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Monday, November 30

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Monday, November 30

Good morning, book friends! I feel like a broken record at this point, but another month has gone by and my reading is still suffering and I feel like I’ve talked about every other book I own in 10 different ways. Does anyone else feel a bit burnt out? I know it’s 100% the pandemic’s fault because if I didn’t have kids home 24/7 I would have brain space to read and be creative, but they’re stuck with me for the foreseeable future, and of course I love getting all this extra time with them, but ya know-it’s exhausting!

Ok, enough of me being a Debbie downer. Let’s talk the books I did get to read this month. So, last week I went out and snagged the only copy of How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories from my local bookstore, and I read the whole thing in one sitting after the kids were in bed. It’s really not hard to do and I bet most of y’all did the same because it’s tiny! I did enjoy what I read, but I felt like it could have been so much more. It was a Cardan short story for goodness sakes and I wanted more Cardan in the end! There was not enough self loathing in my opinion and it just felt a little off. Anyway, the art totally made up for it.

✨How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✨Rage and Ruin – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✨Nevermoor – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✨The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What was your favorite read this month?

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Wednesday, November 25

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Wednesday, November 25

Good morning, book friends! Today I’d like to wish my US friends a Happy early Thanksgiving🦃 Like many of us choosing to do the right thing this year I will be home tomorrow and not gonna lie I’m excited! I know the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade won’t be the same, but I have not been able to watch the parade since I married my husband. Y’all that’s 12 years of missing out on my favorite part of the holiday. I can’t wait to go back to what I enjoyed as a kid and to share it with my own kids🧡

I’m back at it again with spelling out words with books and I’m about to ask the same question as last year. Very original content! So, those books above spell out thanks, and they are some I read and really enjoyed so I’m definitely thankful for them, but what I’m really thankful for is my newest book, How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. Sure I could have used more Cardan self-loathing, but the book as a whole is just gorgeous and it came at a time I most needed a trip back to faerie.
What’s a book you’re thankful for this year? Bonus question for those in the US-What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? I’m a stuffing and pumpkin pie girl myself🥧

The candle featured today is Thanksgiving Dinner from Salty and Lit. It smells like sweet potatoes, nutmeg, and dinner rolls. So yummy! The shop has so many amazing new items, and I think some of them will be delivered to my house today!! I can’t wait to show y’all! Be sure to check out my stories later and use the code Reads10 whenever you shop Salty and Lit🧡

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Monday, November 23

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Monday, November 23

Good morning, book friends! A few days ago my kids and I finished reading Nevermoor, and y’all it is so wildly fun and whimsical! I got major Harry Potter vibes from the tournament aspect and from all the magical things that happened. I was also reminded of My Hero Academia because in Nevermoor the kids have knacks kind of like the quirks in My Hero. My whole family was impressed with this book and highly recommend y’all read this series!

✨Now, let’s unbox some Nevermoor goodness with the OwlCrate Jr. Hollowpox Special Edition Box✨
☂️Nevermoor UMBRELLA designed by @caitlinrosebauman
☂️Smoking Parlour SHOWER STEAMER made by @whippedupwonderful
☂️Proudfoot House PENNANT designed by @unluckydesign
☂️Hometrain BOOK SLEEVE designed by @melaniedemmer
☂️Unit 919 TRADING CARDS designed by @lovelyillustration
☂️Morrigan’s Song ART PRINT hand lettered by @kdpletters
☂️Step Boldly STICKER designed by @yesurrey
☂️Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, author letter, and an official WunSoc pin!

I just have to say that after reading the first book in its entirety I am so impressed with the attention to detail and cleverness that was put into creating this box. OwlCrate Jr. is just so dang good at what they do and I appreciate their effort!

Y’all, if you haven’t gotten an @owlcratejr box before, now is the perfect time! Treat yourself or a young reader you love to the joy of reading this holiday season, and don’t forget to use the code BYTHESEA15 to save 15%💜

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Thursday, November 19

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Thursday, November 19

Good morning, book friends! What’s the weather like where you are? It’s been in the 60s and sunny the past few days and that makes me so so happy! I love sweater weather or as my husband calls it hoodie and shorts weather🍂

I also really love this Sweater Weather candle from Salty and Lit. It smells like roasted chestnuts and brown sugar. Plus, it’s got a wood wick. It just gives off all the cozy fall vibes🧡 So y’all go check out Salty and Lit and grab some fall candles before the season is over or if you’re ready for Christmas the new holiday collection just released earlier this week🙌 You can use the code Reads10 to save 10% off your purchases.

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Tuesday, November 17

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Tuesday, November 17

Good morning, book friends! Gosh it feels good to have taken a photo like I used to this morning. Life has just been so busy-which is crazy cause we’re pretty much always at the house, but I’m sure a lot of you can relate. So, this past weekend my family did make a quick trip out to Books-A-Million because I needed my son to clarify his Christmas wishlist for me. Anyway, while I was there I decided to see if BAM ever got in copies of The Brightest Night, and y’all there was just one and it was signed!🙌 I think it was meant for me!

