Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of my favourite things about this year, because despite it being really difficult in some ways I have loved so many amazing things that I want to talk about. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, since it’s almost Christmas, I decided to do the Christmas Tag, which I found on Foundations and Fairytales. Onto the post!
What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Definitely the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve not done my annual rewatch yet this year but I definitely will be before Christmas!
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes, but I’m not a fan of snow so I’d rather not have them.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We go and see my gran for a little while, but otherwise we’re usually at home for the rest of the day.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells. It’s absolutely gorgeous and listening to it always gives me chills.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, but my mum always does a Christmas eve box for me with pyjamas and things, which I love. I’m so excited to see this year’s!
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. I’ve never had a real one and don’t mind; I love our tree. It’s the decorations that make it special, in my opinion. I adore our big downstairs tree this year, and the little one I have in my room, so much!!
Are you a pro wrapper or do you fail badly when wrapping Christmas presents?
I am hopeless at wrapping. Gift bags are my friends. And I’m very lucky that my mum does some for me, because she is AMAZING at wrapping!
What makes the holidays special for you?
I really like having time to watch lots of films and things with family, and I tend to get lots of time for reading too which is great. And I am a huge fan of Christmas chocolate, so I LOVE it being available…
Do you prefer to give or to receive gifts?
If I am honest, recieving. Mostly because I get really stressed when giving presents in case people think it is stupid and hate it. But I do love it when someone loves it… so really both, I guess.
What place would you love to visit at Christmas?
Disneyland, without a doubt. It’d be so amazing getting to meet characters in their Christmas costumes, and I bet the decorations are just incredible.
Do you write and send Christmas cards?
Yes, though I’ve barely done any this year. I love doing them most years though!
What would your answers to these questions be? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be be answering some Q and A questions that I collected on Twitter a few months ago! Onto the post!
If you could put yourself into a Disney film, which would it be and why?
If my balance wasn’t so poor that stepping outside in icy/snowy conditions is really difficult, it’d be Frozen so Olaf could be my bestie. But as it is, my second choice would be Tangled because I love all those characters a lot and their palace is STUNNING. Yes please to putple and gold colour schemes 😍
Favourite underrated book / book you don’t see enough people talking about?
Boy in the Tower. It is sublime, and nowhere near as popular as it deserves to be.
Maybe not a question but a challenge. What hogwarts houses do you think your favourite book’s characters would belong in and why?
I’ll do this for Geek Girl:
Harriet: Ravenclaw (loves learning new things and is super intelligent)
Toby: Ravenclaw (same reasons as Harriet)
Nick: Gryffindor (he fits the profile in my eyes, and is literally nicknamed Lion Boy)
Annabel: Slytherin (I was torn for Annabel! I think she’s a Slytherpuff- she has attributes of both houses)
Nat: Slytherin (this is the one I’m most certain of- Nat feels like SUCH a Slytherin)
How does it feel to be an award winning blogger and what are your plans next? (World domination?)/ How did it feel being nominated for and winning a blogger award?
Being nominated was a huge surprise, and I was very pleased, while also reminding myself that the chances of me winning were slim to none. I was out for dinner the night it was announced, and I was absolutely baffled as to why my Twitter had went so mad while I was out. Again, it was a huge shock, and I was so overcome I burst into tears. I half expected a message telling me there’d been a miscount for days (I still am even now, to be honest.
What book inspired your love of reading?
One of the first books I remember really loving was Princess Mirror-Belle, so I think I’ll say that.
Are there any books you’re excited for the release of?
Other than the ones mentioned in my Anticipated Releases for July and August, I’m super excited for the 7th Murder Most Unladylike mystery, and the seuqel to Nevermoor, which both come out in October I think.
What were some of your favourite books to read growing up?
There’s another similar-but-different question later on, so I’ll answer this with Pony Club Secrets. Waiting on the new books releasing was so exciting, and I always read them the day I got my hands on them. I’ve reread them so many times I could tell you the plots by heart, even now.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
I think it would have to be Geek Girl. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, the characters bring me so much joy and I can always find something new to love even though I’ve read it like a thousand times and know it like the back of my hand (I can genuinely quote chunks of dialogue from the first one)
What other hobbies do you have apart from reading and blogging/ What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t reading?
Watching TV or films, spending too much time on Twitter and listening to music. And eating, if eating counts?
Top 10 all time favourite George Ezra and Into The Ark songs?
I’m doing this as two top 5s, because mixing the two hurts my heart.
George Ezra- Shotgun, Drawing Board, Breakaway, Sugarcoat, Get Lonely With Me
Into the Ark- Money or the Girl, Not a One, My Heart Goes, Caroline, Underneath the Sun.
