My favourite time of the year is heeeere! If you love December and its holiday festivities like I do, you’re probably enjoying the happy music, eating all the good food, and burying yourself in everything soft and cozy. 💕
I really don’t know where 2017 went because I can still remember December 2016 like it was yesterday.
Alas, time flies like a banana and it’s time for our last challenge of the year. Who’s ready?! 🙋🏻♀️
Readers, here are your genres!
This was such a great idea last year I think this’ll be our December tradition! If there was a genre from the previous challenges you didn’t get to, now’s the time to pick it up. Another option is to read another book from a genre you loved because of the challenge. Here’s a list of the past genres we’ve covered:
Jan: Action / Adventure
Feb: Poetry / Romance
Mar: Memoir / Magical Realism
Apr: Humour / Nautical Fiction
May: Time-Travel / Translated Fiction
June: Western Fiction / Space Opera
July: Alternate History / Slipstream Fiction
Aug: Women in Translation
Sept: Mythic Fiction / Self-help
Oct: Murder Mystery / Horror
Nov: Slice of Life / Bildungsroman
Did you have a favourite genre you discovered this year? I pretty much fell in love with slipstream fiction which blends elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King demonstrated this so perfectly!
I’ve been wanting to read The Count of Monte Cristo so that’s my pick under Classics. If time permits I’d LOVE to do one for Reader’s Choice but I can’t seem to choose between Nautical Fiction or Space Opera! I’ll have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for.
What will you be reading this month?
I’m no watch enthusiast and I’m definitely no Steven Strange. (remember this scene?)
Yeah. I’m nowhere close to that. I have a reliable stainless steel watch that’s good enough for me. It’s nothing fancy but it gets the job done. I was actually 100% sure it was the only watch I’d own. It needed no battery, so I was pretty much set for life.
BUT THEN, I started seeing photos of wood watches on Instagram. I didn’t even know wood watches were a thing, but it was hard not to feel envious of people with these watches. (I also just love all things wood, by the way – from kitchenware to decor, I want them all)
You could probably imagine my excitement when the amazing people at JORD Watches reached out to me to try one of their wooden watches. Like I said, I love wooden items, so it was a big fat yes from me. Getting my watch in the mail felt like Christmas came early!
I’m also a lover of great packaging. It’s like love at first sight. Good packaging tells me how much a company values its product and JORD spoke volumes when it came to how they presented their watch.
My watch came in a wooden box engraved with JORD’s logo and the lid functions with a magnetic mechanism that keeps the box tightly closed after use. Upon opening, the watch comes wrapped around a small burlap cushion along with extra watch links and special care instructions. The bottom of the cedar watch box also slides open to reveal a humidity packet that’ll ensure optimal condition for your watch when you store it. JORD also provides a preserve oil that comes in a pen brush applicator. This oil cleans and conditions the watch and really allows the wood to shine.
I’ve only had my watch for a few weeks but it’s already become on of my favourite accessories. If a watch novice like me fell hard for JORD’s wooden watches, I have a feeling watch lovers will love them more than I do.
When was the last time you saw someone wearing a wooden watch? JORD’s timepieces are also handcrafted and with 13 different types of woods to choose from, each watch is one of a kind.
It’s more than a watch
I’ve gotten many compliments on my wooden watch and it goes with everything. I used to take off my stainless steel watch for certain outfits but I’ve worn my JORD watch for casual, business casual, and traditional business attires. JORD has a great collection of men’s and women’s watches so you’re bound to find the perfect time-telling accessory.
It’s lighter than it looks
If you’re worried about weight, don’t be. I have thin wrists but my wooden watch feels lighter than my slim stainless steel one.
JORD watches range between $139-429 USD so there’s something for everyone. They’re also having a Black Friday sale that ends on November 24 at 11:59 PM with discounts of up to $100 off so if you want to start early with your holiday shopping, now’s the time. JORD also offers free shipping worldwide and makes the perfect gift for loved ones near or far. ‘Tis the season, right?
JORD offers custom engravings on all their watches. From a name, a quote, an image/logo, to your handwriting, they can engrave it all. You can even engrave the box the watch comes with, making the whole package truly personal. That watch engraving from Doctor Strange is a sweet idea for any of you with a significant other (that’s my last Dr Strange reference, I promise). Whether you get an engraving for your watch or one you’ll give to someone else, it’s the final touch that makes it more meaningful.
So Shari, which watch did you get? Why, I’m glad you asked!
My watch is Frankie Koa and Ash and I’m in love with it. If this was a book I’d give it a 5/5 star rating because it’s functional, stylish, and wholly mine. It’s engraved with one of my favourite quotes which brings a smile to my face every time I wear it.
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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy and you either love it or you’re curious enough to try it. It’s too late for me because this series (and the ones after it) already have me in their viciously amazing clutches BUT we can’t always like the same things so maybe this spoiler-free series review will help you decide.
Your monthly challenge is now back to its regularly scheduled program! I had a poll running on my Instagram a few days ago asking whether or not the Colour Me Read Challenge should continue. Some months are harder than others when it comes to researching genres and writing about it, so I was curious to know if it still benefited anyone.
I was surprised to see how many people voted to keep this challenge alive and I’m so thankful you’re still up for discovering/trying new genres with me!
I know, I know. The October challenge card didn’t go up in time and laid collecting dust in one of my file folders. I’ve posted it here if you want to check it out but I don’t really change much for the October genres because it’s the best time of the year to read spooky books! So if you read a murder mystery/horror book this month, you already unknowingly succeeded in the challenge. *high five!*
I also have the November card ready so without further ado, your genres are…