Calliope Writing

The First Book Haul of 2017! Are You Stoked?

I know I’ve been doing #FridayBookShare this month, but the truth is–I haven’t been reading much the past week because I have an editing deadline coming up.

So instead of Friday Book Share, I’m going to do something some of you may think is even better:


The following were purchased from Abebooks, Uncommon Goods, Urban Outfitters (I’m only a little bit ashamed), Amazon, and Zulily. And a good many of them were Christmas presents (books being the best kind of presents, in my opinion).

There are a lot of them, so I won’t be adding much commentary. Enjoy.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

book haul a room of ones own

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Little Book of Confidence, Tiddy Rowan

I may seem like a damn confident person to some, but the truth is, I lack confidence. Quite a bit. So I got this little guy, and it can come with me anywhere so I can pull it out if I need a boost.

book haul confidence reading sneak peek

Dark Moon Digest, Issue #25

I’m most excited about reading my friend Andrew Novak‘s story:

dark moon digest story book haul

The Dreamday Pattern Journal: Renaissance

book haul reading recommendations notebooks

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie

book haul salman rushdie

The Alienist, Caleb Carr

book haul reading recommendations

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, ever since my brother recommended it to me when I was in college. Now I have a copy! (But when will I read it?!)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

book haul reading recommendations

The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

Can you believe I’ve never read this?

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

book haul reading recommendations

Well-Read Women: A Reader’s Journal

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, Nell Casey

book haul reading recommendations

Since I struggle with depression and I’m a writer, this one seemed like a no-brainer.

2017 is going to be a kickass reading year. Don’t you think?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

Kickass Stocking Stuffers for Readers and Writers – Part 1

Oh, the holidays. There are quite a few this month – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and Christmas, which my family celebrated. Growing up, one of my favorite things about the morning of December 25th was digging into my stocking, which Santa had filled with all sorts of goodies.

Stockings are still my favorite part about Christmas, and I couldn’t believe it when my husband said he’d never had one (bad Santa!). Now he knows the joy of overflowing stockings, too.

Read on for some stocking-stuffer options that are, in my opinion, damn awesome. And especially awesome if given to a writer and/or book lover.

Blank Pages

Every writer needs a notepad to keep on hand at all times. A few of my favorites are:

Shiny Things

I’ll be frank: I’m a sucker for glitter and anything I can put in my jewelry box. So here are a few ideas for jewelry you can get the writer or book lover in your life:

It might not be shiny, but it sure as shit is functional:

And a little box to put all those shiny baubles in:

Creative Relaxation

Coloring isn’t for kids anymore, which is evident by the thousands of adult coloring books available. If you’re looking for something a little more literary, here are some options.

And it might not be your standard coloring book, but this gem will certainly get those creative juices flowing!

Cozy Neck Adornments

It’s important to stay warm during these chilly winter months…so why not do so in a literary fashion?

And this one, which is in my letter to Santa this year (it’s my favorite Poe poem…what can I say?):

And the fun isn’t over yet! This is just part one of my stocking stuff post series this holiday season. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss part two!


*Just a quick notice that the above links leading to Amazon will benefit me since I’m an affiliate (meaning your purchase will help this blog going).*

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