Penguin Is Doing It Right: What’s your number? #Penguinspo

Penguin has been coming up with some clever ideas to engage readers. I particularly enjoy this concept because it brings the publishers to the readers, which is extremely important. There seems to be too large of a disconnect between publishers and readers. I am glad to see they’re taking the initiative to change that. Plus, I’ve always loved getting recommendations from people because it’s that individual gauging my taste, but also giving me a bit of theirs. Then whenever I look at that novel (if I’ve read it), I’ll think of him or her. It’s a piece of that individual to you.

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It’s 2015! Allow us to welcome you to this sparkling clean and unspoilt new year. Traditionally, this is the time to make changes – and this year, we’ve resolved to make a resolution that we know we’ll enjoy.

We love books. You love books – either that or you’ve gravely mistaken the subject matter of this blog. So we have a proposal for you. Let’s make 2015 the year of reading a little more and a little better. We have just the thing to help you finish the books you’ve always meant to read, and discover a few that you never knew existed: something that we like to call Penguinspiration (or as social penguins would have it, #Penguinspo).

Whether you want to read one book a month, or more than one a week, we’ll deliver regular hand-picked and personalised recommendations of books that we know you’ll love – not to mention…

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Holiday Bookworm Gift Guide

Yes, yes, I know it’s December 16th. Well hey, I do my Christmas shopping pretty late. That’s mostly due to the fact I’m still in college, preoccupied with finals, and don’t have a mode of transportation to all the lovely stories until I get back to Chicago. Anyways, I thought I would compile a gift guide for bookworms. I always scavenge the internet for gift ideas for my friends and, well, me (who doesn’t like getting themselves gifts every now and again?). However, I can’t help but feel let down by the generic guides I see. Hopefully I can provide new ideas for you all! 🙂 (PS THE LINKS ARE IN GREEN)

1) Okay, this is slightly a cop-out for recommending books, but Penguin has created a hotline for the perfect book recommendation for a friend!

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I thought it was a lovely idea, plus I got a kick out of filling out the application (I may have filled it out for myself as a test run) to see what one of their publishers sent me. I got a very thoughtful email back from a lovely lady named Jackie who recommended me a few series that I’m excited to buy and read! Try this out for one of your friends and see how well you know them by being able to fill out the application for their recommended gift!

2)Powell’s Literature Water Bottle – It’s perfect for any bookworm who wants to stay hydrated. Also, I’m just obsessed with the nutrition label. images

3) Book Themed Scented Candles from Etsy! – I’m huge on candles and my room smelling like all sorts of flavors. These candles are adorable and can get any bookworm’s senses excited. Plus…they have the Shire scent, I repeat there is a candle deemed as the Shire. *Quickly dies of excitement.*il_570xN.506090293_h4os

4) Literary Mugs – I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t like a good ol’ cup of jo or tea while reading a book? Here are some pictures with their links:

enhanced-6118-1396027731-5Walt Whitman Quote Mug!

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The Great Gatsby Mug!

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Harry Potter Mugs!

5) The Ultimate Book Journal (Moleskin)! – I own this and I absolutely adore the set-up of the journal, especially because I am picky with my notebooks. (ALSO CURRENTLY 60% OFF)!!

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6) The Book Hook Bookmark – It’s a bit more on the pricier side, but it’s a chic bookish gift that someone can place right at their bedside!slide_350139_3757713_free7) For a more creative touch, make a book jar! Buy that special someone a couple of books and slip in your recommendations plus the titles you bought him or her! Or put your own twist on it! It’s cheap, fun, and aesthetically pleasing! 😉

the_book_jar_by_insanejellybean95-d70uf8d8) A Bookish Phone Case! – “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.”il_570xN.525125733_2juh9) ANYTHING FROM OUT OF PRINT CLOTHING – They just have so many fun gifts that I can’t possibly just choose one from the side. Here is a few: Z-COAST-2002_Coasters_Punk_Rock-4_2048x2048Punk Author Coaster Set

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West Egg and East Egg Necklaces

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Where The Wild Things Are Tote

10) The Harry Potter Christmas Set – This one is more for you! It’s to make your ‘Thank-You’s and ‘Happy Holidays’ a bit more wizardry themed.  il_570xN.663039454_qezb

Hope this helps you guys! 🙂 Have fun shopping!

Breaking News: Since I’m New Here

Since I’m new here, I’m sure my visitors have seen that the blog is a little bare.

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Alas! Not to worry! My first book review, my list for the 50 Book Challenge, as well as my ReRead Challenge for 2015 list will be up by this weekend! However there is more! I would really like to make a Holiday Gift Guide for Bookworms! It has been on my mind and I feel I am well equipped (or at least I hope so) to make it. 🙂 GET EXCITED!

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So hopefully this is you lovely ladies and lads’ response to my bare blog after this post:

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Have a wonderful day,

          Book Intoxicated

Let’s Remember A Book’s Beauty: The ReRead Challenge 2015

re-read-challengeIf you’re like me, you buy, buy, buy, and buy books whenever you get the chance. There is a warm, fuzzy feeling I get when I walk out of a bookshop with a new book. It’s a new friend, a new adventure, a new form of security. This becomes problematic when your TBR stack reaches the ceiling though, right? Ehhh…I’m still in denial so, no. What is a problem though is after you’ve read that novel, whenever you may get to it, it might just sit on your shelf and collect dust. Even though the characters dazzled you and you ripped right through every page until the end, you haven’t exactly picked it up for a few years. You recall it with a sparkle in your eye as you recommend it to your fellow bookish friends, but you don’t reread it. This year let’s change that.

Let’s make a vow to reread those novels that made an impact on us. I’m completely at fault here too. I typically don’t reread the novels I loved. I always rationalize it with my TBR stack or how excited I am that the next book in the series I currently love JUST came out. So naturally, I have to read that one right now…right? Not necessarily. That book along with many others will still be there.

There’s something amazing about remembering a book’s beauty. Sure the new ones that I haven’t opened have a shiny, new toy feel, but the ones I’ve read are like old friends that hugged me tight when I needed them the most. So let’s pay a little respect to those books this year and reread a few.

A special thanks to Hannah @ So Obsessed With and Kelly @ Belle of the Literati for hosting this challenge! So hop on, join in, and remember the beauty in some of your favorites! Also, here are some fun topics you can blog about after rereading that special book:

WHEN I First Read
WHAT I Remember
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
WOULD I Re-Read Again

See! It won’t be so bad! It might even be a special adventure after all.

Comment below! I’d love to know what books you plan on rereading this upcoming year! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday…er Top Seven? (a bit late, but…)

Alright, so 2014 hasn’t been my best reading year, but I plan to make 2015 better! I truly struggled to think of my top ten new-to-me authors. It isn’t that I haven’t read ten or more books in 2014, but not too many stuck with me. Add that to the fact a lot of my reading was for school and well, here we are.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.56.20 PM1. Claudia RankineDon’t Let Me Be Lonely: Boy, will Rankine put you in a mood. It isn’t a typical novel where each page is filled top to bottom with words; each page, varying from one paragraph to three, is written like a small snapshot or thought captured. Rankine takes on heavy topics like depression (or mental illness in general) in relation to prescription drugs, faith in America (not necessarily religious faith), visual media, and particularly death in the sense of questioning when a person truly dies. It’s a moving, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking novel. More so, the way she unpacks concepts is what makes me excited to read her other works.

2. Anthony WaltonMississippi: An American Journey: It seems to me that so many people oppose non-fiction and autobiographies! Though they’re not the genres I typically run to either, I still see the value. Walton, in particular, is an author who proves that value. Mississippi is a journey of self-discovery in retelling the history of segregation and slavery  through both historical and personal stories. Everyone learns about the civil rights movement in their American history courses, but not like this. The knowledge and perspective I have gained from reading this novel is more than I’ve ever received in a history class.

