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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?

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?

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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Beauty, My Life


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I did mention way back when that I would do something of a review when it came to Glossier and well, here it is.


When Glossier launched in the UK in October I kind of knew that I would succumb and find out what all the hype is about the Boy Brow and the Cloud Paint. What I didn’t expect to do was then fall into the skin care section and lose a lot of time in the skin care section. But that is because it came at a time when I was experiencing a lot of breakouts and I had come to the realisation that my skin was plateauing and I needed to make a change and this place was giving me an option for change. And offering it to me in set that means that I can get it cheaper…And also I needed a new sunscreen when I started looking that wasn’t going to make my skin look like an oil slick like the one I was using was doing, and I remember hearing somewhat good things about it so I bunged it in my basket.

So, this is going to come in two sections, my first impressions and then what I think of it now. A tad over a month later.

First Impressions

Milk Jelly Cleanser – Okay, so I’m used to a balm like, oil based cleanser that I rubbed onto my skin dry and then wiped off with a damp cotton wool pad and that was that done. I’ve used creamy cleansers before and I’ve alway fallen out with them. This can be applied to dry or wet skin, the first time I used it I did it both ways. On wet skin in the morning and then on dry skin in the evening.

The first thing is, this doesn’t foam. Which I guess in my head was weird because when I think of cream based cleansers I think of foam. It also means that it’s kind of hard to tell whether it’s cleaning your face or not. I don’t wipe off the residue with a cotton pad and see the work, I just rinse it off and hope for the best. It went on really nicely and felt super conditioning as well. I think it’s kind of the same on both dry and wet skin. One thing it did make me realise was that I needed to invest in a separate face towel that a bit less harsh than my other one. I haven’t had to think about that for nearly 2 years. But yeah, it did feel like it cleaned my skin without leaving it too dry and also it helped with the shiny T zone.

Priming Moisturiser – This is quite a light moisturiser, but it applies really well and it does feel hydrating. My initial thought was that it felt a bit too light to be a night time moisturiser, but they do have a rich version of this that seems a bit thicker, so I might give that a shot. But I might not, this does hydrate and my old moisturiser wasn’t super thick and that worked fine for months. I also like that both of these products don’t have any overwhelming scents, I only like that for my shower gel, my hair products and my perfume.

Balm Dotcom – I got this in mint because I love all things mint (plus the packaging is a hella cute pastel colour). It felt really hydrating the first couple of times that I used it and the smell was good but not overpowering. It’s a bit easy to get carried away with the squeezing of product though.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – I’m suspicious of all sunscreens. I’m convinced that they are going to make me look ashy and take forever to blend away. This was not one of those. It went on clear. It’s a slightly cloudy colour which initially worried me, but it went on like a dream. And it didn’t leave me super oily like my last one. Yes, there was a bit of shine by the end of the day but it was nothing compared to what it used to be.

Boy Brow – Okay, I understand the hype when it comes to this product. It’s good. It’s not dissimilar to any of my other brow products because when it comes to them I am very particular and also I don’t trust myself with anything like a pencil  or a gel, my eyebrows are naturally quite thick and I play to risky a game by trying to go in with those product at the moment. This one adds just the right amount of colour and coverage and just makes my brows look a little bit neater and a little bit bolder without being too OTT.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – The pop up Glossier store showed up near Regent’s Street towards the end of the month and I just had to go. Mainly to get a better idea of this product, because I got to a point where I knew I needed a richer moisturiser for evenings and reading the reviews they were a bit hit and miss. First of all the scent of lavender with this one is way more pungent then the lighter one. But it is thick and creamy and it did make my skin feel like it was getting a greater injection of moisture through it to get through the night.

Skin Tint – This was also something that I considered buying online, but I wasn’t sure what shade to get it in and so the pop store came at the perfect time. I found my shade (Dark) and this is very much a ‘your skin but better’ kind of thing when it comes to coverage. The only problem with that is that I have hyperpigmentation issues and so I kind of need a bit of a stronger coverage. Also, and I don’t know if this is just my skin  or the way that I applied it (with a beauty blender) but my skin looked really shiny after just a few hours and it looked like it was starting to fall off my face.

Stretch Concealer – Again, this was a product that I needed to just double check my shade for, it’s the same as the Skin Tint, but I just needed to check. This is a great concealer. It’s really creamy and applied really well, it blended down into my skin great. However, this is also a relatively light coverage concealer so it’s not too great at dealing with my more stubborn skin issues, like breakouts and scarring.

Impressions Now

Milk Jelly Cleanser – This stuff is still amazing. It’s so gentle and it does get all the dirt of the day off. I’ve worn make up a couple of times in the past month and I typically take off most of my make up with a face wipe and then go through my routine as normal. I did find that when I did that it didn’t get all of my eye make up off 100% and therefore I did wake up the next morning with panda eyes. I decided to do a little experiment and when I had a full face of Glossier on I didn’t remove it with a face wipe first and just went straight in with this cleanser and it did work a treat. But I had no eye make up on beyond my brows so it’s not quite equipped to do that just yet.

Priming Moisturiser – This moisturiser is super buildable and as the weather gets all the  colder I’ve found that it is still really hydrating my skin which I am appreciating massively. I have noticed that my skin is doing that thing when it becomes like an oil slick by the end of the day sometimes and I don’t quite know whether it’s this or the sunscreen. Or just my skin. I don’t use any mattifying products because I cannot be bothered but that might help now that I’m not using a moisturiser that lends itself a bit better to oily skin like my last one

Balm Dotcom – This product is long lasting when I slick it onto my lips just before heading of out the door to work. I’ve also noticed up until last week when it got really cold that I don’t have to apply lip afterwards as frequently as I usually do, which can never be a bad thing.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – Like I mentioned up above, I cannot figure out if it’s this product that’s sometimes making my skin really oily or not. I’m not very good at keeping proper track of what affects my skin and what doesn’t. I mean my diet has also taken a slight turn so that might also be affecting it and making me break out a bit more and not my products. This is also super lightweight and I am still such a fan of the fact that it dries so well and doesn’t me a lifetime to blend in until all the white is gone. I clearly like all of these products enough that I have now repurchased the above again over Black Friday weekend.

Boy Brow – I remain in understanding over the hype of this product. It does great things and you don’t need to much the get the job done.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – This has been such a lifesaver in terms of making sure that my skin gets a really got injection of hydration overnight. This product also really soaks up my Vitamin E oil and I really feel like it’s penetrating deep and making everything just a little bit softer and more supple.

Skin Tint – This applies better when you use your fingers and not a beauty blender. I learnt that last weekend. It allows a better coverage and it’s also easier to build it up over problem areas, for which my cheeks house a lot. I think it’s because it’s so liquid-y and so it doesn’t just get super absorbed by the sponge. This product is super hard to get out of the bottle and I find that I do need  lot in order to get a decent coverage on my face. I know it’s supposed to be one of those ‘your skin but better’ products but seriously, I want some coverage. I feel like I might need a setting powder for this, I mean I need one in a general sense as well, but this fell off my face by the end of the day basically.

Stretch Concealer – I love this concealer, it blends so well and it’s pretty solid in terms of coverage as well. The colour is great and it hides the discolouration on my face pretty well. Again, it’s one of those products that you need to apply with your fingers to get the proper coverage. I’ve sort of switched over to liquid concealers more recently because they have more coverage I’ve found but this has tempted back to the side of cream based ones. And I kind of love it.

Look, if it wasn’t obvious at this point I am 100% a Glossier convert. I love them. I love the packaging. I love the simplicity. I love the quality of the products. I love the whole look of the website. I loved the vibe of the pop-up store. I love them. I would recommend them. So much. I will be honest, the prices are a bit skew wiff. I mean the sunscreen is pretty expensive for the size, but I’ve used it everyday for a month and it’s still going strong. In fact all of my initial purchases are at most halfway done and I use them multiple times a day so it’s not crazy excessive for the length time of they last. I only bought replacements for them because they were on sale, not because I was in dire need.

I love it. I’m so glad I gave into the hype.

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Checkpoint 5

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This check in is late I think…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I honestly cannot figure out the timings of it. I’m pretty sure it’s late. It should have happened last month but November was otherwise engaged and so it has to open December, which is gonna be festive-ish I guess. I’m not a big Christmas person until it gets to about the 20th and then I’m over it come the 27th. That’s it, you kinda get festive me for about a week, but during that week I go hardLike, I wear a Christmas jumper every day and always buy a new one to wear on the day.

This is kind of festive themed I guess. I mean it’s terrifyingly reaching the end of the year and this is the time where people start looking back at what they had intended to do for the year and seeing whether they’ve achieved it or not. This isn’t quite closing out the whole year because I wrote it up when it was supposed to be written but have only just had an opening to post it, the final check in will come some time in January when I do a 2018 version of this, but this is the last comprehensive update of the year. So without further ado:

1) Take Better Care of My Hair – There’s not really much more that I can do with this one. I had my second haircut of the year back in July and I am due another one in January (hell yeah perks of having hair that only needs two haircuts a year). I continue to wash, condition and deep condition my hair each week. Which is arguably kind of pointless given that during this season so far (meaning winter) and the fact that I work out 5 times a week it spends most of its time tied up. But it remains moisturised and there is some length coming to it and it’s plodding along. Leave in conditioners are my friends and I’m always trying new shampoos and new hair masks. I’m kind of done with this one. It’s become a habit at this point.

2) Take Better Care of My Skin –  Okay, so I have moved away from Lush products since the last check in. This happened mainly so I could see what Glossier hype was all about. I’ve got a full post coming about this later this week but it’s come with a new cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. My skin is looking less oily which is good, but the breakouts are still there and I can’t quite figure out why they are happening. I really need to get back to cleaning my face with Dark Angels once a week again for an extra exfoliating kick mid week but I keep forgetting. I mean I’m not treating my skin badly or anything, it’s just decided to go through a second puberty.

3) Tone The Hell Up – Look at some point in October my diet fell to shit and for some reason it now ebbs and flows. I’m not beating myself up about or anything and I kind of make up for it by regularly working out and stuff so I don’t feel bad about it or anything, but I really need to start shaping up with that again. Diet is like half the battle with this one. The exercise is routine now. It happens 5 times a week, I do cardio twice a week, I lift once a week, I do some bodyweight stuff that is basically just planks and squats and I do barre because nothing burns quite like the barre burn. Physically I have baby biceps that come out to play now and I can lift weights now which is changing things slightly and like, I have the hints of abs and my legs are hella toned. Did I do that for the aesthetics? Hell no. I did it to get stronger, to get moving, to help cope with my every day stresses and just really sweat the day away. But the aesthetics of it isn’t a bad thing. We’re approaching Christmas at this point, and while I’m not going to go crazy I’m kind of not naive enough to think that I’m going to completely overhaul my diet in amongst alllll the food. So this will trickle over into a 2018 goal.

4) Start Saving Properly –  Look, this has not gone well this year. It just hasn’t. But I think this is good. It’s forced me to really assess the whole situation properly and truly look at better ways to be saving money and how to get everything under control. So yeah, this has failed. In so many damn ways. But it can only go up from here.

5) Get Better Organised – The diary I bought does get used. But again, it remains super sporadic. It’s habit that I’v never had before and trying to get into one is proving hard for me. I’m choosing Sundays as the day where I sit down and just plan things out. And then I need to keep referring to it. In a similar way to how I do a face mask every Sunday and go through the hair washing process on a Monday, I just need to form a habit of it. And I have the motivation for it, so it’s getting there.

6) Try And Be More Creative/Just Write More – I’ve learned this year that I need to not force this. I need to just let it do what it wants to do. And some days it wants to write 3,000 words in a day and others it wants to write 0. I need to learn to fall into this and not feel bad or feel like a failure when I don’t. I also need to not just let myself fall into a habit where I do not write anything for days on end. It’s just kind of frustrating the way it works, but I need to stop worrying about that. I also think that I am going to start making a habit of just writing for half an hour each night, and not just for this blog but outside of it. It’s just half an hour and yeah sometimes that half hour will fly by in a flurry or words and sometimes it won’t. I just need to roll with it and not fight it. My NaNo attempt was behind from day 2 and it sucked, but it wasn’t the end of the world and realising that lifted a huge weight that I hadn’t even known I was carrying.  So yeah, I have written more and I’ve also not, but this is a ongoing thing for me and I have written a lot of stuff so I consider it a win.

And that is the 5th and final full check in for my 2017 goals for the year. Some have been good, some have been truly ignored and nothing has come from them. Some of them are ongoing beyond just this year and this was just the foundation for them.

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The Unread

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I’ve reached that time of the month where I’ve run out of steam with this book related month thing because I’ve run out books that I’ve read and I kind of didn’t think that far ahead…planning is sometimes not my strong suit.

And then when I was sat on a train reading Freedom  and I had this idea. There’s a list from the BBC that I see doing the rounds sometimes that talks about the Top 100 books that you have to read. Then I decided that I am going to go through the list and do god knows what, just ramble I guess.

Let’s just see where we end up with this.

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – I know that I should read these books and I’v heard so much hype about this series, but like, I tried to read the first one once and hated it. Something about the language grated on me. And then I just shut down and threw it away to the bottom of the list. Where to be honest it’s probably going to stay…
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – I’ve actually read this book. It’s one of my faves. It’s definitely my fave Austen book. There’s something about it that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy although a part of me also feels like it’s a little bit of a cliche to love this book so much
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman –  I read the first one. Kind of hated it. Didn’t really get it. Was probably a bit young when I first tried. It’s higher up on my list than LOTR that’s for sure.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – I keep forgetting this is an actual book. But it was put back on my radar by Cheap Seats so I’ll read it next year.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – This is my second (maybe third it changes) favourite book of the series
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – I have almost bought this book so many times and just never have and I do not know why I never have. It’s on the list for next year (insane that I am already thinking about that when I haven’t even finished this year’s yet…)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – I’ve never even really thought about reading this book. I guess I probably should…it shouldn’t be too hard.
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell – Read it. Kind of think I hate it. Kind of think it’s genius.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – I think I’ve read this book. I think I’ve read a lot of this series, but I cannot remember. I guess I’ll have to give it a second chance.
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë –  This is one of those classics that everyone says you should read and I just think…meh. I still think that. One day I might. I’m not rushing for it.
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – Read. Loved. Would recommend.
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – I’ve tried reading this book and could. not. do. it. I’m in no hurry to try again.
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – This book broke my heart. I loved it. Would also recommend.
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – I intended to read this back in my A Level year and then just didn’t. And then I pushed it way down on my list. Although it is slowly creeping back up it.
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – It is blasphemous to say that I hate this book? Ah well, I’ve said it now. I hate this book, I do not get the hype.
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – Meh, I’m not in any hurry to read this either.
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – I know I should read this book.  But I’ve seen so many adaptations of this book that I kind of feel like I don’t need to. And also I’ve low key kind of hated every adaptation I’ve ever seen, lord knows why I’ve seen so many.
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – Another one of those books that I keep almost buying and then don’t. So it’s on 2018.
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – Never even crossed my mind to read this book. Not something that has ever really interested me. Kind of still the case.
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Am I right in thinking that this book is super long? the idea of it just puts me off. It doesn’t always seem to get favourable mentions when it crops up in popular culture. I’ll get there.
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Ugh, no. Not something that I want to read.
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – Obviously I’ve read this.
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling – And this one.
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling – And this is my favourite of the 7.
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – See LOTR. I’ll get there when I get there.
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Again, I have attempted to read this book before and did not make it to the end I don’t even know where I got to with it. I don’t feel particularly compelled to try it again.
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot – No. I didn’t do a module at uni because this was on the required reading. This thing is huge. And Victorian.
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving – I did not know that this even existed as a book which tells you all you need to know about where it is on my list.
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck – This has been on my list for so many a year. It will happen one day.
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – I know I should read this book. And yet…I haven’t.
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – Wilson was a childhood staple for me, this wasn’t one one of my faves, but I’ve read it.
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – I am reading this next year. It’s been put out into the universe now. It’s happening.
33.The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett – Another book I’ve never really heard of.
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens – I must have some kind of beef with Charles Dickens that I don’t know the true origins of because I almost never have any desire to read any book of his…
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I love Roald Dahl, this is one of my faves. Something about the world created just does it for me.
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – Part of me wants nothing to do with this if it doesn’t have Muppets involved. The rest of me is willing to give it a shot.
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute – This is thing?
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – This is not a book I have been able to get on with as of yet. Not that I’ve tried very hard to be fair. I started it a time where I was on a brink of a reading slump and then never picked it back up.
39. Dune, Frank Herbert – Again, what?
40. Emma, Jane Austen – I’ve tried to read this a couple of times but it’s just too hard to get into whenever I try, but I’ve not given up yet.
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – It’s not high on the list. But it’s on there somewhere.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – A couple of people I know have said that this is their favourite book, but it’s not something that’s ever really crossed my path
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book, which again kind of feels like a cliche.
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas –  I have so little interest in reading this book at this moment in time, but maybe that will change.
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – I’ve actually read this book thanks to this year.
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – It’s not that I hated this book, but I didn’t really like it either. I got the allegory and all that and it remains hella relevant, but yeah. Part of me definitely just read it because I felt like I had to.
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – Yet another Dickens book that I haven’t read but have seen many an adaptation of. As such I don’t really currently see the point in reading it
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – No, I have no interest in this. Maybe that will change, but it just feels like one of those classics that I will not get along with.
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – I’m pretty sure I’ve read this in primary school. I’ve definitely seen an adaptation of it, but I cannot remember if I’ve read it or not. I feel like they were linked to one another and so I have read it.
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher – I don’t even know what this is…?

