Introducing Paperback Bookshelf, the newest subscription option from Blue Spider Books!
This subscription differs from the current secondhand subscription options, because the Paperback Bookshelf subscription will feature brand new (not secondhand) copies of books we love and think everyone should read and have on their bookshelf.
Each monthly box will include the following:
❧ One NEW paperback book
❧ One handmade scented item themed around the book
❧ One snack item
❧ One beverage (your choice of coffee, tea, or cocoa)
The Paperback Bookshelf packages will ship on the 10th of each month. The genre of the featured book may be revealed during the open ordering window, but otherwise the contents of the box will remain a surprise! Subscriptions are skippable (meaning that you can log into your account and skip the next renewal if you're not feeling the genre).
The books included in Paperback Bookshelf will include genres such as fantasy and sci-fi, plus horror, thriller, memoir, non-fiction, classics, and so many more. There are so many books out there that we want to share with you, and we are excited to get started curating the next several months' worth of subscriptions.
Orders are OPEN NOW! Spaces are limited, so reserve your box early.
Ordering window closes on Nov. 4th.
The first box ships November 10th!
Keep an eye out for the genre reveal!
Check out the NEW Mystery Box, candle scents, and bath & body items available now!
Good day, everyone! Today, I am going to share with you five author recommendations based on a love of Dungeons & Dragons. From long before its release to its later growth stages, these writers have helped tabletop gaming become what it is today. Let’s dive right in!
1. Robert E. Howard (1906-1936)
First off, I want to bring up the man often credited as the father of sword and sorcery fantasy writing, Robert E. Howard. The creator of such characters as Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane, Howard was a considerable success in the pulp fiction field in the 1920s and 30s. A friend by correspondence of such notable writers as H.P. Lovecraft, Howard’s work spanned from the mythic and Weird (the term applied to all science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories in his era) to more true-to-life westerns and boxing stories. Tragically, Howard committed suicide at 30 years old after years of caring for a terminally ill mother, a failed relationship, and a shifting field in the markets for fiction tightened his finances. He would never see how much influence he would have over later writers, including several of those in this list.
2. Jack Vance (1916-2013)
Prolific writer of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels (under various pen names), the world-travelling Jack Vance is perhaps best known for his Dying Earth stories. The Dying Earth is a series of tales set in the far future of our world, one in which the sun is huge and red and many people expect the world to end at any moment. No distinction is made between magic and advanced technologies in these tales, but most of Vance’s focus lies on powerful mages and cunning rogues. Gary Gygax, the original creator of Dungeons & Dragons, personally referenced Vance’s stories as the basis for D&D’s magic system, one in which wizards must memorize a limited number of spells they wish to cast and then forget them with the casting, necessitating rememorization for them to be used again. Sound familiar?
3. Ed Greenwood (b. 1959)
Ed Greenwood, Canadian-born librarian and gamemaster, is the creator of the Forgotten Realms, considered by many to be the most well-developed and successful world setting in all of Dungeons & Dragons. A fairly prolific fantasy writer in his own right, Greenwood’s creations include the Forgotten Realms’s own resident Gandalf analog, Elminster, and the great city of Waterdeep. Perhaps most noteworthy about his creation of the Realms is Greenwood’s idea that Toril, the actual planet upon which these stories were set, is a parallel earth out of an endless multiverse, and that such worlds could be seen as the inspirations for many myths and legends in our own mundane world.
4. Margaret Weis (b. 1948) and Tracy Hickman (b. 1955)
Though using two writers for the list may be seen as cheating, this pair is truly inseparable when it comes to their shared influence on the world of Dungeons & Dragons and its various media. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are the writers and gamemasters who fleshed out the Dragonlance setting after its creation by Hickman and his wife, Laura. Co-authors of all of the early Dragonlance novels, beginning with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Weis and Hickman managed a sizeable party of characters throughout their tales, including perhaps their most popular creation, the wizard Raistlin Magere. Anecdotes abound of various gaming sessions as well where they and their coworkers from TSR (D&D’s parent company) would play as the main characters from the Dragonlance novels to aid in more fully developing them.
5. R.A. Salvatore (b. 1959)
Anyone who knows me should have seen this one coming. R.A. Salvatore is the writer who created the Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden for the Forgotten Realms setting in 1988, and aided an entire generation in developing a love of fantasy novels and tabletop gaming by extension. Though there have been a few hiccups along the way, Salvatore’s Drizzt novels have been running strong with a dedicated fan following for 30 years; the latest novel, Timeless, comes out this month. Beyond Drizzt, Salvatore has written dozens of other books and even created his own fantasy setting, the world of Corona. The most recent tale set in that world, Child of a Mad God, came out last year. Salvatore, like all the other writers in this list, is worth following.
What do you all think of my selections? Who would you add to this list? Let me know your answers to these questions and others in the comments below! Thank you all for stopping by and reading.
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The time has come that we have finally launched the Etsy store! HOORAY!
Although we have a perfectly good gift shop right here on the site, adding another avenue through which potential customers can find us just makes sense.
Candles will be available through Etsy exclusively (as far as online channels go. Locals can still pick them up at Thrifty Chicks on Main St., Lucedale as well.)
Be sure to pop over and take a peek at the items we currently have to offer. More items will be added slowly as I get more things made.
Always something new coming at you from Blue Spider Books! :)
Have a great day!
From the Champion of Kirkwall to Rey from Nowhere: Why Do Fans Hate the Franchises They Claim to Love?
"The term plot hole gets tossed around a lot whenever
1. FILE BOX
Using your favorite scrapbook paper (or wrapping paper), some scissors, and some glue or glue sticks, cover the box and add additional decorations, if desired. Be sure to cover the top flap of the box separately from the bottom part of the box so that you will be able to open it. Also, be sure to allow the glue to completely dry before attempting to close the box or the paper may get wrinkled, torn, or everything may glue together. Once you have the box covered and decorated as desired, fill with important papers that you want to keep organized. Apply labels to the outside of individual boxes (if you have multiples) and stack on a shelf. Now, you will be able to locate exactly what you need without sifting through an avalanche!
2. KID'S SCHOOL YEAR ARTWORK FILE
If you have preschool or elementary aged children, then you know how many glorious pieces of artwork are created by your little darlings, both at school ans at home. When the fridge is full of mini-Van Gogh's drawings, what do you do with them? You want to preserve those memories forever and ever, amen!
Here's what you do: Give your little artist some paint, markers, crayons, googly eyes, glue, construction paper--all of the above or whatever you feel comfortable with--and let them decorate an empty Attic Box. Let them get really creative. Help them turn the box into a monster or character by painting it with certain colors and adding fun felt shapes and eyes or teeth. Once the masterpiece has been created and has thoroughly dried, direct your child to place any and all artwork they want to keep in their new Artwork Treasure Chest. Perhaps you want them to store all of their new creations inside, or maybe you want to use it to rotate out the art from the fridge and the various hanging-places around your home. Having your child put the art into the box will create a send of responsibility and importance in them, not to mention may help develop the habit of putting things in their place.
Be sure to supervise your child in this activity. Don't leave you little monster...er, darling...unattended with crafting supplies that may cause harm.
3. CARE PACKAGE FOR SOMEONE LESS FORTUNATE
This idea is never a bad one and can be used across many different instances. Especially with the holidays coming up, making care packages with things like feminine hygiene and grooming products and donating them to the local women's and children's shelter is a wonderful idea that is appreciated year-round. Include fun headbands and barrettes for little girls and small toys that would be appropriate for any age or gender. Crayons and small notepads are always a good idea, as well. You'd be surprised by how many pair of socks will fit inside an Attic Box. Shelters can use items like this. (Just make sure that any intimate and hygiene products donated are bought new.)
Perhaps you live in a city with a high homeless population. Use the boxes to pack self-care items into. Add notes of encouragement and other bits of inspiration. Have fun with it. Be respectful and give the packages with good intention. Good deeds go a long way!
4. USE FOR STORAGE OF COLLECTOR'S ISSUES OF MAGAZINES OR COMICS
Depending on the size of the Attic Boxes you have floating around, you may be able to use them to store magazines and comics that you want to keep. They'll be able to lie flat and with the lid closed, will store on a shelf. As in example 1 above, labels can be affixed to the outside of the box to display the issues contained within, especially if you are organizing them by year, series, author, or some other category. These can be decorated or not, per preference.
5. STORE SEWING, BEADING, & OTHER SMALL CRAFTING SUPPLIES
If you're like me, you have a plethora of small crafting supplies like beads, buttons, small spools of thread...the list goes on and on. Use the empty Attic Boxes you have lying about to store your sewing supplies in. You can even ad things to the box with intent, effectively assembling all the items needed to work on your current project. Add the items to the box, take the box to the sofa or other comfy crafting area, and craft. The box will sit flat and the sides are high enough that spillage is less likely (as compared to, say, a beading tray). The project, if it's small enough, can also be stored inside the box with the supplies. As in previous examples, labels can be affixed to the outsides of the boxes if multiple projects are being organized in this way. Easily stores on a shelf or under a chair.
6. ATTACH A HANDLE TO MAKE A PORTABLE ART KIT FOR KIDS
This project may take a little more effort as you'll need to make sure that you use the right type of rope and that the knots tied are strong enough to hold up to the banging that your little one is likely to inflict on this case. To do this, cut A long slit in the flap of the box, approximately 4 inches long and one inch wide, taking care not to cut too closely to the edges of the flap to prevent tearing. One the part of the box that the flap would normally cover, cut two holes large enough for your chosen piece of rope to fit through. Measure the distance between the two holes to be approximately the same distance apart as the slit in the flap is long. Attach the rope so that the two knots will be tied inside the box. Close the flap over the rope handle and pick the box up. The rope handle should fit through the flap in the slit, allowing the box to stay closed. Add art items and paper to the box so that your little one can enjoy a portable art box that he or she can use in the car or anywhere, and the best part-- the little artist can carry it!
As an addition to the post, reuse the crinkle paper that comes int he boxes. Especially with the holidays coming up, you can potentially reuse the box, the crinkle paper, and the bags to pack gifts in. The bags can be used as wrapping paper for small gifts!
Share your repurposed Attic Box photos with us on Instagram @bluespiderbooks. Be sure to tag us so we will see the pictures. You can do this on Facebook and Twitter as well. We look forward to seeing them!
As some of you may know, we previously offered one-time (no subscription required) boxes for kids that included several secondhand books and some pretty cool stuff along with it. We decided to pull those from our store and donate the books that we had on reserve for those boxes (--these were donated to help fill classroom libraries in Hattiesburg, MS--) and have since revamped our idea for the boxes for young readers.
Introducing Blue Spider Books for Kids!
Blue Spider Books for Kids features NEW hardcover books in an array of titles that are recommended for readers aged 8-10 and readers aged 10-12+. Currently available titles include The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (recommended for readers aged 10-12+) and Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (recommended for readers aged 8-10 yrs), among many others.
Add Blue Spider Books for Kids to our holiday shopping list! These boxes ship out weekly; no waiting for the subscription shipping date to roll around, and no commitment!
I wanted to reach out quickly to send a note about the tea (especially the loose leaf varieties) that we include in our monthly Attic Box and Basics shipments. We recently received a review that mentioned that the tea samples were "lacking" and would usually only yield one cup.
Before tossing out that tea, consider steeping it more than once. Yes, you can use the same bit of tea for steeping more than one cup of tea. Sometimes, depending on the type of tea, the flavor is actually at its peak after multiple steeps.
So, here's a hint-- stash that tea bag or infuser full of leaves in an airtight container and use it again for the afternoon tea time.
With the individually bagged varieties, oftentimes you can read on their website to find the brewing recommendations. Discover and learn from the samples you receive. Not only do you get to find flavors that you may have never tried before, but you get to experiment with various brewing methods.
Give it a whirl and let us know how your tea fares after its second (or third) steeping.
[Be sure to check out geekyteas.com for more marvelous tea blends like the one found in October's L. Frank Baum Attic Boxes. Donna, the tea blending aficionado at Geeky Teas, recommends getting multiple uses from the 2 oz sample we included.]
Have a wonderful Monday!
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