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Linking Around: The Holiday Edition!

What better thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon then doing some fun linking around (nope, I’m not out there battling other holiday shoppers – yet)? And it’s such holiday fun!

Holiday Card Exchange. Haley, at The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object is holding a Holiday Card swap. You fill out her form, and on the 10th she’ll send you an email with someone’s snail mail – you’ll get a surprise holiday card from someone, and you’ll get to send a surprise holiday card out. It’s a lovely idea – I’ve signed up!

Exchange cards with me! Speaking of which, I love sending and receiving holiday cards. If you’re a regular reader here, and would like to exchange holiday or Christmas cards with me, email me and we can exchange addresses!

Christmas on the iPhone. Are you an iPhone user? The AppventCalendar offers up an iPhone game a day up until December 22 – you only have 24 hours, though, to download that day’s game for free.

Handmade holiday giveway. The Handmade Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: This is one amazing giveaway. A group of Etsy sellers have put together an incredible package of goodies from their various shops. Three winners will split the prize package. Last day to enter is January 6, and all you have to do is leave a comment telling “about one handmade gift that you are giving to someone this year. It doesn’t need to be handmade by you, but handmade by someone, not a big company.” Me? Ward and I are going to be trying our hand at food gifts this year – maybe even truffles!

And my own giveaway. Of course, there’s also my December giftaway. Enter now if you haven’t yet!

The Dewey Tree. Lisa, at OnlinePublicist, is hosting The Dewey Tree donation project. Lisa notes, “It’s a little bit The Giving Tree, a little bit Dewey, a little bit charity.” I’d love to participate, if I can find a Canadian charity that accepts book donations (our local library and all its branches doesn’t accept book donations, unfortunately). You can find a great list of places that accept book donations at the American Library Association’s list of book donation bookmarks at delicious.

Recycled Magazine Gift Bows. One of my favorite weekly links round-ups is Janel’s Jumblicious posts at Janel’s Jumble. It’s a great list of food and craft links and I always find something interesting there. In this Jumblicious post a while back, I discovered this great post on how to make a gift bow from a recycled magazine. I haven’t tried it yet, but I really hope I’ll be able to set an afternoon aside to have some fun with this. (It will also make me feel a tad better about my magazine addiction.)

What fun links have you discovered this week? Anything interesting for the holidays? I always love this time of year – people always post such fun holiday-related stuff!

Book-Buying Binge

It happens to me, on a fairly regular basis. I go on these book buying binges, and unlike other types of binges, afterwards it feels lovely. I had ample justification for this one, as a group of us on Twitter came up with a wonderful event: “No BEA? Books Anyway!”, hosted at Devourer of Books. There’s still time to play, by the way. The event is open all weekend.

I ended up going to four five different places. And I have another big excuse for this particular binge: we are going to be vacationing in the Maritimes for two weeks in July, so stocking up on reading material for the 19 hour drive there and back, not to mention the two weeks on the beach, is actually an essential thing. No, really. It is.

Basically, I bought for myself, for my two teens, my six-year-old, and my husband, who loves to cook.

So here we go!

First stop: Online shopping at Chapters, Canada’s big bricks ‘n’ clicks bookstore. (Ironically, the pics and links are from/to Amazon.com – my apologies to my fellow Canadian readers, but it’s much easier to do it this way. But Chapters definitely carries all of these books, too.) If you hover your mouse over a cover, you should be able to see a small box with the title.

Italian Vegetables: Delicious Recipes For Appetizers And SidesThe Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes Colonization: Second ContactColonization: Down To EarthColonization: AftershocksHomeward Bound Now And ThenConfessions of a Jane Austen AddictMind GamesFlirting in CarsEncyclopedia of an Ordinary LifeThe Language Of BeesBest Of Mad LibsMore Best of Mad Libs

The Harry Turtledove books are for my older son, who loves reading alternative history books. The two Mad Lib books are for my daughter; her best friend is coming with us (we did a similar trip last year) and their idea of fun is to play Mad Libs using my older son’s name in various places, which bugs him no end (that being the point, I gather, of the whole thing).

I had borrowed both The Language of Bees and Now and Then from the library, but couldn’t finish them in time (I want to read The Language of Bees slowly so I can savor it);  I couldn’t renew either of them because they’re on other people’s holds list, so I thought it would be a good idea to get my own copies.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is a special treat just for my vacation: I read about it earlier this week on this wonderful post about memoirs at Books and Movies, and just knew it would be perfect for me.

The cookbook is for my husband; he’s fallen in love with Italian food, so it looked like a good fit. And the rest of them I discovered by browsing the bargain outlet section.

Next up: Winners. Winners is actually more of a clothing store; they sell brand name clothes, shoes and handbags at discounted prices. I normally leave that store with lots of clothes and shoes – very definitely shoes. And handbags. I have a thing for handbags, too. But they also have a small toy section, and an aisle of discount books. To keep me from wandering the rest of the store, I brought my six-year-old with me; we picked up mostly toys, but I also picked up this book (I almost forgot this one!)

Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

Then I went to Homesense, another favorite store of mine. Homesense carries lots of lovely things for the home; it’s affiliated with Winners, and the merchandise is all at discounted prices. They have a larger discount books area, so I managed to pick up the following books:

My Best Friend is a Princess: A Princess Friendship TreasuryThe Artist's Muse: Unlock the Door to Your CreativityClutter Cutters: Store It with StyleMartin Yan's Chinatown Cooking: 200 Traditional Recipes from 11 Chinatowns Around the WorldPatricia Yeo: Cooking from A to ZA Year in My Kitchen

All of these books were impulse buys; they were also bargain-priced, which always adds to the good feeling of a binge.

Of course, I can never resist the book aisle at Costco, which for me is located too conveniently close to Chapters:

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)Goodnight NobodyA Version of the TruthUgliesPrettiesExtras

I also bought Specials, but the image won’t show up for some reason – I’ve been meaning to read the Uglies series for a while now, and Costco had the four titles in paperback for a great price. I’ve read Book one of the Immortal Instruments series, so thought it would be nice to pick up books two and three. I read Literacy and Longing in L.A. last year and just loved it, so A Version of the Truth was a must-buy. The Jennifer Weiner book was an impulse buy; Weiner always makes me laugh, so it looked like a great vacation read.

Last stop: Chapters – the physical store. I could browse the aisles at Chapters for ages, but unfortunately, I had my six-year-old with me again, as well as my daughter and her friend, an exchange student from Japan. So I was more or less in “grab what I can” mode – but as it turns out, even when under constraints, I can grab quite a few!

Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: Moving DayNaming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative WriterA Picture Is Worth 1000 Words: Image-Driven Story Prompts and Exercises for Writers101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists: Insider Secrets from Top WritersHow I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own WordsLoveless, Volume 3Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 1Debbie Travis' Facelift: Solutions to Revitalize Your HomeWaterside Living: Inspirational Homes By Lakes, Rivers, and the SeaMy Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Special DayExtreme Rescue: Dolphin MissionTools at the Pool (Handy Manny)

Luckily for me, this weekend turned out to be a special weekend for iRewards card holders at Chapters (I’ve been an iRewards card holder ever since the program began, and when they switched over to their current program terms, they actually gave me a lifetime membership, so I never have to pay to renew. Honestly. That’s how much I buy from them!)

As you can see, I wandered down the “Writing & Publishing” aisle. I’ll be starting a “Books for Writers” review feature here (my flimsy excuse for picking up these writing books). And I blame my purchase of How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words on Louise Penny; as I flipped through the book, I saw that she had contributed her story. How could I resist?

The anime books are for my daughter, who’s not much of a reader; she’s mainly interested in filmmaking and anime. The story books are for my younger son, and yes, he has a wide range of interests. He likes My Little Pony as much as he enjoys Diego, Handy Manny and Thomas the Tank Engine.

