Tuesday Mashup

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It’s the first Mashup of 2014! (I know, I know- Today’s the 14th and I should have had at least 2 mashups posted already- think of the mashup like a Big Foot sighting- sometimes they are here, sometimes not)

 

Anyway- this one has quite a few things- and because I’m embracing my inner crafty side, I’m also including some crafty things (you’re welcome!)

 

♥♥♥Book-ish Stuff♥♥♥

The Book Wheel & Love at First Book announce their February read- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. If this book sounds like your cup of tea, join in the fun!

 

Love at First Book’s weekly Linky Love party is happening- so join in the fun!

 

Closed The Cover lists Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Reading (excellent reasons!)

 

Always With a Book reviews LOVE WATER MEMORY (and has a #giveaway!)

 

 

♥♥♥Crafty Fun♥♥♥

Mommy Mentionables has rounded up 6 ideas for Valentine’s Day. Cute and fairly easy looking!

 

Mad In Crafts has Shakespeare Printables. So darn cute!

 

The Thinking Closet has saved us all this year- cute organization + a free Silhouette file! Pass the organization tips on, Miss Lauren, because I think we’re all in need!

 

 

Hope you found something book-ish or crafty to make the day a bit brighter and more sparkly 🙂

 

 

T Traveling With T pic sign off

 

 

 

 

Thursday Mashup

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Hey ya’ll- it’s Thursday Mashup time (pssttt… here’s the button I made 🙂

 

You know how I like a good mashup- a place where you can stop by for a giveaway, some bloggy talk, and lots of bookish goodness!

 

Here’s the good stuff this Thursday:

 

Giveaways

#bookgiveaways

Luxury Reading is giving away a Kindle Fire HD tablet!

 

Always With A Book is giving away The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (who I adore- seriously, if you like Sue Grafton, you should def check out HPR!)

 

#craftygiveaways

Recently- I’ve started following non-book blogs. Why? Because I’m a craft girl at heart- books are my other love- but crafts are also great!

The Thinking Closet is giving away a stocking full of great stuff thanks to herself and other bloggers! Seriously, I could tell you all the good things- but you really need to go check it out! There is def a Starbucks gift card (totally worth entering alone for that!)

 

H2O Bungalow is giving away a CRICUT. Yeppers, you read that right. My crafty heart just beats faster.

 

H2O Bungalow is also giving away 600 Visa Gift Card- I could BUY crafty stuff with that 🙂

 

Bloggy Goodness

Love at First Book is hosting her weekly Linky Love party- River City Reading is co-hosting (so it’s a super-special stylish party y’know!) Link up your best post because if you do, THIS could happen!

 

Books Speak Volumes is gearing up for a Jazzy January- a Jazz Age that is! Like the 20’s? Been wanting to read a book about that era? Sign up, read a book or more- and you may win a prize! Full details can be found at Books Speak Volumes.

 

Have you ever wondered about Hanukkah? The symbols and other things that pertain to Hanukkah? Living where I live, I’ll be honest, I’ve not had a first hand experience with Hanukkah- I knew a few of the symbols from reading and TV- but that was my experience. On Twitter, though, I realized I was friends with quite a few Jewish people- and even though I was curious- I wouldn’t ask much because not everyone likes to talk about their personal life. However, Love at First Book guest posted on                     The Book Wheel about Hanukkah symbols- and it was so interesting, I had to share!

 

The Relentless Reader shares some bookish gifts that would be so appreciated- just in case you need ideas!

 

Have you finished your Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013?  My Novel Opinion has! Read on for her stats and tips for next year!

 

 

 

 

Thursday Mashup

Lots of giveaways and bloggy-blog talk today! Plus some crafty stuff!

 

Giveaways

Always with a Book is giving away Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor. This giveaway ends TOMORROW (11-22-13). I saw this book on Netgalley and REALLY wanted to request it- but my review pile is a bit… hmm, shall we say nuts?! So go win this book and tell me how it is 🙂 Psst… there is a couple of yummy recipes in this post- and I swear I gained 5 lbs just LOOKING at them!

 

Always With a Book is giving away Mrs.Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chivaerini.

 

Always With a Book is giving away The Supreme  Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani!

 

Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book is giving away Murder She Barked by Krista Davis.

 

One of the Jungle Red Writers, Lucy Burdette, is giving away a galley of her newest Key West Food Critic mystery series- Murder With Ganache (out in stores Feb 2014- but available for pre-order!)

 

Traveling With T (thanks to Harlequin Books– shout out to them!) is giving away What The Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter.

 

Nina Badzin is giving away a book (your choice!) to honor 3 years of blogging and the lessons she learned. While the giveaway is pretty fab (a free book up to a 20 dollar value- sign me up!) the LESSONS are the best. Read them. Bookmark. Print. Share. You’ll be thankful!

 

It’s KILLING me to tell you about this- because in all honesty- my selfish heart wants this. No, it’s not a book. It’s my other love. CRAFTING. I like to play with my scrapbook stuff- make things. It calms me. Makes me happy. Relaxed. The Thinking Closet is giving away……. wait for it………… a Silhouette Cameo (basically a crafty person’s dream.)

 

Bloggy Talk

 

Love at First Book is talking all about a PARTY! A G+ party to be exact. I’ve been seeing mommy is coocoo on G+ from various people that were already in my circle. But I hadn’t investigated further- because it’s CRAZY here. Baby shower for my SIL last week, drinks and dinner with author Susan Gregg Gilmore (someone pinch me!) and various Twitter chats & other bloggy commitments. Plus- did I mention this is my crazy time at work? This is when work get nutsy- and I have to power through. So… I have not done due diligence as I normally do- BUT I will be checking this out- and I think you should too!

 

The Book Wheel has been talking about 8 POPULAR books she didn’t like or finish! Interesting- and a couple of the ones she listed surprised me- because judging from the covers, I def thought these were A’s types of books. But I LOVED reading her article and have been lurking in the comments section seeing what others are saying!

 

Still Unfinished is a blog that I recently became aware of- in a previous Bloggiesta chat, Bryan was quite helpful with some questions of mine- some tips and advice he provided quickly was “favorite” by me so I could refer as need be! His post on “Why He’s Not Making His Blog A Facebook Page” is interesting and provides another school of thought for blogs and social media. Def read!

 

And because the holidays forthcoming have me crafty feeling- I’ve been, ahem…. stalking The Thinking Closet’s blog- and I LOVE her post on DIY Painted Cork Coasters.

 

Traveling With T has announced the December choice for #bookloversunite- and it’s The Lake House by Marci Nault. Come join in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Mashup

Giveaways and Blog Talk!

#Giveaways

Traveling With T is giving away RELATIVE DANGER by June Shaw. *Note: It’s an e-book!

Traveling With T is giving away THE PERFECT MATCH by Kristan Higgins.

Jennifer Lyn King is giving away a set of greeting cards (and talking about her 5 years of blogging!)

Crystal in Bookland has 3 Giveaways happening: THE PROPHECY, ENTANGLED, and EFFORTLESS WITH YOU + 10 buck Itunes GC.

Great New Books is giving away 3 of Anita Hughes books!

Home Cooked Books is giving away RUMOR HAS IT (audio CD) by Jill Shalvis.

Always With a Book is giving away BEFORE I MET YOU by Lisa Jewell.

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is giving away FREEZER I’LL SHOOT by Victoria Hamiliton.

She Reads is giving away 5 Books- CARTWHEEL by Jennifer DuBois, THE RUNAWAY WIFE by Rowan Coleman, THE WISHING THREAD by Lisa Van Allen, LEAVING HAVEN by Kathleen McCleary and THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle.

 

 

Blog Talk

Book Bloggers International talk about using GIFS- the how and why (and the cons of using them).

Love at First Book and The Book Wheel have kicked off their November Book Club: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK! Join in!

Thanks to Love at First Book and her Fabulous Blogs (where she gives love and shout-outs to great blogs)- I saw the blog The Thinking Closet. Then when checking out Rebecca’s relatively new Policies page, I saw that she credited The Thinking Closet. So I checked out The Thinking Closet– and saw Lauren’s latest post is about 10 MORE Tips for Bloggers (and also that she had posted a previous 1o Tips for New Bloggers). Reading these tips, I found myself nodding along, already either thinking or doing some of this stuff (but still plenty of other tips that I want to do!) Thanks Rebecca for helping me find The Thinking Closet!

The Book Wheel writes a great post about traffic (and not the bad kind of traffic where you are stuck in your car for hours!) No, Allison writes about the traffic blogs want- Visitors! 8 Simple Ways To Boost Your Traffic is fab (and good for bloggers from 1 day of experience to many years!)