Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Holiday Gift Guide // Top Ten Tuesday

   Still don't know what to get your bookish friend/family member/lover for the holidays? Here are some ideas. I will be listing brands and items that I myself have bought and love or am coveting. When giving a gift for a bibliophile they will be happy with beautiful editions of books, completing their collection or receiving a collection of books they have never read. I love getting gift for people, trying to find the perfect one for them and helping others pick out gifts. For many of my photos I will be using Etsy stores I am interested in or would like to purchase from. I will use their store for one example, but many stores usually have all kinds of merchandise. For example, Obviousstate is used for tote bags, but their designs are gorgeous in bookmarks and on other mediums. Two years ago I published a five part series of posts on my blog with other ideas with many options. Feel free to look up that embarrassment! Top Ten Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. She has a whole list of topics for us list-loving bookworms. **Links provided on photos!**


1. Subscriptions. There are lot of bookish boxes and book subscriptions to give as a present. There is Book of the Month, Owlcrate, Uppercase, Fairyloot, Illumicrate, Novel Tea Club, Cozy Reader Club, and more.  

2. Bookmarks. I am a bookmark addict! I'm a long time customer of Craftedvan on Etsy, but I love bookmarks like those and the painted slim bookmarks like Illumicrate had with their first box. Unless someone reads with just their eReader I think bookmarks are a safe and fun gift.

William Shakespeare Magnetic Bookmark (Jumbo)
Craftedvan on Etsy.

Gilmore Girls Magnetic Bookmarks Individuals and Set
Gilmore Girls bookmarks from BeyondthePages19 on Etsy.

Bookmark - Hashtag, 3-colored
SkinnyHues on Etsy

Outlander Thick Watercolour Bookmark
behindthepages on Etsy

3. Tote bags. I love a good tote bag. I have one of the orange totes by Penguin with The Great Gatsby on it and use it for going to the library. I've found some other totes that I have been coveting.

ObviousState on Etsy make great totes and prints.

Poe-Ka Dots by Out of Print. Another great website!

Writer's Typewriter & Coffee - Literary Tote | Gift for Writers, Readers, Librarians, Book lovers, Artists, Book Worms | Book Typewriter Bag
GreymadeCo on Etsy.

Book tote with penguin print
For those who love Penguin Publishing. MGBooksandTea on Etsy.

4. Mugs. I have gotten only 1 bookish mug as a gift and it was the Banned Books mug. I love it and I love collecting mugs. They are a good idea if you know the person likes to drink coffee or tea. I am typically pickier when it come to mugs because I like to have a certain style of mug, nothing too narrow because I love drinking coffee. Here are some I have been eyeing:

Alice In Wonderland Mug Special Edition, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Cup, UK
For those who love Alice in Wonderland. missbohemia on etsy.

Drink Coffee, Read Books, Be Happy Mug
CoffeeReadingWriting on Etsy.

Shakespearean Insult Mug
Shakespearean Insult Mug by The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild. 

Books And Coffee Mug - White Ceramic Mug - Gifts For Readers - Bookish Mug - Literary Inspired - Librarian Gift - English Teacher - Books
BookishSerendipityCo on Etsy. 

5. Completed (or most) of a graphic novel series.Y: The Last Man by Brian K.Vaughan is a series I have been collecting and requested the last four volumes to complete my collection. I think Saga series would also be a good option for a gift. I would either stick to a series you know the person with love or buy them a couple volumes of a series you'd recommend. Graphic novels that are memoirs are a great idea too!

6. Candles

Embers | 8oz tin | An Ember in the Ashes, Elias, Laia Inspired Soy Candle
NovellyYours on Etsy is catered more to YA lovers.

Walden Woods Literary Candle // Inspired by Walden
HearthandHammer on Etsy.

Nook & Burrow candles and more.

Charles Dickens Library Candle by Paddywax

7. Book series. I think a lot of Harry Potter fans now want more than 1 set of the series, especially with the illustrated editions coming out yearly. Game of Thrones has boxed sets of regular paperbacks and leather-bound editions of the first books. An urban fantasy or fantasy series like the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, or Jim Butcher, or paranormal mass-market paperback collections. Mass-market paperbacks are usually the cheapest for of printed books and you can buy multiple to make a nice package. Some series that have been popular this year are Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

8. A beautiful edition of their favorite book or classic. Classics, and recently the first book of a fantasy series, have been incredibly popular over the last several years for being reprinted in gorgeous editions, like Barnes and Noble editions and Vintage classics, + many more. If they are a collector of beautiful editions that would be a great gift. The editions by Vintage are pretty affordable. 1 Barnes and Noble leatherbound classic is worth 3 of the Vintage editions. They have recently come out with Russian literature from various authors.


