DeerTales Holiday Gifting Guide!

If you’re like me, you started holiday shopping back in September.  But, if you are a normal, sane, and reasonable human being than it is about that time to start thinking about your holiday gifts.

I admit, I have almost zero chill when it comes to Christmas (which is what my family celebrates despite zero religious affiliation).  Then combine that with how large my family is, and I get a recipe of “plan early or go broke”.  I try to space everything out so that when the boyfriend and I actually head home for Christmas, we have some money to go get drinks with friends too.

Anyways, as time slips away I have found that it becomes harder and harder for me to think of gift ideas for all sorts of people in my life.  So, I have decided to help you all out a little bit this year!  Read on for DeerTales Gift Guide!*

*Note!  This is not bookish themed, it is a general gift guide with tons of ideas for all the different people in your life.

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The Sunday Post – August 20, 2017

I have been gone for a while, I realize this.  I don’t really know how it happened, life just gets away from you sometimes, you know?

Anyways, I thought I would kind of do a ‘catch up’ post: tell you all a little bit about what I am currently reading (spoiler alert; a lot), as well as just some random happenings in my life that have kept me away from my blog for longer than I intended.

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

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I am a polygamist reader.  I don’t think ever in my life I have had 100% of my time and energy focused on one book.  At the moment, I am doing some serious multitasking when it comes to my currently reading.  You should see my nightstand!

So, candidly, here is a quick rundown of my current reads:

  1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I want to finish because I was hooked up with an awesome promo pack for this book from Bloomsbury but I hate the font and the story is a bit slow.
  2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – sneaking pages in at work when I am not that busy, but annoyed that I want to finish in the first place because I just learned that the author is problematic.
  3. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – I am neck-deep in Percy Jackson stories and I never want them to end.
  4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Wondering why there is so much hype for this book when I have been nothing but mildly bored so far…
  5. SpecOps by Craig Alanson (audio) – I don’t think I will ever finish this monster of an audio book.

It has been a couple of months since I have read a book that knocked my pants off, and unfortunately I don’t think I any of these current reads will change that situation.  Which sucks.  I need a book that will reignite a passion to read at every moment of every day.

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It’s All in the De-Tales! (an introduction & a photo-shoot with berry branches)

I have been concocting this in my head for months now and finally decided it was time to put “the pen to paper” so to say.its all in the details

I know that one of my book buying habits is to pick up and purchase a book based purely on looks.  You say: don’t judge a book by its cover, and I don’t!  I judge it on so much more than that (although admittingly yes, I do still pick up books based on the way it looks so, I guess the saying is still relative here).

There is so much to consider when picking up a book based on how it looks: the cover yes, but also the spine details, the back cover, the pages (are they deckled?! are they sprayed?!), the title pages, the chapter headers, the naked spine, the naked hardcover, and I could go on and on because I just love all of the aspects and characteristics that go into making a book beautiful and unique.

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The Dreaded Book Slump & How I Handle It (spoiler alert: like an ADULT)

We’ve all been there.

img_6047We all know that dreaded feeling: the feeling when no book is scratching that reading itch.  And even worse, the effort to pick up a new book is too great.  Instead you watch countless hours of TV or really dumb YouTube videos, you spend a lot of time looking through Instagram or Twitter, search endlessly for new shops on Etsy, and overall just avoid looking at all of your unread books.

The biggest problem with falling into a book slump though, is not the actual lack of reading.  Instead, it’s more that they seem to be perpetual, almost like a snowball rolling down a snowy mountainside.  I have found that the longer I go without reading, the harder it is to pull myself out of a slump.

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The Sunday Post

I have been searching the book blog-o-sphere for new memes and prompts that I can incorporate into a weekly lineup to just make blogging at little more interesting.  And I have learned that if you ask The Google Machine anything, anything at all, you will receive.

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueSo, when I asked for “book blogging memes for Sundays” I was handsomely rewarded with discovering The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is such a wonderful meme because I have been searching fora way / excuse to be more personal in my blogging journey, to be more interactive with the people that read my words and opinions, and in turn discover more amazing people in the book universe.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and it is a chance to share: news.  This is a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things you may have received, and maybe talk about what is coming up for the week on your blog.  (To be honest, I don’t even know what I have planned for the coming week so sharing that info with you seems a little…premature.)

Anyways, enough jibber jabber and let’s get to it!

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