Fangirl Friday: Craft’ed Bookmarks

I was wracking my brain over the holiday season, trying to think of the perfect gifts to get my bookish buddies. Whenever I find myself seriously stumped for gift ideas I always turn to my trusted friends at Etsy! You can legitimately find ANYTHING there, whether it’s for yourself or a friend, the perfect gift is always waiting.

You can imagine my glee when I stumbled upon the shop for Craft’ed…a gloriously quirky and adorable store of handmade magnetic bookmarks. As I started to scroll through the options available I knew I’d struck gold. I’m sure you can guess by now that I bought ALL OF THE BOOKMARKS and gave them as gifts, and let me tell you, people loved them! I mean, check out the selection!

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Even better is that this store was created by two besties who turned their mutual love of crafting into something so much more. I had the chance to get to know Erica and Diana of Craft’ed after my slew of fangirl tweets over their bookmarks, and decided to have a little informal Q&A so we could all get to know them a little better!

Pssst! Keep reading after the Q&A for a special treat for ALL of my readers!
Plus…a chance to win some amazing prizes!

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How did you come up with the idea for Craft’ed?

We have been friends since high school and always had a mutual affinity for crafting! Anything from scrapbooking, dollar store trips to find inspiration on what to make next, knitting, crocheting, gift giving ideas, to Halloween costumes! One day, Diana came up with the idea to give her boyfriend a set of polaroid magnetic bookmarks as he loved polaroid cameras! Other people at craft fairs liked our bookmark idea and wanted them as well! From that point on, the addiction started and we have been creating new designs, focusing on magnetic bookmarks and cards 🙂

Where do you come up with the ideas for designs? Are they fandoms that you’re already a part of or are they inspired by other things?

A bit of both! Diana is the master designer and is always coming up with fun inspirations. Recently, we looked to our Instagram followers to figure out which designs might be the most popular! From that, came our New York and London bookmarks. Thanks Instagrammers!

What are some of your personal all-time favorite designs?

It’s so tough to decide since we love them all!!! Diana especially loves the Paris set 🙂 Erica loves the snail mail and nurse sets!!

What has been your favorite memory or experience since you started Craft’ed?

Our favourite memory has probably been our very first craft fair!!! That’s when we first starting selling our bookmarks, along with other stuff too – knitted/crocheted items, ornaments, and notebooks! The thrill of a first sale, someone loving what you made, is a pretty amazing feeling. Since then, we LOVE going to craft fairs! It’s so fun meeting customers and hearing what they think!!!

What does 2015 have in store for Craft’ed? Any new designs or products on the horizon that you’d like to share with your fans?

Funny you ask, we have just created a new design plan for 2015, full of funny, cute, and inspirational bookmarks! Most geared towards readers, some geared towards planners. We have a VERY special different product that may come later in the year, but we’ll keep that one a surprise 😉

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So, now that I’ve hyped up these adorable and amazing bookmarks, you totally want a set of your very own don’t you? Well, thankfully Erica and Diana are super generous (thank you ladies!!) and they’ve provided a COUPON CODE for 10% off at their Etsy store to all of my lovely readers! All you have to do is enter the following code when you’re checking out and the discount will be applied! The coupon code is….WHATSARAHREAD10

And to make this Fangirl Friday post even MORE epic…

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I’ll draw one name for a GRAND PRIZE giveaway where the winner (US OR CANADA) can choose $20 (US Dollars) worth of product from the Craft’ed store on Etsy! That’s right, you’ll go online and select which products you want, I’ll order them and they’ll be delivered right to your door!!

But wait…there’s MORE! Again, thanks to the generosity of Erica and Diana, I have TWO MORE amazing prizes (US & CANADA)! I’ll draw a second name and that person will win this set of London-themed bookmarks. The latest design in their perfectly adorable line-up!

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After that, I’ll draw a third name and they’ll receive this seriously cute cactus bookmark.

