A Few Of My Favourite Things About Christmas

Hi Readers, Welcome to the Last Day of Blogmas!

Well, we made it. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. This is the last Blogmas post of 2017! Christmas day is tomorrow so MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Today I want to share my favourite things about Christmas, including traditions, food, tv. All the good stuff.

1, Decorations: I love how everything begins to sparkle. The first of December comes and I break out my tinsel, dust off my snow globes and spend the whole day making the house as Christmassy as possible.

2, Music: I’ve found that everything is made better with some Christmas music. I love all the classics like All I Want For Christmas and Merry Christmas Everyone. I also love Michael Buble’s and Cliff Richard’s Christmas albums.

3, Movies: I love a good snooze on Christmas day in front of a classic Christmas movie we’ve all seen about a million times. 

4, Food: The cheese, the chocolates, the crisps. ALL THE C’S! I love the Christmas spread for dinner more than a turkey lunch.

5, Quizzes: As bad as I am at them, it’s still a kind of family tradition to do some quizzes on Christmas day.

6, Garden Centre Christmas Displays: I did a whole post with photos of the most beautiful displays. There’s nothing that makes me feel more in the Christmas spirit. 

7, The Cold Weather: I don’t think I could ever spend Christmas in a hot country. Christmas to me means chilled winds, big coats, hats and gloves. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s your favourite thing about this time of year? Whatever it is, do more of it, and have great Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

See you in 2018!

Jess X

Blogs I’ve Been Loving

Hello Readers. Welcome to Blogmas day 23!

I love sharing things I’ve been loving, and I think now is the perfect time to share with you my favourite blogs to read. 

Marta from The Book Mermaid: I have been following Marta for the longest time now and I always enjoy her posts. I really love her monthly wrap ups as she not only talks about what books she’s been reading, but the shows and movies she watched throughout the month also. 

Ally from Ally Writes Things: I’ve been loving her blogmas this year and the books she’s interested in always makes me excited when she recommends one I haven’t read because we have very similar tastes. She also someone I always see in my notifications supporting my posts and I’m very grateful for that.

Mel from The Book Moo: Back in the day when I myself was a booktuber I used to watch her and I was very happy when I found she has a book blog. She keeps me up-to-date on the YA world and I really enjoy her reviews. 

Stacey from Pretty Books: If you like a good bookstagram then you should definitely check Staceys blog out. Her photography skills are insane and they make her blog so beautiful. I also love the variety of books she reads, we have similar tastes so I always look at her reviews for recommendations. 

Bex from My Shelf and Myself: She definitely likes to read more YA than me so another one who keeps me updated on YA books and I really appreciate it because there are always those hidden gems I would miss out on otherwise. But I mostly love her chatty book discussion posts as you can relate to them no matter what genre you read. 

It’s getting so close to christmas now so I hope you’re all having a fantastic time. Only 4 days to go!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Choosing My Last and First Reads of the Year

Hi Readers, Welcome to Blogmas day 22!

The end of the year is fast approaching which means 2018 is just around the corner. I always like to end a year and start a year with a bang, which obviously means carefully choosing what books I want to be reading as the clock strikes midnight. 

My last ‘first read’ of this year (as in, a book I haven’t read before) will be The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherin Arden. I’m so excited for this book and I have a feeling this could become a new favourite. It also seems like a perfect post-Christmas read. 

For the last few days of 2017 I want to be rereading a couple of old favourites. So I’m going to start with reading a bit of Pride and Prejudice, my favourite Jane Austen book, and then, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which will probably be my last read of the year. 

My first book of 2018 will probably be The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but I may decide to read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Either way, both of these will be read in January. 

I’d love to know, what do you think makes the perfect first of the year? 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Garden Centre Christmas Displays

Hi Readers, Welcome to Blogmas Day 21!

This is a post I did for last years blogmas, and I thought I would do it again for this years. 

I love Garden Centres at Christmas time. Some go above and beyond with their festive displays and when I enter one, I want to leave with just about everything. Here are some of my favourite displays. 