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – I forgot this was even a book in the first place. which probably tells you all you need to know about my intention to read it
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck – This is another one of those books that I’m kind of avoiding reading because it’s one of those classics that everyone tells you to read. I will get to it eventually, but not anytime soon.
53. The Stand, Stephen King – There are so many Stephen King’s books that I want to read, this one is not high up on the list.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I’ve tried this in some capacity before. I did not get very far.
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – Another book I did not know existed.
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – I love this book. I re-read it at the beginning of the year.
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome – This book just sounds uninteresting.
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – This is kind of on my list, but it’s also not.
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – This actually is on my list, somewhere. I don’t quite know where, but it’s on there.
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – I know I should say yes. But the title in and of itself seems to sum out I feel reading this book would be…
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – This book broke my damn heart. So much. It still fucks me up just thinking about it.
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – I took this book out of the library when I was at school once and then just didn’t read it and had to take it back. Then forgot about it until just now. So yeah, it’s back on my list.
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – Of all the Dickens books, I think this is the lowest on my list. I don’t know, how many books did he write? How many of these things am I going to have to attempt to read???
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett – I am going to make it my goal next year to read more Pratchett, because currently I have read none…
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton – I feel like I completely missed Blyton as a kid. It’s something I might go back to.
67. The Magus, John Fowles – I have never heard of this book. Will I read it? Maybe. But it’s not high on the list I gotta be honest.
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I love this book so much. I am so excited for the TV adaptation
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett – This constitutes as fitting in with the above thing I said about Pratchett.
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – I don’t know how many times I attempted to read this book before I was finally successful with it. I hated it. That’s all.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – I have no real plan to read this I’m gonna be honest.
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett – And again.
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – I am very much Matilda. Again, one of my childhood faves.
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding – I read this book for uni as part of ‘chick lit’ week. I blazed through it. I think on some level I am Bridget. Just without my Colin Firth.
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – This is one of my favourite books. Honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Get it in your life.
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins – Hmmmm, no.
78. Ulysses, James Joyce – I avoided a module at uni that had this book on it because I didn’t want to do it. That sums up my attitude to it.
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens – We know my attitude to Dickens at this point right?
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson – This was the book that started this whole reading thing. I had it memorised at one point.
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl – I have read most Roald Dahl books, this was not one of my faves though
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith – I meant to read this at uni and just never got my shit together in time to do so and then it just fell away. So it’s on the 2018 list.
83. Holes, Louis Sachar – I almost read this once and I don’t know what stopped me from doing so, but something did and I just never attempted to read it again. I will try it one day/
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake – I don’t know…as in I don’t know what this book is. Or that it even existed.
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – This is also a book that I’ve always meant to read and just never have. Again on for 2018.
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson – I cannot remember if I’ve read this or not. I think it’s a no, but it might be a yes.
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – No, I can just tell that this is not a book that I am going to get along with.
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – Another one I have never even heard of.
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist – And this, not a clue.
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac – I’ve read this. Didn’t totally hate it, also wasn’t a huge fan. I for sure just read it to say that I had read it.
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo – I kinda forgot this was a book. And I’m gonna keep on forgetting.
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel – I’ve just found out that this book exists, so I probably won’t read it any time soon.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett – This is the Pratchett book that I want to read the most.
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I want to read this book so much and I keep finding books to put ahead of it, but not anymore. It’s on the list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton – I don’t even know what this is. Probably not any time soon.
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer – No.
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez – I really want to read stuff by this author, but I’ve just never had the chance to. Or rather more accurately I’ve never given myself the time to.
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson – I think this book came out just as I was growing out of my Wilson phase, so no it’s one of the books that I haven’t read, and am unlikely to do so.
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot – I am assuming that this means the first one. Which I had read. And enjoyed.
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – I feel like I should because I’ve heard great things about Rushdie’s work, but it’s also not high on my list.

And there we have it. This very long book related post had finally come to a close and it has made me realise that I am currently in a position to start thinking about my 2018 reading list…

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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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