9th Annual #TBTBSanta | Blogmas 2018

This was my fifth year  participating  in Broke & Bookish Secret Santa! I had a total blast participating and I mean who doesn’t love giving and receiving presents! It was so much fun stalking the twitter feed following #TBTBSanta and seeing all the updates and sneak peeks of people presents. It is such a great thing for the book community and its crazy how many people participate. If you have never heard of this before I highly recommend you check out some of the blogs/twitter feed and make sure to keep your eyes open around this time next year! I cannot wait for my person to receive their gifts! I had so much fun shopping for her and really hope she enjoys everything I got her!

I was absolutely spoiled this year by Emmah @ohloveyourflaws  She did a beyond amazing job and I adored all of my gifts, and could not even wait to open the gifts, I have no will power.  There were some amazing books that I have been dying to read and a ton of goodies! Now on to all of the pictures!

The Goodies! 

♠ Reese’s, Sour Patch Kids, Lindor Chocolate

♠ Fuzzy Socks

♠ Alice In Wonderland Stickers

♠ Mouse- Cat Toy

♠ Cute Little Animal Phone Cord Protecter

♠ Mug & Coffee

 

♠ Mixed CD

♠ Mermaid Bookmarks

♠ Tea Bags

♠ Arrow Wall Stickers

♠ Planner Stickers

The Books! 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Did anyone else participate in #tbtbsanta? How did it go? I would love to see other people gifts! 

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The Holiday Drinks Book Tag | Blogmas 2018

I saw this post over on Emma’s Chapter and it was orignally posted on Browsing for Books by Cerys and thought it would make a great addition to my blogmas posts! 

Ò Hot Chocolate – Recommend a Book That’s Sweet Through and Through

I struggled with this. I do not read cutsie books , I am more of a darker reader. I think the closest one would have to be To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Ò Peppermint Mocha – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Strong Emotions

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas put me on an emotional rollercoaster and has such strong and important topics.

Ò Apple Cider – Recommend a Book Full of Characters with Questionable Morals

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf is filled with characters that each have their own motives and although you like some more than others the ones you may like don’t have the best of intention or very good morals.

Ò Eggnog – Recommend a Book That’s Mostly Fun, With Just a Hint of Danger

Light Years by Kass Morgan was a surprising read for me this year. It definitely was full of fun, and adventure but had that impending danger feel throughout the book.

Ò Gingerbread Latte – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Action

For this one I have a couple or Middle Grade books I read this year that were fun reads, filled with mythical/magical creatures and lots of action!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Spread the Holiday Spirit!

I tag everyone who reads this post on my blog to participate in this tag post! 

Christmas Character Tag | Blogmas 2018

I found this tag as part of the Book ending winter event and thought it sounded like fun and would make a great Blogmas post! 

Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-12 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Santa Clause
A Gift You Received or Want This Year

I really want a KitchenAid so I can start doing more baking! 

Mrs. Clause
A Favorite Holiday Treat to Have Every Year

I absolutely love the gourmet popcorn from target that only comes around this time of the year. Along with peppermint mochas and reeses christmas trees! 

Ghost of Christmas Past
A Holiday Memory from Your Past

The thing I remember most about growing  up around Christmas time was going to the Christmas Eve service at church. 

Buddy the Elf
“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
A Holiday Song You like to Sing Each Holiday Season

Baby Its Cold Outside is my favorite Christmas song ! 

Misfit Toys
An Unpopular Toy You Really Wanted to Get One Year

I cant even remember, I know we really wanted a furby growing up.

Grinch
A Moment When Your Heart Grew Three Sizes

Always when I watch the solider coming home videos 

Jack Frost
A Tradition You Like to Do Every Winter

Hiding from the cold is a must! Also reading a ton! 

Hero Boy
A Moment You Believed in a Holiday Wish/Miracle

I do not think I have ever had one of these moments. (Birthday wishes thats a totally different situation)

Cindy Lou Who
A Favorite Holiday Tradition

Watching Elf on the night of Thanksgiving 

Frosty the Snowman
A Memory Involving Snow or A Memory You Would Like to Have Involving Snow

In college we had the first ever snow day in many many years. Someone had organized a snowball fight that everyone was invited to. It was the craziest and biggest snowball fight I have ever been a part of. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A Holiday Activity You Like Doing

Watching Christmas Movies and baking cookies! 

