Favorite bookish gadgets

I’m on a hunt for good bookish gadgets for myself so I thought I should share with you my favorite finds! Click on each title to open the amazon page where you can buy them.

THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY BOOKMARK

I just discovered this and I fell in love with it instantly. You also have over 30 thousand of definitions!! That’s so exciting and helpful!

A FOLDED LED BOOK LIGHT

This one’s a pretty impressive addition to any bookworm’s room. It also gives a special effect in pictures for your bookstagram. Can’t wait to get it!

DUAL RECHARGEABLE BOOK LIGHT

I already have this one and I totally recommend it. You can change the brightness of it and it’s so much easier to read now in the dark because it has 2 lights to cover both pages. Less frustrating and more innovative!

THUMB PAGE HOLDER

You know how annoying it is when the book keeps folding, well the guys from Thumb Thing came up with a good idea: a page holder for your thumb.

LED LIGHT MAGNIFYING GLASS FOR BOOKS

If your eyesight is not in the best condition (just like mine), some small fonts could really mess up your reading time, so this magnifying glass could come in handy, especially because it has LED too!

FINGER POINTER BOOKMARK

It’s cool to have a bookmark to know what’s the last page you read but it’s even cooler for that bookmark to have a finger, to indicate even the last row you have read.

POPSLATE E READER PHONE CASE

This is basically a kindle on the back of your phone. It is a pretty interesting concept in my opinion.

IRISCAN WIRELESS BOOK SCANNER

You can have a digital copy of any book you read!

I hope I have been of help with improving your reading life.

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PageHabit January Box

As of January, something pretty important happened to me: I became a moderator for the PageHabit romance boxes!

I take part in an awesome team and I’m happy to show you the romance box for January. Also, you can find the book review in the PageHabit book club on Facebook.

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As you can see, you can get plenty of goodies!

My favorite ones are the sheet face masks. They were the first sheet masks I have tried and it was also the first time I tried any korean beauty items (yes, they were made in Korea). I definitely recommend them! I think I’m gonna get some more because they’re worth it. My face was so moisturized and clean, I could not believe it.

Another cool thing found in this box are the tree friendly pencils, what’s cool about them is that there is sandpaper attached where you can sharpen them, they’re so unique! I haven’t seen them before!

Of course, you can’t have a bookish subscription box without a cool bookmark, this time there is a HARRY POTTER ONE! It’s my first HP bookmark so I was pretty excited! Talking about bookmarks, you get a second bookmark which is too cool! You attach it to the page of the book (you can see that I attached it to Starlight Nights). It looks kinda vintage and there’s a picture of many books in it. It’s my favorite bookmark I have so far.

In every PageHabit box you also get a booklet, it’s a mini book with a short story in it. Very cute and entertaining!

And now last but not least, the Starlight Nights book along with Stacie Kade’s autograph, a hand-written letter and annotations throughout the book. We’re gonna talk about that book soon, I can tell you that I enjoyed it! I trust them when they pick the books and they did an awesome job choosing this one. Also, the annotations in it makes it feel so personal, like the book was written just for you. Review to be posted.

I hope you liked my “unboxing” and maybe I made you think about subscribing to PageHabit, it’s definitely worth it!

If you liked the picture, feel free to follow my bookstagram: http://www.instagram.com/bookspottings

Thank you!

 

Strike and Robin to the rescue!

Did somebody mention J K Rowling? Did somebody say she wrote a crime detective series under a pseudonym?

Yes, all of that is true and we’re talking about Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith *wink*.

Rating: 4/5.

This just became one of my favorite things that happened in the bookish world. I had this book “tucked” somewhere on my kindle completely forgetting anything about it. After a little research on Goodreads, I’ve seen that it’s been written by J K Rowling, so of course, I had some expectations.

First of all, Cormoran Strike has a cool name. It just gives you that mysterious vibe of a detective and I could not write this review without mentioning that I love his name, okay? At first he seemed to me like being clumsy and not that smart. Through all the events in his life he was able to stand up and do his job, not letting his private life interfere with his business. He knew what he had to do and he did not hesitate. I felt like to the world he just looked cool like he got his life together, but nobody expected him to live in his office, wearing a prosthetic leg after he lost his leg in Afghanistan, and all the pain he had to endure and the lack of money.

Second of all, his secretary couldn’t be better, for him and for the whole plot. She’s hard working, smart, intriguing and man she has some guts! I loved her! And when you see them on the scene together they’re the definition of a power couple. I hope they will end up together, I don’t care how and when but I need to know that they are together… some time… in the future.

What I didn’t like about this was the length of the book. It could’ve been a great book even if it would have been shorter but at the same time I liked the fact that it was pretty long because I got to attach myself to the characters and it was easier to make the difference between them and all the twists and turns (which many times is hard to keep up with).

