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Sunday Funday: Let’s do the Time Warp… to 2015!

January 17, 2016 End of Year, Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I started training for my Swim22 challenge this week in which I am going to swim 22 miles between February 22nd – May 22nd for Diabetes UK. It’s going to be hard as I’m not used to doing ANY exercise, let along 1416 lengths of my pool within 90 days! But I’m up for the challenge and hoping to raise some money along the way.

This week it’s all about looking back on 2015 with The End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.  It gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.

You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, just skip that section. But it is a great way to remind yourself what you’ve been reading for the past year…

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 65

Number of Re-Reads: 7

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Mean question! These are my top three…

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Another Day – It just didn’t live up to the previous book, which was incredible!

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3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?
Because You’ll Never Meet Me – Surprising in the way of a very sudden genre swap 3/4’s of the way through the book from Contemporary to Sci-Fi.

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4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?
Something by Tillie Cole. She has had some amazing books out this year that I have loved and I am always pushing her books on people (in a nice way of course!) So I’m going o say that it is one of the following: Sweet Hope, Sweet Soul, Reap and Souls Unfractured.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series Started: The Lunar Chronicles (why did I wait so long to read these?!!) AND The Winners Trilogy (I can’t chose between them!)
Best Sequel: Never Never Part 2 (Just as good if not even more amazing than the first in this series!)
Best Series Ender: Long Way Down (the finally book in the Addicted & Calloway Sisters series. Can’t believe it’s over but oh so amazing!

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6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015?
I’m not even going to try to pick just one!
Marie Rutkoski – I am in love with her Winners Trilogy, plus I got to meet her at YALC in June so of course she will be on my list!
Marissa Meyer – I must have kicked myself multiple times this year for not reading The Lunar Chronicles sooner because WOW were they INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait for her new releases in 2016.
Sabaa Tahir – I was desperate for her debut, An Ember In the Ashes, this year and actually paid an obscene amount to get it sent from the US because the UK release date was a month later. Once I got my hands on it I practically inhaled it and I am SO DARN excited for her next book.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Inside Game of Thrones – Get this, I read Non Fiction! Yeay, go me! This boo was absolutely gorgeous, hardback padded cover and everything. And even better, I got it for free! If all non fiction was like this then I would definitely read more of it!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Winner’s Curse – Wow did this book keep me on the edge of my seat. The pacing was perfect as the action unfolded and I don’t think my heart stopped racing the entire time. SO much love for this one! (Closely followed by The Winner’s Crime)

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9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Both Never Never Part 1 and Part 2, because the third one will be released in 2016.
Also, November 9 by CoHo, because this book was amazing and turned my heart to mush. I love a book which breaks my heart and then heals it all in the space of 300 pages!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Everything Everything – There was a lot of love for this cover in 2015 and like everyone else I couldn’t help but swoon over the cover (and love the story within)

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Kestral from The Winners Trilogy. She is so so smart and it is fascinating following her trail of thoughts. She made my list this year as one of the characters I would love to meet in real life.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
WAY too hard to pick just one!
Sweet Soul, November 9, My Heart and Other Black Holes, The Summer Remains, Kaleidoscope Hearts

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) – I have never read a book featuring a character who is considering suicide. Any books I read on the theme are usually set after a character has committed suicide and it’s all about the impact it has had on everyone else. Before reading this book I also knew nothing about Suicide Partners and after looking further into it and the shock at discovering how common a thing that this is in the world today is what makes this book my most thought provoking.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The ENTIRE Lunar Chronicles Series. WHY OH WHY did I wait so long?! This series was AMAZING!

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15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“I am…for you” – Reap (Tillie Cole)

If you have read this book then you will understand the emotional that comes with this quote. These four tiny little words gave my butterflies, mushed my heart and brought me to tears all in the same moment.

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16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Burning Yves (Joss Stirling) – 41 Pages
Winter (Marissa Meyer) – 824 Pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon) and November 9 (Colleen Hoover) both had the most incredible and totally shocking twists! Wowza!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
No fair! I had WAY too many loves this year:
Fallon & Ben (November 9), Levi & Elsie (Sweet Soul), Scarlett and Wolf (Lunar Chronicles), Ally & Elpi (Sweet Hope), Kestrel & Arin (Winner’s Trilogy)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Cinder & Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles) – The banter between these two characters was so much fun to read. I love how their friendship developed through the series.
Basically ALL of the non-romantic relationships! (Addicted Series) – This bromance between Lo, Connor and Ryke and is by far one of my FAVOURITE non romantic relationships of all time! But then I also love the sisterly love in this series, and the friendships between in laws.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
There are a lot, mostly by Tillie Cole, but I realised that I have included her books a lot already, so I’m going to go with Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. First book in her new series about a Motor Cycle Club an I absolutely loved it!

