BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/21/2020)

Hey everyone, I hope your week has been going well! If not… at least you’re halfway there!

Since it’s WWW Wednesday, we’re going to talk about what I’ve been reading, and what I plan on reading since I haven’t finished any other books since my post last week ๐Ÿ˜… That’s okay though, sometimes life just gets in the way of my reading time ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

WWW Wednesdays were originally, hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.

Anyways, let’s get right into it!


What I’ve Finished Reading Recently:

Like I said… nothing, but I’m in the middle of Fortnight Frights, so I’ll be finishing up some fun spooky reads soon! If you want to see what my TBR is for the readathon, you can check out my Creative Dumping Ground post from Sunday!

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m still working on the same books I mentioned in last weeks post, but for now they’re on the back burner as I read through (or try to read through!) my TBR for Fortnight Frights. My first book is Lobizona by Romina Garber, which is a fantasy novel revolving around Manu, who is an undocumented Argentine with a mysterious past. As she goes on a journey to discover her family’s history, she uncovers a whole other world that inspired Argentinian folklore.

I’m 164 pages into it right now, and I’ve been enjoying the fast pace of the novel, and reading Manu’s journey as she learns more about the magical world she belongs to.

What I Plan on Reading:

Right now, I’m debating between four different things to read: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, or Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant. I want to divide each longer/ time investing book with something shorter or easier to get through. I’ll see what happens… who knows, I may end up reading one of them while I’m still in the middle of Lobizona ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ


That’s my post for this weeks WWW Wednesday! Let me know what you’re reading, or what you just finished reading below!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Ten Books Recommended to Me

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Hey everyone and happy Tuesday!

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, I’m focusing on books I was recommended through BookTube. I don’t really watch BookTube that much anymore, but for awhile it was where I got the most recommendations. I thought it would be kind of fun to revisit what I read, and discuss whether I liked the books or not ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Anyways, Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

Now let’s talk books!


The first four books I will talk about today are The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six (Both by Taylor Jenkins Reid), Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, and The Girls by Emma Cline. I heard about all these titles through Emma Books channel, as I used to watch her A LOT ๐Ÿ˜‚ but, these are books that were pretty popular on BookTube overall when they came out. I really enjoyed both of Taylor Jenkin Reid’s books, although I liked Daisy Jones more than Evelyn Hugo, while Of Fire and Stars and The Girls, were both kind of average reads for me (I enjoyed Of Fire and Stars more so than The Girls).

Go ahead and check out Emma’s channel! She is popular on the platform (in other words, probably doesn’t need me to shout her out ๐Ÿ˜‚), but if these books interested you, you might enjoy more of her recommendations!

The next couple of books I’m going to talk about are the poetry collections, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I found both of these books through Katesbookdate, as she has a few videos focusing specifically on poetry recommendations. The Princess Save Herself in This One is popular for those who are starting to read more poetry, but I liked Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately more, as I thought the concept of each poem having a song associated with it is a cool concept.

You can go ahead and check out Kate’s channel, especially if you like finding more poetry collections to read (or to start reading more poetry!).

I found The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton through PeruseProject’s (Regan) channel. I watched her a lot when I first got into BookTube, as she had a lot of interesting fantasy recommendations, but I lost interest as time went on ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ However, I loved The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender when I read it a couple years ago, and definitely recommend checking it out if you’re into stories that blend our world with fantastical elements! The writing had kind of a whimsical tone to it, despite the story being sad and covering some serious topics, which was interesting.

You should check out Regan’s channel if you’re into fantasy and looking for more recommendations in the genre, although she’s also a popular channel as well, so you might know about her if you already watch a lot of BookTube.

The next book, An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon I heard about through Bowties and Books’ (Jesse) channel. It’s a sci-fi book, which isn’t a genre I read a lot, but the blend of sci-fi elements with the historical elements of slavery in the United States made it a much more interesting read for me. I’ve talked about this book quite a bit when I first read it earlier this year, so if you want a more in-depth explanation, I recommend checking out my WWW Wednesday post from August.

Check out Jesse’s channel if you want more recommendations for books focusing on LGBTQ+ and/or Black stories! They have some great book recommendations (I’ve added quite a few to my TBR), but since I only started watching them recently, I haven’t read as many of the books discussed on their channel ๐Ÿ˜…

Both Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas are books I heard about through BookTube, but I could not remember the specific channel ๐Ÿ˜‚ I loved The Hate U Give, and actually read it all in one day, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a different story ๐Ÿ˜… I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, but when I tried reading the second book, I just got bored and put it down. I haven’t tried picking it up since then, and I’m not sure if I’m going to, if I’m being honest.


That’s all I have for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! Remember to check out That Artsy Reader Girl to see her post for Top Ten Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Poetry Prompt #11

Hey everyone, welcome back to a new week! Hopefully your Monday is off to a great start ๐Ÿ˜„

Since it’s Monday, that means it’s time for another Poetry Prompt! Today’s prompt is actually brought by yours truly โœŒ When I was coming up with ideas for Blog Everyday In October, I came up with different themes to center my Halloween/spooky around, and one of the themes (which also happens to be today’s theme… who would have thought) was masks and costumes.

If you want to join in the fun, then go right on ahead! You can either type your poem(s) in the comments below or link to your post, I would love to see what y’all come up with!

Now, let’s get on to the poetry!


Why is Halloween such a popular holiday?

Why do people find it fun?

For kids,

It’s a time to dress up with their friends,

And go out at night for some candy.

Screams echoing in the air,

As they run,

From one spookily decorated house,

To the next.

For the adults,

It’s a time to forget about your troubles,

Have a fun Halloween drink,

Have a party with friends,

Or watch scary movies,

All cuddled up,

With that special someone.

It’s a time for spookiness,

And a time to play a part,

Outside of your comfort zone.

So throw on a mask,

And slip on a costume,

Go ahead,

Just play pretend for one night,

And have a little fun.


That’s about all I have for today! Thank you for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with something new!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Creative Dumping Ground #23 and Fortnight Fright begins!

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Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you’ve been having an awesome weekend, and enjoying yourselves ๐Ÿ˜Š

I haven’t done a Creative Dumping Ground in a while, so what better time to do it, then now? It will be kind of a shorter Creative Dumping Ground post, but I’ll be doing another one sometime in the near future ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, today is the first day of the Fortnight Frights reading challenge, which is hosted by the Artisan Geek over on Youtube! Woohoo!

So, I’ll go ahead and post my finalized TBR right here:

With an Undead Character: Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant

A Short Story: The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

A Poem: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

Written before 1960: The Bad Seed by William March (1954)

A Translated Piece: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk; Translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

A Horror Comic: Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San by Honda San

Dark Fantasy: Lobizano by Romina Garber

Written by a Black/African Author: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

My TBR had a few minor changes, but other than that, it’s pretty similar to what I talked about in my original post. If you want to participate as well, here is the bingo card:

And if you want to check out more about Fortnight Frights:

Here’s the Announcement Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jxgrMudLig

Here’s the Fortnight Frights Homepage: https://www.theartisangeek.com/fortnightfrights

Other than that, let’s get into the rest of the post!


So this is from when I did my Top Ten Tuesday post about book covers that give off fall vibes, although I didn’t end up using it in my post ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ I’d been talking about The Year of the Witching a lot in my prior posts, and wanted to highlight other books I enjoyed or thought looked cool. I still love the picture though, and wanted to share it, so here it is!

In case you didn’t know, I play Animal Crossing ๐Ÿ˜… I just finished paying off the last loan on my house, so now I can redecorate the outside of it for free once a day! Exciting! (Well, at least I think so ๐Ÿ˜‚) Anyways, I decided to go ahead and make it Halloween themed, and so the picture on the left is the original, and the picture on the right is my spookified house (Is spookified a word? Maybe not for you, but it is for me).

I also have another picture from Animal Crossing I wanted to share, cause I think it’s pretty cool ๐Ÿ‘Œ (Although, not fall related at all). It’s from the end of August when they were doing the fireworks shows every Sunday, and I just love how it looks like the balloon is exploding ๐Ÿ˜‚


That’s about all I have for today! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #5 (Whispering Stories)

Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s been kind of a hectic week for me, so I haven’t spent as much time on here as I usually do (I prewrite most of my posts and schedule them ahead of time, to make things easier ๐Ÿ˜‰). I’ve been working on catching up on comments, tags and everything else, so hopefully I get caught up soon!

Anyways, since it’s Saturday, it’s time for another Just Some Bibliophilic Things from Riddhi at Whispering Stories! Her post for this week centers around the topic:

One book related memory that you love.

So let’s go ahead and get right into it!


During the summer break when I was either 9 or 10 years old, the librarian at my elementary school needed help reorganizing the library, so a friend and I volunteered to help. It was fun getting to work around books, and organizing everything, and when we finished, our librarian gave a little bookmark with a thank you note on it, as well as a small stuffed animal.

I was pretty young when this happened, so unfortunately I don’t remember too much more, but it’s one of my favorite memories from my summer breaks during elementary school ๐Ÿ˜Š


That’s about all I have for today’s topic, and don’t forget to check out Whispering Stories!

Other than that, thank you for reading, and I will see you all tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: The Small Joys Tag

Hey everyone and happy Friday!

I was tagged by Riddhi from Whispering Stories (thanks for the tag!), and I figure right now is a great time to think about all the little things that make you happy, so let’s go ahead and get started!

It’s the Little Things in Life, isn’t it?

  1. Books

This one is kind of obvious, (I am writing a blog dedicated to reading after all), but I figure I would get the most obvious one out of the way ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  1. Finishing a good book, and feeling satisfied

Although it can be sad when a good book ends, I always love it when a book I enjoyed has such a satisfying ending, that despite it being over, I canโ€™t be sad about it.

  1. Beautiful Journals and great writing supplies

Since I love writing, and journaling, itโ€™s awesome coming across cute stickers, beautifully designed journals, and pens that write smoothly (trust me, some pens just write better than others) that I can use in my journal.

  1. Iced Sun Tea on a hot day (and making fun beverage concoctions at home!)

On hot days, I make sun tea (thanks mom for teaching me!), which ultimately is iced tea that you brew using sunlightโ€ฆ hence the name sun tea. However, I love making all sorts of drinks at home (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and experimenting with different recipes (probably because of my time working as a barista).

  1. Watching the snow fall outside on a cold night

I havenโ€™t experienced this since I moved from Colorado back to California, but thereโ€™s just something so peaceful about watching it snow at night. Even just going outside for a few minutes and appreciating the quiet that comes with snowfall is calming, although I canโ€™t stay out too long because being from So-Cal, my tolerance for handling the cold is really low ๐Ÿ˜‚

  1. Listening to the rain while drinking a cup of hot tea

Iโ€™m one of those people who loves listening to it rain, and especially when Iโ€™m drinking a nice cup of tea.

  1. Watching a TV show that I become invested in

I lose interest in a lot of shows and movies pretty quickly, so if something catches and holds my interest, that is pretty big for me ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  1. Exploring my neighborhood and city

I find it fun to just go walk around and explore, because sometimes you find some pretty cool spots that are worth going back to in the future. 

  1. Animals

Thatโ€™s it, I just love how cute animals are ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜ป

  1. Animal Crossing

I know many people have gotten burnt out on Animal Crossing, but I like to only play for maybe half an hour at most, so itโ€™s a nice little distraction from the world. And itโ€™s also super cute ๐Ÿ˜

  1. Taking a cold shower on a hot day

This is something Iโ€™ve recently started to appreciate more, as it doesnโ€™t seem like itโ€™s ever going to cool down here ever again

  1. Being in the most comfortable position when you’re about to fall asleep

As someone who has issues falling asleep, whenever I find a position that is super comfortable to fall asleep in, I have no choice but to thank the gods of sleeping.

  1. Hanging out with friends

As Iโ€™ve gotten older, itโ€™s not always easy to get all your friends together and hang out, since most of my friends donโ€™t (well, didnโ€™t) live in the area anymore. Especially in this pandemic, when itโ€™s not as easy to go see people, Iโ€™ve learned to appreciate the time I can spend with my friends.

  1. Spending time alone

I still like my alone time, itโ€™s nice to be able to sit with myself and appreciate the things that bring me joy, without worrying about other people.

  1. Learning how to better accept and love myself

Is this cheesy? Yeah, but now at the ripe old age of 26 (okay, Iโ€™m not that old, but itโ€™s crazy to think Iโ€™m closer to 30 than I am to 20), Iโ€™ve been better at not letting myself get to caught up in the craziness that is life, and to just appreciate who I am as a person. In high school especially, it seems really difficult to do, but as you grow older, itโ€™s so much easier to not care about what other people think of you (to a certain extent).


Now, I think this is a tag everyone should do, because it makes you think about all the little things in life that make you happy… so I tag YOU.

But also, here are a few bloggers that I’ll tag:

Cherelle the Bibliophile

Sammie from The Bookworm’s Den

Sam from Spines in a Line


Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Succulents

Hello Everyone!

So this is a SUPER random post, but a couple months ago, I started growing succulents in my room, and now I want to talk about it! It all started when I saw some old mugs we had in our cupboard that we didn’t use anymore, and I thought, “You know, these would be cute to use as a pot for plants.” From there, I planted the succulents in a few mugs (I put rocks at the bottom of the mug to create a filter system, especially since there aren’t drainage holes in the bottoms of the mugs). Ever since, I’ve been taking care of the cute little plants in my room… what a story! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m assuming at this point, everyone has probably heard about succulents before, as they are a very popular plant to grow, especially since they’re easier to take care of compared to most plants. However, just in case you don’t know what succulents are:

Their appearance differs from species to species, but one common characteristic is swollen leaves, pads or stems. The exact classification of a certain plant will have to go to the experts, but whatever the case, all types of succulents or those that appear to be succulents are pleasing to the eye, minimal regarding care and produce delightful little surprises during their life cycle. Again, referring to the dictionary, a succulent plant has thick stems or leaves that store water. This unique adaptation allows the plant to survive in low moisture regions of the world. Succulents are often thought to be native only to arid regions, such as deserts, but they also belong in forest settings, high alpine regions, coasts and dry tropical areas.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Succulent Plant Info: Learn About Types Of Succulents And How They Grow https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/succulent-plant-info.htm

Essentially, it is a plant that can store lots of water, to survive in places where there isn’t as much rain or moisture. They’re typically great plants for those starting a plant collection because they are easy to take care of, since they are hardy and also don’t require a lot of water (in fact, it’s a lot easier to over-water succulents than under-water them!)

For my succulents, I only water them once a week, and I take them outside when watering them, to then leave them out overnight to get fresh air and sun. It’s an extra step I take, because I have the ability to do so, but they don’t necessarily need to be taken outside. Succulents do need a lot of sunlight, but when they are new growths, you have to be careful about putting them in direct sunlight, as it can scorch them. I keep my succulents by my window, but keep my blinds down in the morning (when the sunlight shines directly into my room) and then pull my blinds up in the afternoon (when there is still light, but not direct sunlight).

Here are the different succulents I’m growing:

Burro’s-tail

This one has the most obvious roots out of all the succulents I’m growing, and it seems to be doing the best as well (for being grown in a small container). I also planted three in a larger clear pot (pictured below) which also seem to be doing really well. If you’re thinking of growing succulents in smaller pots, these would be my first recommendation, since they seem to adapt to the smaller container well!

Jade plant

Another succulent that adapts pretty well to any size container are Jade plants! The photo on the right is to show the little roots starting to peak out at the base of the stem (it might be hard to see, but there are two little white nubs near the bottom left part of the stem). The photo on the right is where I’m keeping my Jade plant now, as I decided to move it, since the original spot I had it didn’t get enough sun, in my opinion (it’s on a higher shelf than the right one, so harder for me to get a good picture of the inside of the container, hence why I took two pics ๐Ÿ˜‚). If you want a plant that’s more hardy and adaptable, but you can’t find any Burro’s-tail, I definitely recommend going with a Jade plant.

Echeveria elegans

Disclaimer: This one looked most like the Echeveria elegans when I Googled it, but I’m not 100% sure this is exactly what it is, now that I’m comparing them again.

This plant is on the same shelf as the Jade Plant, so once again, I moved it to the lower shelf (the photo on the right) to get a better look at what it looks like. Unfortunately, I don’t think this one is doing as well, because I realized when I first planted it, I didn’t put enough dirt in (it was hard navigating around the plant cause it had another leaf on it, which eventually fell off), but I added more dirt, which I’m hoping will help. The marks on the plant where already there when I planted it in the mug, so it doesn’t seem to be doing any worse… but it doesn’t necessarily seem like it’s doing much better either. I’m keeping my eye on it, and trying to give it sunlight and not over-water it, so hopefully it starts doing better!

I had issues finding the specific names for these next two succulents, so if you know what they’re called, let me know in the comments below!

Since these are two different succulents, I’ll talk about each one separately, starting with the one on the right.

This little plant seems to be doing pretty well, it is shedding leaves, but also seems to be having some new growth, and there aren’t any marks or anything on the leaves like the previous succulent I discussed.

The little guy in the left photo though, has needed the most maintenance out of all the succulents I’ve been growing. When I first planted it, I had to trim some of the leaves at the bottom of the stem, but it didn’t seem to be enough, as when I put it in the dirt, it didn’t go down as far as it should have. I then had to trim off more leaves, and I believe I added a bit more dirt too, and it’s pretty much looked the same since I planted it. This succulent is actually my favorite out of all of them (the Burro’s-tail comes in second, cause those guys look pretty neat!), so I’m hoping it’s fine, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on it too.


Overall, I’ve been having fun taking care of my succulents, and I love how they look on my bookshelves! If you’re thinking of growing plants in your room, but don’t have a lot of experience with taking care of plants, I definitely recommend starting with succulents. They’re easy to grow, can adapt well to smaller pots (which is important if you have limited space to keep plants), and don’t require a lot of watering and maintenance (in comparison to other plants… you still need to take care of them though!).

For those of you who want to grow your own succulents, here is a good list of tips from Architectural Digest to help get started!


So, that’s the end of today’s post! I know this is a really random post, so if you read all the way through to the end, thank you! Also, if you have any suggestions, or know the specific names of the last two succulents I mentioned, please let me know in the comments below!

Other than that, I will see you tomorrow with a new post! Have a good rest of your day!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/14/2020)

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week so far!

Wednesday is upon us again, which means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday! Compared to my post last week, this one is going to be a lot shorter ๐Ÿ˜‚ Now, how about we talk books?

WWW Wednesdays were originally, hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.


What I’ve Recently Finished

I finished reading The Beadworkers Stories by Beth Piatote last night and it’s the only book I’ve finished since last weeks post. Overall, the writing is beautifully done, and I would definitely recommend this if you like short story collections, especially if you want to read more Native American stories. Most of the stories in the collection are in normal short story format, but the book starts off with a poem, and ends with a play script.

What I’m Currently Reading

I’m still reading All the Light We Cannot See and New Poets of Native Nations as I mentioned last week, but I also started reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. The Color of Law argues:

…That African Americans were unconstitutionally denied the means and the right to integration in middle-class neighborhoods, and because this denial was state-sponsored, the nation is obligated to remedy it.

From the “Preface” of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

It’s a book that discusses how the legal system affected opportunities for a lot of Black people to rise up in social class, which even though may not be legal anymore, is still affecting them today. It’s something I have a surface level understanding about, but I’m interested in learning more about, hence why I’m picking up the book in the first place ๐Ÿ˜…

What I Plan On Reading

The Fortnight Frights reading challenge, hosted by The Artisan Geek, is coming up next week, so I plan on starting in on my TBR for that within the near future! I can’t wait to dive into these stories, and I hope they live up to my expectations ๐Ÿ˜‚

I made an announcement post talking about Fortnight Frights, which you can check out if you want learn more about it, or participate!


That’s all I have for today’s WWW Wednesday post! What have you been reading lately? Have you finished a good book? Let me know in the comments below!

Otherwise, I’ll see you tomorrow with a new post ๐Ÿ‘ป

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Top Ten Tuesday… Let’s See How Long I Can Make This Title

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome back!

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is long book titles! I will be focusing on books that I actually own for this one, which I’ll be listing in order from titles with the least amount of words to titles with the most amount of words ๐Ÿ‘Œ

In honor of today’s post, I found an article written about the recent trend of book titles getting longer, so if that interests you at all, go ahead and check it out.

