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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Last night I stayed up late reading. In my mind I knew I should be a responsible adult & go to bed, but my heart told me to take advantage. It’s been awhile since I devoured a book so I resisted sleep for as long as I could, specifically until 1:30am. Goodbye reading slump! For those that are curious, I’m currently reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. It is the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I am loving it so far. Speaking of books, my family visited Barnes & Noble Sunday night. I always know how depressed I will be looking at all the books I can’t afford, but I go anyway. My parents were kind enough to buy me a new book. THANK YOU!!!!! I chose Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, a novel I’ve been dying to read for months. I am a HUGE Scooby-Doo fan so I hope this mystery gang-inspired story lives up to my expectations. In regard to my Tuesday agenda, I am currently blogging on my typewriter while watching my favorite Almanzo & Laura episodes of Little House on the Prairie. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Happy Tuesday! :)

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2017 Wrap Up | 2018 Reading Challenge

With twelve minutes to spare in 2017, I completed my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books. Thanks to the diversity of those books, I also completed the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. Let’s recap the categories accompanied by detailed & extensive lists:

📚 A Book you Chose for the Cover – Before we dive into the list, I want to clarify that I define a cover buy as a book I picked up because the cover caught my eye, which doesn’t  mean I didn’t look at the synopsis:

📖 My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Ally Carter, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Jenny Han, Kelly Link, Kiersten White, Laini Taylor, Matt De La Peña, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, & Stephanie Perkins | I almost didn’t buy this book, but I couldn’t get the cover out of my head.

📖 The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudis

📖 Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

📖 Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis

📚 A Book With a Reputation for Being Un-Put-Down-Able

And Then There Were None & Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie | Some people might also include Death on the Nile, myself included.

📖 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

📖 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

📖 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, …Chamber of Secrets, …Prisoner of Azkaban, & …Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

📖 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

📖 Cinder & Heartless by Marissa Meyer

📖 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

📖 The Rook, The Knight, The Bishop, & The Queen by Steven James ( bestselling author & series )

📚 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been but Would Like to Visit

🇪🇬 Egypt – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, Crocodile on the Sandbank & The Curse of Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens,  And Then There Were NoneCrooked House, & The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis, Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon,  & Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

📚 A Book You’ve Already Read – I did a lot of rereading last year:

📖 Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories & Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

📖 Kristy’s Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, & The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin

📖 Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

📖 Mind Over Monsters, To Catch a Vampire, & Death Takes a Holiday by Jennifer Harlow

📖 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

📖 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

📖 Tutu Deadly & Tapped Out by Natalie M. Roberts

📖 The Rook, The Knight, & The Bishop by Steven James

📖 White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter

📚 A Juicy Memoir In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. The ending made me cry. No lie!

📚 A Book About Books or ReadingThe Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan & The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

📚 A Book in a Genre You Usually Avoid – These aren’t all genres I avoid on purpose; I just don’t reach for them often:

📖 My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Ally Carter, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Jenny Han, Kelly Link, Kiersten White, Laini Taylor, Matt De La Peña, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, & Stephanie Perkins ( contemporary )

📖 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ( science fiction )

📖 In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett ( memoir)

📖 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ( fantasy )

📖 Mind Over Monsters, To Catch a Vampire, & Death Takes a Holiday by Jennifer Harlow ( supernatural )

📖 The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan ( contemporary )

📖 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, …Chamber of Secrets, …Prisoner of Azkaban, & …Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ( fantasy )

📖 Cinder & Glitches by Marissa Meyer ( science fiction )

📚 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 by this series but rather ashamed that I didn’t pick it up sooner. I also read …Chamber of Secrets, …Prisoner of Azkaban, & …Goblet of Fire.