Top 10 fave Disney/Disney Pixar characters?
Basically this list, if I’m honest. Some humans I love are Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder (sorry Aimee, I couldn’t order them because this was SO HARD and I just couldn’t). I can do a top 3 of all time though: Olaf, Stitch and Nick Wilde.
Which book character do you most relate to?
I have a post planned on this theme soon (I was tagged in a tag entirely on this theme!) so as a taster, someone I mentioned in that post was Frances from Radio Silence.
Who’s your fave character on Dynasty?
I love almost everyone (unless they’re villains, obvs) but if you were to make me choose between my top 3 (Fallon, Steven, Sammy Jo), I’d have to go for Steven. He says ALL my absolute favourite lines, his relationships with Fallon and Sammy Jo are the absolute LOVELIEST, and I adore him. He does make me very frustrated with him sometimes to the point where I scream at him as I watch it. Still my fave though, and I think I love James Mackay the most of the cast too (though again, I also absolutely adore Rafael and Liz). I think I knew Steven would be my favourite from the moment we first meet him in the pilot.
Have you reread any books?
Yes, tons! I love rereading, and miss doing it often from before I blogged. The only thing I’ve reread so far this year is the Apprentice Witch, because I wanted to remind myself what happened before I read A Witch Alone, especially given the rather large gap between them.
What YA releases are you looking forward to this year?
Since I wrote my July-August anticipated at the start of July and it’ll be live before this post, I will mention one I’m excited for in September, which is Dramas of a Teenage Heiress. And Then We Collided (which my friend Rosie co-wrote) is also out that month, and if I’m getting the right inference from the synopsis I think I’ll enjoy it immensely. There’s a lot more MG I’m excited for than YA in the next few months though.
Which series did you binge-read under the age of 12?
I binged loads of Enid Blyton, the Babysitters Club, Karen McCombie books and Cathy Hopkins’s series, as well as things like the Laura Marlin Mysteries, Adventure Island and My Sister the Vampire, though I did have to wait on the last few releasing I think.
What’s your favourite dinosaur?
The really honest answer is that I don’t have one 🙈. I learnt about dinosaurs when I was in P1 or 2, which I can’t really remember as it was quite a few years ago. Let’s go for the fictional Driftosaurus from the Adventure Island series!
If one character could come to life for the day who would you pick and what would you do?
Either Nick from Geek Girl because I love himand he makes me laugh, or Ade fromBoy in the Tower so I could hug him and tell him how much of a star he is.
If you could have written any book, which would it be?
I’d LOVE to be able to plot mysteries as well as Robin Stevens, so one of her books.
Which game show would you most like to play for real?
Pointless, because it’s the one I’m best at!
Any books that inspired you to read even more/be more passionate about books?
I once fell into a rut of only rereading, and thought I’d never read something new I loved ever again. Adventure Island and the Laura Marlin Mysteries changed that.
Favourite and least favourite book cover?
My favourite book covers are Julian de Narvaez’s covers for Emma Carroll’s books, my overall favourite of which is probably In Darkling Wood. There aren’t many covers I don’t like, and those that I do are just my personal taste. I think the Babysitters Club covers are quite creepy.
If you could be any book character, who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Harriet Manners, as we’re pretty similar and I love the people around her so much. I’d also love to be Hazel Wong or Daisy Wells so I could solve mysteries! I don’t think I’m as brave or clever as them though…
What would your answers to some of these have been? Do we have any answers in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m going to be completing the Real Neat Blog Award tag, which I was tagged for by Bex. Onto the post!
Display the award logo on your blog
Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love
Notify the nominated folk
Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own
1. Which 2018 release are you most looking forward to?
I have lots! I’m excited the 2nd James Nicol is finally coming next month, and I can’t wait for Jess Butterworth’s new book.
2. Do you prefer watching Booktube or reading blogs?
I really like both, but think blogs have the edge for me. They’re quicker to read so I comment/engage more, and I definetely enjoy a lot more blogs whereas I’m much more more fussy wuth booktube. There are only 5 people I regularly watch, I think.
3. What is the best debut you have read this year?
Jess Butterworth’s Running on the Roof of the World in 2017, when I was tagged for this. It was an all enveloping middle grade adventure, and I adored it.
4. Be honest – how many unread books do you own at the moment?
Over 100, less than 150 at last count.
5. What is your favourite non-fiction novel?
I don’t actually read non fiction. 🙈
6. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I’d write a mystery, most likely for middle grade. Write what you know and all that jazz! (to clarify, I am not the real life Nancy Drew. I’ve just read so many I’m quite confident I could come up with one)
7. Name one thing you have done in 2017 that you’re really proud of.
I started my blog, and I’m really proud of what I achieved with it. I also passed my exams and I was very happy with my results.
