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Christmas Songs Book Tag

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Yeah, I’m very aware that I kind of just went ghost for the last few days but life exhausted me and so I just took a step back and tried to regroup and I also hit another wall when it came to writing yet another book review so I just decided to stop trying to write it and look at it later.

I’m still not looking at it today, I was going to and then I got tagged in this post and so here we are. With yet another tag post, that I am pretty sure I’ve never done, but honestly cannot remember and didn’t check. Even if I have I guarantee the answers are different now.

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”

Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Is Malfoy supposed to be a villain? Because I am kinda part of his defence squad (within reason).

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”

Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

For reasons, the main one being that I am running out of places to put books in my house, I have not so much as hinted at any books that I may want, so there most likely won’t be any. Also I can’t even think of a single book that I actually want at the moment.

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Spent a while thinking baout this one but 100% Lou from Me Before You – She completely starts to believe in her ablities as a person by the end of the book.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

Ummmmmm, I just watched the Ready Player One trailer and so it has put this guy back at the forefront of my mind, Sorrento.

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Hermione Granger. For no reason other than the fact that I love her and she is my literary everything.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”

Which book just melts your heart.

Real talk, I am pretty much the Ice Queen, it takes a lot to make me feel things when it comes to literature. I honestly cannot think of a single book that melts my heart in anyway…is that bad? I’m racking my brain and coming up short.

6. “Feliz Navidad”

Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Almost every book I read…seriously there aren’t that many books that I read that are set in London (more specifically the UK, I guess, but I live in a London bubble).

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I think I have read one holiday themed book and it was My True Love Gave to Me. So that I guess, because it’s all I have.

8. “Sleigh Ride”

Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Ron Weasley. Although I say that tentatively actually, because I’ve just remembered that that family is fucking huge and I do not come from a large family. I don’t know if I could do that…

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Moby Dick. Have I even finished that book yet? No, I have not. I will do it one day, but the half that I have read I cannot stand. I mean seriously. It’s also quite long, it would burn for a while too.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”

Which book do you think everyone should read?

We all know where this going right…The Night CircusAmerican Gods or The Book Thief. There, I’ve given you options.

One day I will do a book tag post that doesn’t mention a lot of the usual suspects. I don’t know when that will be, but it will happen…

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Would You Rather – Christmas Edition

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I’m throwing all caution to the wind now and am just talking about all kinds of festive things.

Today it’s all about would you rather

Would you rather…

 

Not celebrate Christmas next year? Or not celebrate your birthday next year?
I’m turning 25 next year and I kind of don’t care, which I never really do anyway, I mean it’s gonna be a Monday, I hate being the centre of attention and I can eat cake whenever. All this to say that I wouldn’t want to miss out on living my life in tinsel and putting fairy lights over everything and eating all the fooooodddd. Mini sausages wrapped in bacon? Sign me up.

Never receive another gift from anyone ever again? Or be forced to give everyone in your family an inappropriate gift?

Looks like everyone is getting inappropriate gifts.

Grow a permanent Santa beard? Or Grow permanent reindeer antlers?
Basic bitch me up and give me some reindeer antlers. I’ll find a flower crown to really style it out.

Celebrate Christmas every day of the year? Or never celebrate Christmas ever again?
Oh never again. I get annoyed when Christmas effectively starts in October and then by the time it actually comes around I’m kind of ready for it to be done. If it lasted all year I’d just make like The Grinch and go live in a cave.

Get the presents you wanted for Christmas? Or get $100,000 for Christmas?
Show me the money.

Would you rather be married to Santa Clause or Jack Frost?
Santa, I guess? I dunno…

Never listen to Christmas music ever again? Listen to music every day of your life?
Never again. Like I said before, there is only so much I can take. Some of those Christmas songs are very in your face, not to be trifled with all the time.

Would you rather have to sit on Santa’s lap for an hour in a mall? Or find a mouse in your Christmas stocking every year during the 12 days of Christmas?
Mice. Surely if I know it’s there then dealing with it becomes a piece of piss?

Drink a barrel of eggnog? Drink a barrel of ginger beer?
…Neither…

Become an elf? Or become a reindeer?
Elf. Seems like a more manageable work load.

Only listen to soca/reggae version of Christmas songs? Or only listen Japanese version of Christmas songs?
Give me a reggae version of White Christmas… (I could have had any song there, that was apparently just the first one that came to mind).

Would you rather spend Christmas alone? Or with strangers?
Alone.

And that’s yet another Christmas tag done. I’m gonna try and not do another one of these tomorrow, but who knows whether I will actually be successful in that or not. I sure as hell don’t.

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The Joy of Christmas Tag

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What up, coming at you with another tag post, and am slowly trickling Christmassy based posts onto this blog. I’ve been feeling weirdly un-Scrooge like this year. Maybe because I just need some festive fun in my life while it all just gets super stressful outside of that. But anyway, back the point, I’m feeling festive, it’s December, this is kind of a version of Blogmas. I saw this over here and now here we are.

I should just say, I’m just talking about books in general. The books I have to read this month are set in stone. I’m just getting excited about all the possibilities that will open up to me once I’ve wrapped this challenge up.

Done rambling, let’s get on with it.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Ummmmm…I don’t know…I guess The Curses, Laure Eve. Which isn’t happening until around late summer next year I think. I’ve tried to stop thinking about pre-orders because I have a serious problem with them and I’ve bought so many this year that I really shouldn’t have. This one is currently on pre-order, and I’m sure I’ll find loads more to add to the list soon. But for now, it’s that.

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

JK Rowling, obviously. And then also Neil Gaiman, let’s be real I could wax on about American Gods and Neverwhere for actual days.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has such great world building. It’s drip fed in slowly so it never feels like you’re finding out all this information at once.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read

Pride and Prejudice, I’m a cliche what can I say. I want to read some Dickens though. I won’t start with A Christmas Carol, but maybe I’ll end with it…

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

There are so many. Maybe the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. Or rather more accurately, the first two before the final one comes out early next year.

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

The Night Circus, what a surprise that this has come up…the parts that are second person narrative and snapshots into parts of the circus that you’ve usually just read being created. It makes you feel like you’re there. And I love it.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

I am a sucker for a pretty cover. My edition of The Red Queen is a thing of beauty. Then there are so many others. Caraval arrived into my life this week and it’s a beauty.

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

I am in charge of making the house look all festive, and so that’s my thing. I think the decorations and tree is coming down this week and so that’s where we’re at with that. The process of finding places to put the decorations and sticking tinsel everywhere is pretty therapeutic. And also a sure fire to way to festive.

And there we have it!

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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This title is way more dramatic than necessary to be honest.

I basically run out of ideas and then had to frantically search for them on the internet because I was one post short for the month. And then I found it.

I am going to list my top 3 favourite books from this year (so far) and also my 3 least favourites. Now I am fully aware that I have still got 4 and a half books left to go with this year, but I know what lies ahead of me and I don’t really see them being contenders for either of these (I’m reserving judgement on Florence Grace because I don’t actually know whether I do hate it, I only read 20 pages and the book just didn’t come at the right time). So I feel like I am in a place to do a mini final, semi overall, review of my 2017 read books.

Top 3

1) The Graces – My gosh did I love this book. It was all things witchy and dark and so many other things that I just love about literature and all that jazz. Ugh, it introduced me to so many great new characters and a delightful new world and I am so excited for the sequel.

2) And I Darken – I fell in love with this book so hard and fast it was just so great. It’s kind of a genre that I don’t really tend to mess with as I try and avoid things that play too much with historical elements because that’s just not my thing. I dunno, a module at uni nearly 6 years ago really did history in for me and I just can’t cope with it or something.

3) The Muse – Okay, so it was a toss up between this and Nevernight but this won. It took me on so many twists and turns. It caused me to react so many times and it made me feel some kind of way. It also gave me a chance to return to Burton’s writing.

Bottom 3

1) Holding up the Universe – It’s not that I hated this book, but also it didn’t really leave any impact on me at all. It wasn’t a YA book that I feel needs to be read. Or at least it wasn’t when I read it.

2) Our Chemical Hearts Kind of the same as above.

3) Grimm’s Fairytales – Honestly, there was no need for me to read of them to be brutally honest. They made no impact for the most part and the ones that I knew, well I know them pretty damn well. It took me weeks to make it from cover to cover and I’m so glad that it’s finally done and I never have to do it again…

And there we have it.

I mean honestly I have loved quite a few books that I’ve read this year, so I feel like that Top 3 is an ever changing beast. But at this present moment in time this is where we stand.

Do you have any favourite/least favourite reads?

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Coffee Book Tag

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I’m gonna level with you, I broke glass for emergency tag post today because it was supposed to be a review. But I could not find the words for it yesterday when I was trying to write it so I pushed it back and then when I got home from work today I still couldn’t do it. So I pushed it back again and then panicked, because I had nothing else.

But good old reliable YouTube black holes provided and so I ended up with this because YouTube always provides and my recommended videos are a strange place to be and it combines two of my favourite things in books and coffee.

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

I’m kind of scared to involved in anything to do with Sarah J Maas. I randomly have book 5 from the Throne of Glass series (it was signed, I have a problem, I know) but I’m scared to actually start it. Those fans be passionate.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I mean  My True Love Gave to Me is just pure festive. It’s full of warm fuzzy Christmas feelings and it’s delightful. However my Christmas time reading will be all Hamilton related, because yes, that is how I plan on finishing out this reading year.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

Double Act. I’ve said this so many times before

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

At the moment nothing. But at one point I saw Cassandra Clare a lot on my commute into work, and I was one of those people for a large chunk of this year.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

I feel bad in that I don’t read much from indie authors…but I feel like people need to talk about Jessie Burton more. The Muse was nothing short of pure genius wrapped in stunning writing.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

I have so many and yet initially I could not think of a single one. Our Chemical Hearts was the first one that eventually came to mind. It just didn’t do it for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter sweet but ultimately satisfying.

Oh look, here we are. Turns out I can’t go a book post without bringing this up. It’s Harry Potter…

And there we have my emergency book tag post done.

Give it a shot if you like, I would love to read them.

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The Books I’ll Always Recommend

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I have a slight reputation of being a reader, which is fine or whatever. I mean I make no secret of the fact that I read and I literally have a degree in English Literature, clearly I like books enough to think that was a good idea to dedicate 3 years of my life to. As such, I end up getting asked for book recommendations. And then my brain freezes and I forget every single book I have ever read.

Until one day I decided to just form a list in my head of books that I truly love with all my heart and soul and think that every body should read. It’s 5 books. It could be so many more, but like I said, I forget all the books I have ever read and so I’ve just kept it at 5 because I can ALWAYS remember these 5.

1) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

What is there left for me to say about this book? I love everything about it so much. The way it is written. The way the characters are created. The way the story slowly builds over the course of the book. The vivid imagery throughout the whole book, but especially when it is in the circus and it feels like the reader is really right there in the action. It’s slow I will say that. It’s a quiet kind of plot that is more character driven then anything else, but it is the kind of slow that also feels quite quick. If that makes any sense at all. I just love so much about it.

2) The Secret History – Donna Tartt

This song has one the best opening lines of a book I have ever read. I still think about it sometimes when I’m just minding my own business. It makes me feel some kind of way man. Again this book is the slowest of burns in terms of narrative. It creeps along and draws you in and envelops you in all the best ways. I loved the perspective that it was told from. However I will say this, the ending did leave me feeling a little bit meh?

3) American Gods – Neil Gaiman

With every single book of his that I read I feel like it is my new fave of his, but that just cannot be true because this is my favourite book of his (followed closely by Anansi Boys now). The world building is just incredible. That’s the only word I have for it. The characters are so well fleshed out and rooted. The imagery throughout is just something else. I love Gaiman’s style of writing and this book just illustrates to me why with each and every page. Warning, it’s graphic, so if that’s not your thing I would recommend almost any other Gaiman book. But if it is? Get this book in your life.

4) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

This book will break your heart. It will also floor you with how wonderfully well written it is. It’s heavy. It’s narrator is Death. It’s said during World War 2 in Germany. It’s intense. It’s heart breaking. It’s sometimes a tad hard to read. It’s a piece of literature set during that time period that didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out (I did a whole year’s worth of literature based around wars or thereabouts, I’ve read a lot of boring books). It plays with structure in a really refreshing way and that just adds to the joy of it all. And also the sadness of it all.

5) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

All these other books are little bit heavy hitting. This is just mostly frothy fluffy wonderfulness. It will still get you in the feels don’t get me wrong, but it’s not quite so hardcore. It was my introduction to Rowell’s work and I am so grateful for that. I love her and while I love every book of hers that I have read (which is all of them at this point), this one holds a special place in my heart.

And those are my Top 5, will always recommend books. There are so many others that I would recommend as well if you really get me started, but this is like my starter pack for recs.

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Faves Part 4

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So, this is my 700th post on this blog, and it continues to sound crazy every time I think about the fact that I have written that many posts on here. The fact that I’ve committed to it for this long just blows my mind because, I know I’ve said it before, I just didn’t think I’d stick it out. And yet 4 or so years later here I am.

Like I have done in the past when I have reached a milestone post I am collecting a bunch of my faves (5 to be exact) together. Although this time, they are all going to be from my writing page (and then also this one), which you may have noticed has been renamed Scribble, Scribble for reasons that I honestly do not understand. But I’ve done it, and there we go. My 5 current fave things that I have written are:

  1. Vicissitude 4 – I had to choose between all of them and for some reason this one stuck out the most for me.
  2. You Say Me Name – I love this piece so much and I kind of forgot about it until it came up on Timehop. It came at a time when I really needed it to as well, and I loved it for that.
  3. Poison – This was the first thing of mine that was inspired by a Disney film/fairy tale and it is maybe my favourite thing I have ever written. I just really like sticking fairy tales in a slightly more modern setting and I really might start doing it more often.
  4. Emerald – I forgot about this one, until I was looking at it just now. I love this one as well for the same reason as the above. Something about reimagined fairy tales.
  5. Snapshot 34 – I obviously couldn’t do this without including something from this beast. This has come up because it was the one that sparked me doing a whole month of stuff using these characters and it’s mainly because it was the first time that this got away from me.

And those are some of my faves and so concludes my 700th.

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