📚 A Book in the Backlist of a New Favorite AuthorPearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

📚 A Book Recommended by Someone With Great Taste – These are recommendations by bookstagrammers, booktubers & friends:

📖 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

📖 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

📖 Night by Elie Wiesel

📖 Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

📖 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, …Chamber of Secrets, …Prisoner of Azkaban, & …Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

📖 Cinder & Heartless by Marissa Meyer

📖 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

📚 A Book You Were Excited to Borrow or Buy but Haven’t Read Yet – Though I’m excited about every book I purchase, this list includes the titles I’d been dying to read but had yet to do so:

📖 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

📖 The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

📖 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

📖 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

📖 Heartless by Marissa Meyer

📖 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

📖 The Queen by Steven James

📚 A Book About a Subject or Topic You Already Love – Another thorough list:

📖 And Then There Were None, Crooked House, Death on the Nile, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, & Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ( mystery )

📖 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie ( Christmas & mystery )

📖 The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie & Charles Osborne ( mystery )

📖 My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Ally Carter, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Jenny Han, Kelly Link, Kiersten White, Laini Taylor, Matt De La Peña, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, & Stephanie Perkins ( the holidays )

📖 The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudis ( crime )

📖 In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett ( The Carol Burnett Show )

📖 The Mystery of the Stone Tiger by Carolyn Keene ( mystery )

📖 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ( Christmas )

📖 Crocodile on the Sandbank & The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters ( Egyptology & mystery )

📖 Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet ( mystery )

📖 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire ( I already love the musical! )

📖 The Postcard Killers by James Patterson ( crime )

📖 Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen ( Amish life & crime )

📖 The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan ( books & reading )

📖 Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon ( mystery )

📖 Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis ( mystery )

📖 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder ( pioneer life )

📖 Cinder & Glitches by Marissa Meyer ( fairytales )

📖 Heartless by Marissa Meyer ( Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland )

📖 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ( books & reading )

📖 Tutu Deadly & Tapped Out by Natalie M. Roberts ( dance & mystery )

📖 The Rook, The Knight, The Bishop, & The Queen by Steven James ( crime )

📖 Land of Silence & Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar ( Bible times )

📖 Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delaney ( Christmas & mystery )

📖 White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter ( Amish life & Christmas )

Total: 12 Categories & 50 Books

Here are links to my reading updates & 2017 Goodreads Challenge:

2016 Wrap Up & 2017 Reading Challenges ( V I D E O )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74cd2vEvLQg

January Reading Wrap Up | 2017 Reading Challenge Update

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnSDJKX1-0

BookTube-A-Thon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_J_yAEYRig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G47bU3jWK9U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eORGRO0xlJE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO6VjDgg38k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MVpEzPTTQs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSM_y69RcBk

October 2017 Wrap Up | November 2017 TBR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edksxd-IUcY

Murder on the Orient Express Vlog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boSSSZpAkyw

November Wrap + December TBR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae9OGXIZeM8

📚 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge 📚 

Due to reading fatigue, I am not officially committing to the 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. However, I’m not giving up completely. I may join at any point during the year so I’m leaving the categories here for reference.

📚 A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to ReadA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

📚 A Book Recommended by Someone With Great Taste – TBD

📚 A Book in TranslationThe Time in Between by Maria Duenas

📚 A Book Nominated for an Award in 2018 – TBD

📚 A Book Of Poetry, a Play, or an Essay CollectionRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

📚 A Book You Can Read in a DayLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

📚 A Book That’s More Than 500 PagesHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

📚 A Book by a Favorite AuthorMurder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

📚 A Book Recommended by a Librarian or Indie BooksellerThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

📚 A Banned BookTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

📚 A Memoir, Biography, or Book of Creative NonfictionTalking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

📚 A Book by an Author of a Different Race, Ethnicity, or Religion Than Your OwnHarvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar

Last but not least, I pledged to read 55 books on Goodreads. I’m not going to push myself because reading should be fun, not a competition. Regardless of whether or not I read a certain number of books, I’m doing something I love. Happy reading!

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White Christmas Pie | Blogmas 2017

I recently reread White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter and decided to finally try the recipe at the end of the book. Let’s do some baking!

