Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 27 – 27th December – 2022 Most Anticipated Books

Happy Monday bookish people! Today I want to show you the books being published in 2022 that I am very highly anticipating. This is a really fun post to make, I also love looking at other people’s version of this so I hope you all enjoy looking at mine just as much as I like looking at other people’s lists.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This Woven Kingdom by Taherah Mafi

Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn

Gallant by V E Schwab

An Impossible Imposter by Deanna raybourn

Bloodmarket by Tracey Deonn

Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman

All the Queens men by S J Bennett

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

The Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni

The mapmakers by Tamzin Merchant

I was going to add pictures of the books, even though not all the covers have been released yet, but for some reason my laptop did not want to do that today so instead you’ve got just a list of the books, I hope that’s okay!

Are any of these on your list of anticipated 2022 books?

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Merry Bookmas Day 26 – 26th December – Winter Book Tag

Happy Sunday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 26! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day and that you will have a great Boxing day too. Of course I couldn’t help myself but to bring you another book tag, today’s being the Winter Book Tag.

Falling Snow: The colours of Winter are muted, choose a book that has whites, light blues and greys

Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Maas: 1 : Maas, Sarah J.: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Crackling Fire: colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire, which book is best to curl up next to the fire with?

The 22 Best Agatha Christie Books, According to Goodreads Members

Ice Storm: winter storms can be brutal, what book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?

The Pieces of Ourselves : Maggie Harcourt: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Winter Wishes: spending more time indoors allows more time to dream and wish, which character is living a life that you dream about?

Stalking Jack the Ripper: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Maniscalco, Kerri, Patterson,  James: 9780316273497: Books

Hot Cocoa: there is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during winter, what book do you think should be the next big thing?

Rose: Book 1 : Webb, Holly: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Lip Balm and Lotion: soothing dry skin is part of winter for many, what book is full of soothing and comforting words?

The Midnight Library: Matt Haig: Amazon.co.uk: Haig, Matt: 9781786892706:  Books

Peppermint Mocha: what is your winter go to food or drink?

Tea! I am always drinking tea!

That’s it for this book tag! I hope you all enjoyed seeing my answers, what would you give as your answers to this tag?

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Merry Bookmas Day 25 – 25th December – Book Characters I’d Love To Spend Christmas With

Happy Saturday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 25, It is Christmas Day! I hope wherever you are and whatever you are doing today that you are having a wonderful time. I thought as something a little short and fun for today’s post I would share some of the book characters I would choose to spend Christmas with. What characters would you choose to spend Christmas with if you could?

Julian and Scarlet

Julian de Santos and Scarlet Dragna from the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber and I absolutely love these characters. Scarlet is probably in my top three of female characters and I think they would bring some fun to Christmas.

Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose Wadsworth

From the Stalking Jack the ripper series by Keri Maniscalco. Their relationship with each other is one of the things I love about these characters and to a Christmas celebration I think they would bring some Victorian traditions which would be interesting.

Rhysand and Feyre

From the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Rhysand would definitely cause some mischief and it would be great fun I think.

Kellen, Nephania, Ferrius and Reichus

From the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell. Reichus would be creating an absolute mess eating all the party food. Nephania would be trying to keep everyone calm. Ferrius would be doing card tricks and maybe some card reading and Kellen would be trying to do a little of everything.

So, that’s the book characters I would love to have over at Christmas and a bit about why!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 24 – 24th December – Family Traditions

Happy Thursday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 24. Oh my goodness, it’s Christmas eve. I literally feel like a little girl again, all buzzing with excitement. I really love Christmas, it’s such a magical time of year in my opinion. And I have some very specific family traditions. Do you have any family traditions for Christmas? I’d love to read about them in the comments.

First off, my Sister’s birthday is on the 23rd December. She hates it because it’s so close to Christmas and everyone around her is getting excited and prepared for that instead of her birthday. We always have a meal on her birthday with just her, me, our Mum and Dad and Grandma. This year is a little different because her partner and his daughter and his parents will also be there so lots of people.

