Blogmas 2018: 10 Things I’d Like to Do This Christmas

Blogmas 2018: 10 Things I’d Like to Do This Christmas

I really want to get into the festive mood over the next two weeks before Christmas arrives. I always find the build up to Christmas a lot more fun than actual Christmas Day, so I want to maximise my time being festive, despite have work until the 21st, by doing some activities before the big day comes!

1. Read some of the books on my TBR list

2. Go for a nice walk

3. Drink lots of hot chocolate

4. Watch Home Alone and the Polar Express

5. Have a real cosy night in by the fire

6. Play board games with my family

7. Watch Game of Thrones

8. Get the elves in to wrap all the Christmas presents I’ve bought

9. Bake some festive gingerbread biscuits

10. Read a Christmas book or two!

That’s my list! What would be on your list of festive things to do?

Blogmas 2018: The Christmas Stocking Tag

Blogmas 2018: The Christmas Stocking Tag

The lovely Kate at Reading Through Infinity created a tag called the Christmas Stocking tag which she tagged me to do! I thought it would be perfect to do for Blogmas, especially because it’s quite a fun post!

Rules

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to Kate so she can read your answers
  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
  • Tag five people to do this

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

img_4820I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I re-read it this year for the third time after the movie came out this summer and I just love it. It’s cute and funny and Lara-Jean is such a vibrant but dreamy character. If she was a colour, I would say she is some type of pastel, maybe a pastel pink or blue.

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?

Probably the Collectors edition of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was still a fairly decent price. The most expensive book I’ve ever bought was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I bought the Goldsboro collectors edition. It was fairly pricey considering it was a book by an author I’d only recently discovered, but I’d only just discovered Goldsboro so you know.

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

36859561I read Children of Blood and Bone this year and that had quite a few action scenes that were exciting but also tense to read. Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favourite reads this year.

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

I’m going to say The Mortal Instruments. I was a bit sceptical after watching most of the first season of Shadowhunters and obviously there is a lot of hype surrounding them, but I actually quite enjoyed the first book. I’ve only read the first two books in the series but hope to have read most, if not all of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices books by the end of 2019.

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

I think Paige from The Bone Season is a symbol of hope. Whilst she doesn’t necessarily recognise that she is, there are a lot of people that do see her as that. She has done so much in the first three books of the series and put herself in harms way for people, that I think I have to pick her for this question.

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

Can I say The Hunger Games for this one? I’m going to anyway. I feel like the Hunger Games is a superb dystopia in that it does feel as though it could be real. I feel like it’s a society that is not so far from our own and that’s what makes it so effective.

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

I’ve definitely got to pick V. E. Schwab for this one. It’s so interesting to hear her talk about her writing process and I’m always fascinated by how many different projects she talks about and how she chooses to focus on one over another. I also think it’s interesting that she has the end of a book and sometimes uses that to work back through a story.

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

Perhaps Passenger by Alexandra Bracken for this one. I did enjoy the book but I started to feel like it dragged a bit. I haven’t touched Wayfarer because I don’t want to read that in case it drags as well.

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

The Diviners probably. I had it for Christmas a few years ago but only picked it up at the end of last year. I completely understand why people say it’s perfect for Halloween, because it’s quite creepy and has murder in it. I’m glad I finally picked it up as I had been wanting to read it for ages!

Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was the biggest surprise when I read it last year. I hadn’t heard that much about it but had seen it about a little. I decided to buy it and it was definitely a good choice because I read it in basically one sitting as it’s just hilarious.

Tagging:

Beth @ BooksNest

Lauren @ FictionTea

Kirsty @ TheBibliophileGirlUK

Amanda @ Classyxbookreviews

Jenn @ Jenniely

Blogmas 2018: End of Yearathon

Blogmas 2018: End of Yearathon

With the end of 2018 approaching, I made the decision to host #EndOfYearathon. I had put out a tweet asking if one was going ahead and there seemed to be a lot of interest and encouragement for me to host one. I wasn’t entirely sure about hosting given the fact that I haven’t hosted one before, but then Amanda got in contact with me to offer to host and with that, I decided to go ahead and host it with her alongside me!

The 26th December – 1st January seemed like the perfect time to host a readathon. Of course we all want to get in that last bit of reading in and smash our goals before 2018 is up but also, I know that quite a few people have that time off from work/school or at least a day or two off.

We have come up with some themes together, but these are completely optional. I know that I really don’t do well at sticking to a TBR list, but seeing as this is my own Readathon, I should probably give sticking to a TBR my best shot. Hopefully with the challenges, there will be less pressure to read as much before 2018 ends as the challenges will hopefully bring some fun instead!

