BLOGMAS: GIVEAWAY {Amazon Gift Card}! Book Coffee Happy Readers Are The KINDEST!

BLOGMAS: GIVEAWAY {Amazon Gift Card}! Book Coffee Happy Readers Are The KINDEST!

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Oh I’m so blown away.

Blog readers have sent me gifts in the past. Books, candles, bookmarks, and more! Every single time it happens, I’m completely blown away. How wonderful are people? More specifically, how wonderful are my blog readers???

I received this message last week and it touched my heart.

And then today…OMG. Look what arrived in my mailbox!

THE CHRISTMAS BOOKSHOP! I had written about how much I wanted it in THIS POST but was unable to find myself a copy. And the most beautiful magnetic page markers! I cannot believe the kindness of this blog reader whom I have never even met!

I can’t even put into words how much this means to me.

Writing this blog and introducing people to their new favorite books is my passion. I love my little hobby so much! I’ve learned an incredible amount (I have created and have successfully maintained a website all on my own…if you know me in real life, this is a very big deal, lol), I’ve met some WONDERFUL people, and I have been able to share my most favorite hobby with the world. I’ve had people tell me that I’ve turned them into READERS. How amazingly special is that?!?

The fact that I make money off of my blog is purely icing on the cake for me. It’s a great perk…but obviously not why I write this blog. I write this blog because it’s FUN! The minute it stops being fun is the minute I stop writing. Simple as that 🙂

People on the Internet can be MEAN. It’s easy to hide behind a screen and be judgmental, catty, and awful. There are entire websites devoted to the sole purpose of breaking down bloggers, gossiping about bloggers, and speculating about bloggers. Admittingly this is the reason it took me YEARS to start writing a blog although it was something I had wanted to do for so long. I didn’t want people being mean to me over something that is my fun hobby! I wanted the type of blog where people can visit just for fun. No drama. I will say…3 years into blogging and my blog readers have been nothing but kind, LOVELY, supportive, and wonderful. The comments I receive on blog posts and social media have ALWAYS been so kind! Even when people disagree with my thoughts on a book, etc….their comments are ALWAYS respectful which is exactly what I would hope they would be. I don’t WANT people to always agree with my opinions…how boring would that be?!? I absolutely love when we can have an honest and open discussion whether we are on the same side of an opinion or not. THAT is what a great blog is….the kind that can start a wonderful discussion with different opinions. For Book Coffee Happy, I find this type of discussion happens most often on Facebook. I love it! Especially when I post on the weekends asking what everyone is reading. So many people give such great suggestions all the time and I love seeing all of you interact with each other.

In 3 years of blogging, I have only had 1 negative experience and I will say….MAN did those people RIP ME TO SHREADS. But it was ok because I stood my ground, held my own, and felt strongly that I didn’t do anything wrong. It was years ago…I had written a blog post titled “One of the Worst Books I Have Ever Read.” I am a member of a Facebook group for bloggers and authors and I had shared my blog post on there. HOLY HELL did people come at me! They did NOT like that I had publicly written a negative review of a book! Many, many, many bloggers only publish positive reviews on their blog and if that works for them….awesome. I knew from the very beginning that I would not be doing that. I want my blog to be HONEST. Always. If I love a book, I have no problem sharing my opinion but if I hate a book, I also have no problem sharing my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t agree with this, but I really have strong feelings about it. I will never tell you that I love a book if I don’t. Over the years you have come to know me and to know my opinions on books. Many of you trust me and my opinions and I take that trust seriously! I will always and forever share my feelings and opinions both positive AND negative. If you want to read a blog where every single review is a positive one, this is most definitely NOT the blog for you ;). Those people in that Facebook group were RUTHLESS and the one and only thing I can say is that those were random strangers on Facebook….NOT my blog readers! My readers would never be that mean to me! Luckily, I’m pretty tough and in the end I took it as a COMPLIMENT that people were angry because I’m HONEST. (You can read that original blog post that sparked all of that HERE. And for what it’s worth, that book was quite literally and still IS quite literally one of the very worst books I’ve ever read. So there’s that).

