My Favorite Bookmarks (or things I use *as* them) 💗

My Favorite Bookmarks (or things I use *as* them) 💗

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This might be a little silly to say, but when I saw the topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I got super excited. I absolutely adore bookmarks. I firmly believe you can never have too many (just like you can never have too many books to read!) I usually do a Top 5, but this week I’m going to share 10 of my favorite bookmarks, or things I use instead of them when I just want a little smile.

10. McNally Jackson

Let’s start with a simple one! I got this at their Brooklyn location while visiting with my dad. Simple bookmarks like this are always trustworthy. I use them with my more worn-out books or my classics because they just have a certain feel to them, you know?

9. Green Apple Books

This store was recommended to my boyfriend and I by Ellias, and during our trip to San Francisco, we visited it the most out of any California bookstore we stopped at. These bookmarks are longer than most of my others, and they’re extra sturdy, too. I have about three of them (because we kept going back 😅) and I love using them and remembering one of my favorite cities in the world~

8. Bob Ross

I don’t have much to say, because I think Bob Ross speaks for himself. I saw this at Barnes and Noble and honestly, how could I not? I think this is the best bookmark to use for re-reads and favorites, because it brings you comfort all around.

7 through 4: These pretty illustrations

These bookmarks are actually from a pack of around 30 or 40. They’re illustrations of around Japan, and they give me such a sweet and cozy feeling! I gave some to my boyfriend and some to my best friend and hope it makes their reading much sweeter as well. The ones pictured are some of my favorites in the pack; I used the bottom bookmark in the second photo when I read Anne of Green Gables and I think it suited it so well and made the reading experience that much more pleasant.

3. A photocard

While not a bookmark, I’ve recently gotten into the habit of using photocards from my kpop albums. I usually put them up on my walk or in my journals, but it’s nice to have your bias with you when you’re reading a good book. Taeyong watched me scream through Ninth House 😆

2. A polaroid

This is actually where the photocard idea came from. I have a billion polaroids scattered around. I think they’re my most commonly used non-bookmark object for keeping tabs on where I left off. Sometimes I print out my own for the purpose of using them like this (which is what I did with this one).

1. A sprout!

This is, by far, my favorite bookmark in the world. I saw it in a Barnes and Noble on vacation once and immediately bought the pack. They’re so small, so cute, so very Taemin-like. Obviously they had to be mine. What I like about them is that there’s not just one way to use them; I prefer to use it like in the second photo, because the pages just spring open that way!

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What’s your favorite thing to use as a bookmark? Let me know, and I’ll see you next time!

      xonikee1

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5 Things That Scare Me In Books

5 Things That Scare Me In Books

Hello, friends! Halloween is merely days away (finally!) and so today, I thought I’d go over 5 things that I look for in books when I want a good scare. This list is brought to you by Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

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5. El Cuco

I’ve been thinking about this one a lot because I was talking with Jesse over at Bowties & Books about the book Five Midnights. The story features el Cuco as the main villain, and I was incredibly excited to pick it up because of this. If you don’t know, he’s sort of like the Puerto Rican boogeyman. My behavior as a child could be corrected instantly with the threat of him. Unfortunately, the book didn’t really work for me, but I would be glad to pick up another horror with this creature.

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4. Supernatural Identity Theft

Someone recommended Netflix’s Haunted to me the other day because of a specific episode where a bunch of friends were tormented by something they called the Mimic. The episode itself was not very good in my opinion got me thinking about how horrifying that would be. Imagine thinking you’re seeing someone you care about, but it’s actually another being entirely? It could lure you into places you wouldn’t normally go. It could probably kill you. All it has to do…. is gain a little trust. This is also something that happens in my favorite horror movie, It Follows. I think that’s the part that made me the most paranoid, actually. How would you know that the person you’re seeing is real or not?

