Classic Remarks – Holiday Reads


Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for Classic Remarks, hosted by Pages Unbound!

I haven’t participated in this for a few months but thought it was time to jump back into it!

This week’s topic: Recommend a classic you think should be read during the holiday season.


For kids, I’m going to recommend The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats – I loved this Caldecott Medal winner as a kid! The illustrations are story are both very simple and I think it’s a great picture book for kids during the winter months.

holidays on ice

For adults I‘m going with Holiday’s on Ice by David Sedaris – This may not technically be a classic but the first time I heard “six to eight black men” I laughed so hard I cried. If you can get this (or any of his titles) as an audio book I highly recommend it – his delivery makes the stories that much funnier.

What are your favorite books to read during the holiday season?

A Bookish Christmas

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

This year was the first time we hosted Christmas at our house and, I must say, it was a success! I didn’t burn the food, the dogs didn’t eat the gifts, and a fun time was had by all (phew!) On top of that, I got a ton of book-related gifts and thought it would be fun to share.

First, I received a Kindle Fire. I’d been using a Nexus but it’s a few years old and was so slow it became impossible to use. So far, I really like it!


Next, I received some fun stuff from Out of Print Clothing, one of my favorite book-related stores. I got a Great Gatsby t-shirt, Alice in Wonderland socks, and Card Catalog socks (which is appropriate, since I work in a library!)


Finally, I received a book-themed iPhone case. Last year I got a fun Harry Potter case but it didn’t last too long. This one seems nice and sturdy though.


So basically my  in-laws know me pretty well! How about you all? Did you have a nice Christmas? Did you get any fun book-themed gifts?


Book-related Gift Idea


Earlier I posted about Out of Print Clothing as a fun book-related gift idea. Well, I’ve got another one – Frostbeard Candles!

I personally love candles and have at least one in each room of my house. So when I can buy candles that are also book-related that is a huge win! Frostbeard has a Book Lovers Collection that includes scents with titles such as “Bookwork,” “Gatsby’s Mansion,” “Reading at the Cafe,” and “Pumpkin Juice.” They sell through Etsy and, along with buying a book-related candle, you are supporting a small business!

Have you tried Frostbeard candles? What did you think?

*I should note that I am posting about these products because I honestly enjoy them and think they would make fun gifts, nothing more*

Out of Print Clothing


Every winter I have to make a Christmas list and send it to my family. I would be perfectly happy with Amazon gift cards so I can buy a bunch of eBooks. However, that’s not exactly thrilling for the gift purchaser so I have to come up other ideas.

One of my favorite go-to websites is Out of Print Clothing ( I first learned about them when we started selling their t-shirts at the Borders Books where I worked. (We were a test store and got a lot of fun stuff!)

If you haven’t checked them out, all of the items on their website are book-related and super fun (I am partial to the t-shirts.) On top of that, for each item sold, they donate a book through Books for Africa.

So if you are looking for items to add to your Christmas list (or looking for a gift for a book lover), I recommend them!

Have you purchased through this company? What did you think?

I’ll be posting a few more book-related gift ideas through December as well!


Christmas is where this year?!

In the past, Christmas has always been held at my mother-in-law’s house. It’s an all-day affair starting with breakfast and ending with a huge dinner. Since my husband and I moved into a new house at the end of July, it has been suggested what we hold dinner at our home this time around.
One the one hand, it makes total sense. We have more space and can accommodate the most people comfortably. But on the other hand, having a house full of people from breakfast through dinner sounds…exhausting.
I know it will be fun but there is SO much to think about! Cooking multiple meals, decorating the house, keeping my dog from chewing up the lights on the tree (she is not bright.)
I am cautiously looking forward to this but, as this will be my first foray into hosting, I am open to any tips!