read150This year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. I have seen a lot of really great campaigns launched to celebrate Canada and this special year, and this week I had the delight of discovering one more at a place I hadn’t thought to look: at my library.

My local library has put out a challenge to all of its patrons: read 150 books this year in honour of Canada’s birthday. They’re using hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and even have a form on the library website for people who don’t use social  media.  Patrons are sharing pictures of the last book that they read and the library is giving away prizes to a lucky few.

read150-magazineMy favourite part is that the library has put out a reading guide magazine that lists many great reading recommendations. It features a variety of themes including places, people, and age groups. The best part? They’ve flagged all of the Canadian authors with a maple leaf, and they have Canadian authors in all of the categories. I love that this guide was handed to me. I think it’s a great way for the library to be involved in such an important Canadian event!

I had already thought to myself that I wanted to read more Canadian works this year – it’s the ideal time to do it! Hearing about this campaign and flipping through the reading guide has motivated me even more. I already have my eye on several interesting books by Canadian authors, about Canadian culture, and with Canadian settings. I can’t wait to get reading. read150-maple-leaf

Picture source: https://calgarylibrary.ca/great-reads-for-2017/

Bookish Ornaments!

Okay, so I got super distracted last week, but for one very good reason: I got a Christmas tree!! This is the first tree I’ve gotten as an adult, so it’s pretty exciting. Finally, I got to take my Harry Potter ornament out of its box and put it on a tree! Naturally, I then went on Pinterest and looked at all the amazing book related ornaments. There are so many amazing ones out there, and I’ve been pinning them like crazy all week. Here are some of my favourites!

Calvin & Hobbes Magical World


This ornament made me smile as soon as I saw it. There are so many good Calvin & Hobbes comics that feature their wintertime adventures, and I loved that this ornament reminded me of all their antics yet was heartwarming at the same time. And for those who love upcycled books, this ornament is for you!

Novel Arts | Etsy


Peter Pan | Pixie Dust


Peter Pan doesn’t usually jump to mind when I think of Christmas, but I melted over this ornament. It captures that feeling of magic and is really pretty. It’s so simple, and yet there is so much to it, and this ornament is definitely one of my favourites.

KaleyCrafts | Etsy


Jane Austen Collection

jane-austenI had a really hard time picking one ornament for Jane Austen’s books, as there were a couple that I really liked. I finally choose this one. I love that it’s the whole collection of her works, the different colours, and you really can’t beat books as ornaments!

Bookish Gifts | Bas Bleu


Steampunk Airship


I just finished reading a collection of Steampunk short stories, and when I saw this ornament I got so excited. Steampunk creates some of the most unique stuff I’ve ever seen and I think it’s just gorgeous. I love this ornament because it features the traditional glass ball, yet totally transforms it into that Steampunk look.

Merimask | Deviant Art


Steam Punk Glass Ornaments


If the obvious Steampunk ship isn’t your style, these more subtle Steampunk ornaments might work. I absolutely love this set of ornaments. I think they’re so pretty and I might have to buy these for myself in the future!

Turtleshell03 | Etsy


The Hobbit Burrow


Out of all The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ornaments that I looked at, I kept coming back to this one. Even though it’s not overly Christmasy, I kept thinking to myself, the Burrow is home. I absolutely love the handpainting work, and the sparkles give it that little something extra.

ArtsyDeniseToo | Etsy


Harry Potter Glasses


I told myself I could only share one Harry Potter ornament, and you have no idea how hard that was! There are some amazing Harry Potter ornaments out there, including Hogwarts Letters, Howlers, Prongs, and Floo Powder! I finally chose Harry’s glasses. I absolutely love ornaments that are stuffed with book quotes, and the fact that this stuffed with HP quotes and has Harry’s glasses on the outside makes it perfect.

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Percy Jackson Nectar and Ambrosia


I ran across these wonders from Percy Jackson and totally fell in love with them. I think these are really cute and I love that its something a little different from the round ornaments.

DIY Percy Jackson | Lemon Lime Adventure


Beauty and the Beast Belle

belle-ornamentFinally, what may be my all time favourite ornament that I found was this adorable little Belle. I got so excited when I saw this ornament that I dropped my phone. I love Belle, and I absolutely love that she is reading a book. I think this ornament is perfect and I can’t wait to get it!

Precious Moments Belle | Hallmark


I had a REALLY hard time narrowing down which ornaments I wanted to share. There are so many amazing bookish ornaments out there, from Game of Thrones to The Mortal Instruments, Alice in Wonderland, about a million Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings ornaments, and so many more that I can’t even name. Check out TheLibraryLife’s Pinterest page to see more of my favourites. I hope my family can handle it, because I see a very bookish tree in my future.