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Best Of 2014 Book Giveaway

I was pretty pumped when my girl Ginger over at GReads! emailed me about taking part in this year-end giveaway! What an exciting way to wrap up an amazing year of reading, and I absolutely love the idea of being able to give my readers the opportunity to win one of my favorite books from this year! I seriously adore you guys and am thrilled to be able to thank you in my own little way for all of your support this year.
best of 2014 book giveaway graphic2014 was the year of YA for me! Not only did I discover my love of young adult literature, but 2014 was also the year I decided to jump in and give the whole blogging thing a try so I could shout my bookish love from the rooftops. I’ve read soooo many amazing books this year and had a really tough time narrowing down my faves, but I dug deep and managed to come up with a list of my top ten 2014 reads! Drumroll please…

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Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Jinni, swoony times and all the feels! / see my review

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

This book ripped my heart out in the best possible way! / see my review

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

A heart-wrenching series conclusion! Did somebody say assassin nuns? / see my review

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

An epic book filled with epic moments and epic characters! EPIC! / see my review

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

An amazing debut novel about two loyal BFFs and one swoony boy! / see my review

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A summer love story and New England treat! / see my review

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Finished this one last night and I’m totally obsessed! Fantasy YA at its finest! / review coming soon

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Proceed with caution…there’s sexy times ahead! / see my review

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

A mysterious not-so-badboy rescues a reluctant reality star! Feels everywhere! / see my review

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

A perfect conclusion to a perfect series! / see my review

So…here’s your chance to win! On January 1st I’ll be selecting two winners who will each pick one title from the list above! This giveaway is open internationally (Book Depository must be able to ship to you!) and all entries will be verified. Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, then another winner will be selected. Good luck!!

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While you’re at it, be sure and visit these other fabulous bloggers throughout the month of December and enter their “Best of 2014” giveaways for chances to win even more books!
Ginger @ GReads!
Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
Jess @ Gone with the Words
Heather @ The Turning Pages
Jen @ Pop! Goes the Reader
Danielle @ Love at First Page
Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving week friends! I’m so excited to kick-off the holiday season with an exciting giveaway I’m taking part in with a bunch of amazing blogging buddies! There are not one but TWO winners and I have a feeling you’ll love the prize. So, without further ado, I give you….

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!

Many thanks to Andi at Andi’s ABCs  for organizing this amazing giveaway! Check out her overview below to find out all the important details and the giveaway link! Take it away Andi…

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Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holiday start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway.

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Special thanks to Hello, Chelly for the amazing graphic!

It’s pretty easy to enter! Just click on the image above to be taken to the Rafflecopter entry page, and start following some great bloggers.

For your trouble we are offering a first place prize of $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card and a 2nd place prize of $50.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Really you are the big winner either way as you get to add some fabulous new blogs to your blog feeds. Good luck!
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Runs from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14
  • Winners are selected at random
  • Please don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed
  • All entries will be checked.

Getting to Know You Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome everybody!! So glad you stopped by to check out my blog as part of the Getting to Know You Blog Hop hosted by the ladies over at Cuddlebuggery! I’m so excited to take part in this hop because I love meeting new readers and bloggers, and am hoping to make a bunch of new friends. Be sure to head over to the original blog hop post to discover some amazing bloggers and their amazing giveaways!

The purpose of this blog hop is to help readers connect with other readers and bloggers they may not have heard of as a way to help build stronger and better connections to the community. I loved this idea from the moment I heard about it (Thanks for the heads up Andi!) and I’m psyched to tell you all a little bit about me and my blog, What Sarah Read!

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Before I begin, I want to make a confession and let you all know that I’m KIINNNND of cheating here! You see, wayyyy back in May when I started this blog there was this little known event going on down in NYC, maybe you’ve heard of it? BEA ring any bells? Well, in any case, I didn’t attend but I did take part in a fun online event called Armchair BEA! It was a blast to take part in and it helped me come up with content for my first few posts here on What Sarah Read. One of my posts for this event was a fun Q&A as way to introduce myself. I had such a blast responding the questions, that I decided to re-visit the post, six months later, and update my responses, as well as add a few more that I didn’t cover the first time around. So, here goes…

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

My name is Sarah and I’m a 30-something living in the mountains of Northern New England…where the winters are long and the summers are entirely too short. Here’s a quick rundown of what makes me…ME!

ya book blogger • cat lover • diet coke addict • cheeseburger aficionado • city mouse • daydreamer • fangirl • disney obsessed • shower singer • lover of life

I’ve been blogging since May and have loved every second of it. As a matter of fact, TODAY is my six month blogiversary! I was so inspired by some book bloggers I befriended on Twitter and they were super encouraging of my desire to start a blog. I was totally nervous and intimidated at first but they showed me a LOT  of love and I finally felt confident to strike out on my own.