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21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Because You’ll Never Meet Me – I had seen this one around and thought ‘I’ll have to read that at some point’ but then the authors cousin is a friend of my family and knowing that I had a book blog she pushed me to read it. I wouldn’t say I regret reading it, but if I hadn’t been pushed I don’t think I would have read it as soon.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
I can’t pick just one, there are too many bookish boys that I feel in love with this year. All of these guys stole my heart because of their beauty both inside and out and their ability to make me swoon like a teenage girl at the things they said and did.
Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles
Levi from Sweet Soul
Bridger from The Year We Hid Away
Oliver from Kaleidoscope Hearts

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23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Ooooo this one is hard as I read some fantastic debuts this year.
My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) – Such a powerful that absolutely broke my heart in places. Massive recommendations for this one.
Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon) – Pretty cover, massively interesting story line and one of the biggest literary twists I have ever read.
An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – First book in what is going to be an incredible series, I loved this one and would definitely recommend it to everyone!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer gives us two worlds in this incredible series and I LOVED discovering every little bit of them.
An Ember in the Ashes – I fell in love with the world Sabaa Tahir created in the first few pages and I love how much detail she has put into it, I couldn’t get enough!

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25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist – I can’t count the amount of times I laughed out loud with this one. A Bridget Jones style character working as a sex advice columnist whilst actually being a virgin. Makes for a very funny book.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
It would probably be easier to name the books that didn’t make me cry because I LOVE a good emotional book so the majority of the books I read in 2015 had the potential to make me cry. (Some of these are also series enders, and I suck at goodbyes and often end of crying, hence why they are on the list!)
The Summer Remains (Seth King), Sweet Hope (Tillie Cole), Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole), Reap (Tillie Cole), November 9 (Colleen Hoover), Long Way Down (Becca & Krista Ritchie), Winter (Marissa Meyer), Sweet Soul (Tillie Cole) … ok, I should stop now!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Summer Remains – I found out about this one whilst flicking around Goodreads and got in touch with the author immediately. The characters themselves describe it as “this is not a cancer book” but it does feature a very powerful story about a serious illness. Must read for EVERYONE!

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Reap (Tillie Cole) – I thought Raze was crushing, but Reap just took it to a new level. Tillie Cole has this incredible talent of taking these big tough men and making them super vulnerable in a way that just breaks your heart. This book was amazing.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
A Little Something Different (Sandy Hall) – I have never read a book before that was told in 14 different points of view. EVen more unique, I have never read a book before in which 2 of the POVs it is told in are a bench and a squirrel! I really enjoyed this book, and still need to get

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30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Winner’s Curse – I loved this book, but wow did I want to bang Arin and Kestrels heads together at many points through this book! When people have feelings for each other, they need to tell each other because otherwise things go wrong and it makes me MAD!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Paper Fury – This year I fell in love with Cait @ Paper Fury and this has very quickly become my favourite blog ever! She always has such great posts and I’m always interested i reading them, even if they are about boring things like ratings because I know that I am going to be laughing through the entire post. Big love for Paper Fury, check it out!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I find writing reviews for books that I really really loved actually pretty hard to write. It’s so hard to get across all the things that make the book so amazing without giving up any spoilers. So actually finishing the review is probably one of the best feelings in the world. I don’t have one specific review, but I’d probably guess it would be for one of the Tillie Cole books I reviewed this year.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Troubles With Being An Obsessively Organised Perfectionist Person Who Has A Blog – I really liked this discussion post because I found it quite freeing to write. I let my inner organised freaky nerd self out, and apparently everyone loved it! I still haven’t finished my ultra revamp of all my old blog posts though, it’s going to take me FOREVER!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I got to go to YALC for the second year running which was even better this year with some amazing authors (including Cassandra Clare and Marie Rutkoski!) and some relly interesting talks. I already have my tickets for next year! I have also taken part in some pretty fantastic blog tours this year too.

