New Year’s Resolutions 2015

These are my New Year’s Bookish Resolutions and Have Written 12.

 

  1. Read a few more classic novels.
  2. Try not to get ‘too’ caught up in fandoms.
  3. Try to read more books and get out of book slumps quicker.
  4. Try not to let my wish list build up so much.
  5. Make sure you don’t spend all your money on books, it won’t end well. (especially when it comes to buying Christmas presents).
  6. Read some graphic novels and comics.
  7. If you do any features/memes, try to keep up with them.
  8. Read out of my ‘comfort zone’
  9. Complete the goodreads 2015 reading challenge with fifty books.
  10. Try to do a few more reviews on books I’ve read.

What are yours? Comment Below!

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Cosy Christmas Reads

Cosy Christmas Reads

As it is only 3 more days till Christmas, (that’s right, you heard me, 3 Days!!!) I have decided to compile a list of 5 books that you can snuggle up to with a mug of whatever hot beverage you desire, some novelty slippers and the Christmas dinner leftovers.

Just to let you know that, for me, ‘cosy reading’ makes me think of high fantasy or a cheesy YA romance novel. Basically I choose to go for, either super light reading or a proper bulky high fantasy book.

Links go to Goodreads

Disclaimer: I have not read all these books, instead they are recommendations friends have gi-ven me. I will not necessarily be reading all of them.

1.   Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

I have not read this series yet but I am planning to read it in 2015. It is part of my new year TBR (which I’ll be posting next year) and I cannot wait to read it. I have only heard good things about it and it is definitely right up my street. High Fantasy, female assassin, lots of mystical creatures? Perfect.

2.   Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Laura Myracle

I have not read this either but just look at the title and guess why I chose it. It’s even set around Christmas. What could be better than that?

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

If you have not read this yet then what the hell have you been doing? Pick up this book and get started. It is one of the best books of all time and I thoroughly recommend reading it as soon as possible. I might even reread it this winter it was so good and it’s high fantasy which makes me feel right at home. Don’t listen to all those haters who have something wrong with the book. They’re probably jealous of Clare’s writing style. Haters will be haters, leave them alone in their own worlds and come and read this fantastic, marvellous, awesome, epic novel!!!

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I am currently reading this and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is high fantasy (how surprising (!)) and has everything that makes you want to snuggle up as you read it by the Christmas lights at night.

5. Ruby Redfort Series by Lauren Child

I know that this is a more ‘junior school’ book but it is honestly amazing. Lauren Child is an amazing author of the books Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola. The Ruby Redfort books are meant to be the ones that Clarice Bean reads and speaks about a lot through those books. After lots of fans (including me) writing in and asking for Ruby Redfort, an announcement was made saying a contract of six books has been signed.

They are really perfect all year round but I thought, why not suggest them now? They made a great light read for those who have little time to read this Christmas!

What’s in My Stocking?

What’s in My Stocking?

Today I am going to give 5 last minute ideas of awesome presents to give to ‘book loving’ friends this winter.

So lots of people struggle to find good presents, especially when the person you’re buying for is addicted to books and nothing else. You don’t want to do the same as everyone else but you want them to like it. It needs to be original. Well Here’s a list of some ideas.

1.   Instead of buying them a book they’ve been wanting for ages, why not buy them a signed copy?

Signed books are often not much more expensive and they make for a present that will wow them into stupor. Here is a good site for signed books: seven stories

 2.   Small Items like wrist bands, badges, cups, bags, jewellery etc…

Novelty gift ideas are always a fun present to give. They range from the simple bags and wrist bands to books like ‘wreck this journal’ and cups with funny book geek quotes. Another good idea is buying them a framed print with one of their favourite book quotes on. Some good places for these are: Not on the High Street.com and The Literary Gift Company

3.   Reading Accessories

Brilliant Reading Rest - Duck Egg BlueThis sounds a little plain but are in fact very useful gifts to give. This van include thing like bookmarks, book stands to hold your book while you’re reading it and book lights so as not to disturb others at night. Good places are simply book stores like waterstones and foyles, also including online stores which will usually have a bigger range.

4.   Personal Library Kit

for postI recently found these in Waterstones. Knock, knock pads. They are hilarious and stretch further than just bookish items. These are hilarious and surprisingly useful tool for book geeks. Helps you to keep track of books you lend out witch is always useful.

5.   Bookish Quote Posters

 These are an awesome idea because what book lover doesn’t love to constantly quote from their favourite books? You can buy these from most bookshops and online places like amazon and not-on-the-high-street.com.

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Well It’s Halloween today so here’s you’re first post today.

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O.K so I have found a load of Halloween related book covers and I know you should never judge a book by its cover but it’s Halloween and all sorts of devilish things can happen. So go ahead. I have links to goodreads with each cover.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 28.10.14

Top Ten Tuesday

Books and Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

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  1. The first book has to be Shift by Em Bailey. It may not seem very ‘Horror’ like but I assure you it is. Especially if you’re reading this late at night into witching hour…
  2. The next is not scary or anything but it is in the fantasy genre and I’ve seen many people dress up as stuff on Halloween and it doesn’t have to be scary. So for number two it’s Half Bad by Sally Green. I bought this book a week after it was published. To be honest I had never heard anything about this book. I was just at the airport and needed a new book to read on a Greek beach.
  3. The next is Gone by Michael Grant. I think this gets you in the spirit of bad things happening I guess. I’m not sure. It’s mainly here because I read it all on Halloween before my friends came over.
  4. The fourth is the fifth mortal instruments book, purely because it’s got a lot of demonic themes.
  5. Fifth is the 100. Futuristic Post Apocalyptic genre could persuade some of you to dress up as robots? No? No takers? Very well.

By now you can probably tell that I haven’t read or watched a lot of horror. Thank the coward inside me for that.

6.  Next is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Also based on a, sort of, demonic world.

7.  O.K I seem to be running out of ideas… O.K this is not themed on Halloween but it’s a tradition among friends that we watch it every year before going trick or treating. The film is The night before Christmas. I know it is a Christmas movie though it does have a slight Halloween feel to it.

O.K I’m sorry but I am an absolute scaredy cat and now cannot think of anything else to complete my list.

Comment your top ten, click the link in the title to the broke and the bookish or do the poll below and I’ll publish the results on Halloween where I’m going to do a sweetie haul video on YouTube which will also be my first!!!

Back to School

Back to School Feature BannerBack to School 2014 feature.

I have gathered a list of books that will keep you occupied during History, RE, Maths etc… so you never have to fall asleep during class again.

Enjoy!