Bookish Gift Guide

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Most of us are currently going through the motions on Black Friday still recovering from a (sweet, glorious) turkey coma. Not to mention the delicious leftovers! Now that Thanksgiving has come & gone, the coldest of hearts can admit that Christmastime has officially arrived. If you’re an eager gift giver, this blog post is for you. I have put together a Bookish Gift Guide for the readers in your life. 

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⚠️  D I S C L A I M E R S  ⚠️

1. The products are organized by a common theme such as Book Sleeves, Candles, Home, etc. That being said, some stores in one category might have items from another, but I only focused on something specific. Make sure you take a good look at everything so you don’t miss out. 

2. I am only human so naturally I have not purchased from every single one of these shops. I simply did the research & compiled a long list to give you as many ideas as possible. It is up to you to read reviews & decide for yourself whether or not you’re going to make a purchase. If you’re curious, I will indicate where I have shopped with a star – > 🌟

3. The pricing information, in American dollars, is based on what I saw while researching but is subject to change. If a store is from a country other than the United States, assume that I had to convert the prices using Google, & it may not be 100% accurate. Also, shipping charges are not included due to the variance from country to country.

4. Most of these businesses are small shops so  products will be limited, & the time between purchase and arrival will take longer than a typical shopping trip. The face behind a small business is more often than not one single person doing everything so please show your holiday spirit & be gracious. Pro Tip: For the best updates, follow social media accounts.

5. Any images used that are not mine are credited to their owners. They are only being used for advertisement purposes & not for my own benefit.

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🎅🏻   Put on your Santa hats, buckle your sleigh seatbelt, & A W A Y   W E   G O ! ! !   🎅🏻

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🎄  A C C E S S O R I E S  🎄

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🛒  K R U K R U S T U D I O  🛍️

Location: Russia 🇷🇺

🎁 Specialty: Bags inspired by book covers | Faux leather or leather | 5 sizes ranging from clutch to large messenger bag/tote | You can add a page of text from the book of your choice to the empty space that is revealed when you open the bag.

💰 Pricing: $85 – $252

Buy Here ➡️ krukrustudio.com/collections/book-bags

🛒  TH E   L O C K E T   L I B R A R Y  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Book cover & quote jewelry | Customization is available.

💰 Pricing: $13.36 – $24.72

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thelocketlibrary

🛒  RO S E T T E   B E L L S  🛍️

Location: Alabama 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: They used to sell book jewelry but currently only have clear Christmas tree ornaments with miniature books inside. Keep an eye on their shop for future gifts because they might eventually bring their jewelry back.

💰 Pricing: $12 – $20.50

Buy Here ➡️ rosettebelles.myshopify.com

🛒  S T O R I A R T S  🛍️

Location: Oregon 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Gloves, headbands, & scarves that feature book passages | Each book has an assigned color & should match across the entire product line. | There are also pillows, shirts, & totes, and the pricing is included below.

💰 Pricing: $7.50 – $48

Buy Here ➡️ storiarts.com

🛒  V E N D U L A   L O N D O N  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Purses inspired by a book shop storefront | One color & design available | Sizes go from coin purse up to handbag

💰 Pricing: $34.20 – $196.20

Buy Here ➡️ vendulalondon.com

🛒  Y O S H I  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Bookworm collection ranging from keychains to tote bags | Each color has a different group of books.

💰 Pricing: $9.06 – 109.97

Buy Here ➡️ yoshi.co.uk

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🎄  A P P A R E L  🎄

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🛒  O U T   O F   P R I N T  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Family-friendly apparel inspired by books | They sell a lot more bookish goodies, but the pricing is not included below.

💰 Pricing: $12 – $50

Buy Here ➡️ outofprint.com

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🎄  B E A U T Y  🎄

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🛒  B E H I N D   T H E   P A G E S  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Bath Crumbles, Bath Milk, Body Lotion, Face Masks, Goat’s Milk Soaps, Lip Balm, Shower Fizzies, & Shower Gel

💰 Pricing: $3.23 – $11.25

Buy Here ➡️ behindthepagesstore.com

🛒  N O R T H A N G E R   S O A P W O R K S  🛍️

Location: Wisconsin 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Jane Austen-inspired bars of soap

💰 Pricing: $5 – $59 ($110 for 18 soap wedding favors)

Buy Here ➡️ northangersoapworks.com

🛒  T H E   M A C B A T H  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Bath bombs, body lotion, & goat’s milk soap | Sold separately or in a gift set

💰 Pricing: $4 – $25

Buy Here ➡️ themacbath.com 

🛒  T H E   S O A P   L I B R A R I A N  🛍️

Location: Iowa 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Bath salts, book soaps, bubble bath, & shower gel 

💰 Pricing: $6.50 – $15

Buy Here ➡️ thesoaplibrarian.com

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🎄  B E V E R A G E S  🎄

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🛒  A L B I O N   T E A   C O M P A N Y  🛍️

Location: Virginia 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Handcrafted teas & tea accessories | Numerous options for Outlander fans 

💰 Pricing: $5 – $125

Buy Here ➡️ albionteacompany.com

🛒  B O O K   L O V E R S   C O F F E E  🛍️

Location: Michigan 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book-inspired coffee roasts, ground & whole | The flavors are limited, but the quality is sure to impress because the owners also own a coffee shop: Lexington Coffee Co.

