The only book I didn’t finish was Adventures in Opting Out. Instead, I got distracted by other books on my Hygge list. I didn’t think I would read as much as I did! I’m pleased with the 603 pages and 4 books I finished, and this readathon was just what I needed.
Tomorrow begins the#ThanksgivingReadathon hosted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku! The idea is to read as many books as you can between the 25th of November and the 1st of December. There will also be a Bookstagram challenge and a giveaway so check out the readathon announcement page above to find out all of the details. While a TBR isn’t required, I created a short one anyway.
It’s that time again! The Christmas tree is up, the holiday decor has been strategically placed around my office, and the questions of what to get me this Christmas are being asked by my loved ones. So, in the spirit of last year’s Holiday gift guide for book lovers, I’ve put together another wishlist, broken up by price point as best I could.
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Wiztem Jasmine Book Stand – I’ve recently started digging through my large number of cookbooks and baking on the weekends. Perhaps it’s only a Hobbit-like domestic phase, but while it lasts, I would love to have one of these to make my time in the kitchen a little easier.
Book and Dessert Pairing Guide – These book and dessert pairings would make great and inexpensive gifts. Instead of just buying a book, make or purchase a snack to go with it. You could even add tea, coffee, or hot cocoa mix to go with it all, and if you’re really “crafty,” place everything in a basket, wrap it all up, and top it off with a bow.
60 Bookish Films Streaming on Netflix – Are you tired of watching Christmas specials, but sticking your nose in a book would be rude while you’re with family? Give one of these bookish movies a try (be warned: not all of them are all-ages friendly).
12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down – Many of us get the Holiday Blues or suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). While reading isn’t a cure-all, I’ve found it does help to lessen a case of the blahs. Reading also helps reduce stress, another common problem during this time of year.
Project Night Night – Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids out there who are homeless. This is a great bookish alternative to Toys for Tots. Consider donating $25 towards a Night Night Package (which contains a security blanket, a children’s book, and a stuffed animal inside a canvas tote bag) or build your own and mail it to one of the donation centers they list.
Holiday Tradition and a Book – I was a guest blogger over at Michelle’s blog Because Reading is Better than Real Life, and I wrote about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Check it out along with the other guest posts throughout December.
Several people who love me are having difficulty figuring out what to get me for Christmas. So, I decided to do another Holiday gift guide for book lovers. Like last year, it’s my wishlist. Unlike last year, I have included more comic book stuff and broken up the list by price point as best I can.
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I’ve been watching all my favorite holiday movies, and reading a couple of my favorite holiday books, while eating popcorn, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, and wearing my Hobbit Cardigan, favorite pajamas, and fuzzy socks. The playlist below is the much shorter version of the Christmas music I love to have on in the background until I get sick of it and take it off my mp3 player until next year.
This is the last Quotables of the year! If you love Fantasy, you probably love Harry Potter. It’s not a guarantee (I’m looking at you, Boyfriend.), but chances are you do. I feel like the books are Winter books, so I decided to dedicate this Quotables to the Boy Who Lived and his friends.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
These two quotes, when put together (if you know the context, of course), show that following the rules isn’t always the right thing to do. That’s one of the many things I love about the Harry Potter books; the events and what Harry and friends do in response shows that it’s more important to think for yourself and do what your heart knows is right, rather than following along with what everyone else is doing.
“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In an age when it’s so easy to find all the wrong information on the internet, this is becoming more and more true.
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
This quote is the truth, especially when it comes to fuzzy socks. I don’t mind getting books, though.
There are way too many quotes to put them all here, so I’m sure I’ll return to them in a later post. What are some of your favorite Harry Potter quotes? Whether from the book or the movie, tell me in a comment 🙂
It’s getting closer to Christmas, but I’m not quite in the mood for Christmas music yet. So, I’ve included my “Winter” playlist in this Tuesday’s Tunes and Things instead. Also, since many of you might still be looking for that perfect gift or stocking stuffer (or you want to treat yourself to a little something), I’ve included a second bookish holiday gift guide (otherwise known as my wishlist part 2).
Reading Journals – I love reading journals. I prefer using them to keeping digital notes on the books I’m reading.
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The Holiday’s are rapidly approaching, and most people have at least one person they want to get a gift for, even if it’s themselves. I usually make my gift purchases online and well in advance, but I know a lot of people don’t, or they’re not sure what to get. Here’s a list of unique items for the avid reader in your life because getting him or her another book store gift card says “I waited until the last minute” or “I didn’t care enough to put any thought into it.” Either of which is BAD BAD BAD and should earn you a stocking full of coal in return.
Bathtub Caddy – I actually already own this. I included it because it’s awesome, and anyone who loves to read while soaking in the tub will appreciate it. Unless they have one of those wonderfully large garden style tubs, it will fit.
Book Lover Art – Someday I will have a room to make my library, and whatever space isn’t taken up by floor to ceiling book shelves will be dedicated to cute bookish art prints like this.
Custom Painting from Ideal Bookshelf – They also have already done prints, but this is that special gift for someone who has already gushed to you about their all-time favorite books.