On Christmas Eve we go to the Pantomime. It started years ago because I could never get to sleep on Christmas eve so we started going to the Pantomime in the evening so that it would tire me out. Which it did. Now we still go because we love it, I do especially and it has become an important family tradition.

Then Christmas Day. Get up in the morning and once everyone is awake we can open the presents. We eat biscuits for breakfast and have a nice time. Then for lunch we usually head to Grandma’s house for a roast dinner and pulling crackers. My Grandad would gather up all the terrible jokes and read them out at random points throughout the day. Then we would start the game.

A few days before Christmas we would use a bingo machine to put all 14 of us into pairs and work out which pair would be playing against which pair for the yearly Uckers tournament. If you don’t know what uckers is, it’s like Ludo but in pairs, It’s quite a complicated game really. We are a very competitive family and this game takes all afternoon and late into the evening. My Grandad even made us a trophy and medal for the finalists. It is always a busy but great day. In 2019 my grandad died and for the past few years we haven’t done the tournament because it’s strange without him but maybe in the next few years we will get back to playing it.

So, that’s my family traditions for Christmas day and the few days before it, I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

Book Reviews, Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas day 23 – 23rd December – Book Review: The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

Happy Thursday everyone! Merry Bookmas day 23! Today is going to be very busy for me because it is my sister’s birthday so I will be spending most of the day with her and making her birthday cake.

But for all of you I am bringing you a book review of The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

The Christmas Murder Game Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The plot of this book is basically that the Grandmother of the main character, Lily, dies and some of the family are invited to take part in a game to find twelve keys and the winner gets the deeds for the house but then there is a murder. There were so many elements to this plot that I usually like, such as locked room mysteries, isolated settings for murder mysteries, so I thought that I would love this book. It gave me the feeling of a modern take on an Agatha Christie but for me it felt almost too similar to her book – And Then There Were None, it also felt quite similar to The Inheritance Game. The other thing that wasn’t the best about this book was that I had guessed the ending within the first 100 pages. This book was okay but I don’t think I would reread it – except to use it for my PhD.

The Christmas Murder Game Characters:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

So Lily is the main character in this book, I won’t give my thoughts on any of the other characters because it could give away the story, and for most of the book I enjoyed her character. She is exceptionally good at riddles and I liked seeing her thought process behind each one. However, I was hoping for a better character arc for her. I was hoping her character would grow in confidence but this only happened a little.

The Christmas Murder Game Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The writing was one of the best parts about this book. It was clear and flowed really well and the dialogue brought out the personalities of the characters.

The Christmas Murder Game Overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I gave this book three stars overall because it wasn’t a bad book it just felt like I was reading something I had already read before.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Twelve clues.
Twelve keys.
Twelve days of Christmas.
But who will survive until Twelfth Night?

Lily Armitage never intended to return to Endgame House – the grand family home where her mother died twenty-one Christmases ago. Until she receives a letter from her aunt, asking her to return to take part in an annual tradition: the Christmas Game. The challenge? Solve twelve clues, to find twelve keys. The prize? The deeds to the manor house.

Lily has no desire to win the house. But her aunt makes one more promise: The clues will also reveal who really killed Lily’s mother all those years ago.

So, for the twelve days of Christmas, Lily must stay at Endgame House with her estranged cousins and unravel the riddles that hold the key not just to the family home, but to its darkest secrets. However, it soon becomes clear that her cousins all have their own reasons for wanting to win the house – and not all of them are playing fair.

As a snowstorm cuts them off from the village, the game turns deadly. Soon Lily realises that she is no longer fighting for an inheritance, but for her life.

This Christmas is to die for . . . Let the game begin

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!

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Merry Bookmas Day 22 – 22nd December – Christmas Films I Enjoy

Happy Wednesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 22! Today I wanted to share some of my favourite films to watch during the Festive period. Some of them are films I have loved for years and some are new favourites…

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rotten Tomatoes

This is probably my favourite Christmas film ever, and definitely one of my favourite films all together. I pretty much know this film off by heart and I find it so heartwarming and filled with Christmas spirit. It makes me feel happy and excited for Christmas when I watch it.

