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Christmas Book Haul

For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. This is such a magical part of the year! I was super excited about some of the books that people gave me for Christmas, so I figured I would share them! (P.S. I took these pictures on my phone, so the quality isn’t the best).

   

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore 

I also got a super cool bookmark of Barb from Stranger Things….#neverforget.

And finally, I bought myself a Christmas present today for my Kindle.

Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles, #3)

 

Draekora by Lynette Noni 

(This is the 3rd book in the Medoran Chronicles which is a super underrated series. It has some cool Harry Potter vibes, and you should totally read it!)

 

 

 

 

What did you guys get for Christmas?

 

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (Christmas Edition!)

In honor of Christmas being in TWO days, here are some of my Christmastime favorites! (Also, did anyone get the song reference in my title 😉).

Favorite Christmas Song

I love so many different Christmas songs, but my all time favorite has to be Bruce Springsteen’s version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I love his voice in the song and it is just so playful!

Favorite Christmas Movie 

Absolutely cannot pick just one for this question. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation never fails to make me laugh! As for animated movies, while I love all of the classics, I gotta say Mickey’s Once/Twice Upon a Christmas are a delight to watch. I never get tired of watching them!.

Favorite Christmas Treat

Peanut Butter Balls!

Favorite Christmas Activity

I love making Christmas cookies with music on in the background. I am also starting a new tradition with my best friend where we make homemade ornaments together!

Favorite Christmas Book 

I haven’t read an abundance of YA Christmas books, but my favorite so far has to be Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. I actually haven’t read it for a few years, but I remember it being super cute and all three stories connected somehow.

Favorite Decoration 

I love decorating the house for Christmas. I do it right after Thanksgiving. My favorite decoration to put up is the Nativity scene. I have set it up basically my whole life and it is very important to me. Reminds me of the real reason for the season!

Giving  or receiving presents? 

I love giving presents. The whole process of picking out a perfect gift, wrapping it, and seeing the person’s reaction is one of the best parts of Christmas!

Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, always. It so much fun to wrap presents and there is an infinite amount of cute Christmas paper.

Real or fake tree? 

I have had both trees, but real trees are my favorite. As much as I love the convenience of pre-lit artificial trees, nothing can replace that authentic Christmas tree smell!

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas? I can’t believe we are so close! Only two more days!

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What’s On My Christmas List…Book Edition!!

AHHHH, I can’t believe Christmas is in 5 days! I got the idea for this post from yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday. While my favorite part of the holidays is being with my family and just embracing the holiday spirit (AKA Christmas music all day long), I can’t lie. Opening up a present and seeing a book I want to read is definitely a great feeling. Here are my top reading-related gifts that I am hoping to find under the tree this year!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter  One of Us Is Lying  Far from the Tree  The Hate U Give

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve seen these books everywhere recently and want to see what the hype is all about! Oddly enough, they are all contemporary I believe–normally I have some fantasy thrown in there too!

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And finally…a hands free book holder! I’m not sure if it will work well, but if it does I can read books hands free! Maybe this would let me sneak in some reading while I am eating less-snacky foods. We shall see!

So what’s on your Christmas list this year? Any recommendations I should add to mine? Let me know!

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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Yes, Yes, I know that Christmas was yesterday, but that doesn’t mean all of the festivities stopped at midnight! It took me awhile to get into the holiday spirit this year, and I finally have it. Tomorrow I am going to post my Christmas wrap-up and then it will all be over, so I decided to squeeze in one more Christmas post before the year ends. Again, I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw these on TinyObessions’s blog, it was the perfect post for today. Let’s get to the questions!

On the 1st of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the Fangirlpear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

There are so many to choose from! I guess I will have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I recently reread it (again) and fell in love with the story all over again. It is such a unique story and Cath is the most relatable character I have ever read, and I will forever love this book.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me two turtle doves.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Ahhhh, I’m going to have to go with Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus series. I tend to love relationships in series because it is (normally) not insta-love and you can really see the relationship grow. These two bring out the best of one another and I love watching it being incorporated into the story.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I have read many trilogies, but The Darkest Minds is one of the main ones that I remember loving each book. It is common for trilogies to start off strong and get worse, but Alexandra Bracken tied up her story so well. It is one of the books where I honestly don’t want to read more of it (even though I would and love whatever she came out with) because everything was answered in a very satisfying ending.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me four calling birds.

Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

Do I even need to explain this one? Of course it is Harry Potter! This series has not only shaped my reading taste, but it has also shaped me. I will never not love this series! P.S. To all the Potterheads out there, it’s Harry Potter Weekend 😉

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me five golden rings.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Hands down Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. After reading the novella Fairest that gave us her back story, I fell in love with her character. She is one of those antagonists where you can almost reason with why they are doing certain things, but she is so twisted that you love to hate her. Levana is so complex and really just an awesome villain.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me six geese a laying.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

As much as I don’t want to use Harry Potter again (XD), there really isn’t anything else that compares to Rowling’s work. She thought out every single detail, and it really adds another layer of magic to the series.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

I am at a loss right now. I can not think of a single animal sidekick in a YA book. I’m going to cheat here and say Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles, since Winter calls her her “animal pet.” I don’t even know if that works, but oh well.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me eight maids a milking.

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

At Camp Half Blood they have plates and goblets that appear with whatever food you imagine. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to me.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me nine ladies dancing.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kick butt female lead?

Celaena Sardothien is definitely the most intense heroine I have ever read. She could probably kill any strong leads in other books without a blink of an eye.

 

 

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me ten lords a leaping.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)How about your favorite leading lad?

UGGHH another hard one! Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices is always a great option. Plus, he likes to read, which is adds a ton of bonus points to him!

 

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven pipers piping. 

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

If I Stay showcases a variety of music and talks quite a bit about instruments. It was the first time I was introduced to the cello and Yo Yo Ma, while also incorporating my love for rock music.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Winter by Marissa Meyer, mainly because I waited so long for this book and it ended up being *perfect*.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Countdown Surprise!

Many of you know that I have been talking about My True Love Gave to Me for awhile now. I wanted to read it back when it came out, but then I decided to wait until Christmas. The other day I noticed how I had been reading book had barely put any reviews out at all! So I decided, I will read one story from My True Love Gave to Me each day on the 12 days of Christmas. Not only that, but I will also post some sort of review or thoughts on that particular story! I think this will be a very fun way to countdown to Christmas, and I will still have additional Christmas posts as well.

Here is the order of the stories:

December 14: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

December 15: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

December 16: Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena

December 17: Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

December 18: It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

December 19: Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

December 20: Krampuslauf by Holly Black

December 21: What have you done, Sophia Roth? by Gayle Forman

December 22: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Mrya McEntire

December 23: Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

December 24: Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

December 25: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

This is going to be super fun!

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14 DAYS: Christmas Cracker Tag

Today, marks the beginning of the Christmas posting. This was supposed to be up yesterday, but I was creating something I think will be really fun! That post will be up after this one, so watch for it! I decided to start off the Christmas posts with a tag. It was created by LucytheReader on youtuber. It is super fun and here is her link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr8VHhSufC4 Let’s get started with the Christmas Cracker tag!

 

1. Pick a book with a wintery cover: For this I have to pick Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. I mean look how wintery it is! It has snowflakes and the title is LET IT SNOW *singing*

2. Pick a book you are likely to buy as a present: This one was easy since I went to the store yesterday and bought this book for my friend because she wanted it. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

3. Pick a festive themed book: Of course I have to pick My True Love Gave to Me (insert millions of authors names here)! Oh and this may be part of my plan for Christmas…

4. Pick a book you could curl up with by the fireplace: I have to go with good ole Harry Potter for this one. No matter what time or season, Harry Potter is always a great choice!

5. Pick a book you want to read over the festive period: I choose two for this one; one normal book and one Christmas-y book. First, I really want to read The Darkest Minds over break and I also really want to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares!

6. Pick a book that was chilling: This was a little harder, but I picked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart because I just thought about if for days. I kept making little connections and found foreshadowing everywhere.

7. Pick a book on your Christmas wishlist: I want attachements. I want more Rainbow Rowell.

I hope this starts getting everyone in the Christmas spirit, and if you want to partcipate, make sure you include the creator (above)! Also comment links if you do the tag, I would love to see your thoughts!