A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away | Blogmas 2018

I thought three days off from my retail job would be sufficient enough to recharge my batteries. I underestimated the amount of items on my to-do list therefore I went into the first of five straight shifts even more exhausted and on the brink of illness. I could cry thinking about what I have left to do & my efforts to hold everything together. However, I don’t want stress to ruin this time of year for me once again. Let’s all take a moment to bask in the glow of some Christmas humor. Please, on my behalf, laugh until your sides hurt. ❤️

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Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-gallery-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-gallery-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-gallery-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-gallery-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

Black, Cuyler. https://www.cuylerblack.com/inherit-the-mirth-gallery-1/. Accessed 14 December 2018.

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No Calm Before The Storm | Blogmas 2018

I feel like such a failure! I promised more blog posts, & here I am starting Blogmas 2018 on December 7th. I hate to give excuses so all I will say is . . . life happened. 😢

In years past, I’ve opened up about my lack of holiday spirit. This year I’m craving the joy that’s been missing. The past few months have been an emotional roller coaster ride, and it seems like the medicine I need is a heaping spoonful of cheesy Christmas romance best served by Hallmark. Unfortunately my schedule filled up quickly. On top of my retail hours, I’ve been filming, editing, & uploading Vlogmas videos on YouTube. This week I’m participating in TisTheSeasonAThon, a holiday-themed readathon, & next week I start working on Artmas 2018 for my art blog. Other than that, I’m free as a bird. 😂

I’ll end with some positivity. I am currently sitting in a recliner with a homemade frappuccino watching holiday baking shows. A Christmasy end to a bah-humbug day! I promise to check back in with you very very soon. 😘

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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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🛒  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

👏🏻  👏🏽  👏🏿  Round of applause for all of the awesome countries represented!!  👏🏿  👏🏽  👏🏻

I hope you found this Bookish Gift Guide helpful. I wish you well on your quest for the perfect presents. Happy shopping!  🏬  🛒  💰  🛍️  🎅🏻  🎄  🎁  ♥️

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I’m a Terrible Blogger

Six months without a word. Boy do I have a real gift for consistent blogging! 😂 I have a couple of good reasons so bear with me while I make excuses. Number one, I had a two-month work project. Adulting at its finest! Number two, I’ve been going through a creative slump. I can only maintain two blogs & a YouTube channel for so long before I need a break from one or more outlets.

As you can tell from the photo above, I have moved on from the spookiest month of the year because CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE!!🎄 My Christmas playlist has been on since yesterday, and I just drank my first peppermint mocha frappuccino of the season. I am feeling very merry and bright, although my feelings are subject to change after work tonight. 🙄 I let you down in 2018 as a blogger, but I’m going to try and make it up to you during the holiday season. I’m still in retail (UGH) so stay tuned for a roller coaster of emotions. Can’t wait! 🤪

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C O L L A G E :

2012. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2433396/. Accessed 2 November 2018. ( Top )

2005. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/winter-break-according-to-the-office. Accessed 2 November 2018. (Bottom)

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

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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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Lazy Winter Days

The holiday season is officially over, and I have yet to start my Christmas do-over. My work schedule was supposed to slow down, but I’ve been receiving extra hours & shifts. On one hand it’s a nuisance because I was looking forward to days of rest, but on the other hand I desperately need the money. I can no longer afford to “play” instead of work, which is why kids should never be in a hurry to grow up. Adulthood isn’t all bad, but it definitely isn’t as carefree as childhood. Anyway, I’m not here to rant about the struggles of adult life. I was blessed with a couple of days off from my retail job so I’m taking full advantage. Yesterday I did nothing, and it was pure bliss. I may have snuck in an hour or two of work in the evening, but most of the day was dedicated to binge-watching El Barco. After a refreshing night’s sleep, I started the day with a pumpkin frappuccino & a pumpkin bagel. I am currently watching season three, episode one of El Barco and blogging with my new Elretron typewriter. It uses Bluetooth to connect to my iPad, but the keys look, feel, & sound like I’m back in the 1800s. I get the best of the old & the new! I never invest in anything on Indiegogo, but this one time I’m glad I did. Once I’ve used it consistently, I will be putting together a full review so watch out for that. I go back to work tomorrow so I’m off to enjoy the rest of my semi-lazy Thursday. If you’re still on a holiday break/vacation, enjoy the rest of your time off. :)

