Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2018 9:17 am


Date Joined: August 4, 2018
Last Online: December 9, 2018
Birthday: November 22, 1988
Country: United States

About Me

Salutations! I have no idea how to start things off, so here I go.

My name is Leah and I am a bookish person. I read, I write, I work in a Harvard Library (and continue to apply to more permanent, full-time positions in and around the Greater Boston Area, but mostly Harvard because of all the books I have checked out). Books everywhere. I have more books than I have clothes. I also, incidentally, collect postcards from the places I visit. I love to travel, and I wish I could afford to go everywhere and anywhere I chose. I also really love animals, so I'm a vegetarian.

Right now I live in Boston. I moved here in 2016 to get a graduate degree in Library Science, specifically Archives. I've graduated, and now I'm trying to get a real job, as mentioned above. I was born in Springfield, MA, but I wasn't there long enough to have a memory of it. My father was Navy and my step-dad was Army, so I've moved around a bit. Mostly, I have lived in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Virginia Beach and Norfolk, specifically). I have also lived in Honolulu, HI and La Maddelena, Italy.

I've been engaged twice and married 0 times. I have no children, thank Keats, but I do have a longhair black cat named Ava. She is my darling princess and I love her, even though she is also a demon intent making everything as annoying as possible and screaming for no apparent reason. So basically, I have a child. Womp womp. (Not that having children is bad, I just don't want any right now, super not ready.) Right now, I have a not-boyfriend, but I identify as bisexual. I have lots of feelings, especially about John Keats, my husband.

I have six tattoos, including 3 that one would consider fan tattoos. (Two Harry Potter--a deathly hallows and a badger because Hufflepuff, and a Raven Cycle tattoo.) I want more.

My best friend and I are starting a podcast called Women Literally. We're still in the planning stages, and recording and whatnot, but I think it's going to be great.

I know I'm new and I don't have any ratings, but if you have a little faith in me, you won't be disappointed.

Favorite Music

My longtime favorite band has and continues to be Los Campesinos! My Hufflepuff tattoo was done by the drummer, Jason, and acts as a free pass to shows! It;s a good time.

I like most kinds of music. Country isn't really my jam, but Bluegrass is pretty lit.

Some of my favorite bands for putting on playlists include One Direction, the 1975, Magic Man, Bad Suns, Walk the Moon, The Wombats, Sir Sly, Saint Raymond, Matt & Kim, and many many more.

Memorable concerts I've been to in my life include My Chemical Romance, Matt& Kim, Los Campesinos, Frigs, The 1975, Sheer Mag, Superfruit, The Dear Hunter, Iceage, and Sons of An Illustrious Father

Recent Acquisitions: Gem Club, Poppy, Crooked Still, Novo Amor (a High Key Fave), and Ed Tullet.

Old bands I like that I like include the Beatles, the Replacements, the Clash.

Music to write to: Tchaikovsky, the music for La Sylphide, the Faery Piano Music playlist on Spotify.

My brother has a pretty sick band. They played at Coachella this year (2018) and I'm a fan. They're called the B Boys.

Favorite album to listen to is definitely the Bright Star Soundtrack.

KPop bands that I LOVE: BigBang, Shinee, EXO, (f)x

My guilty pleasure, and literally I feel guilty about liking her, is Taylor Swift. She just has some really solid bops. I have absolutely no shame regarding my intense love of Carly Rae Jepsen and the Jonas Brothers. They are gifts we didn't deserve, and no one should be ashamed of truly getting it to some Carly Rae.

Favorite Books

I. Love. Books.

I don't know if I can pick a single book as my favorite. I just really, really love books.

Some of my favorite writers: Neil Gaiman, Maggie Stiefvater, James Joyce, JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Holly Black, Mark Z. Danielewski, Patrick Rothfuss, Kazuo Ishiguro, Huruki Murakami.

Some of my favorite poets: John Keats (obvi), ee cummings, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rosetti, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Edgar Allan Poe, William Blake, k.y. robinson

Some of my favorite books: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, House of Leaves, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Neverwhere, Ocean at the End of the Lane, Buried Giant, As I Lay Dying, The Song of Achilles, Kafka on the Shore, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, The Night Circus, Invisible Cities, Uprooted, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Darkest Part of the Forest

Favorites series: The Kingkiller Chronicle, The Raven Cycle, The Familiar, The Magicians, Harry Potter

Favorite Graphic Novels Series: The Wicked + The Divine, Sandman, Monstress, Fables

Currently reading (28 August 2018):


++Around the World in 80 Days

++Midnight's Children


++The Faery Handbook


If you have Litsy, feel free to add me! SwanPrincessLeah is my username there too.

Favorite TV & Movies

Bright Star, the movie about John Keats and his love affair with Fanny Brawne, is my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE.

Pushing Daisies is my ALL TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW.

Shows that were cancelled too soon that I miss dearly: Pushing Daisies, Firefly, Don't Trust the B* in Apt 23, Dead Like Me

Shows that are still on that give me life: American Gods, The Magicians, Younger, American Horror Story

Shows I like to binge on streaming sites/via DVD: Chuck, Parks & Rec, House Hunters International, Princess Tutu, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yuri! On Ice, The Librarians

Movies that put me in a good mood: Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version), The Jane Austen Book Club, Penelope

Hobbies & Stuff I'm Into

I have had a lifelong obsession with Faeries and with art. Though I do not quite do as much art as I would like, I do consider myself something of an artist. A very out of practice artist, but an artist no less. A lot of those artistic skills have been funneled into my Journaling obsession. I would like to be good enough to be able to draw from my brain, but I'm mostly a visual person. I am good at what I see or collages, but not so much creation from nothing.

