Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cover Clothes #4: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone




Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I got a Cover Clothes post for y'all! Since I've been reading so much Harry Potter fanfiction lately that I thought it would be a good idea to make a post about it. Everything featured is $50 or less, and I tried to stay true to the cover. I had to add the red boots for the fabulous witch in the red robes. The glasses are for Harry. The owl represents Hedwig. The rest of the items I felt when along with the winter-ish theme and color scheme.

That's it for this post! Comment down below on some covers you would like to see for Cover Clothes. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the subscribe box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness about my life and up to date information about the blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Your Bookworm: Reading (and More) List!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and the season of giving is upon us. A few of you may have a bookworm on your list of gift recipients for Christmas, and you don't want to give them the same old Books-a-Million gift card that they seem to get every year. If that's the case, I've got a list of gift ideas that are unique and are sure to make your bookworm's Christmas the merriest it could possibly be. Now, let's get onto the list!

First things first. We have to start a list of possible gifts for book-lovers with a book. My suggestion is Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Along with being on my "To Read" list, this book won the New Kid on the Shelf award by Epic Reads. Basically, it was voted to be the best debut novel of the year. Chances are your giftee hasn't got their hands on this book yet, but if they have that one, here's a link to all of the winners this year. You can get this book on Amazon for about $13, and you can find it at this link.



Let's say that your book lover is a more modern reader. The perfect gift for them is an e-reader, and I personally recommend the Amazon Paperwhite Kindle. I use mine almost every day. It's perfect for my classes, and with me being an English major, that is saying a lot. It's nice to have a device that is perfect in all lighting and has a book for whatever mood I'm in. It's also a great way for me to get the newest books immediately. This gift is a little steeper at $99, but you can also go for the more economic Kindle that comes in at $59. You can find the Paperwhite here and the regular Kindle here.



Now something that I've recently gotten into to ease the stress of finals and research papers is bubble baths. "What does this have to do with book lovers?" you may ask. Well, let me tell you. I've found a bathtub caddy that allows me to soak up the suds while reading my favorite books. The two that I recommend are this one for $35 and this one for $45. It will guarantee your book lover a few moments of peace, and no one should bother them during this chosen moment of reading.



When I settle in for a long read, I tend to get as cozy as possible. The best way the accomplish cozy is a super comfy sweatshirt. One of my favorites is a sweatshirt by BookTuber PolandBananaBooks. It's the booklion sweatshirt, and I have to say I prefer being called a booklion rather than a bookworm (no matter what I titled this list). It's $30 plus shipping and can be found here, but the bad news is it may not be here before the holidays. If that's a concern, I also suggest the "I Read Banned Books" sweatshirt by CafePress, which you can find here.  It will set you back $38.

BOOKLION SWEATSHIRT

Speaking of cozy, nothing goes better with a good book than a big mug of tea. CafePress doesn't just have a large array of sweatshirts and other clothing apparel, they also have an incredible inventory of creative mugs. You can find a mugs related to all fandoms from Harry Potter to Jane Austen. However, if you don't know your book lover's particular fandom, I suggest getting this mug with a quote of tea and reading for $15. To spice up your gift, I also suggest this assortment of herbal teas, which is available at Walmart for about $3.

Mugs

The next gift I want to suggest is more of a novelty item, but it's for that book lover that loves the smell of old books. Thank goodness, FromThePage on Etsy was smart enough to take that scent and put it in a candle. The prospect of making my room smell like a library filled with musty books is incredibly tempting for myself. However, if you want a candle to smell like this one, you're going to have to wait until after Christmas. But I think it would be a nice gift for the book lovers you see after Christmas. If that's not your style, you can get your booklover this candle from Bath and Body Works that's about $22, and the relaxing scent will take your bookworm (ahem lion) in the Forbidden Forest.

221B Baker Street Soy Candle - 8 ozMahogany Teakwood 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance - Bath & Body Works

Last but not least, I must mention movies based on books. Many of the time, the movies don't live up to the expectations to the readers. But if I could recommend any movie that came out this year, it would have to be The Fault in Our Stars based on the book with the same title by John Greene. I've reviewed the movie and book, which you can find here and here, and I can't express how much I love this movie. This movie runs anywhere from $10-$30 depending which version you get and where you get your DVD from. I'll add this link from Amazon to the one with all of the bells and whistles.



That's it for this post! Comment down below on what you would get your friend, significant other, or co-workers who loves books for Christmas. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find here. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J. K. Rowling): Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (but really J. K. Rowling).It is (supposedly) a textbook used in Hogwarts as one of their standard texts for teaching Care of Magical Creatures. This book is a copy of Harry Potter's own copy, and it is complete with written notes made by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It includes a preface by Albus Dumbledore, an introduction into Magizoology, and an A - Z list of magical beasts including detailed description. But enough about that, let's get onto the review! 

I found this book surprisingly entertaining. It's supposed to be a textbook, and so I was expecting it to be a little stale, if I'm being honest. But it wasn't. It was clever and funny, and I thought it was a really fun read. It's a small book, so this review is going to be a little small, but I will get down to the gist of it. If you're a fan of of The Harry Potter Series and you enjoy short reads, you'll love this book.

Another reason that I choose this book is because of the movie coming out in 2016 according to IMDB, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The movie is going follow the "author" of Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander, who is researching his books in hidden wizarding community in New York seventy years before Harry ever comes to Hogwarts. With director David Yates and writer J. K. Rowling,  I'm expecting incredible things, and I'm so excited for the movie to come out. Now that I know some of the creates that may be featured, I can't wait to see how they are able to bring these things to life.

So if you're into fantasy lore, love Harry Potter, and enjoy snide comments made by children, you will enjoy this book. All together, I think that I'll give this short story/textbook four out of five kneazles.



That's it for this review! I'll be posting more now that finals have come to a close. We are going to be doing some serious reading before school starts back up again.  Comment down below with some book recommendations. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post! 
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