I am not very good at coming up with questions, so not all of these are bookish! No one I tag is obligated to answer them. I tag Jo, Hannah and Rebecca, as I just recently did a tag where I tagged some others I know so don’t want to bombard them with another one!
1. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?
2. Do you use bookmarks? Do you have a favourite type/one?
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
4. Who is your favourite book character of all time? (Top 3 if you can’t choose)
5. Favourite book to film adaptation?
6. Who are your favourite singers?
7. If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, which subject would you teach?
Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to these questions below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!
Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.
Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.
Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.
Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.
Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m going to do the Bedtime Tag, which I wasn’t tagged for but saw on Jenny in Neverland and thought it would be fun. Onto my answers!
1. Describe your usual bedtime routine
Go to bed, loiter on Twitter/finish a blog post till too late, read, be unable to sleep, read some more, finally get to sleep usually just before midnight.
2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
If you know me/how many pyjamas I own, you’d know this was an impossible question. My favourite type to buy are usually either animals, Tatty Teddy, Snoopy or Disney. I have one Harry Potter set, and a few other random pairs, but they’re my main weaknesses that I can’t leave in a shop.
3. What is your current bedtime reading?
I’m writing this quite a bit in the past (hello future!), so I have no idea what book I’ll be on when this goes live!
4. What would I find on your bedside table?
A few photos of my dogs, a bottle of water, my tablet on its charger and my lamp.
5. What scent makes you sleepy?
Lavender, because I am a cliche.
6. What is your usual bedtime and wake up time?
I like to be asleep for half 11 when I’m at school (and usually fail), and I get up at 7 for school. On weekends holidays, I like to sleep in till 8 or 9.
7. What are your top three bedtime products?
I only ever use micellar water to take off makeup if I’ve worn any, and sometimes don’t even do that.
8. What is your most common sleeping position?
On my side, facing my wall.
9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
Like Jenny, I always have my teddy (albeit mine is a tiger called Liam) with me in bed.
10. What’s your worst bedtime habit?
Staying on my tablet too long, I really must stop this habit!
Thank you so much for reading! I won’t tag anyone, as I don’t know who’d like to do this, but if you feel like it feel free! I’d love to hear if we have anything in common at bedtime down below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m doing a post about the films I watched and very much enjoyed in late November/December. As you go through this post, you’ll realise how obsessed with Disney I am, if you haven’t already! 😂
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure– I went to see this in the cinema at the very end of November, and it was worth every stare for being the only people there unaccompianed by a child. I’ll preface this by saying I LOVE OLAF. He’s the sweetest of all sweet things, and this film is basically all him. It’s about him trying to find a new holiday tradition for himself, Anna and Elsa. He’s as adorable as ever, and I essentially sat in tears throughout because I loved this so much, and I am not ashamed.
Oliver and Company– this film was so, so cute. It’s Oliver Twist with animals (which made me like it a whole lot more). I loved Oliver, his friends and thought hostile dog Georgette, who is annoyed when Oliver invades her home, was hilarious. I sobbed through certain scenes and got very worried about all the characters during the climax, and I adored the happy ending that ticked every box I wanted it to. I definetly think I’ll be watching this again!
A Christmas Prince– this was cheesy, predictable and an AWFUL lot of fun! I really liked main character Amber, and her love interest Prince Richard. I thought the supporting cast were excellent too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up watching this over Christmases to come. If you’re one of the (seemingly) few people who haven’t watched this, it’s about a journalist as she journeys to Aldovia in order to dig up dirt on the royal family, and especially the Prince, of the country.
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo- yes, I watched a film about Easter at Christmas. And it felt very odd, but my goodness was it glorious. I have shamefully never seen any Winnie the Pooh films despite thinking the characters are lovely. It’s about the Easter when Rabbit mysteriously refused to organise anything, and the rest of the gang trying to convince him otherwise for little Room’s sake. It was so sweet, the animation was whimsical, classic and picturesque, and the friendship and sheer joy throughout really made me smile. Also, my older dog is a mixture of Rabbit and Eeyore, so I burst out laughing quite a lot!
Pretty in Pink– as you may know, this is basically my favourite film of all time, and if I included it in one of these posts every time I watched it then it’d probably be in them all. It’s about Andie as she navigates high school drama and chooses between rich boy Blaine and best friend Duckie romantically (I like Blaine, but I’m Team Duckie ALL THE WAY). It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and I love each of the main trio with all my heart, and hate their enemies on a similar level. The soundtrack is also fab. If you love this too, please come fangirl with me about it!
What films did you love in November and December? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl