#GiftGuide The Best in Books and Music in 2019

Christmas is two weeks away. I planned to have my annual gift guide up much earlier but it did not work out. Without further ado, here are the books and music items I recommend you get the bibliophiles and cineophiles in your life.

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  1. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma  Emotional, raw, and vulnerable with P!nk’s signature belt-like vocalslove and gelato Book Review
  2. Love and Gelato:  A fun YA centered around a girl who just lost her mom ventures to Italy to meet her father and learns that Italy is a romantic place and their gelato is one of a kind.pablo (35)
  3. Out of the Dark by Mandisa Did you just go through a dark period where you weren’t sure if the light would trickle in ever again? Are you currently in one? Listening to this will shine a light so bright in whatever darkness or trial you are facing that you will live to see another day.pablo (44)
  4. Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson: Emotional but dancy Clarkson came back strong with this one.pablo (39)
  5. #MusicMonday: Panic At The Disco’s Pray For The Wicked will take you to the church of rock and rollRock Your Socks Collection from Cookies For A Cause.jpg
  6. #GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose The Christina Grimmie Foundation From Socks that benefit the Christina Grimmie Foundation, beach towels, and leggings, it’s pretty clear you should always espresso yourself and rock your socks off! with each and every moment you have.pablo (56)
  7. #MusicMonday: Happiness Begins  2019 saw the return of The Jonas Brothers. Rock out to their comeback album like they haven’t been gone for 10 years.pablo (27)
  8. Your Heart is The Sea by Nikita Gill Since this was released, she has come out with a new one but this one was helpful in the healing, realizing, and processing part of coming out a traumatic experience or experiences.45284746._SY475_
  9. Loved Mars, Hated The Food by Willie Handler Satire is a genre I never thought I was a fan of until I read both of Willie’s works. This year he released this second novel about a Toms River, NJ chef who gets stuck on Mars. It is equal parts funny and delicious.pablo (70)
  10. Mania by Fall Out Boy: Their seventh studio album doesn’t have one bad song on it. Despite much criticism for the new sound, they still rock n roll like legends.Grudges Paramore
  11. After Laughter by Paramore: Released in 2017 but since I’ve always been a fan I listened to this new work from the alternative rock band as they welcomed back their bassist and lead singer Hayley used this album to tell the story of her battle with depression.pablo (10)
  12. What You See Is What You Get by Luke Combs Following the success of his debut album, Combs releases the second that is a definite country music banger from start to finish. You witness the maturing of Combs’s sound and lyrics as he celebrates his recent engagement and winning a CMA this year for Beautiful, Crazy.Two chances to catch Albert The Albatross Taking Flight November 16 2019 from 10 a.m. -4p.m. Goldsboro Fest 1213 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard Sanford, FL 32771 November 23 2019 from 12p.m.-3 p.m. Goldsboro Museum
  13. Albert The Albatross by Oscar Redden IV A children’s book that teaches the importance of a good attitude. Beautiful colorful illustrations accompany Albert’s journey as he shares wisdom with the young and the old.
  14. Project Semicolon Backpack#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Project Semicolon (New Merch Product Reveal) #EndTheStigma: Recently released on December 3 2019, this backpack 100% supports Project Semicolon, a charity that benefits people who struggle with mental health issues especially suicide prevention.

There you have it, another year in books and music. If I missed your favorite, share it in the comments below. As always you are welcome to find gift suggestions in both my merch shop and support any of my lovely affiliates.

Here is 2020 being the year you choose to ESPRESSO YOURSELF!

Happy Holidays!

and Merry Christmas!

#GiftGuide 2018: Gifts For Any Occasion for the Book or Music Lover in your life

One week left to get that special someone in your life the perfect gift. If, like me, they consider themselves a bibliophile or a melophile, they want something of that nature.

I could recommend stationary or bookmarks until I’m blue in the face but book and music lovers want just that. Books or music. Without further ado, let’s dive in to some of my faves I’ve experienced this year that I think would make great gifts.

 

Time to turn it up with these Smart Cookie approved picks:

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YoungBlood by 5SOS

This CD was on repeat for two weeks straight, and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone and everyone. It would make a great stocking stuffer for sure this Christmas.

To read my full review, visit here.

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Let The Trap Say Amen by Lecrae & Zaytoven

Whether you are new to the faith, curious about the faith, or saved and serious, Lecrae’s newest mixtape will have you turning up the volume and dancing in praise and worship.

I even workout to this mixtape often so the tempo is just the right amount of gospel and gangster.

For the full review, please visit here

 

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Voice Notes by Charlie Puth

Whether you aren’t a fan or you are, this album deserves a Grammy nod.

For the full review, please visit here.

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Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes

The Canadian cutie started on vine and now his third album reached a whole new level of “fine.” With collabs with Julia Michaels and Ryan Tedder, this album shows a maturity beyond Mendes young years.

For the full review, please visit here.

Moving on to some lit reads I had the pleasure of checking out this year…

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If you love romantic storylines mixed with Christian elements, this is a book you should definitely consider. The best part of this book is that it will still give you all the feels without leaving you feeling like you stepped out of line.

For my full review, please visit here.

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

This book took an in-depth yet fictional look at how social media maximizes things that normally would be minimized, and how the big picture is all that you ought to focus on in the end.

For the full review, please visit here.

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“A life of the mind requires denial of all other desires,” or does it? A professor reunites with her college sweetheart in this bookish and swoon-worthy romance.

For full review, please visit here.

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Her poetry will have you falling in love. Themes range from heart break, first love, forever love, etc.

For full review, please visit here.

If you know an author or musician who isn’t sure what to do about getting the word out about their book or album, maybe gift them with one of my service packages.

Indie Spotlight Bundle

Lastly, some bookish people like to sport their love and appreciation for all things books and music, and you can support a bookish or educational cause with every purchase in my official merch shop Cookies For A Cause.

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That about wraps it up! Wishing you a very happy holiday season and may the new year bring new moments where you choose to espresso yourself fully and truly!