💰 Pricing: $5 – $13.50

Buy Here ➡️ bookloverscoffee.com

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🎄  B O O K M A R K S  🎄

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🛒  A W W B O O K S  🛍️

Location: Poland 🇵🇱

🎁 Specialty: Magnetic bookmarks, most of which resemble famous authors

💰 Pricing: $2.50 – $11

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/awwbooks

🛒  B O O K   B O O K   O W L  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Colorful, detailed quote bookmarks

💰 Pricing: $3.58 – $7.09

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookbookowl

🛒  C A R R O T   T O P   P A P E R   S H O P  🛍️

Location: Oklahoma 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Art prints & bookmarks inspired by book heroines & quotes

💰 Pricing: $4 – $12

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/carrottoppapershop

🛒  C M   B O O K M A R K S  🛍️

Location: Ohio 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Watercolor bookmarks | Custom book spine designs are available upon request.

💰 Pricing: $2.50 – $10

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/cmbookmarks

🛒  D R E A M Y   &   C O.  🛍️

Location: Pennsylvania 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Magnetic bookmarks that resemble book characters | Lots of Young Adult options – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Illuminae, Shades of Magic, etc. | There are also book sleeves & pins, and pricing is included below.

💰 Pricing: $3.15 – $17

Buy Here ➡️etsy.com/shop/dreamyandco

🛒  E N C H A N T E D   B O O K M A R K S  🛍️

Location: Canada 🇨🇦

🎁 Specialty: Standard size bookmarks with characters & quotes

💰 Pricing: $2.55

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/enchantedbookmarks

🛒  H A P P Y   H E L L O   C O.  🛍️

Location: Canada 🇨🇦

🎁 Specialty: Magnetic bookmarks that resemble book characters

💰 Pricing: $2.41 – $15.64 (mystery box available for $66.49)

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/happyhelloco

🛒  I N K   &   W O N D E R  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🌟 Specialty: Colorful, vibrant art featured on wooden bookmarks known as woodmarks | There are other great products to choose from such as art prints, pins, & totes, but pricing is not included below.

💰 Pricing: $6.49

Buy Here ➡️ inkandwonder.com.au

🛒  L I T E R A R Y   J O U R N E Y  🛍️

Location: Utah 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Personalized collage bookmarks

💰 Pricing: 2 for $20

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/literaryjourney

🛒  M Y B O O K M A R K  🛍️

Location: Ukraine 🇺🇦

🎁 Specialty: Bookmarks with a head or feet that stick out of your book

💰 Pricing: $25 – $35

Buy Here ➡️ mybookmark-shop.com

🛒  P A P E R L Y   &   C O.  🛍️

Location: Arizona 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Magnetic bookmarks that resemble book characters & objects

💰 Pricing: $3 – $12

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/paperlyandco

🛒  R E A D   &   W O N D E R  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Magnetic bookmarks that resemble book characters & literary locations + Quote bookmarks

💰 Pricing: $1.65 – $11.54

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/readandwonder

🛒  R E A D   T H E   S T A R S  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Standard size bookmarks that are less cartoony & much more graphic design-oriented

💰 Pricing: $1.15 – $21.07

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/readthestarsco

🛒  S J W O N D E R L A N D Z  🛍️

Location: New Hampshire 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Standard size bookmarks inspired by characters, locations, & quotes | The overall style is not cartoonish but rather focused on the graphic design elements, sometimes veering into (what I would consider) minimalism.

💰 Pricing: $0.90 – $4.90

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/sjwonderlandz

🛒  T H E   B O O K   C H A R M   S H O P  🛍️

Location: Canada 🇨🇦

🎁 Specialty: Wire bookmarks decorated with crystals & beads | Each one is handmade & unique, making your order one of a kind.

💰 Pricing: $18.34

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thebookcharmshop

🛒  T H E   G I L D E D   L I O N  🛍️

Location: Oklahoma 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Bookmarks made of spines carefully removed from damaged books

💰 Pricing: $10 – $24

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thegildedlionbooks

🛒  W H I T E   S A T U R D A Y   C O.  🛍️

Location: Norway 🇳🇴

🎁 Specialty: Standard size bookmarks with a heavy focus on graphic design

💰 Pricing: $3.06 – $14.07

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/whitesaturdayco

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🎄  B O O K   S L E E V E S  🎄

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🛒  B O O K   B E A U  🛍️

Location: Texas 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves in the following sizes: Mini (mass market paperbacks), Indie (paperbacks), XL (standard hardcovers), & Jumbeau (Large, Harry Potter-size hardcovers) | They also sell Book Beans for $29.99, a pillow shaped with readers in mind.

💰 Pricing: $15 – $30 

Buy Here ➡️ bookbeau.com

🛒  B O O K   B E S T I E S   U K  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | Each individual listing provides a size in the description. | If you’re a fan, they sell quite a few Disney patterns that I have not seen elsewhere.

💰 Pricing: $12.03 – $16.04

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookbestiesuk

🛒  B O O K   B I F F  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | A size is provided for each individual listing in the description.

