I have several things today, mostly in preparation for Black Friday. Christmas is coming fast, and I’m trying to remind myself of that so I don’t leave it all to the last minute like I usually do…
The first thing that’s coming up is that the anthology I’m in is ready WAY sooner than they thought it would be, and is going live on Amazon this weekend. Yay! You can get it here if you’re interested. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s even free! Anthologies make good Christmas presents. Or can get you in the mood for buying a ton of Christmas presents. Just saying… Also, my hard copies have not come in the mail yet. So you can have the (semi)exclusive version even before the author gets hers. What’s not to love about that?
Second is that I have waded into the murky and often cheesy-in-a-bad-way genre of Christmas Romance again. Ever the optimist that there’s actually good stuff in that sub-genre, I suppose. But I hope to have a post of things I thought were worth it soon for you to peruse if you want. From last year, I recommend the Christmas Ladies collection by Grace Burrowes, and An Affaire Before Christmas by Eloisa James.
Christmas shopping is about to be in full swing. If you’re like me, you’ll probably buy all the presents in the 2 weeks before the event and then spend that last week wrapping furiously. If you’re shopping for someone bookish, here’s a few other things I can recommend.
Know your special someone’s favorite book? Check out Out of Print. They have everything bookish clothing printed with classic cover art, from James Bond to Harry Potter, and their shirts are SO SOFT. I have the Little Prince one and the American Gods one, and I practically live in them on the weekends. I’m currently drooling over Bunnicula and may need to splurge.
Go for a bookish candle. You can get several that smell like your favorite characters and places here, or you can light a candle to your favorite writing saint here. The writing saint one comes with a hilarious poem on the back, too. Well worth it.
It’s a well-known fact that you can never have too many bookmarks. And they’re an easy thing to buy because duplicates don’t matter! Pick your favorite and run with it. Make your own. Get creative. My favorite right now? These awesome magnetic ones from Happy Hello Co on Etsy. They have all kinds fun and adorable bookmarks, everything from Eleanor and Park to a smiling pancake.
Is your reader also a writer? Fancy pens and blank notebooks are always a good buy. Moleskine just came out with a BEAUTIFUL limited edition Harry Potter notebook that I’m dying for. But they also have Game of Thrones, Avengers, Toy Story, The Beatles, The Hobbit, Hello Kitty and a bazillion others. Even their plain ones are perfection. Moleskines take ink beautifully, are the perfect size for toting around, and are generally an obsession of mine. I almost always have at least two stashed in my purse. You can bet your writer will be happy to get one.
It’s well known that caffeine and books mix beautifully. Consider getting a bookish mug for your booklover. An Etsy search for “Book mug” brings up some awesome ones. And it turns out that there is no really one stop shop I could find for this item. Still, the favorite one I found was this Penguin Classic homage.
And, of course, gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Amazon are always appreciated. My opinion of Kindle Unlimited? Okay if you’re into romance, and getting better all the time for other genres. But is it worth that hefty price tag yet? Maybe not.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and the start of Christmas. I’m counting down the days to the end of Nano with both terror and relief. And planning to put the Christmas stuff up this weekend, if I get a few spare seconds to rub together.