12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 8: Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country

UHMMM. I don’t know of any specific traditions in my town. And I just realized that I am quite ignorant of Christmas traditions in other countries versus traditions in the U.S. So instead of sharing my traditions, I researched some other countries’ traditions!


Celebrates Christmas on January 6th! (Sorry about the flag, the top stripe is white! Unfortunately, white=camouflage)


Children leave out mince pies and a bottle of Guinness on Christmas Eve. I guess he’s gotta keep warm somehow…


In the capital of Venezuela, Caracus, the streets are closed on Christmas Day so people can roller skate to church!


Apparently many families have a traditional dinner of KFC in Japan. WHAT. Okay, that is definitely some U.S. marketing at work.


In France a traditional dessert called buche de Noel is served – a buttercream filled cake frosted to look like a Yule log. THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD.

I’d love to hear some of your Christmas traditions!! If you have any you’d like to share please leave them in the comments :)

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 7: A photo day. Share some Christmas pictures; past or present.

So one fun fact about me: I am terrible about taking pictures. Also, my parents, who are the keepers of the photos, live 2 1/2 hours away from me. ALSO, I recently got a new computer and haven’t transfered my hard drive to it yet. So the only Christmas photos I have are those that are on my current iPhone. WHOOPS. But I do have some that I can share!

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Here’s one from this year! Tim and I went to the grand lighting spectacle at the zoo last week. It. Was. Awesome. And all of the insane children were hilarious.


Remember that story about my Papa from yesterday? Here’s PROOF. I’m not sure what’s going on with my sweatshirt but it makes me look a bit like a snowman. Snow child? I’m cool with it. I think that this is the only year my entire life that we actually had snow on Christmas too. BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. Even though I look depressed, I promise I wasn’t.


These two are from last year! Not quite Christmas, but it was my sister and my Christmas present from my parents. We went to Chicago and had some quality family girl time. It was a pretty fantastic trip!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the second day of Bookmas…

My true love gave to me: TWO REALLY BAD ENDIIIIIINGS

Erm, excuse me? True love fail.

It’s the second day of #MerryBookmas hosted by HailsHeartsNYC! Today we are discussing two of our least-favorite endings to books or series. I’m excited about this because I get to mention some books that I never talk about. Because the ending made me hate them. Ya know. The usual.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

I can not for the life of me figure out why this book is so popular. I will admit that the writing is beautiful and the cover is gorgeous, but other than that it has no redeeming qualities. I HATED the ending. It still makes me feel sick thinking about it. I think it was utterly revolting and unnecessary. This is probably the darkest book I’ve ever read.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I really hated this book in general. I hated all of the characters except the admiral. I am forgiving Jane for her terrible ending in this book because technically she didn’t publish it herself; maybe she would have changed it?! The entire book is basically thrown out in the last 30 pages. And it’s a LONG book. So I was mad because I didn’t like the ending match-ups and because the entire book had felt like a waste. All of the character development was completely erased. Just blah.

I’m sorry for this incredibly negative post! Just channeling my inner Grinch ;)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 6: Share a fond Christmas memory:

My family is huge. Like, HUGE. My dad is number 6 of 12 kids. I have 40 first cousins on my dad’s side alone. I think my favorite Christmas tradition was going to my grandparents house on Christmas morning. All of the family would be there and Papa would play Santa Claus. Not like he’d dress up or anything, but he would wear a Santa hat and pass out presents. Our family is way too big for everyone to get everyone a gift, so every year our parents would draw names of the cousins and that would be who we’d get gifts for. So a different cousin would get us one gift, as well as our grandparents. My grandma would keep the presents downstairs, and all of the kids would be down their searching for their own gift until it was time to bring them all upstairs. It was absolute mayhem. But it was the happiest sort of mayhem. My Papa passed away when I was 16, but it’s those happy, untouchable  memories that keep Christmas so special to me.

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish

Bookmas Tree Challenge

Hello friends!

If you’re a fan of booktube and are following Hails Hearts NYC (if you’re not, you should be, she’s one of my favorites!), then you may have heard about her 12 days of Bookmas! I know I’m already participating in the 12 days of blogging, so I’m going to drive you all crazy with ONE MILLION POSTS. Just kidding. But it kinda feels like that much. ANYWAY all of her ideas sounded really fun to me so I am just going to go crazy with the Christmas blogging.

