Blogmas #6: Gift Ideas for the Blogger in Your Life

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Are you looking for a gift that special blogger in your life? Here are just a few gift ideas. I have included links to where you can buy these gifts for your convenience. Most of the links are to Amazon.  This is just a personal preference.  These items can be purchased at other locations as well. I do not gain anything by you choosing to use Amazon or any of the other links.

Books

Blogging and entrepreneurship is hard work.  Why not learn and gain some insight from others.

Blogging Tools 

Any of the following would be a nice addition to a blogger/entrepreneur’s desk.

  • Classic Notebooks/Journals (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Planner Box Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Moleskine Notebook (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Blog and Editorial Calendar (Buy here: Amazon)
  • EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner (Buy here: Amazon)    

  • Portable Charger (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Noise canceling earphones/buds (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Phone Tripod with Remote (Buy here: Amazon)

Mugs

Why….because of coffee! 😉 And who wouldn’t want a cute mug?!?

  • Little Miss Blogger Mug (Buy here: Amazon)Amazon)
  • You Got This ~Coffee  (Buy here: Amazon)
  • She Believed She Could So She Did (Buy here: Amazon)

Self-Care

Most blogger/entrepreneurs spend most, if not all, of their free time working on their side hustle.  Why not treat them to some rest and relaxation?

  • Bookish Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Yankee Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Woodwick Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • A gift card, to their local salon, to get a mani/pedi
  • Aromatherapy Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • DammIt Doll (Buy here: Amazon)

I hope this list helps you in finding the perfect gift for the blogger in your life.

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Happy Holidays!

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Blogmas #5: Goodreads Choice Awards

Yesterday Goodreads released the results of the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards.  It’s “the only major book awards decided by readers.”(Goodreads)  There were a total of 5,027,741 votes cast!

I was so excited to see Stephen King’s book, The Outsider, as one of the winners! I bought the book as soon as it came out and it has been on my list to read since. It is such a large book that it seems a bit overwhelming when I have a bunch of other books that I need to read before their publication dates.  I want to be able to sit down and enjoy reading it and not feel rushed.  So, for now, it will stay on my TBR list, but I can’t wait to read it!

Below you will find some of the winners.  If you would like to see the complete list of winners and all the nominees, stop on over to Goodreads (click here)

The Outsider by Stephen KingCategory: Best Mystery & Thriller

The Winner: The Outsider by Stephen King

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

The Great Alone by Kristin HannahCategory: Best Historical Fiction

The Winner: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangCategory: Romance

The Winner: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Elevation by Stephen KingCategory: Best Horror

The Winner: Elevation by Stephen King

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. 

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

I'll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamaraCategory: Best Nonfiction

The Winner: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt

“A brilliant genre-buster…. Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen King

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Educated, A Memoir by Tara WestoverCategory: Best Memoir & Autobiography

The Winner: Educated by Tara Westover

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

(Summary & Image from Amazon)

Congratulations to all the winners!  

Did your favorites win? 

Blogmas #4: My 5 Favorite Things About the Holiday Season

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The Holiday Season is HERE! Below I have listed my top 5 favorite things about the holiday season that help me to get into a Christmasy mood.

1. Time spent together with family and friends.

No matter who you are spending the holidays with, enjoy your time together. Relax, have fun, and be present.

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2. Festive Decorations

Each year the family and I take a night and just drive around and look at Christmas lights. We have done this since our children were little. It is something we all look forward to each year! The lights on the houses and the trees in the window all lit up, are always a site to see.  It can’t help but get us in a Christmasy mood.

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3. Holiday Music

There is such an array of Christmas music now that there seems to be something for everyone’s taste in music, whether you prefer the traditional or non-traditional music.

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4. Holiday Food and Treats

It is always fun getting together with family and baking Christmas cookies! It seems that food is always present when there is a gathering.  It brings people together.

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5. Holiday Traditions

There is nothing like walking through the mall hearing the “joy” of little kids going to sit on a strangers lap in a costume that scares the crap out of them.

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During the holiday seasons, traditions surround all of us. From those that go and cut down a tree, to a traditional Christmas morning breakfast with the family. Whatever they may be, we all hold our traditions close to our hearts.

What are your favorite things about the

holiday season?

 

Blogmas #2: Top 5 Christmas Playlist

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Well, Christmas time is upon us whether we are ready for it or not.  It seems to have snuck up on me a bit this year.  Are you ready for the Holiday season?

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Music has always been a part of my life, no matter the time of year, but especially during Christmas. As a kid I remember my Mom going to the piano, pulling out the sheet music from the piano bench and sitting down to play. At times I could be found next to her singing along. I specifically remember singing, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Just thinking about it gives me all the feels.  

Is there a song that brings you back to your childhood and Christmases years ago?

Below I have listed five of my favorite traditional and nontraditional Christmas songs.  The traditional song list could have been a mile long. There are just so many good choices. The non-traditional list was a little bit harder to put together. The Christmas season wouldn’t be the same for me, without these songs.

 

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TOP 5 TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS

Do You Hear What I Hear? Johnny Mathis

Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24), Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams

A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

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TOP 5 NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Gayla Peeve

Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer, Elmo and Patsy

Blue Christmas with Porky Pig

My Grown-Up Christmas, Kelly Clarkson

Mary Did You Know?, Pentatonix

What is your favorite Christmas and/or holiday songs?

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Blogmas #1: December TBR List and Goals (October and November Recap)

 

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Todays the first day of Blogmas! 

I am so excited that December is finally here! If you’re wondering what #blogmas is all about, check out my earlier post (here).

Recap of October and November

My last update, I had a goal that stated:

 PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward.

Well, I hit some hiccups along the way… October and November were a crazy mess!  I am not one to beat around the bush or be subtle so I to just come out and keep it real. For one, I wasn’t feeling well.  For those that don’t know, I struggle with chronic pain and illnesses.  The winter here in Minnesota really does a number on me.  The cold weather adds insult to injury. On top of that my body decided it would be a good time to get a severe infection and need to have an emergency surgery the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!  So, on top of my regular struggles, I am now healing from that surgery. BUT, I’m the mend.  Needless to say, I am hoping and praying December will be a bit easier.

Life is like a roller coaster.  It has its ups and downs,

but it’s your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.

Reading Recap

Books Read in October

Her Last Move by John Marrs

The Spy Who Was Left Behind by Michael Pullara

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Case of the Golden State Killer by Michael Morfor and Michael Ferguson

Painless by Marty Thornley

Books Read in November

Gazelle In The Shadows by Michelle Peach

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Pigeon – Blood Red by Ed Duncan(review coming soon)

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (review coming soon)

Decembers TBR List

I always have so many more books on my list for reading in a month than I know I can get through…but I guess that’s half the fun!  There are SO many good books!

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

The Strange Curse of Breda by Steven Arnett

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

*I really would like to get to The Outsider by Stephen King but it will have to wait January.

Goals for The Bibliovert in December

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  1. Blogmas: I have 24 planned posts for December and 2 book reviews that I need to prepare. So this will be a good challenge for me.  At the time of prepping this particular post, I actually only have 2 posts completed and scheduled.  I am feeling the crunch. Procrastination at it’s finest!  (Are you a procrastinator?  I try so hard not to be, but it always just seems to work out that way. Maybe that will be a goal for January… less procrastination)
  2. Spend more time on The Bibliovert Instagram account
  3. Relax, listen to music, enjoy the holiday season and be present.
  4. *Reminder* Persistence over Perfection

 

HERE’S TO EACH OF YOU CRUSHING IT IN DECEMBER!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO SEND A BIG THANK YOU TO THE OTHER BLOGGERS AND READERS THAT HAVE STOPPED BY MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE INTERNET. THE MESSAGES, THE LIKES, AND SHARES HERE ON THE BLOG AND MY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HAVE MEANT THE WORLD TO ME.

Thank You! ❤

#Blogmas Is Coming To The Bibliovert

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#Blogmas is a countdown, of sorts, to Christmas.

On December first, #blogmas will begin.  I look forward to participating in this, for the first time, this year.   I feel it will allow me the ability to post some different types of posts than I normally would, as well as place a holiday spin on Decembers posts.  I did leave a few openings for reviews, or other topics that may come up. 

So, we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s the December outline of what you can expect on The Bibliovert.

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Will you be participating in

#Blogmas this year?

What are your blogging plans

for December?