5 Books to Read When You’re Bored (or more long car rides) + DIY Kate Spade- esque Bookmark

Hello, It’s Me. I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…

-Adele

HI! AmCan is coming up, and for those of you who don’t know what that is (most of you), it’s a judo tournament in Buffalo at the end of May. Now, it’s about a week away. The car ride though, is a really long one. About two and a half hours in a car with my little sister. People need something to do. These books are great for occasions like this or simply for reading when you’re bored. Why don’t i stop talking so we can begin with the books!

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1.The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

In the village of Gavaldon, every year, two kids are whisked away by the School Master to one of two schools. The School for Good or it’s counterpart, the School for Evil. One year two teens, Agatha and Sophie who each have expectations of where they will end up , find their destinies reversed when they get there. Together they will find out that the only way out of a fairytail is through it. The other books are A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After and coming soon The Quest for Glory

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2. The Outsiders by SE Hinton

You might need tissues. Ponyboy can depend on his brothers Sodapop and Darrel. And the rest of the gang: Johnny, Two-Bit, Steve and Dallas. He also knows that he can depend on Socs trying to beat the crap out of greasers like him just for the fun of it. One night, Socs take it too far and suddenly Ponyboy’s world gets torn apart. Chapters 6-10 set the plot line on fire and everything just comes crashing. There was also a movie starring (very young, like 1983-however old they were then young) C.Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, an unnoticable Tom Cruise and an amazing 18 year old Matt Dillon. The book was written by a 16 year old girl in 1967 and is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma tough it is never said.

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3. Nancy Drew #145: The Missing Horse Mystery by  Carolyn Keene

When attending the Midwest Grand Prix Dressage Championships, Nancy quickly learns that these horses earn big money and turn friendly competition into a cutthroat profession. When one of the star horses is “kidnapped” during a stable fire, Nancy is immediately hired to find the horse, but in the cutthroat world of dressage, nothing is as it seems and everybody is hiding something. Not the world’s best mystery, but great if you need something to do for half an hour.

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4. Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom

Rebel could not be less happy. She wants to spend her summer at an ice age dig that her parents forbid her from going to unless she pays for it herself, only problem being that she is broke. When she finds out her neighbor Bambi won five hundred dollars in a beauty pageant, she’s itching to win the Miss Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department Pageant. She’s not your typical teenager, but she can pretend long enough, can’t she?

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5. Spellbinding by Maya Gold

Abby Silva was never normal. That she knew. Being a “chameleon’ at Ipswich High means that everybody, including the boy she likes, ignores her. But for a genealogy project, she discovers that she is  descended from accused witches in Salem. She can move objects with her mind, will candles to light themselves and make potions to exact revenge on anyone who’s ever ticked her off. Oh yeah, she can light people on fire. But what’s with the cute boy, Rem Anders and why can she always hear what he’s thinking?

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The DIY: Kate Spade-esque Bookmark

You will need patterned cardstock, a ruler and a black marker. If you want to go for a minimalist look, you can just use plain cardstock.

The Only Step. Cut a bookmark shape out of your cardstock. Use a ruler to mark out stripes. Color them in. Add a spade or a club or any playing card suit and a random year. I used 1989 because i was listening to New Romantics by Taylor Swift at the time.

Thanks for reading my blog! Remember to follow my blog so that you don’t miss out on future posts and i really do hope you like them! You can check out some of my friends’ bloggs through the links on the homepage. Keep DIYing and being who you are! I’ll post soon!

-Tash

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Christmas Haul-Part 2- Books


I am so late doing this. It’s freaking May!! Anyways, don’t think of this as a Christmas Haul, but as a “books you should read”… Let’s begin!

HELLO!!! Spring is here, weather is nice, snow has stopped (although it still rains), and judo tournaments are a-coming! Today i will attempt to get two thirds through my Christmas Haul, so let’s actually begin this time!

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1.Gilded by Christina Farley

Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt and steel-tipped arrows. When her father uproots them and moves to Seoul, the needs to deal with fitting in and tough Korean grandfathers. Oh, and yeah, a Korean demi-god has been stealing souls of the oldest daughters in her family for generations. She’s next. The other books are Silvern and Brazen.

