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My Top 10 Favourite Bookstagram Accounts


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


A photo posted by alexandra (@twirlingpages) on

I’m obsessed with her bright, cheery photos!

3. Paperfury

A photo posted by Cait (@paperfury) on

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

4. Evieseobookish

A photo posted by Evie Seo (@eviebookish) on

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

A photo posted by Korinne (@booklover_221b) on

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


When I started my blog, I started out with the standard free account ( I stayed on 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 or, it becomes 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 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 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 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


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!)

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


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:

A photo posted by Jessica (@bookishserendipity) on

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?

{Guest Post} Why Movie Adaptations Don’t Bother Me


Hey, guys! I know I’ve been pretty absent on the blog (but I’m still hanging out on Twitter!), but today I’ve got a really great guest post. I met Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag a while ago, and she is such a lovely and friendly blogger. You can check out Shooting Stars Mag by clicking here, or her other website, Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance, here. You can also follow her on Twitter.

For now, let’s get on with the post!

Why Book Adaptations Don’t Bother Me

As a book lover, you would probably think that I get nervous or antsy when it comes to book adaptations.


To be honest, there are a select few movies where I read the book first, but regardless, movie adaptations don’t really bother me in general. I’m always saying “they are separate things.” Yes, the movie is based on the book but that doesn’t mean the movie is going to be exactly the same. If you want that, listen to the audiobook! It’s almost the best of both worlds. But for me, I just like seeing how the movie is on its own.
I grew up reading and loving the Harry Potter books, so I was excited for every single movie. I started going to the midnight premieres after a while too. I think the HP movies are actually really well done and they tend to keep a lot of the same aspects of the book. That doesn’t mean I don’t hear complaints though. People don’t like casting, they don’t like that certain characters or moments were taken out (Peeves the Poltergeist, anyone?). And while I might understand or even agree on a certain level, I get that the movies have to condense so much into a film. They can’t include everything or we’d be there for hours and hours. That might sound okay for us book lovers, but the average movie goer would probably hate the HP films if each one was four or so hours long!
I think it’s good to be self-aware and know if you can handle a movie adaptation or not. If you love a book but aren’t sure about the movie, it’s okay not to see it…or wait until later. Of course, the earlier you see a film, the better it will do in theaters and then you might get more movies, if the book is part of a series. That’s something you have to think about though. It doesn’t make you less of a fan to skip the movie, or even hate the movie. But you should still understand that people will like the movie, whether they read the book or not. Changes can suck, I get that, but sometimes they can be good or they just don’t really matter. It’s never going to be the book anyway, right?
However, I’m not always easy-going about all changes. For example, I read and loved My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and I was excited to see the film. If anyone knows the book and movie, then you know that the ending is drastically changed. I won’t spoil you, but let’s just say that the end of the book kind of makes the book for a lot of people. To have it changed so much really didn’t sit well with me. Was it a good film otherwise? Yes, it was, but I can still be upset by the ending. Overall though, I don’t mind changes. I just want the spirit of the book, when it comes down to it.
What do you think? Do movie adaptations bother you? What’s your favorite?

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