3. J.K. RowlingThe Harry Potter Series: Do I even need to state why she’s in the top ten? No? Didn’t think so.

4. Bram StokerDracula: I know Dracula is a classic, but I have been putting it off for years. Why? No particular reason to be exact, but if I could go back in time and read it sooner, I would! Stoker has these moments where he is profound, somewhat philosophical, and I find myself simply sitting and rereading over his beautiful lines:

“…even the terrible change in her daughter to whom she is so attached – do not seem to reach her. It is something like the way Dame Nature gathers round a foreign body an envelope of some insensitive tissue which can protect from evil that which it would otherwise harm by contact. If this be an ordered selfishness, then we should pause before we condemn any one for the vice of egoism, for there may be deeper root for its causes than we have knowledge for” (104).

5. Chimamanda Hgozi AdichieHalf of a Yellow Sun: I’ve been struggling in my African Literature course because I haven’t found much of the material, outside of a short story collection, truly enthralling. Then we read Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. It gripped me from the start. I spent all night flipping page after page into the wee morning. Since then Adichie has been an author I want to read more of. Plus she gives AMAZING TED talks (go watch:).

6. Galway KinnellThe Book of Nightmares: His poetry is grotesque, vivid, and beautiful. I love love love him.

“Dear stranger / extant in memory by the blue Juniata, / these letters / across space I guess / will be all we will know of one another. / So little of what one is threads itself through the eye / of empty space. / Never mind. / The self is the least of it. / Let our scars fall in love” (31).

7. Jennifer L. KnoxThe Mystery of the Hidden Driveway: Hilarious, unexpected, satirical, and imaginative are all words  that describe the type of poet Knox is. There are some serious moments in her collection, but for the most part it is off the wall and quite refreshing.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.58.26 PMAlso, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish blog for hosting Top Ten Tuesday topics!

What December Gave To Me

It is nearing Christmas time! This means Christmas break is soon which means almost a month off which means LOADS OF READING TIME!elf-excited-oI’m quite thrilled since I’ve just jumped back onto the bandwagon of reading daily.

Let’s jump back two and a half weeks ago though: The two N’s, Netflix and naps, were sucking me in and I was drowning in a pool of papers and exams. Obviously I was skillfully avoiding all responsibilities when I realized I had not read a book for pure pleasure in a while. Naturally I picked up a book. After about a half hour or less I set it down. I picked up another and again, I set it down. I repeated this process three times. Every novel I seemed to pick up couldn’t maintain my attention. I was getting worried. Have I lost my ability to enjoy reading?! Should I go back to Netflix? Is the world ending?! Dramatic you say? Not at all! 

Well in order to avoid near apocalyptic tragedy I put Self-Control (a computer app that blacklists whatever sites you ask it to for a set amount of time) on and sat in front of my bookshelf. My eyes scanned my many TBR novels, attempting to pinpoint the exact book that could reel me in and give me my reading mojo back. Then it hit me: the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

I had never read the series (my childhood was obviously lacking) and I knew it was fun (unless everyone in the history of ever had lied to me). I mean wizards, magic, adventures, and more? It definitely beats the reality of college finals that’s for sure.

Fast forward present day: I am knee-deep in the fourth book and I’m not about to stop. I devoured the Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban in one whole night and had to grab the Goblet of Fire right after. My reading mojo is back! Now hopefully, with so much spare time, by the end of Christmas break I will have read not only the remainder of the Harry Potter series, but also a few other books!


bloomsbury-signature-coversThe Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because I’m already too far deep. Hogwarts has entrapped me and I am bound to the series until I’ve read every last page; however I’m not really complaining. The picture/link posted for the Harry Potter series is also my dream Christmas gift. The Bloomsbury Harry Potter Paperback Signature Editions are absolutely stunning. The cover art’s minimalism and use of color is what really won me over in contrast to all the other editions.


9780618574940The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien because the LOTR films inspired my desire to venture off into Middle Earth. If the movies were that good then I’m hoping the novels will be better. However, I am only going to start out with the first book since I don’t want to get too ahead of myself.


6523919Buried In Books: A Readers Anthology by Julie Rugg because it has been sitting in my TBR stack since last year’s Printers Row Literary Fest and anything dealing with bookworms, book obsessions, and the love for the written word easily makes my heart skip a beat.

What will you be reading during your Christmas vacation? It’s always fun to hear what others will read in their spare time!