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1/4 Cup of Cold Water

1 Tablespoon of Knox Gelatin

Combine the gelatin with the water, mix well, and set the mixture aside while you move on to the next step.

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4 Tablespoons of Flour

1 1/2 Cups of Milk

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Cup of Sugar

Put the flour, milk, salt, & a 1/2 cup of sugar into a saucepan. Over low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil it for 1 minute & remove from the heat. This can take a long time due to the small amount of heat so once I saw a few bubbles, I used a lid to capture the heat and encourage the cooking process, and it didn’t affect the pie at all. Mix in the gelatin, which should now look a bit like a sugar scrub, and set the mixture aside for 15-20 minutes. Once it’s completely cool, whisk until all the lumps are gone.

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1/4 Teaspoon of Almond Extract

3/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla

1/2 Cup of Whipping Cream

Whip the cream until it thickens. Add the almond extract, vanilla, & whipped cream to the saucepan mixture, and mix well.

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1/4 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

3 Egg Whites

1/2 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup of Flaked Coconut

Beat the cream of tartar & egg whites until the mixture becomes stiff. Add a 1/2 cup of sugar and beat again until soft peaks form. Fold this mixture into the saucepan mixture, and then fold in the flaked coconut.

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Two 9-Inch Pie Crusts or Shells (baked)

Divide the filling between two pie crusts/shells. The recipe does not fill both all the way to the top so if you’re better than me at math, feel free to make the recipe a teeny bit bigger to fill two pies to the brim. If you want to stay traditional, sprinkle flaked coconut on top of the pie. If you want to be fancy, use a piping bag to decorate the top with whipped cream before sprinkling with coconut flakes. If you want a bit of Christmas color, use crushed up candy (the peppermint flavor of candy canes would be a delicious addition) or dyed coconut. I saw a pie online with a wreath of red & green coconut flakes around a white coconut center; you could take it one step further and enhance the color of the wreath with some candy. Now we come to my genius idea. I love the combination of chocolate & coconut so I decided to use a chocolate graham cracker crust. At the last minute, I decided to go all the way with my non-traditional pie & toast my coconut flake topping.

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The original white Christmas pie was good but a little too sweet for my taste, an easy fix with an unsweetened pie crust rather than a sweet graham cracker shell. I might be a tad bit biased, but my pie was definitely the winner of the two. The chocolate and toasted coconut made the pie less sweet but no less delicious. Success! I will definitely be using this recipe again.

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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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Life Update | August 2017

– C O F F E E –

This is a very important update so listen up: I rarely go to Starbucks anymore. G A S P ! ! The reason comes in individual serving size packets and pairs nicely with almond milk & ice. Have you guessed? I still drink Starbucks coffee but in the comfort of my own home thanks to Via Instant. I know that most people know about this product, but it has been unbelievably easy to enjoy frappuccinos on days when I can’t make it to my neighborhood Starbucks. In fact, I have become so obsessed that even when I’m presented with the option to go to an actual Starbucks, I choose my “homemade” frappuccino. How crazy is that??! My favorite flavor at the moment is Sweetened Iced Coffee.

– B E D R O O M –

My room is small so the arrangement requires a lot of creativity. I recently had an epiphany at work regarding how I could make it feel more spacious and homey. I am happy to report that my idea worked, and I vlogged the whole process. The three-day project was exhausting but worth the effort because I feel like I have officially settled in.

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– B L O G G I N G –

I’ve been trying really hard to post consistently on both my blogs. The balance was off earlier this year because I got a paying job helping a photographer maintain her blog. I have since settled in, and I think everything is back to normal. Here are my recent blog posts:

• Misadventures in Babysitting

• Dance of the Paints | Thomas Blanchard

– F I N A N C I A L  S U P P O R T –

I love blogging & vlogging, but it does require money which I don’t have a lot of at the moment due to my status as a sales associate. I’m not exactly breaking the bank with my checks! I recently discovered a brand new website that makes it fun & easy for subscribers to support their favorite bloggers, business, vloggers, etc. Here is my Ko-fi ( pronounced like “coffee” ) link ➡️ https://ko-fi.com/A3023728