So this is my contribution to No BEA? Books Anyway! I think I did pretty well, although now all I need is more time to read!

Bridget Zinn Auction

I’ve been dipping into my Google Reader today in between doing some marking up on an assignment, and came across the Bridget Zinn Auction through Meg Cabot’s blog.

Bridget is a young librarian who discovered this past February that she has cancer. The Bridget Zinn auction site features books donated by many people, in order to raise funds for Bridget’s medical expenses. Several authors have donated signed copies of their works, too.

I haven’t had a chance yet to go through the posts, but plan to go through the site later tonight when I’ve finished my deadline. Each item up for bid is listed as a post, and you can make your bid by commenting on individual posts.

It’s all for such a good cause, and just glancing through a few posts I see several things I’d like to bid on.

Lovely Bookish Surprises Today!

I’m so excited – it feels like my birthday today!

I just went to the library to pick up some more holds that had come in, and discovered The Language of Bees, by Laurie R. King, waiting for me!

I’m super-thrilled about this. I had been downright envious when I was over at Bookish Ruth’s the other day and discovered that the book has just been released (and lucky Ruth was already curling up with her own copy of it).

And now it’s here, right here in my house!

And then, wandering around the library (because who ever pops into the library for “just a sec”, right?") I discovered The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley, in the “New in Books” display.

I had just blogged about adding this title to my TBR pile in my Friday Finds post this morning!

So I’m on a roll, right? Absolutely. Because when I got home from the library just now, I discovered an email from EcoSalon.com, letting me know that I’ve won this Buddha Bowl in their Mother’s Day giveaway. It’s kind of bookish news since I usually drink tea when I’m reading.

Now I’m off to curl up in a comfy corner and read …

Surfing Saturday: Focus on Giveaways

This week I thought I’d focus on giveaways, because I seem to have come across a ton of them for some reason. Here’s the list of great book giveaways I’ve come across this week – I haven’t entered all of them, but there are definitely some for which I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

(Note: while I don’t normally set my links to other book bloggers to open up in new windows, I’ve done so in this post, on the assumption that you might want to keep this page open so you can check out more of the giveaways.)

From Fantasy Book Critics:

Signed Copy of Drood plus Bonus Copy of Terror (ends Feb 10) – open only to North American residents

Set of T.A. Pratt’s Marla Mason novels (ends Feb 24) – open to anyone

Signed Set of Two Books by Mark Henry (ends Feb 24) – open to anyone

Set of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville novels (ends Mar 1) – open only to North American residents

Set of Three Books by Chris Roberson (ends Mar 2) – open to anyone

Set of Mike Carey’s Felix Castor Novels (ends Mar 5) – open only to those outside the U.S.

Signed copy of Eric Nylund’s Mortal Coils (ends Mar 3) – open only to North American residents

From She is Too Fond of Books: Do I Disturb the Universe memoir giveaway (ends Feb 13) – open to US and Canada

From Stone Soup: Book of Your Choice giveaway (ends around noon, Feb 8) – open to anyone

From Book Dads: Queen Vernita’s Visitors by Dawn Menge giveaway (ends Feb 15) – open to US and Canada

From Enroute to Life: The Terror, by Dan Simmons, giveaway (ends Feb 17) – open to US and Canada

From S. Krishna’s Books: Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Tokunaga giveaway (ends Feb 8) – open to US and Canada (Note: I want to win this one!!)

From Lesa’s Book Critiques: Eleven Love Titles from Hachette Group giveaway (ends Feb 14) – open to US and Canada

From Kathy at Bermudaonion: Five Copies of The Terror by Dan Simmons (ends Feb 17) – open to US and Canada

And there’s also my own giveaway of five copies of My Little Red Book, by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, hosted at my personal/creativity blog – this one ends Feb 12, and is open to US and Canada.