#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Bookish Gift Guide

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Hey everyone!  With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my bookish, holiday gift guide!  This list includes items on my own wish list, as well as items I would recommend to other bookworms.

Here we go!


Bookish Mugs

I love mugs! You especially can never go wrong with a literary-themed mug.  Personally, I really adore all the Anne of Green Gables mugs from Shop at Sullivan.  Who wouldn’t want to drink out of a mug with Gilbert Blythe’s face on it?! I also love how the Kindred Spirits mug captures the essence of Anne of Green Gables!

Book Sleeves

Y’all book sleeves are the gift you didn’t know you needed until you have one!  I have one book sleeve and I absolutely love it.  As someone who usually always carries a book with her, it is so useful and really does protect your books!  I want more! My book sleeve is from Story Time Sleeve, but there are so many different styles, sizes, and brands to choose from!

 

Apparel

I love bookish clothing so much!!  I’m obsessed with Out of Print Clothing! I have a Nancy Drew sweatshirt from them that I bought a few years ago and it is one of the softest sweatshirts I’ve ever owned.  It’s held up really nicely throughout the years, too!  I also love the scarves Litographs sells.  I’ve been wanting one for ages now!  Literary Book Gifts also has a wide variety of of bookish shirts and tote bags featuring some of your favorite classic novels.  I need that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tote bag and that Wizard of Oz tee!  The creator, Melissa, was kind enough to offer a 20% off code for you all as well with the promo code: THECALICOBOOKS20!

 

Book Light

Another thing a bookworm is always in need of is a really nice reading light!  I really love my French Bull light I found at Target.  It has two heads which means I don’t have to keep adjusting the light!

 

Home Decor

Who doesn’t want a fun pillow or cozy blanket?!  I have been eyeing these blankets from Sweet Sequels for so long now!  I’m also obsessed with PaperFury’s designs for her pillows!

 


Hopefully this list will help with your Christmas shopping!

What’s on your wish list this year?

 


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My Most Memorable Christmas Memories!

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Hello everyone! Merry Christmas!! In honor of today, I’ve decided to make a little bit of a different post today.  It doesn’t really have anything to do with books, but it’s Christmas, so I think that’s okay. 🙂 Today, I’m going to share with you all some of my most memorable Christmas memories and traditions.

My family has always been super into Christmas!  We decorate in early November, and fill the months of November and December with Christmas music, movies, and activities.

Christmas Festivities

For my family, it’s always been a tradition to watch Home Alone on Thanksgiving night, and eat leftovers.  It used to be the very first Christmas movie we would watch for the season.  While we’re all too excited to wait for Thanksgiving to watch Christmas movies now, we still always have to watch Home Alone on Thanksgiving night!

Another favorite Christmas activity I do every November, is go to a Christmas tree festival.  There are always so many beautifully decorated trees, and I look forward to going every year!

Christmas Eve Traditions

One of my favorite memories, is of my grandpa reading us The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house.  My family, and my aunts, uncles, and cousins would all be there, and we’d gather around by his feet as he read to us.  He always had to put on these slippers that were Santa’s face, too.  I remember being such a little (and not so little, lol) giggly kid when he read, because that meant Christmas was so close!

Another fun Christmas memory of mine was after we left our grandparent’s house.  After my family and I got home, my sisters and I would hang our stockings, and my mom would always record us and then ask us what we want for Christmas.  Books were always on my wishlist! 😉  Then my sisters and I would perform. 🙈😂  The Chipmunk Song was our annual tradition, but various other songs were performed as well. I’m still partial to my performance of Santa Claus Lane by Hillary Duff. 😜

Christmas Morning Rituals

Ever since we were little, my younger sister and I wake up super early and watch Christmas movies and eat snacks in bed before the rest of the house wakes up.  We used to get up at 4 AM, but we’re old and tired now (lol) and so we don’t usually get up until 5:00-5:15, but we still continue the tradition!

My mom always makes this delicious egg casserole and cinnamon rolls for breakfast!  She only makes it on Christmas.  Because of that, it’s always so good, and the leftovers are always gone too fast.

