Bookish Nails!

Book Nails
Last week I got to party at a Harry Potter Festival here in Calgary, a wonderful day filled with HP music, butterbeer treats, and wizard costumes! Special for the day I decided to try out these newspaper nails. Check out the full instructions here. They are shockingly easy to do, and you can bet I’ll have bookish nails much more often!

Of course after doing these nails I had to have more! Now, there are some super elaborate nails out there which I have no hope of actually doing myself, so I’ve collected some of my favourite bookish nails that I think (hope) I can do at home!

House Colours & Deathly Hallows | Harry Potter

HP Nails

There are some gorgeous HP nails out there, but these ones caught my eye. I love being able to show off your house colours, plus I think the Deathly Hallows symbol would be easy to do.

Source: Pinterest


Book Crest | Heroes of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus

I absolutely love this symbol from the Heroes of Olympus books. It’s so simple, but I love the look of it, and of course the way it ties back into the book itself!

Source: Lili Lost In A Book


Tris Tattoo & Factions | Divergent


Most Divergent nails involve the different factions, and kudos to you if you can draw those. I liked these nails in particular because of the reference to Tris’ tattoo.

Source: Pinterest


Mocking Jay Pin | The Hunger Games


There are some brilliant Hunger Games nails – mostly involving fire. But these ones were definitely my favourite. While I don’t think I can manage the mocking jay, I love the effect of the grey on black.

Source: Pinterest


Dragon Egg | Game of Thrones / Eragon

Dragon Egg Nails

Similarly, I know I can’t draw a dragon. But I LOVE the dragon egg effect. And if you want an easy hack, check out this tutorial using a net or loofah.

Source: Petite Peinture


Galaxy Nails | Across the Universe / Ender’s Game / Lunar Chronicles

Galaxy Nails

I found galaxy nails referencing many different book series. I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! Plus following this tutorial, they actually seem pretty easy to do! Put these on my to-try list!

Source: Casa De Polish

There are so many bookish nails out there and I love all of them! Check out my Pinterest page for more bookish nails. I can’t wait to try some of these out! <3


Bring on the Potterverse

This past week JK Rowling announced that the film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be extended to a five film series, rather than the trilogy as it was originally announced.

News Source: CBC News Entertainment

fantastic-beastsI could not be more excited. The first film looks amazing, and I’m elated that we get a chance to explore more of the Harry Potter universe. I love that we can visit different characters in different settings and even different time periods. I personally think that getting away from Hogwarts will do wonders for expanding this fictional landscape.

But the news of more films has not been met with uniform enthusiasm. I’ve seen several blog posts about JK Rowling that suggest she’s just milking the HP world for more money. And if you search for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ on Twitter you can find many negative reactions to the news. The first movie hasn’t even come out yet and the series is facing some deep criticism.

I have to admit: I’m confused.

There are many authors who continuously return to the same universe to explore it with different characters. Names like Brian Jacques, David Eddings, Terry Pratchett, and Mercedes Lackey jump to mind. But the author I keep coming back to is Tamora Pierce.

Tamora Pierce created the Tortall universe. It is composed of a total 21 books, which are organized into smaller series featuring different main characters. The first book in this universe, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983. This series featured four books of the universe.


The multiple series following these books contained characters mentioned or featured in Alanna’s story, yet had their own adventures and their own stories to tell. In 2003 she published the book that I fell in love with, Trickster’s Choice, which featured Alanna’s daughter.

When I first read the Tortall books as a child, I was absolutely delighted to discover how each book related to another in the universe. One of the first things I would do when opening a new book was draw lines to previous characters, establish how they were related and what roles they had in previous stories. But beyond the characters, what I loved about Tamora Pierce was that she created a world, and the more I explored that world and the more characters I met, the more it felt like a real place.

And Tamora Pierce isn’t done. She has books coming out next year that are part of the Tortall universe. To summarize: more than 21 books. Over 34 years. All in the same universe, featuring different characters. And as far as I can tell, she hasn’t received criticism over her stories.


JK Rowling is criticized for publishing more stories, for almost every move on Pottermore, and now for expanding a new movie series. So what is it? Is it that the Harry Potter series is simply so huge, is so successful, and yes, has garnered so much money, that it gives people the right to tell Rowling to stop writing?

Let’s be clear: This is her world. Her characters. And if she wants to explore more of that universe, that is her choice.

Our choice is whether or not we read, watch, and buy into that world.

Everyone is allowed their opinions and criticisms. And I think it’s awesome that Rowling is expanding her universe. She can choose to write as many or as few stories as she wants, and I will choose to read the books and watch the movies because I enjoy them. So I say, bring on the ‘verse, Rowling. I’ll be there.