The themes are as listed above in the pictures:

  • Read a book released in 2018 – Oh boy, I have some books that will definitely tick this one off! Now it’s just deciding which one to read!
  • Read a book with Christmas colours on the cover (Red, Green, Gold or all of them!) – I definitely have a couple of books that I want to read that match this theme. I’d be interested to see if I have any books that have all three colours on. I think I’ll have to have a search through my shelves!
  • Read a book in a series – I have so many series that I’ve started but haven’t finished, so I’m definitely going to look to either continue a series or finish one off!
  • Read a book with more than 400 pages – This page count is quite achievable. I have loads of books that just creep over the 400 page mark, so it shouldn’t be too hard for me to find a book that ticks this box
  • Read a book released before 2018 – If you’re like me, you’ll have stacks and stacks of books released before 2018 that you haven’t read yet. I definitely do, so I’ll be aiming to definitely read one book before 2018

You can combine challenges together if you’d like – the great thing about these themes is that you can participate in all of them, some of them, or none. We’re really just focusing on reading as much as possible to help us hit those goals. So whether you have 1 book to read before you hit your reading goal for the year, or 5, we’re here to help you but also have some fun!

You can even double up the challenges if you want to read more than 5 books. For example, you could do all five challenges, but maybe you want to read more than five books so therefore, read two books released before 2018 or two released in 2018!

I haven’t come up with my full TBR list for it yet but I plan to pick the books I want to read over the next week so I’ll definitely be updating you guys with that.

If you’d like to participate, please do let us know by either commenting down below or tweeting us! I’ll be checking the hashtag throughout the Readathon week (and before too) so make sure you use that hashtag to update us with what you’re reading and to let us know you’re joining in!

Anyone can join, whether it’s at the start or the week or the middle. Even if you just want to participate for a day, that’s ok! We’re welcoming anyone and everyone to join us.

You can follow us on Twitter here where we’ll be posting all the updates:

Vicky || Amanda

I hope to see you participate in this with us – don’t forget to hashtag #EndofYearathon! Happy reading!

Blogmas 2018: 2019 Releases I’m Looking Forward Too

Blogmas 2018: 2019 Releases I’m Looking Forward Too

I feel like 2018 has been a fairly quiet year for new releases, or at least there haven’t been as many books this year that I’ve been as interested in. Maybe my 200+ TBR is finally starting to make me feel guilty so that’s taken my attention away from all books that have been released this year.

I do definitely feel more pressure from my shelves these days to read the books I actually have rather than only reading new releases. However, there are some 2019 releases that are coming out that I am quite excited for!

I won’t list them all but here are 10 books out in 2019 that I am looking forward too:

  1. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – I read Children of Blood and Bone when it was released this year and loved it. I have to read the next book to get some answers!
  2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I’m really looking forward to reading about Nikolai in this book after meeting him in the Grisha trilogy. I also have major cover love with this book.
  3. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – You didn’t think I was going to write this list and not include this book, did you? This is the fourth and final book in the series and I am extremely sad about it.
  4. Finale by Stephanie Garber – Another last book of the series. I am super excited about this one but also sad at the same time because yay, another book in the series but boo because it’s the last one!
  5. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok – I am very excited for this book. I am really loving historical murder mysteries (if I haven’t mentioned that about 10 times already) and this fits perfectly into that genre.
  6. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – First of all, the cover (below) is gorgeous. Secondly, this read sounds fantastic and I’m really looking forward to reading this when it’s out. It’s already gathering some hype which is positive!
  7. Enchantee by Gita Trelease – I’ve been following the journey of this book ever since I heard about it in July. It sounds so fantastic. Another historical book but not so much murder mystery. I feel like it’s giving me those Caraval vibes.
  8. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I feel like everybody is getting hyped for this and there’s good reason for it. It sounds fantastic! I’m looking forward to this being released next year, not to mention the (current) cover is gorgeous!
  9. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – After reading The Hate U Give last year, which is a book with incredible impact, I just knew this had to be on my list for 2019 releases. I’m really hoping I love it as much as I loved THUG!
  10. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this which I’m starting to make my way through this month but I just had to add it to my list anyway because it’s hugely anticipated by myself and so many others. It definitely had me at the mention of dragons.

Those are just 10 of the books I’m looking forward to in 2019. What are your most anticipated 2019 releases?

Blogmas 2018: Favourite Series

Blogmas 2018: Favourite Series

Over the past few years, I’ve managed to read around 200 books. Most of those I would probably say are series. Please don’t ask me why or how I keep getting into series even though I really, most definitely should not start anymore. Perhaps 2019 will be the year of completing series for me?

