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Bookmark Monday (#52)

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Bookmark Monday
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My Theme:  Santa Impostors!

Christmas has come and gone; the trees will soon be undecked, the lights will soon be unstrung, and the year will come to a close.

Of course, there were QUITE a few Santa Impostors posing as jolly old fat men this last week.  I took it upon myself to catch the culprits…and shove them in my closet for safekeeping.

(No, no, I’m joking.  I just moved; there’s no ROOM in my closet for these fools!)

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Let’s be honest–the REAL Santa would NEVER be caught in such a precarious, silly predicament!  Books are NOTHING compared to chimney-less roofs and, *GASP*, high-burning fireplaces!  No way this guy’s the real deal.

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Nice try, Teddy…but we all KNOW you donned this getup just to get closer to the kiddos.  It’s a good thing you’re cute, or it’d be the boot for you!

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Thanks a LATTE for giving yourself away so quickly!  That beard is OBVIOUSLY made of whipped cream, and you’re not even wearing boots?!?  Also, I doubt you’d be able to drive a sleigh–you can’t even see over the reigns!  Good try…but I’m going to drink you now.

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You know that saying, “If you leave Santa a cookie, he’ll send a mouse instead?”

Yeah, me neither.

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You didn’t even TRY, cupcake.  Sticking a Santa sticker on your wrapper is NOT the same as being the holly jolly fat man, you know.  Now…you just got a little something on your face. C’mere, lemme lick it off for you…

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#46)

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Except IT’S CHRISTMASTIME in like a week and I’m currently getting ready for the big move and I JUST WANTED SOMETHING EASY, OKAY?!?!?!

So I give you instead…

Ten Bookish Christmas Decorations

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And no, I won’t be explaining my reasons behind my choices this week because I’m writing this post SUUUUUPA early (it’s like…the 3rd of December right now, guys) and I don’t wanna.  And you can’t make me.  So…JUST LOOK AT THE PRETTIES, won’t you?!

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Do you have any bookish Christmas decorations you use or have used in the past?  Have you made any, yourself?!

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#51)

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My Theme:  Christmas Reindeer

Yooooooou knooooooooow… Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen.  Comet, and Cupid, and Donder, and Blitzen.  But do you reeeeeecaaaaaaaall…the most famous reindeer of ALLLLLL?!

Awww, c’mon.  You KNOW you were singing right along with me, don’t lie.

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Don’t worry!  He’ll lead you through the dark times of your book with his flashing red nose and LOTS of cuddles!  Just…watch out for the antlers.  They get in the way.

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Yeah, hello?  Police?  I need to report a crime.

A reindeer ran off with my Christmas lights!

What?!  NO, I’m not joking!…

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I mean he sort of looks NOT like a reindeer… Actually he sort of looks like the Chipmunks.  BUT HE’S SO SQUISHY AND CUTE, I’ll forgive him his flaws.  Also, I wouldn’t mind his head being stuck in my pages.

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She has SUCH a big head…how does she not topple over every time she tries to walk?  How does she not have whiplash from trying to look at the world?!  I mean… I guess it doesn’t matter.  She’s adorable, and I luffs her, and that’s all that counts.

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I couldn’t help but crack a laugh when I saw this one.  I dunno what he’s hiding from, but he looks like he’s in trooooooouble!  Poor baby; who could EVER stay angry at that adorable face?!

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#50)

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My Theme:  Christmas Baubles

because I’m preeeeeetty sure you all know by now what my theme for this month’s bookmarks is going to be.  I mean, obviously.  It’s not that hard to figure out, I don’t think?

Also, what do you think of my new penguins?!  Aren’t they ADORABLE?!  And they fit with my overall theme so beautifully, and I just… Yes.  This change was exactly what I needed, I think.

So…let’s get on with the page savers now, shall we?!  As always, click the image to go to the etsy page!

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Boho beaded bookmark. Bauble bookmark. Indian bookmark. Dangle bookmark. Metal bookmark. Stocking stuffer. Book lover gift. Unique bookmark

I just adoooooore how gorgeous these beads are, especially all together like this.  The color scheme is just so wintry and pretty and IMMEDIATELY brings to mind those glass Christmas ornaments that penguins like myself ALWAYS SEEM TO BREAK because hello, wings are cumbersome!

Bookmark: handmade, christmas lights, whimsical.

What the HECKLES kind of Christmas tree would it be without the CHRISTMAS BULBS!?!?!  I mean don’t get me wrong, I looooove seeing the rainbows all shiny on my sleek black self, but also…there are so many different kinds out there?  You have to have lights.  It’s the law.

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Simple Christmas decoration is a MUST for this post.  You don’t have to be all flashy and wild and gaudy to make it festive, you know!

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I loooove?! The color scheme on these.  Especially that one that looks like it’s got scales or feathers or whatevs–the yellow into red into pink is just SO PRETTY and I can imagine that’s what it would look like with lights all reflecting off it.  Does that one exist in real life?!  I’d totes put it on my nonexistent tree.

