Our Christmas Tree!
We put up our very small tree this year, it's barley six feet and, no, that's not my bad photography skills you're spying, the tree tilts to the left. Yeah, totally stable but hey, it's still standing! We decided we didn't want to spend the whole time decorating our usual ten foot tree and spend time decorating other parts of the house. It may be small, and not what we're used to, but I quite like it!
I received some money for Christmas from relatives and decided to take a trip to my independent bookstore with my dad! I set a budget so I wouldn't go completely crazy and believe it or not I was under it by quite a bit! Yes! (I'm trying to save for some 2013 releases I really want.)
-The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns 1) by Rae Carson
-Prized (Birthmarked 2) by Caragh M. O'Brien
-Crewel (Crewel World 1) by Gennifer Albin
-A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (One of my favorites I read in 2012!)
I was also so thrilled when I noticed that I got a card from Zitmarie (Inbetween Books) in the mail!! Isn't it adorable?! It totally turned my day around and made it that much better! There's a sweet little note inside and everything! Thank you so much Marie!
The adorable owl was a gift from my mom's friend, she made it herself! Isn't he cute? He's a pin cushion, but I have him sitting on my desk just looking pretty. Thanks Kim!
My mom was sweet enough to surprise by buying all these goodies for me! I wasn't expecting it so when we got up to the register I was so happy!
My mom and I went to our Barnes and Noble for a little Christmas shopping and unfortunately discovered that the store was closing. I'm beyond bummed about this new bit of information, but I was pretty happy with the awesome deals they had. I love this mug! It's a 'book garden' and on the other side there's a girl watering the book-flowers! There wasn't any special sales on YA books, but I couldn't help and get two!
Everything with a white dot was fifty percent off so these books were around $2-6 dollars (yes, there's hardcovers in there!) so of course, we couldn't pass up that price. I read parts of Kate Chopin and Edith Warton in my English class this Fall and can't wait to see what else they wrote.
Thank you so much Mom!!
-The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
-Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DoSaB 1) by Laini Taylor
-The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
-The Age of Innocence by Edith Warton
-The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction by Kate Chopin
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
-The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Introducing My New Library Chair!
We visited my Great Aunt Do earlier this year and she gave me this super awesome library stool/chair!! It's a chair that has a little shelf underneath it and then if you flip the back of it down, it turns into a slanted shelf/ stool so keep books on or reach books that are on a high shelf. I'm still totally obsessing over this, it's just too perfect! The picture doesn't do it justice, it's serious so cool! I keep it next to my desk and bookshelf in its chair form with a little rug/mat thing.
My New Mini Bookshelf
My dad also helped me (finally) put up my floating book shelf! I decided to hang it by the bench at the end of my bed, it looks wonderful! Thanks to a suggestion from an awesome follower, I'm putting the books I'd like to read next on it. At least for the moment, these are the books next on my to-be-read list!
Books Read This Week:
-The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer 2) by Michelle Hodkin
-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Holy cow it's freaking amazing and so addicting! Hoping to finish it tonight!)
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and have an amazingly happy 2013!