Who’s your most read author?

I know Jennifer L Armentrout is a hot author right now, and shame on me but I haven’t gotten around to the books that brought her so much attention🙈 I have read 27 of her other books though and I am currently listening to Rage & Ruin. To say I love her writing is an understatement. So, if y’all ever need any advice on which JLA book you should read next just ask😊

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Monday, November 16

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Monday, November 16

Good morning, book friends! How was your weekend? Did you read anything good? My weekend was pretty busy, so I didn’t have much time to read. I did manage to finish decorating the house for Christmas, and I ordered all of my kids presents. For an over thinker it took entirely too long, but it had to be done so I could beat the holiday rush! If you have school age kids at home you can skip some of the stress of figuring out what to get them by ordering an @owlcratejr box or subscription!
Plus, you can use the code BYTHESEA15 to save 15%🙌 who doesn’t love a discount?!

Right now OwlCrate Jr. is hosting their October photo challenge, so get your photos posted with and you could win a free OwlCrate Jr. box🙌 That would certainly help someone out with their Christmas shopping. Might as well be you😊

I just love this Hobbit inspired dragon pin that was included in last month’s OwlCrate Jr. box! I claimed it for myself😊 Don’t worry about the kids-they are beyond happy with all of the other items and are putting them to good use💙

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Thursday, November 12

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Thursday, November 12

Good morning, book friends! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve actually talked about what I’m reading. So, let’s fix that! I just started reading The Camelot Betrayal, and I don’t know if I’m going to stick with it right now or not. See, I just finished reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and oh my gosh, what a beautiful story that was! Probably my favorite book of the year, so anything after it won’t seem as good as if I had read something else first. If that makes sense. So, my arc of The Camelot Betrayal might have to be put on hold-but what do I even read next that will be equally amazing, but a good transition to normalcy?!

Help me out here. What are you currently reading or do you have any suggestions?

Ok, so let’s talk Addie LaRue🖤 This book has taken bookstagram by storm and rightfully so. The writing is absolutely gorgeous! I have two full pages of quotes that I don’t want to forget. Not only is the writing beautiful, but so is the story in general. The way all the little details lined up perfectly, and all the feels it gave. Ahh! It’s just so good! I immediately gave it to my husband to read and he’s already as obsessed as I was. So, do yourself a favor and read it if you haven’t already, but make sure you have tissues around for the end!

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Tuesday, November 10

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Tuesday, November 10

Good morning, book friends! Yesterday I talked about maps, so today let’s talk about fictional places we’ve always wished we could visit from a tv show, book, or movie. I know it’s not as exciting as visiting Velaris or Hogwarts but I’ve always wanted to visit Stars Hollow. That place is so magical with it’s cozy vibes and friendly neighbors that I feel like I already know so well-I just know I’d enjoy every minute being there.☕️🍂

Where would you want to visit?

This candle y’all! Fall in Stars Hollow from Salty and Lit is the perfect fall candle. It smells like cranberry, pumpkin, and vanilla. There’s a whole bunch of Gilmore Girls candles and a Luke’s mug available in the shop, so if you’re as obsessed with GG as I am be sure to check out Salty and Lit and use the code Reads10 to save 10%.

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Monday, November 09

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Monday, November 09

Good morning, book friends and happy 🗺 Today I have a mix of different middle grade fantasy book maps, and one very special map made by my kid. He’s so proud of it💙 He’s learning about reading maps in school right now, so this was the perfect activity to show him the creative side of maps. Thank you to @owlcratejr for the idea! Also, like I mentioned above he’s so proud and he says he can’t wait to hear what all of you think, so no question today, but please leave him your thoughts in the comments😊

🗺 OwlCrate Jr. is hosting a Draw Your Own Fantasy Map competition! By participating and using you could win one of their awesome book boxes🙌 So get to drawing – the competition ends November 15th.🗺

Also, you can use the code BYTHESEA15 to save 15% off your first OwlCrate Jr. box💙

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Friday, November 06

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Friday, November 06

Good morning, book friends! So, I took this photo earlier this week because I wanted to show you my new pretty books I got this past weekend, but I just haven’t had the motivation to post. Even now I’m forcing myself because I need to say something to my fellow Americans. Y’all my heart is hurting so much right now-and I know a lot of you are feeling the same way. It looks as though Biden will win, but I can’t help but feel like we’ve lost as a country. The fact that half the voting population supports hate and their own personal comforts or privilege disgusts me. I do not want my children growing up around selfish people like that. Thank goodness I get to raise them and they already know that Black Lives Matter and love is love. We do not discriminate in this household and will always choose kindness and decency. We also support science and know the importance of educating ourselves. We all know these schools are teaching a white washed history that makes America look good. When in actuality we’ve always had work to do. We still have a lot of work to do!! I have so many more feelings and things I want to say, but I’ll leave you with this-I love you guys! Seriously, this community knows what’s up and you fill my heart with so much hope❤️

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