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Bookish Holiday

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(May good books find their way to you in the coming year!)

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The Name of the Wind

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“That was the hardest part of growing up Edema Ruh. We are strangers everywhere. Many folk view us as vagabonds and beggars, while others deem us little more than thieves, heretics, and whores. It’s hard to be wrongfully accused, but it’s worse when the people looking down on you are clods who have never read a book or traveled more than twenty miles from the place they were born.” — Chapter Eight: Thieves, Heretics, and Whores (p. 58)

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Unboxing: Owlcrate Nov/Dec 2016

 

Hi. My name is Blue and I’m a bookaholic.

Book subscription boxes are a gift from the gods. I am currently subscribed to two of the 12 literary boxes mentioned in this post published by Bustle and have tried a couple other book subs, as I’d like to call it.

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I got into Owlcrate last November, when I found out about their Wonderland theme. I love Alice in Wonderland so I caved and spent my life’s earnings on a box that contains bookish wonders (fingers crossed). When I got my first Owlcrate box, it was pure bliss!

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For those of you who don’t know, Owlcrate is a monthly YA subscription box. Each box contains a hardcover YA novel and a variety of bookish items that add magic your bookish adventure (a.k.a. fuel your literary addiction). You can check out their website for more details.

Wonderland theme was special because you get not just your usual YA novel — Owlcrate edition cover of Marissa Meyer’s Heartless FTW! — but also a special copy of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. A thousand huzzahs, fellow book lovers!

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To be honest, I wasn’t planning on getting Owlcrate’s December box. I’ve spent a lot of money on books this last quarter so I had to cut my expenses.

A BIG FAT LIE. (See beginning of this post. )

Owlcrate had me at Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Game of Thrones. (*screams at the heavens* WHYYYYYY…) Long story short, I received my box tonight and I LOVED it. The theme sums it up perfectly: EPIC. (Those GoT coasters are pretty neat!)

Owlcrate’s January theme is CLASSIC REMIX. (My life is ruined.)

A few words, though…

While book subscription boxes are pretty cool (remember: gift from the gods), think about your expenses and weigh your options carefully (said no book addict ever). It doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. And it doesn’t hurt to say no, either. *wink*

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So It Begins…

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“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”
— Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

That is exactly what I hope to accomplish here. I will let my thoughts flow freely as I write about things I’m passionate about — books and reading — without having to worry about deadlines. This was a long time coming and I’m glad I finally decided to throw caution to the wind and create this blog. It’s a big commitment, that’s for sure.

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In this blog, I will post book reviews and share favorite passages from books that I have read or am currently reading. I also plan to keep track of my reading progress in the coming years, so you’ll see reading updates every now and again. In the months to follow, I hope to put together lists and recommendations for fellow book enthusiasts, as well as parents and teachers.

Let’s get lost in bookish reverie together.