A Note:

6/2/13

I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles.

https://twitter.com/Book_Faery

And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973-tori-book-faery

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)

xoxo
Tori

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Donations for Kids

Hi everyone! I wanted to spread the word about something that Jess Haines is coordinating for Christmas this year. If you'd like to read her blog post, here is the link; otherwise, you can continue reading the post below :)

Please take the time to look through your TBR piles or your already-read piles and see if there are any YA or MG books that you would be willing to part with. Any book that you decide to donate will definitely make someone's Christmas all the better. I've already looked through my own piles and have a box set aside.

Since a lot of us are bloggers and get books for free, I think the least we could all do is to share the bookish love with those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to read such wonderful books by equally wonderful authors.

Thanks!
-Tori

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Once again, my church is sponsoring a program to help kids have a Christmas to remember. These are children who would not otherwise get gifts or really have a way to celebrate the holiday.
 
I’d like to ask for your help. A few kids from the neighborhoods around my church who come from very poor families will be donated a Christmas dinner, toys, given games to play and other activities to do for the day, spend time with Santa, and meet a participating celebrity or two. This year, we are expecting between 200 and 400 children, so you can imagine the amount of stuff needed to make sure they all get a little holiday cheer.
 
Here’s what you can do — what I’m asking for are donations of NEW:
  • clothing
  • books (preferrably middle grade / young adult – any books donated should be appropriate for children and teens)
  • toiletries
  • makeup
  • gift cards (preferably to Target and Walmart)
While we can accept toys and such for younger kids, I’ve been asked for special concentration on things for teenagers. There should be about 20 to 40 teens attending. Please bear in mind that these kids wouldn’t get gifts for Christmas or any kind of special way to celebrate the holiday if we weren’t providing for them. We do want to make this special but also give them something they can come away with that they can use, will make their lives easier, etc. Most of these kids don’t have iPods or computers or even TVs and DVD players, so please bear that in mind regarding any any kind of electronics, media, or gift cards you’re thinking of sending.
 
If you’re willing to help, please send your donations to my address by no later than December 2nd, and I will make sure everything gets delivered, wrapped, etc. We’re holding the actual event on December 15th. I can’t post pictures due to the nature of this program, but your contributions do have an impact the lives of these kids. (Thanks again to last year’s supporters, particularly Jennifer Estep. It really does help!)
 
Here’s where to send any care packages:
 
Jess Haines
RE: Christmas Donos
249 N. Brand Blvd. #587
Glendale, CA  91203
 
Please do not wrap any gifts you send. You can include wrapping and ribbon in the package if you want, but we need to know what we receive so we can ensure it goes to a child of the right age range and gender (we don’t want a 16 year old boy walking out with a Barbie or an 8 year old getting a copy of THE HUNGER GAMES, that sort of thing).
 
I’d very much appreciate it if you would help spread the word by forwarding or re-posting this information on your own blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
 
Thank you very much.
Jess Haines

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