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5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I met Cassandra Clare at YALC and we got into this conversation about our favourite character in her books. I said that I liked Simon which she found really strange and we had a bit of a chat about him whilst she signed my book. It was only after I walked away that I realised that she had signed my book ‘To Simon…’
My friend persuaded me to go back up to the front of the queue, and after a quick conversation with Cassandra’s PA I was back infron of the lady herself who resigned my book, apologised and gave me a massive hug. She also pointed out that I now have a one of a kind book, as she has never signed the same book twice!

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7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Cover Stories: Comparing (and Judging) Harry Potter Covers
I LOVED doing this post as part of my Potty for Potter month in July. It was fascinating to see all the different covers from around the world and I guess everyone else did too because this post got a whole lot of love, both by views and comments.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I really love doing my Sunday Funday posts and I am always on the look out for new bookish crafts or things to buy etc. Sometimes it’s a little disappointing, after the work I’ve put in, that not many people have come and had a look. But then I guess it does go live on a Sunday and most people (including myself) are being too lazy to check it out!

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9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Book Riot – I love this site as there is always so much interesting bookish stuff to read about! I often go on there for recommendations too because they are always spot on.
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And TONS of bookish Etsy stores including: Red Rose Unique Designs, The Melting Library, Paper Heart, Literery Emporium

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I took part in a few challenges this year, some of which I did really well in and others I totally failed at. I had to lower my Goodreads total from 100 to 60 because there was no way I was going to reach that total. But I did complete my Debut Author Challenge of 12 books in 2015. You can check out how I did with all of them here.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I NEED to read Red Queen! I was so excited for this release in 2015 and bought the book immediately, but never actually got round to reading it!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
I’m really looking forward to The Winner’s Kiss, the final book in the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Also for A Torch Against the Night, the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
There seems to be a few Pirate YA books being released this year and I am most excited for Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. Also I am really intrigued about Timekeeper by Tara Sim, which looks like it is going to have some fantastic worldbuilding in it.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I think I answered this one above, but it would most definitely be The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. The first two books, The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime, have been amazing, and although I’ll be sad to finish the series I am super excited to find out how it ends.
Also, Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. The first two books, Never Never Part 1 and Never Never Part 2, have been super mysterious and we still have no idea why the events that are happen are actually happening. It will be good to finally get some answers!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I’m hoping to complete my reading challenge this year and to go to YALC again (already got my tickets!) and meet some amazing authors! I’m also hoping to develop my blog a little more and have some ideas for some new and exciting (well, I think they are exciting) posts.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
This is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp) – A tough topic to write and read about but a very powerful book. I would reconmend this one to EVERYONE!
Firsts (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn) – I just finished reading this one yesterday and although I spent a lot of time yelling at the character through my kindle and all her bad decisions, I couldn’t put it down! Review coming in a few days.

So how was your 2015? Pick any question and answer it in the comments. Let me know what you’ve been up to or what you’re looking forward to!

Happy Sunday and enjoy your week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Candles

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Anyone else have their first week back at work this week? Wow, it was a hard week! Having to get up at obscene times (like 7am, which is obscene compared to the 11am I used to get up over the holidays!), having to actually do things rather then just lazing around, going into food withdrawal because you are not used to only eating 3 meals a day!

But hey, we survived it … and get to go back tomorrow and do it all over again! But for now, it’s still the weekend. So put your feet up and grab a book and be lazy! Oh, and check out my Sunday Funday because this week it is fabulous…

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I am a great lover of candles, so when I came across The Melting Library on Etsy I knew it was something I needed to share with you all. They make candles that smell like your favourite books! Confused? See below:

“Step into one of your favorite books with our hand poured candles! I’m a huge book worm and I adore when writers really flesh out a scene with vivid descriptions that involve all the senses, such as scent. Surround yourself with candles inspired by your favorite scenes and feel like your part of the story.”

And here are some of my more coveted candles:

“Inspired by the always popular drink, butter beer, from the Harry Potter series, this candle is a yummy blend of dark rum, creamy butter & spicy cloves.”

Yup, that’s right. It’s a Harry Potter inspired candle! I want it, no I NEED it! Buy link here.

“Inspired by Gatsby’s extraordinary parties and the decadence of our favorite time period,the roaring 20’s, this candle smells like bubbly club soda and warm citrus scents, followed by sharp notes of rosemary, balsam and ginger. We also threw in a splash of daisy. Perfect for your favorite flapper or fella!”

