Monday, November 20, 2017


I know it happens every year, but that doesn't lessen the shock when the holiday season arrives! I can't believe how fast 2017 has gone by. I guess it's true that time speeds up as we get older. Ugh! One thing I know for sure is gift shopping for adults is one of the hardest tasks during the holidays. What do you gift someone who can buy what they want, when they want, during the year? 

And am I alone in feeling the financial crunch? I mean, I want to get great gifts, but I don't want my wallet to need life support come January. Life is already expensive!

This year in my determination to give fun, unique gifts, I stumbled across items perfect for the book lover AND perfect for my budget! Twenty, yep, TWENTY things all under twenty dollars! Hopefully, this will make your holiday shopping a little more relaxed, a bit more fun, and stress-free!

  1. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist $10.79
  2. First Lines Literature Coffee Mug - The Greatest Opening Lines Of Literature, From Anna Karenina to Slaughterhouse Five - Comes in a Fun Gift Box - by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild $15.95 
  3. Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea $14.95 
  4. Drink Tea Read Book Spoon-Tea Lover Spoon - Book Lover Gift - Reader Gift-Tea Drinker Present-Graduation Gift- Do well Exam Theme $10.99 
  5. Great Drinkers - 6 Piece Shot Glass Set of Famous Literary Lushes - Comes in a Colorful Gift Box $16.95 
  6. Harry Potter Cauldron Sculpted Mug in Official Box $14.53 
  7. Harry Potter Black Cauldron Ceramic Soup Mug with Spoon $18.95 
  8. Reading in Bed Beaded Bookmark $2.95 
  9. The Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar 2018 $10.19 
  10. Library Card Book Club Coaster Set $20.00
  11. Fjfz Just One More Chapter Motivational Sign Cotton Linen Home Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover with Words for Book Lover Worm Sofa Couch, Black, 18" x 18" $9.99 
  12. Primitives By Kathy Box Sign, 7 by 4-Inch, I'm Reading $8.95 
  13. Book Shirts - Book Reading Lover Shirt $19.99 
  14. Adams & Co 5x5x1.5 wood block (JUST ONE) wh/bl/gd $2.50 
  15. Read Poster, Book Art Prints, Bookish Print, Book Lover Gift, Reading Book Nook $10.00 
  16. Reading Journal: For Book Lovers Diary $6.49 
  17. Out of Print Unisex Library Card Socks $13.94 
  18. Library card tote bag. Library card with day due stamps handbag. Book Bag. Library bag. Market bag $19.00 
  19. I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie Funny Cotton Canvas Tote Bag Reusable by BeeGeeTees $14.95 
  20. Inktastic Librarian Book Lover Reading Quote Tote Bag Royal Blue $15.99 


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Saturday, November 18, 2017


Where did 2017 go that we're already facing Thanksgiving? I don't remember fireworks sounding off for the Fourth of July! Then again, I've spent many months of this year in bed or struggling to get out of it. It's the craziness of depression. Yep, this girl suffers from severe Atypical depression. It makes the days unique, that's for sure!

Here's the great part of getting better: the days are brighter, sunnier, lighter. I've been able to reconnect with the things that I enjoy in a new way. My interaction with friends and family seems more genuine. I'm no longer putting myself into situations unhealthy for me. I'm learning to put myself before others (learning, not necessarily achieving). I'm surrounding myself with people who understand and aren't running from my crazy. I have support.

And my heart is full.

I'm so immensely grateful for my mother, my pets, my clients, good friends, great books, and second chances. I'm even grateful for my healing sprained ankle because it's made me refocus on healthy eating. There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for my therapist and the people who have reached out to let me know I'm not alone in the fight. They've reassured me that, while some days will be bad, there can be and ARE more incredible days. They are right!

So, as we head into another Thanksgiving, I say "thank you" to the readers of this teeny blog and the members of the Angelically Devilish reader group. Thank you for understanding when I walked away for a bit, and thank you for welcoming me back. I don't feel deserving of your kindness but will do my best always to earn it.

What I finally know is that hiding who you are means being ashamed of yourself. There's loads more of me to work on, parts I don't like much, but this is me. The good, the bad, the depressed, and the happy.

Here's to the rest of 2017! For those celebrating Thanksgiving this week, enjoy the time with family and friends. For all others, be well and find your happy.

Oh, and books reviews and author spotlights are coming! This is a book blog after all!


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