Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

As I mentioned in my last top ten, 2018 wasn’t a great reading year for me. There were a lot of books published last year that I really wanted to read! Others are ones that have been published in the last few years that I’ve been itching to read. I’m really going to try reading them this year because I need to make my TBR list shorter.

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The end of one of my favorite historical fiction / retellings, I want to get to this one soon! But I’m also putting it off a bit longer because I don’t want it to end.

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As quickly as I read through Truthwitch and Windwitch, I didn’t get to this one yet! I’m planning on reading it before Bloodwitch.

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I got this in a book box last year! The cover is so beautiful and I’m really looking forward to reading the story this year.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors who were new to me in 2018


Last year was not a good reading year for me, so I only have seven authors on this list. I wanted to read a lot more than I did, but with moving a couple of times, a new job, and lots of changes I wasn’t really prepared for, I spent a lot of time…not reading. But I did finish my novel (again) so I was productive in other ways.

These authors are ones that I’d been recommended by other readers and authors I’ve meant to read and only got to them last year. I tried to keep my list to books that have been out for awhile that people love. I wanted to keep to what I thought the spirit of the prompt was! So here are my top seven!

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Susan Dennard is basically my new favorite author. I read both Truthwitch and Windwitch, and I can’t wait until the third one comes out! It’s one of my most anticipated releases of 2019.

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Ursula K. Le Guin is an author who did so much in her lifetime. I really liked what she did in A Wizard of Earthsea. It allowed for a great discussion in our bookclub.

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Hannah West wrote a really great fantasy that was a mix of fairytale retellings! I really want to check out her other books as soon as I can.

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Owlcrate December: Power of Illusions

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Owlcrate’s December box was all about preparing you for the new year. With a journal, book bag, and candle, the Power of Illusions box was one that I really enjoyed receiving. I’m already using my new journal to keep up with all of the new releases that I want to read this year!

Starting in January, each Owlcrate box will contain an enamel pin! I can’t wait to see what it looks like for January. The theme is Magical Artifacts. You can still subscribe to get your own! Owlcrate does a referral program for new customers. If you do order a January box, I would love if you could use my referral link!* Please see the end of my post for more details!

And now for my official blog unboxing!


Lovely Illustration (Jordan Kincaid: website, instagram) created the mystical print that was included in this month’s box. The button pin that came with the December box focused on only one of the characters in the print, which was a bit disappointing. I would have liked to see the larger print on the button pin.

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The main draw of Owlcrate’s Power of Illusions box was the monthly reading planner by Blue Star Press (shop, instagram). It’s chock full of pages to keep up with your reading in 2019. There are some calendar pages like every planner, but the unique pages are what make it most useful. I’m able to keep track of new releases for each month, my monthly TBR, and write mini book reviews. If you want your own, you may be able to get one! The Owlcrate shop has a limited quantity that they just listed! But they won’t be available for long.


Owlcrate does exclusive editions for every box and this month was a beautiful purple one! An exclusive edition of Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene was inspired by the colors of a sunset. I love that the dust jacket is purple too. The amber stone on the cover was made into a necklace that was included in the box. Not from the box but equally as beautiful is this pin holder from Afterglow Creations. I’ll be using these for my monthly pins from Owlcrate. If you find yourself with too many pins and no way to display them, check out the shop and use my code JADE10 to save on your order. Continue reading

Burning Bright Library December Rep Package

I am a brand representative for the shop I talk about in this post. I received the candles in exchange for promoting Burning Bright Library.

Hi all! If you’ve ever wanted a bookish candle for yourself or for a friend, Burning Bright Library has a wonderful selection! Use the code JADE10 in the shop through January 2019 to save on your orders!

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For December, I asked Marissa of Burning Bright Library to send me two candles that were inspired by the stories that I often read. If you ever check my instagram or my goodreads page, you’ll see right away that I focus on reading fantasy novels with a smattering of sci-fi mixed in. They’re two of my favorite genres, so I had to have candles inspired by them.

These two candles bring to life some of those smells that would be found in books set in the dense woods of Ravka or the Russia of The Bear and the Nightingale and the different planets of the Illuminae series or Empress of a Thousand Skies. I love how their colors complement each other.

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My first candle is Fairytales! Fairytales is a beautiful purply-pink color. It reminds me of long walks in the woods, the snow covered branches of firs blocking out the sound around me. It has a smattering of sweetness to temper the smell of pine. Officially, it smells like dragon scales, woodland trails, and misty gales. I love when the scents rhyme!

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Burning Bright Library November Rep Package


Hi all! If you’ve ever wanted a bookish candle for yourself or for a friend, Burning Bright Library has a wonderful selection! Here are some of my favorites from my very first rep package and some that I’ve purchased on my own. Use the code JADE10 in the shop through January 2019 to save on your orders!

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One of my favorite of the autumn candle line. I hope it comes back next autumn!

It’s such an incredible honor and very thrilling to have been chosen for the November to January rep period for Burning Bright Library. It’s already going so fast! It’s almost over already! I love representing Marissa’s company. She’s such a lovely person who engages with her customers promptly and is so creative with her candle scents. I could gaze at the beautiful labels of her lovely candles for ages. Most of her candles are bookish, with the inspiration coming from book worlds and characters. Others are seasonal, with inspiration coming from the world around us.

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For November, Marissa sent me two 8 oz candles, Cardan and Jude! These candles are based on the two main characters from The Cruel Prince who love to hate one another. The art on the candle by Noverantale is so stunning. They really capture the characters and I hoped the scents would match them perfectly.

I needn’t have worried about anything.

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Cardan and Jude are PERFECT. They pair together really well! Their scents complement each other completely. And if for some reason you purchase them separately, don’t worry! They do smell lovely on their own. I’ll break down their scents and you can decide if you want one of them or both.

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Owlcrate October: Lost in the Bookstore

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Hello everyone! I wanted to go back a bit to October, when I received a new Owlcrate! It’s been a long time since I was able to take advantage of my subscription, and I was so happy that I did.

If you’ve never ordered an Owlcrate box, they do a referral program. If you’re interested in checking them out, I would absolutely love if you used my referral link.* Obviously you can still order a box without using a referral code, but it would be a nice thing for me. Please see the end of my post for more details!


October’s theme was Lost in the Bookstore, which, let’s be honest, is PERFECT for me (and any other bookworms out there). And let me tell you, Owlcrate did not disappoint.

Owlcrate includes a monthly pin and print and they are always so beautiful. Lovely Illustration (Jordan Kincaid: website, instagram) created a perfect one that was so whimsical! It reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and The Sword in the Stone.

The special thing about October’s box was that TWO books were included in the box, which I feel doesn’t happen very often. At least that’s what I think! Not only were there two books included, but there were two full length novels included. There was a previous Owlcrate that had two books, but one of them was shorter than the other.


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, is the first in a new series. Obviously I love Japan since I lived there for five years, so I was really excited to see this in here! The main character is half human, half yokai––which is something I want to write about too!––so I’m super excited to read her story. It sounds like a great fantasy novel!


The other pick this month was Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This is another book I was looking forward to reading because it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Zoboi uses the original source material and creates her own story too.

Both books are Owlcrate exclusive editions! I love that they do this. It makes the book feel even more special. We lucked out that both books were also signed this month! Check out their shop for signed and exclusive editions. Continue reading

Faecrate September: The Family You Choose

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Today is a throwback to my first book box after returning from Japan! I’ve posted about Faecrate (shop, instagram) here once before, long long ago! The September box was actually my third Faecrate box. My second one was from early 2018. I may do another Faecrate throwback later, but I’ll likely just go forward from here.

September Faecrate unboxing

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The theme for September was The Family You Choose. I really liked this theme because a lot of the books I read tend to have relationships that are close, but that closeness doesn’t often come from family. Read on to see what came in the September box!


The book this month was Rule by Ellen Goodlet. It has a murdered heir, a brewing rebellion, and three sisters who don’t know that they’re the illegitimate heirs to the king. It sounds amazing! I’m really looking forward to checking it out as part of my December reads!


This is my first box to have a pillow case! It is easily my absolute favorite thing that I’ve ever received in a book box. I think it’s just one of my favorite book box items ever, period. It’s pretty amazing. Definitely in my top five or ten. The design by MirkwoodScribes (shop, instagram) is absolutely beautiful! I recently stuffed it and it looks great with my other bookish pillows.

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