Holiday Book Haul

Hey guys! Time for me to share what I got during my holiday!

**I didn’t actually get any books for Christmas aside from my amazing gift from Secret Santa, so these are books I bought and had mailed ahead and a couple of giveaways and an ARC as well, the rest are ones we bought with holiday money mostly from used bookstores lol**

**You don’t need to spend money to be a book blogger, so don’t let this haul affect your opinion on that, you’re valid as long as you enjoy reading!**

 

Book Mail

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I bought this off one of the many FB groups I’m on, I bought it when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get my hands on the FairyLoot edition but now I have this beautiful OwlCrate edition and the magnificent FairyLoot edition.

 

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Words cannot express how fortunate and happy I felt to be sent an ARC for one of my absolute favorite releases of 2019. Holding this made me feel like tearing up and then I also bought someone’s OwlCrate edition.

 

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My OwlCrate edition of Crown of Feathers I bought off eBay and again the Owlcrate of House of Salt and Sorrows. ❤

 

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I have the Waterstones Special Signed Edition of Volume II but they no longer had Volume I on sale, so I nabbed this one instead ❤

 

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I’m still a HUGE Tamora Pierce fan and I’ve had the other two books of this trilogy forever, but finally, I now own the third one!

 

Giveaway Books

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I won a couple of books from an Instagram giveaway, Aileen Erin is a new fave author of mine so I was really excited. I asked them to mail them to a certain address and they addressed it to the person who lives there…so…lol they’re personalized but not to me!

 

Presents

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This was my gift from my wonderful Secret Santa ❤ A book off my wishlist that I cannot wait to read!

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My Sister got this for my husband and it cracks me up so I wanted to share it, he really got a kick out of it too!

 

Book Buys!

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I scored this half Price on sale and couldn’t help myself, I loved StepSister and had really wanted to read Call Down the Hawk

 

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I own a signed UK version of this but I really was drawn to this cover so I bought it too.

 

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I scored this one at the Goodwill for 1.00 and I was pretty excited lol I haven’t read any of her books yet! I know, I know, bad Haley.

 

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MEMORY LANE FOLKS, MEMORY LANE. I plan on getting an Aldrea Tattoo, for a long time my username on everything was Aldrea for years lol, also found this at GoodWill.

Christmas [Eve] Traditions

 

 

Hey all, so if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I apologize, this may be a bit of a boring post for you but I would love to hear about your favorite holidays and how you celebrate them in the comments.

This is about Traditions, and I would love to hear your traditions, no matter the time of year you pick to share

In my family, honestly, Christmas Eve tends to be the ‘bigger’ day for us, sure we have the presents on Christmas, but the rest of the day is mostly just sleeping and then eating.

Christmas eve is the evening where, we all open one gift, we play board games/videogames, listen to music, all gather around the table and talk once the kids are asleep while listening to some questionably cheesy Christmas music.

Every year I tend to get the spawn a specific present for her to open on Xmas Eve and that’s usually a pair of Christmas pajamas and a Christmas book. Something I can read to her, but as she gets older, I’ll probably look at fewer picture books, but, either way, it’s my way of sharing things I love with my child. Reading, and Xmas. So, this is pretty important to me. This year since we’ll be travelling so close to Christmas, I think we’ll just bring along a favorite book, and her Star Wars Xmas pjs [that’s right, I’m a kickass mom].

The tradition of giving her a book was because of my love of reading, as it’s not a tradition my family had, but that’s one thing about growing up, it’s starting your own family, found or otherwise, and having your own traditions. Maybe that’s Cards Against Humanity with a bottle of rum and your people who support you most, maybe it’s a time of quiet reflection for you, but traditions are important and as bookish people we tend to have some, well, bookish themes thrown in every now and then.

I also love being gifted books, but, haha, luckily my family and friends know which books I like so I don’t have to worry about that awkward moment when someone tries to gift me a book completely off my interest radar.

Reading with spawn is one way I can really enjoy this holiday, and I love re-reading my own Christmas favorite books, just something about the hope and goodness that can be associated with Christmas that always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But the rest of the month is usually dedicated to Murder Mysteries, can’t get too fuzzy.

So this post isn’t to go into great detail, it’s just me sharing a bit of myself with you all and hoping you’ll do the same if you feel comfortable.

[Happy Holidays]