So today the challenge was to make a bookmas tree! For the rest of the challenge I’ll be participating in writing-form, but my attempts to take photos of this challenge were really boring so I made a video. Woot woot. You should also go check out Hailey’s video/tree, because it’s significantly more impressive than mine.. and yes Hailey, third time is the charm!!

Here it is!:

Let me try to explain the various facial expressions.
0:43 – The books are organized by size! Biiiiig to smaaaall
0:48 – Reppin’ Seattle. Mmmmmhmmm
1:38 – Look at my pretty copy of Les Mis!
1:48 – Tim’s book about Scottish people.
2:10 – looks like some kind of  “dayum” motion, but it’s really “oh look this tower is leaning”
2:45 – this book is fat.
3:16 – I need more books!!
3:25 – Hmmmm… star…
3:29 – GOT IT

That is all. Be back tomorrow with more shenanigans.

J. Bookish



12 Days of Christmas: Day 5

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 5: What is on your personal wish list this year?

So I’m not about to sit here and tell you I don’t love to get presents, because that would be a lie and I am no liar. But to be completely honest, I am of an age where I LOVE it when people buy me things that I need. So I’m basically boring. But I’ll write a little list of indulgent too-spendy -for-me-to-justify-buying-for-myself gifts I’d love but would never ask for just to keep things interesting for ya ;)

Yes, I am a nerd, but I also love decadent girly things. You have been warned.

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year, I would love:

A Fitbit! I love that the new ones track your heart rate – I have asthma so exercise makes my heart die a little bit. Not really but it feels like it. I’ve been slowly trying to improve my lung function but let me tell ya, it’s a STRUGGLE. Anyway, I just think these are cool :)

Because the two editions I own obviously aren’t enough!

A Shiseido eyelash curler – you guys would laugh if you saw the state of my current eyelash curler. It’s quite pathetic. I desperately need a new one.

The Hourglass ambient light edit. I’ve been coveting this since I discovered it’s existence. Have you seen these highlights? Freaking gorgeous.

I have the first one, but I would love to have the complete trilogy. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned my obsession with the Hobbit on this blog? Well, let me tell ya, OBSESSED.

*Insert heart-eye emoji x 50*

I mean, ya know.

Anything and everything from LUSH.



So that’s my silly list of girly indulgences. But I feel like I should mention the song “My Grown-Up Christmas List” because that’s what immediately came to mind when writing this post. If you have not heard it, you should go look it up right now!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!

Day 4: Share a Christmas story or write one of your own

Me? Write a story? And share it? Online?! FOR ANYONE TO SEE?! No. Nononononono.

So I guess that leaves other people’s Christmas stories! I don’t have any one specific favorite Christmas story, so I’m going to include a couple awesome stories.

I mean, of course. This story has been re-told a million times over and I’m pretty sure I love every rendition. I think the first time I officially read it was in seventh grade and we read it for school. It’s such a beautiful story. I can’t wait to read it this year!

Again, OF COURSE. I have heard this so many times I’ve unintentionally memorized it up to “When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.” I learned this yesterday when Tim and I tried to recite it. I won! Teeheehee.

I haven’t actually read this since I was like 13 but I LOVED IT then. I think it may have been the first adult romance I ever read. I don’t read very many of them, but I’ve been wanting to re-read this ever since. It took me a long time and lots of random Google searches to figure out what the name of it was, but hey, I found it! From what I remember it’s a very sweet story.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish


12 Days of Christmas: Day 2!

[Note from the present: I just realized I scheduled all of these after Day 1 one day ahead sooo I missed yesterday.. failure.]

12 days of christmas blogging

DAY 2!

Favorite Christmas tradition: new or old!

HMMMM. I CAN’T DECIDE. Okay I have three. I’m using all three. Don’t judge me.

