I want to preface this by saying that I was contacted by Aleksandra Lechwar, who runs a great Etsy shop called Just 1 More Chapter. Apparently, my Christmas post of great reader gifts was sending Aleksandra some traffic (yay, right?) and he wanted to thank me. He offered to let me pick out a couple of pieces for free, which I gladly did because they looked so cool.

I chose two pairs of earrings. One, Wicked, because I adore Elpheba and her story. It’s one of my favorite books. The second set, The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, was because that was a book my English major grandmother gave me when I was a teenager. If you read my blog, you know she passed away in January after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, I miss her, but I’d missed her a long time–that will make sense to anyone who has had to live with a family member slowly descending into this horrible disease.

The earrings came quickly and they’re so cool. They not only have the book cover, they have the spine, back cover, and even little “pages” along the side. They’re very true to life.

Here are a couple of pictures of me wearing one pair and a detailed picture of the other. I also want to add that I’m allergic to nickel and most earrings make me itch, even some that claim to be nickel-free. I wore these earrings all day and didn’t feel even a twitch of itchiness in my ears.

All of this is to say that now that I’ve tried out the products, I can’t recommend Just 1 More Chapter’s products highly enough.

PS. I was in no way asked to leave a positive review of the product and have received nothing in compensation for doing so. I just really wanted to share these super-cute and well-made products.

At least, it has for me. So convenient. Such a dream come true–any book I want to read is at my fingertips and delivered in less than a minute. I’ve probably read more books in the last month than I have in the year before that. And that’s a really satisfying thing. Anyway, you should totally have one.

It’s been a while since I’ve done Material Girl post, so I thought I’d do one huge super post full of etsy goodness.

For the writer who reads (duh):

Both by: TillyBloom

I picked this one because I freaking LOVED Nancy Drew growing up and I have many cherished memories of going to the library with my grandmother to pick out another Nancy Drew mystery.  Also… I’m a purse addict.  Ask anyone.

This by spoonfulofchocolate who has lots of book goodies.

And, just for fun, laptop soap!

By pepperapothecary.

Ask me how much I love this necklace.  Yeah, it’s a little clunky, but if you’re a dedicated reader and you agree that censorship is a dirty whore, it makes quite a statement.

I Read Banned Books Necklace.

Love the name. I remember being a child/teen and being so absorbed in stories, so carried away by them. They were crucial to my existence. And, once or twice, I did read by flashlight. Hell, I’m still a sucker for a booklight. Every freaking time.

So, there’s a site.  Flashlight Worthy Books.  And it has reading lists.  Over 300 of them.  Awesome?  I think so.

Seriously, take a look at some of these.

  1. 5 of the Best Children’s Books Grownups Will Love
  2. Books for the Serious Jane Austen Fan
  3. Call Me Crazy, Call Me True: Madness We Can All Relate To
  4. The Things We Do For Love
  5. The Chocolate and Peanut Butter of Noir and Speculative Fiction

Heh.  I just made a list of booklists.  But, seriously, go there, now, and find your own must-reads.

Almost forgot to add: I follow FLW books on Twitter.  Always great info on books, authors, and–naturally–lists. You should, too.

Today’s pick was kind of a no-brainer since I recently got one of these.  First it started with the red spots on my leg when the fan blew the hot air out the side.  Then the laptop started shutting off from overheating.  Which, in theory, great feature.  I don’t want to do permanent damage to it.  But, it’s annoyingly helpful.

So, I picked up one of these.  Now, it’s much more comfortable on my lap (hadn’t realized how hot this thing was really getting) and my computer and data are safer.  Thumbs definitely up for this low-cost fix.

 

bookplatesMaterial Girl Monday…on Tuesday?  Hey, get over it.  It’s not like Santa forgot Christmas or something.  ANYWAY, going on the all writers are readers theory (I totally just made that a tag), which I have invoked several times, I believe, I found these adorable custom name stamps while looking for book plates on etsy.  Also, one of them has the sample name “Blythe,” which called to me since my mom harassed gently attempted to persuade me to name one of my daughters that.  Maybe I’ll use it in a book.  But she’ll probably be a totally evil villainess.  Or the catty town slut.  Oh, yeah.  I’m liking that one.

Edit: 4.30.2016 — The link for the book plates is no longer an active link. If you find this and really want to buy them, I’m sorry. You waited seven years–what did you expect?

That’s right.  For real, this time.  The sabbatical is over, my soul has been searched, I found myself just past that fork in the road, and I am here again!

Okay, so, Mondays = Material Girl.

Today’s offering, for you, my beloved writers and readers of writers:

OMFG File Tote

The best part is that it’s reversible, so if you want to look all semi-professional, just flip it over.  And it’s all “ASAP” and everyone thinks, “Man, is she on her shit, or what?”

Enjoy!

Cafepress gifts for writers! I can’t decide which is my favorite, but it’s a toss up between I’m a famous writer (which I’m so not!) and The Voices In My Head Tell Me What to Write (which is so true!).

kindleI give up.  I can’t fight this feeling anymore.  I want a kindle!

You can pick out a book and buy it, for a lesser price, in minutes.  You can take it anywhere.  Imagine how easily this baby would fit in your purse.  If I had a kindle, I’d never go anywhere without it.  It’d be like my American Express.  I can’t imagine any reader not being in love with this baby.  And, since writers are readers first… it’s today’s Material Girl pick.

Update 6.29.2011: Of course, I did finally get my Kindle.  Read me gushing about how awesome it truly is.