Review: Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon A Con #3)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.

I am such a huge fan of this series so I was excited to read this, especially since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. I ended up enjoying this a lot!

So first off, there are a lot of references to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Like on page 37 there is a reference to “the great wide somewhere” and on page 224 there is talk of “Magic spells. Daring sword fights. A prince in disguise.” As a Beauty and the Beast super fan I had a ton of fun picking up all these little Easter eggs. 

As for the characters, the author always writes the most interesting and dynamic ones. Both the main and supporting characters were so lovable and fleshed out. My favorite was Rosie’s dad, aka Space Dad. He seemed like the coolest dad ever. 

The writing style as usual was perfect for the genre. It was a good amount of geeky mixed in with an easy to read prose. 

This books also had amazing descriptions dedicated to the love of books. For example, Rosie states, “But there is so much more in those words than just loving books. I love the smell of them. I love the way their bindings look pressed together on a shelf…They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds” (pg. 39). I couldn’t agree more. 

I also would like to point out something the author put in the acknowledgments that I absolutely loved. She writes, “I wrote this book for me. So, if you didn’t really enjoy this book, that’s okay! You’ll find one that you love” (pg. 284). I thought this was a great reminder to readers that it is okay if you didn’t like a book and that authors can write what they want to write (on the assumption for course that it is not offensive, problematic etc.) 

Lastly, I did feel like there was something missing in this book compared to the other ones in the series. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. It could be that this book is significantly shorter than the other two and I wanted a bit more. 

Overall, if you are a fan of this series (or books or Beauty and the Beast), you’ll probably like this one! 

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Bookish must have: Disney’s Belle book mug

Yesterday I was perusing the Internet and found a new mug that Disney released. It’s called Belle Books Mug and OMG it is beautiful! It’s a mug that looks like a stack of books.

Amazing, isn’t it? Here’s the link to it if you want to check it out and maybe buy it. I know I’ll probably end up buying it at some point. It would look perfect on my shelf next to my Chip mug.

What’s in a name? The story behind my username

As you know, my username and the title of this blog is oddandbookish. How did I come up with that name, you may ask? Well here’s the story (it’s really not that interesting):

Oddandbookish is my Bookstagram username as well and it was the first place where I used it. Now I use it on all my bookish sites.

When I was creating my Bookstagram I wanted a unique name. I previously had a Bookstagram back in 2015/2016, but I deleted it when I fell into a huge year long reading slump. Back then my username was, which was the most generic username ever. You can’t get anymore basic than that. I knew this time around I wanted something more unique and memorable.

So I got to thinking and my mind immediately went to Beauty and the Beast. The live action movie had just come out the previous month and I was listening non-stop to its soundtrack. I had also just finished reading Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly, which is a Beauty and the Beast spin-off novel. That book got me back into the reading game. I loved the way Belle talked about reading. Plus the cover was gorgeous and I wanted to show it off on Instagram.


The book that got me out of my slump. See, I told you the cover was pretty.

So as I was thinking, two words came into my head: odd and bookish. Odd because the townspeople think Belle is odd. Bookish because Belle is obviously very bookish. And thus, oddandbookish was born!

Well there you have it. I told you it wasn’t very interesting.