9 Gifts for Readers

Just a couple days ago, I gave you guys 9 gift ideas for writers. Pretty much all writers are readers, but there are some readers out there who are not writers.

Here’s a list gift ideas for that special reader in your life. If they write too, then that’s a bonus.

9 Gifts for Readers

First Lines Reading Mug

First Lines Reading Mug

Who doesn’t want a mug that has a ton of book quotes on them? It’s inspirational and it surrounds you with the good vibes that only books can give us. Plus, this mug is a nice size to hold more coffee!

Go Away I'm Reading Mug

“Go Away I’m Reading” Mug

If anyone interrupts you, allow this mug to kindly tell them to scram. If it doesn’t work, I give you permission to snap at them. Hey, the mug warned them and they didn’t listen.

One More Chapter Pillowcase

“Just One More Chapter” Pillowcase

How many times have we fallen asleep trying to read a book? Just tuck this under your head and you’ll be good to go!

Personal Library Kit

Personal Library Kit

How often do you allow a friend to borrow a book and don’t see it again for months? Or, better yet, you never see it again? This kit allows you to mark your books as your own making it easier to let people borrow them. I don’t know if they’re more likely to return it without losing it, but at least you’ll have this hanging over their head for a long time.

Bibliofile Reading Journal

“My Bibliofile” Reading Journal

So many books, so little time. Use this journal to keep track of the books you’ve read and what you thought of them. Sure, there’s Goodreads, but writing it all done feels a bit more official.

Super Bookshelf

Super Bookshelf

It’s a bookshelf that you tack onto your wall and looks like Wonder Woman is holding them up in the air. How cool is that? Not only does it give you a place to put your books, but it’s a cool decor as well.

Finger Bookmark

Placement Bookmark

I hate stopping in the middle of the chapter. I always forget where I am and what was going on. This bookmark helps keep your exact spot in the book, not just the page.

Reading Light

Reading Light

How often do you lie down in bed to read? Do you have a lamp near you? I don’t. This little light comes in handy and it clips right onto the book with a bendable neck to adjust where you want the light to shine.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

This is the most expensive item on this list, but it’s well worth it. This is the New Kindle, one of the earlier editions of the Amazon Kindle. This is the one I have and I absolutely love it. There’s not built-in light, but it’s a touchscreen and can hold so many books that it’s a bit dangerous. This is the perfect gift for any bookworm.

What else can you get a book lover for the holidays? Recommend books, get them a gift card to their favorite bookstore, or something simple as a cozy blanket so they can read all snuggly warm.

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My Kindle Broke

So I went on vacation and brought my Kindle. I read one book on there and was in the middle of another book on the way home.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to finish that book for a little while. I mean, I have the Kindle app on my iPad so I could continue to read it, but I’m bummed out that I don’t have my actual Kindle anymore.

We came home Saturday morning and Saturday night I was looking at my Kindle to see what kind it was. I never had a case for it so I wanted to ask for one for my birthday.

When I turned it on, it said the battery was dead. It was 3 quarters full just that morning and the battery normally lasts forever.

I plugged it in. It turned on, but the light was orange instead of green. I unplugged it to see how the battery was, but it remained on the charging symbol and the light shut off. None of the buttons worked.

Kris managed to shut it all the way off, but now it won’t turn back on. I kept it plugged in hoping that would work. I finally got the green light so I turned it on. The screen remained blank and after a few tries, the dead battery symbol showed up again.

I’m pretty sad about this. I had a lot of books on there that I hadn’t read yet. Again, I can still read it through the app on my iPad, but I want my actual Kindle.

I also wish I knew why it broke. I’ll be two- or three-years-old in December. As far as I know Kindles should last a lot longer than that. But it is the first edition Kindle, so… I don’t know.

I guess I know what I want for my birthday now.

New Project

You Know, I Really Suck….

 

This is part of my problem. My problem being that I can never finish a writing project. Part of the reason as to why that is is because I get too distracted easily. I work on one idea, then think of something else, switch, and never get back to the old project. If you’re wondering what the other reasons are as to why I have this issue, I don’t know, yet. I’ll get back to you when I come up with some excuses.

While I was in school yesterday, not paying any attention to my health professor…or whatever class it was…I came up with a whole new writing project. I want to get published, sooner rather than later. However, a big wall is blocking me on account I don’t have the attention span to finish a novel and if I do finish it, I don’t edit it. So I came to an easy conclusion in the mean time.

To get my foot in my door along with a little experience, I decided that I am going to self-publish. But instead of self-publishing a novel, I’m going to do a book of short stories. I already have a couple whipped up…well, I have one at least. I’m pretty sure that I have another one. Unless that was an idea…that I never followed through with. Okay, before I go any further writing this post, please keep in mind that I had a long day of school and work and it is currently past 9pm. I am tired.

Continuing…I thought that I would create a bunch of short stories, throw them all together in a book, and self-publish it. Not only would it be easier to write, but it would be easier to edit. I wouldn’t have to worry too much about character development or plot thickers (“plot thickers…” I just made that up :D).

Now some of you might be thinking, “Wow, this kid’s really half-assing this whole writing thing.” I assure you that I am not. The reason I am doing this is as follows:

  1. Get my foot in the door – I can be recognized. People who actually buy the book will know who I am and can look me up. And hopefully they will check back to see if I’m coming out with anything new soon.
  2. Experience – I know absolutely nothing. About anything. If I self-publish, I will have that much more knowledge in what to do. I can self-publish other books and when I send manuscripts to publishing companies, they can see I already have stuff out and that would give me brownie points.
  3. I want to – I’ve been dying to get published for a long time and this just might be the key. Maybe this will be my final push to actually finish a novel. And in the meantime while I’m finishing those other novels, I can make a little extra income. My bank account is suffering because of school…but that’s another story for another day.

Those are the big reasons as to why I’m going to do this. I don’t know when this is going to happen because I still have to do a little research and actually write these short stories, but I’ll get to work on that as soon as possible. Also, I will still be writing A Job to Get Done in the meantime. I am not going to stop writing that as I work on these short stories. I don’t want to stop writing that story for another couple months and forget about it like I did over the summer.

I know of two self-publishing companies that seem popular: CreateSpace from Amazon and PubIt! from Barnes & Noble. I’ve heard more of CreateSpace, though. I am a part of NaNoWriMo and I know that’s what they use. So I’m going to do a lot of research on that. Once I figure out which self-publishing company to go with, I have to figure out everything else…and I mean everything else.

If anyone has any thoughts or comments on what I’m planning on doing, such as info on any of these self-publishing companies or tips, please shoot me an e-mail (rachelxspilledxink [at] yahoo [dot] com) or put it in the comments of this post. Any info/help I can get will be much appreciated. Wish me luck! 🙂