Christmas Wish List!

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Bookworms make friends and family crazy when it comes to Christmas. It’s hard for people to believe that all we want for Christmas really is just books – or gifts that are related to books.

I’m here to tell all the disbelieving people the real truth:

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Bookworms really do just want books.

All. Year. Long.

This year I thought I’d try and avoid asking for books. It drives my parents insane, because that’s what they always get me – but I failed. I just want books, books, and more books.

Here are a few books I’m wishing for this Christmas:

Night of Cake and PuppetsDays of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)  Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I read the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy last week, and I loved it. I can’t wait to continue on with this series, and find out what happens next!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I love the world of the Grisha, so I’ve been keeping an eye on this book since it was published. And just look how beautiful it is! I’m excited to read it, and I’m looking forward to taking pictures of it too, haha!

The Last Magician

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I discovered this book when I was just casually scrolling through Amazon (I definitely wasn’t getting lost in a whirlwind of new books that I now desperately want to read or anything). This is one I’d definitely like to try!

And that’s my list! I actually know I’m receiving some of these books this Christmas (I ordered them myself for my parents to give to me haha!), and I’m really looking forward to reading them!

What books are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

Thanks!

– Emma

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A Christmas Wish

Hey guys!

It’s just a quick post from me today, because I’ve got to get ready to go out soon, and I won’t have time to post later on.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TOMORROW! I’m so excited – don’t you just love getting and giving gifts? It really is the most wonderful time of the year – everyone just seems to be happier.

The reason for this post is, I just wanted to say have an absolutely wonderful Christmas, and I hope you get all of the things you wished for – which are no doubt somehow book related!

Merry Christmas guys!!

Thanks!

– Emma

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A Christmas Book Tag

 

If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that it sucked; big time. 

Today though, I thought I’d do something much better, and something festive!

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The Christmas Songs Book Tag! I originally found this post on the blog Overflowing Bookshelves (but it was created by That Artsy Reader Girl), and I thought it looked so good I wanted to do it myself!

1. “All I want for Christmas is you”: Name your favourite bookish couple. 

Okay, this one’s hard for me, because my first instinct was to say Baz and Simon from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. But then I thought of the Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini, and how perfect Helen and Luke were! So many bookish couples, and I can only choose one! I guess I’ll go with Baz and Simon, because their love is set with a Christmas backdrop!

2. “I’ll be home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc).

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. Claire is the main character in this book, and may I just say, out of all the places in the world, you had to go and pick Morganville, didn’t ya? This series is probably my favourite ever, and if you like vampires, you should check it out!

3. “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”: Name your favourite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc).

Does Nick And Norah’s Infinte Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn count? It was a fun, short read, and I really liked it!

4. “Santa Claus is coming to town”: What book/s do you hope Santa brings you this year?

There. Are. So. Many. But I especially want The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant! (The Messenger of Fear was so good, you can see my review here! You can see my Christmas Wishlist here too!)

5. “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red? (Made you cry.)

There are so many books that have made me sob, but the one that first springs to mind is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Such a beautiful book, and such an important story. Get your tissues ready if you’re planning on reading this one!

6. “The most wonderful time of the year”: What’s your favourite book to read during the holidays? (Re-read, or a specific genre?)

A book from one of my favourite series – either The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, or The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. (I know, they’re not exactly festive, are they?)

7. “We three kings”: What’s your favourite trilogy?

I’m going to have to say Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini! I’ve re-read this series so many times, I am in love with it and all of the characters! Just thinking about it is making me want to re-read it now.

8. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”: Which characters would you not mind being snowed in with?

9. “Last Christmas”: Which book seriously let you down?

The Hit List by Nikki Urang – it wasn’t what I was expecting, and what it was wasn’t very good.

10. “White Christmas”: Which upcoming release are you dreaming of?

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I cannot tell you how desperate I am for this book – I love all of her Shadowhunters books, and will literally read anything that has them in it. (I’m not obsessed guys; I’m just dedicated!)

If you want to do this tag, I tag you!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Cosy Re-Reads

Maths has never been my forte, but I’m actually quite impressed with what mistake I’ve made to do with my blizzard posts. If you read the post where I explained that I would be doing a Christmas special, you’ll know my original idea was to do a 12 day Christmas Blizzard. However, that didn’t work out, and so I decided to do a 6 day special instead.
And, being the maths wiz I am (not), I’ve managed to miscount when I should’ve started my Christmas posts. I was planning on finishing on the 24th (which I still am now!), but I realised something very important today: I didn’t have enough posts planned to last me up until then. Or rather, I hadn’t planned them out, and was sitting here scratching my head, wondering how I’d missed out writing down what post I was doing today.
As it turns out, it’s not a 6 day blizzard…it’s sort of a 7 day one instead.

I don’t even know how I managed to miscount that.

Honestly.

So today’s post is going to have to be a super fast one guys! I’ve left it really late to write this, and I can hardly keep my eyes open!

