A Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

It’s that time of year! I don’t know about you, but I’m deep into holiday shopping and planning. Something you may or may not know about me is that I have a deep love of spreadsheets, and I personally think there’s an organizational tool for every occasion. If you’ve been looking for a way to corral your holiday gift shopping and spending, I have a free downloadable spreadsheet for you! I post a reminder about it every year, because I love to help people learn to love the spreadsheet life.

And if you’re looking to help fill it in? Well, how about a book-lover’s holiday gift guide? I’ve teamed up with several other writers to hunt down gift suggestions for all of the book-lovers on your list – and maybe even for you! Keep reading for lots of great ideas!

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1. Kindle Oasis $249.99

The new Kindle Oasis is the e-reader we’ve been waiting for, and it’s already been added to my Christmas list. Waterproof with built-in Audible, this 8GB WiFi-enabled reader will allow you to read your favorite historical romance novels in comfort and style.

Contributed by Cecelia Mecca, author of Medieval Romance

2. Purple Agate Bookends $32

Make your bookcase stand out with these gorgeous agate bookends, adding to the gems that you already have on your shelves. There are a variety of colors and RockParadise often runs a holiday discount.

Contributed by Emily Murdoch, author of Medieval, Regency, and Western historical romances

3. Literary Scarves $48

Get all wrapped up in a classic story and show some literary love with these bookish infinity scarves. Choose between Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or Alice in Wonderland.

4. The Book Seat $40

Fed up getting cold hands holding your book in bed at night? Or do heavy books make your fingers sore? The Book Seat hands-free book holder is the perfect answer! Prop your book – or eReader – on the beanbag and the only time you’ll need to move a finger is to turn the page!

Contributed by Belle McInnes, author of Scottish historical romance

5. Literary Gifts for Book Lovers and Readers $18-45

Jewelry becomes even more romantic with inscriptions of popular book quotes. A favorite is a necklace etched with Mr. Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennett. There are many handcrafted pieces of jewelry with a variety of quotes to choose from.

Contributed by Ellie St. Clair, author of Regency romance

6. Bordeaux Journal $13

These stunning gilded journals make a beautiful gift for any book lover. From Peter Pauper Press: “Luminous detailing in the forms of iridescent and gold foil highlights and gilded-gold page edging make this lovely journal shine.”

Gift idea from Ashley Merrick, author of sweet western historical romance

7. There’s Always Time for Tea$12.50

The idea of “tea time” is a luxurious concept, but it needn’t take an hour or be accompanied by a fox hunt. Treat yourself to a daily dose of antiquity with this literary set of 25 teabags. Each English Breakfast teabag is individually tagged with beloved quotes from your favorite authors.

Gift idea from K. C. Bateman, author of Regency Historical ‘Secrets & Spies’ series

8. Bookworm Necklace $32

Featuring the quote every historical romance reader self-identifies with, this gorgeous, simple necklace is handmade in England. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her mind.” And yes – the artist offers it in both gold and silver, and even has a few other famous literary quotes available!

Gift idea from Jamaila Brinkley, author of historical fantasy romance

9. ‘All Those Who Wander’ Art Print $12.99

Take a book quote and early 20th-century dictionary pages out of the book and onto the wall with these prints from Vintage Art Co. I love the quotes, but images are also available! Each print is one of a kind.

Audrey Adair is the author of Scottish and time travel Historical Romance

10. Book Subscription Boxes (various)

For this, our bonus tenth gift, I picked something that I confess I’d probably get for myself in addition to giving as a gift. Subscription boxes are a huge deal right now, and what could be better than new books every month? There are several different options, depending on your taste in books – from YA to romance to literary fiction. Here’s a few of my favorites:

  • OwlCrate (YA books and swag!)
  • Ever After Box (A different romance themed box every month!)
  • Muse Monthly (Literary fiction with a focus on debut authors and marginalized voices!)
  • PageHabit (Books annotated by the authors, in multiple genres!)

I hope this guide has given you a few ideas for your shopping! I know I’ve gotten several ideas for the book-lovers on my list (and maybe a few things for yours truly…). Enjoy!

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A World Of Octobers

Well, hello there. Welcome to autumn, my favorite season (unless you count ‘the holidays,’ which is totally a season. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). But weather-wise and decor-wise and general existence-wise, autumn is great. And BUSY. So busy! There is inevitably a lot going on in people’s lives in autumn, and I’m no different. Want a list? You’re going to get one anyway, because I like lists.

  • My kids are in the full swing of ‘preschool.’ It’s in quotes because they’re two. But they love it deeply, and I love it even more, because the particular program they’re enrolled in offers parents a coworking space above the school space. So I get three hours twice a week to procrastinate on the internet write. (Guess where I am RIGHT NOW?)
  • I’m a featured author at Virtual FantasyCon’s paranormal/urban fantasy Facebook event tomorrow, where I’ll be posting and commenting and generally having fun (thank goodness they scheduled it for Wednesday, my babysitter day!).
  • I’m running an Amazon Giveaway for the next couple of weeks; you can sign up to follow my Amazon author page and thus be notified of new releases by the juggernaut that is Amazon automation, and enter to win a copy of THIEVES’ HONOR! Super fun.
  • I’m also recruiting ARC reviewers! If you’re interested in getting my books for free before they’re out and posting reviews (honest ones, please!), you can fill out this form. Limited spots are available, so act fast!
  • This weekend I’m heading to the New Jersey Romance Writers’ conference. This is doubly exciting, because a) I get to hobnob with other writers, get creatively inspired, and get all kinds of useful publishing advice and b) my children are staying home, so I get to pretend like an adult who doesn’t spend six days a week in rumpled yoga pants (on the seventh day, I wear no pants).
  • Sweater weather.
  • Football food (for the record, in my house, we wear purple on Sundays).
  • Food in general. Autumn is for eating, if you ask me.
  • I’m breaking out the holiday spreadsheet and getting started (woefully late, for me) on gift shopping. There’s a basket hidden away in a certain closet of my house slowly starting to fill with delightful things that I can’t wait to give to people.

What do you have going on this autumn? I hope you’re making time to eat delicious food and enjoy delicious fall colors in the midst of this busy season!

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Image credit: Lasso The Moon