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Before Christmas is over, go out to your local Garden Centre and enjoy their beautiful decorations while you still can. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

‘Tis The Season Book Tag

Hi Readers, Welcome to Blogmas Day 20!

The Holidays have well and truly started now. Last minute shopping is happening, presents have been wrapped, the house smells of all the spices and I am loving life. Enjoy this book tag!

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

I have so many. I love Winter reading and books that are set during this season. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a particularly good one. It paints a beautiful wintery scene but is such a heart warming story. 

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2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Which is another great Winter book you should check out.

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree? 

I’d probably put the new Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone edition because it’s shiny and has stars on it.

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation!

Narnia. You know, without the whole white witch and war and stuff. 

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your Winter vacation! 

Harry Potter. That kid needs a break. 

6. Name one book on your Wishlist this year!

The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition. It’s so beautiful.

7. Favourite Holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Hot Chocolate (I’m not really an alcohol lover, or even liker.) I love Christmas biscuit selection boxes. Not the sweet kind, the kind you have cheese with. I love them so much. My favourite festive movies’s (because I can’t choose just one,) is The Santa Clause (with Tim Allen) Arthur Christmas and The Nativity. 

As it’s so close to Christmas I won’t tag anyone but feel free to do it without a tag. I always do!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Classic Novels I Want To Read

Hi Readers, Welcome to Blogmas Day 19!

Classic novels have always intrigued me and I really enjoy reading them, especially when the days are shorter, and colder.There’s something about classics  that make them feel so cosy and relaxing.

This list so long, so I’m looking at it as ‘Classics I Want To Get To In My Lifetime’ type list. If you see your favourite classic or one think I should add one to my list, let me know!

  • Dragonwyck – Anya Seton
  • Everything by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Evaline – Frances Burney
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  • A Room With a View E.M Forster (& basically all of his books.)
  • Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
  • The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  • Wind In The Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  • Everything by Oscar Wilde
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck 
  • Madame Bouvary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Portrait of the artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  • David Copperfield, Little Dorrit, Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Shirley – Chalotte Bronte
  • Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • One Hundred Years Of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Grand Sophy – Georgette Heyer

I’ve only read the most famous classics so far but I’m excited to get to the ‘lesser known’ ones. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

 

Christmas TV I’m Excited For 2017

Hi Readers, Welcome to Blogmas Day 18!

One of the best things about Christmastime is the Christmas specials on TV. It certainly brings everyone in my house together and it’s probably my favourite thing to do at Christmas.

While I do find the schedule for this year a bit less exciting than last year there are still some shows I’m looking forward to. So, I thought I’d share them with you.

Christmas Eve

Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You: This is probably my favourite trio and I’m so excited they’re back together. Mary is cooking up a feast for some hard working volunteers while Mel and Sue do the decorating (also, is this a big f.u. to Paul Hollywood or what?).

Michael Mcintyre’s Big Christmas Show: I love Michael Mcintyre. He’s the comedian who gets my whole family laughing. 

Christmas Day

Doctor Who: It’s like tradition in my family to watch this every Christmas. This years is extra exciting as it’s introducing (I hope) Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.

Strictly Come Dancing: Admittedly this years line up doesn’t excite me but I do love to watch this with my Mum.

Call The Midwife: This years special looks so special. It’s during the 1963 Big Freeze. As magical as it looks, I’m expecting it to be a tearjerker. 

Great Christmas Bake Off: Yes, I’m a traiter, I watch the new Bake Off. I don’t love it but Christmas makes everything better, right?

Victoria: The thing I am most looking forward to. This looks so Christmassy and magical and I can genuinely not wait!

 

Boxing Day

Little Women: I love BBC adaptations of classic novels and while I do love the 1994 version I am excited for a new one. 

The Miniaturist: I will watch this but I’m not overly excited for it. 

Other

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong: This is showing the day before New Years Eve and I’m so excited. This is a play put on by the ‘Play Goes Wrong’ company and it is genius. Last year they did Peter Pan and this year, it’s A Christmas Carol. 

Let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing on TV this Christmas!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X