March 2021 Wrap Up

In March I finished 20 books, including 7 physicals books, 1 ebook, and 12 audiobooks. I honestly thought this number would be lower because despite my two weeks off for spring break I hit a bit of a slump this month, but my audiobooks always save me!


PHYSICAL BOOKS


Covet by Tracy Wolff ☆☆☆.5
Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen ☆☆☆
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ☆☆☆☆☆
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano ☆☆☆☆.5
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆☆
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner ☆☆☆☆☆
Fangs by Sarah Andersen ☆☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade ☆☆☆☆
Act Your Age, Eve Brown [ALC] by Talia Hibbert ☆☆☆☆☆
Boyfriend Material [ALC] by Alexis Hall ☆☆☆☆.5
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong ☆☆☆☆
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston ☆☆☆☆☆
Raybearer [ALC] by Jordan Ifueko ☆☆☆☆☆
The Extraordinaries [ALC] by T.J. Klune ☆☆☆☆
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 60/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – Still need to get started on this goal…

Read 12 graphic novels: 3/12 – The Okay Witch + Fangs

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 3/12 – the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – none this month

Read 3 classics: 0/3 – I AM going read a classic in April

Reread 10 books: 3/10 – no rereads this month

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 3/12 – Girl, Serpent, Thorn


How did your month go? What was the best book you read in March?

February 2021 Wrap Up

In February I finished 21 books, including 4 physicals books, 7 ebooks, and 10 audiobooks. I have never read so many ebooks in one month, but since I spent two weeks at my parents’ house recovering from surgery, it was much easier to pack my kindle than a million books! (although I still packed too many books)


PHYSICAL BOOKS


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ☆☆☆☆
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover ☆☆☆☆
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ☆☆☆☆
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

Air Awakens by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆
Fire Falling by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Earth’s End by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
Gilded Serpent [ARC] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole ☆☆☆
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria ☆☆☆☆
A Kindgom of Flesh and Fire [reread] by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Claire by Liz Sower ☆☆☆
Dark Shores [reread] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆
Dark Skies [reread] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆
Mother May I [ALC] by Joshilyn Jackson ☆☆☆☆
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur ☆☆☆☆☆
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 40/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – I did not finish any series that I started before 2021. However, by reading Gilded I am currently caught up with the published books in the Dark Shores series. This is a goal I need to prioritize in March!

Read 12 graphic novels: 1/12 – I didn’t get to one this month…but I’ll catch up!

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 2/12 – the witch doesn’t burn in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – none this month

Read 3 classics: 0/3 – planning to read one in March!

Reread 10 books: 3/10 – A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire; Dark Shores/Dark Skies (I decided to only count books in the same series once)

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 2/12 – Kingdom of the Wicked


How did your month go? What was the best book you read in February?

January 2021 Wrap Up

In January I finished 19 books, including 7 physicals books, 2 ebooks, and 10 audiobooks. I also DNF 1 ebook. What a great way to start the year! My reading slowed down a bit the last couple weeks of January, but I am very happy with all the reading I did this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle ☆☆☆☆☆
House of El: The Shadow Threat by Claudia Gray ☆☆☆☆
The World Between Blinks [ARC] by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin ☆☆☆☆.5
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller ☆☆☆☆☆
The Knockout [ARC] by Sajni Patel ☆☆☆.5
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆
The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly

EBOOKS

Lore [ARC] by Alexandra Bracken ☆☆☆☆☆
Tarnished Empire [ARC] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The Wife Upstairs [ALC] by Rachel Hawkins ☆☆☆☆
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ☆☆☆☆☆
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline ☆☆.5
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett ☆☆☆☆☆
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ☆☆☆☆
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Lilith by Liz Sower ☆☆☆☆☆

DNF

Of Wicked Blood [ARC] by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz ☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 19/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – I did not finish any series that I started before 2021. However, by reading Tarnished Empire I am currently caught up with the published books in the Dark Shores series.

Read 12 graphic novels: 1/12 – House of El

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 1/12 – the princess saves herself in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – Hollywood Park

Read 3 classics: 0/3

Reread 10 books: 2/10 – Ready Player One and From Blood and Ash

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 1/12 – The Shadows Between Us! This book was so fun to read and discuss with friends! My February pick is Kingdom of the Wicked. Comment on this Instagram post if you would like to join!



I feel great about the start of 2021, and I am so excited to read many more amazing books this year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in January?

Disappointing Books of 2020

We all know that 2020 sucked. While it was my best reading year ever and I loved plenty of the books I read, there of course were a few books that disappointed me almost as much as the year overall. Please keep in mind that reading is very subjective and it’s quite possible that I hated a book that you loved. Take no offense! Reading is just for fun and everyone has different taste.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Review

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Review

The Girl in the Mirror by Rachel Carlisle

Review

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Review

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Review

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Review

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Review

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Review

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Review coming soon

Devolution by Max Brooks

Review

Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

Review

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

Review

What books disappointed you in 2020? Share in the comments!

2021 Reading Goals

I know that goal setting is not for everyone, but I find it incredibly motivating to reflect on my habits and set goals based on what I hope to accomplish. Tracking my 2020 Reading Goals each month held me accountable, so I will continue to track my goals this year in my monthly wrap up posts. Some of my goals for 2021 are habits I want to continue from 2020, while others are new!

Read 100 Books

At the beginning of 2020, I set my yearly reading goal at 75 books, although I secretly hoped to read 100. I ended up reading 203 books last year! The unique conditions of 2020 allowed me to read more than ever before. I don’t want to stress myself out trying to read 200 books again in 2021, but based on my current reading habits, I know that 100 books should be challenging yet attainable.

Read Diversely

I know that 2020 forced a lot of readers to take a hard look at their shelves and recognize a lack of BIPOC and Own Voices authors. I was no exception. Halfway through the year, I started making a conscious effort to read more books by authors from diverse backgrounds. I will not be tracking stats for this goal each month because my intentions for reading diversely are not to check off boxes or boast numbers, but this will be a consideration for my reading choices.

Finish 5 Series in Progress

Last year my goal was to finish more series with the intent to finish more series than I start. I did finish a lot of series in 2020, but I also started several new series. I can’t help it. I love series! In 2021 I’m not going to try to limit the number of new series I start, but I do plan to finish a few series I started before 2020 but didn’t get back to last year, and I think that putting a number on this goal will make it more meaningful.

Read 12 Graphic Novels

Last year one of my goals was to read one graphic novel each month. I reached that goal, and it’s a habit I would like to continue into 2021. My goal will always be to one per month, but this year I’ll be tracking the total number of comics and graphic novels I read if I read more than more within a month.

Read 12 Poetry Books

Poetry was a genre I was hoping to get back into last year, but I didn’t read nearly as much of it as I would’ve liked. In November I was reminded how good poetry is for the soul, so I decided to make it a goal for 2021 to read one poetry collection or novel in verse each month.

Read 6 Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction is another important genre I tend to ignore. My primary inspiration for reading is escapism, but last year I read a few nonfiction books that were incredibly moving and informative. I think reading one NF every other month is a good goal for me. One in particular that I hope to read is Stamped from the Beginning, which I didn’t get to in 2020.

Read 3 Classics

Last year my goal was to read 2 classics, so this year I’m bumping it up by one. One stipulation I’m setting for myself is that I must read at least book that was published pre-20th century. The two classics I read in 2020 were both modern classics (Agatha Christie and Shirley Jackson), and I felt a bit like I cheated. I’m planning to read Frankenstein around Spooky Season this year (since i didn’t get to it last year), so hopefully I have no problem reaching this goal.

Reread 10 Books

Another goal I’m carrying over from 2020. In 2019 I got very caught up in new releases and feeling like I didn’t have to reread books, but rereading an old favorite is magical. It reminds you why you love reading in the first place. I will be exploring plenty of new worlds in 2021, but I think it’s important to revisit some old favorites too.

Host Monthly Backlist Buddy Reads

Last year one of my goals was to buy fewer books and focus on reading my shelves, but I love buying new books so I struggled with that. I still think it is important to read what I own, so in 2021 I’m founding the #CarolibraryBookClub on Instagram to focus on reading backlist fantasy books. Since I also had wanted to start hosting more buddy reads, this is a perfect goal to combine two things I want to accomplish and guide me in choosing my book club picks. I’m reading The Shadows Between Us in January, and there’s still room in my chat group if you want to join the buddy read!

Keep Up With Reviews

Last year I had a reading log journal where I recorded my thoughts about books right after I finished reading them. This helped a lot when I was ready to type my reviews for my blog posts. However, I filled up my journal about halfway through the year, and even though I ordered a new one, I stopped keeping up with it. Since I typically post reviews on my blog about a month after I read the book, this made it challenging to write reviews! I have a new journal for 2021, and I’m hoping to do a better job keeping up with it. I’m also hoping to decrease the turnaround time between reading and posting reviews, but I have some catching up to do first. I plan to post reviews on my blog almost every weekday and on Instagram at least 3 times per week.


What are your reading goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments!

Top 20 Books of 2020

As we say hello to 2021 and goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my favorite books of the year. Normally I would share a top 10, but since I read over 200 books last year and “20 in 2020” has a nice ring to it, I decided to share my top 10% instead!

1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Review

2. Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

Review

3. From Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review

4. He Started It by Samantha Downing

Review

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Review

6. The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review

7. Crush by Tracy Wolff

Review

8. Beach Read by Emily Henry

Review

9. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Review

10. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Review

11. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Review

12. This is My America by Kim Johnson

Review

13. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Review

14. An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir

Review

15. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review

16. The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

Review

17. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Review

18. The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Review

19. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Review

20. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Review

Honorable Mention:

I read so many fantastic books this year! It was a challenge to narrow it down to just 20, and as you can see I sometimes cheated by combining series, and I couldn’t resist shouting out some other great books I thoroughly enjoyed this year! Here’s hoping 2021 takes me on another amazing reading journey!

What were your favorite books you read in 2020?

December 2020 Wrap Up

In December I finished 23 books, including 5 physicals books, 4 ebooks, and 14 audiobooks. I also DNF 2 audiobooks. Even though I didn’t get to a few books I was hoping to read in 2020, I am so proud of all the reading I accomplished!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ☆☆☆☆
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆
A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday ☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

The Comic Book History of Comics by Ryan Dunlavy and Fred Van Lente ☆☆☆☆
The Comic Book History of Comics: Comics for All by Ryan Dunlavy and Fred Van Lente ☆☆☆☆
Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd ☆☆☆☆
Crown of Bones [ARC] by A.K. Wilder ☆☆☆.5

AUDIOBOOKS

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir ☆☆☆☆☆
Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
NOS4ATU by Joe Hill ☆☆☆☆☆
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler ☆☆☆
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer ☆☆☆☆☆
Supernova by Marissa Meyer ☆☆☆☆.5
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆.5
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead ☆☆
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead ☆☆

DNF

One Day in December by Josie Silver [no rating]
The Twelve Dates Christmas by Jenny Bayliss ☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 203/100! I can’t believe I doubled my reading goal for the year!

Read diverse authors and genres: While I read a ton of fantasy and paranormal books in December, I also mixed it up with holiday romances, horror, and history. I read a couple books by BIPOC authors, but not as many as I have in previous months.

Buy fewer books: I bought a couple ebooks on sale, but I got several new books this month as Christmas gifts.

Finish more series: I finished the Broken Earth trilogy, the Wicked trilogy, the Renegades trilogy, the Ember quartet, the ACOTAR series, and the Bloodlines series. Woo!

Reread more: ACOWAR and ACOFAS

Read at least two classics: 2/2 (goal met in October)

Read one graphic novel each month: The Comic Book History of Comics



I am so proud of myself for sticking to my reading goals. While there were some ups and downs with a few of my goals, the only goal I consistently didn’t stick to was my goal to buy fewer books. I am excited to share my 2021 reading goals soon. Some of these goals will carry over into the new year, but I have some new goals I would like to reach as well. Even though 2020 was full of challenges, it was my most successful reading year EVER. I can’t wait to see what I will read and accomplish in the new year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in December?

Books to Gift this Season

‘Tis the season for giving! A few weeks ago I shared my Gift Guide for Book Lovers with lots of bookish accessories and merch to gift the readers in your life (or yourself!). Now I’m sharing a list of books to help you find the gift for EVERYONE in your life: avid readers, occasional readers, or even nonreaders you want to hook. These are some of my favorite recommendations in every genre (with a bonus fantasy because it’s my favorite), so you should be able to find the perfect gift!

DYSTOPIAN
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This near-futuristic dystopian sci-fi is perfect for fans of video games, adventure, and ’80s pop culture. Review

FANTASY
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This Beauty and the Beast retelling full of fae, romance, and action has hooked many non-fantasy readers on the genre. Review

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

This enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance features political scheming, gray morality, imaginative world building, and an uncomplicated magic system. Review

HISTORICAL/LITERARY FICTION
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This family drama poignantly addresses issues of race, identify, gender, sexuality, family, destiny, and the consequences of choice while following multiple generations of Vignes women from the ’60s through the ’90s. Review

HORROR
Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

An isolated mansion, an incestuous family, and a fungus infestation create the perfect recipe for an atmospheric and unsettling gothic horror. Review

MYSTERY
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

This suspensful mystery features parallel timelines, strong women, and a paranormal presence. Review

PARANORMAL
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave takes all the tropes from popular YA paranormal romance series and combines them in delightful, cheesy, and utterly addicting goodness. Review

ROMANCE
Beach Read by Emily Henry

This contemporary romance is hilarious and heartfelt, but it also involves some serious topics that make it feel more grounded than other rom-coms. Review

SCIENCE FICTION
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

This is one of my absolute favorite books and it is incredibly underrated. With space, adventure, war, romance, technology, and humanity, what’s not to love? Review

THRILLER
He Started It by Samantha Downing

The twists and turns when siblings embark on a road trip from hell in order to earn their grandfather’s inheritance will absolutely blow your mind. Review

VERSE
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

This YA novel in verse beautifully tells the story of two girls who discover they are sisters after their father dies in a plane crash. Review

MEMOIR
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is so much more than just a first lady. Her memoir is inspiring, relatable, compassionate, and emotional. Review


Are you giving books to anyone on your list this year? What books are you planning to gift?

November 2020 Wrap Up

In November I finished 21 books, including 6 physicals books, 1 ebook, and 14 audiobooks. I also had one DNF audiobook. I am ready to finish the year strong in December!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Still Life by Louise Penny ☆☆☆
The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi ☆☆☆☆
The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin ☆☆☆☆☆
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson ☆☆☆☆
At War with Star by R.R. Noall ☆☆☆☆☆
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova ☆☆☆.5

EBOOKS

Layla by Colleen Hoover [ARC] ☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam ☆☆☆☆☆
Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu ☆☆☆.5
Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4) by Matt de la Pena ☆☆☆
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore ☆☆☆☆☆
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren ☆☆☆☆
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin ☆☆☆☆
My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors ☆☆☆.5

DNF

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle ☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 180/100! Can I get through 20 books in December??

Read diverse authors and genres: I think I read a nice variety in November, including my first poetry book in way too long

Buy fewer books: I don’t think I bought any new books…but I bought a lot of bookish merch on Black Friday lol

Finish more series: I finished DC Icons and Vampire Academy. I made progress on the Broken Earth trilogy and the Amulet graphic novel series.

Reread more: no rereads in November

Read at least two classics: 2/2 (finished last month)

Read one graphic novel each month: The Stonekeeper’s Curse



I am very proud of the progress I’ve made on my reading goals this year, and I am on track to complete all my goals next mont (except maybe buying fewer books, lol). I am already planning my new reading goals for 2021!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in November?

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Looking for a gift for a friend or loved one who has already read everything? Luckily, there are plenty of great gifts the readers in your life will love besides actual books! *UPDATED FOR CYBER WEEK*

1. Reading Log Journal

This is the perfect gift to help a book lover keep track of all the books they read in a year and plan reviews! I loved the format of this reading log I used for the first 100 books I read this year. When I filled it up I decided to try a different book review, but I wish I had bought another one of these! This journal is available with a variety of cover art, and it’s at a great price!

SmART bookx Reading Log ($5.49 on Amazon)

2. Book Sleeve

Book sleeves are a total game changer for travel or simply taking a book with you wherever you go. Like a giant padded pocket, book sleeves protect your books from damage on the go so you can throw a book in your bag without worrying about bent pages, and they come in so many cute colors and patterns! So many talented artists sell book sleeves on Etsy, but I’ll link some of my favorite shops.