After realising how many series I actually read, I thought it might be fun to tell you about a couple of my favourites. I have only included five so that I can talk to you a little about each one. These are in no particular order because I am indecisive meaning I can’t rank them but also because I enjoy them all for different reasons.

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – You didn’t think I could write this list without including this series did you? Despite the fact that I do sometimes feel that J. K. is starting to take things a little toooo far with the series, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I read this after finding it on Tumblr. I always loved to read when I was younger, but when I got to high school I definitely didn’t read as much as I now wish I had. I received the Hunger Games books for Christmas in 2010 and read them all within two weeks of receiving them. And then I read them again. And again. It’s quite an important series to me because of how much I loved the books when I first read them.
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – If anybody asks me what my favourite book is, particularly contemporary, Anna and the French Kiss will always be one of my answers. This book re-introduced me to reading by gently pulling me back and I’ve been reading ever since. If it wasn’t for this book, I would never have this blog, nor would I be part of the amazing book community. Most importantly, I wouldn’t have met all of my wonderful reader friends who I am so thankful for. This book and series is more than a series to me now, it’s introduced to me a whole new part of life which I couldn’t imagine being without now.
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – This series is a historical murder mystery and I absolutely love it. Having done History for my degree, this was right up my street already but combine it with murder and mystery, a genre that I am seemingly falling more in love with every day, and bam, this series has become a very firm favourite of mine. I cannot recommend it enough and just love it.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve read both books in this series as soon as they’ve been released and I honestly love both books currently out. I was in some need of a bit of magic in my life, and this book definitely delivered that. The cover is gorgeous, the story is captivating and I just love it.  would fully recommend checking this series out. I’d even recommend you read it during December as it’s got a lot of magic in it, just like the festive season!

There are some of my favourite series. There are a couple more, but as you can see, my explanations are a little long! Are any of the series on my list part of your favourite series at all? If not, what’s one of your favourite book series?

Blogmas 2018: WWW Wednesday 5th December

Blogmas 2018: WWW Wednesday 5th December

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

I haven’t done this for a few weeks so thought it would be good to update you guys with where I currently am at!

What are you currently reading?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

My reading slump has continued in full force since I finished my (hopefully) last exam so I still haven’t read anything. I have read more of Gentleman’s Guide though, and I am actually planning to read some more of it tonight. I have less than 100 pages left of it now, so I don’t know why I haven’t finished it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?

Uhhhhhh so nothing…I hate reading slumps. I’m going to try and watch some YouTube videos to try and pick me up out of it but I definitely feel like I’ve fallen down a very long reading hole that I’m struggling to get out of.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I definitely want to pick up Strange the Dreamer again. I’m about 50 pages through it so that’s a book I’d like to finish this month for sure. I then have all the books on my December TBR so I then want to make some progress through that. We’ll see though, it depends if I make it out of this reading slump or not..

Hopefully I’ll have a proper update for you all on what I’m reading next week! Have a great reading week!

Blogmas 2018: Books on my Christmas Wishlist

Blogmas 2018: Books on my Christmas Wishlist

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to talk about the books that are on my Christmas wishlist. I don’t have too many on my wishlist this year as I feel like this year has been quite quiet for new releases. I am also very lucky in that I do have the majority of books that I want to read on my shelves. Of course, there are some books that I don’t own that I would like to add to my collection.

These are just a few of the books that I am after this Christmas:

  1. Vicious and Vengeful by V. E. Schwab – Specifically, I’m after the US hardcovers. I’ve asked my parents for these two. Despite already owning Vicious in paperback, I wanted to have the series matching.y648
  2. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – There has been a hell of a lot of hype around this book and though I did want to buy it myself, I thought I would save it for a birthday/Christmas present idea for one of my family members.
  3. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – I have an ARC of this book but I don’t have the finished copy yet. Therefore, it is definitely on my Christmas list this year.
  4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – This book has definitely made the rounds in the book community and keeps coming up time and time again. With the release of Circe, this is definitely a book that is on my wishlist.
  5. Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – I received the first graphic novel for my birthday in July. I quite enjoyed it but am intrigued to find out what happens next.
  6. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – This is the third instalment to Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series. I would really like to get up to date with this series now the third one has come out. I’m actually quite surprised that there hasn’t been as much hype surrounding it, if I’m honest.

So those are the books on my Christmas wishlist for 2018. It seems quite small but that’s because quite a few of the books on my wishlist are coming out in 2019. If I counted 2019 releases on my wishlist, this list would definitely be a lot longer!

What books are on your wishlist this Christmas?