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Brigid Downey

Snowglobe Collection | Blogmas 2018 Day 18

I started collecting snowglobes freshman year of high school because they felt like magic in my hand. I had gone through a lot of mental health and chronic illness issues that year and snowglobes were this simple thing that just made me smile. So here is my collection over the past eight years (minus 3 that got broken when I moved.)

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eBook vs. Paper Books | My take on the debate

I’ve wanted to do this post for a while and it’s been sitting in my backlogs. I figured blogmas was the perfect time to do this (if nothing else than I’m running out of Christmas themed ideas). And I thought it would be interesting to do this topic because most of the time I’m pretty neutral about it. I have some pros and cons to each format which I’ll outline and I lean towards one (that you will have to read to the end to find out), but most of the time it’s whatever works.

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Etsy Gift Guide for Bookworms | Blogmas 2018 Day 13

A few days ago I talked about shopping small businesses for Christmas presents and it sparked a lot of conversation about Etsy as a selling place. Well, since this is a book blog, I combed through Etsy to find a few very adorable gifts for the bookworms in your life, and you can feel even better about buying them from small businesses and supporting all that they do! 

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Nerdy Advent Calenders | Blogmas 2018 Day 12

Last week I did a post all about unusual advent calendars, but the whole trend really kicked off a few years ago with nerdy advent calendars with favorite characters from Harry Potter and Star Wars to just nerdy themed items. I already mentioned a few in my last post, but I thought I’d take a deeper dive into more specific ones for that favorite nerd in your life (or you!)

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Favorite Christmas Movies | Blogmas 2018 Day 11

A few days ago I did my favorite Christmas themed books, but what we really look forward to during the holidays are Christmas movies. From the classics to the cheesy Hallmark movies it’s something that a lot of families look forward to every year and sometimes it’s even a very important tradition. So here are my top 10 Christmas movies (in order).

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4 Holiday Reads | Blogmas Day 9

A lot of us have holiday traditions, and as a reader and writer, I have a few book traditions, too. Some of these I’ve rediscovered recently, and some of them I read every year. Each one of these books means something significant to me during the holidays, either in the past or now, and I’m really excited to share them with you!

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Shop Small Businesses this Christmas | Blogmas 2018 Day 8

Since I moved from Boston, MA to Madison, WI one of the biggest things I’ve been made aware of is how often people shop locally out here. Madison’s farmer’s market (officially the Dane County Farmer’s Market) is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country and over 150 members attend every Saturday with over 275 […]

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5 Unusual Advent Calenders | Blogmas 2018 Day 7

Josie and I were talking the other day about unusual advent calendars because we both got the regular chocolate ones as kids, but lately there has been a trend of advent calendars that include socks, cheese, and even liquor to help you countdown to Christmas. Josie had never heard of the sock ones and thus I went on a giant Google deep dive into unusual advent calendars you can buy! Here are 5 of my favorites:

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Christmas Book Wishlist |Blogmas 2018 Day 4

Some links on my blog are affiliate links which means I might get a commission from qualifying purchases you make on them at no extra cost to you. For more information see my Privacy Policy. This Christmas I’m not really asking for much because I’m going to be away from my family for my first Christmas […]

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Jodie Whittaker: The New Doctor | Companions

On October 7th fans of Doctor Who LOST THEIR MINDS when Jodie Whittaker took to the screen as the 13th Doctor. When she was announced to be the first female incarnation of the beloved character there were VERY mixed reactions; however, she seems to have won most fans hearts over with her quirky mannerisms and general talent. And while I agree with most fans reactions of her, I have some reservations about some other things from the season premiere.

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Series Review: Blue Bloods

So Blue Bloods itself was a really interesting series de la Cruz has an interesting take on her vampire mythology by making them fallen angels and by the end of the series I was on the edge of my seat- a lot different reaction then my review to the pilot book. I felt the characters became more interesting and fleshed out, the story was completely saturated in extensive and detailed world building, and it was a vivid and actually great series to read.

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