In honor of the upcoming anniversary of Chiqui Creates, I’ll talk about this awesome shop’s bookish and fandom-inspired fancy jewelry and bookmarks. Chiqui Creates is one of my go-to shops when I join a new fandom because not only are her products undoubtedly gorgeous, she’s also a really wonderful human being and an accommodating seller. Working with Chiqui as one of her shop reps was a great learning experience for me because of her professionalism and her willingness to collaborate with her reps, customers, and other sellers. Of course, her A+++ sense of humor is a big bonus.
What I love about laminated bookmarks is that even though they’re a more expensive than paper bookmarks, I don’t have to worry about damaging them in any way – like spilling a drink on them, having them stained for life with ballpen ink, or accidentally folding them.
Fictional Boutique is one of my favorite laminated bookmark shops and it’s been a fun and wonderful experience to rep for its talented owner, Naja.
“We’re a sorrowful species. Worse still, when we let ourselves believe we are suffering alone.”
In this spotlight post, I’m going to write about a thoughtful, kind, and talented person. I have always admired Sarah’s woodmarks every time she posted photos of them on her bookstagram, so it is definitely an honor to rep for her shop, Flagship Studios.
“The joy of reading is in the rereading; this is where you get to know the world and characters in deep and rewarding fashion.” – Walter Mosley
All right, I confess. What I thought would never happen finally happened to me this year.
I got stuck in a reading slump.
This nerdy sickness was like a sneaky thief. It started with me taking much longer than usual to finish reading a single book because I got easily distracted by other things. And then before I knew it, I just didn’t feel like picking up anything from my TBR pile. Gawd, imagine the horror!
For me, a reading slump is definitely an EMERGENCY. I don’t mind reading slowly for a change. What alarmed me was that the thought of reading any new book did not excite me – not like the way it used to. In this situation, I was a damsel in distress. How could I bring back the passion and excitement for reading? (Pardon the theatrics. I can be such a drama queen. Haha.)
Here’s the funny thing: When I needed saving from books, I was actually rescued…by other books.
After my first movie adaptation review, here’s another first. Beginning this year, I’ll start posting bookish merch recommendations, because there are sellers that deserve the love and adoration. It’s also a plus that I’ll have documentation of my favorite shops for future reference.
First up, we have Ink & Wonder.
I know that so many of you in the bookish community have already posted glowing reviews of Ink & Wonder’s products. I discovered their gorgeous woodmarks because of the bookstagram community and I’m so grateful that I did. After buying my first set of woodmarks from them, I can honestly say that they are worth the hype.
Last year, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” was one of my top 10 reads. After finally watching the movie, I feel like it would be remiss of me if I don’t post my opinions about the movie adaptation. Come to think of it, it’s only fitting that this would be my first book-to-movie adaptation review. To the friends who don’t know me well enough yet, you’re about to see where I stand regarding the age-old “book vs. movie” debate.