Highland Bluff Studio – Bookish

I am loving being a rep for Highland Bluff Studio! I was chosen to be a rep for September and then was asked to stay on for October! It has been so fun getting to collaborate with HBS and my fellow reps! Highland Bluff Studio started out just selling what they called Soy Candles for Nerds! They don’t use dye in their candles, focuing more on the scents they create which are seriously some of THE BEST smelling bookish candles I have ever come across! They have since expanded to travel tins, room spray and now BOOK SLEEVES! There are more changes coming to the shop as well, some candles are being retired to make way for new glass candles that you can use as DRINKING GLASSES once the candle wax is gone! How cool! My October Rep Package is on its way and I can’t wait to share it with y’all! Until then here are some pictures from my September Rep package! And if you go shopping (which you totally should, I am as soon as I get my paycheck!) be sure to use my discount code TAYLORTAKES10 to save yourself 10%



Love their Glass Candles, they are getting a makeover soon and the Book Nerd and Fantastic Beasts candles will be retired so if you like them get them while you can!
Love the scent of this room spray!
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”


I love this quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I’m a huge worrier and I’m trying to get better about that.
I love Luna and this candle smells divine!

This Book Nerd candles smells of Leather and Old Books!❤️

Don’t forget to use my discount code TAYLORTAKES10  to save 10% off your purchase!



Drawn to the Pages – New Designs 

Happy Tuesday all! As I have mentioned before I have the privilege of being a rep for Angela of Drawn to the Pages. Her designs are getting even more beautiful every month! She has opened a Socity6 shop and Redbubble shop along with her Etsy Shop (my code TAYLORTAKES15 will save you 15% in her etsy shop!). Here are a few of her newer products.

Coasters – I am in LOVE with her coasters. I am building up quite a collection that I intend to show off all together very soon!


Something new she has been experimenting with are cute little wood cutout air fresheners. This one smelled of Rosemary and my cats loved it (which is kind of weird) they kept stealing it off my dresser until I got it in my car! *also, am I the only one that immediately associates owls with Harry Potter?

Then of course we have her beautiful bookmarks! I got my Tower of Dawn inspired bookmark to use while I read it!More coming soon! October will be my last month as a rep so I will be showcasing as many of her awesome products as possible between now and then! If you follow me on instagram you can see my unboxing videos and first look at the products! And don’t forget my code TAYLORTAKES15 saves you 15% off your order!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews where we share our newly added books.

Half Price Books was having a sale over Labor Day weekend and I got a bit carried away.. in my defense I had just organized my new bookshelves and was not used to having so much extra room! Some of these I have read* and some I haven’t.

  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan*
  • Independent Study and Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman*
  • Anna Dressed in Blood b Kendare Blake*
  • The Duff by Kodie Keplinger*
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass*
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Flipside by Shawn Johnson
  • Defy by Sara B. Larson*
  • Shiver, Linger, and Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater*
  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  • All Our Yesterdays  by Cristin Terrill
  • Appollo 8 byJeffrey Kluger for Husband 😉
  • An awesome Mug with the titles of banned books on it!

Hopefully now that I am mostly all moved in I will have time to start writing reviews again. It feels like it’s been ages since I wrote one!


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What would you recommend me to read first?

July & August Owlcrate – Bookish

So, as with everything, I have gotten behind in my Owlcrate postings! Moving really screws with your life ya’ll. I don’t know how people do it over and over. Anyways, here are my last two Owlcrates, both of which were amazing!

July’s Owlcrate – Wanderlust


  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (w/ Exclusive OwlCrate cover)
  • “Newt Scamander” Pocket POP Keychain (Funko)
  • “Urban Cities” Pocket Notebook (Ooly)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic-inspired Pocket Mirror (Miss Phi)
  • Looking for Alaska-inspired Art Print (Shailey Ann Designs)
  • Owl Bag Tag (Mudpuppy)
  • Lord of the Rings-inspired Drawstring Backpack (OwlCrate)
  • Exclusive OwlCrate “Airplane” Button
  • Exclusive Gentleman’s Guide Author Letter, Signed Bookplate and Map.


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. (goodreads summary)



My favorite item had to be the LOTR drawstring bag! Or the John Green Art print!

August Owlcrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?(goodreads summary)

My favorite item from this box was definitely the socks. Husband loved the coffee. To each their own! I’m looking forward to reading these books once I get through all of the awesome new releases coming out this fall!


Drawn to the Pages Designs – Bookish

Hi guys! Happy Monday! As I have mentioned before I am a rep for Drawn to the Pages an etsy shop specializing in watercolored design. She started out with gorgeous watercolored bookmarks, but now she is also selling amazingly beautiful mugs, coasters, keychains, Game of Thrones inspired dragon eggs and we are expecting new surprise products in this months rep package! She has really branched out from just starting a few months ago!

I’m so excited to show you some of her newest products! First are the mugs, that I adore! This first one is a design thats a little tricky for photographing but I still love it! It says Book Nerd and curves around the side of the mug in a chevron pattern. I have this design in bookmark form, and mug form and still need to get it in coaster form. Love it! The second mug is the Hogwarts school crest done in watercolor. So beautiful! And it matches my deathly hallows bookmark!


Next are the keychains. I just have one right now but I’m eyeing a few more in her shop.


Then there are the coasters which might be my new obsession! I have an Expresso Patronum one, an Angelic Rune one and Hogwarts crest one and I’m eyeing the new Outlander ones she just posted to her shop!



And of course she still has her beautiful watercolored bookmarks!


Thats it for now! I should be getting my next rep package any day now and I can’t wait to share it with you! If you follow me on instagram you can see my unboxing videos and first look at the products! And don’t forget my code TAYLORTAKES15 saves you 15% off your order!