Mickey Ornament Planner Paper Clip!  Christmas Planner Clip or Bookmark Stationery Accessory Holiday Planner

Don’t get me wrong, this one kiiiiiiiinda makes me think someone shoved Mickey’s head into his butt and called it a day?  BUT IT’S ADORABLE and I want it.  Mickey butt page saver for the WIIIIIIIN, okay?!  Please?!

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#49)

 

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My Theme:  Mistletoe

And once again, no real descriptions this week because…pretty self-explanatory?  I mean…I guess I could make like Barbossa when he’s marrying the lovebirds and….yeah, that might work. As always, click the image to go to that etsy page!

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Bookmark Handmade Christmas Winter Mouse Mistletoe Paper

Kiss.

Christmas Laminated Bookmark

Just kiss.

Holiday Mistletoe and Plaid Double-Sided Bookmarks with Festive Red Ribbon Bow - Perfect Gift or Stocking Stuffer!

WOULD YOU JUST–

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KISS–

Vintage Playing Card Book Mark / Ornament / Tag - Mod Mistletoe Girl

KISS?!?!?!

Hehe.

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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The Elf: Nothing’s Quite What it Seems in THIS Winter Wonderland

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The Elf

Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.

Fantasy/Retellings/Holiday
318 Pages
David & Duke Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: October 20th, 2016
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Quick Reasons: unique, inventive, modern-day “retelling” of Christmas; I actually sort of love?! the plot for this; entertaining, intriguing characters; lacking in world-building; some weird timing issues; I just wanted MORE from this read

HUGE thank you to Max Dune; David & Duke Publishing, LLC; and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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Okay, penguins. Let me just tell you a thing about this book. Are you listening? Here it is: this book? Has the lock on creativity. A modern-day retelling of Christmas, this book takes you on a wild journey. From start to finish, you’ll be swept up in action, adventure, and one very important question: who is good? who is evil? are there even SIDES here?!

But I think, in the case of this book, there might be TOO MUCH creativity trying to squeeze its way into the pages. Let me explain. I love the plot for this. I love how inventive this story is, how wild the plot twists, how much I was sucked in and transported to a different world. BUT. There’s something….lacking? About the world-building. About the magic. About the TIMING of things. Overall, I found myself stopping several times with what I imagine was a very confused, very scrunched-up look on my face…because as much as I love these characters and these ideas, I also don’t understand quite what happened.

 

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I feel like, to put it another way, this book was rushed in places. I’d LOVE to know more–how the magic in this world works, how the characters know the things that they do, what exactly some of the monsters/creatures we come up against are…. There were so many instances I felt could have been expanded upon, built upon, described more or better–that in the end, weren’t. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong; I still had a huge amount of fun being swept up on this wild journey! I just wish I had been given a few more answers in the process, I guess; I wish I felt like my immersion into this world was built upon more than just a liking of the characters and an interest in seeing where the plot took me. I wish my immersion had, in the end, been much more complete.

Regardless, this was an entertaining, often laugh-out-loud funny read. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, and seeing how they braved the situations they face throughout. The small shifts in perspective laced between the bigger moments of action helped to more fully round-out and individualize each character. Max Dune took an idea and made it uniquely his own; action, adventure, mayhem and mystery seep from these pages. I cannot wait to see what he does, or where he takes us, next! I recommend this read to lovers of Christmas, “retellings” (of a sort), and whimsically entertaining journeys. This was an adventure; why don’t you grab your merry bag of tricks and dive into it?!

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Lit Cube Unboxing (December 2015)

Man oh man!  I received my December Lit Cube box in the mail today, and let me tell you, I feel like Christmas has come early right about now!  I ADOOOORE this month’s Cube–it’s just wonderful.

The theme this month was:  You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!

Because, you know…it’s December.  And December means Christmas.  And Christmas means (at least, to me) one gnarly, ANGRY green person!  (Okay, no, I’m totally joking.  But still!)

Okay–let’s get on with it!

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This month’s packaging is entirely too adorable–I think my heart swelled three sizes just LOOKING at it!

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It also came with a festive holiday card — “Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year from your bookish friends at Lit-Cube!” –and some festive, pretty snowflake tissue paper!

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Long sleeve Pixels holiday shirt–featuring The Grinch (of course!), Christmas trees, books, reindeer, and other festive decorations.  SO adorable!

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Everything in this month’s box.

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Featured items include:

–A “Book Nerd” Lit-Cube Christmas ornament;
–A cake knife??? from Clean Teen Publishing
–A bar of peppermint scented coal (otherwise known as soap)
–A mini candy cane
–A candy cane ruler/bookmark on the back of a link and code for a FREE digital copy of
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These items look FABULOOOOOOOUS! for their close-ups.

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Two paperback novels were also included this month (one of which has TWO stories) bringing total reads for this box up to 4!  The books are:

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And that’s it!

Interested in purchasing your own subscription to Lit-Cube?  January’s theme is Perfect Penpals!  Click the button below to sign up for bookish geeky awesomeness!

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Until next time, happy book-ing!