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12 Days of Blogmas: Day 7 – Tell a Tale

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Day 7 is all about sharing holiday traditions. As I come from a family that never really had those in any consistent way, I never really developed my own.

Though there are a few things that The Dude and I typically like to do on Christmas. If we keep doing it for enough years in a row, I suppose that eventually they will be traditions.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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Holiday Traditions

My family is sort of scattered all over the country, so it’s rare that I get to spend the holidays with them. It’s the worst time of year to travel – weather, crowds, cost – so The Dude and I typically spend Christmas all by our lonesome.

And as I usually have to work in the days leading up to the holiday and the days following it, we don’t really go anywhere for Christmas. Though the thought of spending Christmas in Vegas sounds kind of fun.

Typically, on Christmas morning I always wake up super early. We don’t usually have a tree – though at one point I had a pink feather tree that was super cute – but we do leave prezzies out the night before. And as I love presents, I usually find myself awake and anxious to find out what those presents are.

A few hours later The Dude wakes up, we make coffee and breakfast and start opening our gifts. As they typically involve something technology-related that requires setup of some kind, that usually distracts us for what remains of the morning.

Then we call our families in the early afternoon to wish them a happy holiday.

But our “tradition” is to go to the movies and go out to dinner – preferably for Chinese food, though we can’t seem to find any restaurants in LA open on Christmas. Boo. So lately we’ve been stuffing our faces with popcorn and calling that a meal.

Last year my mom’s visit broke our tradition as she showed up at the train station at around 7 a.m. on Christmas morning. This year she’s flying in, in the evening, so at least we’ll have part of our Christmas tradition in tact.

If I had my own boat I know exactly what I’d be doing. Maybe someday that will be our tradition. A girl can dream.

How do you spend your holidays? What are your holiday traditions?

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12 Days of Blogmas: Day 6 – Stocking Stuffers

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It’s the 6th Day of Book Blogmas and Parajunkee is making us share some of our favorite holiday reads that would make the perfect stocking stuffers. Or if we aren’t the sort to read holiday-themed books we can share some books we think are awesome to read during the holidays.

I’m part of that latter group. I can’t remember the last book I read that was specifically centered around Christmas, New Years, or any of the other winter holidays. I seem to recall jokingly starting to write a short story last winter that had a winter theme to it pursuant to a conversation I had with our generous Blogmas host. But actually reading any holiday-themed books? None that I can recall.

I may have a few recommends, however.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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Stocking Stuffers

Really any book by a favorite author is great to receive in one’s stocking. Though, maybe putting books in a stocking on a mantel above a lit fire is not the way to go.

Anyway… The holidays can be such a hectic time of year for anyone. Reading books that hold the promise of adventure – or epic adventure – or romance, are ones that I think make great holiday reads.

Here are a few that come to mind…

A stocking filled with paranormal romance, fantasy, urban fantasy, high fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, contemporary fiction, or even those stories set in a post-apocalyptic world are all great holiday reads. Anything that gives you a few minutes to a few hours to escape the stress of shopping, family, and the year-end stuffs at work is the perfect holiday read.

What do you like to read during the holidays?

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12 Days of Book Blogmas: Day 5 – Nice List

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It is now Day 5 of the 12 Days of Blogmas and we get to share a list of our favorite characters who we know would be on the NICE List. Well, since this post requires us to list our FAVORITE characters, my list is going to be short. Really short, actually. As the characters I adore tend to be those who wouldn’t even be considered for the nice list. Yep. My favorites are all just a little bit wicked. Most are a whole lot wicked.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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The Nice List

I have been wracking my brain for hours trying to find characters who would definitely make the Nice List. While not all the characters I adore are evil, they are all pretty much naughty. Even those who might be considered nice have typically done something in their past to tarnish themselves just a little.

But here are the nicest ones…

So those are my favorite characters that will (hopefully) make the “NICE LIST.”

Who are your favorite “nice” characters?

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12 Days of Book Blogmas: Day 4 – Naughty List

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Today we get to talk about our favorite characters that would be on the naughty list. As most of my favorite characters are just so deliciously wicked, this could potentially be a really long list. So I’m going to try and keep it to characters from books I’ve read or re-read in 2014.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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The Naughty List

Here are 20 “naughty” boys from my 2014 reads. And yes, I know there are plenty of wicked female characters in fiction. But oh how I love those devilish boys.

So those are mine.