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Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

It’s more than one sentence but I feel like this paragraph from the “About” section of my blog does a great job of summing it all up: Readers can expect this blog to be filled lots of random thoughts, ideas and musings generally related to books and reading but may also include random sprinklings of my personal life and current obsessions. Most importantly this blog will be a work in progress so bear with me through my growing pains. I’ve carved out my own little corner of the internet as a way to document my life, my loves and my desires with the hopes that I can get a little inspiration, feedback and encouragement from anyone who may be interested in following along.

You can find me all over the interwebz! Check it out…
BLOG / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / GOODREADS / TUMBLR / PINTEREST

What genre do you read the most?

I’m a total Young Adult (YA) junkie…I’ll read it all! Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, etc. Some of my favorite authors include: Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J. MaasHeather Demetrios, Huntley Fitzpatrick, A.C. Gaughen, Leigh BardugoRae Carson, Emery Lord, Laini Taylor and there are sure to be many more. Since I am still fairly new to the YA genre there are still SO many more authors that I want to read so I just know this list will grow and grow! I may have a slight problem!

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What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

I didn’t read very much at all last year, but my favorite book was 11/22/63 by Stephen King. What’s interesting is that I only read THREE books in 2013. My New Year’s resolution this year was to read more (I used to read a TON and just stopped somewhere along the way) and set a goal of 100 books for 2014. I’m currently reading book #90! SOOOO close I can taste it!!

I’ve read a bunch of amazing books this year but I would have to put the Throne of Glass series, The Grisha Trilogy, the Scarlet Series, Exquisite Captive, the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, the Fire and Thorns seriesOpen Road SummerMy Life Next Door, What I Thought Was True, Something Real, the Just One Day series and Fangirl at the very top of my list! Pssst…you can win your choice of one of the books mentioned here…just click on the link at the end of this post!

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers.

Oh wow…where do I begin?! I’ve met so many amazing people in the book blogging world this year and they’ve all been SO amazing to me, but I want to give a special shout out to five ladies in particular who have been so encouraging and supportive!

Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

I couldn’t choose one, so here are two of my favorite quotes about reading. They perfectly sum up my feelings!

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What does your ideal reading space look like?

I mean…really?! How amazing do these little reading nooks look? Can you blame me for daydreaming about being in one of those spots right this very moment?

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I hope you enjoyed my little getting to know post. If you’re new to my blog, I hope I get to see you around more often, and if you’re a regular visitor, hopefully you learned a little more about me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

But don’t leave until you CLICK HERE to enter for your chance to win one of the books mentioned in my favorite books of 2014 list above!

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 30th at 11:59pm and is open internationally!*

YAY! My FIRST international giveaway! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself!

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* only countries that Book Depository can ship to are eligible!

Exquisite Captive Giveaway: Granting Wishes All Month Long

Welcome to Day 8 of the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan Giveaway Relay! I’m so excited to host today’s giveaway of one hardcover copy of Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, as well as a signed book-plate!

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First things first! I’d like to announce yesterday’s winner! Congratulations to…

MARIA CRUZ!!!

Rachel will be contacting you to get your mailing information.

Didn’t win? Have no fear friends! The giveaway relay continues today here at What Sarah Read and you’re getting another chance to win! Here’s a video from Misty over at The Book Rat to get you all caught up on the relay and how to participate!


Here’s a quick snapshot of important details…
  • Giveaway is open to US participants only.
  • Each giveaway begins at 9am EST.
  • It ends at midnight EST that day
  • The winner will be announced on the next blog at 9am EST.
  • If you didn’t win, you can enter the next blog’s giveaway. If you did win, feel free to follow the rest of the relay to congratulate future winners!
FINALLY…if you haven’t already be sure to check out my review of Exquisite Captive!

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GOOD LUCK! Today’s winner will be announced tomorrow at 9:00am on
The Artsy Reader Girl!

Mini-Review & eBook Giveaway – All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Someone get me a cool drink because it’s gonna get hot in here! We’ve got a fiery redhead with a broken heart and a super swoony guy with something to prove. Put them together and you have a white-hot romance that had me devouring this book! All Lined Up is the perfect mix of fun football energy, steamy moments and amazing friendships that get us through the toughest of times!

