Top 10 Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

photodune-3938229-top-10-xs-e1380168647738I don’t always participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 Challenge but this week’s challenge was too much fun to dismiss:

Pick out 10 things that are related to books (but aren’t books) that you’d like to own.

How fun is that? I’ll admit up front that I love shopping from indy artists, especially Etsy, so you’re going to find a ton of stuff on here is from Etsy, with links to purchase back to the artist’s Etsy store. That said, here’s my Top 10 for the week!


Irving Harper book1. An original paper sculpture by Irving Harper

Mr. Irving Harper works with paper as his medium and I think his sculptures of owls, architectural wonders and floor-to-ceiling sculptural columns.

The photo is of a recent book released showing his sculptures. I encourage you to check out a copy and see the awesome stuff he’s doing. Oh, to be able to get frilly, pretty things … but where on earth would you display them?

2. A full weekend’s worth of Regency gowns and accoutrements

I would love to do a historical re-enactment at a JASNA convention, or one oversees, as a Regency-era character but those costumes are pricy! Still, at a minimum, I’d love the dress, bonnet, stockings, shoes, jewelry, underthings, etc., of at least 1 day dress, and preferably, also an evening gown for special events — like a dance at the local assembly!

il_570xN.578248235_gitq3.Scheherazade Tea (Arabian Nights) by Stroble Farms

I love tea and a friend of mine curated this tea in her foodie treasury list which is how I ended up discovering Stroble Farms’ Etsy page.  Cloves, cinnamon and cardamon are all favorites of mine but I haven’t tried them with rose petals and allspice. Sounds amazing to me.

This is going on my birthday wishlist.


il_570xN.532331459_61mk4. On To Our Next Adventure (tote) by WinterCabin

This is pictured in yellow but it’s currently also available in red.  If they’d expand their collection to include blues, greens, and purples, I’d love to get one of these. A girl can never have too many book totes.  Mine are forever being overstuffed and falling apart.

5. A vintage card catalog

I grew up using these heavy-duty babies at my local library and they’ve got a great vintage feel. Just like the old apothecary cabinets you see in antique malls, card catalog drawers can hold a variety of knickknacks (jewelry? art supplies? cd storage?) and look great. But they’re getting harder to find and oh, so expensive. Maybe someday if I’m lucky…

il_570xN.3280604546. Penguin Book Dangle Earrings by Coryographies

I know this makes me such a geek but I’d love to get these Penguin Classics (in purple!!) earrings.

Aren’t they cute?  Oh my gosh, adorable. And purple is my favorite color. #librarygeek flag flying here. Deal.

7. The official Jane Austen charm bracelet released by the Jane Austen Centre

As of this writing, the British pound is around $1.68 American so one of these beauties would cost me around $340.00 American, plus s/h and taxes. For a charm bracelet, yes. So not happening (lol). But as long as we’re dreaming, I’d like the bracelet and optionally, the fan charm add-on please.

il_570xN.541006271_foh38. If I’m Honest I Have To Tell You… (Decal) by Raaa100

I need to patch and re-paint the walls in my home office, and find a smaller chair so it won’t scrape the new paint first. But after that, then maybe, I’d like to get this for the wall above my desk. $20.00+ for wall art is a great price.

Alternatively, there are tons of great literary-inspired quotes and art prints that I would love to get and frame all in black (or maybe all in a metallic color) and do a grid display on my home office walls.

9. Page Nibs™ by Levenger

If I’m being perfectly honest, you should know that I lose bookmarks. All the time. These page nibs seem like a useful, utilitarian alternative — not too unique that I won’t get attached and coming out at about 33 cents a piece, it’s not the end of the world if I forget to take one out before returning a batch at my library.

il_570xN.576110689_204l10. Any of the literary prints by PemberleyPond

I love this type font print of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell but if Gaskell’s not your thing (who are you and why are you on my blog?!), there’s also some great Jane Austen picks.

This is one of those other art series I could see myself doing someday — get a bunch in complimentary colors from different books and frame side by side or in a grid format. Lovely.


10 Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List

The idea for this post came from: The Broke and the Bookish

This fall I am making more of an attempt to read outside of my genre embracing some horror and mysteries as well as start to try and keep up with my husband’s extensive reading list.

Since my husband is reading some of the classics, I will be too! (I hope…) So this fall has a bit of a mishmash of genres that goes all over the place.  Check out the list below and let me know what your fall must-reads list is.

I’ll be grabbing a cuppa before I start.

Ready? Okay!

1.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just saw the gorgeous reinterpretation by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.  I’ve read The Great Gatsby waaaay back in high school but since it’s on my husband’s list for the fall, and it’s been well over 10 years since I’ve read it (cough), I guess it’s time again.

I’ll never forget the narrator, Nick Carraway who introduced me to East Egg and the tragic romance between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.

clare_city-of-bones2.) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #1)

I’ve been seeing the previews for this for months now and I regret that I still haven’t sat down and read this YA paranormal/horror blockbuster hit yet.  From what the GoodReads comments say, it’s better to read it afterwards because the film diverges so much from the book.

Personally, I think that when you translate a book into a film it always loses something.  It’s an entirely different medium and you cannot please everyone’s expectations of how THEY see it in their imaginations.  But I digress…

3.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Case in point. We are going to see Peter Jackson’s vision, not necessarily Tolkien’s or even the average Joe’s.  It’s one man’s vision which is why it’s great to see classics remade over time — a fresh perspective for a new audience.

This was bedtime reading for my family and at some point in my childhood I must have read it cover to cover but I’ve forgotten it beyond the retaking of the Lonely Mountain so it’s time for another go.

hill_nos4a24.) Nos4a2 by Joe Hill

Not a film per se but certainly another take on the Nosferatu classic. I’m not a huge Stephen King fan but I’m curious whether his son’s got the gift and this seems like an interesting premise.  Sort of a Once Upon a Time gone horror.  It should be interesting.

james_deathcomes5.) Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

This is supposed to be amazing.  I am a huge fan of all the Jane Austen fan fiction (well, except for the sexquels…) and I’m excited to see what a renowned mystery writer can bring to the characters in Pride and Prejudice.

Last time someone made a grand attempt like this (cough McCullough cough), I couldn’t finish the book I was so disappointed. I’m not sure how a P.D. James mystery will differ from some of the other longstanding books set in Jane Austen’s England, or featuring Jane as the detective.

Any P.D. James followers out there?  What do you think?

baker_longbourn6.) Longbourn by Jo Baker

I’ve heard such great things about this book.  It’s sort of a Downton Abbey (or Upstairs/Downstairs for the older crowd) meets Pride and Prejudice.  It’s a take on the story from the perspectives of the servants and follows the romances below-stairs as much as above-stairs.  If I can get my hands on a copy this fall, this will be a quick read I’ll wager.

Now, from Regency ballrooms to the Golden Age of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table…

tennyson_idylls7.) Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This is going to be A-maze-ing. This is another of my husband’s reads for this fall and I’m super-stoked to read the entirety of Idylls for the first time.  I first read “The Lady of Shalott” in Anne of Green Gables and fell in love with Tennyson and the whole pre-Raphaelite movement inspired by Tennyson and Shakespeare.  Can’t wait!!

landon_kelley_tracesof8.)  Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley (Mercy Medallion #1)

This is a Civil War era novel, the first in a new series.  ‘Mercy’ called so for the medallion she wears, was found unconscious with amnesia.  Her search to discover her past leads her to a new love and a chance at a future. That future becomes threatened when someone from her past emerges, who knows secrets she herself has forgotten that could undo everything.

This is one of my ARCs that I’ll be reviewing for a fall issue this year so this will be one of the first things I’m reading … which perhaps should have been listed earlier. Oh well.

delacruz_misguided-angel9.) Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #5)

I’ve been reading the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz for the past few weeks and have gotten through the first four books.  There are still 2 other books left in the series and I’d like to finish them before Christmas.

The Blue Bloods series is an interesting take on vampire mythos (no sparkling vamps). Some of the oldest, richest families in New York are actually vamps and out of one of these families, certainly the poorest of the lot, is young [name] who discovers she is becoming a vampire. Then some of her schoolmates begin winding up dead… and Schuyler begins to wonder, what can kill a vampire?

shinohara_redriver_110.) Red River by Chie Shinohara (Red River #1)

Books from this manga series keep crossing my desk and now I’ve got the bug.

Flipping through the book (right to left), I now want to learn about the college freshman who gets sucked through a puddle into the ancient Hittite empire.

Do I expect this to be in any historically accurate?  Hell no!

Hehe, but it should still be fun.  The graphics are interesting and historical manga series are starting to become a popular sub-genre.  There’s also “The Earl and the Fairy” and “Victorian Mysteries” as manga that I’m also curious to explore.  My introduction to manga was through “Emma” by Kaoru Mori.

They’re such quick reads that I’m tempted to create a new genre category just for Manga. But once you start… On a side note, I am also a fan of the work of Hayao Miyazaki.