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Goodbye 2017 | Hello 2018

Some of you may be sorrowfully singing “Where are you Blooogmaaas??” Apologies for my sudden exit from the festivities. I had to work every day leading up to Christmas, and most of my time at home was spent relaxing and sleeping (in between uploading pre-filmed Youtube videos & reading to reach my 2017 goal). I hope you enjoyed what I was able to post in December. If it makes you feel a little more warm & fuzzy on the inside, I will be doing a Christmas do-over in January to make up for my low spirit during the actual holiday season. Basically I’ll be catching up on all the cheesy movies I didn’t watch. Moving on to the subject at hand. The new year has arrived so it’s time to take a look back at the past twelve months:

– J a n u a r y –

Goodbye 2016! 🎉

Netflix created a Lemony Snicket masterpiece ( A R T )

• I read my first Harry Potter book 📖

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Mary Tyler Moore passed away

– F e b r u a r y –

• My art blog hit 3️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ followers

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• I traveled to Texas to be a bridesmaid 

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– M a r c h –

Beauty and the Beast premiered ( A R T )

– A p r i l –

• I purchased a custom iPhone case from Yaz Raja Designs

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– M a y –

The end of an era on Once Upon a Time

– J u n e –

DC delivered the superhero the world didn’t deserve but needed

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Peter Sallis passed away

Adam West passed away

• All my bookish dreams came true thanks to this gorgeous blanket from Sweet Sequels

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• I became a Potterhead just in time for the 20th anniversary of the first book

– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone –

– The Golden Trio Artwork –

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– J u l y –

Anne With an E charmed its way into my heart

– A u g u s t –

• For the first time ever, I participated in BookTube-A-Thon

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–   B  l o g   P o s t   W r a p   U p   –

I joined Ko-Fi 

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I got a new camera 📷

I found out I have Mottephobia 🐝 🐛 🕷️

– S e p t e m b e r –

• I don’t remember the exact date, but at some point in late 2017 my most watched video on Youtube reached 2️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ views

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– O c t o b e r –

My clumsiness reached new heights

I gave Gilmore Girls another chance ( A R T )

• Family trip to San Diego

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– N o v e m b e r –

• I turned 24 🎂

The Orient Express hit the big screen

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• My childhood dreams of seeing the Justice League on the big screen came true! ( A R T )

• I tried dry brushing

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• I went on an autumn safari

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– D e c e m b e r –

I finally made White Christmas Pie

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It was a Star Wars Christmas once again

• I accomplished my goal of reading 50 books in 2017 with 12 minutes to spare. 📚 

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Farewell to Adam West (Batman), Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin (Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory), David Cassidy (Ruby & the Rockits), Della Reese (Thats So RavenTouched by an Angel), Don Rickles (Toy Story franchise), Heather North (Scooby Doo franchise), Jerry Lewis (Martin and Lewis), Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, The Carol Burnett Show), June Foray (DuckTales, Looney Tunes, Mulan, Rocky & Bullwinkle), Mary Tyler Moore (The Dick Van Dyke Show)Peter Sallis (Wallace & Gromit), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), and Sir Roger Moore (James Bond franchise).

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The numbers aren’t why I do what I do, but it’s inspiring to see how far I’ve come. I ended 2017 with 357 art blog followers, 346 lifestyle blog followers, & 188 Youtube subscribers (72,815 views). I hope to add many more to my internet family in the coming year. Onward & upward! ➡️ ⬆️

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– Lauren Michele ❤︎

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