💰 Pricing: $15 – $18

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookbifff

🛒  B O O K   B U D   B Y   G A B R I E L   L E A  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | One size fits all, made to be roomy | Add on options include a button loop, button flap, pockets, velcro tab, & velcro flap

💰 Pricing: $17.99 – $21.73

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookbudbygabriellea

🛒  F A N D O M   S L E E V E S  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | There are 4 sizes available: Kindle Paperwhite, Mini (mass paperback), Standard (standard paperbacks & small hardcovers), & Large (large hardcovers)

💰 Pricing: $11.50 – $18

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/fandomsleeves

🛒  I N   L U M O S   L I B E R T A S  🛍️

Location: Arizona 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | Sizes include regular (10.5 x 7.8) & large (10.5 x 8.9)

💰 Pricing: $17 – $19

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/inlumoslibertas

🛒  N E N A P A Z L U V  🛍️

Location: Louisiana 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: The website is currently down for maintenance so I can’t give exact information. What I can tell you is that I paid $16.95 for a paperback-size book sleeve & $19.95 for the hardcover size. 

💰 Pricing: N/A

Buy Here ➡️ nenapazluv.com

🛒  S T O R Y   T I M E   S L E E V E  🛍️

Location: Missouri 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | Only one size: 8 x 10.5, fits most paperbacks & tablets) | You can contact the shop to discuss a custom size.

💰 Pricing:  $17

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/storytimesleeve

🛒  T H E   B O O K   C L O A K  🛍️

Location: Ohio 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Book sleeves | Only one size: 9 x 11, made to be roomy | Waterproof book sleeves are also available; that information should be provided in the product title and/or description.

💰 Pricing: $22 – $26

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thebookcloak

🛒  T H E   C O Z Y   L I F E  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book sleeves | Each individual listing provides dimensions so you can figure out the size (e.g. 7.25 x 9.5 or 9 x 11).

💰 Pricing: $15 – $17

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thecozylifeshop

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🎄  C A N D L E S  🎄

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🛒  A   C O U R T   O F   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: Texas 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $5.50 – $32

Buy Here ➡️ acourtofcandles.com

🛒  A L C H E M Y   &   I N K  🛍️

Location: Texas 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $10 – $18

Buy Here ➡️ alchemyandink.com

🛒  B E L L E   &   C O.   C A N D L E M A K E R S  🛍️

Location: Pennsylvania 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Soy Candles | Just so you know, they are on a temporary hiatus. 

💰 Pricing: N/A

Buy Here ➡️ belleandcocandlemakers.com

🛒  B I B L I O   F L A M E S  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7.25 – $18.95

Buy Here ➡️ biblioflames.com

🛒  B O O K I S H   A R O M A S  🛍️

Location: Florida 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $8

Buy Here ➡️ bookisharomas.com

🛒  B O O K I S H   B U R N S  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $3.96 – $33.04

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookishburns

🛒  B U B B L E   A N D   G E E K  🛍️

Location: West Virginia 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles & Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $5.50 – $40

Buy Here ➡️ bubble-and-geek.com

🛒  B U R N I N G   F I C T I O N  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles | The shop is currently empty, but keep an eye on social media for a restock date.

💰 Pricing: N/A

Buy Here ➡️ burningfiction.com

🛒  C A N D L E   H O U S E   C R E A T I O N S  🛍️

Location: New Zealand 🇳🇿

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles | The shop is temporarily closed down so keep an eye on social media for a restock date.

💰 Pricing: N/A

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/candlehousecreations

🛒  C O R N E R F O L D S   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: Florida 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $8.50 – $15

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/cornerfoldscandles

🛒  D I O   C A N D L E   C O M P A N Y  🛍️

Location: Colorado 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles & Tarts

💰 Pricing: $4.50 – $300

Buy Here ➡️ diocandlecompany.com

🛒  F A E R I E   T A L E S   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: New Zealand 🇳🇿

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $4 – $41

Buy Here ➡️ faerietalescandles.com

🛒  F R O M   T H E   P A G E  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Soy Candles & Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $5 – $246

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/fromthepage

🛒  F R O S T B E A R D   S T U D I O  🛍️

Location: Minnesota 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Soy Candles & Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $6 – $18

Buy Here ➡️ frostbeardstudio.com

🛒  G E E K Y   G I R L   S C E N T S  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles & Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $5 – $20

Buy Here ➡️ geekygirlscents.myshopify.com

🛒  G E T   F I C T I O N A L  🛍️

Location: Maine 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton & Wooden Wick Soy Candles + Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $5.50 – $24

Buy Here ➡️ getfictional.com

🛒  G U N N   D E A N   C A N D L E   C O.  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $14 – $48

Buy Here ➡️ gunndeancandle.co

🛒  H A L F   O A K   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: United States 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7.50 – $256

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/halfoakcandles

🛒  H E A R T H   A N D   H A M M E R  🛍️

Location: Illinois 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton & Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7 – $92

Buy Here ➡️ hearthandhammer.co

🛒  H I G H L A N D   B L U F F   S T U D I O  🛍️

Location: Tennessee 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $9 – $85

Buy Here ➡️ highlandbluffstudio.com

🛒  I N   T H E   W I C K   O F   T I M E  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles & Wax Melts

💰 Pricing: $4 – $17

Buy Here ➡️ inthewickoftime.com

🛒  L E M O N   C A K E S   C A N D L E   C O.  🛍️

Location: Michigan 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Cotton & Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $8 – $45

Buy Here ➡️ lemoncakescandleco.com

🛒  L I B E R   D E S T E L L A  🛍️

Location: North Carolina 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton & Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $14 – $57

Buy Here ➡️ liberdestella.com

🛒  L I B R A R Y   L I G H T S  🛍️

Location: Canada 🇨🇦

🎁 Specialty: Coconut Wax Candles

💰 Pricing: $6.06 – $18.94 

Buy Here ➡️ librarylights.ca

🛒  L I T T L E   C R O W   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: Florida 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $12 – $26

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/littlecrowcandles

🛒  M A D A M E   F I C T I O N  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $5.79 – $36.05 

Buy Here ➡️ madamefiction.com

🛒  T H E   M E L T I N G   L I B R A R Y  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7.50 – $45

Buy Here ➡️ themeltinglibrarystore.com

🛒  M I D N I G H T   F L A M E   C O.  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7.86 – $11.83

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/midnightflameco

🛒  M L C   C O.  🛍️

Location: Texas 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton & Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7 – $20

Buy Here ➡️ shopmlcco.com

🛒  N O O K   &   B U R R O W  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $9.44 – $36.30

Buy Here ➡️ nookandburrow.com

🛒  N O V E L L Y   Y O U R S  🛍️

Location: Illinois 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Cotton & Wood Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $4 – $58

Buy Here ➡️ novellyyourscandles.com

🛒  O L D   G L O W   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $12.86 – $25.73 

Buy Here ➡️ oldglowcandles.com

🛒  R E V E R I E   L I B R A R Y  🛍️

Location: Oregon 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $9 – $26

Buy Here ➡️ reverielibrary.com

🛒  S A Y   A N Y T H I N G   S T U D I O  🛍️

Location: Kentucky 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton Wick Soy Candles | This shop was formerly known as Whiskey Diamond Candle Co.

💰 Pricing: $8 – $47

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/sayanythingstudioco

🛒  S C E N T   P O P   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: Illinois 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $15 – $60

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/scentpopcandles

🛒  T H E   L I T T L E   B O O K L I N G  🛍️

Location: Arkansas 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Wood Wick Soy Candles | Stock is currently very limited, but the shop will be back in full swing after the holidays.

💰 Pricing: $10 – $17

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/thelittlebookling

🛒  T O O K I S H   C A N D L E   C O.  🛍️

Location: Tennessee 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $8.50 – $60

Buy Here ➡️ tookishcandlecompany.com

🛒  T O T A L L Y   W I C K E D   C A N D L E S  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Cotton Wick Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $7.50 – $35

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/totallywickedcandles

🛒  W I C K   &   F A B L E  🛍️

Location: New York 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $6 – $76

Buy Here ➡️ wickandfable.com

🛒  W I C K Y   W I C K Y   C A N D L E   C O.  🛍️

Location: Delaware 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Soy Candles

💰 Pricing: $8 – $20

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/wickywickycandleco

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🎄  E L E C T R O N I C   D E V I C E S  🎄

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🛒  C A S E   L I B R A R Y  🛍️

Location: Australia (Sydney), Asia (UAE), Canada (Ottawa), Europe (Ukraine), & the United States (New York) 🇦🇺 🇦🇪 🇨🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Covers for laptops, cellphones, & tablets | Formerly known as Book Your Case

💰 Pricing: $19 – $79 (luxury cases get into the $1,000 range, not book-themed)

Buy Here ➡️ caselibrary.com

🛒  C H I C K – L I T   D E S I G N S  🛍️

Location: Arizona 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Book-inspired bags/cases for laptops, phones, & tablets + Apple watch & FitBit bands | Ready-made & custom options available

💰 Pricing: $29 – $89

Buy Here ➡️ chicklitdesigns.com

🛒  K L E V E R C A S E  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Tablet cases that resemble books (mostly classics) | They also have really cool lights that look like books with fanned out pages. Perfect for late night reading sessions!

💰 Pricing: $32 – $104

Buy Here ➡️ klevercase.com

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🎄  G A M E S   &   P U Z Z L E S  🎄

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🛒  P R I D E   &   P R E J U D I C E   T H E   G A M E  🛍️

Location: Kansas 🇺🇸

🎁 Board game based on “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen | Version 2 cards are available | Made by Ash Grove Press

💰 Pricing: $36 – $45.75

Buy Here ➡️ ashgrovepress.com/Pride_and_Prejudice.html

🛒  B R I N G   Y O U R   O W N   B O O K  🛍️

Location: Washington 🇺🇸

🎁 “Bring Your Own Book is the game of borrowed phrases, where players search through books for text to take way out of context. It’s easy. Players take turns drawing prompts from the deck, then race to find the best phrase in their own book that satisfies the prompt. Since you can use a different book each time, you can play it with any audience, and there’s a practically infinite supply of source material.” – Taken from the BYOB website | Think of the game as a bookish Apples to Apples! | An app version is currently in the works. | Made by Do Better Games