Ebenezer Scrooge
“Bah, Humbug!”
A Favorite Holiday Saying or Quote

“MAX. HELP ME… I’m FEELING.”- The Grinch

Spread the Holiday Spirit!
Tag 1-12 People!

I tag everyone who reads this post on my blog to participate in this tag post! 

Holiday Season | Quotes

“Christmas Eve is my favorite… I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something – food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar – can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others.”
Kiersten White, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

“In this the most wonderful time of the year, food is the savior. It is food that oils the wheels between deaf aunt and mute teenager. It is food that fills the cracks between siblings with cinnamon scented nostalgia, and it is food that gives the guilt ridden mother purpose.”
Francesca Hornak, Seven Days of Us

“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.”
David Levithan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright  heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

—Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

“Amidst the general call to happiness, the bustle of the spirits, and stir of affections, which prevail at this period, what bosom can remain insensible? It is, indeed, the season of regenerated feeling—the season for kindling not merely the fire of hospitality in the hall, but the genial flame of charity in the heart.”

—Washington Irving, Old Christmas

 

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

All wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“Miracles happen on Christmas, Pat. Everybody knows that shit.”

— Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

 

“Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table. These fantastic party favors were nothing like the feeble Muggle ones the Dursleys usually bought, with their little plastic toys and their flimsy paper hats inside. Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice. Up at the High Table, Dumbledore had swapped his pointed wizard’s hat for a flowered bonnet, and was chuckling merrily at a joke Professor Flitwick had just read him.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

Christmas is never over, unless you want it to be… Christmas is a state of mind.”

― Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

 

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

 

Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings | 2018 Blogmas

Tis the season and so many from the book community participate in a variety of ways, whether that be blogmas/vlogmas  or read-a-thons! I thought I would put together a list of the ones I am aware of happening so that you can check them out and embrace all the cheer! Let me know if there are any I should add to this list! (all urls are linked in pictures)

Δ Tis the Season-a-thon Dec 3rd-9th

You can learn more about the challenge here on their Instagram or Twitter accounts.

Δ Bookmas 2018 host by HaileyinBookland on Youtube

Check out Hailey’s youtube channel everyday this month up until Christmas to check out her videos! (Below image was taken from Haileys instagram page @haileyinbookland

Δ Bookending Winter 2018

Whats included! Which also included blog prompts so you can participate in the blogging fun! (click the graphic for all information)

  • Posting a minimum of 3-5 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)
  • Taking part in the Tidyathon
  • Joining in with Amy’s 12 Reads of Christmas Readathon

Δ Christmas Readathon by The Little Book Nerds in the Corner

This is a readathon that has challenges and everything!

Δ Vlogmas with Sam’s Nonsense 

Δ 25 Blogmas Post Ideas by Jenniely

Do you want toparticipate with blogmas but dont know where to start? Check out this post and the ways to make your blog more searchable this season!

Δ #DECINBOOKS18 hosted by @booksinglee on Instagram

Δ   Christmas Eve 24 Hour Read-a-thon 

More information to come soon! Check out my post from last year.

Are you participating in any blog/vlog type events this holiday season?

Weekend Down the Book Hole | 12/22-12/25

I thought it would be fun to do my long Christmas Weekend because I am planning on staying in all weekend, reading and blogging!

So today I worked from home, which was great and allowed me to get quite a bit of reading done today! I started prepping for my weekend holed up in my apartment working on my blog and reading. I have been working on my end of the year wrap ups and 2018 goals. Today I also decided that I want to do a Christmas Eve Read-A-Thon! As I was doing so stuff for work I started watching The Vampire Diaries, I have never read the books or watched the show before, but thought it was a good time to start. I drank way too much coffee as well today, but I was able to read close to 200 pages of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! I have 70 pages left and plan on finishing it tomorrow!

I started this morning with a large cup of coffee and some blogging. While I have some time I want to get some post drafted and scheduled! I spent the majority of the day watching The Vampire Diaries and working on posts!

I spent the evening prepping for the 24hour read-a-thon I am going to do for Christmas Eve! I was able to clean some of my apartment while listening to some of Simon Vs.

I was also able to curl up on the couch with the kittens and finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Of course I had tears streaming down my face after I finished that beautifully written piece of art!

How we felt after we finished reading this book.

Christmas Eve Read-A-Thon preparations all set and ready for a day full of reading!

I made it like 2 hours past midnight before I passed out. The kittens woke me up sitting on my chest staring at my face. I was listening to some more of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli as I was making coffee and a huge yummy breakfast! I need to check some social media things and prepare the living room for some more hours spent reading Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak.

