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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