FLYTIP: Make Your Mark

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. Lonna is also running a giveaway for those who participate through the end of December. This week’s topic is: FLYTIP: Make Your Mark || Bookmarks aren’t just for saving your place in a book. They are artistic expressions. Share your expression with 5-10 bookmarks.

I personally think that bookmarks are a really great way for bookworms to express themselves. Some of us don’t bother much with bookmarks and reach for whatever scrap of paper is available. Some of us have a beloved bookmark we use in every book we read. Some of us own an absurd amount and others only a handful. Below are some of the bookmarks I own.

I always smile when an order from Book Depository arrives and not just because it means book mail. One of my favorite things about this site is that they send you a bookmark with every book purchase. I personally don’t use these bookmarks, but keep them tucked away in the books they arrive in. And they’re always so darn lovely.

I don’t buy bookmarks, but I do make them! I fell down the rabbit hole that is bookmark crafting earlier this year and now have a box full of beads, far too much string, and stock paper to last me a lifetime. I actually find making bookmarks to be a really relaxing activity. I’ve been thinking of making a few and doing some kind of giveaway. Would you be interested?

This is probably the prettiest bookmark I’ve ever made. I purchased a craft hole puncher and used an old book to create the effect above. I haven’t used this bookmark yet, maybe because it’s too pretty or maybe because I have hard time letting go of my trusted purple bookmark.


Speaking of my purple bookmark. This is the one that I use every time I pick up a book. It’s a DIY bookmark that I originally made out of a gift bag. This is my third version of the bookmark. Yes, I still have a bit of gift bag left and will probably make another one when this one starts falling apart. Hoping this doesn’t make me sound too obsessive.

Do you have a favorite bookmark? Have you ever made a bookmark? Let’s discuss in the comment and leave a link to your own FLYTIP post in the comments if you participated this week.


FLYTIP: For the Love of Cartography

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. Lonna is also running a giveaway for this who participate through the end of December. This week Lili @ Utopia State of Mind is providing a guest prompt for this feature: Care for Cartography || What are 5-10 of your favorite maps within books?

I love a good map. One of the favorite things to look at when I first receive a book is to look inside to see if it has a map. Still waiting for publishers to create maps that we can remove from the books themselves, so I can use it as a quick reference. This post asks us to share some of our favorite maps and I thought I’d do something a little different and create a kind of quiz for readers. Below are seven different maps from YA fantasy/science-fiction novels. See if you can figure out where they are from. Answers will be listed at the end of this post. Click any image to enlarge.

How did you do? Was it harder than you thought to figure out the book based only on the map? What is your favorite map in a book? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Answer Key:

Map #1 – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Map #2 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Map #3 – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Map #4 – The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Map #5 – Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Map #6 – The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Map #7: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

FLYTIP: Dog-Ear-Me-Not

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. This is my first time participating and I confess I’m really excited about today’s topic. Speaking of, today’s topic is “FLYTIP: Dog-Ear-Me-Not || What are some creative ways you’ve saved your place in a book?”

A few years back, I never went out of my way to find something I could consistently use for a bookmark. I would usually just grab a scrap of paper, receipt, or even a candy wrapper to hold my place. I’m much more consistent these days…well, kind of. I’ve never dog-eared my books and probably never will. One of my greatest pet peeves is when I’m reading a library book and discover that someone has dog-eared it. Why?!?!?! I’m all for people treating their own books however they want, but a library book? It’s a travesty! For this post, I’m sharing a few different ways I save my place while reading.

1. DIY Bookmark – I literally never buy myself bookmarks. I like the idea of a pretty bookmark, but I’m also really cheap and figure, why buy a bookmark when I can just make my own? I actually made the above one from a lovely gift bag and will probably have to replace it soon as you can probably tell from the picture above. I wouldn’t consider myself to be particularly crafty, but I find sitting down and making something to be a really relaxing activity.

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2. Spine-Up – I know, I know. This is a terrible thing to do to your books. It could break the spine. Don’t I have any kind of respect for my books? Of course, I do! Sometimes I even remove the dust jacket (see all photos) while I read because I don’t want to accidentally damage it, but when you need to put your book down real quick and your bookmark mark is nowhere to be found, turning a book over is the quickest solution.

3. Review Notebook – I almost never read unless I have my review notebook close at hand. It is unbelievably helpful to have a few notes jotted down when it comes time to write a review and it’s even more helpful when you can just stuff the entire thing into a book to save your place.

4. Pen – I cannot count the number of times I lose my pen. Am I the only one who has this problem? I have lost several and I’m convinced they hide out where all those missing socks from the dryer go. Sometimes I’m a little too quick to jump to conclusions because I’ve panicked that I can’t find my pen, only to discover that I’d been using it as a bookmark the whole time.

5. Cat’s Tail – I have one of the fattest, laziest cats in the world. He will literally let me do anything, so when I was taking photos for this post he decided to camp out on my bed and it was just so hard to resist using his tail as a prop.

How do you save your place in a book? Are you a traditional bookmark user or do you use other unconventional methods? Let’s discuss in the comments!