Love Actually

Love Actually (2003) - IMDb

I’ve loved this film since the first time I watched it, quite a few years ago now. There are some parts which I think were not necessary and some creepy moments but for the most part I love it. The overall message of the film is about love, that it is everywhere and it comes from so many different places and people and I love that this is the message.

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) - IMDb

This is a Netflix film and I watched it with my Mum. I enjoyed how it focused on a brother and sister coming together to save Christmas and they fix their relationship while doing so. It was cute and wholesome and there were some funny moments which I loved.

Home Alone

Home Alone - Rotten Tomatoes

This is a new love. My partner was so shocked that I had never seen Home Alone that about three weeks ago he finally got me to watch it and now I know why so many people talk about this film because I thought it was great.

That’s it for this post, I hope you all enjoyed it! What are some of your favourite Christmas films.

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 21 – 21st December – Christmas Cuisine Book Tag

Happy Tuesday bookish people! merry Bookmas day 21! This month is speeding by. I’m bringing you another book tag. Today’s is the Christmas Cuisine Book Tag which I thought was a very interesting idea to turn into a book tag. I found this tag on narrativeparadise.com

Yule Log – A beautiful edition of a book

For this one I chose the Shadow and Bone Collectors edition because I already had two copies of this book but it was so beautiful that I had to buy this one as well.

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo - COLLECTOR'S EDITION - FairyLoot

Gingerbread House – A struggle to read but worth it

For this one I chose A Curse so Dark and Lonely because the first 50 pages I had no interest in it at all, I was bored to be honest but once I got into the story i was much more engaged and I gave the book five stars.

Roasted Chestnuts – read fondly at Christmas

I chose A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett because it has that hopefulness that I always associate with Christmas so it’s a book I like to read around this time of year.

Turkey – A character everyone else loved but you only pretended to

Tella in caraval. I did not like her character and even in Legendary where she was more bearable I still didn’t like her.

Pavlova – A book you’re most looking forward to reading next

I have to say House of Sky and Breath the next book in the Crescent City series because I loved the first book and I am very intrigued as to where the author is going to take the series next.

Ham – A book that makes the ordinary extraordinary

I can only think of one book for this and that is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Christmas cake – A book that had everything in it

And here I will put Crescent City by Sarah J Maas because it really does have everything, magic, intriguing plots, werewolves, angels, brilliant characters, romance. there’s so much in this book.

I think the most popular book I’ve read this year is A Court of Thorns and Roses – so many people are always talking about this book and I am glad that I finally got around to reading it.

Sachertorte – An intimidating book

I have to choose City of Brass for this one because I was so intimidated by it that I read 200 pages and stopped reading, I definitely intend on going back to it sometime soon though.

Vitel Tone – Sceptical but surprised

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert was the book that surprised me the most this year.

Stollen – Same old plot line but did it better

I think the Postscript murders works for this one because it has the same premise as a lot of mystery books that came out at the same time but it was still such a good book that made itself stand out against the others.

Parkanalaatiko – A book you need right now

Play of Shadows by Sebastien De Castell, I want everything he has ever and will ever write right now.

Ciorba De Perisoare – A book you bought without needing to read the blurb

Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber, she is an instant buy author for me. Plus the book is beautiful.

Risalamande – A book with a surprising plot twist

The Appeal. I won’t say any more than that.

Mince Pies – A book you would never sell even if you don’t re-read it

Literally all of my books!

