Options for Misfit Books

In this previous post I shared my tried and true method to spring clean bookshelves. By the end of the cleaning spree there should be a pile of books that either you will not read again or that you have never read.

Here are a few ideas of what you can do with these unwanted books.

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Option 1: Turn them into Cash

This option works well if you have a recent mega hit or a classic series that is in superb condition. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news but if your stack of books are mostly run of the mill paperbacks, they more than likely will not bring in many dollars.

Turn them into cash by listing them on Ebay.  Sometimes I only make a dollar or five, but any money is better than none!

If Ebay is not your thing, you could take a box of unwanted books to a local used bookstore. This method has a faster turn around time than listing your books online. How much you make will be determined by individual bookstores and what books you have taken in.  I have walked in with a huge box and made twenty dollars. Again, I believe any money is better than none!

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Option 2: Give them away

Maybe going through the chore of listing books, mailing books or hauling them into a bookstore doesn't fit with how quickly you want these books gone. 
May I then suggest you give them away? 

In our area we have Goodwill stores. At Goodwill centers you can donate just about anything and it is tax deductible, if you list it all out. As an added bonus, these centers keep jobs in your local community.  Check around to see if one is near you.

My personal favorite place to donate books is the library. Again, this is a tax write off, if you list them out and get it signed. Plus, you are supporting the love of reading for others! 
My local library has a book sale corner in the library.  Every time I go in I have to check out to see if I can grab a new to me book for only a dollar! They also host a huge used book sale twice a year- guess where they get the books to do this?!
Yep- donations! 
Check and see if your local library could use your unwanted books.

Now the choice is yours- turn your unwanted books into cash or into a good deed by donating them.  Either way your bookshelves are looking good!

Booksipper Bulletin – April Edition

Hello Booksippers!

There were no April showers around here; this month found me in a drought- a reading drought that is.  I have had a lot on my mind and when that happens all I read is fiction fluff. So I curl up with one of these easy reads and a hot cuppa tea and zone out.

This month on Booksipper I added a post about homeschooling to the blog. I plan to do more.  I will share a bit about homeschooling older children and what that looks like at our house.  Check it out if you home school or even if you're just curious.

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 ~ In Readable News ~

 I do not have any new reads to recommend but this title is sure to please: http://bit.ly/tearosebook This book has it all- star crossed love, suspense and a twisting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


~ In Sippable News ~

I discovered a new way to prepare my loose leaf tea. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzdzCL  It might just become your favorite new way to brew a cuppa.


That is all for April. Thanks for reading and sipping along with me!

~Booksipper Candice

Spring Cleaning Bookshelves

Spring Cleaning is both a dreaded and anticipated ritual. A necessary evil in times past, more of a seasonal resetting for we modern folk.  I may not scrubbing kerosene and soot from my rooms but there may be a layers of dust and a few cobwebs.

Today I share how this Booksipper spring cleans Bookshelves.

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I have broken down this big task into four easy steps.  We will rinse and repeat for each bookshelf. Here we go!

Step 1: Good Music and Supply Gathering

Upbeat music can turn any task into an enjoyable one.  Well, maybe not enjoyable but at least bearable.  I love Disney soundtracks; they are cheerful, upbeat, and have catchy lyrics. What more could you ask for?  But any type of music that you enjoy is good for this step.

The music is playing, now gather up some cleaning supplies.

You will need something to brush away the dust, paper towels/rags and a cleaner to wipe the shelves with.  Choose the best cleanser for your type of bookshelf.  A wooden bookshelf will need a different cleanser than a plastic/veneer one.
I like to make my own ahead of time with vinegar and essential oils or I use: Seventh Generation Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner when I am short on time.

 

 Step 2: Just Start

Pull everything off of the book shelf and stack it all on the floor or a table, whatever is nearby.  Using your choice of cleanser, wipe off all that dusty grime.
While the shelves dry from that good scrubbing, dust off the books, picture frames, knick-knacks that are in your piles. 

Do Not Put Anything Back on the Shelf yet!


Step 3: The Sort

Before any item goes back on the shelf it is time to make it pass these questions.

~Do I Love/Really Like this book/item?
~Will I ever re-read this book?

If the answers are Yes, it is going back on the shelf. 
If the answers are hesitant or a kinda, put it in its own separate pile that is walking distance from the work in progress.
If your answer is not really or No, it goes into a sell or donate pile.  ( We will talk about these options later )

Proceed with all the items that you have for your shelf.

Good job!  This is the most difficult step of Spring Cleaning a Bookshelf!


Step 4: Reshelving & Decorating

Probably the most fun of all the steps!

Arrange and rearrange until your hearts content on your squeaky clean shelves that are cobweb free.
Stack some books vertically, held up by knick-knacks or book ends. Lay books horizontal with a photo frame on top or nearby.  Arrange by color or author. Any way you please.

Need inspiration ~ Check out my Bookcases and Reading Spaces Pinterest Board.

 

 You've worked hard. Pour yourself a favorite beverage to sip, put up your feet and enjoy your beautiful shelves!

 

 

The Essential Seuss Book List

Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss wrote and illustrated over 40 books in his lifetime. That total does not include the books written by other authors and  published by his company Beginner Books.  I have read a lot of Dr Seuss books- I grew up reading them, my children cut their reading teeth on a Seuss library. We have a family tradition centered around one title. 

We love our Seuss! 
This book list contains the Dr Seuss books that we pull off the shelves every 2nd of March. 

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A Dr Seuss reading list could not be complete without this classic.  Written using only 225 words and simple 3 color illustrations. This story with its simple plot of rainy day boredom and mother being out, still engages children's imagination today.

 

One of my favorites!  Simple one word rhymes start out the story and gradually grow into four sentence blocks. A bit more colorful than the Cat in the Hat and a good book for beginner readers to recognize word families.

 

The Seuss book of opposites. This is title where beginner readers start picking up speed.  Single word opposites and simple sentences all about feet. This was a favorite with my son when he was learning to read- maybe because at one point it was memorized!

 

The book where we start seeing the number sight words. Counting words and longer sentences add enough challenge for the growing reader.  Full of rhyming fun and made up Seuss words, this book keeps the pages turning.

 

The book that encourages children to try new things, even food, because they may like it! With its easy repetitive sentences and rhyming endings this title delights over and over. Plus you can fix your own Green Eggs and Ham.

I was going to stop at five, but I can't leave out-

 

This was one of my childhood favorites.  It is an amusing book of tricky tongue twisters.  It is still considered a beginner book, but it can be painfully long if the child does not have a good grasp of reading. This book is a good choice for an older sibling to read or for you to read aloud. The perfect title to keep Seuss fun going strong.

Which Dr Seuss books are your favorites?

 

 

Celebrating Dr Seuss Day

I am drawn to the quirky and unusual, the things that bring newness to the ordinary.  Maybe that is why celebrating Dr Seuss day has been one of my favorite days for almost twenty years now.

The first person who celebrated this day with me was my to be husband.  We had been dating for just over a month and I invited him over for breakfast. It would be the first time I cooked for him. We can't remember if I told him what the menu was but we do know he was informed that it was Dr Seuss day. Placed along side the bowl of fruit was none other than a heaping serving of Green Eggs and Ham.

He did not jump up and say "I like Green Eggs and Ham," he may have even made a face like this:
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…but it made for a lasting impression for what would become a tradition in our home.
My children have never known a year when we did not pay homage to the man whose beginner books started them on the path of reading.

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The festivities begin with dramatic readings from our favorite Seuss collection. I will be sharing an Essential Seuss List that I think should be in every childs library, tomorrow. The only book off limits is Green Eggs and Ham, which receives special attention come meal time.

What is served on Dr Seuss Day? 

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Green Eggs and Ham!

This is one of the easiest and fun meals you will make all year! 

Whip up some green eggs.  I have prepared these two different ways:

Option 1- scramble your eggs, while in the pan add a couple drops of green food coloring. Stir and cook. Easy!

Option 2- crack eggs into a blender, add in a handful of spinach and blend it up.  Repeat spinach step until you get the green shade you are looking for. Pour into pan and cook.  Again, easy & it's a way to get spinach into a kid!

Then take sliced deli ham and roll it up and stick a toothpick in it.  Extra fun points if you print out a cute Dr Seuss inspired printable for the top.

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While the special meal is served or sometimes after the meal is finished; the reading of Green Eggs and Ham begins. The up and coming new reader would get the honor of reading aloud to everyone.  When the learning to read stage was over, it became a whose year is it to read kind of event.

Something we all still look forward to.

Dr Seuss Day is a tradition that brings together the love of books and fun food, both of which can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

 

Booksipper Bulletin – February Edition

Hello Booksippers! 

The cold and blustery month of February is coming to a close today.  February is the perfect time to curl up with a blanket and a book to sip on your favorite hot beverage!
With the massive snowstorm we had I was very glad to have found this new author and series to keep me company.  Keep reading to find out what it was.

Today is Leap Day!  I wonder who decided to put the extra day in the winter time?  Why not when the weather is nice?
But still it is nice to have extra time to get things accomplished or maybe do something fun.
What will you be doing with this extra day? 

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~In Readable News~

I choose another title from my annual non-fiction reading list for February reading. I picked 1000 Years Over a Hot Stove. I wrote all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzD7zZ

It is shaping up to be a tough decision for next months read.  Take a look at my 2016 List and tell me what you think I should read next.

My favorite fiction selection for the month was written by the author Nora Roberts.  One book wasn't enough and it became a series read – they were that good!
Read all about The Bride Quartet here: http://bit.ly/24oRNGV

~In Sippable News~

February had me steeping multiple cups of PG Tips tea.  This English brand of tea has a permanent place in my tea cupboard.  Read my thoughts here: http://bit.ly/1NZAd0a

I am still sipping my way through the Downton Abbey sampler that I purchased a while back. I am trying to decide which flavor I enjoyed the most.  I will post about that next month with the airing of the final episode.

