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Blogmas | Let’s Talk | Holiday Reads

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Hello and welcome to another blogmas post! I am excited to share some of my favorite Christmas / Holiday Reads. Some of these are very short, some are longer. Some of these are older and some of them are more recent. They are a little all over the place, so I hope you can find something fun to read!


A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories

A very short 148 pages of family focused christmas story, which for me is the focus of the holidays. I love spending time with my family, catching up with them and just hanging out. This collection of stories is very similar and feels so warm and welcoming, I fall into these stories every single year.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Now, I am always in the mood to read or watch The Chamber of Secrets or Harry Potter in general. This book in particular makes such a wonderful show of Christmas and I just love the idea of visiting the castle over winter break, running around while the other students are at home. It just seems so magical and fun.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20)

Another short classic of a story, sitting at only 192 pages. This festive themed mystery is one that pulls you into it right away. When I read it, I read it in nearly one sitting. It would have been one if I didn’t need to go somewhere. But, I love Agatha Christie’s writing and this does not disappoint.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

This is a fun twist on the life of Dickens and the development of A Christmas Carol. I really loved the use of actual facts twisted into the fiction making this feel tangible. I really recommend this one.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas

It is no secret that I love the works oof J.R.R. Tolkien, this one is is no different. How this 111 novella/collection of letters came into being is such an adorable one. These letters fun, quick, and just heartfelt. This is a really great read for Christmas Eve, you will fly through these letters quicker than you think you will.

T’was the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

I cannot make this list without mentioning this wonderful poem. It is short, sweet, and magical. I feel like this is always a wonderful one to read on Christmas Eve no matter your age.


What is your go to Christmas or Holiday read?

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Wrap Up

Blogmas | Middle Mark | December 2019

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Hello and welcome to my mid-month check in! I am so excited to say the first half of December has been such an improvement reading wise than last month by a long shot. I was worried I was going to be ending the year in a slump, but it seems like that is not the case. So, on to the books!


Intuitive Tarot: 31 Days to Learn to Read Tarot Cards and Develop Your IntuitionIntuitive Tarot: 31 Days to Learn to Read Tarot Cards and Develop Your Intuition by Brigit Esselmont

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I though it was very informational and good for a beginner. On the other hand it started rubbing me the wrong way with the amount of self promotion in this book.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am all for authors and stuff making money, but reading this book I was pulled out of reading about tarot to get essentially an ad to go to the authors website to download something, read something, or join something I need to pay for. There are at least 31 bolded urls in the book. At least 14 of them are for something you pay additionally for. So, the author is getting money via sign ups after free trials or outright purchases or sign ups for a course and ad revenue due to increase traffic.

Now, like I said, I can totally get wanting to want to drive more people to your site. The problem is with how frequent and how it is presented in the text. It seriously pulled me out of my reading so many times. Also, one of the free items was a 6 page download that could have easily been added to the book already. Now, at first I thought this might be because the author wanted to only present new things in the book, but that is not that case. There were a few things I read on the website already that were also in the book. (Example Day 22: Creating a Sacred Space).

Now, with that all out of the way. The information in this book is really informative and I think it is broken down very well. The information is done in short bursts and you have activities you can work with to get a hands on experience. It really is wonderful for beginners. If you don’t mind bolded self promotion throughout your reading experience and you have not read a lot on the website I say give it a go.

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A Constellation of RosesA Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Book given for review by Wunderkind PR*

“I thought this was an amazing read, it could easily be one of my top books of the year. As I have said the author is very talented. Her writing is well balanced and easily creates a world and characters that the reader can fall into with out a problem. I was engaged in the story from page one and I wanted more when it was over. I highly recommend this book to anyone.” Blurb taken from my full review you can find here: Blurb taken from my full review you can find here: Book Review | A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

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Bury What We Cannot TakeBury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really was an interesting and eye opening book. It was a good read and I appreciate the author writing a story like this. Sadly, towards the end of the book I started to like it less and less.

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The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The premise was interesting, the setting was wonderful, the story was average for me. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts that were just blah. It was a interesting read like I said, it really makes you think about what some people will do when they really want something so badly.

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Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I lost interest pretty quickly in this one. I have been reading it on and off since September and it is a shame since I was looking forward to this book for a long while. I even picked it up fill price at the bookstore. It was just dragged out and I feel like a lot of what happened, happened for the sake of something happening. I don’t know, it is hard to put into words.