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Merry Bookmas Day 20 – 20th December – BookReview: Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

Happy Monday bookish people! Merry bookmas day 20! Today I am bringing you a festive book review of Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens. It is part of the Murder Most Unladylike Series.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Mistletoe and Murder Plot:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book follows two girls, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, who normally attend a boarding school where they keep running into murder scenes. In this one book they are at Cambridge over the Christmas period and once again they get caught up in a murder. I loved the first half of this book. It had everything I wanted, a small cast of possible killers, the bedrooms and stairwell of the boys as location and all the cosy, wintry vibes I enjoy. It actually made me think of another children’s mystery series by Tanya Landman, the Poppy Fields mystery series. However, the ending completely ruined it for me. The end of the mystery was too neat and tidy, the motive just so happened to be what it was and it didn’t sit right with me. It was too conveniant.

Mistletoe and Murder Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really liked the two main characters. Hazel is much more quiet and reserved then daisy and I like the way their personalities bounced off of each other. Personally I don’t feel I would be friends with Daisy because she has a very outgoing personality and she can be quite bossy.

Mistletoe and Murder Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The writing style in this book worked well for me. It was clear and flowed well, I read through it so quickly.

Mistletoe and Murder Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I enjoyed most of the book and although the ending was not as satisfying as I would like it to be I would definitely still read the rest of the series.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.

Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident – until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).

The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

I hope you all enjoyed this book review!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 19 – 19th December – Bookshelf Tour

Happy Sunday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 19! I hope you are all having a good December so far. Today’s post as you can see by the title is a bookshelf tour. This is something I have never done before but I love to watch on Youtube. Mainly because I am nosy and I love seeing what books other people have. In preparation for this I have taken the best photos I can of all my books that I have at my house (I have about three room length shelves full of books still at my Parent’s house) and then I also tried to video them. So, I am going to try and upload the videos here and hope it works, if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments and I will upload the photos instead.

So that is the tour of my bookshelves, well one bookshelf and one bed with paperback books lined up.. but there are so many books I am looking forward to reading!

I hope you all enjoyed it!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 18th – 18th December – bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Happy Saturday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 18! Today I’m bringing you another book tag. I love doing these and sharing my answers with all of you. So, today’s book tag is the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag which I found on Jenniely.com.

What you have to do for this tag is go down the list and say if you have or haven’t done whatever it says then at the end you count up how many things you have done and if you are under 10 then you are on the nice list and if you are over 10 you end up on the naughty list.

  • Received an arc and not reviewed it – Yes, I have done this. I received a copy of Red Wolf from harper Voyager and I haven’t gotten around to reading and reviewing it yet and I feel bad about it but if I forced myself then I wouldn’t make a very good review of it anyway.
  • Have less than a 60% feedback rating on Netgalley – Yes, I only recently started on Netgalley and I haven’t gotten used to it all yet so my feedback rating is low at the moment.
  • Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog and never did – no, I haven’t done this. If I say there is a review on my blog then there is a review on my blog.
  • Folded down a page of a book – No, I definitely have not done this.
  • Accidentally spilled on a book – I haven’t spilled anything on a book before but I have dropped a book in the bath before, it was a book about the Titanic which is so ironic.
  • DNF a book this year – yes I have done this with a few books.
  • Bought a book because it was pretty – all the time, I am a sucker for a beautiful book.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else – Oh definitely, this sounds like me.
  • Skim read a book – No, I read each page properly but I do read very fast.
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal – No, I actually completed my goal of reading 100 books in 2021 which I am very happy about.
  • Borrowed a book from a library and not returned it – No, I always returned the books I borrowed from the library.
  • Broke a book buying ban – yes. Many times.
  • Started a review and forgotten about it – No, I always finish them in one sitting.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading – Nope, I’ve never done this.
  • Finished a book and not added it to Goodreads – No, I always make sure that I add them to my goodreads.
  • Borrowed and book from a friend and not returned it – I couldn’t do this to a friend.
  • Dodged someone asking to borrow a book – No, I don’t think so.
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book – not somebody else’s no.
  • Took the jacket off a book and damaged it – no, definitely not.
  • Sat on a book accidentally – No, I haven’t but this one made me laugh at the thought.

So, I got 6/20 which means I’m on the Nice list! Thank goodness.

Are you on the naughty or nice list?