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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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

I was M.I.A. last week, but I have a very good reason: I was participating in BookTube-A-Thon 2017!! If you don’t know what that is, it is an annual summer read-a-thon put together by Ariel Bissett. Bookstagrammers, booktubers, bloggers, & readers from around the world come together to read as much as possible and participate in fun challenges. Even though it was an emotionally and physically exhausting week, I had so much fun and already can’t wait for next year. I kept track of my reading so I could share my journal with you. Here it is:

📝 Challenges & My TBR:

• Read a Book With a Person on the Cover – The Mystery of the Stone Tiger by Carolyn Keene

• Read a Book in One Day – The Mystery of the Stone Tiger by Carolyn Keene

• Read a Hyped Book – Heartless by Marissa Meyer

• Read a Book Featuring a Character Who is Very Different From You – Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

• Read a Book You Purchased Because of the Cover – Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

• Read a Book Outside – Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

• Read 7 Books – Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

📝 Daily Progress:

DAY 1 – JULY 24

📖 The Mystery of the Stone Tiger – 20 chapters, 175 pages | I finished this book & completed the “One Day Read”  and “Person on the Cover” challenges. ✅

📖 Heartless – 10 chapters, 93 pages

📚 Total: 30 chapters, 268 pages, 1 book complete, & 2 challenges complete

DAY 2 – JULY 25

📖 Heartless – 15 chapters, 131 pages

📚 Total: 15 chapters, 131 pages

DAY 3 – JULY 26

📖 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls – 15 chapters, 153 pages | Book complete! ✅

📖 Kristy’s Great Idea – 15 chapters, 157 pages | I finished this book & completed the “Read a Book Outside” challenge. ✅

📖 Wicked Autumn – 5 chapters, 40 pages

📚 Total: 31 chapters, 350 pages, 2 books complete, & 1 challenge complete

DAY 4 – JULY 27

📖 Heartless – 10 chapters, 98 pages

📖 Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories – 5 chapters, 76 pages

📖 The Truth About Stacey – 5 chapters, 60 pages

📚 Total: 20 chapters, 234 pages

DAY 5 – JULY 28

📖 Heartless – 8 chapters, 64 pages

📖 Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories – 10 chapters, 186 pages

📖 The Truth About Stacey – 10 chapters, 120 pages | Book complete! ✅

📚 Total: 28 chapters, 370 pages, & 1 book complete

DAY 6 – JULY 29

📖 Heartless – 11 chapters, 73 pages | I finished this book & completed the “Hyped Book” challenge. ✅

📖 Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories – 5 chapters, 104 pages | Book complete! ✅

📚 Total: 16 chapters, 177 pages, 1 book complete, & 1 challenge complete

DAY 7 – JULY 30

📖 Wicked Autumn – 19 chapters, 211 pages

📚 Despite my best efforts, exhaustion took over, and I was unable to complete Wicked Autumn therefore failing the “Cover Buy” and “Read 7 Books” challenges. I chose The Truth About Stacey as my replacement book for the “Character Who is Different From You” challenge. Stacey is from the East Coast and has diabetes. If that isn’t enough, I could pick Catherine from Heartless who is a future queen and very wishy-washy when it comes to speaking up. I could also pick Miss Marple who is an elderly woman & amateur sleuth. Basically, I completed the challenge in more ways than one.

🎉 Final Numbers: 159 chapters, 1,741 pages, 6 books complete, & 5 challenges complete. Not too shabby for my first year!

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2016 Wrap-Up | 2017 Reading Challenge

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

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📚 Published This Year •

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

📚 Finish in a Day •

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 

📚 Meaning to Read •

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

📚 Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian •

The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket 

📚 Should Have Read in School •

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace 

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

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar 

📚 Published Before You Were Born •

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

 

📚 Banned at Some Point •

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

📚 Previously Abandoned •

Elixir trilogy by Hilary Duff 

📚 Own But Never Read •

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson 

📚 Intimidates You •

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

📚 Already Read at Least Once •

Sisters of the Quilt trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall 

• Total: 12 categories & 31 books

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2016 Reading Challenge

– 2016 Reading Challenge Update #1

– 2016 Reading Challenge Update #2

Life Update | November 2016

– My 2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good evening readers!  I felt like it was time for a chatty blog post with lots of information about what I’ve been up to.  I’m making significant progress on the 2016 Reading Challenge.  I am currently making my way through the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien.  After the first of the year, I had to take a break from reading, but I am back in tip top shape and determined to keep moving forward.  Books make me extremely happy, and life is never enjoyable when I don’t feel like reading. 📚

In an odd turn of events, I started having nightmares about death a few weeks ago.  I thought perhaps it was because I was reading before bedtime.  The Series of Unfortunate Events series is very grim and depressing, but the content isn’t presented in a manner that is terrifying.  I suppose I could test out that theory, but I am doubtful that those books are the cause of the problem.  I already struggle with insomnia so nightmares are something I don’t need to deal with.  It takes me hours to fall asleep, and once I do nightmares wake me up.  Needless to say I am exhausted.  The other night I got so freaked out by a nightmare that I got up and asked my mom to pray for me; I only had one other nightmare and fell asleep within an hour or two.  I slept soundly last night so I am hoping that the nightmares are finally making their way out of my mind. 💀

Moving on to a happier subject.  I got a job!  If you followed me over the holidays, you know that I had a seasonal retail job.  Unfortunately I was not able to stay on permanently so the search for a new job began.  I did not have to search long because I immediately found an open position through networking.  I was blessed to secure the job after just one interview, and I should be starting within the next two weeks. 👠

I’ve just seen that my Youtube channel has reached over 10,000 views.  That is amazing!!  I feel so encouraged and motivated to keep doing what I’m doing.  To those of you who are subscribed, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  To those of you who aren’t subscribed, what are you waiting for?!  Speaking of which, you should check out my most recent video.  I went hiking in Malibu this past weekend and filmed most of the hike plus the last minute trip to the beach.  What an adventure!  I’ve been hiking in recent months, but this hike unexpectedly required some rock climbing.  I still have cuts and bruises, but it was so much fun.  Because I’m at home most of the time, I forget how much I love being outdoors and exploring.  It was good for me to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine. 🌳

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I hope all of you are having a lovely evening.  I am currently sitting in a recliner blogging with a book (The Hostile Hospital) on my right side and Call the Midwife on the television.  I’m not in the best of moods, but that’s nothing some frozen fruit couldn’t cure.  Does anybody else eat frozen fruit as a snack or am I just weird??  Think of it like a deconstructed popsicle. 😜 I shall stop rambling now.  Good night!  Sweet dreams! 😴

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2016 Reading Challenge Update #1

Hello readers!  If you reside in a part of the world that is currently snowed in, allow me to bring up the topic of books and lift your spirits.  I am very proud to announce that I have completed 2 out of 12 categories in the 2016 Reading Challenge.

This series is flawless!  Ms. Woodsmall took on the delicate subject of rape and succeeded in telling a story that is candid but comfortable to read and engaging.

“Hannah Lapp was born and raised in an Old Order Amish home, without electricity, a telephone, or the right to follow her heart. Without her parents’ knowledge, she’s been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell for years. When he asks her to marry him, she accepts, even though to do so will cause her family to avoid her for the rest of her life.  Before Hannah and Paul reveal their relationship, tragedy strikes. In one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed and she faces losing everything: her family, her fiancé, and even her faith in God.”

 

Because I overwatched the movie as a child, it is not high on my list these days.  I was not sure I would enjoy the book, but I am so glad I was wrong.  I thoroughly enjoyed every single page and would love to finish the series.

Let’s revisit my list to see the progress:

• Published This Year – “Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar | “A Spy’s Devotion” by Melanie Dickerson

✔️ Finish in a Day – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

• Meaning to Read – “Zoo” by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson

• Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian – “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket | “The Girl on The Train” by Paula Hawkins

• Should Have Read in School – “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace

• Chosen by Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF – “As Sure As The Dawn” by Francine Rivers

• Published Before You Were Born – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote

• Banned at Some Point – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

• Previously Abandoned – “Elixir” series by Hilary Duff

• Own But Never Read – “First Light” by Bodie & Brocke Thoene

• Intimidates You – “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

✔️ Already Read at Least Once – “Sisters of the Quilt” by Cindy Woodsmall

Are you participating in the challenge?  What are you currently reading?  Feel free to leave comments down below. :)

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Debbie Downer

Illustration by Lily Clark                     Clark, Lily. 2011. Web. 16 June 2015. http://www.layouth.com/held-down-by-depression/.

Prepare yourself.  I’m about to vent about some not-so-happy issues.  Me and my mom recently relocated to the west coast to join my dad and brother who had already been living in that area for a few years.  Because of college, the move was stretched out to three years for me and for my mom who selflessly chose to stay behind and help me.  Words will never be able to express my gratitude!  An impending out-of-state move is not easy to deal with while going through undergraduate education.  As if the stress of daily homework and sleepless nights wasn’t enough, let’s throw in living out of boxes and without furniture.  Fast forward to now.  My family is currently sharing a mini apartment above a garage, a space I have nicknamed “The Loft”; it has one main room (a living room, table, and kitchen with no stove), one bathroom, and one bedroom (two small beds).  In case you haven’t already done the math, four adults are sharing a living space meant to comfortably accommodate two people, perhaps two adults and one small child.  I can’t complain because at least my family has somewhere to live.  However, living in small quarters for an extended period of time is not a comfortable situation to be in.  The cherry on top is I have no job, no money, and no car.