  1. Christmas Eve PJ’s

My family opens one present on Christmas (I definitely spelled this “Chrismas” and couldn’t figure out why there was a YOU’RE WRONG red line under it hahaha) Eve and it is always always always pajamas. Then we are required to put on said pajamas and hang out and watch a movie or whatever we feel like. It’s awesome. This year, my mom is apparently going to buy us all traditional flannel pajamas. She called me last night to make sure that I was okay with it. We’re very good at ruining surprises in this family ;)

2. My creepy sneaking

I’m not sure if my family actually knows that I do this? But every year I like to set an alarm for about 4:00 AM and I go out and turn the tree lights on and just sit there for a while. When I was little I wanted to see if Santa had come and what the presents and stockings looked like, but now I just think it’s kind of peaceful and I still feel a little bit of that childhood magic. My very own personal tradition.

3. Friend Christmas

This one is brand new! My boyfriend has to work on Christmas and I was quite upset about it, so we decided to have our own Christmas..after Christmas. We’re going to have a little white elephant party with our friends and spend some time together. Christmas is generally spent with family and friends get left in the cold anyway, so this works just perfectly for us!

I would love to hear about your Christmas traditions! If you are participating in this challenge, link me to your posts!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reflections of November

Gooodbyyyyeeee November!

GUESS WHAT. I got a new job. WHOOP WHOOP. I have very politely been denying the fact that I ABSOLUTELY HATED my last job (well, current, because my contract isn’t technically up until the 17th). But I am officially going back to working with kids as a 4th and 5th grade Assistant Teacher. I couldn’t be happier! So overall, November was a great month just for that reason.

AND NOW, IT’S DECEMBER! CHRISTMAS! You know what’s awesome about working in a school? Never having to work over holidays and still getting paid, that’s what’s awesome. I’ve been working on my TBTB Santa gifts and it’s so much fun. I have so many crafts planned for Christmas presents and just ah. It’s gonna be a great month.

Back to last month… I didn’t read a whole lot. Again. I kind of went into a slump after speed-reading Winter, and then my eye was doing this weird thing and reading made my head hurt. So I haven’t read much in the last two weeks. But I’m okay with it! Let’s review:

Oh, insert: my wonderful boyfriend would like to say hi. So, “Hi!” – Tim

Books I Read:

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)The MartianSlaughterhouse-Five

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 3.5/5
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5/5
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – 3/5
The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5
Slaughterhouse – Five – Kurt Vonnegut – 2/5

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

+ The Diary of Anne Frank

*Sigh*. I kind of think I’m going to give up on this quest. I will read these books eventually, but they’re just not priority at the moment. I want to read what I want to read, okay? Okay. Good talk.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 210/278

I am a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird. Every time I read it I love it more. So I was very excited about Go Set a Watchman. I am so torn about this book. Some pages I hate and others I love. Review to come!

Book Posts:

Book Review: Winter

Tags and Things:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten authors that are NEW…to me
J. Bookish (me) fails at tags
Tag Week Day 1: The Autumn Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 2: Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!Tag Week Day 3: The Inside Out Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 4: My Life in Books Tag!
Tag Week Day 5: The Book Courtship Tag!
Tag Week Finale: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag
(All exclamation points until the finale? I’m pretty sure that’s counter-intuitive. Story of my life.)

Other Stuff:

November TBR!!!
Reading Partners – VOLUNTEER!
November Book Haul! (Oh hey this is my 50th post)

Favorite Book of the Month:

The Martian

I actually saw the movie before I read this book. I had zero interest in reading it but my boyfriend wanted to see it and I love going to the movies so I was like yeah, let’s do it. And it was amazing. Hilarious and heartbreaking and so so so much better than I had expected. So of course, I wanted to know more and decided to listen to the book. Mark Watney is freaking amazing. As are all of the other characters. And all of the science. And the basic survival instinct. And everything. If you haven’t read this yet and are on the fence because of the fancy science talk, don’t even worry about it. The book is so much more than that, and you should read it. Liiike now.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:


This was another one of those books that I just can’t understand why it is or was ever popular. At all. I HATE unreliable narrators and Billy Pilgrim is the absolutely least reliable of ALL NARRATORS EVER. Did he just have PTSD? Did he actually get abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians and become un-stuck in time? WHAT. WHAT WAS YOUR DEAL, BILLY. If any of you ever see me considering a book that you know has an unreliable narrator, call the TBR police. PLEASE.

