Happy Cyber Monday Week! Get out those credit cards and get shopping peeps. We could care less about Black Friday, cause who wants to run around in the mall with actual people?? Not me. But, I love me some online shopping, ‘specially when you get some great deals!
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A Pretty Framed Quote
A Literary Quote: A beautiful literary quote is timeless. it shows off a person’s love of the written word and adds a beautiful piece of art to the home. In a nice frame this is something you can create yourself or buy online.
An eReader: Just cut to the chase and go straight for their heart with an eReader. Today Amazon has some crazy deals on their Paperwhites, Kindle Fires and bundle items for kids and adults. I scooped up the $50 fire Saturday for $30. It might go on sale again today! Makes for a great gift!
A Subscription Box
A BookLovers Subscription Box: Subscription boxes are like a wonderful gift in the mail every month! Buy them for yourself or for your favorite person. Either way, it’s a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I recently received the one showed above from Bubbles and Books. It was perfect! I love to take a bath and I love to even read in the bath, this subscription box combines those two loves. There are also other subscriptions boxes that target specific hobbies, genres etc. But, if you want Bubbles and Books – use my special promo code and get 25% off – PARAJUNKIE25
Fun Magnetic Bookends
A Magnetic Bookend: I love these bookends! I’m partial to the above Katana one, but they have a few styles, I also like the arrow one. They run about $20 so it’s also a very affordable gift.
Banned Books Socks
Literary Socks: A fun and different literary treat for your favorite book lover! These are also affordable so you can get a pair of socks and put it in a fun gift box.
Pride & Prejudice Scarf
Infinity Scarf: This was my favorite of the large amount of P&P quotes scarves – I like the typography. They run from about $25 to $50. I think this would make a beautiful gift to your favorite book lover.
Who doesn’t love a glass (or bottle) of wine and a good book? I sure do – and Harlequin has come up with a great way to pair the two. Pure genius!!!
Harlequin has put out a line of wines, Vintages by Harlequin, in collaboration with Vingate Wine Estates in Santa Rosa, California.
Here’s the Brand Story:
Harlequin has been sweeping women off their feet for over half a century. And now they’re creating blissful moments in a whole new way with Vintages by Harlequin. In searching for the ideal partner, Harlequin found the perfect pairing in Vintage Wine Estates. This small group of vintner families shares a love of wines from California’s North Coast. Together they’ve assembled a collection of fine wineries and wine brands from the region. Each Vintages by Harlequin wine adds passion and flavor to everyday life. Whether you’re entertaining family and friends, or just savoring some well-deserved time for yourself, every bottle is crafted for a happy ending.
The wines are available only through Amazon, and cost $14.99 plus applicable local shipping. Currently they have a Cabernet Sauvignon (Pardon my Body), a Chardonnay (Substitute for Love), and a Red Blend (Wild at Heart).
This is such a fun idea – I love the “old school” branding and plan to buy these in the near future. These would be the perfect gift for a book lover. I’m definitely adding them to my wishlist – for my wine rack and my bookshelf!
What about you? Are you interested in Romance-themed wine? To drink, as a collectible, or to give as a gift?
Happy 1st July! Not for any particular reason, but it might be someone’s birthday today!
Last Week’s Confessions:
Jade: “The first thing I do when I walk into a bookstore is take a big deep breath in, drinking in the smell of all the glorious books I am yet to read! It always smells so nice!!”
Anila: “Once I was at the beach with my family. I was reading one of my favorite books by Stephen King “Four Past Midnight”, and I was so into the book. For some reason my father ushered us to go to a café near the beach, and my family kept whispering with each other.
“Did you see it? It was terrible!” my sister said.
“See what? What happened?” I asked.
They told me that a man had had an heart attack right in front of me (and I didn’t even notice him), the whole beach had gathered near him, the ambulance had come, and I hadn’t notice a single thing, because I had been reading. My father had told us to go to the café, this way we wouldn’t see the scene. I had been so lost in thoughts, that even after I had closed the book, I had noticed nothing…
Meredith: “Lizzie, you took the words right out of my month. I signed up for a free trial with Audible, and I didn’t even give the audio book a chance. I ended up requesting a physical copy from the library so I could actually read it. I have heard stories about how the physical books have extra little stuff in them that helps to enhance the reading experience that you don’t get if you listen to audio books. Plus, I don’t think I would be able to stay focus while listening to audio books.”
Stephanie: “I have to agree with Lizzie on audiobooks. I almost always listen to books I’ve already read. I’m not worried that I’ll hate the book per se but I learn and remember better with reading and writing. I’m afraid if I’m listening to something I will space out and forget important parts of the story!”
Last Week’s Question:
“Which character you wished you were in real life?”
Jade: Hermoine… Is there really anyone else…? Smart, pretty, great friends, a witch, goes to the best school in fictional existence!!
