I’ve partnered with Justine of Bookish Wisps to bring you something that will help you tick off some items on reading goals this year: read more diverse books, read books by Asian authors (*ehem* #YARC2019), read a diverse anthology, read a book outside of your comfort zone. Let’s do this altogether!
Hey, avid readers! With the Christmas season just around the corner, I felt the need to help you narrow down your choices on what to give your book blogger friend, or even yourself, on Christmas day.
This gift guide ranges from the essential things up to the extra things that book bloggers need in order to get our life together.
Hey, avid readers!
I know, I know, it’s been such a long time but that’s okay because today, I have something amazing for you! I decided to do #BookMas this year but I’ll do it on my YouTube channel, so it will be like a #VlogMas but with books. I just feel like I’ll be pulling it off the best if I do vlog-style, instead of blog-style. But fret not! I will still be blogging this holiday season, and expect to have freebies for every blog post coming your way this month. 😉
Now, I know some of you are not into vlogging, so I decided to share with you my ideas for the #blogmas season! So, without further ado, here’s a list of all the schamazing bookmas things! OH AND BY THE WAY, stay till the end of this blog post for a little gift! I love ya’ll!
~The Bookish Bookmas~
- Bookmas Tree Inspiration / Your Own Bookmas Tree
- End of the Year Reading List/Plans or Reading Update
- My Favorite Books This 2018
- My Least Favorite Books This 2018
- 2018 Authors Hall of Fame
- Book Blog Round-Up (where you feature your best/favorite blog posts and maybe some favorite bloggers or new blogger friends you’ve made this year!)
- Gift Guide for Book Bloggers (because admit it, we do need to have our essentials)
- Best Books to Read this Winter Season
- Holiday Books Recommendation
- If Books Were Christmas Songs or Christmas Movies (or maybe do both? 😛 )
- If a Fictional Character Were To Make a Wish to Santa Claus
- Santa Claus’ Nice or Naughty List: Fictional Characters Edition
- 2019 Most Anticipated Releases
- 2019 Reading/Blogging Goals (or Bookish Goals in general)
- Book Blogger’s Bookish Wishlist
~The Personal Bookmas~
- Life Update!
- A Day in the Life of a Book Blogger
- Book Blogger’s Morning Routine
- Book Blogger’s Night Routine
- My New Year’s Resolutions/Goals
~The Non-Bookish Bookmas~
- Christmas Movies Watchlist
- Christmas OOTD Inspirations / Your Own Christmas OOTD
- Holiday Bucket List
- Beginner’s Guide to Christmas Cards
- Favorite Blogmas Posts by Other Bloggers
And those are all the 25 bookmas ideas for you all, my awesome avid readers! I hope that you’ll get to enjoy and keep all the creative juices all throughout this bookmas adventure. If you’re participating in bookmas and would use one of the ideas above, please feel free to link back to this post and don’t forget to leave a comment below with your bookmas post so I can give some love!
As promised, here is my Christmas gift to you: a paperback copy of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne. It is one of my absolute favorite books this year and I wanna spread the kindness and share this wonderful book with you.
**Thank you so much to Usborne YA for kindly sending a giveaway copy of this book.**
Have an Avid Merry Bookmas, avid readers!
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Hey, avid readers!
This is just a quick announcement or update that I will be participating in the amazing Summer 2018 Comment Challenge for the month of July! This is my first time doing this and I am super excited! As a full-time stay-at-home person, I decided to commit to the 10+ comments in a month and I hope to have lots of fun in this thing. ❤
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Hello, avid readers!
Woah, I can’t believe that it’s already been a week since I posted my first Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts!
Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly book meme tag created by Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous. Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a chance for book bloggers to dabble in areas besides books (but those are welcome too). Share your plans for the weekend, a rant on people not using their turn signals in parking lots, or your love of Sunday morning mimosas.
The past week was both good and bad, both thrilling and boring. Oh, I just love the yin-yang effect of this week and I’m so excited to share with you my bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts!
TITLE: What To Say Next
AUTHOR: Julie Buxbaum
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House
PUBLICATION DATE: July 11, 2017
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.
KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a weird (“good weird” 😉) book for me. It has weird (“good weird”😁) main characters. It has a good weird plot. I good weirdly love it!
My attention hasn’t been caught until Chapter 7. For the first six chapters, I thought it was kind of slow-paced, and I hate slow-paced books. But, when I got to Chapter 7, I already thought that “Wow, it’s getting interesting!”
Before reading this book, I have zero idea of what it is about. I think the synopsis is so vague, especially when you get to actually read the book, you’ll just realize that the synopsis gives nothing about what the book is really about; and I think it’s good. It’s good to be surprisingly amazed!
This is my first time reading a book by Julie Buxbaum and I’m thinking why I haven’t read Tell Me Three Things (and her two other novels) before. Now, I’m putting Tell Me Three Things on my to-buy-and-to-read-ASAP list because I REALLY LOVE JULIE BUXBAUM’S WRITING!
What I love about What To Say Next:
- It’s so fun to read! I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know David and Kit.
- It’s like David and Kit are my BFFs and they’re telling me their story! It’s so cool to be part of the their tribe. 😉
- It is such a DIVERSE read! 💓
- It has unique characters and unique plot.
- David is so weird, good weird.
- I get to know more about David’s situation (I’m not gonna say what situation because I think it’s spoilery? 😀)
- I feel so connected with David and Kit.
- I love how the feeling of loss and being different was dealt so real and raw here.
- All these are caused by one thing actually: SUPERB WRITING!
There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about it though. It’s the last part, like the last four or five chapters. I think the ending is somehow good, but I think it could be better. It’s just that I feel cheated. But nevertheless, I want more of David and Kit! 💓
I recommend this if to everyone. You’ll surely love it! It’s now my new favorite YA contemporary novel. Welcome to my tribe!
*Thank you so much to Fay of Bibliophile Soprano and to Penguin Random House for making this blog tour happen. This, however, does not affect my opinion on the book.*
MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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TITLE: Everything All At Once
AUTHOR: Katrina Leno
PUBLICATION DATE: July 25, 2017
From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.
Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.
In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.
This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.
(Read more for my review.)