I study fairy tales and fae lore in my free time. Some of it is fun stuff, clearly made up in more modern times, but I really, really love the old lore stuff. You might think this is dumb, but I genuinely don't care: I believe in faeries. It's really that simple, I just do. Maybe they don't exist in this version of reality, maybe they do, but I believe in their existence either way.

Witchcraft and Magic. I'm into it. That's really all I have to say about that. Most of the stuff I do is personal and tarot based.

I collect Harry Potter and the Sorcerer/Philosopher's Stone books in foreign languages/editions. I have Spanish paperback, Dutch hardcover, Russian hardcover, a few different French editions, and the Warner Studios editions. I really want Italian.

Journals. Specifically Leuchtturm journals. I customize them to make them look special, and it's a really good time. All the other things about bullet journalling are things I'm really into. I like things that go with it, like Washi tape, stickers, stamps, tombows, microns, fancy pens, vintage dictionary pages, colored paper, etc.

I also collect Postcards. Mostly from places I go, and then I keep them and they never get mailed, but now I'm on Postcrossing, and hopefully I'll be able to get some from here too. I'm not super picky about postcards. I like landscapes, I like the touristy ones, I like weird ones, I like word ones, I like art prints. If it means something to you and you tell me about it, i'll be into It. Plain and simple.


Emro rated for November birthday card on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the glittery unicorn birthday card. It's absolutely perfect! 💙💜🌈 Also, I always replied to people saying something to "the big 3 coming" along the lines of "think about the alternative - better to turn 30 than die at 29". I know it's very straight forward and might not work dir everyone, but maybe try thinking about it that way. But to be honest, I never really had a problem with turning 30. I just see it as another number. Don't worry about it too much! I can assure you you won't feel any different once the day has arrived. :)
Artistic rated for Write a Novel in 30 Days! on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Leah, this was hands-down one of THE best cards I've ever received. It's going in my NaNo keepsakes box.
zoev1975 rated for M/L/FT - Scavenger Hunt on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Hi Leah, Sorry to have to rate you a 1 on this, but the swap still has not arrived, and I have not heard from you for a while. just so any other hosts/swappers are aware of the back ground to this;- you messaged me on the last day to send to say that you would be sending late. You advised that you would message me tracking number once it was on its way. I did not hear anything further from you, and the swap did not arrive. I messaged you on 23rd October to advise not rec'd. You replied that you had sent it a day late, but had not got tracking, and you thought you had messaged me, but must have forgotten to click send. You said you would re-send the swap, but would need a little time. I replied on 24th Oct to say that was fine, and to let me know when the resend was on its way. I did not hear anything from you again, so messaged you on 3rd November asking for an update, and what sort of timeframe you needed for a resend. You have read the message, but not replied. This rating is a place marker until the swap is received, and I would be more than happy to alter at that point.
camelsamba rated for amaZINE #4 - love story on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the zine! I'll have to look up that movie or track down some more of their love letters - I'm intrigued by what you sent :^)
splendorpursuit rated for Soundtrack Playlist on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Seriously, for choosing that book you qualify for st least ten hearts. Just sayin’.
Nserviam rated for My Win/Loss Record (postcard) on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: You got this! You can do it this year. :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope! Will definitely be making myself a bag!
sierraispure rated for 10 Songs From My Playlist on Oct 9, 2018
fairladybuff rated for 10 Songs From My Playlist on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the playlist! Mumford and Sons is a favorite of mine.
aralyn rated for 10 Songs From My Playlist on Oct 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the playlist!
Johndeeregurl44 rated for 10 Songs From My Playlist on Oct 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
aurelas rated for Soundtrack Playlist on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Your playlist is so exciting to me because I had never heard a single one of the songs or artists! Thank you :) I have a feeling I've just found some new favourites.
Kettu rated for amaZINE #3 - kinky on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the zine! 💖💜💙
Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: SOC_September on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Awww, I hope it gets better for you soon, my dear! I wish you luck with getting one of the jobs you applied for, and I wish you mending of your heart <3
ibean rated for amaZINE #3 - kinky on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: I loved your zine Leah, especially that playlist! Thank you so much!
waldfee rated for amaZINE #3 - kinky on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Great playlist! And your secret is safe with me - welcome to the club ;D
nannydino rated for MLF: postcard swap #2 INT on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Hi Leah thank you for the beautiful (1916) swan princess PC. I love it. Happy Autumn swapping peace love light
bblue rated for IU: Random Goal(s) on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: All your goals just take persistence; you'll reach them! Also, I like your purple ink. It's very distinct.
splendorpursuit rated for Insta Tarot (Round 4) on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Talk about your creepy awesome on point reading. You’re hired! My mom used to do my cards daily - you’re lucky I’m not so demanding. ;) Thanks again Love!
Nachtauge rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Your answers were very interesting to read. I really need to check out your recommendations. Thank you for swapping!

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