Holiday Reading: Things To Do When You’re Not Reading… BAKE COOKIES!!!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m coming to you with a SUPER EXCITING post! I and my Mom always make Hanukkah Sugar Cookies in December and they always turn out AMAZING! I thought that it would be so much fun to share the recipe with you, and even include some pictures of us making them!

Ingredients:
¾ cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2, ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
Edible Icing
Cookie Cutters

Directions:
1.Cream butter with a hand mixer.
2.Add sugar, vanilla and egg to creamed butter until fluffy consistency.
3.Blend flour, baking powder and salt into the cream mixture.
4.**IF BATTER IS TO THICK, ADD SOME MILK**
5.Divide dough in half, chill for one hour.
6.Take half the dough, leave remaining in the fridge until it is ready to use.
7.Roll to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
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8.Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375’ degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.
9.Cool slightly before removing from pan.
10.Use cookie cutters (dip cutters in flour, so dough doesn’t stick to the surface).
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11.Decorate and use icing.
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12.ENJOY!
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***FOR THOSE WHO WISH THIS BATTER TO BE NON-DAIRY, ADD MARGRINE IN PLACE OF BUTTER, AND WATER IN PLACE OF MILK***

That is how you can make my Moms AMAZING sugar cookie recipe! Enjoy!
If you recreate these sugar cookies use #readingreadingreadingholidays!

Good Night Book Lions!

Holiday Reading: XMas Booktubeathon Day 2 Update!

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you my progress for day 2 of the Xmas booktubeathon (I skipped day one because I didn’t read during it)!

Today, I actually read one book! Kinda… I read the second novella in the Dorothy Must Die Trilogy by Danielle Paige! Here is my book review for it: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/dorothy-must-die-book-review-spoiler-free/! It was so good and I gave it 5/5 stars! I loved how the POV was Jellia and it was such an interesting topic! Jellia, although the we didn’t get to see her to much in DMD, she was one of my favourite charcters!

That’s it for tonight!
Good Night Book Lions!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Chapter 6

We walk in the house in silence. The silence stays even after we walk in. My parents are sitting on the couch, staring at us. Gesturing, with their eyes, to sit down. We do.
“We have some news.” My father says. This can’t be good, I think. “You’re father has been recruited as a full time scientist. “YAY!” David yells. Maybe David is right, maybe this is a good thing. My father will bring in more money into our house and find out wonderful information. Maybe, he can help me find out the information about Derek Smool. “We should all be very proud. Your father will be home on weekends and at 8:00 at night on weekdays to see us.” My mother says with a shy smile, and teary eyes. I run to her and give her a hug. I can see the sadness on her face. She must think of the positive outcomes for this to work. “Uncle Mark has also been recruited, he will be my assistant.” Uncle Mark is my father’s brother. He has two wonderful twin daughter who are only three years old. I wonder how he will be feeling. Leaving his wife and two toddlers must be troubling for him.
“Don’t be upset mom, at least he will be home during the night, and on Saturday and Sunday.” I say. “We will just need to adjust to the change. Don’t worry.” My mom looks at me. “I know sweety, thank you. You are right, as always.”

Holiday Reading: Christmas Booktubeathon and Cramathon Announcement &TBR!

Hi everyone!

I’m SO EXCITED to announce that the Christmas Book Tube A Thon is up and running again! It starts on Friday December 19, and runs until Sunday December 21!
Here’s all the booktubeathon links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/booktubeathon
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon

I’m also SO EXCITED to participate in the Cramathon! The Cramathon is set up for people who wanted to read certain books this year (and haven’t gotten to them), or to cram a few more books in until 2015! It’s starts on Saturday December 20 and ends on Wednesday December 24.

I decided to participate, although I will really only be participating on Saturday (for the BookTubeathon), because my BFF Zen (HI ZEN, I KNOW YOU’RE READING THIS) is coming over to my house, but maybe we can read books at my house too!

Anyways, here is my TBR for the XMas Booktubeathon and Cramathon:

1. My True Love Gave To Me: 12 Holiday Stories by MANY YA Authors!

2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (it’s on Kobo Books for only $4.99!)

3. Ever After High: Story Book Legends by Shannon Hale

4. A Christmas Carol

5. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henrey

Those are the books I hope to read during the XMAS Booktubeathon and Cramathon! I will be purchasing the first three books on my Kobo! Here’s my kobo touch review: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/kobo-touch-review/

I hope you guys will be joining in on the XMAS Book Tube A Thon!

Good Night Book Worms!

Holiday Reading; Tis’ The Season Book Tag

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to be doing the Tis’ The Season Book Tag! I was not tagged by anyone, but I wanted to tag Dalal @ Dalal Reads (https://dalalreads.wordpress.com/)!

Lets get started!

1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

I do! My favourite Winter Read is Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson! Click the link to read my review for it: http://wp.me/p49DLZ-bn!

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

Here’s one!

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

I would use This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith! I have yet to read this book, but it’s super bright and cute, therefore I chose it!

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

I would DEFINITELY want to go to The Land of Stories (by Chris Colfer)! If you’re not new, you probably are tired of hearing me talk about this book, but it IS my ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOK EVERRRRR!