HappyGoLovelySleeves (pictured; MAXI $25; MIDI $22; MINI $20)
TheFunSizeReaderShop (JUMBO $25)
CreatedbyRae (Large $17.50; Medium $15; Small $10)

3. Reading Light

Clip on book lights have come a long way since the ones I used as a kid that ran on hard-to-replace batteries and lightbulbs. My current book light is rechargeable with a USB cord and has three brightness settings! Perfect for reading in bed without having to leave all the lights on.

Vekkia/LuminoLite Rechargeable 7 LED Book Light (black $15.99 on Amazon; price varies by color)

4. Book Weight

This is on my Christmas wishlist this year. The BookBone is a weighted rubber bookmark that holds book pages open hands free. Pick one in your book lover’s favorite color to make reading so much easier!

BookBone ($14.95 on Amazon)

5. NOVELOGUE

The NOVELOGUE is an interactive, scratch-off poster that is part reading log, part bucket list, part artwork. It features 100 epic reads of a lifetime covered in gold foil that can be scratched off after you’ve read the book! Mine looks amazing hanging on my wall with magnetic frames, and it will encourage me to read more classic and popular books so I can reveal another book cover!

NOVELOGUE (on sale for $29.90 from Been There Done That)

6. Book Cart

A book cart is a perfect solution for overflowing bookshelves. I use mine to organize my unread books, and it’s a great focal point in my living room since my bookshelves are out of sight. I get asked about my lattice book cart every time I post a picture of it on Instagram, but there are more affordable options out there without the pattern.

DOEWORKS 3-Tier Mesh Metal Utility Cart ($56.99 on Amazon)

7. Bookmarks

Save your reader friends from using receipts, gum wrappers, clothing tags, sticky notes, and whatever else they can find to save their place in a book! I always appreciate an actual, beautiful bookmark. There are so many cute bookmark shops, so I’ll share a few of my favorites and recommendations from my followers.

LaurenNaylorDesignCo (pictured; $6 bookmarks)
Emily Cromwell Designs (bookmarks starting at $2.70)
Alicia Marks It (bookmarks starting at $2.80)
Brown Paper Bunny (bookmarks starting at $4.80)

8. Clothing

Impress a reader in your life with a piece of clothings that reps their favorite book or their love of books in general. I have purchased bookish t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps, and I love the unique designs that I can find on Etsy and other bookish shops. I’ll share a few recommendations from me and my followers.

Blissfully Bookish (pictured; t-shirts starting at $24)
Bookshelf Tees (t-shirts starting at $26)
RainandPickles (t-shirts starting at $18.10)
Out of Print (t-shirts starting at $30)

9. Drinkware

There’s nothing a reader loves more than to curl up with a good book and their favorite drink, whether its coffee, tea, water, or wine. Brown Paper Bunny sells the cutest book stack coffee mugs (I have two), and Enchanted Fandom on Etsy sells a variety of drink vessels with book quotes and designs.

Brown Paper Bunny Society6 (pictured; 11 oz. $16.99; 15 oz. $19.99)
EnchantedFandom (wine glasses $15; mugs $10-11)

10. Candles

Another item going on my personal wishlist. I love to light a candle while I’m reading, and there are so many candlemakers who sell candles with scents inspired by characters. I haven’t yet bought one myself, but Wick & Jane and Wick & Fable candles come highly recommended. I’m planning to treat myself to one for the holidays this year!

Wick & Jane (various sizes starting at $10.50)
Wick & Fable (4 oz. candles $13; 8 oz. candles $25)

11. Art Prints

Some of my favorite pieces of decor that I own are prints of character art or quotes from my favorite books! While larger prints can be pricy, smaller prints like 5×7 are very affordable.

BookishStuff (pictured; 5×7 mini prints $4.25; larger prints starting at $18.00; Cyber Week mystery bags $12.00)
ForTheLoveOfBookShop (book page quote prints starting at $10.95)

12. Stickers

An easy way to show off a love of books is by adding cute and affordable stickers to laptops, tablets, water bottles, book carts, and more! While several of the shops I shared above sell stickers, I am most excited for my order from BookWorkStickerCo to arrive!

BookWormStickerCo (stickers starting at $2; bundles starting at $7)



I hope this gift guide is helpful for yourself and the readers in your life! Happy Holidays and happy shopping! Comment if you find my suggestions helpful or to share a favorite product that didn’t make it on my list!