The Festive Christmas Book Tag

It’s already day 17 of Blogmas…December really is flying! I saw this tag over on Jenn‘s blog, taken from the original tag by the booktuber GirlReading, and I had to have a go!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

The first question is actually the hardest on here! I’m not too sure…I’d probably like to spend it with Clay’s family from Thirteen Reasons Why; his parents seem so lovely!

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Beautiful bookmarks! I’m such a sucker for them, and I have my eye on the ones from Sonnet and Fable over on Etsy!

3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

Of course it has to be Dobby! Socks for everyone!

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

In a way, I’d probably say Last Christmas by Wham! would match up to All The Bright Places…it’s got that air of sadness and nostalgia to it.

5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Floored. It was good…but for so many of my favourite authors, I just didn’t love it unfortunately!

6. A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton is one of the most wonderful books to come out this year, and it definitely doesn’t get as much love as it deserves! Expect to find it as a nominee for this year’s snailycanflyy Book Award!

7. Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmassy feel to it.

I would say that the original cover for Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is lovely and Christmassy!

8. A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

THE TRUTH PIXIE! Did you really expect anything else?!

That was a really fun tag to do! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you fancy doing a quick Christmassy tag, this is the one for you!

kayleigh

 

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Young Adult Books for Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve been looking for some YA Christmas books to read, and was happy to discover that there are a few that I needed to add to my TBR! For day 16 of Blogmas, I thought that I would share those with you!

Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell

My True Love Gave To Me – Various

Let It Snow – Various

 

 

 

The Chaos of Standing Still – Jessica Brody

What Light – Jay Asher

All Wrapped Up – Holly Smale

 

 

 

Have you read any of these? Are there any YA Christmas books that I’ve missed?

kayleigh

 

 

 

Gifts for the Potter Nerd

As you may or may not know, I work for Boots, and although I now work in the healthcare department, it doesn’t stop me from getting super excited about the Christmas range when it comes into store. This is a long overdue post; back in October I heard that we were getting an exciting new range in store for Christmas, which combines my love of makeup with books!

A HARRY POTTER RANGE!!

The gifts include eye shadow palettes for all the houses, bath bombs, creams, brushes, makeup bags, nail varnish…and it’s all Harry Potter themed!

These are just a few of the products you can find, and they’re some of my favourite gifts available this year – perfect for the bookworm in your life! Plus, they are available on the 3for2 mix and match offer which makes them even better!

Have you seen this range? Which items would you like to get for Christmas?

kayleigh

 

THE TRUTH PIXIE – Matt Haig

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I’ve wanted to write this review ever since I read The Truth Pixie, but I just haven’t quite known where to start!

The Truth Pixie is such a magical little book that I strongly believe everyone should read (I’ve bought eight copies as gifts this Christmas!) and it’s one that can be enjoyed again and again.

To begin with, it’s not a daunting read at all. It’s tiny. But, for such a small book, it carries so many important messages and provides so much comfort for people going through all sorts of difficulties from anxiety to grief. The description of it being “Reasons To Stay Alive for seven year olds” is not wrong! Then you have the fact that it’s beautifully illustrated by Chris Mould. Whilst his illustrations are not my usual type that I would go for, they fit the story and book perfectly.

I can’t recommend The Truth Pixie enough; whether it’s for yourself or as a gift, it’s the perfect little book to have.

kayleigh

 

 

WWW Wednesday: 12th December 2018

It’s Blogmas day 12! I’m still posting daily despite it being pretty hectic! Welcome back to WWW Wednesday, although I’ve not read much this week.

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What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just been lucky enough to receive a proof of The Year After you by Nina de Pass which I’m hoping to start this week!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I read Last Stop on the Reindeer Express this week which was such a beautiful and lovely picture book!

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I need to make my way through my Christmas picture books for reviewing in the next few weeks, so I shall be reading those!

kayleigh

Cover Buys of 2018

There have been so many beautiful books come out this year, and I saw a post the other day on Matilda’s Library where she showcased some of these and I thought that I’d love to have a think about my favourites! Below you’ll find a selection of these beauties, a mixture between books I’ve bought this year, have come out this year, or requested this year!