– R E A D I N G –

Good news: I took part in BookTube-A-Thon 2017, my very first time doing so. Even though my camera broke on day 6 and I couldn’t continue vlogging, I did continue to participate by reading & interacting on social media. I had so much fun and can’t wait for next year! Bad news: I am in a terrible reading slump A G A I N ! ! I was in one before BTAT, and here I am right back at square one. I have the desire, but every time I attempt to read, I have to force myself to keep going. Reading is the ultimate getaway for me, and I hate being in this mood. I need to pull up my big girl pants and just do it. I’m in the middle of 6 books ( yes, SIX ), and I need to finish all of them because I have exciting books to read in October & November. I also need to make serious progress on my Goodreads reading challenge because I have only completed 26 of my 50-book challenge. Not bad but still not great. Cheer me on!!

– R E T A I L –

I still hate retail. That’s pretty much it. 😂

– V A C A T I O N –

I am counting down the seconds, minutes, hours, days, & months until my autumn vacation. I know I echo the rest of my family when I say we desperately NEED this trip.

⏰ Current Countdown: 1 month, 12 days ⏰

– W E A T H E R –

If you’re a loyal follower of my blog, you know my visceral hatred for the summer months. I love cold foods & swimming, but this season is the absolute worst. I do nothing but sweat and feel gross and uncomfortable. I would much rather be cold & snuggle up in blankets while wearing a sweater. Whether you like it or not, autumn is upon us. Even though it’s my favorite season, I am hesitant to get excited. California disappointed me last year by remaining unbearably hot until the end of the year. Please please please don’t let me down this year!! 🍂 😭 🎃

– Y O U T U B E –

Lots of exciting news! Since my Charmed Aroma review video, I’ve been contacted by two more companies for reviews. I also have a major project in the works, something I’ve been planning for several months. I am slowly compiling products for a Bookish Gift Guide, a list of gift ideas for the bibliophiles in your life. I’ve already purchased two Jane Austen pillows and five candles inspired by A Game of Thrones, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Potter, Romeo and Juliet, & The Princess Bride respectively. Before this video comes out later next year, there will be 1-2 review videos for various book-inspired candles; I plan to make this an ongoing series on my channel so suggestions are welcome. Last but not least, I mentioned earlier that my camera broke; thankfully I was able to replace it. The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II has amazing quality, and I feel refreshed and excited for all the new content coming soon to my channel. Things are happening, and I’m going with flow. 🎉

| • I hope all of you have had a great summer. 🌞 I will be back soon with another post. 😘 • |

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Misadventures in Babysitting

I recently reread the first three books of The Baby-Sitters Club series, and the nostalgia was overwhelming. I remember being inspired back in the day to make my own “kid kit” and be the best babysitter EVER. I’ve been blessed to care for children of all ages, and I like to think that I made some kind of positive impact on their lives. This is starting to sound heartwarming so let me put on the brakes because this is not about the good times. Be honest; you’re here to laugh at my expense. 😂 This is a more accurate description of what you’re about to read:

Just to be clear, I am a responsible babysitter, and nothing dangerous has ever happened in my care. The tales I’m about to reveal weren’t directly my fault, just a handful of humorous and unfortunate events.

– Board Game Gone Wrong –

The brother & sister I was babysitting suggested we play chutes and ladders, and I eagerly agreed because I thought it would be fun to relive my childhood. I have to be honest and tell you that I got beat fair and square. I didn’t come in first place nor did I come in second; I was dead last. This particular board game is meant for kids, and even though I had no intention of beating my young companions, I didn’t think I would be so terrible. We hadn’t been playing long before the sister turned to me and said with a straight face: “You’re really bad at this game.” There is nothing quite as humiliating as an insult from someone who is less than half your age. I haven’t played that game since.

