Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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#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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Countdown to Christmas #14

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Hello! I can hardly believe it, but it’s Christmas Eve, Eve, and the final Countdown to Christmas of 2018!! 🎄😱  Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

This week’s pick is Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost.

IMG_5059.JPGWhen Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm. 
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.

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Twelve Slays of Christmas is such a fun and festive read!  The mystery is well done and the atmosphere is so Christmas-y.  I could totally see this series becoming a movie series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.  This book was so fun and enjoyable, and if you love cozy mysteries, I would definitely recommend this book!

Have you read Twelve Slays of Christmas?


 

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The Jingle Bell Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! I’ve been seeing the Jingle Bell book tag around lately and since it’s so close to Christmas, I thought this would be such a fun tag to do!  The tag was created by Richard @ The Humpo Show, and I found this tag from Deanna @ Dee Reads Things.

Alright, let’s get started!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas tree?

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While I’d be happy with any book, I’m super eager to read A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.  I would be absolutely thrilled to find this one under my tree on Christmas morning!

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time” – What book that you’ve read this year did you enjoy the most?

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How can I possibly pick just one?! I will say, though, my latest 5 star read was Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.  It was definitely one of the best books I read this year!

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

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The Nancy Drew series was my favorite growing up.  So, whenever I pick up a Nancy Drew book, it reminds me of my younger years!

“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” – What book has the most festive look to it?

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I think My True Love Gave to Me has such a fun and festive cover and features a little bit of something for everyone!

The Grinch – Your favorite villain.

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The Trunchbull from Matilda is absolutely terrible.  She is one of the first villains that really stuck out to me, and while I don’t have a “favorite” villain, she is definitely the most memorable one to me.

The Holiday – Name your TWO favourite couples.

 

Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe and Nancy Drew & Ned Nickerson for life! 😍😂

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

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Anne of Green Gables is one of my all-time favorite books (as many of you know, haha), and so I would love for all my followers to read and [hopefully] love this book!


I tag anyone who wants to do this!


This was so much fun to do!

Thanks for reading!


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Blogmas Book Quotes | The Gift

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Hello everyone! Today I’m back with another Blogmas Book Quote!

Today’s quote comes from The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.  This quote may be short, but to me, with Christmas only one week away, I feel like this quote is an especially prevalent reminder of just how precious this time of year can be.


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“Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.  Time can’t be given.  But it can be shared.” 

~Cecelia Ahern, The Gift


Have you read The Gift? Also, share with me a favorite memory you shared with someone important to you!

 

Christmas Countdown #13

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Welcome to week 3 of Countdown to Christmas! Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.  Last week was so busy, I ended up taking a break from Countdown to Christmas, but this week I am back. Today I am actually featuring two books, because my niece wanted to share a Christmas book of her own!

Today’s picks are A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly.

IMG_4773.jpgA Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

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The Santa Claus Book is all about Santa delivering toys on Christmas Eve!

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A Christmas Carol is honestly such a delightful read!  Even if you’ve seen some of the many adaptations, the book is still worth the read.  Ebeneezer Scrooge is so memorable for a reason.  It’s quite short and I really think every book lover should at least give this one a try!


The Santa Claus Book is such a cute and fun picture book.  It is filled such gorgeous, vintage pictures, and it just puts you in such a Christmas-y mood.  My 5-year-old niece really adores this one and loves reading about Santa delivering presents!

Have you read either of these books? 🎄

 


 

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The Bookish Naughty List 2018!

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Hey everyone! I know I’ve sort of fallen off the Blogmas train the past couple of days, but the final weeks of school were really kicking my booty.  That being said, I’m officially on winter break, and I could not be happier! 🙌🏼  This semester was b r u t a l!

Anyway, today I’m doing the Bookish Naughty List book tag again!  I did it last year, but let’s see how this year compares.  Will I be naughty or nice?!

Here we go!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✔

Ugh, yes I’ve done this and I always feel so bad about it!  I have every intention of reading all the ARCs I receive, I just don’t always get them done before they’re released.  I promise they’ll be read someday, though!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley

Okay, so I really thought I was going to be naughty for this one.  I’m actually at 71% right now.  Plus, now that I’m on winter break, I’m hoping to read even more and get that percentage even higher!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✔

Here’s looking at you Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel 😂🙈

Folded down the page of a book

Nope! Dog-earring books isn’t my style. 😂

Accidentally spilled on a book

I have in the past, but not this year, thankfully! 🙌🏼

DNF a book this year ✔

There were a few this year that I started, didn’t get very far in, and decided that they weren’t the book for me right now.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

It may take me years, but I do always do plan on reading every book I buy.  Do I actually end up reading every book? No…but my intentions are pure, I promise!

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔

Oh yes, I do this far too often.  In fact, I ended up turning in my final paper for the semester an hour before it was due because I may or may not have spent too much time reading instead of working…oops!

Skim read a book ✔

I’ll be honest, I don’t do this often, but if I’m reading a book that I’m really struggling to get through – especially when I’m almost done – I do skim some of the passages. 🙈

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Not this year! 🎉🎉 I’ll have you all know that I’ve actually surpassed it! 💃🏼

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

My books may be returned late, but they always get returned!!

Broke a book buying ban ✔

Library book sales…I just can’t pass them up!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Hahaha! I’ve done this before, I admit. But not this year!

Wrote in a book you were reading

The only book I write in is my Bible, and I don’t really think that counts for this.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

I gotta make sure every book makes it to my Goodreads goal, so no for this one. Haha!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

No, I’m actually pretty good about returning things!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

😂😂 I’ve done this before, but I actually didn’t have to do this in 2018!

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Not this year! 🙌🏼

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Unfortunately, this happens to me a lot.  Surprisingly, this didn’t happen this year, though! 🎉

Sat on a book accidentally ✔

Yes, this has happened more times than I would like to admit. 🙈  Thankfully, the books were not harmed!

Final Score 7/20

Hey! I actually did pretty good this year! I guess I’m on the nice list after all!😁🎄


 

Are YOU on the bookish naughty list this year? I’d love to see your answers!


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Christmas Bookshelf Decor!

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Hello! Back in October, I shared with you all my autumnal/Halloween decorations for my bookshelves.  I had so much fun with that post, that I decided to do another one for Christmas! Today I’ll be sharing how I decorated my bookshelves for Christmas! 🎄


To start things off, here’s an overview of my main bookcase:

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I’ve spotlighted a different Christmas book on each shelf that is either on my December TBR or a Christmas favorite.

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My first two shelves feature A Nancy Drew Christmas and A Vintage Christmas.  They’re both books that are on my TBR this month.  I actually just started reading A Vintage Christmas, and so far it is everything I hoped it would be!  I also decorated my shelf with a tiny Christmas tree that I’ve had since I was a little kid. 😂

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This shelf also features a pendant banner I crocheted a couple years ago!  It was one of my first crochet projects that actually turned out really quite nice. 🙂

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I also have a lovely little snowglobe I bought at Target. 🙂  It plays “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and the little cabin inside looks so cozy.  I just love looking at it!

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My next two shelves feature The Christmas Remedy and Skipping Christmas.  It also features this little wooden Rudolph that I’ve had for forever and a rocking horse ornament from my sister’s 1st Christmas. The string on it is broken, so we put it on the bookcase instead of the tree. 🙂

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On my other, hanging bookshelf, I lined it with festive ribbon I had laying around.  I also have my little Nativity scene set up there. 😊

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Next, this isn’t specifically bookish, but I found these adorable Dr. Seuss prints at Hobby Lobby!  I initially wanted all three prints to be from the Grinch (because it’s one of my Christmas favorites), but unfortunately, they were sold out of the rest of the designs.  I’m still quite pleased with the Cat in the Hat ones, though.  I also attempted to decorate them with so pine branches from the three outside!

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And lastly, I had to include my tree!  This was a new tree this year (I also got it from Hobby Lobby) and I am so in love with it!  It has two different textures of branches to make it look a bit more authentic, and it’s just the perfect size for my tiny room. 🙂

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And that wraps up my Christmas decor! I also have lights strung around my ceiling, but that was kind of hard to take a picture of, haha! My room is so cozy with all the decorations. I absolutely love snuggling in bed and reading a book after a long day with everything all lit up. 😊🎄♥

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my Christmas decorations! Do you love decorating like I do? Or are you more minimalist? 

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | Silent Days, Holy Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m teaming up with JustRead Tours and Gilead Publishing for the blog tour to celebrate the recent release of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the book as well as how you can win a copy!

Here we go:

silent days holy night.jpegTitle: Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Pages: 240

Genres: Fiction, Inspirational, Christmas

Published by: Gilead Publishing (Oct. 20th, 2018)

Summary

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .  

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .

When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.

Silent Days, Holy Night

what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author, Gilead Publishing and JustRead Blog Tours!*

This book was so sweet!  Going into this story, I thought I had an idea how this book would go.  While it sort of did, Silent Days, Holy Night ended up being so much more than I anticipated!

I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel!  Julia is so sweet and sassy and I just adored her.  I love how determined she was about everything.  Mr. Lafferty was the sweetest little cinnamon roll and, just like Julia, I wish I had him as a friend.

Silent Days, Holy Night was so well written, too!  The writing was so comfortable to read, if that makes sense.  It was just the perfect book to read, curled up on the couch with soft Christmas music playing in the background.

This book made me laugh and it also made me shed a few tears.  It is one that I will not soon be forgetting!  It also made me really want to start studying sign language again.

Silent Days, Holy Night is about loving others, friendships and embracing our differences.  This book is filled with the Christmas spirit, and it was honestly such an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and heartwarming read this holiday season.

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(1) winner will receive (US only):

  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
  • a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors

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Giveaway will begin at midnight December 10, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 17, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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about the author

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

CONNECT WITH PHYLLIS: Website | Facebook | Twitter


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Book Review | The Christmas Remedy

the christmas remedy.jpgTitle: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Genres: Christian, Christmas, Amish, Romance

Published by: Waterbrook Press (Oct. 23rd, 2018)

Summary

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene’s Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what’s happened and find the “missing” patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?

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what i thought

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publisher!*

This was such a sweet book!  I’m from Ohio, and so I’ve visited Amish Country many times throughout the years.  So when I was approached by the publisher to read and review this book, I was so intrigued by the plot that I had to say yes.

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