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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @the.cozy.bee

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This Week’s Featured creator: @the.cozy.bee

 

Each week Bookstr is going to be highlighting your favorite Bookstagrammers. A Bookstagrammer is someone who shares all of their literary interests, ranging from book reviews and aesthetically pleasing book pictures to outfit pictures featuring their current reads. Anything that evokes bibliophile feels is on their Instagram pages. Make sure to give these Bookstagrammers the love they deserve! Each page has theme colors or an aesthetic, and this Bookstagrammer’s cozy autumnal theme is perfect for October. This week we are getting to know Brittany, or as you would know her on Instagram, @the.cozy.bee.

Here is her story:

 

 

Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account

Brittany started Bookstagram with a cozy theme in mind and as a bookish way to express her creativity.

 

I originally began posting cozy photos of the books I was reading, a way to get creative and document my reads. I then discovered that there was a whole community of people that have dedicated their pages to all things bookish and so I joined the magical world of Bookstagram, found it unintentionally but it was meant to be. 

 

Brittany’s favorite authors and books span across a wide range of genres, including The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Leigh Bardugo, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Atticus Poetry.

 

I could just go on forever—every book speaks to me in some way and I treasure every read for different reasons.

 

The Cozy Bee is a member of the Harry Potter, Grishaverse, Narnia Nation, and the SPNFamily fandoms.

 

 

A fun fact about @the.cozy.bee is that she’s ambidextrous, which is perfect for all of her reading and journaling.

 

I can use both my left and my right hands for just about everything.

 

Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming

As a Bookstagrammer, it’s important to judge books by their covers so you can choose the best aesthetics for your photos. In the world of readers and introverts, more and more book covers are attempting to capture that cozy aesthetic. Brittany’s current favorite is the whimsical cover of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

 

 

So when should you look out for Brittany’s newest photos if you’re in the mood to feel warm and cozy with a good book?

 

I post everyday, sometimes twice a day. I just enjoy taking pictures and sharing them with Bookstagram and for the timing of my posts… whatever my Instagram insights suggests is best.

 

But how did Brittany know that she’d made it as a Bookstagrammer? And what advice would she give to future Bookstagrammers?

 

When I made my first friend. Bookstagram is a community where we share our love of books. I ‘made it’ when I joined the community. 

The best advice I could give is to just start. A great way to begin is by participating in Bookstagram photo challenges and by engaging with other Bookstagrammers. The most important thing however is that you are having fun.

 

Chapter 3: TBR

Every avid reader has a To Be Read list that they add to in the hopes of acquiring more favorites, and Brittany’s TBR list for this month includes plenty of spooky books to fit her autumn aesthetic. They are:

 

 

 

 

We also asked Brittany if she could pick a publisher to supply her with a lifetime of books and she chose one with a magical theme.

 

Oh wow. I think Bloomsbury Publishing. I think all the magical books come from there. 

 

 

 

Brittany has so many Bookstagrammers that she loves and connects with, and she has positive opinions to share about all of them.

 

  • @sheisconfetti: she has become one of my closest friends and I just love reading her diary entry styled posts each day
  • @geminorum: I have loved her darling account for as long as I’ve been on Bookstagram
  • @bookaline: another long time favourite
  • @mousethatreads: someone I’ve looked up to since starting Bookstagram
  • @gardenofgoldenleaves: another account I have forever adored
  • @wldflowerbooks: a more recent favourite who never fails to make me smile

 

This list could honestly just go on and on, I have met wonderful people on this platform and I am constantly discovering more and more like minded souls with beautiful accounts.

 

Well, what did you think of @the.cozy.bee? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and maybe you will see them on here next week! 

 

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5 Autumn-Themed Books For You to Fall in Love With

Its the first day of fall! The leaves are beginning to change color and fall from the trees, as the cool breeze of winter’s beginning overtakes the hot weather of summer. As you begin to settle in for the chillier season and enjoy the crunching of leaves beneath your feet, its time to get cozy with some new reading material. And what better way to welcome fall than reading some fall themed books? Here are some top 5 choices to celebrate the end of summer!

 

 

5. ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert

 

Leaf Man

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a relaxing and immersive read. With illustrations made from actual fall read and gorgeous landscape vistas, this is a playful and imaginative read that calls to the imaginations of young children. Read it out loud to some of your kids and appreciate the wonderful, detailed drawings inside that evoke the natural world at its best.

 

4. ‘The Cider House Rules’ by John Irving 

 

The Cider House Rules

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The Cider House Rules by John Irving is a literary classic that’s perfect for a cozy fall read. Its title calling to the best drink for the fall, this tale tells a story about orphans in rural Maine at the start of the 20th century. Full of humor, warmth, and a little terror, this is a great read to curl up by the fire toward.

 

 

3. ‘We have Always lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle 

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a perfect spooky fall read. Merricat lives in a giant estate, with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. There used to be more to the Blackwood family. But somehow, a fatal dose of arsenic wound up in their sugar bowl. Constance was acquitted for the murders, but the people in town have never looked at them the same. And, their troubles might just be beginning. The perfectly creepy book to set the tone for the season, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the perfect short read.

 

2. ‘Anya’s ghost’ by Vera Brosgol 

 

Anya Ghost

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a funny and hilarious read, again perfect for the spooky fall season. Anya is a lovely, lonely girl who could really use a friend. But instead of a normal friend, she gets a ghost pal instead, which is to say NOT what she expected. Together, she and the ghost bond, helping each other through life (and death). Its really quite sweet.

 

1. ‘The OCean at the end of the lane’ by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At the End of the Lane

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a bewitching fairy tale that serves up another spooky and maybe even scary read for the fall season. Neil Gaiman crafts a scary piece of work that is full of chills, thrills, and commentary on the power of stories themselves. Grab it and try not to get scared as the season sets in.

 

 

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Adaptations Round-Up! 10 Adaptations Coming out This Year!

Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!

 

 

It Chapter 2

 

It: Chapter 2

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A sequel to the horrifying film It, the ‘Loser’s Club’ is back twenty-seven years later (or two years later). The group returns to Derry, Maine, where the Losers must finish what they started: destroy Pennywise.

Who from our lovely ‘Loser’s Club’ will be lost in the ensuing bloodbath? How will these losers defeat Pennywise? Well, it’s based on a Stephen King novel that was released back in 1986, so the answers are out there and, um, it’s pretty wild. Remember to sing your praises to Maturin this September 6th!

 

 

Joker

 

Joker

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An original standalone origin story for a character who infamously doesn’t have a definitive origin, this movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has clearly taken cues from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke by making Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man disregarded by society, into an up-and-coming comedian. In the iconic comic book, the unnamed man’s career in comedy ends in a chemical bath, but Arthur Fleck’s story might end on a different note entirely.

Is that scene, where Arthur Fleck, in full-fledged Joker makeup, goes on stage with Robert Di Niro a callback to The Dark Knight Returns scene when the Joker poisons the audience and the talk show host alike in a scene of ‘hilarious’ death?

 

 

We’ll find out this October 4th.

 

 

Nancy Drew

 

Having been around since 1930, Nancy Drew has been around longer than your parents (not judging) and she’s spent her time well: solving mysteries even when people told her she couldn’t.

This series has been around forever and if you haven’t read it, you’ve definitely heard of it. Well, we’re getting an adaptation of this series that’s set to debut on October 9, 2019 on the CW.

 

 

 

Looking for Alaska

 

The Fault in Our Stars broke our hearts, and now John Green is at it again. Or has he already broken our hearts beyond repair? The Fault in Our Stars was Green’s sixth novel and Looking for Alaska was his first novel, but for all of you who haven’t read the book, you’re in for something special.

Miles Halter is our man and through his eyes we are introduced to Alaska Young. A new student meets a timid young girl? Sounds like a love story made in heaven, until Miles soon learns that her life isn’t as perfect as he originally thought.

