Month: December 2016

Unwrapping Bookish: My Top 5 Book Gifts | Author Elise Kova Guest Post

Posted December 3, 2016 by Jana in Guest Post / 0 Comments

blc2016postheaderToday I’m welcome Elise Kova, author of the Air Awakens series, Golden Guard trilogy, and Loom Saga! I don’t know about you (of course I do), but I love getting beautiful books for Christmas that I know I will treasure always. There’s nothing quite as magical is opening a crisp, new, sparkly book from someone you care about. I always remember who gave me my books, and I smile and think of them each time I open one. See which books Elise has gotten the warm fuzzies from receiving!

The best presents are presents that will be used and cherished. Most of my friends and family who know me well realize that I’m not one for “stuff”. I try to live a fairly minimal lifestyle and put my money and time toward experiences. So, when I do ask for physical things, it’s usually because I really, truly, want them. Books hold true to this rule even more so because I generally prefer reading on my kindle. So the physical books I have are like more like collector’s items to me.

These are five of the best books I’ve ever been given for Christmas. They may not be the best books I’ve ever read, but they each have something special about them that’s earned them a place of prominence on my bookshelves.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Hyrule Historia

Yep, I am the biggest Zelda geek you will ever meet and this was a highlight of my Christmas a year back.


2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Not only was this my favorite book of 2015, but the copy I own was gifted to me by a reader, making it extra special.


3. Dark Souls: Design Works by From Software

Most everyone knows I have a weakness for Dark Souls (really, anything From Software). Well, I also have a weakness for art books. I love to see everything from concept art to final illustration and all the sketches that are behind the finished products of video games and animation. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite books on my shelf.


4. A Man of His Word series by Dave Duncan

This series is one of my all-time favorites and was absolutely transformative for me when I read it in High School. I had the original prints of it and lent them to a friend, and never got them back (but, I hope my friend enjoyed them at least). Thankfully, my parents came through for me on a subsequent Christmas, getting me a republication.


poe5. The Complete Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

Fun fact! THE RAVEN was one of the first poems I ever memorized. I can’t quite recall all of it now, but the good thing is I have this book whenever I feel like refreshing my memory. I think we all had that dream at some point of owning a library filled with beautiful, gold-leaf, leather bound books – at least, I did. So when I got this book for Christmas in Jr High School I couldn’t have been happier. While I still don’t have that large beautiful library, I do treasure Poe’s works as some of my favorites among the classics.

What books do you want for Christmas – or any other religious/secular holiday – this year?

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The 5th Annual A Bookish Little Christmas with That Artsy Reader Girl

Posted December 1, 2016 by Jana in Blog Event, Bookish Little Christmas / 0 Comments


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, aka my favorite time of year! As I’m sure you’ve come to expect from me, today begins my 5th annual A Bookish Little Christmas event! I’ve got my Santa hat on, ready to present a festive and joyous event as we count down the days until Christmas.

The next few weeks will be filled with holiday book reviews, recipes, music, and personal posts from yours truly, plus I’ve rallied together a bunch of bookish friends who will be guest posting about a number of different holiday topics. You can look forward to posts on different winter holidays, holiday customs outside the USA, gift recommendations, and more. I’ve also invited some of your favorite authors to share all-new, holiday bonus scenes/content that compliment their books. They wrote this material just for my blog event, and I’m so thankful for that! Some authors chose to write about other holiday topics, both bookish and not.

Basically, this is going to be an amazing month! So grab a cup of cocoa, your favorite cozy blanket, and snuggle up for a warm winter’s night!

The more the merrier! If you would like to join in the festivities and guest post during the month of December, email me using the button on my sidebar and I’ll add you to the line-up! Celebrating Christmas is not required. You can write about any winter holiday, and on pretty much any holiday topic!