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The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a lovely book, I really loved the folklore that is throughout the story. The writing is beautiful and imaginative. I plan on getting the next book in this series from the library.

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Currently Reading 2

I am currently reading 4 books right now and I really want to finish at least three of them before the end of the month. I am hoping the time off I have coming up will help.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, 49%

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore, 43%

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, 4%

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, 3%


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Lists & Recommendations

Blogmas List | Bookish Gifts

Lists

Hello and welcome to my post on bookish gift options. So, it is the time of the year where gift giving is rampant. I am gifting to others and others are asking what I would like to receive and honestly, it took me some time to do some research to find some things that interested me and I thought would interest my fellow book lovers. Just a note, images are from their sites so you can see their product(s) and I can comment on.


Out of Print Tote Bag 

I am always in need of a good tote bag. I go to my local library at least once a week and I have a dedicated tote to return and take home books. They get a lot of use so they need to be something I like, something that will hold up, and something that is a good size. As you can see above, they have awesome Harry Potter ones as well. I really love this Hermonie Granger, the use of black and gold is just wonderful!


Book & Kindle Sleeves from Artisanal Ane

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This Etsy shop based out of the UK makes amazing book sleeves and kindle/ereader covers. I have bought a few of them and each has held up amazing and the patterns are beautiful. Also, bonus for supporting a small business! This print is just one of many awesome ones on her Etsy, but this one is just so beautiful with the color choice.


Archer and Olive Notebook

A5 Deep Green Dot Grid Notebook

I have to make a confession, this is my favorite kind of notebook, but I have never boght one for myself. I always ask for ones for a present. While this is my favorite notebook I used for my bullet journal, I can’t bring myself to spend the money on myself. If you want to see what this notebook looks like and how I use it here is a link to my bullet journal. In the past I had the exact one that is listed above and I love the simple botanical touch, also this deep green is just so beautiful!


Bookish Mugs from Redbubble  or Society6

Now, this is a more general and not a specific topic, but I love a good bookish mug to drink tea, coffee, or hot coco out of while I am reading a good book. Also, if you use them at work or out and about you might even find a bookish friend in real life. Another bonus is, this support artists directly. I will say, you will need to be careful, some people on these stores are selling stolen art, but if you like a pattern or creation, click on the artist to see their social media and account to see if they are who they say they are.


Pins from ReadandWonder

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So, this is another Etsy shop, can you tell I love Etsy? Well, they make a lot of bookish goodies such as bookmarks, pin, and more. I really love their pins thought, they are wonderful quality. On top of that I am a big enamel pin collector and I am always happy to have someone gift me a new one. I put them on my backpack, on my lanyard for work, as well as on a display I have. I actually posted how I made this display if you want to check it out. DIY | Enamil Pin Display. I added the pins above to my wishlist, I also love that it comes in two different colors for you to choose, but they are both beautiful as you can see so it was hard to decide.


What is your goo to bookish gift you just love?

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Tags

Blogmas Tag Time | Naughty or Nice Tag

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Hello and welcome to another tag! I am so excited to be doing this tag for the second time this year. If you are curious to see how I did last year, you can check that out here: Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag. This tag was created by Jenn and I was tagged by Jenna and Leah, you should check them all out.


Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

I currently have about 5 books waiting for review, I am hoping to get them done by January of next year. Fingers crossed.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I am actually happy to say that mine is currently at 86%

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

I have one that says it right now, but I am waiting for my review on my blog to go live first then I am going to add it to my goodreads. I have made it a goal this year to write even a sentence about a book.

4. Folded down the page of a book

Hope, I have not. I personally can’t do that, I normally just stick whatever is around me to hold my page. This could be a receipt, paper, my pen/pencil, another book.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book 

Thankfully, knock on wood, that has not happened to me this year!

6. DNF a book this year

Yes, I am pretty cut throat when it comes to DNFing a book I am not enjoying. There are too many books in the world to waste time on one I am not enjoying.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it 

A pretty cover might pull me in, but I need to like the description as well.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 

Nope, I have to admit I get what I need to get done so I can relax while I am reading.

9. Skim read a book 

Nope, I have in the past, but I don’t remember doing this in 2019.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal 

I set my goal at 50 every year, I figure a little under a book a week is a good goal to have incase life gets a little out of hand. I want to enjoy reading, not be stressed by it. At this point I have read 95 books and I am hoping to read a few more before the end of the year.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library 

I have always returned the books I have borrowed, maybe a day late here and there, but I have always returned them.

12. Broke a book buying ban

Yeah, a few months ago my Read 5, Buy 1 went out the window, Read 5, Buy 1 | September 2019 Fail. I am going to be jumping back into it come December.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 

Nope, I have not done this in 2019 as well. Any review I started to write I finished it.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

I annotate the books I have for review, I notice I pay more attention and notice even more.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads 

Nope, all the books I have read this year have been added to my goodreads account.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Just as earlier, I have returned everything I have borrowed.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book 

I think my friends and family know I don’t really let people borrow books, but I am always trying to pass on books for them to keep. It makes me so happy to be able to pass on great stories to others.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

If someone lets me borrow a book, I sure as anything am not going to break the spine on them.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged 

Thankfully, I have not had any book jacket related incidents this year. I hope 2020 is just the same.

20. Sat on a book accidentally

Yeah, I have a habit of leaving my current read on my bed or on my reading chair and forget. Thankfully, no damage has been done!

Final Score: 5/20, down 2 from last year!


I Tag

Misty

Paige

Rae & Jen

Lauren

Adrianna

Evelyn

Meeghan

Sarah

The Prison Doctor | Review

& anyone who wants to join in on the fun!


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Bullet Journal, Writing & More

Bullet Journal | December 2019

Recs

Hello and welcome to another peak into my bullet journal. This month I kept it really simple and to the point. I have a ton going on and I didn’t want to get too distracted by all the extra spreads and such. But, I am still in love with how it came out. It puts me in a wonderfully cozy mood.


Before I jump into talking about my monthly set up, I wanted to show you a general spread I added. I was inspired by the youtuber named Samantha Menzo. I can’t remember the particular video it was that I saw, but I ran with the inspiration. With the name Luna, you can only imagine how much I enjoy the moon and its cycles.

Here is my dashboard and month at a glance page. I once again used the artwork from Plant Based Bride, you all must be sick of hearing me talk about her, but she is a wonderful and talented individual. I also started following a youtuber Shayda Campbell and she is very inspiring as well. I really enjoyed the cozy feeling in this artwork instead of being all about the holidays. Don’t get me wrong I love the holidays, but for me there is so much more to the month than that and I would be looking way to forward to it and keep wishing the month away. Speaking of, I still need to decorate!

This month I wanted by habit tracker to focus on things that I need this month or I want to make a priority. I didn’t want to add any fluff. I am tracing if I was active in anyway, if I read, if I slept for 7 hours or more, if I took my vitamins, if i did a bit of tidying, and if I study. I really loved relearning and learning new things I decided that even though my test is over I want to continue to learn. On the right you can see my post tracker, I am trying to get a bit more organized and visuals always work better for me. I also like to track what I need to do when it comes to particular posts. I like setting little bench marks, I feel more productive.

This is my book tracker, I am going to be tracking when I read a book and which book it is. I decided I am not interested in knowing how many pages a day I read. It was just too much data for me and my needs. On the other side you can see another painting of that beautiful cabin on my dashboard page.

Now, I already posted my TBR post, but I was slacking and did not write it down. I will say I am loving adding art throughout my bujo lately instead of just being spreads. It breaks things up nicely and just adds something for me. If you are interested in seeing the books I am planning on reading this month you can see those here: TBR | December 2019

This month I am keeping my weekly spreads the same as last month, this layout is really working for me. As they say, if it an’t broke, don’t fix it

So there is the sneak peak into my bullet journal, I hope you enjoyed it. In the future I would love to add more of my own art and such back into it, but life has been a little all over and I don’t hav a ton of time to draw and paint currently. I hope that changes soon, but in the mean time, I am loving the artist and bullet journalers I have found to help me out.


What theme are you using this month?

Who do you get inspiration from?

Do you use a bujo?

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Tags

Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

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 I was tagged by Jenn to do this wonderful tag. If you have not checked out her blog before, you should. She is a very passionate blogger. This tag is such a fun idea to see if you will be getting a wonderful bookish goodie this time of the year or you will be visited by Krampus. Just, what I needed to get into the spirit of the holidays. Without more delay, here is the tag!

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

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  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it  
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
  • Folded down the page of a book
  • Accidentially spilled on a book
  • DNF a book this year
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
  • Skim read a book
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it
  • Broke a book buying ban
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
  • Wrote in a book you were reading
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book
  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
  • Sat on a book accidentally

Score: 7/20

Woohoo, I am not as naughty as I thought I would be getting. So it seems I might be getting some bookish goodies in a few weeks!

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