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Virginia Woolf Collection by Vintage:

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Jane Austen by Vintage (I have them and love them):

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9.  Literary Prints, Clothing, Tea. You can get your Harry Potter fanatics Harry Potter anything like scarves or the candy they have in the trolley. For other fandoms check out Etsy where you can find many little stores that ship internationally and you should really check out Society 6 for merchandise. Here are some ideas from Etsy that I like or would like to try:

The Literary Tea Collection - Loose Leaf Tea - Gift for Book Lover - 5 x 50g tins
FirstEditionTeaCo on Etsy.

Shakespeare Literary Print - Bookish Quote Poster
shopnevermore on Etsy has really great minimalist prints.

Miguel Cervantes Don Quixote - Man Horse Windmills Illusion Delusion Bookish Decor Book Lover Gift Bibliophile Art Spanish Author
CreativeDaffodil on Etsy has amazing minimalist author prints.

Jack Kerouac "On the Road"  - Art card, literary gift, illustration card, literary print, printable art, digital download
RedHillPrintables on Etsy have artistic prints for famous books.

10. Gift card to bookstores or shops with bookish items. Barnes & Noble, BookOutlet, Chapters, Amazon, Society 6, Etsy... You can get a giftcard almost anywhere. 

What are some of your ideas for a holiday gift guide? Any favorite shops?
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October in Review

My October

I'm baaccckkk. So, I think I put in a lot of energy this summer into reading and my blog that I got burnt out these past 2-3 months. I haven't been on Twitter either and I didn't post anything on my blog in October. However, I did write a blog post for Valerie, @ HeSaidBooksOrMe, about my thoughts on Readathons with tips and to keep you updated on various options HERE. *BTW, I'm always up for collaborations with other bloggers and would love to have guest posts from others on my blog!* I ended up reading all three new Harry Potter companion Pottermore novellas. They were alright, but I loved going back into the world and enjoying Rowling's writing. These Shallow Graves and Hausfrau were good reads, but super predictable. That doesn't mean they weren't written well! Those two books were my only novels I finished in October. I have so much to catch up on! Please don't give up on me! I am going to need to post 4 Top Ten Posts in a row next week. For next year I am debating whether to do the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge again. I kind of just want to read what I want and make sure I read my own physical books without having to worry about fulfilling challenges. However, I get bored easily and like to make things a competition to still be excited about picking up certain books. 
With autumn fully upon us I started to get excited about cooking again! I've been on a roll with cooking good meals and on budget. I've been gravitating towards Ree Drummond and Midwest Living for tasty, cozy, hearty autumn food. With Christmas around the corner we need to save as mch money as we can for presents, flights, doggy hotel, etc. I am making my husband an advent calendar as his present this year. It will be so much fun! I love planning things like this and buying gifts for people. He will have days of chocolate, candy and gifts throughout December. We are enjoying autumn more in our new apartment. Before we lived in the top floor/loft of a building and now we rent the main floor of an old house. There are more windows, more trees, more of a pleasant neighborhood vibe that we love. I love the leaves changing color and there are some gorgeous trees around here. How was your October?  

3 Things I Loved About October

1. Lady Gaga's new album - It's not as electronic as her previous music, but I love her more and more. 
2. Weekends with my husband and dog. It's always super chill- we go to the forest and beach and just spend time with each other. 
3. My husband is in Science Magazine. I'm so proud of him.   

Recipes I Recommend

Simple, Perfect Chili by Ree Drummond
Patty Melts by Ree Drummond
Lemon-Pepper Fettuccine by Food Network Kitchens
Southwest Corn Pudding by Midwest Living
Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussel Sprouts and Apples by Midwest Living
Mexican Chocolate Cake by Real Simple (Without the icing, but I sprinkled chocolate chinks on top when I took it out of the oven.) 

Books Finished

Currently Reading

November TBR

What have you been up to lately? What did you love about October?