We’ll get a chance for our spirits to rise and our hearts to grow and break and grow again this October 14th.

 

 

HBO’s Watchmen

 

Another (sort of) Alan Moore adaptation, this version of Watchmen will be, in the words of showrunner Damon Lindelof, “a remix.”

For those of you who need to be brought up to speed, an alien invasion took place which ended the Cold War, but it was all a fake-out. Rorschach, before his untimely demise, sent his journal to the press where he laid a bread crumb trail to the truth.

What is known about this HBO series is that it takes place thirty-four years after the original comic left off. Taking place in an alternative reality in 2019 where this is no internet or smartphones, we are introduced to a United States where Robert Redford is now the longest-serving president, having been elected in 1992, a feat accomplished thanks to President Nixon abolishing the two-term limit back before the original comic book. Things are in disarray. A white supremacist group calling itself “The Seventh Cavalry,” with members who all wear homemade Rorschach masks, commits simultaneous attacks on the houses of police officers. Because of this, the police start wearing masks themselves.

What is this leading up to? Where are the original characters? Tune in to HBO October 20th find out.

 

 

Doctor Sleep

 

Another Stephen King adaptation, this one is an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. While the movie won’t be based on the Stanley Kubrick version, since the movie departs too much from the source material, this standalone is clearly drawing on the imagery set forth by Kubrick. Will it be any good? What’s going to happen?

The film arrives in theaters this November 8th.

 

 

 

The Good Liar

 

Catherine McKenzie brought us The Good Liar, and Warner Bros is bringing us the film adaptation. Ian McKellen is going to grace the screens as seasoned conman Roy Courtnay.

After he meets Betty McLeish online, he decides to steal a glorious amount of cash from her. But Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren, is too much for the conman and he finds herself falling for him. How will this sinister love affair turn out? See it in threaten this November 15th.

 

 

Cats

 

First, T.S. Eliot brought us Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats in 1939. From there we got a play, and now we’re getting a movie. The plot is hard to describe, but it basically follows a tribe of cats known as the ‘Jellicles’ who gather together to make the ‘Jellicle choice.’ Those who get the ‘Jellicle choice’ mean they can now be killed so they can go to heaven and come back because, you know, cats have nine lives.

Don’t get it? Doesn’t matter! There’s singing and there’s dancing and there’s this purr-fect trailer! It comes out December 20th.

 

 

His Dark Materials

 

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This series has never been adapted before (we don’t talk about that other thing) and so THIS will be the first adaptation of Phil Pullman’s epic book series, His Dark Materials, in our books. The first season will draw upon the first book in the trilogy, following the life of a young Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford. It’s not the Oxford you and I know, however, it’s an Oxford in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestations of their souls.

Lyra’s search for her missing friend will lead to uncovering a massive conspiracy linked to a mysterious substance called Dust and secrets from these two mysterious people, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson).

If the first season is good (please let it be good), then we’ll be getting at least two more seasons! BBC One and HBO are teaming up, so hopefully they won’t disappoint us… In the meantime, however, I just want them to give a release date that’s more specific than “autumn.”

 

The Witcher

 

The Witcher is known as a great video game series, but did you know it started out a book series? In fact the saga is based on a series written by Andrzej Sapkowski that started in 1992 with Sword of Destiny. The last book in the series, Season of Storms came out in 2013.

The stories follow Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavil, a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. What will become of Geralt?

Check out the series on Netflix this sometime “late 2019”.

 

 

 

 

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Artwork from The Scorpio Races

Join Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘The Scorpio Races’ Read-Along!

We know renowned YA fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater for her endlessly imaginative stories— dead Welsh kings who grant wishes, carnivorous water horses who probably don’t, werewolves who recite German poetry and teenagers who do teenager things (like throwing Molotov cocktails into sports cars). We also know her for her Scorpio misanthropy and personal misadventures, including street-racing and leather-wearing. A Scorpio herself, Stiefvater is kicking off this November with a read-along of… you guessed it… The Scorpio Races.

