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10 Movies I Demand You Watch This Holiday Season

Twas the weekend after Thanksgiving and all through the apartment, not a creature was stirring not even my sleeping cat. Oh, pish posh. This is just a fancy way to say I’m diving into the holiday season by binge watching a ton of made for TV movies on Hallmark and Lifetime channels with cheesy dialogue, […]

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December 12, 2015 - 9:25 am

Links Worth Sharing: Week of December 12, 2015 - - […] 10 Movies to Watch This Holiday Season […]

December 6, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Holly J - Ah, quite a few of my faves are on this list! I LOVE the Home Alone movies (except the 4th, I think? Let’s pretend that one never happened). No matter how many times I’ve seen them, especially the New York one (which is my favorite too!), they always make me laugh. I also looove Elf. I mean, who doesn’t? Oh, and A Charlie Brown Christmas! I haven’t seen Love, Actually, but I really want to. And I think I’ve seen Serendipity, but it was a LONG time ago and I don’t remember much about it. But I love Christmas movies and will definitely have to check some of these out.

Great post! 🙂

December 5, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Chrystal - I adore Love Actually. I really do need to buy a copy so I can watch it anytime.

And Elf is another fave!

Great list.

December 3, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I LOVE holiday movies! The cheesier, the better. I’ve watched almost nothing but Hallmark holiday movies since Halloween weekend!

December 2, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Alexa S. - I love this post, E!! My favorite of all the movies you’ve mentioned is Love Actually. I watch that one constantly, at any time of year. It’s almost like comfort food in movie form, now that I think about it 😉

December 2, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I NEEDED THIS. Thank you so much. I’m always looking for good holiday movies.

December 2, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Phew! I am very relieved to know that I have seen all of these at least once. I have to say of your list Miracle on 34th Street is probably my favorite followed very closely by Love, Actually.

December 2, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YES! Holiday movies are MY JAM. From your list, every year I watch Serendipity, Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone 1 and/or 2, and The Family Stone (which always makes me cry). Great list, Estelle!!

December 2, 2015 - 11:47 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Excellent picks! My faves from this list are Love Actually, Serendipity, and Home Alone 2. I feel like this says a lot about me – my love of London and New York, especially at the holidays.

I have a real soft spot for the original Home Alone as well. I haven’t seen The Family Stone in awhile, I think I need to rewatch it.

Other holiday movies I adore: The Holiday (actually I can’t believe this isn’t on your list! It’s the best!) and While You Were Sleeping. I also love watching the Roswell Christmas episodes because they’re SO good.

Say Hi to a Few Librarians | Dive Into Diversity

Welcome to the 11th month of the Dive into Diversity challenge! Rebecca and I can hardly believe we are just about done, but here we are. In the last sparkly original post, I’m piggybacking off some feelings I’ve had lately — how the general public who doesn’t spend a lot of time hanging out in […]

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December 18, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Diving into Diversity with the Reading Gals | Browse with Bookish Desi - […] The original blog post in which the above appears is called Say Hi To a Few Librarians Dive into Diversity. I also encourage you to check out the rest of their Dive into Diversity challenge, which went from […]

December 6, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Jessica - Hi Estelle and Magan,
Thanks for the shout out to diversity. These books are truer to life and more entertaining than the mainstream books. You might want to look at Closing the Book on Santa Claus by Ron Chandler. One of the main characters is Ben, an African-American man who loses his home in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina. There is also a Latino family in the book. Our entire family enjoyed it.

November 24, 2015 - 11:31 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Awesome post 🙂 I interviewed a librarian for DID early in the year and it was definitely interesting, especially hearing from an Aussie librarian. Loved this and love that Pamela is spending more money on diverse books, instead of more popular titles. Brilliant.

November 24, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Alexa S. - It’s fascinating to see the different perspectives for each of these librarians! I love how they’ve been integrating diversity into what they buy and promote in their libraries 🙂

Bring Along the Mistletoe | 2015 Romance Wish List

I’m giddy with excitement to present my first HOLIDAY POST OF 2015. Whew! I’ve been preparing for this for twelve months. Well, kind of. We have about a week to go before Thanksgiving so I thought it was safe to talk about holiday romances. (I swear on Santa’s sleigh I’ve only listened to two Christmas […]

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November 19, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Lucy - I’m ready to do a little holiday reading but I never know where to start. Thanks for spreading the holiday cheer and all the great festive reading suggestions!

