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My Take on the Marie Kondo Book Controversy

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One of my bookshelves. Yes, there are over 30 books! 🙂

After kicking off the New Year with some unseasonable warmth in the northeast, Old Man Winter showed up with bells on! January brought two intense winter storms, most recently a full-blown blizzard with unbelievably cold temps. Thankfully, my family and friends are all safe and sound and the weather seems to be tipping back toward normal over the next week or so.

As inconvenient as they are, snowstorms really aren’t all bad. They mean time to snuggle up and read or catch up on some TV. For me, that meant enjoying more of Marie Kondo’s new series on Netflix about tidying up your home and sparking joy. It has become a show I look forward to watching, but it has also recently sparked some controversy…

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Bookish Gift Ideas

kait's bookshelf bookish giftsJanuary has started off to a much stronger start than December did, and I’m so thankful for the time to read and get back into the swing of things. Today’s post will be my list of gift ideas for bookish individuals. I had planned on posting this list closer to the holidays, however, December took an unexpected turn and I didn’t get to share my ideas. But bookish gifts are always a great idea, not just for the holidays. They make great birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gifts, and “just because” gifts. So, here they are…my round-up of bookish gift ideas for yourself or the book lovers in your life.

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December Book Bucket List and 2018 Wrap-Up!

Kait's Bookshelf 2018 Wrap UpHappy New Year, fellow book readers and reviewers!

December took quite the unexpected turn for me. I ended up leaving the snowy northeast behind for a bit and heading to the sunny southwest to help take care of a family member who had an accident and needed unexpected surgery. Between traveling, work, and the chaos of the holidays, I’ve had little time for reading and blogging. But family comes first, the holidays were wonderful, and I plan to get back on track with reading in January.

I had planned on my next post being a list of bookish gift ideas for the holiday season, but now the holidays have come and gone. I do plan to share my list of gift ideas in an upcoming post. After all, bookish gift ideas can be useful year round for birthdays, anniversaries, or even to keep on reserve for the next holiday season. But for now, I’ll be sharing my 2018 wrap-up, my December book bucket list pick, and my reading plans for 2019.

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Literary Book Gifts – Post 3 of 3

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Today is my third and final post in my first ever three-post series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the multiple posts and learning about Literary Book Gifts, the owner Melissa, and her products. If you missed my previous posts in this series, you can go back and read some Q&A with Melissa here or read my review of a Literary Book Gifts tote bag here.

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Literary Book Gifts – Post 2 of 3

Kait's Bookshelf Literary Book Gifts Tote Bag

 

Yesterday I shared a new literary-based online gift store, Literary Book Gifts. If you missed that post, including Q&A with Melissa the owner, then you can go back and read it here. Today, in my second of this three-post series, I will talk about one of the products offered by Literary Book Gifts, tote bags. And who needs tote bags more than us book addicts, right? 😉

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Literary Book Gifts – Post 1 of 3

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Today’s post is an exciting one for me! It’s the first post in my first ever three-part series! In today’s post, I’ll be introducing a new literary-based online gift store (including an exclusive promo code!) Tomorrow, I will be reviewing one of their products, and then a second review of a different product will follow. If you love to flaunt your bookish personality, then keep reading to learn about Literary Book Gifts.

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August Wrap-Up!

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Well August turned out to be a very busy month for me, as I suspected it would be. But I’m not complaining. Quite the opposite actually. I’m very thankful for all of the writing and editing opportunities that have come my way recently, though I’m also looking forward to stepping back a bit and having time to read and relax again. I wrote three posts in August (four if you count my July wrap-up!) and here’s the recap in case you missed any of them.

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Friday Firsts: My First Scary Read

scary-reads.jpgWith the nights turning cool and the stores busting out the fall decorations, I thought it was a good time for a post about scary stories. Not only am I way overdue for a Friday Firsts post, but the scary season is almost upon us!

I have loved books from a young age. There were always books in our home growing up. We had story books and early readers, chapter books, teen books, and young adult books. I remember Frog and Toad, Nancy Drew, and The Babysitter’s Club. My mother loved to read and passed this trait down to me. She was always reading when I was growing up. Of course, her books were much thicker and much scarier looking. My mom is a huge fan of Stephen King. For a while there she had read everything he’d ever written, and perhaps that’s true today, though I think she has a little catching up to do. 😉

I wasn’t a fan of being scared when I was younger. Some kids love monster stories and creepy movies and look forward to Halloween because it’s a time to get scared. Not me. I didn’t like monsters or ghosts or creepy things. I remember a couple of creepy movies we watched as kids, but they were Disney movies, not Stephen King. I remember hearing titles like Misery and Thinner and wondering why in the world my mom would want to read something so scary. They must be good, I reasoned, if she kept reading them. I started thinking that maybe I wanted to try to read a scary book. Enter Mr. R.L. Stine.

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Why I Love Reading the Young Adult Genre

Recently, Goodreads dedicated an entire week to the young adult genre. I learned about it through their emails and social media posts, and I thought it was a great idea. One post in particular really grabbed my attention:

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The post declared “Be proud of what you read” and featured a photo taken of a sign at a library granting adult readers “permission” to browse, read, and enjoy books from the teen section.

I loved this post because so much of what it highlighted is what I love about young adult/ teen books. So I decided to follow in Goodreads’ footsteps and dedicate a blog post to the young adult genre.

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Friday Firsts: My First Romantic Read

friday-firsts.jpgFor this Friday Firsts post, I’d like to talk about my first romantic read. Let me start by saying that I read a ton of romance novels in my twenties. Favorite authors included Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts. My first Danielle Steel novel was Star and I read it after I saw a Lifetime TV movie version of the film starring Jennie Garth (I know, I’m dating myself here) 🙂 The book was very different, as tends to be the case, but I loved it and I was hooked. From there, I progressed to Nora Roberts novels which I loved because, they not only had romance but usually quite a mystery as well. I would stay up reading into the early morning hours because I just had to find out whodunit and if the couple was really going to end up together – spoiler alert – yes, they always did! In trying to pinpoint which of these novels was my first real romance book, I found myself going back earlier than my twenties, or even my late teens. I found myself remembering a book I read in my early teens, a time of just discovering boys and really not even understanding what romance was. Continue reading