Wasim: “The first character that popped to mind is Kaylee Cavanaugh from the Soul Screamers series. For some reason, I feel like this is a weird choice considering all the terrible things that happen to her. But there’s also a lot of awesome things about Kaylee – 1.) she’s a bean sidhe, 2.) her boyfriend is Tod Hudson, 3.) she has amazing friends and family, 4.) she eventually becomes a soul collector, which is kinda cool combined with her bean sidhe abilities. Take away all the nasty, mean Hellions and all the other things trying to kill her (permanently), and she has a pretty good life.”
This Week’s Question:
“What magical creature you wish you were?”
The possibilities are endless, oh God, but I am going to stick with “dhampir”. Firstly, it’s because this word is Albanian (and I am Albanian), and it means “dham” teeth, and “pir” drink, the one who drinks with his teeth. Secondly, dhampir is a half human, half vampire creature, who is told to be much more powerful than vampires. Last, but not least, Blade is a dhampir, and he has been my hero since I was five.
Hello my dear bookworms,
Flash news: Today, I just opened my own bank account, because the editing house (I have a book published in Italy) wanted to give me the money of the sold books. Can your 18 years old bookworm get a round of applause? I felt so damn important today, while signing some papers. *flips hair*
Ok. Let’s continue now! First of all, I couldn’t write any posts last week, because I was at the hospital. Nothing major, but I am a cancer survivor, and I need some check-ups every 4 months.
What is this feature?
This is a new feature, where you can participate, telling us your craziest confessions. Here’s how it works. Write a post about your most eccentric bookworm confession, and put your post link below. I will go around checking your blogs, and choosing the craziest bookworm confessions, and featuring them into our next post.
This feature will help create a bond between bookworms, because at the end if we don’t understand one another, then who is going to understand us? Plus we get to see how crazy we really are, and still call that normal. (haha!)
This Week’s Confessions:
Lizzie: I’m really scared to try audiobooks. I’ve always read them, so it seems weird to listen to them. I know that they’d be really convenient for long car rides or while working, but I’m still worried. I’m nervous that it will effect my opinion of the book. I might hate the audiobook, when I could have loved reading it. I won a copy of one of Darynda Jones’ audiobooks, but I’m scared to try it.
Olivia: I have been known to skip out on family things to stay home and read, but not usually friend things. I skip out on those because I am just introverted or not in the mood to >.> But I try to go if I can!
Jade: I HAVE TO BUY BOOKS IF THEY ARE ON SALE OR ON OFFER… That’s it, that’s all I have to say, I just can’t help it, it’s like a magnetic connection!
Last Week’s Question:
“What would you do if you were forced to read a genre you simply cannot like?”
Nell: This is not a scandalous confession. I’m sure that I’m not the only person out there for whom stepping outside my reading zone is pretty difficult. I like what I like and if I have to read a genre that I cannot like it would probably take forever to get the book done. I’m a procrastinator when it comes to things I don’t like. I’m pretty good at negotiating to get myself out of doing something that I’m gonna hate. With that being said, I will try a genre if I’ve never tried it before. I usually stick with what I know, but I won’t dismiss it without at least a look. I have an example where I was forced to read the “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck for school. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. I realize it’s a classic, but 1939 must not have been my year. I did try it and I did finish it. It won’t be my go-to relaxation and escapism book, that’s for sure.
Ivana: I think I’m with Nell on this one. I would procrastinate and avoid. If I have to do it, like with some books I had to read in school, I’d do a lot of skimming. Once a wrote a book report on Uncle Tom’s Cabin just by reading the captions under the illustrations. I know I was supposed to want to read such a critical piece of American history, but I really wasn’t of an age to appreciate that at the time. So I got creative. No one ever knew … until now!
Lizzy: Well I’m not a fan of contemporary, so I’m not sure what I’d do. Maybe just make up a paranormal or fantasy story to add to it, like the main character is a mermaid and her boyfriend in a werewolf that has a fear of water or something. I guess that would be my coping mechanism!
Jade: I would probably have to just struggle through it if I was absolutely forced to read it, or just give up if I couldn’t get into it.
This Week’s Question:
“Which character you wished you were in real life?”
Ok, I really wanted to say Dracula, but then I figured that it would be too creepy. But, I mean, he has a huge castle with wolves as guards, and a huge library! Ok, if I am not Dracula, then I’ll be Van Helsing. See, I love vampires, but I love vampire hunters too. I would be super intelligent, and I would be a great hunter.
If I were a character from a Comic Book, then I would be Blade, the vampire hunter. He has been my favorite hero since I was five years old. He is super cool.
Has anyone noticed my fascination with vampires?
Haha! Haha! Haha! *laughs awkwardly, while fainting into the darkness*