I have hit the mid day sleepies. I need to take a break from reading and reenergize with some caffeine and food! I have been able to read almost 300 pages and its 2:00PM. I have finished a collection of cat poems and a fantasy short story. I am almost done with Simon Vs. and 100 pages into Seven Days of Us!

So I accidentally took a nap in the early evening. After waking up I made some dinner and rehydrated myself. Since then I have been reading away like crazy with the occasional social media and kitten breaks.

The book I am currently reading is Seven Days of Us  by Francesca Hornak. So far it is okay, there is drama that is of course helping me to keep moving forward. I love that it has a Christmas setting, but I am reminded just how much I dislike contemporary fiction. It just gets boring for me and is hard to read. Which is so funny because I love drama tv shows. I am just getting extremely annoyed with the characters and they are acting so dumb. I think sitting down and trying to read it all in one day was the best choice for this book because I feel like otherwise I might have given up on it because it would have just dragged. The chapters are quite short and I appreciate the multiple narrative it is definitely helping. I am currently 225 pages into this 355 page book with an hour left in the 24 hour Christmas Eve Read-A-Thon!

Started today by having my older brother FaceTime me at 1am his time as he was setting things up for my nieces and watching The Christmas Story! After we got off the phone I did a little more reading on the couch with the kittens!

I slept in a little bit today and then woke up to make myself a huge breakfast and then FaceTime the family! My big plans for the day are to watch Christmas movies and finish off all my snacks so I can get back on my healthy eating! I have watched The Grinch and I am now starting Meet Me In St. Louis, which is one of my favorite movies, especially at Christmastime!

I didn’t get around to much reading today, but I did watch a ton of Christmas movies, cuddled with the kittens and lounged enjoying my last day off for the weekend. I also spent quite a bit of time working on my blog and the Alice in Wonderland themed read-a-thon I will be hosting on my blog in Feb. for my 5 year blogiversary. I am really excited about the read-a-thon and hope that everyone joins in with me! Well I had a great weekend and it was a much needed break from life for awhile. I read a lot and got really excited about the new year. Although I had some good things happen in 2017 there was also a lot of shitty things. I need to rediscover myself again and make a fresh start. I have lots of goals for 2018 both bookish and personal. I think it is going to be a great, fun and busy year! Happy Holidays!

‘Tis The Season | Quotes

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

“He says presents aren’t important, but I think they are – not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say I understand you.”
― David Levithan, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

“Christmas Eve is my favorite… I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something – food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar – can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others.”
― Kiersten White, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Christmas is never over,unless you want it to be… Christmas is a state of mind.”
― Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year! I have been out of the book buying the past year and there are so many books that came out this year that I really want to read. Plus others I still really want to get into or are super expensive.

 

♠ The Parasol Protectorate Box Set by Gail Carriger

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♠ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

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♠ The Wrath of the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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♠ Catacomb by Madeleine Roux 

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♠ Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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♠ Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

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♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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♠ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (Puffin ed.)

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♠ After Alice by Gregory Maguire

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♠ A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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What are some books you are hoping for this holiday season?

Holiday Book Haul!

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I hope everyone had a great holiday! I hope it was spent with friends and family eating way too much food that you are now regretting! I spent the day with my parents and one of my brothers. Basically it was nothing super special, mom made breakfast, we opened gifts and then I spent the whole day reading and watching movies (a pretty typical day for me!) Surprisingly I only have gotten 4 book so far, I haven’t seen my best friend yet and I’m sure she most likely got me something book related and my older brother might have too. But I am really happy with the books I got! Besides these four books I got this Grumpy Cat stuffed animal and was so ecstatic! I love Grumpy Cat <3. I also got these adorable little monster magnetic bookmarks (that I forgot to take a picture of). I also got some money in which I put towards the Boxing Day Bookoutlet Sale!

The Grumpy Guide To Life by Grumpy Cat

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (I collect copies of this book)

Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato

Unhinged by A.G Howard

 

Did you get any good books for the holidays?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year! If you happened to catch my post yesterday I explained a little about the books on my wish list. Of course since I am a book addict and can never get enough there are many books I would enjoy receiving.

Unhinged by A.G Howard 

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♠ Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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♠ The Parasol Protectorate Box Set by Gail Carriger

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♠ Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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♠ Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

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♠ Rogues Edited by George R.R Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

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♠ Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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♠ Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (hardcover)

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♠ Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

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♠ Cress by Marissa Meyer

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What are some books you are hoping for this holiday season?