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Cute Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

You've gone to all the trouble of picking out the perfect read for your loved one this Christmas,so it's only right that your gift wrapping should match!
We have scoured the internet (and our own brains) to bring you some super cute ways to wrap your books this Christmas.

Reindeer Wrapping - This one is perfect for kids or the young at heart!
What you need:
Book, Brown Paper, Black Paper, Red Paper or Felt Pen, Black Felt Pen, Sticky-Tape.
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Step 1: Wrap a book in brown paper.

Step 2: Cut out ears, antlers & nose.
Cut 2 slightly oval half-circle shapes from the brown paper
Cut 2 antlers from black paper. We freestyled ours, but you can draw them out and then cut if you like.
Cut a circle from the red paper. You can skip this if you are using a red felt pen.
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Step 3: Start Assembling! We have a quick video showing you how.

Using sticky tape, attach antlers, then ears & nose (or draw on your nose). Draw on your eyes.

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Add a ribbon as a little scarf to keep him warm on winter nights and you're done!
Feel free to be creative and draw on other little details like nostrils and a smile.

Little Words of Love - Perfect for anyone you are giving 3 (or more) books to!

This one is super easy. Wrap 3 or more books, tie them together with a ribbon, and write a Christmassy message on them! We used stickers, but felt-pen or cut out letters could do a great job as well.

Some suggestions for Christmassy Words: 3 books: Joy | 4 Books: Xmas | 5 Books: Merry or Holly

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Wrap it IN words - This is just perfect for anyone! 

Just find a book, photocopy some pages (our preferred size is A3) and you have beautiful wordy Christmas paper! Add a bow or a cute little Christmas picture and you're done!

Here's some pretty examples from the internet....

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There's sure to be more inspiring gift wrap ideas out there. If you have one, leave a comment!
Merry Christmas!

Embrace the Christmas Spirit!

I have loved Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol every since I was a little girl. Despite the dreary backdrop, it holds a sense of magic and wonder that only Christmas can bring out in a story.

It's Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge - a grumpy, miserable old miser-  sits in his frigid counting house, with his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit. Scrooge dislikes the Christmas season and spits out a bitter "Bah, Humbug" to everyone that wishes him "Merry Christmas" including his own nephew.

carolLater that evening he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, with a dire warning: change your heartless, self-serving ways or you will suffer for eternity. A little rattled, Scrooge falls into a deep sleep, only to be rudely awoken by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a last-ditch effort to save his sorry soul.

Shaken by what the spirits show him, Scrooge vows to change his ways- his Christmas spirit renewed -whooping in the street in his nightgown (which I found hilarious as a littlie) and spoiling not only poor Bob Cratchit, but Bob's family as well.  As a reader, it's truly heart-warming to see a character you have been set up to dislike turn into someone you would actually invite to dinner.

The other thing I love most about this story, is that it shows how a little love and kindness can go a long way. Poor Bob Cratchit, who, let's face it,  had a pretty miserable existence working for grumpy old Scrooge, did the best he could to provide his family with the finest Christmas he could afford. A window into the lives of the poor of the time, your heart really goes out to them and when Scrooge finally comes through, you really feel a sense of joy.

Perfect for giving you joyous Christmas #feels, A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic that everyone should read at least once.

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You’re A Wizard… Android Users!

You're a Wizard Android Device Users!

(and fellow iPhone users are still muggles)

Ever wanted to be a witch or wizard? You're in luck! If you own an Android device,you've got access to magic - right in the palm of your hand.

Thanks to Google, you can cast THREE spells from JK Rowling's Wizarding World. All users have to do is talk to Android’s voice activated assistant and say “Okay Google, Lumos” to turn on the phone’s flashlight, and “Okay Google, Nox” to turn it off. You can also say “Okay Google, Silencio” to turn off the phone’s volume.

It really works (and we can't stop doing it!)

Don't worry non-magic folk, you can still have some fun!

You can use Google Street View to explore the 1926 streets of New York from the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as investigate MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) headquarters.

AND there's a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them game! Called Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World it allows you to solve mysteries and discover incredible beasts!

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Slip ‘Into The Water’ This May

Fans of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train get ready... There's a new book coming and it's going to thrill the pants off you!

Into The Water will be published in May 2017 and the description on Penguin Australia's website definitely makes it sound like another twisting, mind-bending, page-turner!

newpaulahawkinsInto The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets.

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town.  Once again in Into The Water Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.

Paula Hawkins says:  “This story has been brewing for a good while.  For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves, the way voices and truths can be been hidden consciously or unconsciously, memories can be washed away and whole histories submerged.  Then two sisters appeared, and the novel began to form.”

Currently all we can show you is the amazing cover, but as soon as it's available to pre-order we'll let you know! We can't wait to get our hands on this one!

The Kingkiller Chronicles are 1 step closer to your screen!

9781473209336 9780575081437 9780575081406A little over a year ago, fans of Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicles series were doing a happy dance - Lionsgate had won the rights to adapt the series across multiple platforms, including video games!

Now The Wrap reports that a creative producer has been named: Lin Manuel-Miranda! That means it's one step closer to happening people! Manuel-Miranda & Rothfuss have been cited as being each others' inspirations in the past, so this can only mean good things for fans.  As one of our favourite (and most reviewed) series, we cannot wait to see what these two creative geniuses come up with!

A very excited Miranda said, “Pat Rothfuss’ ‘Kingkiller’ books are among the most read and re-read in our home. It’s a world you want to spend lifetimes in, as his many fans will attest. Pat also writes about the act of making music more beautifully than any novelist I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to play a part in bringing this world to life onscreen.” [source: variety.com]

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According to Variety, Miranda is expected to compose original music and song for the movie(s) and TV series; he also has the option to be involved in future stage productions.

Now to play the waiting game....