Who made your naughty list?

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12 Days of Book Blogmas: Day 3 – Perfect Present

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For this third day of Parajunkee’s 12 Days of Book Blogmas we get to share some of our favorite bookish gift ideas. I have a list that goes on and on, but in keeping with this event’s theme, I’m going to stick with the number 12.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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The Perfect Bookish Presents

Here are 12 gift ideas for those book lovers in your life.

  1. A gift card (online or printed) to your book lover’s favorite bookstore. Some stores let you personalize the cards (online) with your own pics, some let you buy holiday themed ones. What better gift to give than books of their choice to your favorite readers.
  2. An eReader. While the reader in your life may love print books to decorate their bookshelves, there are those times when they may want to have a number of their favorite reads with them at all times. This is where the eReader comes in. And if they already have one, why not get them the newest edition.
  3. Signed books. If you know your reader’s favorite authors and books, what better gift than to get them a signed copy. While they might not be personalized, there are plenty of places to get fantastic signed books such as your local Barnes & Noble or Indie Bookstore. Online they always have an amazing selection at Books of Wonder. There are also plenty of online Indie Bookstores that offer signed books – just do a quick Google search to find them.
  4. Knock Knock does this amazing personal library kit. They are super cheap and super cute and for anyone who lends books out, it will help them keep track of who has their book(s) and for how long. They are sold at Amazon and other online retailers, but check out their site, HERE.
  5. A book light. A good book can’t always be set aside. Even if it means reading late into the night or early into the morning. Even if means disturbing the person sleeping next to them. Why not get them a book light so they won’t feel as guilty when they devour those unputdownable reads.
  6. An embosser. Books that are embossed with personal details following “Library of” look so pretty. There are plenty of places online that sell them, including Williams-Sonoma.
  7. Bookshelves or a book tower. A brand new set of shelves to store their prized possessions will always be a hit with book lovers. If space is an issue, get a book tower. They sell them in two heights over at DWR.
  8. Super cute Page Markers. If your book lover likes to tag their favorite pages, instead of making them dog-ear their beloved tome, get them some super cute sticky notes/page markers like these from See Jane Work. They also have these fun expressions ones.
  9. A tote bag. If your book lover likes to take a book or a few along with them wherever they go, get them a tote that will allow them to do so. If your budget is big and the reader in your life is a brand junkie, then the sky is the limit and they might just love this patent red leather Gucci tote. Or if the budget is a bit smaller, this cute “Got Books” tote which is sold by JanWay is the way to go.
  10. A reading chair. There is nothing better than curling up in a comfy reading chair with a good book. Kelly Swallow sells some fab patchwork reading chairs that any reader would love, love, love. And Shabby Chic does some amazing super comfy slipcovered chairs that are to die for.
  11. A book blog. If your reader wants to join a community of book lovers and share their love of books, get them the gift of a blog hosting package, a blog design and a domain name. Print out a “certificate” listing what you’d like to get them and they can choose the name and design/designer. If budget is a concern, they have some great pre-made themes on Etsy and Creative Market.
  12. If your book lover is an audiobook fan, get them a year’s membership to Audible.
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12 Days of Book Blogmas: Day 2 – Christmas Card Exchange

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On the second day of Blogmas my blog designer gave to me… well… nothing yet… but I’m hoping.

Anyway…

I am still completely unprepared for this challenge and this holiday season. I am a terrible designer and the thought of today’s topic made me cringe. IT MADE ME CRINGE.

But as this is an elective and I’m not being forced to participate, I am trying to bootstrap myself into this event’s festive nature.

If you haven’t heard of this awesome holiday event, be sure to check out Parajunkee’s blog post for more details. And for just a quick peek at the schedule for the next 12 days, here’s the amazing graphic she designed.

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The Christmas Card

Let me state this for the record: I AM NOT A DESIGNER. I am also not great at going online to grab some code that I can use to embed a pre-made animated card. Thirdly, I am not particularly fond of animation on websites.

So, of course that means I’ve opted to try my hand at designing a card and animating it. Woo hoo!

Here’s the end result of three hours worth of purchasing stock, creating layers, watching videos, downloading trial versions of programs I don’t have .

What do you think?

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And I know we’re supposed to tag people who we’d like to receive this card, but as I said I AM NOT A DESIGNER and I’m too embarrassed to tag anyone. So I’m just putting it here on the site to look like an idiot in front of everyone.

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