After my immediate family (plus now my older sister’s husband and kids) opens our presents, we all go to my grandma’s and eat and open presents and visit with the rest of our family.  It’s always a great day! 🙂

WORST Christmas Gift

The absolute worst Christmas gift I ever received was the stomach flu.  It also stands out as one of my most memorable Christmas memories – even if it is a negative.  It was 2008.  My little sister, who was 10 at the time, woke up at 2 AM, and literally threw up all night.  It was horrible.  However, during the night, I still felt fine, so I thought while I might get sick later, at least I might make it through Christmas.  In the words of the Grinch: “Wrong-O!”  I woke up ready to open presents, like usual (which looking back seems pretty self-absorbed being that my little sister was sick all night, but hey, it was Christmas.  When you’re 10, not even the stomach flu can stop you from opening presents!), and I felt a little queasy, but I admit, I’m a bit of a hypochondriac at times, so I thought it was just in my head, so I forced a smile and pushed on.  I made it through opening my stocking, and was in the process of opening my first present when the flu hit full force.  Needless to say, the Christmas of 2008 will forever be seared in my family’s memories as the Throw Up Christmas.  And yes, in case you were wondering, the rest of the family DID get sick in the days after…

BEST Christmas Gift

Honestly, I don’t know if I have an absolute best Christmas gift.  I really do love and appreciate all the gifts I’ve gotten.  One gift stands out though, because I don’t think I expected to get everything that went with it.  So, I think the best Christmas present I ever got was my Happy Family Barbie family.  It was a controversial toy, because the Barbie doll was pregnant, but my mom bought it for me anyway, because Y’ALL that’s why I wanted it!  😂 I remember they stopped selling her with the baby bump right around Christmas, and I was so worried I wasn’t going to get the one with the detachable belly.  But, sure enough, Santa came through! I got the pregnant Barbie doll and her baby, and the dad and the big brother.  And then, the icing on the cake was my grandparents bought be the Barbie grandparents and kitchen set!!  9 year old me was so hyped up, and I couldn’t believe I got the whole set!  I just remember going to bed that Christmas thinking about how I truly got everything I had wished for, and I was just so appreciative.


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I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and just an overall lovely day!  I’d love to hear some of your favorite Christmas traditions and memories in the comments!Thanks for reading!


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Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings Me

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings Me

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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This book has been on my TBR since it was first released, and yet, I still haven’t gotten it.  I love Alice in Wonderland, so I have a really good feeling about this book!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fever Code by James Dashner

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Despite my feelings about the fate of certain characters in The Death Cure, I really do love The Maze Runner series.  The Kill Order was such a letdown for me as a prequel, but I’m really hoping to get some actual answers in The Fever Code!

 

 

 

 

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this beautiful book!  I’ve heard it has excellent representation, and the whole story is just really good.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

the midnight danceWhile I have heard some mixed things about this book, I still really want to read it for myself.  The book is mysterious and about ballet, which are 2 of my favorite things for books.  Plus, look at that absolutely gorgeous cover!

 

 

 

 

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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I admit, part of the reason I want to read this is because of my love for Twilight.  I’m really curious to see how a spy/thriller book by Stephenie Meyer is!

 

 

 

 

 

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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This is another book that I’ve heard so many good things about  The premise of Caraval is so intriguing, and I really want to read this one!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ringer by Lauren Oliver

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Replica was one of my favorite books that I read this year, so I’m super eager to get my hands on the sequel!  I love how creative this story is, and I can’t wait to read how things end!

 

 

 

 

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The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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So many people love this book! I’ve heard it’s so cute, emotional, and well written.  I really want to read this book!

 

 

 

 

 

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I love John Green’s books, and I’ve been hearing really good things about his newest one.  I really can’t wait to read this book, either!

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Everyone has been buzzing about this book lately! I just recently heard about it, but from what I’ve heard, it’s really good.  Plus, it takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, and I actually live in Northeast Ohio, too, so it’s always fun to read about places you’ve seen/know of!

 

 

 

 

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There’s my Top Ten Tuesday! And yes, I do realize it’s Wednesday.  The past few days I’ve been busy getting school work done for winter break, and I just haven’t had the time to adequately blog.  The good news though, is that I’m officially on winter break, so yay! I’ll actually [hopefully] have time to do things now!

Thanks for reading! What books do you hope Santa will bring?


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