I have some amazing ideas for the future of my blog and I can’t wait to share them with you! Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your love, your support, and your kindness. Please keep interacting, commenting, and sharing. I’m really proud of this little book community that I have created! Thank you so much for being a part of it. You are very important and very special to me 🙂

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I want to pay this kindness forward during this holiday season. Receiving this gift made my heart so happy and I want to do that for someone else! Leave a comment below and I’ll randomly choose someone to receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

You can use it to buy yourself coffee, a new book, or anything else on Amazon that makes you happy :). I’ll send it directly from Amazon straight to your email address.

All of you have to do to enter is leave a comment right here on this blog post. Your comment can be about anything…make me smile!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (12/17/22) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Saturday (12/18/21).

Make sure you check the blog on Saturday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winner to email me the email address where you would like your Amazon gift card to be sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Blogmas 2021 Posts:

12/1: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

12:2: BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

12/4: BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

12/5: BLOGMAS: 3 Library Books I Recently Returned Without Reading

12/6: BLOGMAS Book Review: The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

12/7: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: Other People’s Children {R.J. Hoffmann}

12/8: BLOGMAS: I Bought 5 New Books!

12/9: BLOGMAS: 8 Holiday Books I Want To Read

12/10: BLOGMAS: Must Have Book Accessory #4

12/11: BLOGMAS: The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

12/12: BLOGMAS: Book Review (Non Holiday): The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend {Katrina Bivald}

12/13: BLOGMAS: Book I’m Currently Reading, Coffee I’m Currently Drinking, I Thing Currently Making me HAPPY!

12/14: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: The Photographer {Mary Dixie Carter}

12/15: BLOGMAS: 6 Books I Want To Read in 2022

Xo,

Jenny

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1 Book I’m Currently Reading, 1 Coffee I’m Currently Drinking, 1 Thing Currently Making Me Happy

Book Coffee Happy’s newest series where I share the book I’m currently reading, the coffee I’m currently drinking, and 1 thing that is currently making me happy!

Book I’m Currently Reading:

I bought this book last weekend from the most LOVELY bookstore while on a last minute vacation with my family. I will have lots of pictures from my trip and more details on this bookstore posted on the blog next week! Stay tuned!

Goodreads Synopsis of In Five Years {Rebecca Serle}:

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

I’ll post my review once I finish reading!

Coffee I’m Currently Drinking:

I saw this mug in a specialty grocery store a few weeks ago and FELL IN LOVE WITH THE QUOTE. So much so that I took a picture of the mug and spent FOREVER on Etsy trying to find this quote on a mug with more color than just black and white. Lots of options but none called to me. Last weekend, I was in a GORGEOUS boutique while on my vacation and the original black and white mug was the first thing to greet me as soon as I walked in the door! Totally fate, totally meant to be, total serendipity. I have grown to love the black and white and this quote is definitely one of my new favorites! I’ve been happily drinking coffee out of this mug every single day since I bought it. Best quote. Cutest mug. Love.

Currently Making Me Happy:

So by now I’m sure you have heard alllll about this candle from every influencer on the Internet. Apparently evvvvveryone LOVES it and I’ve been wanting to smell it for months! I was in an adorable garden store a few weeks ago and was pursuing the candle section. I picked up this candle and was instantly in LOVE. Omg. Only THEN did I read the brand on the lid…THE CAPRI BLUE VOLCANO CANDLE! Yesssss! Seeing the price (for 8.5 oz and only 1 wick), I put it back down and walked away….just to be DRAWN right back to it once again. Yes it smells that good. Yes it’s worth all the hype. Yes I wanted to buy the larger size but bought the smaller one instead (for now, lol). This candle seriously smells INCREDIBLE.

From the Capri Blue website: “Capri Blue is built on the stylish back of our famous volcano candle! With its familiar feel and cult following, Volcano is the perfect blend of citrus and sugar notes. Like the excitement and energy of a summer night rendezvous, this fragrance is simply unforgettable.”

Apparently you can buy it at Nordstrom, Anthropolgie, etc. Amazon sells it too! There are so many different tin colors and tin designs and each are stunning. I linked the beautiful design that I have below!

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

What are you currently reading?

What coffee are you currently enjoying?

What is 1 thing currently making you HAPPY?

Xo,

Jenny

Click the images below to order these items through my Amazon affiliate links. When you order through these links, I receive a tiny commission. Thank you for your support, Xo

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2 Great Gifts for Book Lovers

Recently I bought myself 2 amazing bookish items! These would be great gifts for any book lovers in your life….orrrrr you can buy them for yourself as I did, lol 😉

Book Lover Gift #1: Book Mask

I saw a post in a book blogger Facebook group from a member making and selling the most gorgeous book masks I have seen! I had been searching for one for months but couldn’t seem to find a good one and as soon as I saw hers, I was IN LOVE. I instantly messaged her asking for her Venmo information so I could place my order! Less than a week later, my stunning mask arrived in my mailbox.

It’s PERFECT.

It’s hard to tell but it has GORGEOUS gold threading throughout. It’s AMAZING when it shines in the sun!
I was so excited to wear it that I didn’t even think to check if it has a wire on the nose! I was pleasantly surprised later to realize that it does!
Wire nose clip! Love!

The inside of it is also so beautiful!

If you would like to place your own order, here is her contact information (she gave me permission to post it):

Thank you so much, Christina! I absolutely love my beautiful book mask!

Book Lover Gift #2: Book Pop Socket

I’m obsessed with having a Pop Socket on my phone and my old one was no longer doing it’s job. It kept coming (flying!) off and I was spending more time reattaching it than actually using it! Not to mention that it’s gorgeous swirly pattern was rubbing off around all of it’s edges. Ugh! My phone was more than overdue for a refresh.

After much searching, I found the most beautiful one (linked at the bottom of this post)!

So beautiful! I love all the gorgeous colors!
Bright yellow phone, bright purple nail polish, bright colored Pop Socket = Perfection!

I’ve had it attached to my phone for almost a week now and I love it so much! Hasn’t flown off even once 😉

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I’ll be back here on Friday with a post about a book that I disliked so much that I only made it through 5 pages before calling it quits…

Xo,

Jenny

Click the image below to order the book through my Amazon affiliate link. When you order through this link, I receive a tiny commission. Thank you for your support, Xo

This blog is my favorite hobby and I would so love your support!  Here are ways you can help my blog to GROW:

*Please share this page with your book and blog loving friends!*

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The ultimate list of my top book suggestions can be found HERE

The 12 best books I read in 2020 can be found HERE

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Random Bookish Thoughts, Birthday Snapshots, and the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Winner {Video}

Happy Friday! Today’s blog post will be some random bookish thoughts, snapshots from my birthday, and a video announcing my birthday Amazon gift card giveaway winner!

Random Bookish Thoughts:

My daughter did this homework over Thanksgiving and I love it so much. She said, “My teacher says it’s optional” and I replied, “Aaaaaaand your mom says it’s mandatory!” **Also, when your mom is a former teacher, she makes you complete 10 squares, not 5! **

Almost done reading this book, I’ll have my review posted ASAP!

Do you remember when I posted this review and included a picture of the fake fireplace in the Michigan cottage? I was so obsessed with reading in front of that fireplace and haven’t stopped thinking (or talking about) it since we’ve been back home. We do have a real fireplace in our family room but I REALLY wanted one of these for our living room so when I’m reading on my favorite couch, I can have the absolute perfect reading experience! My husband bought me this one for my birthday and my daughter bought me a tiny box that makes fire crackling sounds! It’s PERFECT, so warm and toast, and I’m completely 100 percent obsessed. You KNOW I read a book in front of it on the very first night and I think I smiled the entire time while reading.

Birthday Snapshots

My birthday was absolutely wonderful and included all of my favorite things: My little family, breakfast made by my daughter, a socially distanced outside visit with my amazing parents, Thai food for dinner, Culvers, decorations from my kids, a family Uno tournament, outside socially distanced visits from my best friends, and more. It was a lovely, lovely birthday and the best part was how truly loved I felt.

Swingset decorated by my son:

One of the gifts from my best friends included a gift card to enjoy my favorite drink on my special day!

If you know me in real life, you know that Culvers is my absolute most favorite dessert!

Notice the UNO cards in the above photo? Our family has had a tournament going since July with a leaderboard and everything. Guess who is currently in FIRST PLACE??? #mama

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Winner Video:

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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Today is My Birthday! *Amazon Gift Card Giveaway*

Birthday giveaway of an Amazon gift card for one blog reader 🙂

Today is my birthday! I bought this shirt as a birthday gift to myself 🙂

Love!

For the past 2 years, I’ve given away a small gift card on my birthday to a blog reader. It feels so good to share a bit of my birthday joy with you guys!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Leave a comment below (on this actual blog post). I’ll randomly choose a winner and email her/him a $10.00 Amazon egift card! You can use that $10.00 and put it towards a new book or anything else that makes you feel happy. I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s blog post! You will have 48 hours from the time I post your name to email me the email address where you would like your egift card sent. If I don’t hear from you in 48 hours, I’ll choose someone else.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Happy birthday to ME (and also to my girl Britney Spears!)

Xo,

Jenny

This blog is my favorite hobby and I would so love your support!  Here are ways you can help my blog to GROW:

*Please share this page with your book and blog loving friends!*

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Another Book Accessory Recommendation!

I once wrote a blog post called “My #1 Book Accessory of All Time” (you can read that post HERE) and I still stand by that recommendation. I very literally use mine EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And she is currently looking as fancy and fabulous as ever:

As I always tell my kids, the more worn and dirty something is, the more that means it’s been loved.  And clearly this book light has been LOVED.

My kids see me use mine every day and always want to borrow it.  A few months ago, they both begged for their own!

Ummm begging for a BOOK LIGHT?!?  #proudmama

Fast forward a few months…

…and both of my kids now use them often (not QUITE as often as their mama…working on it) and they both love them. These specific book lights came as a pack of 2 which was perfect for my 2 kids. I wanted to wait a few months after buying them to write a blog post to make sure that I recommend these. I absolutely do!

Another Book Accessory Recommendation

They are so tiny and so easy to travel with!

The 1 and only complaint that I have with my own book light is that isn’t easy to travel with because I’m always so afraid that the large old school bulb will shatter in my suitcase. I always end up tossing it in with my toiletries in this bag although I’m not sure that’s the safest way to travel with it, lol. (Fun fact: my sister in law gave me this toiletry bag at one of my bridal showers and it has traveled with me on every single trip I have taken over the past 10.5 years! LOVE!)

Large, old school bulb:

Teeny tiny flat LED light:

I will say that these lights aren’t as bright as mine but my kids don’t care. Totally bright enough that they use them to read in the dark all the time! In fact, these lights can usually be found somewhere in their beds because they fall asleep while reading 🙂 I like my book light to be BRIGHT (again, see THIS POST for more info on that) but I’m sure many people out there would prefer a softer light.

FYI…my booklight will always be my #1 must have book accessory, but THIS product remains hands down my #2. I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT. Although I still think it looks a bit naughty, lol…I promise it’s not!

You can read my blog post HERE all about that one and why I love it so much. It’s the definition of a product you never realized that you need until you own it and use it ALL THE TIME.

Do you use a book light? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

Click the image below to order these book lights through my Amazon affiliate link. When you order through this link, I receive a tiny commission. Thank you for your support, Xo

This blog is my favorite hobby and I would so love your support!  Here are ways you can help my blog to GROW:

*Please share this page with your book and blog loving friends!*

*Please share this page with your book and blog loving friends!*

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*”Like” my Facebook page (and please comment on, “like”, and share my posts)*

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The ultimate list of my top book suggestions can be found HERE

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