– Late Night TV –

This particular situation was mostly my fault, but have no fear because it had nothing to do with my young charges. For an extended period of time, I had a steady babysitting job with a family who lived in my neighborhood. One night while sitting at their house, I decided to watch some television after the kids were sound asleep; of course I had the parents’ permission. It was late at night, and there was a thunderstorm brewing. Of all the things I could have watched, I settled on a crime show. That was my first mistake. I eventually decided TV was a bad idea, and picked up the book I brought with me which just so happened to be a mystery. That was my second mistake. My third and final mistake was leaving only one lamp on. I’m not sure why, but I never turned on the room light to make myself feel safer. It was a tense few hours. I didn’t know nighttime could be so noisy! I can’t even tell you how many times I checked the doors and windows to make sure they were locked ( once I built up the courage to do so ). When the parents arrived through the garage, I naturally thought they were murderers until they stepped into the house and greeted me by name. That was the last time I ever watched a crime show or read a mystery while babysitting.

– I Cry Fowl –

I will ease you into the fourth and final story with the typical babysitting story of a bird in the garage. It happened while I was outside with the “chutes and ladders siblings” for some fresh air and playing time. While taking a brief break from the sun, a curious bird joined us. He was harmless, but I couldn’t help panicking. The brother’s personality was unpredictable, and I pictured him opening the door and accidentally letting our new winged friend inside the house. Of course I had to cage (get it?!) my fear so the kids wouldn’t panic and do what I just described. I spoke softly and encouraged them to stay still so the bird wouldn’t feel threatened. He explored a little more and flew away, never to bother us again. Crisis avoided! I swear the animal kingdom is out to get me.

– Dino and the Popsicles –

I realize that the title sounds like a cool band name, but the following events are anything but cool. Literally! I was once again babysitting my neighbors, but this time it was during the day. The parents provided popsicles and told me the kids could play outside. Simple enough, right? WRONG!! When the time came, the siblings grabbed their cold, refreshing popsicles, and we ventured outdoors into the unbearable heat & humidity. After some quality playing time with their dog Dino, the sister informed me that she had to use the restroom. I thought nothing of it until she went to turn the doorknob, and nothing happened. I thought the door was stuck because that is normal in Texas, and I gave it a try. Nothing happened, and my heart started to sink into my stomach. I took some deep breaths and reminded myself that I had to stay calm because I was in charge of two kids and one dog. I made my way to the front of the house to try the garage door; I brought along the sister because she was old enough to stay calm and help me with the code to open the door from the outside. I managed to get the garage door open, but the door to the house was locked, and we had no luck finding the spare key. Trust me, I searched high and low. I had told the brother stay in the backyard with the dog; thankfully the garage wasn’t far from the gate so the sister and I pulled double duty keeping a close eye on them. Unfortunately that didn’t work. The little boy gave in to his curiosity and opened the gate before we could reach him. That wasn’t my main concern. Remember who he was with!! I spent the next 10-15 minutes running up and down the street yelling “DINO!!” No, this is not an unaired episode of The Flintstones. I desperately tried to shepherd him into the gate held open by the sister while simultaneously keeping my eye on the brother because, as you already know, he was very unpredictable (typical at his age). He tried to help by joining in with his small but mighty voice, but really it was just more noise and extra stress. Finally I got that darn dog into the backyard and locked all of us in. I had a mischievous dog and two sweaty, sticky kids in my care, and I felt helpless. I hated to pull them away from something important, but I had to inform the parents of our predicament since I had tried every other way to get back inside. Thankfully I had my phone on me so I called and left a calm, collected message. I spent the next hour or so keeping the kids distracted on the trampoline until their parents came to our rescue. I profusely apologized and fully expected to never work for them again. The parents shocked me by apologizing about their faulty lock, which they forgot to tell me about before leaving, and applauded my ability to stay calm in a stressful situation. I did indeed work for them again, and thankfully the preceding story was the worst experience I ever had, both with them and with babysitting period. It was a tough experience to go through, but I learned a lot.

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