Bookster Designs

Hi readers!

If you’ve been following my bookstagram (@lyrical.reads), then you’ve probably heard the name “Bookster Designs” at least once. If you haven’t, then I’ll tell you that Bookster Designs is my new Etsy shop! I’ve always enjoyed design and photography, so I put both together to create my bookmark store (hopefully I may be able to expand to include more products😉)! The unique thing about Bookster Designs is that all of the background photos of the bookmarks were taken by me!

I was especially inspired by Catherine, who is the owner of Hey Atlas Creative, and the way she runs her business *nudge* go follow her bookstagram to get updates! I came up with the name “Bookster Designs” because of @thebibliotheque and her invention of the word “bookster” (and it’s corresponding hashtag). I was thinking of potential shop names, and bookster just stuck with me! I added the “designs” part in order to keep my options open if I ever want to venture into designing prints! (my first 2018 New Years Resolution?)

I’ve also announced that I’m officially opening on Black Friday! (time tba, but maybe around 10 EST? Comment below to suggest a time!) I’m really excited to be offering FREE domestic shipping, and international shipping is relatively inexpensive since the bookmarks are mailed in a regular letter envelope! Because it is Black Friday–and you can’t have Black Friday without a sale–I will give a 10% discount code to use from Friday to Cyber Monday if you share Bookster Design’s opening! It can be through your Instagram stories or any online platform (make sure to link me to the announcement)!

Now for the super fun part😏…

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the bookmarks that will be stocked on Black Friday!

Nikolai Inspired Bookmark (from the Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo)

The first reveal is a Nikolai inspired bookmark! Perfect timing, since Leigh Bardugo recently announced that she’s writing King of Scars! The bookmark features a classic Nikolai line from Siege & Storm, the second book in the Grisha Trilogy.

Bookmark Inspired by the Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)

If you’re going to open a bookmark shop, then of course you’ve got to have a bookmark with a book quote😉. That’s where Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices steps in…

Ginny Inspired Bookmark (from the Harry Potter series – JK Rowling)

I don’t think Bookster Designs would be complete if I didn’t create at least one Harry Potter inspired bookmark! I’ll tell you that there are three stocked for the grand opening! The quotes featured are by some of the strongest ladies in the series🤗!


I’m so excited that Bookster Designs is almost ready to be officially open!! Check out @lyrical.reads for updates!


Review: The Tower by Nicole Campbell

[ 4.75🌟 ]

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*I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going in to read The Tower by Nicole Campbell. The blurb provided on Goodreads and Amazon only gave a little bit of information concerning some of the characters’ personalities. A brief synopsis that could give insight to readers would probably be something along the lines of:

Besides the fact that they’re witches and possess different powers, Rowyn, Reed, and Rose are like your average teenager. They fall in and out of love; they create an illusion of a tough exterior to hide a sensitive interior; they grow and learn as any other would. Then tragedy strikes and growing up doesn’t seem as easy as before.

I thought that the “witchy” part of this novel would be more prominent, but as I read (it’s pretty clear from the beginning), I realized that the characters were not defined by being “witches;” instead, their distinct personalities took the spotlight, as a reader always hopes for. Since The Tower is a character-driven story, there wasn’t much of a plot up until about a quarter of the way through. While this may feel slow to some, the big turn-around is worth waiting for. I think I almost teared up while reading some parts. I felt for the characters, especially since a similar situation had occurred in my life about a year ago.

My main issue (while minor) was the age of the characters. It is noted that they are incoming juniors in high school, but with the amount of under-aged drinking that goes down, I personally felt like it would be more appropriate if they were younger college students. But it wasn’t difficult to move on from this issue. Also, sometimes the dialogue felt unnatural, but nothing stood out too much. Besides, there were some conversations that were spot on.

What I enjoyed most about this novel (and surprised me the most) was the author’s take on tragedy and dealing with grief. It was refreshing–in a way–to read a contemporary that wasn’t light and fluffy. So if you’re looking for a read that rings true and pulls on your heart strings, whether it’s from watching two people fall in love or seeing how one life ended can impact so many, I’d definitely recommend The Tower to anyone who’s looking for a more serious kind of YA contemporary!

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