Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving


I’m still in New York so it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas yet, but tomorrow I’m headed to California to be with my family and I expect all the excitement will hit me then. Of the many, many books I wouldn’t mind finding under the Christmas tree this year, here are ten I’d be extra excited about. What are you hoping for this Christmas? Continue reading “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving”

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year


I’m honestly not sure what Santa is bringing, because I totally forgot to make a list this year, but here are a few books (out of a long long long list of books I’d be happy to see by my stocking Thursday morning) that I definitely wouldn’t mind Santa bringing. If any of you have read these books I’d love to know your thoughts. I’d also love to read what book(s) you are hoping to find under the tree Christmas morning … if you celebrate Christmas, which I realize not everyone does. Continue reading “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year”

Marry, Date or Dump: Frosty, Rudolph, and Hermey the Elf


Only three more days until Christmas … or as we call it in my house Christmas Eve Eve Eve. This week you can choose between three of my favorite Christmas characters to marry, date or dump. There are a lot of pros and cons in this group. For example, Frosty the snowman is a holly jolly soul, but you couldn’t exactly take him on a beach vacation. If you married Hermey you would get free dental work, but his high-pitched voice might get tiring after awhile. Rudolph’s glowing nose could make it hard to sleep in the same room. I’m excited to see how you all weigh these pros and cons to make your decisions!  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Frosty, Rudolph, and Hermey the Elf”

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

20309175 (2)I can’t imagine liking young adult books and not being excited about My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. This is not just because the book contains everything really good YA has- diversity, genuine and relatable emotions, snappy dialogue, and lots of swoon-worthy kissing. Mostly I just can’t imagine that anyone who reads young adult books doesn’t have at least one favorite author among the writers Perkins gathered together to create these twelve holiday stories. For me those favorites were Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins herself. But after reading all of these stories at least twice, and several of them several more times than that, I have lots of new-to-me YA authors I can’t wait to read more from. Seriously, what’s most shocking about this collection is that there are no weak link stories in the book. Each one is fun and thought provoking in its own way. Reading the stories for the first time one after another on the subway made my subway rides this winter the most fun they’ve been since I moved to New York.  Continue reading “Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins”

Wordless Wednesdays: Holiday Windows in New York


I’m back in Annapolis for the holidays, but before I left New York I made sure to walk around and see all the holiday windows. It was so much fun that I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Hope you enjoy despite the blurriness and glare from the glass!  Continue reading “Wordless Wednesdays: Holiday Windows in New York”

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing


This Tuesday, the weekly book meme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish asked bloggers to list the top ten books we wouldn’t mind Santa bringing us tomorrow. In case Santa (or my mom) is reading this, I want to fully acknowledge that none of these books were on my gift list, so I don’t expect any of these. That being said, if they happened to appear under the tree tomorrow morning, I’d find space for them on my shelf. Continue reading “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing”

Marry, Date or Dump: Christmas Elves


Last year I gave you the option of marry, dating or dumping different Santas, this year we are going further down the food chain to the people who make toys in his workshop: the elves. I haven’t exactly made my mind up yet, but I’m excited to see who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump when given the options of Hermie the elf, Elf, and elf on the shelf. Let me know on the comments, and whatever your holiday plans are or what you and your family celebrate I hope you all have a lovely week!

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Eight Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol


1. No one likes a penny pincher: “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.” Continue reading “Eight Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol”