’m @bookishserendipityco, and you can find me here.

4. What’s coming next?

I’ve been working on writing some new content for Bookish Serendipity, so you can expect some new things coming your way soon.

Within the next few days, you should start seeing some new posts on the blog!


What have you been up to lately? (And don’t forget to link me up to your Bookstagram accounts!)

{Blog Tour} Vassa In The Night by Sarah

vassa-in-the-night-blog-evite-768x768I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter. I first heard about Vassa In The Night at the Raincoast fall preview earlier this year, and I was immediately interested. It’s based on the classic Russian folktale Vassilissa The Beautiful. and sounded incredibly cool.

Here is a bit more about the book:

22065080In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

The author, Sarah Porter, also teaches creative writing to students in New York. She lives in Brooklyn and has published several other novels in a similar magical realism style. When asked about her writing routine, she said the following:

What does your writing routine look like? Do you have a favorite location to write?

Hi Jessica! I write every day, unless there’s some pressing reason why I can’t. I usually deal with emails and such in the morning, when my focus isn’t great anyway, and really settle in to write around noon, for anywhere from three to twelve hours. I’m lucky enough to have a beautiful study, so I always write at home unless I’m traveling.


My Review-

You’ve heard all about what the book is about, and learned more about the author, so it only makes sense for me to share my opinion on VASSA IN THE NIGHT now.

So, what did I think?

To put it simply, VASSA IN THE NIGHT was spectacular. It would easily fall within the best dozen or so books I’ve read so far this year. I tend to enjoy magical realism novels to begin with, so I knew that VASSA IN THE NIGHT and I would get along well.

The world that VASSA IN THE NIGHT is set in was unlike anything I’d read before. At first, it appears just like modern-day Brooklyn, but then BYs is introduced. Baba Yaggs’ is the local 24/7 supermarket. At first, it seems just like any other shop, except for its unique habit of beheading the shoplifters. Vassa knows that BYs is to be avoided at all costs, until her sister dares her to go out there in the middle of the night.

What starts out as a simple shopping trip quickly turns into something so much more, and it’s up to Vassa to save her neighbourhood–and herself–from Baba Yaggs. With such a unique premise, it isn’t surprising that I felt drawn to it. The author’s writing is lyrical, and brings the world vividly to life. Although it was based on Vassilissa The Beautiful, VASSA IN THE NIGHT has the atmosphere and writing style of a fairy tale itself.

Although I really enjoyed the story world, I started out disliking Vassa. She seemed stubborn and brash, but her personality eventually grew on me and I started to root for her as the story developed.

If you’re looking for a dark, lyrical read and love fairy-tale retellings or magical realism, then you absolutely need to get your hands on VASSA IN THE NIGHT.

Get your copy at Amazon, Indigo, or Barnes & Noble now.

Let’s Talk: Which Books Are Currently On My TBR?

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Firstly, can we talk about school? I’m seeing lots of my american blogger friends wrapping up and getting ready for summer vacation, and I’m so envious of you all! I’ve still got another month to prep before exams.

This second semester has been hectic, and I haven’t been able to post on the blog as much as I want to. I’m thinking that summer vacation will be much more relaxed, but I’m hoping to get a few posts up here between now and the end of school.

To start off, I want to talk about some of the really amazing books that I’ve received or purchased lately. Here’s a sample that I put up on my Instagram:

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Needless to say, I’ve gotten some absolutely AMAZING books and I want to showcase some of the books on my TBR pile.

1. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

afierceandsubtlepoisonEveryone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

Okay, how original and awesome does this sound? I heard about it late last year and I just got it in the mail last week as well. It’s about a mythical girl whose touch can supposedly kill and the son of a hotel developer in Puerto Rico. With an electrifying premise like that, I honestly can’t help but be ridiculously excited to see how it is.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison is the author’s debut novel and from the reviews I’ve read, the writing is absolutely enchanting. I need to read this ASAP!

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

ladymidnightIn a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Okay, full confession: I’m totally obsessed with the Shadowhunter world. I haven’t completely finished reading the series, but I’m working on it, and I love, love, love the world that Cassandra Clare has created.

I picked up a sampler of Lady Midnight at BEA last year, WAY before the actual release date, and read it, despite not usually being a fan of samplers. I’m really excited to learn more about Emma, since she’s a new character. I actually purchased Lady Midnight back in March, but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet.

3. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

assassinsheartIn the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

Assassin’s Heart was an impulse purchase at Indigo. I had heard of it before, thought it was interesting, but only ended up picking it up because I saw it on the shelf the day I popped into the bookstore.

I actually didn’t know what it was actually about before buying, except that it was about assassins (clearly!). Still, that’s enough for me, and I’m excited to read it.

4. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

blackheartsBlackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Ahh, how amazing does this sound? I included this book on my Most Anticipated Of 2016 list earlier this year, and I pre-ordered it right away (two copies, actually!)

Then I fell into a reading slump, and I still haven’t read it.

I hope I get to read it this month, but it really does sound amazing.

Those are a few books that I’m hoping to read this month!

I do have a few days off, plus weekends, so I definitely expect that I’ll be able to get through them. I’m reading The Dark Days Club right now, and then I want to get started on this TBR pile!

What books are currently on your TBR pile?

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