Ringing in the New Year Book Tag.

I was tagged for this by the lovely Getting Through Anxiety – thank you! ūüôā

The Rules.
– Link to the person who tagged you.
– Link to the creator of the tag ‚Äď Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
– Share the tag image.
– Answer the questions below.
РTag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it).

1. Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016?

Best book: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Best series:¬†Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness – I think it’s also the only series I’ve actually read the whole of in 2016… I’m really not good with series.

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The Make-Up Book Tag.

I found this tag on Ariel Bissett’s channel and LOVED it. I love the idea of a tag combining books and make-up – I’ve wanted to do a make-up blog for years but never been able to commit to it the way I have¬†with my book blog. I’m not sure who it was created by unfortunately – even Ariel couldn’t find the original video!

All make-up mentioned is from cruelty-free companies who do not test on animals. However, there are some companies mentioned whose parent companies do test on animals, and I will advise wherever this is the case. I have decided to buy from these companies to make the point that cruelty-free sells, much like if a vegetarian buys a vegetarian meal in a restaurant that also sells meat Рthey are still funding that company, but they are showing where they stand.

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Book and Stationery Haul (Oh, and a Dress).

I really don’t need to buy more stuff so soon after Christmas, but I just couldn’t WAIT to spend my vouchers. So I marched off into town for a new diary (which I genuinely do need) and some books (which everyone needs).

I had ¬£20 worth of Waterstones vouchers and was like, ‘Yep, not gonna spend any more than ¬£20 in here.’ Of course I spent ¬£30. BUT that meant I got 3 stamps on my loyalty card so I got ¬£10 to add to the ¬£5 I already had on my rewards card, so now I have ¬£15 to spend in Waterstones! Yay! So it probably won’t be long before I visit them again.

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What I Got For Christmas.

1) Drrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiink.

For some reason everyone got me prosecco this year, and my sister also got me a set of¬†flavours to put in prosecco so we are having a very fancy new year’s party this year!

2) Some bookish presents.

My partner got me a Paul Hollywood¬†recipe book, so we’re going to try to do a recipe a51Dpi4wD4iL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg week from it (and get better at baking!). I also got a stand mixer and some non-stick baking trays to go with it, and my other bookish present was a Fantastic Beasts colouring book from my sister (I also got her one, but thankfully they weren’t exactly the same!).

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Top 10 Saddest ‘Harry Potter’ Scenes.

I’m currently rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix¬†and just
reached a particularly sad¬†scene. It really choked me up and I realised how amazing it is that, even now, the Harry Potter books STILL¬†make me cry, despite how many times¬†I’ve read them. I’ve therefore compiled a list of my top ten cry-worthy moments giphyfrom the Harry Potter¬†series.

I’m going to assume that anyone reading this has read all the Harry Potter books, but if you haven’t¬†–¬†SPOILER ALERT!

The Mirror of Erised – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Getting Rid of Books?!

Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do it. I’ve had books cluttering up my shelves that I pretend I’ll read some day, but really I¬†have no intention of getting around to. I also have books I bought and didn’t like, which need to be cleared out so I can make room for¬†new ones I might love.

I’ve had a bit of a clear-out and thought I would mention the books I’m getting rid of and why.

(I would do a giveaway but honestly don’t know the logistics¬†of it! And there’s also a lot to post so it would be a bit expensive this end. I’ll be taking them to my local Oxfam bookshop instead.)

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag.

I’ve been looking for a good Christmas-themed tag and found this¬†one on My Tiny Obsessions‘ blog. I’m not sure on the creator, unfortunately. I am soooooo looking forward to going to my mum’s for Christmas¬†and reading lots of books, drinking lots of wine and opening lots of prezzies.

On with the tag:

1. Name a book you would like to see under the Christmas tree.

I have asked for¬†The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil,¬†a graphic novel by Stephen Collins, but I think my boyfriend forgot all about that. So I’d like to see it under the tree, but I’m not holding out hope!

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Top Ten Disappointing Reads.

Because I like controversy, here’s a few books I was expecting to be great but ended up¬†being variations¬†of¬†OK to downright terrible. Sorry if any of your favourites are on this list!


The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen.


I actually started out really loving this book.¬†Its Room-esque plot was intriguing and I found the writing style easy and interesting to read. It’s about a family living in what we assume is a basement or a nuclear bunker, where they have been living for years without ever going outside, and suddenly the daughter is pregnant – so we know something’s up.

 The ending was such a disappointment. After an exciting, sinister read, I was fully expecting to give this book 10 out of 10 Рwhen suddenly it ends in a shower of victim-shaming. The daughter has been bullied and abused by other members of the family, yet somehow it is she who gets her comeuppance, not her abusers, and she is painted as the villain.

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My 2017 TBR List and Most Anticipated Releases.

I’m really bad at sticking to TBRs, but seeing as¬†I have 365 days in which to read the following, I’m hoping I’ll get to all of them in that time.

Here are some of the books I’m interested in reading in 2017.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

I have read Cinder, which I really enjoyed, but it’s taken me ages to get around to the rest of the series. I’m usually quite underwhelmed by series and much prefer standalones, but this is one I really want to finish.

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An Ugly Discovery.

Apologies for upcoming swearing in this post, but this was no time¬†for words like ‘bloody’ or ‘darn’.

I finished reading The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin last night, a highly influential book about women who, deemed by their husbands to be getting too big for their boots, are replaced by robots. They lose all independent thought and begin to stay indoors, cook, clean and look after the children, having no interests of their own.

This was a fantastic read and it put me in the mood to read some feminist books. I’ve read a limited number of¬†feminist novels and¬†not much non-fiction at all, apart from a¬†few Simone de Beauvoir excerpts at university.¬†I therefore searched ‘feminist’ in the Kindle store, expecting to see the ¬†likes of Germaine Greer, Laura Bates and Betty Friedan, who had a couple of¬†particular mentions in The Stepford Wives.

I did come across some of these names. However, I also came across something Рworryingly close to the top of my search results Рthat disturbed me.

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