November 18, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Hollie - I love Sarah Morgan’s Christmas books! She’s always a perfect pick to get me in the festive spirit. I’ve already started my Christmas reading, and purchased 3 holiday-themed books ready to dive into when I’ve got a spare few minutes. I’ll have to check out Christmas in Mustang Creek (and the rest of the series!) as it sounds brilliant.

November 18, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love seeing other people that get in the spirit before Thanksgiving too! I just love the holiday season SO much and refuse to wait until December lol. Reading holiday romances is my favorite, so I’m glad to see some options for my TBR!

Of Survival and Discovery | #SoRatherBeYoung

Back in December, Hannah from So Obsessed With and I decided to start a laidback feature where we introduce each other to favorite books of our childhood and joint read another. Well, we have certainly taken the laidback part of this feature to a whole new level. (Let’s blame a broken computer, summer, and life!) That being said, yay for […]

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November 5, 2015 - 10:34 am

Emma @ Miss Print - Confession: Scott O’Dell is one of a handful of authors where I soundly dislike all of his books–something I discovered as a kid. It was one of the first times I realized that the way some authors write just might not work for every reader.

It’s interesting to me that you were not a classics reader as a kid. That’s basically all I read aside from mysteries that I shared with my mom (like Lillian Jackson Braun) and some children’s books I’d pick myself at the library (but those often were classics too) until I discovered YA as a teen working in the library.

I don’t know that I loved The Secret Garden (I liked A Little Princes just a bit more) but I remember enjoying it. It’s one title my mom and I would read together before I went to bed when I was little. Such memories!

October 27, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Alexa S. - I have so much love for this feature, and the way that you both are drawing attention to some great classics! I loved both Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden as a little girl. I have yet to reread them as an adult, but I will always have fond feelings associated with both. Happy to see how much you enjoyed them, E!

Good morning (good day) to you and you and you

Hi, how are you?! I’m trying something new over here this morning. (Actually, it’s Sunday night and I’m watching The Talking Dead and trying not to feel devastated.) So hello. Hope your weekend was excellent. I caught up with an old, amazing friend, stuffed myself with lovely biscuits and grilled cheese, actually sat down to watch a movie […]

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October 27, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Alexa S. - I love this post, E! Glad to hear things are going well for you <3 And there's still plenty of time to get your Christmas shopping done, and to do some more of the things that you want to do before the year ends! Hope you find a good romance to read 🙂

October 26, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I need to read the new A.S. King. I also just checked out All American Boys from the library (along with like 10 other books, but it’s near the top of the list…)

Have a great week!

October 26, 2015 - 10:09 am

Leah - (and if you find a romance worth reading, pass it along my way! I’ve been in the mood for a swoony read lately!)

October 26, 2015 - 10:08 am

Leah - I actually LOVE the idea of having someone pick out my clothes for me! My mom and my sisters have the most amazing fashion sense so I know they’d rock my wardrobe (or – fingers crossed – they’d end up picking things from their own closets for me!) I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately about moms letting their toddlers dress them and I think some of the results are adorable…BUT I think it helps to already have a fab set of clothes to begin with. Netflix recently added a documentary about Iris Apfel and since watching it I’ve been taking risks with my clothes, mixing up patterns and colors, pairing items I never had considered before. I’m having a blast with it so far!

Pageants, Potter, and a Creek | Capeside Revisited

There’s this scene in the first season of Dawson’s Creek. Joey Potter, “the too-tall girl from the wrong side of the creek”, enters a stage behind a line of girls who are smiling with their teeth and wearing sequin-y dresses. Joey’s dress is sleek and simple. Her hair, which normally sits on her shoulders and […]

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October 22, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Jessica @ Strung out on Books - Omg this post gave me so many feelings! I’ve only seen about half of the first season, even though I’ve tried time and again to watch this show. Some other new show or book would end up distracting me and I’d forget for a while and have to restart season one. But after reading this I’m convinced that I need to continue watching. This was such a touching post! 🙂

October 22, 2015 - 12:01 am

On Dawson's Creek and Love Triangles [Capeside Revisited] - Mostly YA Lit - […] Chelly: Pacey + Joey Meets YA Rather Be Reading: Pageants, Potter and a Creek Andi’s ABCs: The ABCs…Dawson’s Creek Style Little Wing Books (coming […]

October 20, 2015 - 11:51 am

Alexa S. - I love this post, E! It’s so lovely, the way you’ve framed your look back at the show. Even though I didn’t experience Dawson’s Creek exactly the same way, I still think about the show with the same sort of nostalgia. <3