On another note, this has been a big month for my little blog! I hit and passed 100 wordpress followers, hit and went WAY past 1,000 views, and made my own tag! It’s been so fun seeing it spread! You all are just the bestest. I get warm and fuzzy feelings every time I get a like or comment or follow. *metaphorically hugging you all* :D

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Tag Week Finale: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Tag Week

Hello lovely bookish people!

To wrap-up tag week, I made my very own tag. It’s kind of silly but I’m very excited about it. I haven’t been tagging anyone this week because I’m going to tag everyone who commented on a post during the week to do this tag! I hope you enjoy it :)

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to answer the questions myself? But I’m going to. Because WHY NOT.

Here is the: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag!

Rules and Regulations:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

You all know I love Leigh. But I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read Six of Crows until I saw Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews post on it. Let me just say she was a tiny bit excited about it. ;) Anyway, it definitely made me really curious about the book and I am SO glad I decided to read it because it is wonderful.

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

The Time Keeper

Full disclosure, I am not religious. But I think this book is fantastic for anyone who is or is not religious. It is unbelievably thought-provoking. It’s a quick read and I think it prompts some really important questions about what you believe that everyone should think about. I highly recommend this one for all adults.

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I don’t actually make New Year’s resolutions. But I’d like to! So my resolution is that next year I’m going to make resolutions. And I will be keeping it. MMHMM. ;)

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

To Kill a Mockingbird

This is such a hard question. I can’t believe I’m asking you guys to answer it. BUT I am all about important family relationships and my dad is one of my favorite people in the whole world, so I’m going to go with Scout and Atticus. I think their relationship is the reason I love this book so much. I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman yet and I’m very nervous about it, but regardless of how things change, Atticus was an incredible father.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I can’t even explain why I love this book so much. I just do. I read it for the first time last year, and I was completely absorbed in the story. It was a heart-wrenching experience and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

*Cough* *Cough*. I’M SORRY. I really liked the story, but I had a lot of issues with the writing and I just had SUCH high expectations because I’ve heard nothing but good things, so it really fell flat for me. I am going to continue reading the series in the hopes that it gets better.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I heard about the Lunar Chronicles long before I read them. I listened to the first like three minutes of the audiobook and discovered Cinder was a cranky cyborg and was like uhmm no. But then they kept popping up, so I gave it a more than three-minute chance and discovered I had been SO WRONG. I am so happy I read these books, I think they’re so unique and creative and Cinder is now my favorite character. Bad judgy Jordyn.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

I like to read YA and Romance when I need a break from life. My favorite books are those that challenge me and make me think about life and philosophy and anything and everything, but sometimes I just want to fall into a simple story. These are the times I reach for YA or Romance books.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

I think The Last Olympian stands WAY above all the other Percy Jackson books. It was so fast-paced and I was involved the entire time. It wasn’t quite so formulaic as the first four were, either. All of my issues with characters were resolved, I loved the role Hestia played, just ah. I felt 100% satisfied with the series after reading this book.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.


September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Briar Rose

I forgot about this book until just now and I want to re-read it. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but not. It’s about a family and the Holocaust and I absolutely loved that we got to read it for school. 15-year old me thought it was amazing.

AND my birthday is in September!! The best present I’ve ever gotten was my old cat, Firecracker. She’s gone now but she was the most amazing cat in the whole world. Even if she was ridiculously fluffy and coughed up hairballs no matter what I did to prevent them.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

I think I should probably dress up as Tris because I can not even tell you the number of people who have told me I look exactly like her. But I would LOVE to dress up as Danaerys because she’s a bad ass and I love her. Plus dragons.


Maria @ Marwhal Read

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Charelle @ The Scent of Cinnamon

Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews

Orangutan Librarian

Eliza @ Lipgloss & Paperbacks

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks

Paloma @ Pages and Pinapples

Keira @ Signing On

Jackie @ Fall in Love with the Sounds of Words

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

Lydia @ 22 is still young adult

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

And YOU! If you want to participate :)

DANG there were a lot more than I expected. Thank you all for participating in tag week with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! I loved hearing all of your opinions on my thoughts, and I’ve learned I need to read a lot more books because I’m OUT OF ANSWERS for these questions.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish