Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Tenth Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. The event is hosted by Marlene @ Reading Reality and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’m giving away a book of your choice, up to $20 value. The contest is open through 12:01 am on Monday, November 30, and the winner will be announced later that day. The contest is open to anyone the Book Depository will ship to. a Rafflecopter giveaway ...
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Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Challenge: Holiday Songs Crossword

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Challenge: Holiday Songs Crossword

I hope everyone's enjoying the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon. Welcome to the Holiday Songs Crossword Challenge. You can enter in a few ways: print it out and take a photo of your completed puzzle and post in on Instagram or Twitter (tag me @carolsnotebook); share your answers in the comments section; or below the puzzle, there's a link to solve it on-line. Remember, the giveaway is only open to those participating in the readathon. I'll be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card or a book of your choice from the Book Depository to one random winner. Have fun! And the winner is Katherine!! Thanks for playing along everyone. ...
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Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson (with giveaway)

Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson (with giveaway)

I love Poppy. She's an artist who has followed her dream to France, has adorable puppies and is in love with the perfect man. Christmas at the Chateau is a sweet romance, perfect for holiday reading. It's short, but the characters are charming and kind. The treasure hunt was cute even if the treasure itself was a bit predictable. I do love a Christmas romance with a happy ending. Giveaway to Win a Signed paperback copy of ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ (1st book in the ‘A French Escape‘ series), hand-embroidered makeup bag (made by the author) and some artisanal French chocolates (Open INT) a Rafflecopter giveaway *Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative...
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Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Welcome back to the Ninth Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. The event is hosted by Marlene @ Reading Reality and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’m giving away a book of your choice, up to $20 value. The contest is open through 12:01 am on December 2 and the winner will be announced later that day. The contest is open to anyone the Book Depository will ship to. a Rafflecopter giveaway Black Friday Giveaway Hop Participants 1. Reading Reality (INT)2. Caffeinated Reviewer (INT)3. Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (INT)4. Read Your Writes Book Reviews (US)5. Samantha The Book Disciple6. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books (INT)7. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books8. Gretl@ Goldilox and the Three Weres (US)9. Ilovebooksandstuffblog 10. Beauty Info Zone (US/Can)11. The Mommy Island12. Dashing Bling Read13. The Attic Girl14. Maureen @ Maureen’s Books15. For What It’s Worth16. Suzie Olsen (US)17. Tabatha @Broken Soul Reviews18. Carol’s Notebook (Int)19. Readeropolis (US) ...
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Loving my new Jord Watch (Review and Giveaway)

Loving my new Jord Watch (Review and Giveaway)

I recently listened to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, on my smartphone, ironically enough. I’ll post my comments in a day or two, but it did make me start thinking about how pervasive technology is in my life. Even though we have device-free meals, that’s really the only time that’s carved out when I don’t just glance at my phone regularly, open up Facebook, scroll through Instagram. Granted, I know I’m not as bad as some people, but that’s not the point.  Even my watch shows me texts so I reply instantly because heaven forbid someone should have to wait on me. How much time am I using on social media or Candy Crush that I could enjoy or use more productively elsewhere? Would it be better to have a specific time set aside for answering texts and e-mails and maybe actually calling someone occasionally instead? Technology isn’t inherently evil and neither is social media, but we need to use...
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Hibernate with Me by Benjamin Scheuer

Hibernate with Me by Benjamin Scheuer

Hibernate with Me is a wonderful picture book. The story features a little bear and his mom/dad. No matter how rough life can gets or how shy the little bear feels, little bear always has a safe, warm home to go to. The words have a gentle rhyming pattern, and the illustrations accompany it perfectly. They are detailed, colorful and fit the moods, seasons of the story. The story was originally a song. The melody is in the back of the book. The lullaby quality of the story makes it a perfect book for bedtime. I think I'm going to give my copy to either my brother or my mom. A couple of my brother's kids are still young enough for picture books and I really like this one. Hibernate with Me is a gentle reminder that no matter how sad, small, or scared you feel, you are always worthy of love, and that brighter days are always ahead. I have one copy to...
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