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I would chose Cress from Cress by Marissa Meyer! She is honestly the cutest, most sweetest girl ever! After all, she is rapunzel!

6. Name one book on your wish list this year!

One book on my wishlist this year was, The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer! This book released on July 8, 2014!

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

My favourite holiday treat is cake and cookies! My favourite holiday movie is Elf! But, I’m keeping my favourite holiday drink(s) a secret, as I will be making a whole blog post about them (STAY TUNED!)!

That is it for the Tis’ The Season Book Tag! If you want to do it, go ahead! It’s so much fun! See you tomorrow!

Good Night Book Lions!

HAPPY CHANUKKAH!

Hi guys!

Happy Chanukkah to all of my friends who celebrate! I celebrate Chanukkah as well! I hope all of your candles shine brightly and that you all have a wonderful 8 days of lighting the menorah!

See you guys tomorrow! Happy Reading!

Good Night Book Lions!

Alyssa’s Reviews – Holiday Reading: Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to be reviewing one of my favourite holiday books! Let it Snow is a collection of holiday/winter themed short stories, that in one way or another, all connect.

Summary (made by GoodReads.com):

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

“Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.”—School Library Journal

“Contemporary culture, humorous romantic developments and strong characters enhance this collaborative effort.”—Kirkus Reviews

Thoughts:

I don’t really know how to review this book, so I’m going to list my thoughts!

  1. I loved how all of the stories came together.
  2. I feel like the authors came together and worked hard on this book.
  3. The stories do not retell each other, they just simply feed off of one another.
  4. The beginnings were a bit slow, but quickly redeemed them selves.
  5. I would defitinitey re-read this book again!

I would highly recommend this book! I gave it 4.80/5 stars!

Good Night Book Worms!

Holiday Reading: Quick Thought #4: How do I make time to read during the holidays/winter break?

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to be doing my Quick Thought #4!

How do I make time to read during the holidays/winter break?

I love to make a TBR/Schedule of what I’m going to be reading right before Winter Break. I always have a few books/genres that I need to complete for school, so I base my TBR around that as well.

Another tip would be to go to the library as much as possible. I always love being in an atmosphere with books, so if you need to study, you can still pick up a book and start reading!

For students in Elementary or Middle School, try to pick 3 books and chose the chapters you will read each day, so you can finish your desired books!

Another idea would be to make goals/challenges that will make you read more. For me, whenever I make a goal I try my best to stick to it! That way I get whatever I need to get done, over with!

I hope you make some time to read during Winter Break!

Good Night Book Worms!

Holiday Reading: DIY Holiday Themed Book Marks

Hi guys!

Today, I’m going to be showing you how to make 3 DIY holiday themed bookmarks!

You’ll need:
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Scissors

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Tape

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A Pen (any colour)

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Any Colored Construction Paper

Before you start, you’ll want to cut your construction paper into 1-1 1/2 inch strips, these will be the base of your bookmark.

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The first bookmark I will show you how to make is the CandyCane!

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First of all, you will need either a white bookmark and a red bookmark, or a pink bookmark and a cream bookmark.

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First, you will need to create diagonal dashes on your pink or red bookmark, this is where you will cut your stripes to make the pink/red part of the candycane.

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Next, you will need to cut these diagonal lines, to make small strips of paper.

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Then, you will need to organize on your cream/white colored bookmark, where you will put the stripes on your book to make the candycane.

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After this, tape your stripes neatly onto the base of the bookmark.

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As you can see, the sides will be uneven, so neatly trim them off.

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Lastly, decorate your candy cane! I put “Happy Holidays!” on the cream parts!

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Now you’re all done with the first bookmark!

Next, we are going to make the Let it Snow Bookmark!

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To make this, you are going to need Blue and White/Cream colored bookmarks.

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First you will need to draw different size circles on the white/cream book mark.

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Next, you will need to cut out the circles from the cream/white bookmark.

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Lastly, place the circles on the tops and bottoms of the book mark and write the saying “Let it Snow” on the bookmark! Now you’re done!

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For the last bookmark, we will make be making a Stain Glass Window bookmark!

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You will need the purple and green colored bookmarks.

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First, take the green bookmark and make a triangle pattern so that each triangle in laying next to eachother. Every other triangle should be facing up and every other facing down.

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Next cut the triangles out of the paper, here is one side,

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here is it fully cut out,

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Then tape that to the purple bookmark, and you are done!

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Now you have 3 BEAUTIFUL bookmarks!

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I hope you guys enjoyed these bookmarks! I spent a ton of time getting this together, so I hope you liked it!

If you make any of these bookmarks, please use the hashtag #readingreadingreadingholidays!

Good Night Book Worms!

Holiday Reading: Quick Thought #3: What books should I get for picky readers?

Hi Everyone!

Today I will be doing my third quick thought! This one relates to the holidays, when buying books for picky readers!

For any age group, you’ll want to pick a book that is popular for picky readers. This way, they will have people to talk with and hype up the book for them!

I would also get books based on what type of shows/movies they watch! If they like shows about mystery’s, then buy them a mystery type book!

Also make sure that they are age appropriate! Sometimes, a child will not like to read simply because the books they are reading now are to hard or to simple/easy.

Those are all of my tips for buying books for picky readers of ANY age!

Good Night Book Worms!