FLYLēF’s 2nd Anniversary: Friendship Tour + Giveaway

FLYLēF turns two and Lonna was kind enough to invite me to be a part of her friendship tour in celebration of her blogiversary. To celebrate, an amazing group of bloggers have gotten together and have planned friendship-themed posts for you to enjoy, all centered around the theme…


Please make sure to visit them, and perhaps make a new friend along the way. Also, Lonna is generously hosting a giveaway, so be sure to check out the details at the end of this post.


I think one of the most rewarding aspects of book blogging is the friendships you develop with other readers. And there’s nothing like bonding over a good book. I think most of my blogging friendships started with the love of a book and my TBR thanks (as well as shakes its fist at) every one of you for continually bringing wonderful books to my attention. For this post’s theme, I wanted to share some of my favorite literary friendships. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Be sure to share your favorite literary friendships in the comments!


1. Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – You can’t talk about literary friendships without mentioning the Golden Trio. These three go through so much, but they remain loyal to one another. I also think it’s really beautiful that they grew into adulthood with each other by their sides.

2. Remus, Peter, Sirius, and James from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – It’s unfortunate that none of these guys got a happy ending; actually, it’s down-right tragic. But I’ve always been touched by the story of Remus being a werewolf and his friends turning themselves into Animagi, so he wouldn’t feel so different and alone. Excuse me, I think I need a tissue…

3. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Is there anything closer than a bosom friend? I loved that beside the Cuthberts, Anne found Diana as well. I mean, sure, she did accidentally get Diana drunk when they were kids, but it was a complete accident!

4. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Nothing says real friendship like pulling a couple of impossible heists together. Seriously, how awesome would it be to be a part of this amazing crew of friends?

5. Ada Navarra and Corinne Wells from Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – One of my favorite parts about this debut is the friendship between Ada and Corinne. I really need more books where female friends are front and center. Can I get a sequel?

Bonus: Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation – I loved how unbelievably supportive these two were of each other. There was so much encouragement and love in this relationship, I think their friendship was my favorite relationship in the entire series.


I think the first time Lonna and I bonded it was over Robert Beatty’s Serafina and the Black Cloak. I will always associate this book with our friendship. We currently cohost The Comment Challenge together and it has been nothing but a rewarding experience. I could not ask for a more creative and dedicated partner. Honestly, I feel like we’re a match made in heaven and hope in the future we can collaborate in many more blogging projects. Happy blogiversary, Lonna!


❖ May 15th – Bookfever: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 15th – A Reader Writer: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 16th – Milky Way of Books: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 16th – Lisa Loves Literature: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 20th – A Kernel of Nonsense: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 21th – SUSANLOVESBOOKS: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 23th – fallxnrobins: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 27th – Utopia State of Mind: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 28th – Book Briefs: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 30th – Foxes & Fairy Tales: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ June 1st – The Caramel Files: Spotlight / Giveaway


Lonna Yen the creative mind behind FLYLēF (pronounced like flyleaf) who enjoys reading late into the night to satisfy her insatiable addiction to mostly young adult and adult novels: romance (contemporary and historical), fantasy, and paranormal (especially vampires). She believes in the magic of spellbinding words coming together to build breathtaking worlds in our minds’ eyes. Happiness is just a book away, find it at FLYLēF.

Lonna is also the host of FLYTIP and Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, and co-host of The Comment Challenge.

Find Lonna @ FLYLēF: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google+ | Newsletter


Be sure to click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link below to enter Lonna’s giveaway: A one-month subscription box to Owl Crate, or $35 Amazon gift card for an international winner.

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May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

The May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF, one of my very good blogging friends. I’ve never joined a giveaway hop before and since this month happens to be my birthday month, I thought I’d celebrate by participating. For this giveaway I will be giving away one book worth up to $15 USD either from Book Depository or Amazon. I thought I’d throw Amazon in there for US participants as I have Amazon Prime and it’s always a good thing when it only takes a couple of days to receive a book. To enter, click on the rafflecopter link below and be sure to check out the other participants’ giveaways as well! Complete giveaway details below. Good luck!

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Giveaway Details:

  • Giveaway runs from May 1st at 12:00am through May 15th at 11:59 pm (PST)
  • Open internationally through Book Depository
  • If winner is located in the U.S., they have the option of the prize being fulfilled through Amazon
  • One lucky winner will win one book of their choice worth up to $15 USD
  • Winner will be selected randomly and emailed (you have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen)
  • Book can be a preorder of a May 2017 release
  • Prize will be fulfilled within 2 weeks or 2 weeks after future release date

May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop – Click the Inlinkz image below for the full list of blogs participating in the May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop!

The Hiatus is Over!

My blogging hiatus officially ended yesterday, but I ended up being really busy and didn’t have a chance to sit down and catch up on anything. I really enjoyed my blogging hiatus and ended up also taking a break from Twitter which sort of drove me crazy the first couple of days (my fingers were itching to open the app), but ultimately I think taking a break from both blogging and Twitter together was a good call. I’m still feeling my reading slump and didn’t read quite as much as I’d lhoped over the past week and a half, but I’ve kind of been dying to get back to blogging in general. I missed so many things about this community though and am ready to get back to discussing books with everyone. I will try to get to all the comments that I missed while away, but I do have a bit of blogging to catch up on including a couple of reviews, so don’t be surprised if I don’t get to them all. I hope everyone has had a lovely April so far. I’m so ecstatic to be back!