Dashing Through The Snow Book Tag

I would like to thank Melanie Noell Bernard for tagging me for this lovely tag!.. At the start of January this year. That’s right I’ve saved this up all year, so that I can start December with a nice festive tag! 🙂

Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree?

This is difficult since my goal in life is to read all of the books. That’s right, all of them. But something that I would especially like this Christmas would be The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. That would make me extremely happy. 😊

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A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?

I always seem to read vampire novels around Christmas time. I know that sounds completely crazy, but they now remind me of Christmas. So either a vampire novel or Harry Potter would be my top choices. Its been at least two years since I last read Harry Potter, its been far too long.

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Favourite Christmas movie?

Honestly, I cannot stand Christmas movies. Gosh, I sound like such a scrooge, well maybe I am when it comes to movies. I just don’t like them. Sorry. 😝

But one that I don’t mind would be A Christmas Carol, the one from 2009 with Jim Carrey.

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Do you like snow?

I don’t know. Haha, I live in Australia in Queensland, where it has never in history snowed. And even if it did it would not be a Christmas time, because Christmas is Summer for us. 😞

I’d like to think I would like snow. I mean, I love Winter. It’s definitely my favourite season and I love scarfs and beanies muchly. It just seems so romantic and I hope that in the future I will get to experience a white Christmas.

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Name a character you would like to spend Christmas with?

I would love to spend Christmas with my beautiful book boyfriend Percy Jackson, because his name can be alliterated with perfect. He is amazing and sassy and he would just be so much fun to spend time with.

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(I can’t draw, so have someone else’s fan art!)

To give or to receive?

I love giving. I legitimately prefer giving to receiving. Its so much more fulfilling, especially when you know you’ve got them something that they will love or appreciate. And wrapping presents is so much fun.

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What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

Hogwarts. Without a doubt. I know this is probably a bit of a common answer, but that do some pretty great feasts there and it would just be so much more personal and magical. *sigh*

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Fondest Christmas memory?

Hmm, that’s tricky. Mostly I can just think of the food. Food and Christmas go hand in hand.

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Can you say ‘Christmas Tree’ ten times fast in a row (while pronouncing them correctly)?

I kind of can… Could do with some practice though. 🌲

Nominees: (as always, if you’ve already done this tag or don’t want to/don’t have time feel free to ignore!)


 

Merry Christmas All! I’m so glad I could finally do this tag!!

Lotsa love,

Ellie ❤

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Here’s the Thing

So at the end of January I started my second last year of high school (so close, yet so far…) and since then I have posted a grand total of… once. Yeah, I would apologise for that, but I feel like most people probably haven’t even noticed. I’m not bitter, just realistic.

I knew this year was going to be hard, I was well aware. Year 11 at my school is commonly referred to as the Year of Tears. So, yeah I had pretty high expectations of the difficultness of this year (please excuse the wording, my brain is currently fried.) But I was not expecting anything like this.

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Let me paint a picture.

I go to school six hours a day, eight if you count travel time, which I totally do. I come home and have to do 2-4 hours a night. A NIGHT.

I don’t know about you or anyone else, but I don’t have the concentration to be able to sit down and well concentrate for that length of time.

I sleep 6-7 hours on a good night. I work 8-10 ish hours in a day. I am expected to firstly keep sane, as well as, keep fit and active and maintain extra- curricular activities because they look good on your resume. Not to mention, having a job. I have a job as a assistant dance teacher once a week from 3 until 8 and don’t get paid. So apparently that doesn’t count. I need to get a job, so that I can save for Uni etc., but when am I supposed to fit it in without it affecting my grades?

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I don’t know, maybe I’m overthinking it, but this seems like a bit of a vicious cycle that keeps spinning faster and with more… viciousness (?).

How about I just show you a picture:

This is everything that I have to do this weekend for all of my classes. The highlighted is what I’ve actually been able to complete.

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I need to go to school and get good grades so I can go to University. I need to have extra curricular because they look good on applications. I need a job so that I can save for University and so that I can get jobs in the future. I need to sleep, because functioning and life.

So, if I may ask, when am I supposed to relax? When am I supposed to enjoy myself and not want to die in a hole because of this torturous cycle of repetition? When am I supposed to breathe?

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My skin is not dealing and is actually the worst it has even been, when usually it is completely clear. Trust me I have tried everything. I can’t sleep because I’m worrying about things I need to do. The house is a mess and I never have uniforms because I don’t have the time to wash them. I want to cry 90% of the time and have no energy at all. I just want to lay in bed and watch Reign and Shadowhunters and read my book and eat crappy food. Or die in a hole. A deep dark one full of worms. (It really depends on the day).

I’m not being ungrateful for what I have. I realise I’m very lucky. I also know that I’m not the only one in this position. So let me just say this, I realise these things are important but if it is severely effecting our mental health, well, maybe something’s not right. Maybe something is wrong.

I have mild depression and a tad of anxiety, which I know aren’t uncommon, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. Both of these things are caused and amplified by the school workload. I am also aware that ‘school is the easiest part of life, enjoy it while it lasts’. I have had this speech many times, but surprisingly it doesn’t really help me, like at all.

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Is anyone else in this position? How are you coping?

For those who have already graduated, do you have any tips or consolations for us? Feel free to tease us to, if you will.


I genuinely enjoyed ranting just then. I might be back more often to just rant. We’ll see.

I hope you don’t feel like dying in a hole today.

Love you,

Ellie ❤ xx

January in Books

Hello there and yes I am still alive. I will explain my absence soon, but for now I thought I would just give you a post. I know it’s terribly late, but I still wanted to post it.

All synopsis’s from Goodreads.

  • Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires #3), by Rachel Caine :

When Claire Danvers learned that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving freshman would do: She applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.

The third book in this series and I’m still quite enjoying it. It feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure. If I’m honest, some of the characters are getting a tad tiring, which is why I took a bit of a break from the series. Overall the story is addictive and interesting. 3/5

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  • Matilda, by Roald Dahl :

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

I decided that I hadn’t read enough Roald Dahl books. Better late than never, right? 5/5

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  • Chained, by Susanna Valenti :

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.

Loved this. Review to come. 4/5

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  • Girl Online On Tour, by Zoe Sugg :

The sequel to the number-one bestseller Girl Online. Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

So much cute. I cannot. Too much. 5/5

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  • I Was Here, by Gayle Forman :

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore. 
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
 
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Extremely thought-provoking and so, so tragic. It has really stuck with me. 4/5

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  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Started off slow and I really struggled with it for a while. Warmed up towards the end. The romance! *sigh* Really quite liked it and hoping to read the next one sooner rather than later. 3.5/5

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Other than my utter blogging failure of January, I think reading went rather well for me. 6 books is rather a lot for one month, for me anyway.

I will post again, as soon as I can. I’ll try and catch up on some of your posts too.

Love you and I missed you all. I’m so glad to be back.

Ellie ❤

FYI

Heya,

Just letting you know that I won’t be posting for a little while. I’m trying to organise some things in my life and on this blog. I’m going to be scheduling posts ahead of time and trying to find a routine, so that I can continue blogging when school starts. Anyway, I’m not sure when my next post will be, but at the latest it will be a week or so away.

So yeah,

I just thought you should know. I’ll see you soon.

I’m going to be trying to keep up with reading your posts. So, I’ll probably see you around. 🙂

Lots of love,

Ellie ❤

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey lovely people 🙂

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it 😊😘 and I am very sorry for taking so long to do this post.

So the rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate a number of blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Facts:

  1. I have a bit of an obsession with lights. That sounds kind of strange, but my favourite time of year is Christmas, because of all the fairy lights. My room currently has a string of fairy light, a lava lamp, a glitter lamp, along with various candles.
  2. My whole family is convinced that I’ll be a cat lady when I’m older. I mean, I am kind of already. 😺 I love cats and don’t like people most of the time, which is their reasoning.
  3. On the note of cat ladies, last week there were 6 cats in my house. 4 of them were foster kitties, but still. 3 of them have gone to new homes now, which is the hardest part of fostering. 😢
  4. I have this weird fear of smelling bad. Not sure why, but sometimes I wear roll on deodorant, as well as, spray deodorant and perfume. In Summer (like right now) I sometimes have up to 3 showers a day, because I hate sweating. 😂 Is that terribly strange?
  5. Some of the things I wanted to be when I was younger include: a vet, a writer, an olympic gymnast, a physiotherapist, a dog trainer and a check out chick at Kmart. Aiming high.
  6. I don’t have a current career goal. 🙊 A high school graduate would be nice. Or a professional rich person. Or maybe just a happy person. 😂
  7. I have had glasses since I was eight (ish), but didn’t wear them much. Since, I started driving it has become apparent that my sight is a little worse than previously thought, as I could not read the speed signs. So I recently got new glasses, which are fabulous  (but I’m nervous about wearing them to school) and prescription sunglasses. I keep asking people if owning prescription sunglasses makes me an old person. 😅

Nominations: (as always, if you’ve already done the tag or aren’t interested feel free to ignore! 🙂 )

Alahna @ The Charmed Reader

Jess @ The Mud and Stars Book Blog

Paige @ Page by Paige

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Sumaya @ sue’s reading corner

Bec @ Bec’s Bookshelf

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

Syc @ The Lit Mermaid


That’s it! It was so hard to nominate just a small number of people. I just want to nominate everyone, because you’re all so amazing.

Okay, let’s have a small rant. I love this little book blogging community. Everyone is so sweet and amazing and I love meeting you all. That is probably the best part of blogging. Meeting you all.

So yeah, I hope you’re all having a fantastic week. 🙂

Ellie ❤

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up event hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. 

This week our topic is Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016 and they can be bookish or personal resolutions. I’ve decided to go with mostly bookish resolutions and a few blogging resolutions. And here we go…

Reading Related Goals:

  1. Read 60 Books: This is my first time participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, since I only got an account a few weeks ago. I ended up reading 54 books in 2015, so I thought I would challenge myself and make my goal 60 books this year. If you have Goodreads, it would be cool if you could add me. *lots of smiles and winky faces*
  2. Read 1 Roald Dahl book a month: This might seem a little random, but I’ve only ever read one Roald Dahl book from memory and my sister owns a bunch of them. So I decided I should just read them. I’ve just started reading Matilda and I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s a bit of comic relief from my usual reads anyway.
  3. Finish reading the Morganville Vampires series: I am currently just about to start the 4th book in this series and I’m really quite enjoying it. There are 15 books in this series (I think??). And I would like to read as many of them as possible.
  4. Read more variety: I’ll be honest I’m not really a fan of adult fiction, its just not as fun and relatable as young adult, so I cannot say I will stray too much from this genre, but I would like to explore different genre’s within young adult. Does that make sense? I tend to stay in my comfort zone of either fantasy or contemporary, but I would love to read more sci-fi or historical fiction or something else.
  5. Read more new releases: I read 2-3 last year, but I really need to read more, because I’m missing out on a lot. 😦
  6. Read some ARC’s: I’m just now setting up a contact page so people can contact me if they would like me to read and review their book/s! I’m really keen for that to start happening. I’m also thinking of getting a NetGalley account, but I’m not really sure what that entails, so I’ll have to do my research. 🙂

Blogging Related Goals:

  1. Post TTT’s on time: I love writing Top Ten Tuesday posts like this, but I have a terrible habit of writing them at the last minute… or a few days after Tuesday. They have the topics up months beforehand, so this all changes today.
  2. Post at least 1-2 posts a week throughout the whole year: It gets pretty tough to post regularly in exam blocks, but I think I should still be able to manage this. Here’s hoping.
  3. Schedule more posts: This is pretty simple. I just need to sit down and do it. 😂
  4. Post about more of a variety of things: Originally this blog wasn’t even a book blog, but now that it is I need to write some more original stuff to make my blog unique from other book blogs. I have a few ideas…

 

There you go! I hope to look back on this list later in the year and be able to tick all of these off. Haha, here’s hoping!

What are your bookish/blogging resolutions? Feel free to link to your TTT post, or your new year resolution post, so I’ll be sure to check it out! 🙂

See ya’ll soon 😘

Ellie ❤

January TBR

Hi! How is the new year treating you so far?

The new year feels pretty much the same to me. I have a few goals in mind, but we’ll get to that another time.

For today, I have a list of books I would like to read this month. I’m still on school holidays, so I’m going to be totally crazy and put 8 books on this list, which is about double of what I would normally read, but oh well. We’ll give it a try.

I read a total of 54 books last year, which was great for me, though I hadn’t made a Goodreads Challenge. This year, I’m aiming to read 60 books as a part of my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, which will be a bit of a challenge.

I also made myself a bit of a challenge to read more Roald Dahl books. I’ve only ever read The Witches from memory, but my sister owns pretty much all of them. So I am aiming to read one a month! I’m going to start with Matilda, because its about a girl who loves reading so…. I’ve got to love it, right?

Anyway, let us get to the point…

  1. Chained (Cage of Lies #1), by Susanne Valenti
  2. Linked (Cage of Lies #2), by Susanne Valenti
  3. Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires #4), by Rachel Caine
  4. Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires #5), by Rachel Caine
  5. Girl Online: On Tour, by Zoe Sugg
  6. I Was Here, by Gayle Forman
  7. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  8. Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

There you go! It’s a bit of a strange mix, but I’m still super keen to get started on another wonderful year of reading. 😄

What do you plan to read this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

Happy New Year again! 😘

Ellie ❤

December Wrap Up

Hello everyone and happy new year to you all! I hope you had an amazing night and had a lot of fun celebrating.

I just thought I’d do a little post to wrap up the month.

So what happened in December?

Holidays. Holiday bliss. I did a whole lot of nothing and intend to continue that for the rest of my summer holidays. It will be amazing. 😍

Christmas happened and I received a lot of books. They will keep me busy for the next month or so. 😊

I also updated the theme and style of my blog, which I was really excited about. New blog, new background, new logo, new fonts and stuff. I don’t know, I was excited and I guess that’s all that matters.

Anyway, let’s move onto the more important things… Books! What did I read/review this month?

  1. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (3/5): I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. There were a lot of things that frustrated me about this book and it just made it difficult to read.
  2. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (3.5/5): This book could have been haunting and thought-provoking, but I just didn’t like how it was written. I liked it, but I had a too many problems with it. I wanted it to be memorable, but it just didn’t click with me. I loved the idea though. The movie was also good.
  3. Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1), by Rachel Caine (4/5):  Something about vampire books that I just love. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. This one is definitely for fans of Twilight.
  4. The Dead Girl’s Dance (Morganville Vampires #2), by Rachel Caine
  5. Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires #3), by Rachel Caine: I’m almost finished this one, but I don’t plan on reviewing the rest of the series, I feel like I’ve said all I need to about it in my Glass Houses review.
  6. Chained, by Susanne Valenti: I was given a copy of this in exchange for a review. I’ve just started it and I’m really enjoying it. I hope to finish it as soon as possible.

And that’s it! How has your month been? Honestly, mine was a bit downer and I expected a lot more from the books I did read.

Anyway, I have a bunch of new books from Christmas to read this month and I can’t wait to get into it!

Happy New Year!!

Ellie ❤