Practicing Community Care: Curating Better Habits

New Habits For A New Year Hello everyone!  My adorable foster Willow (in the basket) and I are here to talk about an experiment that I’m going to be undertaking this year that is near and dear to my heart. This year I’m going to hold myself accountable to practicing community care by curating better …

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Best Book I Read This Month: January 2021

Even though all of us have our favored genres we are avid readers and our reading tends to be all over the map. Every month we like to reflect on the best books we read that month, and fan girl over the books that remind us why we love to read in the first place. …

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30 Queer New Releases Coming Out In 2021

Why I’m Here For Queer Books In 2021 Today on the blog we are talking 2021 queer books. A few years ago I read an anthology “Meet Cute” that had a bunch of romantic short stories in it. The book as a whole felt pretty lackluster but there were a few stories that were hidden …

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What Will 2021 Bring For Our Fledgling Bookshop?

The Changing of The Year Well, we’ve said goodbye to 2020, and 2021 is staring us right in the face. Just like borders, the changing of the years seems to be an arbitrary line that humans have constructed to help us make sense of the chaos. I’ve caught myself saying “I can’t wait for 2020 …

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12 Holiday Books To Make You Merry This Season

Dashed Cozy Dreams Y’all. This year I had big dreams of sitting in front of my fire place and drinking hot chocolate while reading holiday books. This was the dream. I was so ready.  However, we need to convert our fireplace to gas and after we got the quote we decided… maybe not this year. …

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Best Book I read This Month: November 2020

Welp… that sure was a month! With all the pressure from the election and Covid spiking, November has been a wild ride.  We here at Alchemy all had to re-imagine thanksgiving in a new way this year with our families. From no thanksgiving to a delivered thanksgiving, to a thanksgiving outside with masks… we did …

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My Foray into Smutty Romance Books- Should You Try One?

As we all know, I am and have been a pretty avid reader of romance novels, but smutty romance books are a fairly new avenue for me. I chronicled my first experience of reading a romance novel at a pretty young age. Since then I’ve been reading romance novels regularly. My foray into romantic erotica …

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20 Cute Advent Calendars

20 Of The Cutest Advent Calendars For the 2020 Holidays

2020 has been quite a year as all the 2020 nostalgia gear on the internet can attest to. It’s been mentally tough and incredibly challenging in so many ways.  #Is2020OverYet Etsy Shop: ButterflyMugDesign Etsy Shop: UtopiadesignUS Etsy Shop: MoonlightMakers Etsy Shop: stampoutonline It’s about time that we have some small pieces of joy to cling …

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Why I love Reading Poetry as a Palate Cleanser

The Sad Reputation of Poetry When most people think of reading poetry, their mind probably jumps to the classics like Shakespeare, and let’s be honest, they probably instantly lose interest. Stuffy prose, flowery language, iambic pentameter… all this comes to mind like some high school flashback nightmare. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve …

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