The Great Library — My Favorite Series

Second in my favorite books series is The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine. I adore this series! There are five books total and it is YA so it was easy for me to zoom through. I highly highly recommend this series if you are into fantasy, steampunk, books about books, librarians, alchemy and government control in books.  Read on to see the entire series and what it's about! The Great Library #1: Ink and Bone The series starts off with Ink and Bone. We learn that in this world The Great Library controls all knowledge and allows the masses…

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Free Printable Bookish Coloring Pages

When I made the first set of bookish stickers that are currently in my Etsy shop for sale, I decided to save outlines of those drawings to give to you as free bookish coloring pages!  This is the perfect time for a freebie too because this is my 100th post on this blog! What a cause for celebration! So thank you for being here :) Coloring is  such a fun relaxing activity. It can be one of the things you start to do this year for self care! New year's resolution through coloring pages.  **The watermarks on the preview images…

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Tea Dragon Society — My Favorites Series

I decided to start posting a little series of posts highlighting my favorite books and the first is The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill!  This is a series of three graphic novels for middle grade and up, so perfect for you to read along with your kids! Why Should I Read This Series? This is an amazingly diverse series filled with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.  All the characters are part of this beautiful fantasy world where they all seem to be creature-like, not completely human. They have varying shades of skin color, mostly darker shades.  This series also represents characters…

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All Things Valentine’s Day

Here's a roundup of all the best food, crafts, and books for you to enjoy with your significant other this Valentine's Day!  Featured Ooey Gooey Cinnamon BunsFun to make together and even more so to eat!RecipeDIY Book Page Heart GarlandA cute, easy family craft to decorate your house for Valentine's Day!Get CraftingChocolate Lava Cakes for TwoTwo single serving cakes filled with chocolatey goodness, perfect for the day of love!RecipeBook Page Paper RosesMake your loved one a beautiful bouquet that will never die!Start CraftingBlueberry Galette For TwoThe perfect size for a couple, this easy blueberry galette is the perfect satisfying dessert.…

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Best Contemporary Romances

I am a sucker for these modern rom com novels. Contemporary romance is the genre I go to when I want something easy, fun and heartwarming to read.  This list ranges from gentle heart warming reads to steamy romances, so take your pic and happy reading! Previous Next Best Contemporary Romance The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory  4/5 Find on Goodreads Jasmine Guillory is your go to girl for contemporary multi-racial romances! This book is the most recent I've read from her. Like a lot of novels in this genre, her characters in every novel are all part of…

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Best Books of 2021: List of Lists

There are so many "best of" lists out there, I thought I would put them all into one article for this list of lists, best books of 2021! It's interesting to see the overlap between the lists and what books pop up on some lists and not others. Check them out for yourself and tell me your favorites!  Best Books of 2021 Lists 1. Book Riot A well known blog of all things related to books! A trusted source for book recommendations. 2. The New Yorker A trusted magazine for over 90 years, they released their book recommendations for the…

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My Favorite Books of 2021

Everyone came out with their "best of" lists, so I decided to write up my own list for my favorite books of 2021. This is based on what I read this year, so it's definitely not all inclusive.  I am including older titles that I first read this year and loved as well, so those are separate from the books published in 2021. Enjoy! Previous Next Published in... 2021 The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray  5/5 Find on Goodreads This novel is based off of and follows the real life story of J.P. Morgan's personal…

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Gifts for Book Lovers: The Ultimate List

It's time for the Christmas shopping, so here's the ultimate list of gifts for books lovers in your life. That is, gifts that are not books themselves! I know I could always use a little more bookish gear in my life. I'm trying to support more small businesses on this list, but there's also some Amazon and big box stores too, depending on your time constraints and preferences. Enjoy this giant list!  1. Bookish Stickers $3.50 Cute waterproof bookish stickers to decorate anything you want. Full disclosure these are new stickers in my own Etsy Shop With Love, Melissa! 2.…

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Start Your Own Cookbook Club

Starting a cookbook club is one of the best things I ever did. In this post, I'll go into what a cookbook club is, how to start your own, and why you should.  Good food, good friends, and good talks. That's it in a nutshell, but let's dig in!  What is a Cookbook Club? A cookbook club is kind of a combination of a lot of good things. It's kind of like a book club. It's kind of like a potluck dinner. But together. The simple concept is this. You have a group of friends that you meet with regularly…

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Gifts for CookBook Lovers

Here's a one stop list of great gifts for cookbook lovers! Perfect for holiday gift shopping for all the foodies in your life.  Like the bookish holiday shopping guide, I have a range of small businesses, and some amazon purchases on here. Choose who you want to support and find the perfect gift for your loved one.  This list is organized in price order!  1. Cookbook Earrings $3.20 Help them display their love for cookbooks on their ears!  2. Bookish Tea Towel $8.00 The tea towel says it all.   3. Cookbook Wall Hanging $8.50 This rustic wall hanging can add…

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