There you go my friends. My top 10 reads for the fall 2013 year.  Do any of these titles inspire you to try them out for yourself?  Let me know what you think!

10 Books I Would Love to See as a TV Series/Film

The suggestion for this post came from: The Broke and the Bookish

1.) Austenland by Shannon Hale

So this is actually, finally, making its way to the big screen (thanks to Stephanie Meyer) but from what I’ve heard, reviews are mixed.  This hasn’t even opened yet in my corner of the USA but based on the teasers, it looks like they’ve turned it into this girl-fest, completely silly and full of crass, sexual humor.  Can’t a girl have a good time without sexual innuendos?  I don’t remember this being in the original book, which was mostly clean.  I’d go see it for no other reason than Dr. Quinn is in it (oh wait, her name’s actually Jane Seymour, riiighhht.)  Expect my thoughts on the film when it hits theaters.

blue castle2.)  The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Blue Castle is one of the few adult novels that the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series, ever penned.  To my knowledge, this has never been made into a movie, ever.  This book is in my top 3 most favorite books ever and I can’t figure out who has the film rights as of September 2013. Kevin Sullivan, are you listening?  Bring me Valancy and Barney’s story already!!

3.) Angelology and Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

Fans of Robert Langdon would enjoy this genre-bending series about angels on earth and the religious society devoted to the protection of the secret.  It’s a suspense tale, it’s got great locations from freezing, isolated snow-capped mountains, to serene convents, and Times Square, basically a bit of everything.  I expect this series to cap at three books, minimum so there’s sequel potential.

4.) An Oz reboot (the right way)

To be fair, L. Frank Baum actually produced several films based on his books but to my knowledge, none of them have the exposure that the MGM classic does. Or the “sequel” put out in the 1980’s (shudder) or the newest re-telling (erk) which is not based on the musical, at all.

I’m lumping Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series in here as well.  I’d be happy with them attempting to do this as a musical ala a big budget cast with Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth.  Original Broadway Cast. Don’t skimp Hollywood.

With the amazing things CGI can do now (remember The Fantastic Mr. Fox?), there’s so much potential to see these characters come to life and without live-action actors, you could brand the “look” so it’s consistently the same whether it’s Ozma of Oz or The Lost Princess of Oz.

Have I mentioned that I absolutely adored Wicked?  I think I’ve seen it four times now.  I’ve got issues.

5.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book has amazing visuals.  I’d love to see someone tackle this as an artsy film ala Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) but do readers a favor and skip the big-name actors.  They inflate the budget and too often, we’re seeing “BIG NAME ACTOR” not “small name hero/heroine” of the actual book.  This is a beautiful book and someone needs to get a hold of this one and create an exquisite viewing experience. Please?

6.) The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

True Blood exploded into a mass hit on HBO.  Shame it’s got so much gratuitious sex, violence and language. Having read all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (except I skipped part of book 2 because I hated that season 2…), I can safely say that they’ve veered off the books and gone off in their own direction. (sigh) I hate it when Hollywood does that.

Vampires have been there, done that.  It’s time to give shape-shifters and werewolves more room to run free.  This could make an interesting TV series if slanted for a New Adult audience.

7.) A remake of Daddy Long Legs

There have been at least 3 versions of this that I’m aware of: a black and white “silent” film with Mary Pickford, a musical in the 1950’s(?) with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron and an animated version more recently that was done anime style.  The closest version to the actual book by Jean Webster (grand-niece of Mark Twain) was probably the Mary Pickford version. So much is lost though without words!  And colored gingham!  This could be made into such a sweet Hallmark-style Sunday special with a traditional story of an orphan who gets a leg up and hits some rough patches as a school girl.

Briar Rose. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Briar Rose. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

8.) Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

One of THE most powerful YA novels I’ve ever read. Right up there with The Giver (in my book).  Part fairy tale, past ghastly tale on the Holocaust, a must-read.

9.) Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

One of my top 5 favorite fairy tales. A beautiful retelling of the folklore tale about two sisters living near the woods who take pity on a bear in trouble.

10.) The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander

This could be an awesome animated TV series with a strong female lead.  I think you’d need to change the perspective to be from Vesper’s POV unless you wanted to have each episode to have a moral to it and then it could be narrated over in a “framing” device by her caretaker, Brinnie.  There are far too many great red-headed heroines that don’t get enough press in animation. Anyone out there remember Calamity Jane?  Liberty Kids? I loved those.

So there it is, my first top 10 list here on my blog and plenty of things to mull over.  Are you familiar with any/all of these books? Which ones? What do you think?  Grab a cuppa and let’s chat about it.