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2. WARP #2: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer

After a mission in the Victorian-era, Chevie Savano has returned to London. It is drastically different from the London she left. It has been taken over by a group who runs the city through intimidation and terror. Her memories slowly return, but just as she gets a refresher on WARP, the inventor of the time machine is killed by Secret Service cops. Working once again with Riley, they will need to stop Colonel Clayton Box, whose escalating power may destroy Europe. The other books are The Reluctant Assassin and The Forever Man.

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3. WARP #1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The FBI and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) started it all. Hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future. Riley, a Victorian orphan gets thrown into the 21st century, hunted by Albert Garrick, the crazy master and Chevie Savano, the FBI’s youngest and most impulsive agent at just 17. As Garrick hunts them, Chevie and Riley need to stop him from returning to the Victorian-era with knowledge that can change everything we know.

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4. Wizarding World Movie Magic

This is so self explanatory. With original sketches from Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter, this must have companion is perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life. Or you. It is totally amazing and deserves way more reads than the average person may give it. READ IT!! Please?

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5. Kane Chronicles #2: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Well, the gods are loose. What’s new with Rick Riordan? Carter and Sadie are in big trouble with no parents and crazy powers. And Sadie’s crush on Anubis. They don’t have too much time to master their skills before apocalypse. They need to revive Ra to have any chance at all. I wonder how that will play out? The other books are The Red Pyramid and The Serpent’s Shadow.

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6.Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Another Rick Riordan book. Thor’s hammer is gone again. This is becoming a disturbing habit. It’s not lost though. It’s in enemy hands. Magnus,  Sammy and the others better get it back from Loki quickly, or Ragnarok will be here before they know it. The other two books are The Sword of Summer and coming soon, The Ship of Death.

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7. Beyonders #1: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Strange music from the mouth of a hippo. The kid hearing this has problems. The hippo swallows him when he falls in (of course!) and takes him to Lyrian. In the past, he’d be welcomed. Nope. Not since Maldor took power. After he meets RAchel and a rag-tag group of rebels, they learn to piece together a word of power that can take down MAldor and restore balance to this world without heroes. The other books are Seeds of REbellion and Chasing the Prophecy.

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8. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Lying low means staying alive. Bartholomew and Hettie  live in faerie slums and are peculiar. Neither faerie or human want anything to do with them. Well, that’s not fully true. They want to hang them, but that’s about it. Read this if steampunk is your thing. According to Goodreads, part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel. Don’t know, haven’t read it yet.

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9.  iFunny by James Patterson

Jamie Grimm has a mission. He is determined to become to greatest stand-up comedian this side of the world has ever seen. Lot’s of non-funny events come to play though. He’s living with his Aunt in a new town and  a bully (his cousin Stevie) who isn’t letting Jamie’s wheelcahir go unnoticed. During the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest comes, Jamie is determined to get first.

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10. Indigo gift card

I don’t think this counts. It’s just here because.

Thanks for reading my blog! Be sure to follow my blog and like my post so i know you guys like it! If it looks different, don’t panic, i refaced it. See you guys soon, hopefully then this haul will finally be over!

-Tash

Tumblr E-Reader Case! Under $20!

Hey! During class we’ve been reading The Outsiders by SE Hinton, which is about two rival “gangs”, the Socs and the Greasers. Towards the end though Spoiler Alert!!! it got really sad when Dallas died. I cried so hard that i may have ruined the book… It was, however, a really good and eye-opening book. I recommend it. If you are an emotional person, keep tissues with you. I should have done that.

Anyways… How has life been? It wasn’t until I finished reading The Outsiders and decided to get a copy for my E-Reader that i remembered this was the last DIY i did before vacation. I figured i might as well share it with you guys, so here i am!

You will need a computer printout with Tumblr photography, duct tape, and an E-Reader case that fits your model. This can also be modified for a phone or tablet.

Step One. Google “tumblr photography” and select a picture you like. Goolgeling (?) “tumblr quotes” works too. Open it in a Word document and resize it. If you have PicMonkey, that works as well. Resize a small portion to fit the spine of your case. Print and cut out.

Step Two. Glue all your pictures down. Use your duct tape to frame it out. Insert your device to finish and make final cuts.

Bonus Material

Cord Storage Hack

Storing device cords and having to untangle them is a pain in a certain area. To help (and make them look stylish), you can go to the Dollar Store and buy some glitter hair ties. Tie around your cord to prevent tangles.

Thank you so much for reading my blog! Be sure to like this post and follow my blog just so you know when new posts will come out. If you are interested in reading The Outsiders, you can find free PDFs online or its $10.99 at Chapters. Remember the tissues come the end! Thanks for reading and i will see you again next time!

-Tash

5 Books to Read Over the Easter Long Weekend + Chocolate Bar Bookmark

Hey. How many boring Easter dinners did you go to where you needed a book or five? Well……. I have a bunch to use next time! With out further ado,  the blog post! Another stupid thing i’ve said on this blog.

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  1. Zodiac Legacy #1: Convergence by Stan Lee

Meet Steven Lee. Your average Chinese-American boy. You thought. You were wrong. After an accident at a Chinese cultural museum in Hong Kong, he is left with the Zodiac powers of a tiger. Taken in by Jasmine and Carlos, he heads out to find the four other Zodiac teens and defeat the Vanguard Maxwell from destroying the world. The books are Convergence, The Dragon’s Return and coming soon, The Balance of Power.

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2. Undercover Girl #2: Fugitive  by Christine Harris

Jesse has worked for C2 for as long as she can remember. After being orphaned, C2 took her in and trained her to be a secret agent as part of an experimental program. She needs to bring a man named Ari in, but has not been told why. At the same time, she has been tasked with infiltrating Peace First. What is Ari’s connection? Why is C2 making her do this? The books are Secrets, Nightmare, Danger and Twisted.

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3. Slacker by Gordon Korman

Cameron is a true gamer and a slacker. Although, one day it goes to far and he nearly burns down his house trying to beat the pants off Evil McKillPeople, his worst enemy, a gamer so good, nobody can beat him. His parents then pressure him into starting a school club. So he does. A fake one. But people then think it’s real and he goes in over his head.

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4. Spirit Animals #3: Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

In Erdas, a world where children become teens and drink the Nectar of Ninani to see if they can bond with a spirit animal, four teens from four different parts of the world have brought back four of the Great Beasts. Something once thought to be impossible. When the Conquerors invade, they are the only ones who can stop them. Meilin, however, threw a wrench into that plan when she decided to run away and go back to Zhong. The books are Wild Born, Hunted, Fire and Ice, Against the Tides, Rise and Fall and The Evertree.

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5. Tombquest #2: Amulet Keepers by Micheal Northrop

After his near death experience, Alex Sennefer has been living on borrowed time. To cure him, his mother used the Egyptian Lost Spells.. and released the Death Walkers. To stop the second Death Walker, Alex and best friend Ren must travel to London where people have gone missing, blood rains from the sky and graves have been opened. The books are Book of the Dead, Valley of Kings, Stone Warriors and The Final Kingdom

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The DIY: Chocolate Bar Bookmark

You will need a chocolate bar wrapper, tape and paper.

The Only Step. Open your wrapper. Measure and cut a length of paper to fit inside. Fold in half to double up the amount of paper and tape the wrapper closed around it.

Thanks so much for reading my blog and remember to follow my blog using to button on the homepage if you have not already done so. Thanks so much, i’ll post soon!

-Tash

5 Books to Make Your Plane Ride Better+DIY “The Librarians” Ezekiel Jones Bookmark!

Hey! I know that i have not posted in a while but there’s been the holidays and i’ve been on vacation. I had a lot of schoolwork to catch up on and such. Do you guys know Peter Answers.com? No? I totally used it to trigger my friend Presley at PresleyGames, and he was soo mad because i knew the trick and he didn’t! Don’t look at your screen like im going to tell you, because i’m not. Google it. Anyways…… Aren’t plane rides so boring! I have 5 boredom-busting books that will keep you entertained the whole time.

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  1. Innocent by Eric Walters

Did i mention that this book is a part of the “Secrets”, my favorite book series ever? After the orphanage burns down, Lizzy (Betty, Elizabeth Anne Roberts) is sent to Kingston to work for the Remingtons as a maid. The same job that her mother had years before. When she finds out that her father is currently in prison for her mother’s murder, she is beside herself with emotion thinking “This is the man who murdered my mother!”, but she launches her pwn investigation anyway and meets David, a young, handsome cop who’s intrest is more in Lizzy than the case. These books can be read in any order and the other six are called The Unquiet Past, Small Bones, Stones on a Grave, A big Dose of Lucky, My Life Before Me and Shattered Glass

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2. Magesterium #1: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Call wants nothing to do with the Magesterium. His father always told him that magic was dangerous, and he’s right! When Call almost kills himself trying not to get in, he accidentally gets himself a one way ticket! Soon he meets Aaron and Tamara who help him through tough life at the school, but there is a threat lurking somewhere, and these three may just have to fight it.

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3. Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Eli lives in a perfect town and leads a perfect life. Until Randy abruptly moves. From that day onward, Eli knows there has to be something going on. Why would Randy want to leave? Serenity is perfect and everybody has everything! But a shocking discovery at the Orange Cone factory will shock these five teens to the core! Th other books are Criminal Destiny and Payback

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4. Tomorrow Girls #1: Behind the Gates by Eva Gray

Louisa and Maddie live in a war-torn dystopia Chicago. They are among the lucky few girls being sent to Country Manor School (CMS), away from the violence of the war against the Alliance. But this school is hiding something, and with new friends Evelyn and Rosie, the girls will find out what. The other three books are Run for Cover, With the Enemy and Set Me Free.

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5. Sleuth or Dare #3: Framed and Dangerous by Kim Harrington

A short but sweet mystery read about junior crime solvers Norah and Darcy. They’re still fighting, but crime won’t stop just for that. When the field house burns down and Norah’s soon-to-be boyfriend, Zane Munro, is accused, Norah gets Partners in Crime back on the case and uncovers the unsolved mystery of the Prom Killer. The two other books are Partners in Crime and Sleepover Stakeout

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The DIY: “The Librarians” Ezekiel Jones Bookmark”

As you probably know, I am in LOVE with the Librarians, and Ezekiel Jones in particular. I decided to make a fun tassel bookmark to showcase my love!

You will need cardstock, string (optional for the tassel) a picture of Ezekiel Jones (or other cute fictional character) and pixel speech bubbles that you can make yourself using the link in DIY Tumblr and Instagram Inspired Wall Art.

The speech bubbles should have one saying “I Love You”, one saying “Yeah”  and one saying “Well I Love Ezekiel Jones”, or whatever fictional character you chose.

Step One. Get your speech bubbles together with your photo in a word document. Make sure to save your speech bubbles as a PNG so that they have no background when you layer them on top of your photo like a text message.

Step Two. Glue to cardstock and cut out. ***Optional*** Use a one hole punch to make a spot in the middle for your tassel. Wrap string around your fingers until it is at a suitable size for you. Slide off your hand and tie the top with string. Cut the bottom open so it gives a tassely feel. I just made that a word guys! Use what is left of the string you tied around the top to tie it through the hole.

I hope that you guys enjoyed my post and enjoy my DIY ideas. Special thanks to my International viewers out there who enjoy reading my blog. Please follow my blog using the button on the homepage and remember to recommend Books Crafts and DIYs to yoru friends! Ta for now!

-Tash

 

Birthday Haul! (I got mostly books)

Hi friends! My birthday was on the 23rd. I know, i know, i get three straight days of presents. Its mostly lucky and amazing. I got so many books for my birthday, it was crazy. Then again, i LOVE books, so who’s complaining? Hahaha. Just a funny story. For my birthday, my friends opened my locker before school and stuffed my locker with balloons and little decorations. I was attacked by balloons  when i opened the door. Hahaha. So. How’s Life? Mine is good, thank you. Are you going to watch the episode of “The Librarians” on Christmas? For some crazy reason though, they are not making it an Xmas special. Why!! Anyways, its mostly on a plane, but i think that Cassie and Ezekiel get closer. I hope they kiss this season. Anyhow, this is the complete haul of my birthday gifts. Enjoy!

 

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  1. Gallagher Girls #1: I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is no ordinary girl who goes to no ordinary school. The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is not a boarding school for the boring and preppy. It is a boarding school for young CIA operatives in training. Cammie’s mom just happens to be the headmistress. When she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she is an ordinary girl, she has no idea what to do. I mean sure, Cammie can tap into his phone, hack his laptop and track him through town, but that’s not how you get a boy to like you. Especially a boy who can never know who you are.

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2. Gallagher Girls #5: Out of sight, Out of time by Ally Carter

Cammie only remembers leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan. The only traces of her summer are bruises and dirt on her body and under her nails. She just wants to go home. When she gets back to the academy, nothing is clear. There are more questions than answers. The Circle will not let her discover what she did last summer. She, Zach and her besties must race against time and across the world to find out what happened over summer vacay. The books are I‘d tell you I love you but then I’d have to kill you(1.),Cross my heart and hope to spy, Don’t judge a girl by her cover and United we spy

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3. Hogwarts Alumni Makeup Bag

This is a stylish Harry Potter makeup bag from Hot Topic. Inside, it is completely open with only one mesh pocket on the lid. It’s a nice bag that i am probably going to use to fill with nail polish bottles and other stuff like that.

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4.Zodiac Legacy #2: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee, Andie Tong and Stuart Moore

In Convergence Steven Lee and his friends discovered the power of the Zodiac. The also defeated the Vanguard Max. Or so they thought. The team is falling drastically close to apart and the Vanguard is coming back. Jasmine’s dragon power grows stronger and the lines between good-guy and bad-guy blur, all leading up to a major cliffhanger. The only other book so far is Convergence

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5. The Artifact Vault

The Artifact Vault is  a Hogwarts-textbook-style companion to the movies. This book talks about all the artifacts from the books and how it was determined they should be configured in the movies. just remember after reading this that you are never to judge a book series by the movies. Crappy movies don’t mean crappy books.

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6. Moana Bookmark

This is a self-explanatory, stylish and very Disney bookmark by Artitouch. The best thing on this bookmark is the pig. Definitely the pig. So cute!

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7.The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

Jack can find things. Not just a sock hidden under the bed or money stuffed in between the couch cushions. No, he can find things that people like you and me have given up on ever seeing ever again. Things that are lost halfway across London. Or the world for that matter. As the series is fairly new as of now, this is the only book.

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8. Pickering Town Centre Gift Card

This is a gift card that can be used just about anywhere in the whole entire mall. There is an expiry date that is only for deactivating the card. Customer Service can load your balance onto a new one. Knowing me, I’ll spend it way before that day. There are also $2..50 fees every month starting at month 16. It is deducted on its own and is not preventable. Then again, i will have spent it before then.

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7. Customized Judo Gi ornament

This ornament is currently on my Christmas tree. My little sister and i both do judo and her birthday is on the 15th. She opened hers way before I got mine. I was soo jealous that she had a custom ornament and i didn’t, so at first i was ticked off, but then I opened mine and was just like “Cue the Mystical ‘auhhhh'” and yeah.

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8.Suzy Toronto 2017 Calendar

I have no apparent idea of who this person is, but she has great life advice. I have her 2016 calendar and the advice on ti was fantastic. This one says things like “don’t let anyone dull your sparkle” “make waves” and “don’t judge a book by its movie”(amen to that!). You can find them at Costco.

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9. Newt Scammander: Movie Scrapbook

This is soooo cool. Does anybody have the book Treasures of Coronation Street? I know that my mom does. Basically, this is like that. There are all these little things that you can pull out and it really gets into how the movie works and all that sort of stuff. There are other movie scrapbook, but this one centers in on Newt and the Fantastic Beasts.

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10. Do not disturb unless you have Presents wooden sign

This cute little sign is actually from the Christmas Tree Store in New York. There is another one that says “unless your name is Santa, don’t knock”. This sign is really cute and i just have it hanging from my doorknob. It makes a nice winter decoration.

Thanks for reading my post. Can you believe that it is nearly 2017 already! Thank you to all my followers for being there since i started in August. Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas or whatever holiday, may it be Hanukah, Kwanzaa or just simply the winter solstice! I’ll talk to you guys again soon! Hopefully. Probably. Most Likely. Yes. TTYL!

-Tash

5 Books to Read over Winter Break+ DIY Quote Bookmark

It’s getting colder and you want to stay inside literally all day.  What makes that better than a book? Not much. Only hot chocolate, sugar cookies and “The Librarians”, “Death and Paradise” or “Fresh off the Boat” are what I can think of. I love to cozy up with a fluffy blanket and a book with the fireplace on while the snow blazes around outside. Then again, who doesn’t like that? Here are five books and a DIY that will help you get through your winter break.

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1. Jingle by Gordon Korman

Griffin Bing is the man with a plan. Even he couldn’t get out of this one. When his friend Logan Kellerman signs them all up to be elves in the holiday spectacular, even the biggest plan can’t get them out of it. But when a blackout results in the theft of the Star of Prague, they are the ones blamed for it. If they can’t find the Star soon, it could be the least wonderful time of the year, behind bars. See my opinion on Swindle here.