💰 Pricing: $14.99 – $20

Buy Here ➡️ bringyourownbook.com

🛒  2 2 1 B   B A K E R   S T R E E T  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🌟 “After hearing the details of the case, you will move around the streets of London, visiting various locations where you will collect clues – cryptic, factual and even misleading – before using your powers of deduction to solve the case and returning to Baker Street with the correct solution.” – Taken from the John Lewis website | If you like Clue but crave a “meatier” game, this is for you. | Made by Jay Moriarty / Antler Productions

💰 Pricing: I purchased from John Lewis & paid $23.50

Buy Here ➡️ johnlewis.com

🛒  B O O K C H A S E  🛍️

🎁 This bookish version of Trivial Pursuit is no longer sold officially. It sounds like an item worth searching for as a collector so let me know if you find it in good condition. | The multi-colored pieces you collect to win the game are miniature books that you store on a mini bookshelf. The Great Penguin Bookchase is the same game, but the book pieces look like Penguin editions. So adorable! | Made by Art Meets Matter

💰 Pricing: ? ? ?

Buy Here ➡️ Amazon or eBay

🛒  B Y   T H E   B O O K:   A   N O V E L   S T A C K I N G   P U Z Z L E  🛍️

Location: Massachusetts 🇺🇸

🎁 “In this original 3D puzzle, stack up to 12 differently shaped books – and one clever cat – so that the upper shelf lies evenly across the top. Use the special included level to make sure everything is perfectly aligned. Master all 40 challenges and you’re on a level above the rest!” – Taken from the Brainwright website | Ages 8 & up | Made by Brainwright

💰 Pricing: $19.99

Buy Here ➡️ ceaco.com/products/by-the-book

🛒  E X   L I B R I S  🛍️

Location: California 🇺🇸

🎁 “In Ex Libris, you are a collector of rare and valuable books in a thriving fantasy town. The Mayor has just announced a new seat in the Village Council, Grand Librarian. The prestigious and lucrative position will be awarded to the citizen with the most extraordinary library! Unfortunately, several of your book collector colleagues (more like acquaintances, really) are also candidates. To outshine your competition, you’ll need to expand your personal library by sending your trusty assistants out into the village to find the most impressive tomes. Sources for the finest books are scarce, so you’ll need to beat your opponents to them when they pop up – especially if they match your library’s secret focus! You only have a few days before the Mayor’s Official Inspector comes to judge your library, so be sure your assistants have all your books shelved in time! She is a tough cookie, and will use her Official Inspection Form to grade your library on several criteria including alphabetical order, shelf stability, prominent works, and variety. And don’t think she’ll turn a blind eye to books the Council has banned! You’ll need shrewd planning, cunning tactics, and perhaps a little magic to surpass your opponents and become Grand Librarian!”  – Taken from the Renegade Game Studios website | Ages 10 & up | Made by Renegade Game Studios

💰 Pricing: $60 

Buy Here ➡️ renegadegamestudios.com/ex-libris/

🛒  L I E B R A R Y  🛍️

🎁 Liebrary is similar to Apples to Apples except you’re making up your own first line for a book; you win a round if your answer is chosen. | This game is not sold in stores anymore so you have to search on Amazon & eBay. | Made by Discovery Bay

💰 Pricing: ? ? ?

Buy Here ➡️ Amazon or eBay

🛒  M A R R Y I N G   M R.   D A R C Y  🛍️

Location: Washington 🇺🇸

🎁 Card game based on “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen | A printable version is available H E R E | “Undead” & “Emma” game expansions are available.

💰 Pricing: $6.99 – $63.87

Buy Here ➡️ marryingmrdarcy.com

🛒  R A V E N S B U R G E R   P U Z Z L E S  🛍️

Location: Germany 🇩🇪

🎁 Specialty: Jigsaw Puzzles | Not all of their puzzles are book-themed so you have to search for specific keywords such as “book” or “library.”

💰 Pricing: $14.49 – $164.99

Buy Here ➡️ ravensburger.us

🛒  S C R A B B L E   L I N E N   B O O K   E D I T I O N  🛍️

🎁 This is the same beloved Scrabble game, but it comes in a beautiful box shaped like a white book. Very fancy!

💰 Pricing: $29.99

Buy Here ➡️ hasbrotoyshop.com

🛒  T H E   A R T   O F   C O N V E R S A T I O N   L I T E R A R Y   E D I T I O N  🛍️

Location: Australia 🇦🇺

🎁 “TAOC® comes with 300 starter questions plus a 32-page guidebook that includes informative and comprehensive endnotes . . . Even reluctant readers will be drawn in! Readers of all stages and ages will find themselves being educated, all in the name of fun . . . Ideal for book clubs, but can also be adapted to friends, family, workmates, students or even solitary readers . . . Covers all genres – fiction, poetry, drama, biography, autobiography, science fiction, fantasy, crime, romance, historical writing – essentially, the whole bookshop!”  – Taken from the TAOC website

💰 Pricing: $14.99

Buy Here ➡️ taoc.com.au/taocliterary.html

🛒  W H I T E   M O U N T A I N   P U Z Z L E S  🛍️

Location: New Hampshire 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Jigsaw Puzzles | Not all of their puzzles are book-themed so you have to search for the keyword “book.”

💰 Pricing: $13.99 – $16.99

Buy Here ➡️ whitemountainpuzzles.com

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🎄  H O M E  🎄

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🛒  B O O K I S H   S T A R   D E S I G N S  🛍️

Location: Minnesota 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Therapeutic Rice Bags | They can be stored in the freezer or warmed in the microwave. | My family has used them for cramps, migraines, & knee pain. | Small, medium, & large sizes available + eye masks with or without straps | Three scents available: Eucalyptus, lavender, & peppermint – You can purchase rice bags unscented.

💰 Pricing: $6 – $35

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookishstardesigns

🛒  B R A S S I N G T O N   H O L L O W  🛍️

Location: Missouri 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Pillows that look like books | Customization is available 

💰 Pricing: $35 – $45

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/brassingtonhollow

🛒  C A N T E R B U R Y   C L A S S I C S   N O V E L   J O U R N A L  🛍️

Location: Colorado 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Colorful journals with text & a quote from a specific book on the cover; on the inside, the lines on each page are text from that same book. 

💰 Pricing: $16.93 – $203.40 (prices vary on Amazon, you can buy in bulk on the Juniper Books website)

Buy Here ➡️ canterburyclassicsbooks.com

🛒  E V I E   S E O  🛍️

Location: New Mexico 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Original art sold on various websites as prints & lifestyle products

💰 Pricing: $3.99 – $299.99 (will vary from site to site)

Buy Here ➡️ linktr.ee/eviebookish

🛒  I D E A L   B O O K S H E L F  🛍️

Location: Hawaii 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Mugs, prints, & totes customized to represent the books of your choosing | They also sell book cover necklaces & pins which are included in the pricing below.

💰 Pricing: $11 – $502.00

Buy Here ➡️ idealbookshelf.com

🛒  L U C Y   I N   T H E   S K Y  🛍️

Location: Arizona 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Original art on paper goods & gifts – Bookmarks, calendars, cards, mugs, prints, & totes

💰 Pricing: $3 – $31.99

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/shoplucyinthesky

🛒  M A R Z I P A N T Z  🛍️

Location: Ohio 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Literary dolls such as Alice (in Wonderland), Anne Shirley, (author) Edith Wharton, Hermione Granger, & the Wicked Witch of the West | Custom options are available; just contact the shop owner Marcy. | Doll orders probably won’t be available until January, but now you know for the future.

💰 Pricing: ? ? ?

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/marzipantz

🛒  M I S S   B O H E M I A  🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🎁 Specialty: Art prints, mugs, & bookish jewelry

💰 Pricing: $4.18 – $20.58

Buy Here ➡️ missbohemia.com

🛒  R I S A   R O D I L  🛍️

Location: Philippines 🇵🇭

🌟 Specialty: Original art sold on various websites as prints & lifestyle products | Her style revolves around typography.

💰 Pricing: $3.99 – $299.99 (will vary from site to site)

Buy Here ➡️ risarodil.com

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🎄  M I S C E L L A N E O U S  🎄

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🛒  L E T T E R   F R O M   M Y   B O O K   B O Y F R I E N D  🛍️

Location: Massachusetts 🇺🇸

🎁 Specialty: Thanks to Bookified, you can receive a letter from your literary crush. When you make a purchase, take advantage of the”Notes” section to specify exactly what you want.

💰 Pricing: $3.99 (3 lines, customized for an occasion), $6.49 (standard letter that is sent out over & over again, not personalized for you), $8.99 (5 lines, 1 page, customized), & $12.99 (10 lines, 2 pages, customized)

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/bookified

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🎄  M Y   I N S P I R A T I O N S  🎄

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🛒  Y A Z R A J A D E S I G N S 🛍️

Location: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

🌟 Unfortunately this shop no longer sells a customizable cellphone case, but it was one of my inspirations for this Bookish Gift Guide. It’s still open so you can take a peek here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/yazrajadesigns

🛒  S W E E T   S E Q U E L S  🛍️

Location: Texas 🇺🇸

🌟 Specialty: Original art on prints & lifestyle products | Customization is available. I paid $235 for a custom oversized blanket with 9 total illustrations. Haleigh already had three of the book cover designs I wanted, and then I paid $30 for the six other covers ($5 each). I also requested  backing that didn’t have long fur due to my sensitive eyes, and she was more than willing to oblige. I cannot recommend her shop enough!

💰 Pricing: $6 – $195

Buy Here ➡️ etsy.com/shop/sweetsequels

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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

I have waited all year for this movie! Part of my birthday celebration was seeing the first showing at my local theater. As a passionate Agatha Christie fan, I have thoughts both good and bad so settle in for a semi-bumpy Orient Express ride.

Many people had doubts about Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of beloved detective Hercule Poirot. If you’re a doubter, I want to put your mind at ease. Mr. Branagh is hands down the best part of the movie. He kept the spirit of the Poirot we all know and love while adding humor and his own unique touch to the character. He is a constant source of smiles and laughs, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Overall the ensemble cast did not disappoint. Johnny Depp is fantastic as always (SPOILER) even though his part is short-lived. Michelle Pfeiffer and Penelope Cruz have some shining moments, and Dame Judi Dench’s monologue about little Daisy Armstrong made me tear up. Lucy Boynton and Sergei Polunin’s respective portrayals of Count & Countess Andrenyi are dark, a hidden gem that is impressive considering their inexperience. Josh Gad was good for the most part, but the chase scene involving Poirot felt awkward. The conflict between Hercule and Dr. Arbuthnot also felt clumsy. Daisy Ridley acted well, but I did not like Mary Debenham’s demeanor. In the book, she is polite and reserved which leads Poirot to suspect she might be the mastermind behind the murder; his suspicion makes little sense in the movie because Mary is much too bright and happy.

The book’s methodical layout is not perfectly suited for a movie. Some may find the added action irritating, but I understand the necessity to shake up the format onscreen. That being said, some of the clues got lost in the shuffle due to a speedier pace. As far as I remember, all the clues from the book were included, but they weren’t given the time they needed to simmer and encourage the audience to consider possible outcomes. Perhaps the extra, non-book stuff could’ve been trimmed to accommodate character interviews and clue discoveries, making the final reveal much more grand than it actually was. I also want to mention that I don’t remember Biniamino Marquez being named at the end. (SPOILER) The twist relies on the shock of twelve people being involved, each with a specific connection to the Armstrong family. The cast may seem large, but those who know the story well won’t miss anything, even if only one name is passed over. This goes back to details being muddled at the end. Murder on the Orient Express is one of the greatest stories ever written in the mystery genre. If you don’t lay it out correctly, you spoil the thrill and fun of the twists and turns.

I love two-thirds of the movie, but the ending is a disappointment. Things can surely get better from here so I hope Kenneth Branagh is giving the chance to continue the series, perhaps with a book that has less adaptations. I truly believe he can do great things with Poirot. The final scene hints at a sequel based on Death on the Nile. How great would that be?! 😄

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Turn that frown upside down because, for once, Monday isn’t so bad. Today is Harry Potter’s 20th birthday. Actually it’s the book’s birthday, but you get the point. In honor of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book turning twenty, I’m sharing some amazing art with you as well as my experience with the series. The tribute will continue from this blog post to my art blog and end on my YouTube channel. Make sure you read carefully and use the provided links so you don’t miss anything. Hop on your broom and AWAY WE GO!!!

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2016 Wrap-Up | 2017 Reading Challenge

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I did it!  With 45 minutes to spare on New Year’s Eve, I completed both of my reading challenges for 2016.  Here is what I read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

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📚 Published This Year •

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

📚 Finish in a Day •

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 

📚 Meaning to Read •

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

📚 Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian •

The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket 

📚 Should Have Read in School •

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace 

📚 Chosen by Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF •

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar 

📚 Published Before You Were Born •

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

📚 Banned at Some Point •

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

📚 Previously Abandoned •

Elixir trilogy by Hilary Duff 

📚 Own But Never Read •

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson 

📚 Intimidates You •

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

📚 Already Read at Least Once •

Sisters of the Quilt trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall 

• Total: 12 categories & 31 books

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I told myself I wouldn’t do it, but here I am.  I’ve decided to once again do the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.  Keep reading to find out my tentative list for the twelve categories.

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📚 A Book You Chose For the Cover – The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

I found this gem in my local library’s teeny tiny used bookstore.  The bright yellow bird against a blue background hooked me, and the murder mystery synopsis reeled me in.  I’m trying my best not to build expectations, but I really hope this book is as good as I want it to be.

📚 A Book With a Reputation for Being Un-Put-Down-AbleSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book.  Some people have said it’s one of their favorite books/duologies ever written.  Of course I’m going to start with the first book, but I am optimistic that I will be purchasing book two very soon.

📚 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been But Would Like to Visit – The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Fun fact: I am dying to visit Egypt!!  Egyptology is one of my favorite subjects to learn about.

📚 A Book You’ve Already ReadThe Rook by Steven James

The Patrick Bowers Files series is AMAZING.  To be fair, I’ve only read the first two books, but how could it possibly go downhill from there??  I would actually like to read a few of the books in this series in 2017, but I’m setting the bar low so I don’t get too stressed.  I want these reading challenges to remain fun!

📚 A Juicy Memoir –  In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

DUH!  Who wouldn’t want to read behind-the-scenes stories about The Carol Burnett Show?!

📚 A Book About Books or Reading – Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

This book is part of one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  It has been on my shelf for a few years, and it’s about time I got around to reading it.  Fun Fact: The main character’s cat is named Miss Marple.  How cute is that?!

📚 A Book in a Genre You Usually Avoid – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I rarely read and enjoy contemporary books outside of the mystery genre, but I’m willing to give this book a chance since it revolves around books.

📚 A Book You Don’t Want to Admit You’re Dying to ReadHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m not embarrassed about this book.  It’s just weird to admit that I’ve never read such a beloved series.  My aunt was kind enough to give me the first book for my birthday so I will definitely be reading it this year.

📚 A Book in the Backlist of a New Favorite Author – Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

I received all of the books Tessa Afshar has published thus far as Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.  I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I finish all of them before January 1, 2018.

📚 A Book Recommended by Someone With Great TasteAs Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers

My friend Gabby recommended the Mark of the Lion series years ago, and I finally got around to reading books one and two in 2015.  The experience was so unbelievably mind blowing that I had to take a break.  There is no longer a good excuse so I need to pick up book three NOW.

📚 A Book You Were Excited to Borrow or Buy But Haven’t Read YetThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I am on pins and needles waiting to read this book.  I’m going to watch the movie with my brother first since that’s what I did with Gone Girl.  I realize that sounds like reader sacrilege, but I’m not your average bibliophile.  Watching the movie first or liking it better doesn’t bother me. ;)

📚 A Book About a Subject or Topic You Already LoveWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

I haven’t actually seen the musical yet, but I am obsessed with the story and soundtrack.  I liked The Wizard of Oz growing up but fell out of love with it for a period of time.  Listening to the Wicked soundtrack every day has made me fall back in love with Oz, and I am ready to read the story that started it all.  I am on page 32 and loving it so far. 💚

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Happy Birthday Pixar! | Part 1

The official 30th birthday of Pixar was February 3rd, but the celebration is lasting all year long.  Let’s throw our own “party” readers.  I’m going to answer some Pixar-related questions.  Feel free to participate and leave your own answers in the comment section below. :)

– Favorite Movie –

(I’m counting both of these movies as one)  I have been touched emotionally by a lot of Pixar movies, the “Toy Story” series being at the top of the list.  However, there is something so unique and mesmerizing about the concept and execution of “Monsters Inc” and “Monsters University.”  Also, the relationship between Sully, Mike, & Boo never ceases to tug at my heartstrings.

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– Favorite Character(s) –

Mike Wazowski is stubborn.  No matter how many times he gets knocked down and told no, he gets back up and finds a way.  Woody hates change, but once he lets you into his heart, he never lets go.  Mike is a fighter, and Woody is a friend; I’d like to think those two labels describe me as well. 💖

– Favorite Scene –

I just watched this scene on Youtube and cried.  It gets me every time!!  😭  I think this scene affects me so deeply because I said a final goodbye to childhood within the past 4 years.  My childhood wasn’t perfect, but I can say with confidence that I pushed my imagination to infinity and beyond. ;)  Some people may not understand, but it was very hard for me when I started giving away my movies and toys.  I cried giving away my “Blue’s Clues” movies, not because I wanted to keep them but rather I truly cherished every piece of knowledge I had gained through that TV program.  When I sold my barbies, I took the time to clean them up and make them look nice because they had given me so many adventures; I wanted the next child to have the same experiences.  I still feel stuck in a transition period.  I am constantly listening to old songs and drowning myself in nostalgia.  Never be embarrassed to step back in time in order to feel happy. :)

– Favorite Song –

No contest!  “Life is a Highway” from “Cars.”  I dare you to watch the movie and resist the urge to sing along. 🎶

“There’s no load I can’t hold
Road so rough this I know
I’ll be there when the light comes in
Just tell ’em we’re survivors.”

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I’m Feeling 22

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I waited three years for November 5, 2015.  I can finally say “I’m feeling 22!!!”  If you are unsure of what I’m referring to, listen to this:

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” I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22!”

Follow along as I take you through my day: My best friend Gabby bombarded me with texts at 7am, wishing me “Happy Birthday!” and gifting me with Tom Hiddleston and Johnny Depp gifs.  HAHAHA!!!  I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t.  I decided to make myself some homemade salted caramel coffee.  My mug didn’t fit under the Keurig so I removed the bottom container.  That was a big mistake because it catches excess liquid.  When I poured in the water, the excess had nowhere to go but all over the counter.  Fun times!  Unfortunately, the coffee did not taste as great as my expectations.  Next, I spent some time checking my social media accounts, blogging, and watching “Criminal Minds.”  I published a very special art project that took three months to complete; I made collages to represent my top 6 favorite TV and movie couples.  Check it out: Can’t Help Falling in Love

Due to my early morning start, I fell asleep on the couch around 11am.  I was awakened one hour later by my mom wishing me “Happy birthday!” and encouraging me to open my presents.  I received seasons 6 and 7 of “Little House on the Prairie” and the complete series of “The Nanny.”  Yes, yes, and YES.  I ate pancit for lunch and relaxed until 4pm.  My family went to “Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill” for dinner.  I had an 8oz sirloin and macaroni & cheese; wings and rolls were also involved.  From there, we went to an Ontario Reign vs San Diego Gulls hockey game.  The Gulls are the Anaheim Ducks minor league team so I was cheering for them; unfortunately they lost 4-1.  The game wasn’t the most exciting thing I have ever experienced, but we didn’t pay full price thanks to Groupon so I guess it was kind of a win.  I ended the night with Ben & Jerry’s “Americone Dream” ice cream and “The Carol Burnett Show.”  Not a bad day!  My family is also planning a belated-birthday trip to the zoo very soon.  I will be vlogging so subscribe to my Youtube channel and keep an eye out for that video within the next 2 months.  :)

So far, I haven’t had any “One Year Older Epiphanies.”  I don’t feel one year older, but that has a lot to do with the fact that I still look twelve.  In the next year of my life, I want to continue working hard and expanding my blogs and Youtube channel.  Having outlets for my voice and creativity means the world to me.  Thank you to each and every one of you who have chosen to subscribe and follow along with me; it means a lot to me that you care about what I write.  Also, I can’t believe our little blog family is 11 members away from 200.  What an amazing gift!!

I hope you enjoyed my birthday recap.  Don’t forget that Christmas is coming!  Artmas (on my Art Blog) starts in 38 days, and Blogmas will begin in 25 days.  You don’t want to miss it!

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