Or if you are looking for something a little more ‘All that Jazz’ then there is a Great Gatsby inspired candle. Buy link here.

“Traipse through Wonderland and stumble upon the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with our yummiest smelling candle ever! You can just imagine yourself surrounded by the aroma of warm, rich tea and a big slice of spongy lemon cake. This candle has notes of lemon, orange, vanilla, rosewood & maple.”

Ever wished you could attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party? Well you could be one step closer with this Alice in Wonderland inspired candle. Buy link here.

“Before we wished for our letter to Hogwarts, we were praying for our very own Golden Tickets!  This candle combines rich warm notes of chocolate, peanut butter and graham cracker. It’s scrumdiddlyumptious!”

I feel like this would be a dangerous candle to have as after smelling it I would want to eat it! Buy link here.

Which book would you love to have a candle for and what would it smell like?

Don’t forget to check out the full range of candles at The Melting Library store on Etsy.

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Storage

January 3, 2016 Sunday Funday 7

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

You may have noticed that Broc’s Bookcase has been a little bit quiet over the Christmas period, apologies for those of you who stopped on by and saw nothing new. It’s one of those times of year in which I do a lot of stuff with my family. My grandad comes to stay with us for like 2 weeks and my sisters came home (one from Vancouver and the other from London).

There has been a lot going on, not just with Christmas stuff but with my sisters 30th and my cousins babies 1st birthday and just so many lazy days playing board games and watching films with my family that I didn’y have time to do any blogging. In fact I don’t think I even read one book!

But now we are in 2016 and I’m back to work tomorrow so thought I woud start being social again. Plus I’ve kinda missed blogging. So tadaa, I’m back!

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Ok, so I’m guessing that you like me got a nice big pile of books for christmas? And there is probably a chance that you are struggling to find anywhere to put said books as your bookcase has already expanded all over the rest of your room/house. Am I right?

I was looking for new ways to store my books and cme across some great ideas that I knew I had to share with all the rest of you suffering with the same problem!

Under the stairs – I love this one and it is such a good way of using the space under the stairs that is (in my house) just a dumping ground for coats and bags! This looks so much prettier and I would love for people to come into my house and see something like this.

In an old drawer – Put an old drawer on it’s side and hey presto you have new storage for books and it could be a bedside table too! Looks totally vintage and is a great way of recycling.

Bedside book nook – How cute are these?!!! It’s super clever too because you can put the book that you are currenlty reading on top and it will save the page that you are on.

Fireplace – is there a fireplace in your house that you never use? Then get rid of it and fill the space with books! So much more useful than an unused fireplace and it looks super cool too.

Any old nook and cranny! – Just like with the fireplace above, if there is a space in you room/house (no matter how small) that you are not using then stick some shelves in there and fill it with books!

Which unusual places do you store your books?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Calendar 2016

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So Christmas is over *sob* but thankfully for me I am not back in work until Monday 4th January. Whoop!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and got all the book that Santa asked them for! I’ll be sharing my own list tomorrow! So what now? Back to normality I guess. Sad times.

This week I wanted to show you something that we will all be needing in the next week … a Calendar!

Normally I go for something book related, I’ve had a few Harry Potter calendars over the years, and one last year that was full of inspirational quotes and so when it came to trying to find a bookish calendar for this year I across this one and thought it was excellent!

Apparently this calendar has been around for years (failure of a booklover only just discovering it!) and for each day there is a new quote and recommendations for books we should be reading, like this page below for 26th January (spoiler alert!)

You can get them from TONS of places online and they probably have them in most bookstores, but I’ve included a couple of links below if you want to order yourself one. I already have and I’m super excited for my new calendar!

Amazon UK . Amazon US . PageADay.com .  Literary Gift Company . Calendars.com

Have you got a calendar yet for 2016? Is it a book inspired one?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: We Wish You A Bookish Christmas #3

December 20, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Can you believe it’s already the last weekend before Christmas?! I don’t know about you but this month has gone SUPER fast!

So in my last festive Sunday Funday of the year it’s all about the food! All the yummy little treats you can make and spend Christmas getting fat from! So below are some of my FAVOURITE festive foodies that are so simple to make that even the cookery challenged of you out there (if you are someone who can’t even make toast without setting off the smoke alarms then I am talking to you!) can handle!

You can also check out the links to my festive treats posts from previous years below:
Sunday Funday: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas #4 (2014)
Sunday Funday: Getting in the Spirit of Things #2 (2013)

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How cute are these Reindeer Oreo Cookie Pops from Oh Nuts?!!! And super simple to make! These would be perfect for the little people and the big ones at any Christmas event. I have big plans to make these and hand them out to everyone in work on the last day. Nothing like a Rudolph pop to keep everyone happy on the last day of work!

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Prepare yourself people! This one requires … cooking! But no need to worry, because these are so easy that it would be super difficult to mess them up! We don’t really eat much peppermint stuff at Christmas (other than Candy Canes) so I decided this year to include some more peppermint recipes for the festive period. I’ve made these once already and they all went within 24 hours, so I’m going to say that they were a success! Big thanks to Creme de la Crumb for making me the most popular person in work that day!

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I’ve always had big love for Cheesecakes, but when I saw these ones I may have got a little over excited! So darn cute!!! Created by Baked by Rachel they would be the perfect snack or mini desert for any get togethers over Christmas, or just for yourself if you are feeling greedy!

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And finally, to those of you who LOVE hot chocolate, check out this great ideas by Patricia Conte of SheKnows that you can use to spice up your hot chocolate. I will definitely be trying out the Nutella one and maybe the Pumpkin one too!

What foodies do you have a Christmas?

Fancy checking out what other countries get up to at Christmas? Check out my Christmas Around the World post!

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: We Wish You a Bookish Christmas #2

December 13, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Only 12 days until Christmas!

Now I don’t know about you, but we are pretty late putting up our decorations this year. In fact we are only doing it today (not because we don’t like Christmas decorations, but purely for the fact that I was traveling for like the first two weeks of December!)

Anyways, so I was looking around for inspiration for something new to do with my decorations this year and came across some seriously cool bookish Christmas decorations that are super easy to make which I wanted to show you!

This bookish bauble looks great and is super easy to make. You can buy empty baubles in most craft stores and then all you need is a page or two from an old book. Simple and yet it looks so cool. Perfect for your tree or you could make a whole bunch of them and arrange them in a bowl or something in a really arty way.

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Another bookish bauble, this one however may take a little more time as it requires some paper mache-ing. But this is another cheap and fairly easy project that makes some fantastic looking bookish baubles. You can hang them on your own tree or give them as gifts to friends and family.

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In need of a wreath this year? Instead of buying one, why not make one? It’s not too difficult to make, although at times a little fiddly, but look how cool it looks!!!

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So, saving the best until last…bookish Christmas tree. This is so unbelievably cute and perfect for any bookworms home this Christmas! Plus, they are not even that hard to make, it just requires a whole load of folding and some sticking and then you get to decorate it. I’m definitely going to try and get one of these made before Christmas!

You can see more bookish decorations with my post from last year HERE?

Do you have any of your own bookish decorations? Homemade or bought?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: We Wish You a Bookish Christmas #1

December 6, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Hello from a very dark Tromso, Norway!!! So apparently because I am so far North at the moment the sun doesn’t rise, like at all! So it is constantly dark here! Which I don’t mind because it means that the Christmas lights are constantly one and it looks really pretty all the time!

To start off this years Christmas themed Sunday Funday I thought I would share some of my favourites bookish gift ideas I have seen around this year. They could be something you get for a bookish friend, or just something you beg your own family & friends for instead. But all of them are fabulous!

So first I need to point you towards The Literary Gift Company who have an entire website full of beautiful bookish things, some of which are below.

Also, one of my favourite shops Not On The High Street has a whole section dedicated to gifts for bookworms and includes some of these fabulous things below…

So what bookish things have you asked for for Christmas?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: The Countdown Begins…

November 29, 2015 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Hello from cold and rainy Denmark! I’m currently sat in a cafe in Copenhagen trying to dry off because me and my sister has the great idea to go on holiday somewhere even colder than England! The cold I don’t mind, but the rain right now is horrendous!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting up some Christmassy things, both bookish and some just plain old festive!

But for this week I want to know what makes Christmas for you???

Do you read a certain festive book every year? Or watch a Christmassy film? Any good recommendations?

What are you favourite things to eat? Do you bake gingerbread houses or Yule logs? Do you do secret Santa?

Do you make your own decorations? Do you go carol singing? Do you go to any Christmas markets? Ever been to watch a nativity play?

So share the Christmas cheer and tell me what makes Christmas for you?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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