DIY “Penguin Classics” Book Place Cards

After last month’s place cards were dedicated to my partner’s interests since it was his birthday month, I decided to base this month’s design on one of my interests that doesn’t come very often on the blog: reading!

I’ve always loved reading. I enjoy reading a wide variety of books; young adult, psychological thrillers, non-fiction, biographies, poetry, etc.

Whilst I no longer collect books for many reasons, back when I did, there were none that I enjoyed looking at on my shelves more than the orange Penguin Classics. There is just something so satisfying about having all my books stand at the same height, and all be the same colour!

Plus, the Penguin Classics are always a great price at any book store (and no, this isn’t a sponsored post for them, I swear ๐Ÿ˜‚), and as someone who encourages giving anyone and everyone the chance to read the world’s best books, I appreciate that a lot.

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So, I will honour these great and iconic book designs in the form of a DIY place card! Let’s get crafting โœ‚๏ธ



โ™ก White and orange craft foam sheets
โ™ก Vinyl in white, orange, and black
โ™ก Transfer paper
โ™ก Clear glue
โ™ก Toothpick(s)
โ™ก Sticky tape
โ™ก Scissors
โ™ก Pencil and eraser
โ™ก Ruler
โ™ก White paper
โ™ก Paper guillotine
โ™ก Cricut machine
โ™ก Orange Penguin Classic book, for reference (optional)Read More »

How to Read MORE Books for LESS Money

First of all, I want to apologise for the cheesy title of this post. I honestly didn’t know how to word it better whilst still getting my point across. So, before you exit this post, let me make it clear to you now: I am NOT selling you anything in this post, nor will I profit or benefit in ANY way if you choose to take my advice in this post.

These are just some tricks I have picked up lately that have helped me read as much as I like without breaking the bank. Because I love, love, love reading with all my heart, but let’s face it: books are not cheap. And if you like reading as often as I do (I’m currently on my 47th book of the year, #justsayingย ๐Ÿ˜œ), you’ll know that a fun hobby can easily into a huge money drain – but no more!

thesmalladventurer reading books

Today’s post is all about the ways I manage to get my hands on allllll the books I could possibly wantย withoutย putting myself into debt. Don’t worry, every trick I’m going to share with you is completely legal – at least, I think they are?!ย ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, if you’re wondering how to increase your reading, but don’t have the money to go out and buy a new book every week – or even every month – then stick around and I’ll show you how I save $$$ and still read as much as I want!Read More »

Tips and Tricks That Help Me Read Books Faster

I don’t want to jinx things, butย man, I am on a ROLL with my reading this year! Last year I only read 23 books in total, but we’re only halfway through the third month of 2019 and I’ve already readย 28ย books! I am super pleased with myself, and excited at what number I might reach by the end of December.

I’ve never had any problems with reading. In fact, I’ve always been quite a fast reader. The most books I’ve ever read in one year was 64, which was back in 2016, before this blog was a big part of my life, and before I discovered my passion for baking and crafts of various kinds.ย Since then, the amount of time I have put into reading has dwindled, but my love of reading has not!

I really do love reading, and always have. There’s nothing better than a good book, whether it’s one that warms your heart like a good Rainbow Rowell or Markus Zusak novel, or one that shocks you to your core and makes you wonder what on Earth you just read, like any of the psychological thrillers that have been taking over the world lately.


Whatever kind of books you’re into, one thing that everyone can agree on is that it can be difficult to actually make time to read, which is where this post comes in! I’ve been trying to find any spare moment I can to read, and have found that it’s actually a lot easier than I thought.

I mean, considering I work on this blog for hours each day, binge-watch far too many TV showsย andย work part-time and I have STILL read 28 books so far, it’s clearly not that difficult to find time to read, you’ve just got to look! In today’s post I am going to share the specific moments in my day-to-day life that I now fill with reading.

Even though some of them are fairly short stints, they all add up eventually and make that “to read” list of mine grow smaller each day, which is a truly amazing feeling. I hope some of these tips help you out, and happy reading!Read More »