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2. Dashing Through the Snow by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark

A holiday mystery from bestselling mother-daughter duo Mary and Carol Higgins Clark. In Branscombe, New Hampshire, the town is preparing for the first annual Festival of Joy. Four employees at Conklin’s market buy a lottery ticket. The next Friday, Glenda, Marion, Tommy and Ralph become millionaires. But wait, what happened to Duncan Graham, the fifth employee who at the last minute decided not to play? Did he decide to buy the ticket in the next town over that is also worth millions? Sounds like a case for Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly!

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3. Loot by Jude Watson

Okay, not a Christmas book. But definitely a book that will get you through all the boring holiday parties with non-stop 12-year-old tweenagers antics. After his father, world-renowned cat burglar Alfie McQuinn falls to his death from a rooftop in Amsterdam, March is sent to an  orphanage for troubled kids, he finds his sister Jules. When he finds out that there are three diamonds to be found that are worth millions, the orphanages children set out to both find and steal them. the current only other book is Sting.

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4. 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

Like all stupid mistakes, Tara Brennan’s involved a goat. More specifically, trying to steal a stuffed goat from her principle. After finding this out, Her mother sends her to the sleepy and quiet town of Willow Falls. There she meets new friends and strange people.  Like Angelina DiAngelo, who tasks her to find a list of thirteen bizarre things in time for her thirteenth birthday. Thirteen in this case is not the world’s most unluckiest number.

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5. Nancy Drew #169: The Mistletoe Mystery by Carolyn Keene

Bess and Nancy are decorating Albemarle’s department store for the holidays. When some expensive Elle-Louise party dresses are stolen from WAVE, the young adult department, Bess’s Bestie (try saying that five times fast!) Ali Marie is accused of it and fired. Nancy, Bess and George are once again, on the case.

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The DIY: Quote Bookmark

A really simple DIY. All you need is a piece of tissue box and a marker.

The Only Step. Find a quote that you like. One that i used was “He stole my pizza! He really is evil!” -Ezekiel Jones, The Librarians and the Apple of Discord. Write on to the bookmark and finish.

I hope that you enjoy my selections and that you are saved from absolute boredom over your winter break. Whenever it is. Do not forget to press the follow button so that you do not miss any books, crafts or DIYs! Talk to you later,

-Tash

Book Fair Haul!

Did anybody see Sunday night’s premiere of  “The Librarians”? ‘Twas sooo EPIC! The Egyptian God of Chaos took over a body and nearly destroyed the Boston Science Museum! Ezekiel and Jacob fan-boyed over a submarine while I fan-girled over  the episode and the military knows about magic! For those of you who do not know, A. i am obsessed and B. that’s a typical “Librarians” episode. I’m obsessed and crazy and you know it.

Over the course of last week, we had a book fair at school. I am a full supporter of book fairs because they are awesome. I did some shopping… and here’s what I got!

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1. Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

Still reeling from her father’s death, suburban-bred teenager Autumn, her troublesome brother Erick and her mother uproot and move to Florida to be closer to their Aunt Eddy. Autumn doesn’t fall under the radar at her new school but a magic diary could change that!

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2. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When a family tragedy sends some random boy named Jacob to the British Isles, where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is located, he needs to prepare himself for monsters, destruction, girls with two mouths that can fly and control fire and one special little lady named Emma.

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3. The Joke’s on Us by Gordon Korman

I am a Gordon Korman Junkie. I’ll admit it, he’s awesome. Some of my favorite Gordon Korman books are Masterminds (all three), Swindle (all of them) and you get the picture now, don’t you. In this installment of his MacDonald Hall Series, Boots’s brother Edward comes to MacDonald Hall, and suddenly all these weird pranks start to happen and for once, it’s not them!

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4.My Bookmarks

At our book fairs, we sometimes sell other things such as bookmarks and posters. I usually get two bookmarks as they are 50 cents each. They usually have cute phrases on them and animals or food.

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5.Just Chillin’ Poster

The posters at the book fairs are $5, which is too much. Wanna know a hack? Just help take the book fair down and your librarian might let you have one for free. I got this one from helping at my school, and another one at my sister’s. This one is decked out with a baby emperor penguin  and the words “Just Chillin'” written in shiny blue.

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6. Fantastic Beasts Poster

I got this one for helping at my sister’s school. The poster is decked out with Queenie, Jacob, Newt and Tina (right to left) against a 1920something backdrop.The movie came out last Friday and I’ve been DYING to see it! I even pre-ordered the screenplay from scholastic. Just Keep Waiting, Just Keep Waiting, Just Keep Waiting, Waiting. It will come. Eventually. Then I’ll be happy.

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-Tash

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5 Books to make Long Car Rides Better + DIY Name Bookmark

Who’s family does long and boring car rides? As a Grade 7 student, I can say a lot. We went on this one 3 day field trip to Camp Muskoka. There were 77 Grade 7 Students going, and the bus ride was 2 hours long. Here are five books you can read to spare you the boredom.

 

 

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  1. Matched by Ally Condie

In the Society, the Officials decide. Where you work. Who you love. When you die. Cassia Maria Reyes has always trusted the Officials’ decisions. Perfect job, perfect mate, long life. What more could she ask for. It turns out, a lot. At her Matching Banquet, she is matched to Xander Thomas Carrow, her bestie. They couldn’t have been happier. But when the screen shows her someone different. Ky Markham. Now she has to decide. Xander or Ky? Perfection or Passion? Allegiance or Rebellion? The three books are Matched, Crossed and Reached.

 

 

 

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2. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Grace was dragged from her tire swing by wolves. But one wolf, the yellow eyed wolf was always her wolf. But when hunters go after all of the wolves of the pack, Grace finds out that her wolf is actually an attractive teenage boy named Sam. Will this love prevail, or is it back to being a wolf -permanently- for Sam? the books are Shiver, Linger, Forever and Sinner

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3. The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey live in the world of fairy tales. Alex is the Fairy Godmother and Conner is… Well I don’t really know what Conner is. But trouble has come to the Land of Stories. The Masked Man is looking for an army. What Alex and Conner don’t know is that this army is being made up of the villains from The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Alex and Conner think they have hm when they are suddenly split up and sent to opposite stories, Conner to Robin Hood and Alex to The Legend of Camelot where she falls in love with Arthur. Oh, and did I mention that Alex has been UnFairyGodmothered? (Is that one word or three?) The books in this series are #1: The Wishing Spell, #2: The Enchantress Returns, #3: A Grimm Warning, #4: Beyond the Kingdoms and #5: An Authors Odyssey. Well for now just those five.

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4. The 39 Clues: The Clue Hunt #1: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Dan and Amy Cahill are orphans. They currently live with their grumpy old Aunt Beatrice. When their Grandmother Grace dies, they are plunged into the race for the 39 Clues. 39 objects that when mixed together, could make you the most powerful person in the world. Suddenly their lives are harsh and cruel environments as they try to keep the world sfe from their greedy relatives. There are currently 4 series: The Clue Hunt, Cahills vs Vespers, Unstoppable and Doublecross

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5. Swindle by Gordon Korman

Griffin Bing is the man with a plan. When he hosts a sleepover in a supposedly haunted house and discovers a rare Honus Wagner baseball card worth half a million and a con man swindles him out of it for fifty, it’s up to him and a rag-tag group of friends to help steal it back and keep it away from Griffin’s arch nemesis, Darren Vader.  If you like the book, be sure to watch the movie!

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The DIY: Name Bookmark

You will need paper, markers (I used Sharpies), a glue stick and cardstock or an old bookmark.

The Only Step. Cut squares out of the paper. Cut enough so that you can spell out your name. Draw something and fit a letter of your name onto it. Color in. Glue to cardstock and cut out in a rectangle.

I hope you guys enjoy these book selections. Even if you guys aren’t going on a two hour car ride, these books are enjoyable no matter what! Be sure to follow my blog so that you do not miss out on any book crafts and DIYs!

-Tash

Happy Belated Birthday Harry Potter!

Okay, so I know that Harry Potter’s birthday was on July 31st. I was a bit late in getting a blog. But it is NEVER too late for a DIY!! I was randomly surfing the net for DIY back to school videos when I came across this one video with really cool digitally made binder covers that were modeled after YA books like Mocking Jay and A Fault in our Stars. I watched the video and thought that the DIY was soooooo cool and I just HAD to try it, so I did the cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and redid it for my Judo Terminology book. Here is the link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u74s4AS1bs

I really hope that you enjoy this DIY and you can use literally ANY book cover that you want for this amazing DIY. Keep Calm and Craft On!

-Tash