On that note, Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

Now here are 10 long book titles in my collection!


Pour Your Heart into It

This is a memoir from Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, and it details his journey as he was starting up the company, from the inspiration he found in Italy, to how his beliefs influenced the company. I was given this book at the end of my junior year of college by someone who I did an internship with (she creates her own soaps and sells them, and I was helping edit/write content for her website). It was a good book, but it’s more special because it reminds me of the mornings and afternoons I spent at her house, doing work with Christopher Tin playing softly in the background and the scent of soap hanging in the air. It provided a much needed peaceful space during a crazy school year.

Red White And Royal Blue

Even though this was about an average read for me, I can definitely see why so many people loved it, and I did love the relationships in this book, even though I felt the story itself seemed to drag on at points.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

This is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s work, which I found it through a Free Little Library (And that I’ve also mentioned on this blog before ๐Ÿ‘). I loved the artwork and illustration, so I picked it up and it’s been in my collection since!

This is How it’s Always Been

I’ve talked about this book on my blog before, as I read it this past summer, but I loved how the story (despite having an almost whimsical tone to it) addressed the topic of trans identity, as well as gender identity, especially when it comes to younger children. There were points towards the end that may come off as unrealistic and might take you out of the story (it depends on how much you care about that kind of stuff), but I think the story overall was great.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming

I read this multiple times when I was in high school, mainly because I loved the concept of going on a road trip to return stolen items to their rightful owners… I promise it’s not as sinister as I made it sound ๐Ÿ˜‚ (Or is it?). I just don’t want to go into more detail than that, because I don’t want to spoil anything ๐Ÿ˜‰

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Honestly, this whole trilogy was such a fun read, especially because I picked it up at the beginning of the pandemic, so it was the right set of books at the right time. All I wanted was a lighthearted story to escape into ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is a bind up of all five books in the Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy series. I read the first three books, but since it’s been awhile, I want to reread them before going on to the last two books.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

All I have to say, is that I read this book all in one day, and I couldn’t put it down. That’s all, take from it what you will.

Truth, Lies and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning

This is a book from my college years that I read for one of my marketing classes… Most likely my advertising class since it’s a book revolving around advertising. Gee, who would have guessed that?

It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

A grammar book I bought as I was starting to get back into writing, because I want to make sure my grammar doesn’t suck (at least, I’m hoping it doesn’t suck too much)๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ


That’s it for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of the longest titles in your collection, or that you’ve ever seen? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to check out Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl to see her post for this week, along with other bloggers who participated. Other than that, thanks for stopping by, and I will have a new post out tomorrow!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Layli Long Soldier Poetry

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Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the start of a new week!

Typically, I would do a poetry prompt since it’s Monday, but today I want to highlight a poet I found while reading New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdich), Layli Long Soldier (in case you couldn’t tell from the title). As it’s the second Monday of October, that means today is Christopher Columbus day, or Indigenous People day (depending on where you live). Instead of placing Christopher Columbus on a pedestal to be revered, I thought today’s post would be better spent highlighting a Native American poet’s work I enjoyed ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Anyways, when I read New Poets of Native Nations, I really enjoyed her poems “Obligations 1” and “Obligations 2”. The main reason is how the poems are formatted, as how I interpreted it, even though all these different ideas that could be their own poems, they are connected through a common theme/idea.

For more information on Long Soldier herself, here is her bio included in the poetry collection:

Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet, writer and artist. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she holds an MFA from Bard College. Long Soldier is a recipient of a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

WHEREAS (2017) is Long Soldier’s first collection of poetry.

New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich

You can also find out more about her here:https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/layli-long-soldier

In case the format is throwing you off a bit, I included edits of the poems below, to help figure out the flow.


If you enjoyed these poems, and want to hear Layli’s poetry readings, here are a couple videos you can check out:


Thank you for reading through today’s post!

If you’re interested in getting your own copy of New Poets of Native Nations or of Layli Long Soldier’s poetry collection WHEREAS, you can grab a copy through Bookshop!

If you want to read more about the history of Columbus day and the controversy behind it, you can learn more from the links below:

https://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-day

https://www.history.com/news/columbus-day-controversy

Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post! Have a great rest of your day ๐Ÿ˜Š

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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