 

 

'The Scorpio Races' by Maggie Stiefvater

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The novel opens: “It is the first day of November, so today, someone will die.” Each November on the fictional island of Thisby, water horses rise from the sea— all twice as fast as real horses and a thousand times more deadly. Winning the Scorpio Races means fame and fortune, but entering the Scorpio Races could mean death. Carnivorous and distinctly hungry, the water horses make mincemeat far more often than they make winners. Sean, the reigning champion, has survived to win the race— many times before. Puck, who desperately needs the money, has never even made a previous attempt. But both of them still have one thing to learn… a lot can happen before the finish line.

 

 

Maggie Stiefvater, author of 'The Scorpio Races'

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This November 1, 2018 will not be nearly so whimsically morbid. Instead, readers will have a chance to join Stiefvater’s read-along (this link also works). Provide your own feedback and get insider content directly from the author. Following the original release of The Scorpio Races, Stiefvater herself said that “a novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn’t there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot.” Make sure you don’t miss out on anything this November by joining in on the fun! For more information, check out Stiefvater’s Twitter and Tumblr over the next few days.

 

 

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Autumn

7 Bewitching Poems to Get You in the Fall Spirit

It’s almost that time of year again, folks. Fall will be officially arriving this Friday with a new surge of excitement and adventures.

 

From hot beverages, homemade pies, enormous pumpkins, sweeping vineyards, and the vivid changing leaves, fall is all things cozy and rustic. Did I mention pies?

 

So, with the crisp season (and sweater weather) right around the corner, how do you get yourself in the mood for it all? Well, here we’ve got a list of seven beautiful poems (and their excerpts) that capture the true spirit of autumn.

 

1. ‘III. Nature, XXVIII, Autumn’ by Emily Dickinson

 

This poem practically exudes warmth and paints a picture in your mind of what fall truly is. Plus Dickinson is pure magic. 

 

The morns are meeker than they were,

The nuts are getting brown;

The berry’s cheek is plumper,

The rose is out of town.

 

Fall Season

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2. ‘October’ by Robert Frost

 

Do you ever get those feelings that only an October morning or evening could evoke? Robert Frost is a genius with his words and describes those chilled dawns and dusks perfectly.

 

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled

 

3. ‘The Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning has numerous poems with language that could steal anyone’s heart. Let this work harvest all the feelings you have about autumn.

 

Though the same wind now blows around,

You would its blast recall;

For every breath that stirs the trees,

Doth cause a leaf to fall.

 

Bonfire

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4. ‘Autumn Movement’ by Carl Sandburg

 

This poem simply captures an ever-changing season and all the beauty that never lasts. It reminds us that, like the seasons, not everything lasts.

 

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman.

 

5. ‘Autumn Fires’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Sparking bonfires and flittering embers tend to fill our minds when we imagine all the things that make fall spellbinding. Stevenson’s poem captures the fireside charm of these cooler days.

 

In the other gardens

And all up the vale,

From the autumn bonfires

See the smoke trail!

 

Fall Sunrise

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6. ‘Once Upon An Autumn Day’ by Joseph T. Renaldi

 

This poem feels like a walk down a golden, leaf-strewn street. Sounds nice right? If you enjoy watching the leaves fall in the comfort of your favorite sweater, read this.

 

Once upon an autumn day,

The whispering breeze was here to stay

Moving aimlessly through the countless trees

Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.

 

7. ‘Love In Autumn’ by Sara Teasdale

 

For the hopeless romantics whose feelings change with the harvest moon, this poem by Teasdale may be the brilliance that you need this season.

 

Perhaps when all the world is bare

And cruel winter holds the land,

The Love that finds no place to hide

Will run and catch my hand.

 

With October only weeks away and fall arriving in days, it’s time we become part of the season and everything it means. Late autumn evenings in your old flannel shirts and enchanting car rides through a tree-lined street is what makes fall so perfect. To me, these poems capture everything we could hope for in a single season.

 

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