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3. Home Invasion

I don’t know if I’d say that I actively seek this one out. This one frightens me so much that I’m sure I’d have instant nightmares if I read too much of it. The thing is, I don’t even live in a full house. I haven’t in years. If someone broke into my apartment in the middle of the night, there’s nowhere I can really go because it’s so tiny (which I guess is frightening on its own). But the idea of thinking you hear somebody in the house but you have no idea where? That’s terrifying. Suddenly it’s like you’re playing a game for your life. Make the wrong move and enter the wrong move, and you’re dead.

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2. Ghosts / Poltergeists

This was very nearly my number one. Honestly, ghosts are much scarier to me than humans or even serial killers, because you have absolutely no idea what they can do. A serial killer has to find you in your hiding spot, but a ghost can just pop through the walls and be all, “You really thought I couldn’t see you there?” A human can harm you, yes, but a ghost has so many more ways to do it. Especially poltergeists! My favorite ghost series is the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender, and the third book included a scene that frightened me enough to put the book down for a second and slowly back away to catch my breath.

I also want to note that new ghosts are much scarier to me than old ones. They know the way your mind works better and can mess with you that way.

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1. Shadows

Can you believe a shadow is what beat out a ghost? It may sound silly, but just the very idea of a shadow standing, immobile, in the corner of my room sends chills down my spine like you can’t even imagine. It’s something about the fact that you can’t see what’s there but you know that something is! You want to tear your eyes away from that spot of darkness, but you just can’t. And why are they just standing still like that? Gets me every time!!!!!

I even made up a game when I was a kid that I like to call Closer and Closer. You play with two people, on opposite sides of a room (one is preferably in bed, like in the horror movies). The person standing says “open” and “close”, and the other person opens and shuts their eyes accordingly. When their eyes are closed, the person on the opposite side of the room gets closer to the other. It’s always frightening. Always. I’ve tried playing it in school, in a classroom that wasn’t entirely dark because of a lack of proper curtains, while making funny sounds, and it’s always unnerving.

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That’s all for today! What are some of the scariest things for you to read about? Let’s talk about it~ Have a happy and safe Halloween (if you celebrate!) and I’ll see you soon!

     xonikee1

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Top Ten Tuesday: Eye-catching Book Titles!

Top Ten Tuesday: Eye-catching Book Titles!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

Today we’ll be covering 5 extraordinary book titles!

5. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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I love when book titles are self-aware. I remember seeing this in the library and immediately going “What??” and checking it out.

4. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
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This one comes with a little story.
I’ll admit, the reason that this stuck out to me was not because of the title itself. I had been making my way through the roster of films from my favorite Japanese actress, Maki Horikita. I saw that she had filmed a movie with my favorite Japanese singer, Tegoshi Yuya (the love of my life before I found SHINee, if you could believe such a time existed). Needless to say, I was delighted to see them together. And then I noticed someone else in the cast list… Emma Roberts??? What??? So I watched the movie, with this strange title and strange cast and saw that it was based on a book. So I requested it at the library and the rest was history.
(What a weird time, though…)

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I mean…. come on.

2. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu

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One of my favorite things to do in the Young Readers section at Barnes and Noble is to just browse through the shelves by title only. No pretty covers to entice you (middle grade covers are incredible), just the spines and their fun titles. This one stuck out to me mostly because of the stars. I’m so glad it did, because this is one of my favorite middle grade books and probably books of all time now.

1. When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

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Apparently, this one has caused some “controversy” in my family. My parents have both been telling me about this book since I was a child. They said that one of my great-aunts hated the title because “how can you just not be Puerto Rican anymore? You can’t change that!” It was a funny enough anecdote to me that I finally read it and loved it. But looking back, the more I learn about my identity, the more I want to read it again and dissect the title and its meaning.

What are some titles that have caught your eye during your reading life?

     xonikee1

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love!

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

Today we’ll be covering 5 character traits I adore in books! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love!”

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

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Hi, friends! Today marks the start of me posting Top Ten Tuesday on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

Without further ado, let’s get into my top 5 book titles with numbers in them!

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