Summery: Facing waning book sales, fickle fans, and mounting debts, Charles Dickens was feeling anything but merry. His publishers believe that a new book for Christmas will turn the tide but the holiday is only a few weeks away and Dickens is feeling downright Scrooge-ish and has a bad case of writers block to boot. It will take a very special muse to help Dickens make piece with the ghosts of his past and write a classic book that will endure for many Christmases yet to be.
My Thoughts: A fun, light-hearted read for the holidays, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a highly fictionalized version of how Dickens’ A Christmas Carol came to be written. Perfect for enjoying with a cup of cocoa by a cozy fire, this festive holiday book is a great addition to your Christmas reading list.
Christmas is coming and things are getting very merry indeed with these two festive holiday outfits inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. First up, we have a casual Christmas outfit that is sure to fill you with Christmas cheer as you go throughout your day! With a Christmas Carol Ring from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop and cheery accessories in classic red tartan, this fun and festive outfit is perfect for trimming the tree, wrapping holiday gifts, or curling up with a good book by the fire. (Psst. Don’t miss out on my Christmas Giveaway and the chance to win a Christmas Carol ring of your own. Click here for more details.)
With elegant Christmas jewelry inspired by A Christmas Carol and a gorgeous Christmas Carol book purse by Novel Creations, this beautiful holiday party outfit combines the vintage style of Christmas past with the modern sophistication of Christmas present and is sure to be a treasured part of your holiday traditions for many Christmases yet to be.
In the spirit of the holiday, I am giving away one of my NEW Christmas Carol Rings. Just like Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this dainty silver ring packs a lot of Christmas cheer into a tiny package and is sure to become a treasured part of your Christmas celebrations for years to come! (Find out more about this ring here!)
Merry Christmas, book lovers! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in here with this bookish gift guide of lovely literary gifts for all your favorite bookworms and bibliophiles. I am currently offering a 15% discount on everything in the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop so it’s a great time to treat yourself to something pretty inspired by your favorite books or to cross a few more people off your holiday shopping list. So grab a cup of Christmas tea and sing along with me as I present the Twelve (Bookish) Days of Christmas! Enjoy!
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Tea with Mr. Darcy,
Thanks for checking out my Twelve (Bookish) Days of Christmas gift guide! If you love what you saw here, be sure to visit my Etsy shop and take a look at more of my handmade literary jewelry. And until next time, take care, and as Tiny Tim would say, “God bless us, every one!”
It’s the first day of Advent, which means the Christmas season is official upon us. In honor of this most wonderful time of year, I decided to put together a holiday outfit that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. I wanted something that felt timeless and classic so I started with a luxurious cashmere sweater, a plaid skirt, and knee-high boots. As the perfect finishing touch on this beautiful Christmas outfit, I added three Nativity bracelets from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop. Each of these silver bangle bracelets depicts a different Nativity scene, including a manger scene with the Holy Family gathered around the Baby Jesus in His manger, a Christmas Angel delivering glad tidings to the shepherds, and the Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem. With Bible verse charms with text from the nativity story as told in the Books of Matthew and Luke, these handmade Christmas stacking bracelets can be worn on their own or together as a wearable nativity set that celebrates the reason for the season.
Hello again, book lovers. I may have mentioned it once or twice, but Little Women and the rest of Louisa May Alcott’s books were a huge part of my childhood and have meant a lot to me and to generations of women in my family. Not only that, but Louisa was also one of my heroes when I was growing up and has been a big influence on my life. It’s her birthday today and so in celebration of this wonderful author, I decided to share my book review of The Little Women Letters and a Little Women – inspired outfit for the holidays. Enjoy!
Summery: Lulu Atwater is a bit of a loss. While her vibrant younger sister is living a charmed life as an aspiring actress and her solid, dependable older sister is about to get married, Lulu has no idea what she wants to do, where she fits in, or if she will ever find love. Then she discovers a trove of letters written by her great-great-great-grandmother, Jo March. As Lulu works her way through the letters, she discovers more about the lives of the “Little Women” from whom she is descended and gains insight and understanding into life, love, and sisterhood.
My Thoughts: I’ve read Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys more times that I can count so I cautiously excited when I discovered The Little Women Letters. Through these three books, I followed the lives of the “Little Women,” (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy), from their girlhood to marriage, motherhood, and beyond – reading with interest as their children and Jo’s “boys” from her school at Plumfield grew up and started lives of their own. So the thought of visiting with the March family once again was something I couldn’t resist.
When I opened the book and read the first letter from Jo to Amy, I was shocked at how well the author, Gabrielle Donnelly, captured Louisa May Alcott’s voice and tone. I mean, it was seamless and I really felt like I was reading a lost chapter of a Louisa May Alcott book – at least at the beginning. But as the book progressed, I began to have the sneaking feeling that Donnelly may not know that Louisa May Alcott wrote two sequels to Little Women, and that there were a whole host of characters and much more of the March family history to draw on so she just began making stuff up as she went along. Instead of Lulu and her family being descended from either of Jo’s sons, Donnelly gave her a daughter. When Jo and her husband start their school for Little Men, instead of using any of the Plumfield boys from the books, Donnelly created some generic character and plugged him into the letters. She also liberties with the plot of Little Women too. She creates a ill-fated love affair for Jo and has Meg turning into an obnoxious match-maker but completely ignores Laurie and his proposal. In fact, Laurie is only mentioned once or twice until he comes home married to Amy. And while, Beth’s death features large in the letters, Lulu only discovers letters from Meg, Jo, and Amy.
As an Alcott super-fan, these changes, omissions, and weird additions prevented me from loving this book as much as I wanted to. That’s not to say that there weren’t things to enjoy about the book. It’s just that it was a bit of a mixed bag for me and to be honest, a more casual fan, especially one who read Little Women years ago and hasn’t come back to it as often as I do, would probably enjoy it more than I did.
When I think of the holidays, I think of time spent at home with family and few books evoke that feeling quite as well as Little Women. With this in mind, I designed this warm holiday outfit with a Little Women Novel Tea Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop and a Little Women book purse by Novel Creations. There’s so much to love about this outfit but the best parts, (for me anyway), is how it reminds me of my own family and how many of us have grown up with the March sisters. My Little Women tea necklace was inspired by my own memories of drinking tea and talking about this book with my grandmother and the book purse has the same cover as the much-loved copy of Little Women I have on my own bookshelf. All together this beautiful outfit captures everything that is warm and cozy and bright about the holidays.
Hi book lovers! I’m back with another holiday gift guide for bookworms and bibliophiles. This week’s list is full of bookish gifts for your inner child inspired by classic children’s and YA books. Since tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, each of the 15 gifts on this list come from an awesome small business that I discovered on Etsy. Please take some time this weekend to show them a little love! Many of the shops featured here, including my shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry, are having Black Friday sales and you won’t want to miss out on your chance to get great literary gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving, book lovers! Turkey day is just around the corner but before you head into the kitchen to whip up some yummy pies for your Thanksgiving dinner, check out this sweet holiday outfit for bakers and cooks! Featuring a cook book purse by Novel Creations and some cute apple accessories, this warm and cozy Thanksgiving outfit is as sweet as pie and super comfy too!