2015 Favourites.

“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.” – Erin Morgenstern.

It is the final day of 2015 which means that it is time to look back at what I have been enjoying most this year. I have already written an overview of 2015 which features my favourite blog posts and events. In this post I am going to be focusing on objects and I’m going to organise it my splitting it into Beauty, Nails and Books. Within these categories there will also be subcategories for which I will try my best to only have one favourite for, so I think we better get started!

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New Year Inspired Nail Art.

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Lord Tennyson.

I always find that the New Year is the hardest theme to create nail designs for. Of course, I could just cover my nails in glitter, but I wanted to be more creative.

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My Year: 2015.

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke.

Cliché, I know, but I really cannot believe that this year is only a couple of days away from being over. This year I have noticed that I have reached both ends of the spectrum in terms of whether or not I’ve had a good or bad year. It seems as though for all the good things that have occurred this year, bad things have happened too and it makes me really unsure as to whether I can say I’ve had a good or bad year and saying I’ve had a neutral year just sounds too dull.

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The Mean Girls Book Tag.

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I must admit, I am very happy to have been tagged to do this particular book tag as who doesn’t love Mean Girls? Thank you to The Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me!

the silmarillionWhich fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

Just one?

To be honest, I feel like I can barely pronounce any names whether this be fictional characters, places or titles in The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.

As a matter of fact, it’s largely the reason I gave up reading the book since it made it difficult to read. I will go back to it one day though!

The Bane ChroniclesWhich character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?

I think it would be rather funny if you placed Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s books into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I can imagine it being very entertaining to see Magnus’ reaction to the way wizards and witches perform magic and how he would interact with them.

Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book whilst reading it?

I may have read a great many books, but nothing is springing to mind. Erm…

of mice and menWhich book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I mean, there is one female character and she doesn’t even get a name. Girl power? There’s barely a girl.

Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading. 

Ooh! I feel like I could use a lot of people for this question. Obviously, there is Harry Potter, there’s also Celia from The Night Circus, Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson etc. How do people pick just one book for some of these questions?

How long do you typically spend at a bookshop?

At the very least an hour. My best friend always groans, but I bet she loves it really, especially when we make fun of books or read aloud ones from the humour section.

clockwork angelWhich character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I know everyone loves Will Herondale, but personally, I do lean slightly more towards Jem. Don’t get me wrong, I love them both, but if I had to choose I reckon I’m the type of person to pick Jem.

In case you do not recognise these characters they are from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, the first book of which is pictured to the left.

throne of glassWhich overhyped book were you most cautious about reading?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

As a matter of fact, this question requires switching up the tenses since I haven’t yet read it; however, I am cautious about reading it since I have heard so much about how “great” it is and I’m scared that I won’t enjoy it like everyone else (especially when I’ve already bought all the books).

We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Paris from The Iliad (supposedly) by Homer.

Your favourite fictional parent.

Molly Weasley! How can anyone not love Molly?

the night circusWhich book or series would you love to catch on?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; this book still hasn’t left my mind since reading it back in September.

Describe your ideal character to read about.

I like funny witty, sarcastic characters as they make the book more enjoyable. I also like characters which are aware that they often ramble on too much because I enjoy that as I love soaking up as much information as I can about characters when I read a good book. Another ideal aspect of a character is positivity. No one likes hearing people constantly moaning and that goes the same for characters in books.

What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of the feels?

Depending on the situation I’ll either keep reading or have to go in search of chocolate!

vampire diariesWhich character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?

My first thought is Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith.

However, upon further reflection, I can’t remember what his lines were like in the book because it’s been a long time since I read them, but fortunately, I can still refer to Damon from the TV adaptation, even if this is a book tag…

Name a character’s decision that has made you roll your eyes.

Every time I read a Harry Potter book, I often tend to roll my eyes at basically the same time Hermione rolls her eyes at the boys, haha.

I am going to tag:

YOU!

Yes. You reading this!

If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged and when you do it leave me a link below so that I can read your responses!

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Review: The Ladybird Book of Dating by Jason Hazeley.

The Ladybird Book of DatingThis is a very different kind of book to those I usually read and have written reviews for on this blog. However, since I started writing reviews earlier this year, I’ve really enjoyed it and now I just want to review everything I read, no matter how big or small, relevant or irrelevant it may appear to this blog.

The Ladybird Book of Dating was a Christmas present from one of my best friends. Needless to say, but I haven’t been in many relationships, in fact, I’ve only been in one. As a result of this, it is pretty clear why someone would pick out this book for me.

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Christmas Presents.

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” – Neil Gaiman.

I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. I received many wonderful presents, so today I thought I would share them all with you.

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‘Tis the Season Book Tag.

I have been tagged by The Little Book Cottage to do the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag and of course with it being Christmas Day I was happy to do it.

Do you have a favourite winter read?

Not really. Unless the book is clearly Christmassy, I will read anything at any time of the year and while I associate some of the Harry Potter books with winter and Christmas, I am also happy to read them at other parts of the year.

Christmas with Billy and MeFind a book with blue on the cover.

I made things easy and simply went with the most recent book cover in my blog gallery which was blue, which just so happens to be:

Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher.

I lovely, sweet little read which I reviewed a short while ago right here.

the night circusFind a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.

This is easy for me because it could only really be one book.

One book which has really stayed with me this year is:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Furthermore, the cover of this book has stars on it.

Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation.

Winter, summer, I don’t care, my answer will always be Hogwarts! I’d love to see the grounds covered in snow and the beautifully decorated Great Hall, plus there are the trips to Hogsmeade!

FangirlPick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

Oh, tricky one. The first thought that popped into my head was Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I reckon Cath would be content to spend her winter vacation wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire with a good book, or her laptop and I reckon I would be content with that too as I am definitely more the indoors-y type, especially when cold.

Anna and the French KissName one book on your wishlist this year.

I’m going to go with one I have been itching to buy for a while now, though I doubt I’ll be getting a hold of it this year. This book is:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

As a matter of fact, the whole trilogy is on my wishlist.

Favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?

My favourite drink doesn’t really alter at all over the holidays so instead I’ll tell you my favourite overall drink. In terms of non-alcoholic, I am a lover of Irn Bru. Meanwhile, for alcoholic drinks I love cocktails, especially Woo Woos.

My favourite treat is most likely After Eight mint chocolates which I just so happen to be eating while I type this.

My favourite movie is probably going to shock no one by now as I have mentioned it at least twice this past month and this is The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen.

I am not going to tag anyone to do this tag, but if you do it please let me know somehow as I always love seeing other people’s opinions.

Merry Christmas!

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A LUSH Christmas.

“The Christmas tree, twinkling with lights, had a mountain of gifts piled up beneath it, like offerings to the great god of excess.” – Tess Gerritsen.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

As you can probably guess from the title, I have been ordering some bath products from LUSH, all from their Christmas range. I hurried to place my order last week because I wanted to have them before Christmas and especially before the range is gone for another year.

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Winter/Christmas Essentials.

“There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It’s magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I’m honest, May, I look forward to it hugely.” – Miranda Hart.

Today I am going to be writing about my must-have items for these cooler months. Along with some of these items there will also be Christmassy alternatives, so it doesn’t matter how into the Christmas spirit you are, nor does it really matter whether you are reading this before or after Christmas.

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