What did you ask Santa for this year? Each year, my mum, uh… I mean, Santa, asks my sister and I for a list of things we’d like for Christmas. Mine almost always ends up being a list of primarily books with a few other things mixed in. My mum’s great at picking books, so I was happy with the selection!
A few of these are ones I said I’d love, while most of them were complete surprises. They came from my mum and step-dad, my sister Emily, and my Secret Santa that we organised with my uni pals. I’ll show you them all now in detail. Let me know if you have any of these and tell me what you think!
Looking at my bookshelves, I realised I had a fair few books that would be perfect to read before Halloween. I headed over to Twitter to ask if there are any Halloween-themed readathons going on, and I was in luck! What better time to get through some of my TBR than with a readathon?!
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This month, I’m going to join in with Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Readathon. The goal is to read however many spooky books we want to read between October 10th – October 31st. The only rule is that the books we read have to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element. There are a few extra challenges to go along with it too, so I’ll see if I achieve any!
Reading is one of the best hobbies you can have. Not only does it expand your mind, spark your imagination and make you feel SO many emotions all at once, but it’s also so portable! You can read anywhere – in bed, on the bus, in the middle of a field. (But not now though, in the middle of January.)
The only issue with reading as a hobby? It can get so expensive!
But fear not! Here are 6 ways you can read if you can’t afford to buy brand new books. From classics to the newest releases, read them all with these simple tips!
I haven’t done a book tag in a while. I don’t like to do them too often, but I saw the Christmas Cracker book tag, I just couldn’t not do it! It’s about books AND Christmas, my two favourite things!
I wasn’t tagged in this, but I wanted to do it anyway. (So in the true spirit of Christmas, I’m just going to nick it. Don’t judge me.) This tag was originally created by Lucy from The Bumbling Bibliophile and Queen of Contemporary. I’m not tagging anyone, so if you want to do it (and nick it like me), go ahead. Let’s go!
If you couldn’t already tell from the festive makeover on my blog, it’s officially my FAVOURITE time of the year. The trees are up, the decorations are hanging in every room, and the fairy lights twinkle. It’s Christmas!!!
I’ve never really read many festive books, but I’ve read a few this year and they make me feel so warm and wintry. A couple of books I’ve read are Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes by Lindsey Paley, and The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James. I have a couple more ready to read as well, including The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. I’ve had it since last month and I’ve been dying to read it, but I patiently waited until now. I can’t wait!
When I was thinking about the books I like to read around Christmas, it made me wonder what others like. So, I turned to social media and asked my fellow bloggers. I loved some of their responses, and some of them made me want to read every book in their list! Here are their festive favourites!