Okay, so it’s pretty evident that I buy a lot of books based on their covers! What books have you bought this year because of a pretty cover?

kayleigh

 

The Christmas Stocking Tag

Day 10 of Blogmas is here and with it comes a new tag to have a go at! This time, I really want to do a brand new tag from Kate who has created The Christmas Stocking Tag featuring all the things you’d hope to find in your stocking at Christmas! If you haven’t already, go check out her Blogmas posts; I’ve been really enjoying her content!

 Rules

  • Link to the person who tagged you

  • Link to me, as I’d love to 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…

i was born for thisAn orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. It’s bright orange. Of course I had to go for it! This is one of my top books of 2018, with some fantastic characters who are diverse and very real.

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?

I don’t buy expensive books these days (saving for a house costs lots!), but I did recently pay full price for a picture book which was totally worth it. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is absolutely beautiful and worth every penny!

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

I’d probably have to go for the Throne of Glass series. I’m not a big action reader, but this one keeps me on the edge of my seat as I can’t wait to turn each and every page!

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses. At first I hated it, but I tried it again and fell completely in love with the story!

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

Hmm…I’d have to go for All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Although this book is a total sobfest, there is so much hope and brightness tucked in among its pages.

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

I’d have to go for To Kill a Kingdom. It’s absolutely wonderful, but definitely covers all the bases!

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

I don’t really know a lot about the writing processes many authors go through, but I am really enjoying seeing how Lucy Powrie‘s debut novel The Paper & Hearts Society is developing!

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?

I’d probably change Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen because it started off so promising but ended up being a big disappointment.

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was so wary of this one, especially once all the mixed reviews started coming in, but I adored it when I finally got around to it!

opposite of alwaysYour 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.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds is one that definitely surprised me; I’m not a big reader of diverse books, but I found this one really easy to engage with and get in to. It was such a pleasant surprise!

I really enjoyed this tag! It’s one where you have to think a little bit more, but that was half of the fun. I tag Jenn and Cora, and anyone else who would like to have a go at seeing what’s in their Christmas stocking this year!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 9th December 2018

Hello and welcome to Day 9 of Blogmas! This week’s is a lovely reflection on my year of blogging. Only three left of this half of 2018’s prompts – you can find the prompts here! This week’s topic is:

2018 Blogging Highlights

1.  Sunflowers in February. I’m very proud of this post as it has my highest views to date and really got me feeling good about starting up my blog and developing my Twitter!

2. Being added to a blogger list for a publisher.

3. Hitting 1000 likes.

4. My first author interview, which was with Heather Trim.

5. Posting the first review of Fierce Fragile Hearts that the author was aware of!

6. Taking part in some fab blog tours, especially Differently Normal and No Sad Songs.

 

What have been your blogging highlights for 2018?

kayleigh

Bookish Advent Calendar 2018: Week 1

So, over on my Instagram, I’ve been hosting a bookish advent calendar where I am showcasing some of the best wintery and festive books! Each week, I am going to round up the doors that I’ve opened and show you which books I’ve discovered!

Week One:
the story orchestra the nutcracker
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I wonder which books I’ll discover next week!

kayleigh

PENGUIN PROBLEMS – Jory John, Lane Smith

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Penguin Problems is SO GOOD!

What I love about this book is that it can be both hilarious and meaningful at the same time with a wonderfully grumpy penguin as the main character. His life is just full of problems…or so he thinks, because, whilst he may be having a difficult time, he’s got so much that isn’t a problem.

We start off meeting this fed up penguin and see him have a particularly trying day full of things that irritate him (which I’m sure many people can relate to!), but, after he meets a walrus who shows him how he’s exactly where he needs to be, he starts to see the positivity in everything…for a while anyway!

This is definitely one of my go to books to buy for all my friends and family just because of how relatable and entertaining it is, as well as Lane Smith’s beautiful illustrations which capture Penguin’s personality perfectly!


Thank you to Jo at Walker for sending me a copy of this book!