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I read All Lined Up in one sitting last night and can’t stop thinking about how amazing Dallas and Carson were together. The fact that they both had something to “get over” made for an interesting dynamic between the two and I loved how they worked together (not without its roadblocks of course) to try and figure out how to move their lives forward. I’m just going to say it…Carson is the newest addition to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends! He’s sexy, sweet and suuuuppperr swoony! His relationship with Dallas in complicated, but he manages to be this amazingly patient and understanding guy while she works through her issues. I could really relate to Dallas in the sense that she was so overwhelmed by all of the parts she has to play in life, and not quite knowing which one is her most authentic self. I felt that way when I was in college too, but I think maybe we all do?! Just like the rest of us have been through or are going through, Dallas is looking for a way to start over and as much as she fights it, Carson may very well be the new beginning she is looking for.

If you’re looking for a New Adult novel that offers more than just your standard steamy scenes with an empty plot, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of All Lined Up. It was the perfect fusion of romance, fun and authentic friendships. Oh…and plenty of sexy times! Can’t forget about that now, can we?

I loved the story of Carson and Dallas SO much that I decided to have a flash giveaway today for an eBook of All Lined Up! Just be sure to run back over to Twitter and re-tweet the link and I’ll pick a winner at 10pmEST TONIGHT! CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY TWEET!
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Published: 5/13/14 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 320 | Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Fangirl Friday: Leigh Bardugo Book Tour & EPIC Giveaway

I read the Grisha Trilogy earlier this year and as you can tell from my review of Ruin & Rising (one of my very first in fact), I absolutely loved it! I adored how Bardugo strung together the most exquisite sentences to create an amazing story set in the most gorgeous world. The characters she created for this trilogy are some of my very favorite literary characters, each and every one of them brings something so unique and special to the books.

When I heard that she would be going on a book tour for Ruin and Rising, and that one of the stops would be in my neck of the woods, I knew I had to go! So, this past Tuesday I made the 90 minute drive down to the “big city” to see one of my very favorite authors in person! It was a good day!

Because I left straight from work, I was about 20 minutes late for the 6pm start, but thankfully I was JUST in time for Leigh’s reading from her upcoming novel, Six of Crows, releasing October 2015. You guys, this book is going to be so amazing! The excerpt she read was just perfect and it was so cool to hear Leigh’s own tone and inflection when reading her work. I was mesmerized!

She then took some questions from the small (but very enthusiastic) crowd. It was so great to see so many excited, young readers there. You could tell how much they loved the books and how inspiring it was for them to be there. So many great questions were asked, and some fun facts that stand out in my mind are…

  • Leigh wrote the opening line of Shadow and Bone several times to get it just right!
  • The inspiration for the locations on her Six of Crows novel is vast and varied! Amsterdam, NYC, Vegas and many more. I think she may have even mentioned Venice! So cool!
  • One super fan (it was his birthday that night…so fun!) told Leigh that her books inspired him to learn Russian, which I thought was super cool!
  • A lot of times she gets inspirations for characters from people she knows in real life. How cool would it be to be one of those people!?

After a quick Q&A round it was time for the signing! The line moved pretty quickly and next thing I knew I was standing face-to-face with Leigh. I always get suuuuper nervous when meeting authors, but I think I handled myself pretty well and kept my fangirling in check.

I’d like to give my amazing husband a shout out because not only did he make the drive down with me to keep me company, but he also took some photos while I was in line.
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Leigh was so kind and appreciative, and super funny as well! She signed all three of my books and even included some amazing quotes from each as inscriptions on the opposite page. I’m so excited to add these lovelies to my ever-growing author signed shelves. These look so gorg next to my signed Throne of Glass series! I get googly eyes every time I look at them all together.

Before I knew it, our visit was over and it was time to go home! So sad! BUT…not before I grabbed some of the amazing swag that Leigh was giving away, including that amazing Six of Crows dice game that everyone is obsessing over! Here’s a sneak peek…

Pretty amazing swag, right? Well…GUESS WHAT!! All of the items pictured above, plus one other super-secret goodie, could be yours!!
That’s right! I’m giving it all away!
Just click on the image below to enter – US only!

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