It was interesting to see how everything connected in the end, that’s the best part of these books. I feel some kind of a relief every time the plot is untangled.

I recommend it if you’re a fan of detectives and mystery.

 

 

Review Policies

GENERAL INFO

I am currently accepting Young Adult, New Adult, Crime, Romance, Contemporaries, Graphic Novels and more. See below all the genres. You can contact me at bookspottingsite@gmail.com.

I accept print ARCs, finished copies, Ebooks (.mobi, pdf, .epub). If the book you send is a part of a series, I might need the previous one(s), unless it is a stand-alone.

I AM NOT accepting audiobooks. 

GENRES

I accept fiction in the following genres:

Young Adult/ Young Adult Romance

•Romance/ Contemporary Romance/ Paranormal Romance

•Thriller/ Crime/ Detective Stories

•Dystopia

•Chick-Lit

•Drama

•Comics/ Graphic Novels/ Manga

•Mythology

•New Adult

•Poetry

•Psychological anything

Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

Paranormal

I accept nonfiction in the following genre:

•Poetry

 If your book is a part of my tbr, asap or maybe-will-read shelf, please feel free to send it. 

I DO NOT accept the following genres:

•Biographies

•Memoirs

•Political

•Short Stories compilations

•Free Verse novels

•Preachy religious (but I do accept books that encourage christian values).

ACCEPTING BOOKS

I guarantee a review for every book I accept

I’m a fast reader and I will do my best to finish the book until the release date or until a specific date the author requires. I prefer to receive the book 2 months prior to the release date but I accept any time frame if I know I can make it.

REVIEWS

I am gonna write a review for every book regarding if I finished it or I decided to abandon it (I’m gonna state in my review why I stopped reading it).

I am gonna post many of my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog, but I might not post on all of them. Also, some of them might be modified.

My reviews are written in a relaxed manner. I am not a literary critic. I will review the books in such a way that every reader will understand my point of view.

All my reviews are honest. I write positive reviews and also negative reviews. If I do not enjoy the book I will clearly state that. I also explain why I do not like it.

With that said, I will NOT write a bad commentary about the author.

REVIEW STRUCTURE

All my reviews will contain the following:

Covert Art

Star Rating (click to see what every rating means)

•Where I received the book 

•Actual review

My star reviews are based on my personal enjoyment. If I rate a thriller and a YA with a 5 star rating it does not mean that they’re equal. It just means that I loved them.

 

 

Bookstagram Favorites

As you might know, lately in the bookish community we assist to the rise of the bookstagramers (I recently became one too, of course).

♦What is a bookstagram?

Bookstagram is basically an instagram profile that consists of only literature related pictures. You can find there bookish giveaways, book hauls, book challenges, unboxings, reviews, anything you can think of.

You might be at the beginning of this so I thought I would share my favorite bookstagramers so far. I follow them for a really long time even though I started having my own recently.

Rusticpages  has such a beautiful feed! I love her theme.

Amberafterglowreads is a bookstagram that has everything! I love all the decor she uses in the pictures!

Nikkiinwonderland this theme is goals. I’m proud of her work.

Lifeandliterature those colors are perfect for a bookish theme.

Myriadinklings if you love stationery just like me, this is your feed!

Freckledredfox her theme is to die for, and should I even mention how beautiful she is?!

Thereaderandthechef …I’m speechless. Just check her theme out and then you’ll understand.

Elathebookworm I mean, who wouldn’t follow such a beautiful, modern theme? You need it in your feed to give it a fresh look!

Acciolibrary This one was my first bookstagram that I followed and I love it as much as I did the first time I found it. 

Iammissmistake I don’t think I have any words left to describe this feed. The first time I found it I just scrolled through every picture. So inspiring!

I hope I could help some of you finding your favorite bookstagram. They’re all awesome and deserve all the recognition for the work and time they consume for the bookish community.

 

Two moons are there for us to share.

As you might know, Murakami is one of my sweethearts and I’m close to reading all of his books (so far). This time was 1Q84‘s round.

Rating: 3/5.

I started this book with some big expectations but he didn’t really reach them.
For a book that has like 1000 pages in which Murakami could spill all his creativity in and play with it however he would like to, I was not that impressed. Of course, he had this crazy idea of another world, little people make air chrysalisis, every person is pretty much split in two (a dohta and a maza), weird religions, disturbing scenes and two moons, it had a lot of things. But it still lacked a special “spice”.

