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!
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Happy Thursday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 16! One of the best things about Christmas is that I get some of the books that I have wanted for a while. My family asks for my list in like September so then I can’t buy any of the books that I have mentioned or written on a list before that and it feels great after Christmas because then I can buy books again. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the books I have asked for this year and I’ll also share with you my Amazon wishlist here which has all the books that I want but didn’t tell my family about:
The Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens
The Scarlet and Ivy Series by Sophie Cleverly
These are the four series’ of books that I have put on my Christmas list and I really want to get the From Blood and Ash and Robin Hobb series and if I don’t get them I will probably buy them immediately after Christmas.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Merry Bookmas day 15! I wanted to be a little personal today and share a few things that I’m looking forward to in 2022. There are so many things that, if they go ahead, are going to give me great memories and help me spend time with my family and friends and I thought it would be nice to share a few of them with you today.
First up is a trip to the Theatre to see Les Miserables and there is a touch tour included. This probably sounds like such a small thing to be looking forward to but 2021 has been difficult health wise. There have been some scary moments for many different things but the one thing that is always the worst of it all is my eyes. I remember saying to my Mum the other day – I wake up every day knowing that day is going to be difficult from the moment I open my eyes because I can’t see the way most people can and I never like to focus on that. I always like to try and be as positive as I can about it, only a few people have seen some of my deeper emotions about it, because dwelling on it won’t help me. I now can only see colours in my left eye and this happened very suddenly and I only have about a metre of sight in my right eye. Doing things every day is challenging but I don’t like showing that and I hate asking for help so to be able to have a touch tour for my favourite Theatre show is going to be really special for me.
The second thing I am looking forward to is finishing my first year of my PhD. I get a little bit of imposter syndrome when I’ve been on each of my degrees and my PhD is just the same and I think looking forward to the end of the first year and taking it in milestones is going to help remind me how hard I’ve worked to get my degrees and that I actually deserve to be where I am.
I am also looking forward to turning 23 and spending my birthday hopefully doing something nice with the people I love.
Something else I am looking forward to is reading more books outside of my favourite genre. As I have shown to myself in 2021 there are many books outside of my preferred genres that I will actually love.
And finally I want to make more time for myself. I spend hours of the day focusing on everything I have to do, I have daily lists to check off and sometimes that gets a bit overwhelming because I am juggling all these different things all the time and on top of that there is cleaning the house, dishes, food shopping etc.. I can’t always balance it and I kind of do it all just because I can’t say no to other people.
Okay, so that’s my top five things I am looking forward to in 2022. What are you looking forward to next year?
Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 14! Today I will be sharing with you ten books that I wish I had gotten around to reading in 2021. There are way more than ten of these but that would be come a really really long blog post. So I have limited it to just ten.
And they are:
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angelles
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The Diviners by Libba Bray
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Furyborn by Claire LeGrand
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
That’s it, that’s ten of the books that I wish I had gotten around to reading this year but never did. Hopefully next year!
Happy Sunday bookish people! And a Merry Bookmas day 5! Today I am bringing you some recipes for luxury hot drinks to curl up with on a cold day while watching telly or reading a book. I’m starting off with a staple drink for the Christmas period – hot chocolate! I, along with many other people, love to drink a hot chocolate on the really cold days that Winter brings. This recipe is from GoodToKnow:
Serves: 2 Prep: 8 Mins Cooking: 2 Mins
You can’t beat a steaming hot cup of creamy hot chocolate on a cold Winters day. This delicious, mildly spiced version has the option of an extra bit of oomph when you add some brandy or rum. What could be more delicious or warming when coming in from a cold Christmas walk or after spending hours on your feet Christmas shopping. Keep a can of squirty cream and a bar of good quality chocolate handy throughout the festive period and then you can rustle up this heartwarming classic as a moments notice. (This is the description from the actual recipe page).
200ml Full Fat milk 4 Tbsp drinking chocolate powder 30g dark chocolate, finely grated quarter teaspoon ground cinnamon a pinch of grated nutmeg 2 Tbsp brandy or rum (optional) canned squirty cream, silver balls and gingerbread biscuits to serve
place the milk in a saucepan and heat gently until almost boiling and scalding hot, Alternatively heat in a microwave on high for 2-3 mins
Meanwhile mix the drinking chocolate powder, grated chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg and brandy or rum if you’re using it in a heatproof jug until well-combined
As soon as the milk is about to boil pour it into the jug, whisking with a balloon whisk or stirring with a wooden spoon as you do
Immediately pour into cups and squirt a swirl of cream over the chocolate, scatter with a few silver balls to decorate and serve with gingerbread biscuits
Next up is a Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays recipe, I love tea. If you’re offering me tea then I’m almost always going to take you up on that offer. I found this recipe on AllRecipes.
Original recipe yields 6 servings
6 cups water
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick
6 tea bags
¾ cup orange juice
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Step 1Pour water into a pot; add cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags to water and set aside to steep until the tea is to your preferred strength, at least 5 minutes. Remove and discard cloves, cinnamon stick, and tea bags.
Step 2Stir orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir the juice mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea; serve hot.
I Made It Print
Per Serving: 87 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 22g; fat 0.1g; sodium 8.6mg. Full Nutrition
And Finally a Christmas Coffee recipe from Delish:
water1 1/4 c.
ground coffee1 tbsp.
brown sugar1 tsp.
ground cinnamon1/4 tsp.
ground cloves1/4 tsp.
Whipped topping, for serving
Sprinkles, for serving DIRECTIONS
Pour water into coffee maker. In a medium bowl mix together coffee grounds, sugar, and spices then pour into coffee filter. Brew coffee according to coffee maker directions.
Pour into coffee mugs and top with whipped topping and sprinkles to serve.
That is all my Christmas recipes to give to you today, I hope you enjoyed seeing them, if you try any of the recipes it would be great if you could show me some pictures in the comments!