Unboxing: August Owlcrate!

Something wicked this way came… The August Owlcrate! 

Spoilers beyond this point…

This month’s theme is Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the box is filled with wickedly wonderful goodies (though weirdly no Ray Bradbury or Macbeth inspired items). Without any further ado…

My faithful raven Edgar was particularly interested in this box and wanted to be included


I’m kind of in love with the print on this month’s spoiler card!


Poe-ka Dot socks from Out of Print Clothing! I LOVE these! They’ll match my Poe-ka Dot tote bag from the same company. Edgar is delighted.


Ooly provides a “Splendid Pen” a fountain pen with extra ink cartridges… good for penning wicked missives in the dead of night… mostly I’ll just pretend to be Jo March.


Harry Potter inspired “Dark Arts Roast” by Happenstance Coffee… I don’t drink coffee but I’m sure I can find someone who will enjoy it. 


A This Savage Song sticker by Evie Bookish and a Six of Crows bookmark by Treehouse Books. I’m a little ambivalent on these two… they’re pretty but I haven’t read the Monsters of Verity books and I have taken a break from Six of Crows because it got really boring. 


A BEAUTIFUL edition of Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving by Rock Paper Books.


And finally… The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones with an Owlcrate exclusive cover! I knew this would be the book because I stalk Korinna on Goodreads… Other than that I haven’t heard much buzz on this book (not like Gentleman’s Guide)


There it is all laid out and lovely! I’m excited to read this month’s book and try out the items!

Next month’s theme is Mythical Creatures and I have skipped that box, because based on the hints I feel strongly that I’ll have no interest in what’s in it. I’ll probably try out a different box.

Unboxing: Book of the Month Club

My August Book of the Month box came today!

Unfortunately there was no surprise extra this month BUT I am excited about the books!


The selection was pretty good this month. I ended up choosing the much anticipated YA novel Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert as my primary book.


But because I have no self-control, I chose Clockwork Dynasty as my extra book… I basically had to, it’s on LibraryReads top ten for August…


So yeah, it’s a mini update, but look at the pretty books!

ARC, ARC, and Away!

All my unread unreviewed ARCS… not really but yeah.

As I mentioned in my update post, I’m participating in ARC August this year. I’m setting aside the month of August (along with other book bloggers and booktubers) to read only (or mostly) some of theadvanced readers copies that I’ve been accumulating and get some of that NetGalley feedback in.

I’ve been getting ARCs for a while now, but recently, since I started working at a library, I’ve been getting approved and requested like crazy. My pile of books to read and review is HUGE. So I’m definitely going to take of the ARC August reading challenge. 

Here’s my highly ambitious ARC August TBR List

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


 The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


The Visitors by Catherine Burns


There you have it, my ambitious ARC August TBR!

I finished both Little Fires Everywhere and The Midnight Dance between the time I started this post and now… one was excellent, one was terrible. I’ll let you know which was which at the end of the month.

An Overwhelmed Update…

Me… if I were an adorable stock photo.

Okay, so Monday feels like it was a million years ago.

I’m in the middle of a long stretch of uninterrupted workdays (no weekends for two weekends) so I’m a little behind on everything.

Some Quick Updates!

  • I finished reading Moby-Dick for the 33rd time! I don’t know why I can still read it and love it, I just can.
  • My Book of the Month Club box is on its way. So maybe an unboxing soon?
  • I’ll be participating in ARC August. Basically I’m drowning in advanced reader copies (ARCs) and so I’m going to join my fellow book bloggers (and booktubers) in prioritizing reading ARCs this month. I of course came to this decision AFTER I put together my TBR for August, but that’s why pencils have erasers, right?
  • I’m finally reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been putting it off for a long time so I just decided to make it my non-ARC this month.

I think that’s it for now. Fingers crossed for a decent post on… Saturday? Probably Sunday.

Happy Birthday Herman Melville!


Today is Herman Melville’s 198th Birthday! 

Without Herman Melville I wouldn’t have met my favorite professor, who helped me get into grad school! I wouldn’t have gotten my MA (wrote at least half my thesis on Moby-Dick)! And without my MA I probably wouldn’t have the job that I have! I owe a lot to Herman!

So celebrate his birthday by foolishly claiming mastery over nature! Do something blasphemous! Threaten the Sun! …or I don’t know, read something he wrote… I’m not your boss.

Book Quirk Confession: Favorite BOOK

This is a preface to a longer bit coming tomorrow about my trip to see Moby Dick at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago.


I’m the kind of girl who has a favorite edition of her favorite book. The 2003 Dover Giant Thrift Edition of Moby-Dick is my favorite one to read. It fits my hands perfectly, the type isn’t too small, the paper is sturdy, I love the color blue it is. I wrote my first draft of my MA thesis using this book. It’s been across the country with me. I own MANY copies of this book, but this is the one I read and reread. I love it.

So Basically… I’m exhausted, or 24in48 Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Well, dear readers. We did it. I say “we” because a good number of you were with me throughout most of the 24in48 journey, and for that I’m pretty darn grateful.

I’ve now put roughly 48 hours between me and the readathon, I gone to work, I’ve watched a lot of The Great British Baking Show, and I think I’m recovered enough to reflect and wrap up.


It was definitely an experience. I mean I went into this assuming I would cop out around hour 12 and be proud that I made it that far. But somehow (I’m going to say that it was the much needed boost I got from reading Moxie) I managed to read for 24+ plus hours. Which is pretty cool. I read six books in the equivalent of one day. I managed to live blog pretty much the whole thing AND I won the Hour 42 challenge!

Before I close this chapter for good, I’ve got a few reflections:

Best Book I Read: A Million Junes by Emily Henry This book was so good and such a surprise. I cried ugly tears and hugged the book to my chest when it was over. Loved it.

Worst Book I Read: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle ugh… this book. I was so excited to read it! It had such a cool premise! But it was SOOOO boring! I just ugh… so bad.

Favorite Book I Read: Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu THIS BOOK! This book excited me so much as I read it. I listened to Riot Grrrl music and wanted to smash the patriarchy from start to finish. It’s not perfect, it isn’t as intersectional in its feminism as I’d like it to be. But I really liked reading it.

Highlight: All the awesome support from the online book community! It was amazing! 

Highlight 2: Finishing my 4th book and realizing I was kind of crushing it.

Lowlight: Losing my entire clock at 19:50 hours…I legit cried.

Lowlight 2: Being bit by a f@*#ing spider! BTW it still itches sooooo bad.

I had so much fun! Bonus, I earned my book buying ban relief day! I’ll share what I got when they arrive from Amazon.

I will totally do this again.

Moxie Girls Fight Back!

I just finished Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu and IT IS SO GOOD!


I’ll be doing a full review later this week. But ugh it is so good! I can’t wait for people to start reading this book!

Speaking of fighting back…

I’m still pushing on despite my loss of my official clock…


I’ve got roughly 2 and a half hours left to go. I won’t be able to start and finish a whole book in that time, so I’m going to try to finish my eARC of Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust.


See you on the other side!