While reading, of course you make up a lot of theories and ideas that this might be that and so on but as usual he leaves you pretty confused.
What I do believe that happened in 1Q84 was that the people were split. For example, while Aomame was in hiding and the NHK fee collector always came to knock on the door and disturb her (same as what happened to Ushikawa in hiding) was actually Tengo’s father that while in coma was “knocking” on his bed and Tengo actually told him to get over it because he is not an NHK collector anymore. But that’s what he knew to do best.
Another example for that was the moment when Tengo did it with Fuka Eri… more like Fuka Eri with him… he managed not to get Fuka Eri pregnant, but Aomame. I believe those were connected too.

In the end, while many of us, Murakami lovers, have been looking for his book’s meaning, we just have to get used to the fact that this book has no meaning just like most of them. He’s just entertaining us with an otherworldly fantasy in which nothing that we ever think that could happen actually takes place.

 

 

Women power.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

When I selected Wild Nights: Heart Wisdom from Five Women Poets I expected a book that contains contemporary poetry collected from 5 women that are not that known. Kinda like promoting local artists thing.

I was not disappointed tho’.

Rating: 2/5

I just gave this book this low rating because, in my opinion, the selection was not that good. It was pretty random.

It started with some greek poems written in old english, some mythology here and there, but they had some nice verses. I don’t say those are awful but they’re just not my taste.

The next part was my favorite, Emily Dickinson. Of course I devoured this to the last letter and I just felt accomplished reading Dickinson again.

There were other 2 writers that were pretty irrelevant for me. I don’t have any opinion on them. I enjoyed their poems but nothing stood out.

The one that had an impact, if I can call it that, was Sara Teasdale. Never heard of her before but I’m so glad I found her! I can actually say that I loved her part more than Emily Dickinson’s. Her poems felt real. I really enjoyed every verse and I’m gonna share one of them with you:

After Parting

Oh, I have sown my love so wide

That he will find it everywhere;

It will awake him in the night,

It will enfold him in the air.

I set my shadow in his sight

And I have winged it with desire,

That it may be a cloud by day,

And in the night a shaft of fire.

Valentine’s Recommendations

You know Valentine’s Day is coming in a month so I just thought it would be nice to give you guys a list of my favorite romance books. Go read them with your partner or if you don’t have one you can enjoy them the same anyways.

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

♥ Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes

Slammed series by Colleen Hoover

  November 9 by Colleen Hoover

The Summer series by Jenny Han

Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

Just One Day series by Gayle Forman

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Warga Jasmine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

♥ Confess by Colleen Hoover

♥ Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

♥ Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno

♥ Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I hope you can find one that you like. Personally, I always put Colleen Hoover on the 1st place when I want to read some romance, that’s why I selected more than one book by her because she’s just good at it. Crazy good.

Have fun reading!

2018 Bookish Resolutions

I put a little thought into this and I hope this year I can blog more.

I hope I will get more ideas of subjects and I aspire to be more creative and paying more attention to it.

Since I just moved to USA a few months ago, I don’t have my own bookshelf yet but I plan on building one as soon as I can with some help from my husband. Gonna try to do that in the time when we’re not planning our wedding (yes, april 22nd is the big day). I found some good ideas on pinterest and I hope I can apply them to my first bookshelf ever. I will probably share the progress on my blog.

I plan on developing my bookstagram skills (which are 0). I don’t have enough merch around the house and I feel like all my ideas are already taken and I can’t bring anything new “to the table” but I’m trying from time to time to take a picture or two of my books just because I like taking pictures of them. I don’t get any bad feedback so that’s good.
I hope I can buy a good camera too for that… and not only for that.

I also thought of starting a youtube channel with bookhauls and book reviews, I find it so much easier to just talk about them freely instead of writing it down, I just can’t make myself do it. I recorded myself once and I enjoyed it but I ended up deleting it just because I’m too self-conscious and I wouldn’t have the guts to upload it. God forbid
anyone I know finds it. I don’t plan on doing it this year necessarily but it’s just a thought I’m throwing in.

Also, another goal this year is to get as many subscription boxes I can and afford. I got my first Owlcrate in December (I’m gonna blog about that too after I take some legit pictures) and I fell in love with it. I definitely want as many as I can now from different brands so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to let me know.

When it comes to writing, I want to continue writing poems as many as I can and maybe in the future even publish my own poetry book although that seems so impossible to me at this point, I just hope I can make it some time.

2018 books to read:

♥All the Murakami books that are left
♥I also want to finish all the series I started
♥Hopefully this year I will read Catch 22 cause I want to read it so bad!
♥At least one Agatha Christie book per month (I want to read all her books)
♥As many Stephen King books as I can (I also want to read all of them too)
♥Generation One by Pittacus Lore
♥Monster by Michael Grant
♥Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Does any of you guys have any bookish resolutions for 2018?

Weekend Words

This time I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite quotes. This one belongs to Goethe, an excerpt from the book The Sorrows of Young Werther (click for review).

“When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive resignation, whilst we amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes, -when I consider all this, Wilhelm, I am silent. 

I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power. 

Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world.”