A girl with a mouth almost as big as her TBR list

#BeatTheBacklist 2018 Sign Up

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Sorry for another challenge sign up post guys but this one is too good to miss! I am absolutely the worst at buying loads of new book when I already own around 100 books that I’ve yet to read. So that’s why I’m joining this challenge for 2018 – as a way of forcing myself to read the books I already own!

My goal is for every new book I read in 2018, to read one backlist book. I’m currently in the progress of creating a Goodreads list of TBR books that I own. You can find that bookshelf here and then comment to let me know which books you think I should read first!

Another thing that really appealed to me about this challenge, as well as finally reading some of the damn books I own, is the fact you get put into teams where you can earn points together and make new bookish friends. I’m really looking forward to finding out what team I’m in!

Will you be joining me on this challenge? Have you got loads of backlist books you haven’t read yet?

 

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Christmas Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Emma at Emma’s Chapter So without further ado, let’s get started!

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Movie?

Just one? How can I pick? I did a whole post on this earlier on in Blogmas which you can find here.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Song?

Again? How am I supposed to pick just one song? You can find my Christmas playlist here.

Do You Open Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas morning! I know Christmas Eve is a tradition in some cultures but in my house we open our presents on Christmas morning.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Scent?
Cranberry! I don’t really know why cranberries qualify as a Christmas scent but for some reason or other, it’s a scent you always get this time of year and I love it!

What Tops Your Tree?
A gold star!

Is Your Tree Real or Fake? 
Real! I know it requires a lot of vacuuming but you can’t beat the smell of a real Christmas tree.

Have You Ever Gone Christmas Carolling?
Nope, mainly because I reckon no one would want me! If I’m being honest, I’m really not a very good singer, so despite my enthusiasm for Christmas carols, perhaps this isn’t for me.

White or Coloured Lights?
I’ve got be honest, not really something I’ve thought about before. I think our lights are white but I don’t really have much of a preference.

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate for sure! With all the trimmings – whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, the more the better!

Are You A Buddy the Elf or Ebenezer Scrooge?
Probably somewhere in between, I’m certainly no Scrooge but I’m really not sure I could put myself in the Buddy the Elf category.

When Do You Put Up Your Tree/Decorations?

Usually the weekend in the teens of December but it does vary year on year.

If You Could Travel Anywhere For The Holiday Season Where Would It Be?

That’s a tricky one – I was in the US last year for the holidays and it was so much fun but there’s nothing quite like being home for Christmas.

Do You Make New Years Resolutions?

I try to! I’m not usually very good at keeping them but I do always try and make them.

I tag:

Alex

Lara

Candyce and Isabelle

Liv

Hannah

Emma

Life Lessons Disney Has Taught Me

Today, on the 7th day of Blogmas, I am featuring the wonderful Hannah from A Cup of Wonderland. If you enjoy this post, I would totally recommend you check out her blog for more great content!

Like a lot of people, Disney was a huge part of my childhood growing up – to an extent it’s now still a huge part of my life now. Which is why when Emily suggested I wrote a blog post about the life lessons which I have learnt from Disney, I jumped at the chance. Anyway I have comprised a list of Disney films which I feel had an impact on me and taught me something during my 19 years (almost 20!).

Mulan –

I think Mulan was one of the earliest Disney films which I can remember watching – ever! I even had the Mulan Disney costume which according to my Mum I was obsessed with it and often I’d refuse to take it off – yes I was that kind of child. But what can I say, I loved Mulan! Now I think probably two lessons which little baby Hannah learnt from watching Mulan which she has carried with her into adulthood. First that it is important for you to fight for what you believe is right and secondly, girls can fight too! In fact I took the lesson so seriously I ended up doing karate for a number of years because I wanted to be like Mulan.

Beauty and the Beast –

Although Mulan was likely one of the first Disney films I got to watch as a kid, Beauty and the Beast was certainly a close second. Now I did love Beauty and the Beast but little Hannah would only watch it if she was with her Dad because she got scared of the Beast… I can confirmed this is no longer the case but I still really dislike him shouting which is properly why I got so scared. Anyway the lessons which I learnt from Beauty and the Beast would most likely be never be ashamed of who you are. Belle is constantly shamed by her village for being ‘bookish’ and I think that’s why my parents wished me to watch it because I was ‘bookish’ but also called weird for my peers for it. Technically it’s something which I’m still learning, but that’s apart of life – it’s all about learning and progressing.

Ratatouille –

Once again, another Disney which was introduced to me by my parents. I still remember my Mum and Dad taking me to the cinema that day many, many, many years ago to watch this at the cinema. If I’m honest, it’s still one of my favourite films ever and was from the moment I saw it. Following an aspiring chef Remi, who happens to be a Rat, and his adventure in Paris along with a man called Linguini the lessons which this movie taught me was not to let anyone else define my own limits. Although Remi is a rat, he still becomes a chef which I love – even though I get it’s properly not that hygienic. This lesson really came in force for me when I was doing my GCSE’s and a teacher told me I wouldn’t even pass the course, I took on Remi’s advice and not only did I pass the course – I got a B!

The Lion King –

Now a lesson which I only started listening to in the past couple of years. It is given by one of my favourite Disney characters – Rafiki. I’ve been hurt, quite a bit this year, but instead of running as much as I would have when I was younger. I hate conflict. But this year, I have been facing it and learning from it more and more.