I am an introvert therefore it is important that I force myself to go out otherwise I wont do it at all.  So far I am failing miserably even though living like a hermit is sucking the life out of me.  I am pale from not going outside.  I have no physical energy.  I have way too much time to analyze and criticize myself.  I am becoming even more uncomfortable around people.  I am stressed to the point of regular migraines and anxiety attacks.  In a nutshell, NO BUENO!!!  Why the heck am I writing all this down on my blog??  Well, Tuesday was one of those days when I was stuck in the loft working on my laptop and stressing over my current project and life in general.  Also, it was really hot outside, and heat is the worst possible antagonist on a stressful day.   I doubt it is too late for me to get out of this awful cycle, but in my “Debbie Downer” brain, it is.  Being social has not produced positive results in my life therefore I am very cautious.  I am unfortunately comfortable in this way of life, but I know it is not a healthy way to live.  The moral of this story is “Don’t live like a hermit if you have the choice not to.”  The black hole does not magically disappear and replace itself with sunshine and rainbows; it only gets deeper.  Find a happy medium between being yourself and living without regret.  I am going to close with a list of things that make me happy.  Let’s end on a positive note!

– Books –

Bookstore(Source: http://ericsmithrocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/gif-belle-books.gif)

Reading(Source: http://cdn1.theodysseyonline.com/files/2015/02/20/6356007252500528281501978539_reading-icarly.jpg)

– Dance –

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– Disney –

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– Fashion –

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– Music/Singing –

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Singing(Source: https://38.media.tumblr.com/189f117354908443e8d52ab73d2517f9/tumblr_mh7c8ceZjz1rrlldmo1_500.gif)

– Water –

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Swimming(Source: http://33.media.tumblr.com/82a0f1d735eb1f001888dc0f4a0c4df3/tumblr_inline_n5heuejuuH1scyims.gif)

I spent the rest of the night playing a video game and watching a movie with my brother so I already feel much better.  Keep moving forward, and don’t look back readers!

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”  – Albus Dumbledore, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkban”

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Spring/Summer Fashion Haul 2015

This is a SUPERSIZED Spring and Summer fashion haul consisting of apparel from Kohls, Target, TJ Maxx, and V-Luxury.  If you prefer not to look at pictures, you can watch my Youtube version: https://youtu.be/IqMxHfWv0sA

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– ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats –

ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats

http://www.v-luxury.com/womens-shoes/flats/anna-womens-40-kylie-flats-19723.html#prettyPhoto

– Meredith Zipper Wedge Sandals –

Meredith Zipper Wedge Sandals

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-meredith-zipper-wedge-sandals/-/A-16533482

– Lauren Conrad Nude Floral Cutout Heels –

Lauren Conrad Nude Floral Cutout Heels

This shoe is sold out at Kohl’s, but you can find a couple pairs on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-LC-Lauren-Conrad-Womens-Floral-Cutout-High-Heels-/111673566061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=410681957765&hash=item1a0043636d

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– Lauren Conrad Black High Heel Dress Shoes –

Lauren Conrad Black High Heel Dress Shoes

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1905274/lc-lauren-conrad-womens-high-heel-dress-shoes.jsp

– Lauren Conrad Cuffed Skinny Jeans –

Lauren Conrad Cuffed Skinny Jeans

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2062386/lc-lauren-conrad-cuffed-skinny-jeans-womens.jsp

Those heels sure do look familiar!  *Wink Wink*

– Lauren Conrad Shortie Shorts –

Lauren Conrad Shortie Shorts

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2085442/lc-lauren-conrad-jean-shortie-shorts-womens.jsp

– Sonia Kashuk Face Print Weekender –

Sonia Kashuk Face Print Weekender

http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-face-print-weekender/-/A-16603272#prodSlot=_1_41

– Xhilaration Mixed Print Shift Dress, Black and White –

Xhilaration Mixed Print Shift Dress, Black and White

http://www.target.com/p/mixed-print-shift-dress-xhilaration/-/A-16753227#prodSlot=_1_115

– Xhilaration Double Bow Back Dress, Black –

Xhilaration Double Bow Back Dress, Black

http://www.target.com/p/double-bow-back-dress-black-xhilaration/-/A-16680225

– Xhilaration Open Back Dress –

Xhilaration Open Back Dress

http://www.target.com/p/open-back-dress-xhilaration/-/A-16687553#prodSlot=_2_39

– I bought one other dress, but I cannot find pictures online.  I think it is sold out.  If you would like to see it, you can watch the video on Youtube –

– Mossimo Denim Vest –

Mossimo Denim Vest

http://www.target.com/p/denim-vest-mossimo-supply-co/-/A-17007505#prodSlot=medium_1_4&term=Mossimo+vest

– Mudd Basic V-Neck Tee, Silver Rose Floral –

Mudd Basic V-Neck Tee, Silver Rose Floral

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1945011/mudd-basic-v-neck-tee-juniors.jsp?skuId=400988328651&search=400988328651&submit-search=web-regular

This tee looks casual and cute with the Mossimo denim vest and black skinny jeans.  ;)

– MILLY Ruffled Peasant Blouse, Bougainvillea Combo

MILLY Ruffled Peasant Blouse, Bougainvillea Combo

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2025450/milly-for-designation-ruffled-peasant-blouse-womens.jsp

– Xhilaration Tie Front Utility Shirt –

Xhilaration Tie Front Utility Shirt

http://www.target.com/p/tie-front-utility-shirt-xhilaration/-/A-16831818

– Xhilaration Woven Fashion Vest –

Xhilaration Woven Fashion Vest

http://www.target.com/p/woven-fashion-vest-xhilaration/-/A-16872747

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