So as the title suggests, I’m talking about books that I’ve re-read probably a million times: The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I really love a book, I can go back to it at any point, and be filled with that emotion, the one where I just feel almost as if I’m coming home. It’s a beautiful, joyful feeling – I don’t know, maybe it’s just me who feels this way about certain books?

But I thought I’d share with you guys the books that mean the most to me, because I’m certain at some point, I’ll curl up with one of the books from one of these series during this holiday, because it makes me so happy.

How about you guys? Are there any books you love going back to during the holiday season?

(I’m so sorry if this post doesn’t make any sense – I am truly half asleep haha.)

Thanks!

– Emma

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Walking In A Bookish Wonderland

So I was stumped as to what to do for today’s Blizzard post. My first idea was finding some Christmassy covers to show you guys: dash and lily's book of dares                       french kissmass let it snow

However, that idea didn’t seem…right. It seemed quite boring (though I will say, that cover for Dash And Lily’s Book of Dares is so pretty, don’t you think?)

So I thought instead, I’d share with you guys a book that you’ve probably heard of, that has a collection of short (Christmas) stories by different well known authors!

And here it is: My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins.
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(I found this photo online, and omigods, how gorgeous is the pink edition?! I have the blue version, which is beautiful too, but look at the pink one!!)

Here are the short stories in the book:

  • Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
  • Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena
  • Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
  • It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
  • Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 
  • Krampuslauf by Holly Black
  • What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
  • Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
  • Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
  • Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
  • The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I think I got this book around Christmas time last year, and loved it. Well, I loved the stories that I actually read. I still haven’t read the last few, in all honesty, but I remember the other ones (especially Holly Black’s and Stephanie Perkins’) being extremely good!

I’m thinking of picking this book back up during Christmas and boxing day to finish it off!

Have any of you guys read this book? Which story was your favourite?

Thanks!

– Emma

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The Perfect Gift For A Bibliophile

Now, there’s really no such thing as ‘the perfect gift’ come Christmas time, unfortunately. But even if there was, I think it would be rather boring – you’d never have to put any thought into any gift, which sort of sucks.

There’d be no running around at the last minute, pulling your hair out (figuratively) trying to find a present for someone. I mean, sure, panicking that you haven’t got gifts for everyone at Christmas isn’t good. But the actual search for the present, finding something that you think that person will love, is so precious. And it’s really a lovely feeling to know that whoever that gift is for, they’ll be happy that you put thought into their present.

Or at least, that’s how I feel! I can’t wait for Christmas, to see if everyone likes their gifts or not!

Back to the point of this post: though there may be no perfect present, there are gifts that a certain type of person is bound to love; yes, I’m looking at you, my fellow bibliophiles!

In case you guys haven’t done your shopping for your book-loving friends yet, here are some gift ideas that they’ll surely love!!

  1. Books!!!
    teacupbooksI know this is an obvious one, but it’s probably the hardest to actually pull off. Do you know all of the books they have? What if they’re getting books from other people? How do you know they’ll even like the book you’ve gotten them? Well my friends, you have two options for this: 1) You either know them well enough, and correspond with their parents as to what they’re getting or 2) Goodreads it. If your friend has Goodreads, don’t push aside this valuable source! Here you’ll be able to find the types of books they love, and books that are on their TBR. It’s literally a site handing you the answers you’ve been searching for!

2. Special Editions

If your heart doesn’t swoon at the idea of getting special editions of books, there must be something wrong with you! They’re what bibliophiles dream about; are our one true loves! I know my best friend would just scream with happiness if she got the special edition of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The only downside with this, however, is the price. Special editions are very expensive (normally), and getting them sometimes just really isn’t affordable. Saying that, if you just want to get your friend something you know they will love, this is a good gift to go with! Just make sure it’s the special edition of a book they love!!

3. Bookish Merchandise bookprntscrn

Any bibliophile will tell you, getting bookish merchandise is like heaven to us. Things like mugs with book quotes on, artsy bookish posters, funny pun stuff – they’re just amazing. You can go on sites like The Literary Gift Company and Not On The High Street to find some really cool stuff! (RedBubble is also really good!!) Trust me on this: if none of the ideas above have worked, this is definitely going to find you a great gift for your bibliophile friend/s!

That’s it for today’s Christmas Blizzard post! Hope this helps you guys!!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Pre-Blizzard Warning!

Hey guys!

So for the next 12 days, I was planning on doing some Christmas specials to go with the festive season! However, I’ve sort of hit a pot hole (figuratively, of course).

You see, I have a notebook where I write down my ideas for posts on my blog, and I planned out my 12 Day Blizzard, and haven’t really looked at it since.

But I thought I’d better go over my ideas today to see if I’d set everything right, and if I was still happy with what I was doing. However, I came across a problem when I tried to find it: I’ve sort of lost my book.

And with it, all of my ideas for the Christmas special posts!

Don’t fret yet though guys!

I’m still going to be doing my 12 Day Blizzard of special posts (I mean, the notebooks gotta turn up at some point, right?) but it might end up not being as Christmassy as I’d hoped.

Anyway, I thought I’d warn you guys of what’s to come, so you can get ready for the blizzard!

Thanks!

– Emma

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