Thank you Emily for inviting me to write this post and having me on your blog, I really enjoyed writing this post and thinking about all the times I learnt something from Disney!

Thanks so much to Hannah for writing this fab guest post for me! What life lessons has Disney taught you?

British Books Challenge 2018 Sign Up

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Since I discovered this challenge on Twitter, it’s something I’m really excited about! I absolutely love UKYA for a whole range of reasons and I’m keen to focus on reading some British authors in 2018. Often the YA industry can seem dominated by US authors but there are so many amazing YA authors in the UK so I’m signing up for the British Books challenge and committing to reading one book by a British author each month.

This challenge is hosted by the wonderfully Michelle over at Tales of Yesterday and you can check out the original post here.

I thought I’d share a few books by British authors that I have on my TBR shelf – let me know which ones I should read first!

  • Solitaire
  • Lobsters
  • City of Halves
  • The Year of the Rat
  • The Bone Season
  • Take Back the Skies
  • Remix
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Traitor to the Throne

Before I leave you all, I’d like to share my top three reasons I love UKYA:

  1. I understand it! The slang, the school system, the geography, you name it, I have at least a basic understanding of it (Within reason, of course!) Sometimes I find myself confused by things going on in American books, I know the years in high school are junior, senior, sophomore and freshman but I have absolutely no clue which order they come in.
  2. It includes places I’ve been to and experiences I’ve had. As well not being confused, I often find I can relate more to books written by British authors and set in the UK. I love hearing about characters doing subjects I’ve studied and exams I’ve taken.
  3. I often find that UKYA and American YA tackle different subjects and that UKYA can end up being a bit more gritty and realistic, which is something I enjoy in my books.

November Wrap Up

img_3627.jpgSo these were my goals for November, let’s just say it didn’t all go to plan! I’m not sure I achieved any of these goals but hey ho! November was still an alright month for me blogging and reading wise and now I’m doing well with Blogmas so far! We’re only 3 days in but I’m enjoying it!

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, last month I read:

Almost Midnight

The Hate U Give

And I’m about half way through Geekerella so that’s two and a half books out of four.

Last month I posted:

October Wrap Up

Free YA Books on Amazon Kindle

Audible Review

NetGalley Books I have yet to read

And I did join in with a few Twitter chats – I can’t remember the exact number but I joined in with #ukyachat at least twice and I also joined in with #ukteenchat. I love a good Twitter chat so if you have any recommendations for anymore for me to join in with, please comment below!

I think that’s all for the month of November, I didn’t really get up to much. How was your November?

My Top Ten Songs on my Christmas Playlist

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On this, the 4th day of Blogmas I thought I’d share my 10 favourite Christmas songs that are absolutely perfect for wrapping presents to, baking Christmas cookies to or just having a dance party to.

  1. Do They Know it’s Christmas?
  2. Mistletoe and Wine
  3. Last Christmas
  4. All I want for Christmas is You
  5. Happy Xmas
  6. Lonely This Christmas
  7. Driving Home for Christmas
  8. Santa Baby
  9. Wonderful Christmastime
  10. Saviour’s Day

So there you have it! Just a quick post today, sharing some of my Christmas tunes, what are some of your favourite songs for the season? Have I missed any great ones?

 

Books I would gift my younger self

Today, on the third day of Blogmas I am delighted to have Rebecca from This Booky Place with me as a guest poster! She’s shared with us 3 books she would give to her younger self, so let’s take a look!

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

I remember being fourteen and even though I wouldn’t say I ever personally experienced gender repression as such, I never felt particularly ‘girly’ and I feel like it made me stand out in certain friendship groups. I didn’t like sport either so it wasn’t like I fit into a boyish category either, the only things I really had a passion for were music and reading, Moxie is definitely a club I would have joined. It would have been nice to have a book like this when I was younger so that I could start my own club, I didn’t really have a group of people like that at school and that’s why fourteen-year-old Rebecca would get a copy of Moxie.

It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry.

Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy.

Because real love isn’t like the movies…

When I read this book I almost couldn’t believe how personal the story was to me. So many things that the main character, Audrey, was going through was things that I had to deal with when I was younger, the difference being that Audrey is this kick ass feminist character and was much better equipped to deal with things than I was back then. If I’d had this book when I was sixteen then I believe that I could have made some better relationship decisions, so that’s why I’m gifting this to sixteen-year-old Rebecca.

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivision

Uni beckons. Phoebe can’t wait to be a fresher – especially since her crush from school will be there too. She’ll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter … the perfect potential girlfriend. She’ll reinvent herself completely. But Luke’s oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters – can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?

When I went to university I stayed home during my first year, and I think that meant I missed out on some experiences. Although not everything that the characters go through is good, I envied a lot of what was going on for them, and what I saw other people doing in the real world. I always wanted to join in but I just didn’t have the confidence, I think Fresher’s would have given me more incentive to join societies and do social activities outside of my class friendship group. If I could gift this book to eighteen-year-old Rebecca I can’t garauntee that it would have changed everything but I like to think I’d at least find a Quidditch society, and yes that is a part of the book!

And those are the three books I would gift to myself if I could. I want to thank Emily for hosting me on her blog and I hope you enjoy the rest of her Blogmas posts. I’m also doing Blogmas over at http://www.thisbookyplace.co.uk!

Thank you so much Rebecca for such a fab post – I’d definitely recommend you check out her blog now!