41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN by Hallie Heald

February 4, 2019

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A Celebration of Introverts

From the publisher:

In a world of seemingly unending social obligations, we could all use a night off.

In 41 Reasons I’m Staying In, illustrator and self-proclaimed introvert Hallie Heald imaginatively portrays engaging and sometimes outlandish excuses to avoid leaving home.

With each page comes a new room and character, pursuing their obsessions, hobbies, interests, and sudden whims with gusto:

plotting world takeover, learning magic, mooning over a crush, evading taxes, and beyond.

This dark and humorous celebration of introverts offers a unique look into their private worlds and reminds us of the deep fulfillment and joy we can find in spending time alone.


I am not an introvert but even I enjoyed this charming book!

While the book looks like a children’s book, it is for adults. The illustrations are wonderful, as you can see. And I like the premise of the book. As much of an extrovert as I am, I, too, enjoy staying in on occasion – especially if I can look through a book like this. Buy it for the introvert in your life, they will thank you.

About the Author

2/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN by Hallie Heald. Morrow Gift; 1st Edition edition (January 29, 2019). ISBN  978-0062749895. 96p.



September 20, 2018

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An Illustrated Miscellany 

I am a long time fan of Jane Mount’s art and often spend time drooling over her website, the Ideal Bookshelf. If you are not a complete book wonk like me, Mount offers paintings/prints similar to the cover of this book. She has hundreds of collections and books to choose from and you can create your own “ideal bookshelf”. This is my dream gift!

This book is a really fun read for any book lover. Fully illustrated, there are pages for almost every genre, like historical fiction and romance, but also super creative ones like “Book Club Darlings,” “Novels of the Millennium: Optimists Confusion,” “Books Made into Great TV,” and collections of titles with various covers, like Pride & Prejudice and 1984.

Also included are many illustrations of “Beloved Bookstores” and “Striking Libraries” from around the world. Mount offers her unique illustrations of the Strand (NYC), Librairie D&Q (Quebec), San Librario (Bogota) bookstores and the Library of Parliament (Ottowa), Seattle Central Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of The New York Public Library (the one with the lions) and lots more.

There are fun quizzes, like “Fictional Planet Universe” where there are illustrations of 20 or so planets and you have to name the book or comic where the planet appears. She offers insight into how books are made (“The Physical Book,”) “Designers’ Picks” and “Writing Rooms.” There are “Writers Pets,” “Read Around the World” maps, “Every Day Food Inspiration” and many more.

I could go on for days and tell you about every page in this book, but it is so much better to see it for yourself. Amazon has some of the illustrations available:

Did I mention I love this book? With the holidays right around the corner (have you seen the Christmas decorations at Costco?!) this book would make a beautiful gift for the book lover in your life.

You’re welcome.

9/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

BIBLIOPHILE by Jane Mount. Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (September 11, 2018). ISBN 978-1452167237. 224p.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset by Caitlin Kuhwald

November 17, 2015
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Includes Ten Paper Dolls, Three Rooms of Fun, Fashion Accessories, and More!

From the publisher:

It may not be an election year, but you can cast your vote early with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset! This fold-out book features replicas of the Oval Office and other White House locations, plus perforated paper dolls of Hillary Clinton and all of her political pals and adversaries.

Be HRC’s chief of staff as she takes questions at the press podium, hashes out tough negotiations in the Situation Room, or even consults with the ghost of Abe Lincoln.

Complete with a pop-up cast of characters and accouterments (Bill comes with a lawn mower to keep him busy), this fun and feminist-friendly playset is perfect for Hillary fans young and old.


hillary paper dolls

I mean how cute is this?! Gift this to the feminist in your life. I’m keeping mine! Or maybe I’ll share with my daughter.

11/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset by Caitlin Kuhwald. Quirk Books; Nov edition (November 17, 2015).  ISBN 978-1594748318. 12p.

My Name Is X and I Am a Cumberbitch

November 6, 2015
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I admit I am completely hooked on “Sherlock” starring the fabulous Benedict Cumberbatch. This little gem of a book is strictly for fans, AKA “Cumberbitches!”

From the publisher:
*Tongue-in-cheek and totally unhelpful, this little book is the perfect stocking filler for Benedict Cumberbatch fans this Christmas.*

Benedict Cumberbatch. Does the mere sight of his name give you tingles? Do you feel a cheap thrill staring at the dip on his cupid’s bow lip as he talks? Do you secretly wish you could plumb the rhythmic depths of his voice or twiddle your finger in his perfectly coiffed hair? If the answer to these questions is yes, then I’m afraid there’s a very great chance that you could be a Cumberbitch.

But that’s actually perfect, because this little book was written especially for you! We understand that life as a Cumberbatched individual can be tricky; hours wasted watching clips on YouTube and being late to see your friends because you lost track of the time photoshopping yourself into his latest red carpet masterpiece (it happens). And we realised it was high time somebody did something about it.

Featuring a host of quizzes and (counterproductive) illustrations of the man himself, plus inspirational quotes to help you on your way, use this book to find out whether you – or a loved one – have succumbed to the Cumberbitch affliction, and then follow our simple yet semi-effective methods to get back to life BC (Before Cumberbatch).

It really is the cutest little book. I already gifted my copy to a Cumberbitch and you should too!

11/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

My Name Is X and I Am a Cumberbitch. HarperCollins (November 5, 2015).  ISBN 978-0008149338. 96p.