All in Bookish Finds

In Which I Bake November Cakes

It's a known fact that Maggie Stiefvater is cool as hell and that her books are pretty damn outstanding. It's hard to pick a favorite--and I won't--but there's a special place in my heart for her lone standalone novel, The Scorpio Races, which has a unique connection to the month of November, 

It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

In addition to the month of November being when the novel's titular races take place, there's a special cake Finn and Puck eat in the novel, November Cakes. 

Finn finds my left hand, opens my fingers, and puts a November cake in my palm. It oozes honey and butter, rivulets of the creamy frosting joining the honey in the pit of my hand. It begs to be licked. Someone nearby screams like a water horse. My heart goes like a rabbit’s.

Maggie created a recipe for this fictional cake (though, read through to the end and you'll find that it's not so fiction for me), and the first of November seemed like the perfect time to bake them. I generally followed her recipe, though I bake like a champ, so I made some adaptations on the fly to suit my tastes. 

I don’t know about you, but I kinda, sorta freaked the hell out last week when I realized that The Hunger Games movie comes out in less than a month.

I am so ready to pick apart every little minutiae and compare it to the novel—I’m already completely in a tizzy about the latest trailer which reveals in essentially the first frame that they changed who game who the Mockingjay pin!

What’s next? Changing the scene with the bread from District 11? Arg! The stress of it all is unbearable!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

From the files of book nerd things I actually own comes another bookish find—Gumball Poodle’s (formerly Rock Socks) Bookworm socks. These fab knee socks proudly (and a bit loudly) proclaim your bookworm affiliation. They’re soft like really old fashioned athletic socks that happen to be well-made and actually stay up. 

They’re available at assorted retailers, but I recommend Sock Dreams because that store is made of awesome.

Editor’s Note: Reader Swag is an occasional series featuring goodies and gifts for readers. Basically, it’s our shopping list! ;) 

“Read’ wire necklace from Piano bench designs.

This necklace is one that I actually own—Laura, contributor to this blog, surprised me with it after I posted about it on Goodreads and I cannot say enough about what a wonderful piece it is.