Season’s Greadings Tag

Everyone loves to cozy up during the Christmas and Holiday season.
So for my first attempt at a blog tag, I am rocking a Christmas/Holiday theme.


Season’sGreadingsTag

You don’t need to be tagged to participate.

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greadings!

1) Favorite book/s to read during the Holiday season?

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

2) Tell us your best Christmas memory.

The year the family was up at my parents farm and it snowed Christmas day. We don’t get much  snow anymore in Portland, OR and I LOVE snow.

3) Favorite fictional winter wonderland?

2013-10-01-chronicles_of_narnia.jpgNarnia, if we can avoid the “queen.

4) Snow man or Snow Angel?

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… and then a snowman because if it snows here I’m going all out.

5) What is your all time favorite Christmas/Holiday movie?

Home Alone”  “White Christmas

6) If you could spend the Holidays anywhere (fiction or non-fiction,) where would you go?

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7) Who would you like to meet under the mistletoe?

Nicholas Garwood

8) What is your favorite hot holiday drink?

babble-2-of-4Eggnog Mocha

9) What author from any time would you like to have a cup with?

il_340x270.682780256_kf5a.jpgHands down Mr. C.S. Lewis!

10) What book are you hoping Santa will bring you?

“The Nightingale”


Let the Tagging begin:
The Red-Capped Potato
derrickjknight
mariekemills
claudinegiovannoni
charles

 

Cozy Christmas Readings

I love snuggling up with a book at Christmas time. Gathering by a warm fire and/or twinkling lights, sipping something hot and getting lost in a cozy wintery story.

Her are some books I really enjoy reading at Christmas time:
 (Click the pictures and/or titles for more info.)
Miracle on 34th Street
You have probably all seen the movie, but it does not compare to the book (as usual.) I like the movie and actually the book is a nice extension of it. I was fortunate enough to have read it after the movie, which I think helps. It is a delightful book. The character of Kris Kringle is so enjoyable and jolly, you can’t help but love it. The story is wholesome and teaches us so many important lessons. If you have not read it, I urge you to do so, I think you will be happy you did.
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Book Bean:
Eggnog Mocha

Your basic mocha but made with 1/3 parts eggnog 2/3 part milk (or to taste if like it extra sweet.) I also only use about half the amount of normal chocolate.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The wonderful classic story by Dr. Seuss. He is so brilliant in his creation of such a horrendously likable creature. We love and loathe the Grinch. Which is why the story is so compelling, and why the ending is so fulfilling. The Grinch has become iconic, he is like Scrooge a symbol to be used for those less keen on Christmas spirit.
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Book Bean:
Nutcrackerccino
A cappuccino sprinkled and swirled with nutmeg.

 


A Christmas Carol
Speaking of scrooge. This book has to be the most timeless Christmas story of ever told. Everyone one knows the tale, and it has been made in to countless shows and movies. The book is fantastic and I wish more people actually took the time to read it. A Christmas Carol is a hauntingly beautiful book.
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Book Bean:
Cinnamint Tea
Mint tea with a dash of cream sprinkled with cinnamon and/or a cinnamon stick.

rudolph_book_coverRudolph The Red -Nose Reindeer
Oh the wonderful story of Rudolph. I love this story. I love the idea of a character being different and then overcoming the struggles and pain that can come from it. I got my anniversary copy of this book at a black-Friday door buster, back when it was still a sane thing to do. This is a great story and the book is lovely.
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Book Bean:
North Pole Cocoa
Rich hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes for stir sticks.


The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
I hope you are not sick of me mentioning this book yet. How could I not at Christmas time! This is one of my favorite books to read in general, but I especially love to read it at Christmas. It is a wonderful winterland story, that all ages will enjoy. I think it is a great book to read aloud in a group.
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Book Bean:
Spiced Orange Chai
Your favorite Chai with a dollop of marmalade and a sprinkle of spice if you dare (mix while very hot.) You can substitute marmalade for orange liqueur.

 

Twas The night Before Christmas
A wonderful classic poem that has been made into a beautiful book. The poem alone is great, but adding such detailed and amazing illustrations makes it so special. The art work is stunning.

homemade-starbucks-gingerbread-eggnog-latte61Book Bean:
Gingerbread Steamer
Add hot milk and crushed gingerbread crumbs to blender, blend until frothy.  Sprinkle with nutmeg and/or cinnamon.

What books do you like to cozy up
with 
for Christmas?


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Fun Fact: According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

Saga Saturday II

My pick for this Saturday is a favorite of mine. Also it is a books I love to read aroun the Christmas season, as it is rich with the Christmas spirit.

Here is my Saga Saturday Selection:

(Click title or picture for more info.)

Little Women
I adore this book written by author Louisa May Alcott. It is such a great story about family, friendship, and love. The story is about the life and relationships of the four March sisters. I can especially relate, as I have 4 sisters of my own, which makes it special for me. I can identify a little bit with each of the sisters, but mostly the character of Jo. She is the main protagonist of the story, Jo is a very passionate person and writer. The story follows her and her sisters through many joys, adventures, and tragedies.
This books is so delightfully old fashioned, which is one of the things I love most about it. I know there are so many people out there who love and cherish this heartwarming book as much as I do.

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Book Bean: Orange Mocha
I love chocolate and orange! Try adding a bit of orange extract, zest of orange, or orange syrup/liqueur to your next mocha or hot chocolate. It is simply heaven.

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Little Women as many know, was also made into a movie three times, once in 1933, again in 1949 and lastly in 1994. I think the book is best, which sort of goes without saying. However, I loved both movies that were made as well.lwwp

 

 

 

 

Have you read Little women, or perhaps seen the either of the movie adaptations?

Share your thoughts.
Fun Fact: Little Women was originally published in two volumes
in 1868 and 1869.


“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

WISO: “Midnight in The Garden…”

It’s the middle of the week again, and another blustery day in the N.W. The perfect Winds~day for my next ‘What I’m Sipping On.’ The title of this book alone is enough to make you want to read it.

I am reading “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil
(Click picture &/or title for more info.)

So far this book is extremely interesting and intriguing. It takes place in quaint little southern city of Savannah. A place thick with the feeling and personalities of the old south. I was a bit worried that it would not hold my interest, considering I saw the movie first, but it has yet to be a problem. Not only is the set up for the story line much different then the movie, but there are enough little extra quirks in the book to keep you angling for more.
It’s definitely an oddball book, one where you don’t quite know what is happening or where the books is going, but that is part of what makes it good. The most interesting thing about this reading experience, is that about 1/3 of the way through it, I discovered that it is a non-fiction book. Not only was I surprised due to the overall subtle-ness of the fact, but also because the story is so bizarre! John Berendt shows himself to be quite an impressive writer by this little fact alone.
I am only about half way through, but I am really enjoying the book. I love the quirky off the wall quality that it has. I like how easy going it is to read. I find myself interested enough that I look forward to reading it, but I don’t have this craze all the time to finish it. It’s just pleasant to pick up and read a chapter here and there. I can see why it is so revered, I just hope the second half doesn’t disappoint.

Have any of you read this book, or seen
the movie, or both?

What were your thoughts? (no spoilers please!)
I  will of course update this post when I’ve finished it. 🙂

 

Tribute To Jane Austen

You pierce my soul, I am half agony half hope. ~Jane Austen (Persuasion)

On this day Dec. 16th in 1775 the brilliant
Jane Austen was born. I am a huge fan, and have read every novel (I think) she has written.

Jane Austen was an amazing English writer born at Steventon rectory to a substantial gentry family. She had only 1 sister, but 6 brothers. Both her and her sister never married and both almost died from Typhus.
Jane Austen was said to be very fond of dancing. This of course makes us Kindred Spirits. 🙂 My favorite Jane Austen quotes is
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love” Pride and Prejudice.
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My personal favorite Jane Austen novel is
Pride and Prejudice
(although Sense and Sensibility is one of
my favorite movies…)

Here is a great list of things you never knew about Pride and Prejudice:

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Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18th of July 1817, at only 41. The cause of death was somewhat speculative between Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and/or Brill–Zinsser disease. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were both published after her death, by her parents Cassandra and Henry.cropped-quotes-banner2
Fun fact: Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew’s A Memoir of Jane Austen  introduced her to a wider public. Janeite fan culture emerged in the second half of the 2oth century. (This fact was found via Wikipedia.)

I didn’t know the last part of this,
about her nephew.

Now I will HAVE to read
this Memoir!!!

What is your favorite Jane Austen book and/or movie?

 

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” 

Tsundoku..?

I think it’s a real thing…
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Any good Bibliophile does this, right..?

Well I do, I cannot walk into a bookstore and leave empty handed. I think I did once, and I was distracted all day by the pit in my stomach. It’s a problem, I know, but not one I’m keen to fix. There are worst things right, then a serious addiction to literature? I suppose it would be less of an inconvenience if I didn’t live in such a quaint little house…
It would also help if I could part with books, but alas, I cannot. Another problem I know. I just can. not. get. rid. of. books! I feel an emotional attachment to them, and maybe that is unhealthy, but I don’t see it changing any time soon. Is there a support group for Bookaholics? I try to imagine it. I see is a bunch of book lovers sitting in a circle, talking about books… wait, don’t we call that a book club? Awesome, there is somewhere to turn.  and you, yes you reading this right now, you are mine!
So, thank you! 🙂

Can anyone relate? I bet you can.

37c337796f2dc299fc874af40a83c0b0Don’t mind if I do.