Thanks for reading and sipping along with me this February.
I plan to spend this "extra day" reading something new and sipping tea, of course!

~Booksipper Candice

 

 

Tea Kettle or Electric Tea Pot

Do you prefer a whistling tea kettle or an electric tea pot? 

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I always considered myself a whistling tea kettle kind of girl.  I knew when the water was ready because of that recognizable sound. One could hear that whistle rooms away and be lured into the kitchen for a nice cuppa. 

But there were numerous times I turned on the kettle, heard the whistle, picked it up and poured; only to find half a cup of water inside.

A big disappointment.

True tea enthusiasts know that you should pour fresh water into the kettle for each boil.  It has to do with the oxygen content making a better tasting cup of tea.  But life happens and (gasp) I have reboiled water.

One day I was walking through a store and happened upon a glass, see through tea pot.  It immediately caught my eye. 

This see through pot was my solution to the lack-of-water-in-the-kettle blues. 
I would always see how much water was in the pot.  A life changing thing, I know.

I received this wonder pot as a gift and I have used it everyday since. 

When you turn it on, the bottom glows a nautical blue hue. 

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 Wait a few minutes and the rapid boil occurs. Watching it is very therapeutic!

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 This model shuts off automatically, something the kettle on the stove could never boast. 

I adore my electric tea pot. It has seductive powers: auto switches, transparency and portability.

Am I converted away from my whistling kettle.  No.

While I am happy to have my back burner back, there is something idealistic about hearing that kettle sing. 
Both the kettle and the electric pot have space in my kitchen.

Which do you prefer?

Booksipper Bulletin – January Edition

Hello fellow Booksippers!

The first month of 2016 is coming to a close. 

The days seemed to turn almost as quickly as the pages in my favorite book of the month.  Keep reading to find out what that book was!

 I picked up a number of books this month that I just couldn't get into.  I had to remind myself that I am not in high school anymore, and I do not have to finish a book just because it has good reviews. 
I encourage you to put down whatever book you are forcing yourself to get through, because-

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~In Readable News~

January kick started my Annual Non-Fiction Booklist for 2016.  I am looking forward to reading all of these books and sharing my thoughts with you.
I have finished one of the titles and wrote about it here: http://bit.ly/realfoodwhattoeatandwhy

Now for my favorite fiction read of the month! 
Without a doubt it was – Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati.  This book is a sweeping romantic saga set in the wilds of upper New York in the 1700's.
Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/intothewildernessreview

 ~In Sippable News~

The month of January was National Hot Tea month.  I enjoyed having a reason to drink even more of my favorite beverage!  I purchased tea online for the first time with the Republic of Tea.  I wrote all about my experience here: http://bit.ly/1nu6eby

 January 2016 has been filled with good books and steaming cups of hot tea.
Thanks for reading and sipping along with me.

~Booksipper Candice

My First Online Tea Order Experience

Ordering tea online is a new experience for me.  I had no idea how thrilling it could be to see a box of tea outside my door.

The giddy rush of seeing a box of books, that I am well acquainted with.

But a box with tea inside, well it's something I could get used to!

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My first online tea ordering experience was with The Republic of Tea
Reason being: the last season of Downton Abbey was set to premiere and I wanted something "Downton-ish" to indulge in. 

The Republic of Tea just so happens to have a whole line of Downton inspired tea and paraphernalia.

I picked out this sampler envelope for myself and a fellow Downton enthusiast.

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This gift assortment contains six different teas, each with a Downton themed name!  This was an ideal purchase for me.  I had no idea if I would enjoy the new tea I picked out or if it would be forgotten in my tea stash never to be tasted again.
Now for the next six episodes, I have a new tea to try.  I can then order more of the one/ones that I loved.

* For premier night I tried out the Downton Christmas black tea and it was delicious! With just the right amount of spice and with its hint of fruit- I loved every sip! *

The ordering process with The Republic of Tea went smoothly. 
It is stated that it could take 1 to 2 business days to prepare for shipping. They really weren't kidding about the handling time.  So plan ahead!
The shipping was great. The package arrived a day ahead of schedule!  Thank you to either the Republic of Tea or the shipping heros!

The biggest thrill aside from having a package on my doorstep were the samples that I found inside!  I adore samples!

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Truly every company needs to adopt this practice, ( hint hint local health food store ) I am sure I am not the only person who finds it difficult to order something, especially something edible, without knowledge that I will like it and that it won't end up in the trash.

The Republic of Tea tweeted that samples arrive in every order!!  🙂

 

I am very pleased with my order from The Republic of Tea and will happily order from them again in the future!

 

Time to savor the flavors of Autumn

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Autumn has officially arrived! 

It’s time to sip the crisp flavor of apple cider, perhaps adding a dash of spice and heating it up for a delicious warming treat.

Spiced Chai tea, with its blend of cardamon and cinnamon is a delicious choice for the chilly days ahead. 

I look forward to reading on these cooler days and savoring the flavors of autumn.